Hello loyal readers, subscribers, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and any NSA officials monitoring this blog for keywords like Obama, conservative and FOX NEWS. Glad you decided to stop by. Whether you've been following my posts for the last few months or just for a few days, you're undoubtedly aware that this blog is sort of a hodgepodge of various topics. I'm not only a politics aficionado, technology nerd and classic literature geek, I also write for a local lifestyle magazine here in Mobile, Alabama. In-between my opinion posts, I'll be uploading some of my magazine features for my readers who may not live in or around Mobile. In addition, I've decided to start a regularly recurring post titled "On The Desk This Week." (Stop laughing. I think it sounds cool.) This will be my way of keeping you guys updated on my magazine assignments as they develop and of previewing them before they're officially published. You know how a really good movie trailer makes you want to see the movie? This will be just like that...sort of...in a way. Maybe. Anyway, now that I've mercilessly slaughtered that explanation, here's my first official attempt at an "On The Desk This Week" update.
THERE'S SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON HERE
All this week, I'll be writing a big cover story feature for Mobile Bay magazine on the much ballyhooed artificial reefs of Mobile. You didn't even know Mobile had artificial reefs, did you? Do you know what artificial reefs are? No? Well, I would tell you, but that would ruin the awesomeness of my upcoming piece, which will include an interview with Robert L. Shipp, Ph.D., Chair of the Marine Sciences department at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Shipp (yes, that's actually his last name...two p's) is the author of "Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico" and is an expert on the role of artificial reefs as management tools. His research has been published in over 20 marine science journals and other publications. My piece will touch on the specific marine life and fish species found near Mobile's artificial reefs and several unique historical facts.
If you're dying to know what artificial reefs are and why Mobile has them, keep your eyes peeled for my "Exploring Our Artificial Reefs" feature in our June issue. Yes, it's only April right now, but that's kinda the whole point of this. (Just roll with it.) And don't you dare Google "Mobile's artificial reefs." Or I will find you. And if I don't, the NSA will do it for me. (You just Googled it, didn't you?)