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Fishing trip
Fishing trip

I am pleased to say my trip down the Smith River was very successful. It was incredibly relaxing and it gave me a chance to reflect. I continue to encourage you to take a similar opportunity to do this during the summer when you have some time.

It is always amazing how one can do these sort of things and become reenergized and also put things in perspective. I am pleased that I have had the opportunity to do this and also spend some quality time with our good friends, Dr. Tom Bales and Mr. Fred de Roode.

As we approach the celebration of our independence, please enjoy the long weekend. Enjoy family and friends in the various manners you will be celebrating the 4th of July. If you are traveling, be safe.

I look forward to seeing you when we get together at the beginning of the academic year.

Today, I am beginning my journey down the Smith River in Montana. It is the first time I will go fly fishing. I am pleased I get to enjoy this time with several of our dear friends of the dental school, Dr. Tom Bales and Mr. Fred de Roode. They indicated to me that it was time that I learn how to relax, so I am going to give it a try. There will be no pictures of the experience. I will be sleeping in a sleeping bag on the banks of the river for five nights. I may be the best dressed non-fisherman on the trip.

I encourage you all to relax during the break. I think we all need time for reflection and relaxation with family and friends. I will not be in communication during this week. Apparently, cell phone reception and other ways of communicating are non-existent, so that is probably good news for you all. You will not get any messages from me asking you to do something. At the same time, I apologize if there is anything you need from me. I will not be able to get back to it until I reach civilization again on Saturday.

Best wishes and safe travels wherever you may be during the break — a break that is well deserved for everyone.