Big milestone today! Below is a copy of a note sent to some friends who are into wood/solar or just curious co-workers. They all subscribe to "The Patriot Report" - a periodic satirical newsletter monitoring our progress towards energy independence. Not for Bush fans - send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in the last issue. -Colin Fellow Alternative Energy Enthusiasts - The Patriot Report would like to announce that as of 4PM, March 24th 2007, the first Terror-Free shower was achieved at the Brodsky residence using 100% American-sourced solar energy for hot water production. Although the solar hot water system was stopped for about a week due to snow buildup following last week's two feet of snow, three days of mixed sunshine, a late March sun angle, and outside temperatures around 50 degrees resulted in the 120-gallon solar storage tank providing outlet water at 105 degrees. Water return temperatures from the roof as high as 118 degrees F were observed today. It is worth noting that this exceptionally refreshing shower came after manually splitting a 1/2 cord of hardwood over the previous hour, providing a double-strike in the War on Terror! A full 2007 issue of The Patriot Report will be coming in the near future with more details, including the construction of the Brodsky Department of Homeland Security (a.k.a. woodshed) - stay tuned... Please e-mail email@example.com to be removed from the mailing list or to request back issues of The Patriot Report.