As hard as it will be for me, I will be taking the next week or so off. Disconnecting from the internets, even. I hope both of you will forgive the brief neglect.

This month the blog passed it’s first anniversary. Also, the author’s birthday is nigh, and it’s a big one ending in a zero. In celebration of one of those two events we’re off to the Texas Gulf Coast (ain’t never been there, they tell me it’s nice) on our first family vacation in years.

Kaiser [Wilhelm II of Germany] on his birthday congratulated by [Admiral Alfred von] Tirpitz (c. 1900-1912)click to see larger image

See you back here the week of April 8th! And hey … let’s be careful out there.


Thanks to Lance and Erin for the pointer to Port A. We’ll let you know!

Birthday photo from the Library of Congress

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