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Deck Change: Wrapping a towel around oneself to change (typically into or out of a bathing suit) in a public setting.
This is the place where you can talk about the pics, the sport, the weather, and the lack of pictures of deck changes on this site.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Quiet

It's so quiet.

Almost scary quiet.
4 years ago the Athens Olympics had just ended and there was swimming everywhere. Michelle was at making BrendanHansenOnline.com a huge success. Suz had ramped up Swimstars.  Fans of swimming were helping each other find all the news that was out there. Learning about the sport, not just about who was hot in a speedo.
Michael Phelps, Ian Crocker and Lenny Krayzelburg had toured the USA to raise the profile of swimming throughout the country.
We were counting the days until the World Championships in Montreal.
I personally made my friends , family and clients aware of the faces and names in the sport. I was so effective, that whenever there was so much as a photo of water splashing in a newspaper, full pages were mailed to me.
I had helped educate people about this wonderful sport. Those same people watched The Duel in The Pool on NBCTV because it made them think of me.
I opened Deckchange.

The next few years brought some shocking retirements (Thorpe). Some shocking returns (Torres). An amazingly beautiful World Championships in Melbourne that showed the world what "Michael" was capable of and how things might go in Beijing. It was very exciting.

Then came these glorious games of 2008. The auspicious number 8. 8.8.08
One single goal reached by one man, Phelps.
It would have been impossible without his 8 team mates, Lochte, Berens, Vanderkaay, Weber-Gale, Jones, Lezak, Piersol and Hansen. 8.
The population of the world lost their breath twice.
First when the heroic Jason Lezak proved once and for all that it's not only his talent, but his heart that have made him "The Anchorman".
The second when Serbian Milorad Cavic stood face to face with the Mighty Phelps. Uncowed by his "I AM" stare, forcing him to make an emotional and dangerously effective short stroke. He amazed everyone but the Omega cameras and won with an impossible touch.
The man was not to be beaten.

Others were the same. Stephanie Rice and the very strong Australian Women's team. Kirsty Coventry. Ous Mellouli.
Everyone had a Hero.
The hype was intoxicating and well deserved.
Five months later and all that is left is a photo or two of Phelps in every 2008 recap.
The most records annihilated at an Olympic Games. The best games ever.

So why is it so quiet now?
Now is when new fans, historically, should be gearing up for the next something big. All excitement for ROMA'09.
But all is quiet.
Is it because there are rumors of retirement from some of the sport's greatest? Has the business of swimming taken away it's soul? Have super-suits ruined everyone's idea of fair play?

Now there are no tours across the country.
Very few of the big names who begged for a Grand Prix series to showcase their talents and earn them some money, actually even swim in them.
Fans are losing interest because the best in sport have too. It has become about contracts and obnoxious agents not playing fair with all their clients. About lawsuits against a swimmer and suit manufacturer. About Swimmers being left off the team. About the numbers 8 and 41 with nothing in between.

I will attend the Grand Prix in Long Beach. Yes, I will be disappointed that I won't get to see some of the fastest athletes who train in the USA, competing in a 25 yard pool, but I will go because I love the sport. I will be disappointed because there are not more spectators there to see Ryan Lochte, one of the greatest the USA and the world has to offer, who is back to training after stepping out of Aaron Peirsol's shadow but glow s brightly behind Michael's. I will notice if someone does a personal best after hard winter training camp. And, yes, I will be there for the distance races, because that's what I do. Even when the meet runners don't have a ticket for me because the meet doesn't really start until the second day. And I will be angry because people have saved their seats between sessions so they don't have to get there early to stake their claim like I do.
And still, I will be there. Because I want to be, not because I have to.


American athletes have had a few months off, so have the fans.
I myself am guilty of being too quiet. I have a full year of photos to add to my gallery.
I just got a call that one of my clients is swimming at the Q meet today.   So begins 2009.
Let's start making some noise.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Thanks for Stopping by in 2007!

I really want to thank everyone who visits this site. I know I am really far behind in post pictures and even worse with the labeling. I promise to catch up pretty quickly and keep 2008 on track. I have a good excuse.. really I do, but things are better now and I resolve to do better!

I also want to thank everyone who wrote in support of what I am trying to do here. It means a lot to get this type of support.

