As the title implies, this is indeed my first blog entry. At the moment, I am camped out in Mariental, headed to Windhoek, then on to Swakop for a two-day conference. As is its a Monday -- a Monday away from site I might add -- the thought occurred to me that perhaps I should take the spare time to set up one of these oh so popular blogs, so that I can express my thoughts and experiences in digitized form for the preservation of memories which one day I will undoubtedly loose to old age, and will for sure need some reference of when attempting to bore and annoy my grandchildren, and their children as well for that matter. It is also hoped that some photos will make it on and that it can be used to talk to people back home. Still, the ultimate purpose is so that I can annoy my grandchildren -- a much more noble cause. With that said, it should be noted that updates to the blog will happen sporadically -- the only time I can get online is when I travel. Aranos, the village in which I live, is fairly devoid of the digital age, though Caroline, my site mate, just had a laptop brought over from state-side -- which I hope to use to pre-type entries, ect and pile onto the web when I have a chance. Other than that, I don’t have much to say right now. Kevin, I love you, hope all is well at home. Take care and say hello to everyone for me.