Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:30pm-12:30pm CST
What a difference a day makes. I am able to write today nearly 6 hours earlier than last night. The day was good and restful and here are some of the experiences. I got up at 7:30 after a good night’s rest. This hotel has REALLY hot water; when you draw for a bath you had better check first because it will literally scald you and this ain’t America where you could sue the hotel. They would just say ‘I am sorry’ and that would be that! Jean Claude came over around 9. He was followed by Louis and Linda and Giselle. I wanted to go over everything with the girls and we are ready for the journey. Actually, I wish we were already there. I think Linda and Giselle may enjoy the travel as this will be a novelty for them. Hours and hours and hours and hours and hours of travel don’t do much for me. Nearly 2 decades ago I was doing a WBS seminar for the church in Whitewright, Texas and at the end of the presentation an old brother on the back pew said: “why do you travel to Africa to preach the gospel. We have plenty of lost people in this country who need to hear the Word. You just like to travel!” I informed him that I hate to travel but the people in Africa listen to me. It is kind of the opposite the way your wife listens to you. Oooooopppppssss! Did I say that? Don’t report that to the authority or this will be my last journey anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Went to lunch and had a good time. Don’t ever go to a restaurant here if you are hungry because you will die of starvation before the food arrives! Once it is there it is very good but you might as well bring War and Peace as you could finish it before the food came. I was able to ride a couple of machines again today. Wow, they can go anywhere! We are moving through traffic, going through spaces that an ant would have trouble going through and we never kaboom or anything. I guess kaboom is not a word because my spellchecker didn’t recognize it. Oh well, grammar never was my bestest of subjects. However, I was pretty good at speling. I need to go (and the operative word is NEEDED) to a grocery store so I hopped a machine and gave the name of the store. Off we went and pretty soon I knew we were not going in the right direction. After we had went far enough I called Jean Claude and had him direct the driver. You see, his English rivaled my French so we were in trouble. Douala is interesting because you would think that the largest city in the country would have decent roads. Well, if you thought that you would be WRONG!!!!!!!!!! After I got a few things from the store I hopped another machine and he didn’t know what he was doing either. At one point he said he needed to stop to answer his phone. That was OK although I have ridden on machines where the driver was talking and driving at the same time. They say in the States you should not drive and text because it is dangerous but surely no more than this. I have been working on finalizing my manuscript for February. It was actually done but I started re-reading it on the plane and there were a few mistakes. I will take care of that tonight and give a flash drive to Jean Claude and one to Louis as they will do the translation. I was able to talk to Linda tonight so everything is OK. I am going to relax tonight and then have some errands to run tomorrow. Thanks for your continued prayers and especially thanks to all of you who have written.
I will start taking pictures soon but now you have to look at stuff like the one below. That is Bapp with our youngest grandchild, KB. Oh, did I tell you that grandkid #10 is on the way!