2007 had to be the greatest record breaking year in swimming in a very long time,if ever. I can't imagine a year as fast at 2007, but then I think I said the same thing about 2006. I also got the opportunity to meet a lot of really good people. I include the guys from Timed Prelims, Matt from USA Swimming, Jason from Swimming World Magazine and numerous fantastic athletes and parents and fans. Thank you all for the positive feedback. One of the goals of this site was to keep the sport in he public eye and to educate people that swimming is a year round sport And not just an Olympic event. Keep and eye on my Calendar of Events if you live in the USA, or are planning a vacation here and are looking for a meet to watch some elite swimming. I will try to keep that updated too!

Here is a list of our visitors by country:
UNITED STATES 159,648
UNITED KINGDOM 3,093
CANADA 2,758
SWEDEN 2,744
GERMANY 2,648
AUSTRALIA 1,889
JAPAN 1,621
ITALY 1,516
FRANCE 1,424
NETHERLANDS 1,038
HUNGARY 694
CHINA 642
PORTUGAL 449
ISRAEL 373
HONG KONG 364
IRELAND 355
SPAIN 347
SWITZERLAND 344
AUSTRIA 311
BELGIUM 311
FINLAND 287
BRAZIL 259
SOUTH AFRICA 250
MEXICO 246
SLOVAKIA 217
MALAYSIA 210
SINGAPORE 177
CZECH REPUBLIC 176
POLAND 170
TURKEY 135
ROMANIA 125
NEW ZEALAND 114
TAIWAN 112
UNKNOWN 105
ESTONIA 103
RUSSIAN FEDERATION 88
SLOVENIA 84
GREECE 82
CROATIA 82
CHILE 80
SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO 79
DENMARK 76
PHILIPPINES 74
NORWAY 73
EGYPT 60
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 59
ARGENTINA 47
ALGERIA 45
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF 40
SAUDI ARABIA 39
BULGARIA 36
VENEZUELA 36
PERU 35
KUWAIT 35
SERBIA 32
INDIA 32
THAILAND 30
INDONESIA 23
MOROCCO 22
COLOMBIA 21
LEBANON 15
JORDAN 14
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF 13
ECUADOR 12
LITHUANIA 12
LUXEMBOURG 10
SRI LANKA 10
VIET NAM 10
MALTA 9
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC 9
PUERTO RICO 9
UKRAINE 8
QATAR 8
TUNISIA 8
URUGUAY 7
LATVIA 7
ICELAND 7
NEW CALEDONIA 6
KAZAKHSTAN 6
PAKISTAN 6
COSTA RICA 5
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5
PANAMA 5
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 4
GUATEMALA 4
PARAGUAY 4
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 4
GUAM 4
CYPRUS 4
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF 3
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA 3
MONACO 3
GEORGIA 3
OMAN 3
BAHAMAS 3
EL SALVADOR 3
BAHRAIN 3
MADAGASCAR 2
BOLIVIA 2
MAURITIUS 2
COTE D'IVOIRE 2
ALBANIA 2
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC 2
BARBADOS 2
SENEGAL 2
FIJI 2
BERMUDA 2
MONTENEGRO 1
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 1
GUYANA 1
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF 1
AFGHANISTAN 1
FRENCH POLYNESIA 1
ZIMBABWE 1
KENYA 1
ANGOLA 1
YEMEN 1
JAMAICA 1
VIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S. 1
MALI 1
GIBRALTAR 1
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 1
NICARAGUA 1
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 1
KYRGYZSTAN 1

And here is a list of the regions:

