I'm Back

A big thanks to Andrew Belonsky, my other half here at Towleroad Michael Goff, Steve Pep, and our weekly columnists here for holding down the fort here during an unusually busy time.

Andy_africa They allowed me to do something I haven't been able to do for almost twenty years - really disconnect myself from the grid and take a trip halfway around the world that — was really the trip of a lifetime. I've spent the past two weeks in South Africa filling my heart and soul with something other than the internet. That said, I haven't been totally cut off from the news. The infuriating and heartbreaking epidemic of anti-gay suicides have been covered internationally. I got back in town late yesterday and have been working to catch up on the tons of other news that has happened, so forgive me if I repeat something or am a bit cloudy. Jet lag!

That said, it's great to be back, and know that Towleroad has been looked after with care and interest while I've been away. I can't thank Andrew and Mike enough.

Once I get organized, I hope to share some of the things I did in SA with you all.

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  1. Man you wake up early. But I stay up late. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 13, 2010 6:27:05 AM

  2. Welcome back, Andy! Where did you go in SA? That's where I am from, pity I did not know you were going there... I could have hooked you up with all my buddies in Cape Town. Hope you had a great time!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Oct 13, 2010 6:35:09 AM

  3. That's one great picture of you!

    Posted by: George | Oct 13, 2010 6:47:53 AM

  4. Correct spelling has returned to Towleroad!

    Posted by: VAVA | Oct 13, 2010 7:28:43 AM

  5. May I write, I think you are good looking.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 13, 2010 7:33:21 AM

  6. Welcome back. You were missed!

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 13, 2010 7:34:14 AM

  7. Why does Andy never smile in his photos? He's scowling in the 'about' photo too:

    Posted by: dreamfish | Oct 13, 2010 7:35:12 AM

  8. Wow! HOT pic. And PLEASE have some good news for us.

    Posted by: AJ | Oct 13, 2010 7:38:20 AM

  9. Welcome back Andy!!!! Glad you had a great vacation!

    Posted by: Darren | Oct 13, 2010 8:04:08 AM

  10. Welcome Back Andy :) glad you enjoyed much needed break.

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 13, 2010 8:15:46 AM

  11. Hey Andy, Im glad you had a vacations. You deserve it. This is the best gay blog. Check out mine:

    Posted by: Richie | Oct 13, 2010 8:18:48 AM

  12. Welcome back! I loved South Africa when I was there a few months ago. Hope you had a great time. :)

    Posted by: Carissa | Oct 13, 2010 8:31:28 AM

  13. When you feed your own soul, you can then take care of the needs of others. Welcome back.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 13, 2010 8:38:27 AM

  14. Welcome back! This also means the proof-readers are back, doesn't it? :-)

    Posted by: LemmyC | Oct 13, 2010 8:56:30 AM

  15. Welcome back!

    Posted by: Feral | Oct 13, 2010 9:05:55 AM

  16. Sounds like this trip was exactly what you needed -- glad to hear you're recharged!

    Posted by: Chris M | Oct 13, 2010 9:29:28 AM

  17. Welcome back Andy,

    Loved Andrew and Michael, but glad you're back.

    Cheers from Miami.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 13, 2010 9:30:45 AM

  18. Woot! Welcome back!!!

    Posted by: Synnerman | Oct 13, 2010 9:33:48 AM

  19. Welcome back Andy!

    You left us in capable hands but it's really great to have you back.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 13, 2010 9:49:23 AM

  20. Welcome back Andy !!

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 13, 2010 10:38:57 AM

  21. Welcome back, Andy! We missed you! Can't wait to hear about your travels.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 13, 2010 11:01:52 AM

  22. Welcome back handsome! You deserved a gr8 vaca but I missed your insight. Glad that you are back!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 13, 2010 11:06:23 AM

  23. Hey Andy. Welcome back! Glad you got to have such an amazing experience in South Africa. Looking forward to hearing all about it! I'm glad you got to "unplug" for a while. Hope it was long enough. Thanks for your continued dedication to presenting all the GLBT news. (And to your staff and colleagues). It's definitely invaluable to our community! Thanks!

    Posted by: Chad | Oct 13, 2010 11:12:34 AM

  24. glad 2 have u back andy!

    Posted by: paul a. cabral jr. | Oct 13, 2010 11:17:52 AM

  25. I'll echo the others - WELCOME HOME Andy!

    Posted by: clem hk | Oct 13, 2010 11:22:34 AM

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