Friday, February 10, 2012 10:00pm – 3:00pm CST
If you enjoy traveling then let me know and I will try and find a good psychiatrist for you! You may wonder why I would think this way since I travel so much. It is not because I enjoy living out of a suitcase but I love what happens when I arrive at my destination. Here are a few thoughts and then I will take you through the day:
1. If you have been reading my musings for some time you have heard me speak highly of ‘high speed’ internet. I was about to commit “Harry Carey” and I have always been a Cardinal and Cub fan! At any rate, I am still unable to send email but just when I was fixin to pull my hair out I remembered my dear friend, Bob Deister. I have now sent the emails via Gmail.
2. Richard and Lori were really struggling with the cold in their room yesterday and last night. There is a thermostat but Richard isn’t the brightest guy in the world and he figured the lower the number the higher the temperature. Well, after we had a discussion I think they will be more comfortable tonight.
3. I have another problem that will go away as soon as I leave this hotel. You see, my refrigerator (not freezer) freezes my Coke Lights! I have to take them out from time to time so I can drink them. The water in my fridge froze solid and started to expand the bottle but I think I rescued the bottles just in time. I hope you all are having a lot of sympathy for us!
Here is the day:
Slept like a rock last night. Alarm woke me at 8 with Jean Claude due at 9:30. I took a nice shower and got on the internet and did a few things. Louis had called and needed to come over to get some money for a bunch of copies he will make for us. Jean Claude arrived promptly at 9:50 and I exclaimed: ‘my watch must be broken’ to which he replied: ‘yes, you need to throw that watch’. We would say ‘throw away’ but they are more economical with words. Richard, Lori, Jean Claude and I hopped into a taxi and went to a grocery store. As always, we will eat some meals in the hotel restaurant and eat in our rooms some. We will basically alternate days. I really didn’t but much because I will get some stuff in Kumba. Did get the essentials (Mars Bars, Snickers and Coke Light). After some visiting we went to lunch. You need to have a lot of time for lunch because the restaurants do not get in a hurry. We were going to need Ketchup and usually this place has none so we go next door to a small store and buy some. Well, I went down and they were out so I walked to another store and they were out so I finally walked to a big store and they had it. I was gone about 25 minutes but the food was not even close to being ready when I returned. I then came back to the hotel and did a bunch of stuff. Richard wanted to know if I would take them to an Ice Cream store at 6:30 and being the nice, sacrificial guy that I am said sure. We went down and Lori and I got ice cream and that goofball got French Fries and a Sprite! Got a taxi back and have been doing various stuff. Oh, earlier we went to the top of the hotel where you can get a good view of the city. Two of the pictures I took are below. The one on the right shows a typical road in Douala. Everything is basically packed and we plan to leave around 7:30 in the morning. Linda Bassay will have prepared Hard Boiled eggs for us (my Linda loves them) and I bought some bread today and have my Chick-fil-A mayonnaise so I am ready. Looking forward to going to Kumba. Tomorrow afternoon we are going to village the orphanage. We are all doing well. Thanks for your prayers and your emails.
P.S.: Oh, tomorrow the internet will begin to crawl as I will have to use my slow modem. Please pray for my sanity. Fortunately I am the antithesis of Teresa Blaisdell regarding that matter. Don’t worry about her getting mad because she has no idea of what I just said!