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES 118,634
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES 11,527
UNKNOWN 8,087
VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES 3,609
TEXAS, UNITED STATES 3,228
ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 2,529
FLORIDA, UNITED STATES 1,940
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 1,723
ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES 1,338
PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES 1,285
ARIZONA, UNITED STATES 1,281
GEORGIA, UNITED STATES 1,219
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES 1,198
ONTARIO, CANADA 1,078
NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES 981
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA 967
UTAH, UNITED STATES 966
ILE-DE-FRANCE, FRANCE 846
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA 763
NOORD-HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS 745
SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, GERMANY 715
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES 679
CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES 673
MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES 673
MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES 658
NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES 646
MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES 642
MARYLAND, UNITED STATES 572
NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, GERMANY 507
OHIO, UNITED STATES 502
KANSAS, UNITED STATES 473
BEIJING, CHINA 463
TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES 456
QUEBEC, CANADA 433
OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES 408
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 401
MISSOURI, UNITED STATES 393
WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES 389
LAZIO, ITALY 379
BERLIN, GERMANY 369
OREGON, UNITED STATES 369
HONG KONG (SAR), HONG KONG 348
TOKYO, JAPAN 343
LISBOA, PORTUGAL 326
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 322
NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA 321
INDIANA, UNITED STATES 295
SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES 289
COLORADO, UNITED STATES 276
DUBLIN, IRELAND 275
WIEN, AUSTRIA 240
ZUID-HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS 225
HESSEN, GERMANY 224
PROVENCE-ALPES-COTE D'AZUR, FRANCE 222
IOWA, UNITED STATES 14
VERMONT, UNITED STATES 214
ALABAMA, UNITED STATES 211
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA 208
HAWAII, UNITED STATES 207
LOMBARDIA, ITALY 192
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL 190
DELAWARE, UNITED STATES 182
NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES 176
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE 175
NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES 169
ALBERTA, CANADA 168
SELANGOR, MALAYSIA 168
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM 168
LANSI-SUOMEN LAANI, FINLAND 149
BADEN-WURTTEMBERG, GERMANY 147
KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES 134
HALLAND, SWEDEN 131
BORSOD-ABAUJ-ZEMPLEN, HUNGARY 125
ETELA-SUOMEN LAANI, FINLAND 112
WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA 111
HARJUMAA, ESTONIA 102
BUCURESTI, ROMANIA 100
NEUCHATEL, SWITZERLAND 98
JIHOMORAVSKY KRAJ, CZECH REPUBLIC 98
ISTANBUL, TURKEY 97
SACHSEN, GERMANY 95
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND 91
EMILIA-ROMAGNA, ITALY 88
DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO 87
RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES 80
YERUSHALAYIM (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL 78
BAYERN, GERMANY 76
LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA 76
T'AI-PEI, TAIWAN 75
REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE 73
LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES 71
GRAD ZAGREB, CROATIA 70
MISSISSIPPI, UNITED STATES 65
TOSCANA, ITALY 64
CATALUñA, SPAIN 61
NEVADA, UNITED STATES 61
