Friday, June 20, 2014 7:35pm-1:35pm CST
Every day in Cameroon is a busy day which is good. Oftentimes I think that a day like today will be short and I will have a lot of dead time on my hands. Well, not exactly. You can see that I am writing somewhat early but I need to be up by 6:15 as we are loading at 7:15. Slept in (won’t be able to do that for 11 or so days) and got up at 7:45. Checked email and went across the street and had copies made of the custom stamp that was placed last night at the airport in our passports. The purpose is in case we were to lose our passport; Jean Claude says it will expedite the process. Chris and I went down to the Post Office to mail some postcards and later Mark and I went and purchased some more cards. Jean Claude and Louis said they would be at the hotel by 10 and they both were. I went into Cardiac failure as the odds of them both arriving on time are worse odds than winning the lottery! Fortunately I have a strong heart and was able to persevere. We went to a nice grocery store to buy necessities for the journey. Things such as Coke Zero, Mars Bars, Pringles and other items that are essential to a strong, growing body. The five of us rode in a Toyota Corolla taxi. Initially it was Mark and Louis up front (with Louis on the stick). Louis thought Mark was too large but we reminded him that it could have been Jean Claude and he felt better immediately! We brought the stuff back to the hotel and went to the hamburger joint we like. No one got a hamburger (hey, my darling wife NEVER buys sea food at either Red Lobster or Long John Silver’s) but that is OK. It was good food and we enjoyed our time together. When I got back to the hotel Jean Claude and I visited for a while. I am always happy to be with him. Over the past few years I have been unable to send emails from my Outlook and had to go through Gmail. Well, Mark is probably the ‘hottest of hot shots’ when it comes to the computer. He worked and worked and worked and finally got everything set. Hopefully my problems are history. I truly was grateful for his help. There were over 200 emails that I had been unable to see but fortunately most of them were garbage so I was able to delete them fairly quickly. After he left I packed for the journey tomorrow. Chris and Mark came down to my room and we spent some time in prayer regarding the journey that lies ahead. We are tired of traveling and ready to serve. My mission for the balance of the evening is to take a shower and then put on an episode of The Rockford Files and enjoy a nice meal. Oh, some of you will remember Rob Foster and Tucker Harding from last year. They are two teens who just graduated from high school. They would fight over watching The Rockford Files and Walker, Texas Ranger with me!
1. At the store today I was able to buy some ‘Mini-Oreos’ and they were bottled in Portugal!
2. Chris got his first experience on a machine today. Actually he and Mark rode the same one with Chris in the middle. At least he didn’t have to hold on. I have been so busy that I didn’t find out what his first impression was. When he got off the machine he looked like a white man. Is that a clue?
3. Mark went down to the post office to mail his cards and was stopped by a policeman on his return. The officer asked to see his passport which Mark produced and all was well. Chris laughed and told him that he had been profiled!
4. Chris has an IPhone 4 and he left the charging cord (he thinks) in the Paris hotel. After we ordered lunch he and Louis went to a computer place nearby and bought a cord. I have an IPhone 5 but my charger will not fit his phone. The food still wasn’t on the table when they returned 30 minutes later! If a starving man went into a restaurant here they might as well call the mortician cause he ain’t going to make it!
5. Didn’t even break out my camera (IPhone) today so you will have to enjoy the pictures below. On the left are two of our grandkids: Charlie Brown and KB. Well, Charlie Brown is not actually a grandkid although we treat him as one. Linda has babysat him since he was 6 weeks old and he is fixin to start Kindergarten in August. The two ‘sleeping beauties’ on the right are my gorgeous wife and Charlie Brown. The kid can sleep anywhere and in any position.
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