Thursday, September 04, 2008

Highlights from yesterday

Jim Cottrill and I both left our houses at around 6 a.m. yesterday, and met around 6:15 at a nearby busstop of sorts, actually 17 passenger vans (well, 17 passenger vans in Mexico, 10 passenger vans in the U.S.). We encountered a line of probably upwards of 100 people...and waited. It was still dark, and as we waited for 20 minutes or so the line continued to grow behind us. The line did not advance at all. Finally we decided to walk or take a bicycle taxi to the main highway were we could pick up a bus. We walked probably 20 minutes and ended up taking a taxi for $12 to our men's missionary prayer breakfast.

On the way into the city we quickly realized why there were no vans coming to pick people up...they couldn't get into the city, let alone back. It took us forever to advance a couple of miles. We ended up getting to our breakfast at 9 a.m., a full 3 hours from when we left our houses. Total distance, about 20 miles. Figure the MPH on that trip!

Yesterday afternoon brought another first for me...I went with Allan to collect old tires, that's right, old tires for the drum classes he's starting today, at 5:30. We have the church drums, plus another set that our former music teacher left at the churh, plus...two old tires. We had to clean the dirt, trash and creepy crawlers out of them, but apparently old tires substitute for drums. There are three kids, Alex, Sammy and our son Daniel, in the drum class. Allan's a great guy. (picture below)

Then last night I met with Samuel and Luis from 7 till around 10:30. We talked about ideas of how to promote their animation and graphics arts business, called "Animando Cartoons." It was a good meeting, with lots of ideas, etc...

Quote of the Day:
I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowing turning this central thing either into a Heaven creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is Heaven: that is, joy, and peace, and knowledge, and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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