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 59
VASTRA GOTALAND, SWEDEN 56
SARDEGNA, ITALY 55
PUGLIA, ITALY 55
NIEDERSACHSEN, GERMANY 55
NEBRASKA, UNITED STATES 54
UMBRIA, ITALY 52
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK 52
MOSKVA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 52
HAMBURG, GERMANY 47
MAINE, UNITED STATES 46
MANILA, PHILIPPINES 43
SLASKIE, POLAND 43
ATTIKI, GREECE 39
SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 38
NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS, FRANCE 38\
AICHI, JAPAN 38
AL QAHIRAH, EGYPT 37
ARKANSAS, UNITED STATES 37
KAO-HSIUNG, TAIWAN 36
MADRID, SPAIN 36
STEIERMARK, AUSTRIA 36
CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE, FRANCE 35
WYOMING, UNITED STATES 34
LIMA, PERU 34
AL KUWAYT, KUWAIT 34
ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM 32
BRATISLAVSKY, SLOVAKIA 32
HíEFA (HAIFA), ISRAEL 32
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 32
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND 31
LIMBURG, BELGIUM 30
NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA 29
KYONGGI-DO, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF 29
CHONGQING, CHINA 27
GUANGDONG, CHINA 26
SOUTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES 26
OSLO, NORWAY 26
MANITOBA, CANADA 25
MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND 25
WEST VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES 25
HLAVNI MESTO PRAHA, CZECH REPUBLIC 24
SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA 24
NAVARRA, SPAIN 24
SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA 24
SKANE, SWEDEN 24
VAUD, SWITZERLAND 24
KRUNG THEP MAHANAKHON, THAILAND 23
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 23
RHEINLAND-PFALZ, GERMANY 22
WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN, MALAYSIA 22
MONTANA, UNITED STATES 21
SOFIYA, BULGARIA 20
SICHUAN, CHINA 20
SHANGHAI, CHINA 20
ALSACE, FRANCE 20
CSONGRAD, HUNGARY 20
QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO 20
AR RIYAD, SAUDI ARABIA 19
VALENCIA, SPAIN 18
IDAHO, UNITED STATES 17
SOR-TRONDELAG, NORWAY 16
KHANIA, GREECE 15
OSAKA, JAPAN 15
TICINO, SWITZERLAND 14
MAHARASHTRA, INDIA 14
WEST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM 14
NORTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES 14
ITA-SUOMEN LAANI, FINLAND 14
BREMEN, GERMANY 13
WIELKOPOLSKIE, POLAND 13
'AMMAN, JORDAN 13
FARO, PORTUGAL 13
NOORD-BRABANT, NETHERLANDS 12
THURINGEN, GERMANY 12
SãO PAULO, BRAZIL 12
IZMIR, TURKEY 12
FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA, ITALY 11
OOST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM 11
VENETO, ITALY 11
DISTRITO CAPITAL, COLOMBIA 11
ANDALUCIA, SPAIN 11
PULAU PINANG, MALAYSIA 11
PIEMONTE, ITALY 10
GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA 10
SHIZUOKA, JAPAN 10
CAMPANIA, ITALY 9
DOLNOSLASKIE, POLAND 9
ANKARA, TURKEY 9
RABAT-SALE, MOROCCO 9
CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN 9
BASEL-STADT, SWITZERLAND 9
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG 9
BEYROUTH, LEBANON 9
MALTA, MALTA 9
RHONE-ALPES, FRANCE 9
ALASKA, UNITED STATES 9
CASTILLA Y LEON, SPAIN 8
LUBELSKIE, POLAND 8
PORTO, PORTUGAL 8
BOURGOGNE, FRANCE 8
JALISCO, MEXICO 8
AD DAWHAH, QATAR 8
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN 8
SAARLAND, GERMANY 8
CENTRAL, FIJI 7
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 7
PUERTO RICO, PUERTO RICO 7
HAMERKAZ (CENTRAL), ISRAEL 7
NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA 7
GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS 7
LODZKIE, POLAND 7
DELHI, INDIA 7
JAKARTA RAYA (DJAKARTA RAYA), INDONESIA 6
MIDI-PYRENEES, FRANCE 6
FLEVOLAND, NETHERLANDS 6
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND 6
NEW CALEDONIA, NEW CALEDONIA 6
SPLITSKO-DALMATINSKA, CROATIA 6
OVERIJSSEL, NETHERLANDS 6
SOUTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND 6
