Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 3:10 PM
Subject: Big News!

 I am taking a leave of absence from corporate life!  I don't know exactly
 how long, but I am thinking around a year or so.  My plan is to head out
 West in a VW  Vanagon Westfalia camper van.  Along the way I want to visit
 as many people as I can, spend as much time as possible exploring both
 cities and the wilderness, do some photography and writing, and then find
 somewhere cool to live out West for a while so that I can backpack and
 Snowboard.  In the middle of that I plan on attending the Burning Man
 festival in Black Rock dessert.  My last day of work is next Friday, May
 4th.  I'll be in Richmond for a week or so after that wrapping things up
 here, and then to my parents for a week or so to finish outfitting for the
 trip.  The rough itinerary looks like this:  Head up through the Northeast,
 across to Michigan, through the Midwest to Montana, down to Nevada and New
 Mexico, up through Utah and California to the Pacific Northwest.  Of course
 this is all subject to change.  Once I find a place I will probably get some
 kind of menial job full or part time to cover things like lift tickets (I'm
 kind of hoping for a job in a bookstore or a recordstore).  I will have a
 laptop computer with me, so I will be able to stay in touch with the world
 through e-mail, and I am in the process of building a webpage to chronicle
 my travels.  Once those are finalized in the next week or two, I will be
 sending out my new e-mail address, and web page address.  I look forward to
 seeing as many of you as possible along the way (as my schedule gets a
 little more resolve, I'll let you know when I expect to be in your area) and
 at the very least sharing the adventure via the web and e-mail.  Hope all is
 well, and I will talk to you soon!