ABRUZZI, ITALY 6
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND 6
WALES, UNITED KINGDOM 6
PICHINCHA, ECUADOR 6
NANTERRE, FRANCE 6
THESSALONIKI, GREECE 5
KUJAWSKO-POMORSKIE, POLAND 5
RIGA, LATVIA 5
VARNA, BULGARIA 5
BALEARES, SPAIN 5
NAMUR, BELGIUM 5
PUEBLA, MEXICO 5
MEXICO, MEXICO 5
TEHRAN, IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF 5
LIEGE, BELGIUM 5
BRABANT WALLON, BELGIUM 5
VESTSJALLAND, DENMARK 5
ASTURIAS, SPAIN 5
VESTFOLD, NORWAY 5
SINALOA, MEXICO 5
OULUN LAANI, FINLAND 5
UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS 4
GUAYAS, ECUADOR 4
NUEVO LEON, MEXICO 4
MARCHE, ITALY 4
KARNATAKA, INDIA 4
MISTO KYYIV, UKRAINE 4
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKIE, POLAND 4
AL JIZAH, EGYPT 4
GELDERLAND, NETHERLANDS 4
GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA 4
LIGURIA, ITALY 4
CANTERBURY, NEW ZEALAND 4
RIZAL, PHILIPPINES 4
BERN, SWITZERLAND 4
DUNAUJVAROS, HUNGARY 4
VILNIAUS APSKRITIS, LITHUANIA 4
SICILIA, ITALY 4
PRIMORSKO-GORANSKA, CROATIA 4
HO CHI MINH, VIET NAM 4
FREDERIKSBORG, DENMARK 4
ASUNCION, PARAGUAY 4
OBEROSTERREICH, AUSTRIA 4
AL BAHR AL AHMAR, EGYPT 4
CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, SPAIN 4
JAWA TIMUR (DJAWA TIMUR), INDONESIA 4
ARHUS, DENMARK 4
MAKKAH, SAUDI ARABIA 4
KOPER, SLOVENIA 4
SANKT-PETERBURG, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 4
NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM 3
NIEDEROSTERREICH, AUSTRIA 3
MORELOS, MEXICO 3
ZHEJIANG, CHINA 3
ASH SHARQIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA 3
LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, FRANCE 3
TUNIS, TUNISIA 3
BURSA, TURKEY 3
CHELYABINSKAYA OBLAST', RUSSIAN FEDERATION 3
DISTRITO NACIONAL, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3
DHODHEKANISOS, GREECE 3
PAIS VASCO, SPAIN 3
TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA 3
ZILINSKY, SLOVAKIA 3
SANTAREM, PORTUGAL 3
AVEIRO, PORTUGAL 3
GALICIA, SPAIN 3
MASQAT, OMAN 3
GUJARAT, INDIA 3
FUKUOKA, JAPAN 3
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS 3
AL MANAMAH, BAHRAIN 3
SAITAMA, JAPAN 3
MALOPOLSKIE, POLAND 3
HORDALAND, NORWAY 3
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 3
POMORSKIE, POLAND 3
ADANA, TURKEY 3
SVERDLOVSKAYA OBLAST', RUSSIAN FEDERATION 3
HAUTE-NORMANDIE, FRANCE 3
STARA ZAGORA, BULGARIA 3
ARACINOVO, MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF 3
DIMASHQ, SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC 3
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, CANADA 3
SETUBAL, PORTUGAL 3
BRETAGNE, FRANCE 3
JöNKöPING, SWEDEN 3
UPPSALA, SWEDEN 3
LORRAINE, FRANCE 3
JAWA BARAT (DJAWA BARAT), INDONESIA 2
AKERSHUS, NORWAY 2
GUAM, GUAM 2
SIBIU, ROMANIA 2
MELAKA, MALAYSIA 2
CHIBA, JAPAN 2
KAUNO APSKRITIS, LITHUANIA 2
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR 2
KANAGAWA, JAPAN 2
BASEL-LANDSCHAFT, SWITZERLAND 2
CRNA GORA (MONTENEGRO), SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO 2
SARAWAK, MALAYSIA 2
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN 2
SONORA, MEXICO 2
VEST-AGDER, NORWAY 2
HADAROM (SOUTHERN), ISRAEL 2
ANTIOQUIA, COLOMBIA 2
TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO 2
MARAMURES, ROMANIA 2
RIVNENS'KA OBLAST', UKRAINE 2
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA 2
CARTAGO, COSTA RICA 2
PAYS DE LA LOIRE, FRANCE 2
VALAIS, SWITZERLAND 2
PERAK, MALAYSIA 2
ST. MICHAEL, BARBADOS 2
PUNJAB, PAKISTAN 2
PODKARPACKIE, POLAND 2
PANAMA, PANAMA 2
BIHOR, ROMANIA 2
HEBEI, CHINA 2
PRAHOVA, ROMANIA 2
FUJIAN, CHINA 2
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA 2
ROGALAND, NORWAY 2
MICHOACAN, MEXICO 2
SINDH, PAKISTAN 2
TIRANE, ALBANIA 2
HAJDU-BIHAR, HUNGARY 2
LA RIOJA, SPAIN 2
SHANDONG, CHINA 2
GRAUBUNDEN, SWITZERLAND 2
CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO 2
STORSTROM, DENMARK 2
CHIAPAS, MEXICO 2
MADEIRA, PORTUGAL 2
MUGLA, TURKEY 1
PUSAN-GWANGYOKSI, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF 1
IASI, ROMANIA 1
EXTREMADURA, SPAIN 1
KRONOBERG, SWEDEN 1
MAYO, IRELAND 1
FRIESLAND, NETHERLANDS 1
BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO 1
DEMERARA-MAHAICA, GUYANA 1
MURCIA, SPAIN 1
ST. GEORGE BASSETERRE, SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 1
ARAGON, SPAIN 1
DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES 1
TIANJIN, CHINA 1
VERACRUZ, MEXICO 1
WATERFORD, IRELAND 1
ZEELAND, NETHERLANDS 1
LARA, VENEZUELA 1
SURAT THANI, THAILAND 1
VIANA DO CASTELO, PORTUGAL 1
KARELIYA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 1
BARANYA, HUNGARY 1
LEIRIA, PORTUGAL 1
TOLNA, HUNGARY 1
CANTABRIA, SPAIN 1
PHUKET, THAILAND 1
ZUG, SWITZERLAND 1
CONSTANTA, ROMANIA 1
VASTERNORRLAND, SWEDEN 1
ORAN, ALGERIA 1
JILIN, CHINA 1
COIMBRA, PORTUGAL 1
TIMIS, ROMANIA 1
SACHSEN-ANHALT, GERMANY 1
FRENCH POLYNESIA, FRENCH POLYNESIA 1
GIBRALTAR, GIBRALTAR 1
SUHAJ, EGYPT 1
NORTH-WEST FRONTIER, PAKISTAN 1
MANAGUA, NICARAGUA 1
COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA 1
ROSKILDE, DENMARK 1
ARIMA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 1
ESKISEHIR, TURKEY 1
BALI, INDONESIA 1
MIYAGI, JAPAN 1
CALABRIA, ITALY 1
BAMAKO, MALI 1
WESTERN, SRI LANKA 1
VEJLE, DENMARK 1
GOIáS, BRAZIL 1
PRESOVSKY, SLOVAKIA 1
BURGAS, BULGARIA 1
ICEL, TURKEY 1
AHUACHAPAN, EL SALVADOR 1
KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1
SOMOGY, HUNGARY 1
SZABOLCS-SZATMAR-BEREG, HUNGARY 1
NAYARIT, MEXICO 1
CARABOBO, VENEZUELA 1
GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA 1
QUERETARO, MEXICO 1
ANTALYA, TURKEY 1
ATLANTICO, COLOMBIA 1
VALLE DEL CAUCA, COLOMBIA 1
HYOGO, JAPAN 1
KRASNODARSKIY KRAY, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 1
HAINAUT, BELGIUM 1
OREBRO, SWEDEN 1
HAMILTON MUNICIPALITY, BERMUDA 1
TOKUSHIMA, JAPAN 1
NEW PROVIDENCE, BAHAMAS 1
OAXACA, MEXICO 1
KAOLACK, SENEGAL 1
NAIROBI AREA, KENYA 1
BANSKOBYSTRICKY, SLOVAKIA 1
JASZ-NAGYKUN-SZOLNOK, HUNGARY 1
META, COLOMBIA 1
SUMATERA SELATAN, INDONESIA 1
SANTA FE, ARGENTINA 1
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA 1
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO 1
OSJECKO-BARANJSKA, CROATIA 1
PODLASKIE, POLAND 1
STREDOCESKY KRAJ, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
PEST, HUNGARY 1
NORDJYLLAND, DENMARK 1
FEDERATION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 1
PLZENSKY KRAJ, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
TARABULUS, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA 1
GUANAJUATO, MEXICO 1
AUST-AGDER, NORWAY 1
KINGSTON, JAMAICA 1
MISAMIS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES 1
SLIGO, IRELAND 1
MORAVSKOSLEZSKY KRAJ, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
LASITHI, GREECE 1
LOS LAGOS, CHILE 1
KHORASAN, IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF 1
DALARNAS, SWEDEN 1
VISEU, PORTUGAL 1
NORDLAND, NORWAY 1
HEVES, HUNGARY 1
SOLOTHURN, SWITZERLAND 1
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA 1
AZORES, PORTUGAL 1
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 1
GUNMA, JAPAN 1
KAVALA, GREECE 1
KABOL, AFGHANISTAN 1
PUERTO PLATA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1
SHANXI, CHINA 1
TRECIANSKY, SLOVAKIA 1
PICARDIE, FRANCE 1
HUNAN, CHINA 1
RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL 1
OSTERGOTLAND, SWEDEN 1
BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN 1
USTECKY KRAJ, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
KOCAELI, TURKEY 1
MARIBOR, SLOVENIA 1
BASILICATA, ITALY 1
CLUJ, ROMANIA 1
MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL 1
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN 1
IBARAKI, JAPAN 1
EVVOIA, GREECE 1
WARMINSKO-MAZURSKIE, POLAND 1
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA 1
FYN, DENMARK 1
TAMIL NADU, INDIA 1
JOHOR, MALAYSIA 1
NICOSIA, CYPRUS 1
HA NOI, VIET NAM 1
ZACATECAS, MEXICO 1

Thanks again, and here's to a fast and exciting 2008!