Tuesday, October 13, 2015 11:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Boredom can be a terrible thing and my mission is to avoid putting you to sleep. I must admit that most of the stuff you will read will not be all that exciting (accept, of course, for the airplane food)! I got up this morning at 7 with a departure time of 9:30. A bunch of last minute things to do and then some reports came in from one of our preachers so I worked on them and finished in the Atlanta airport. Bapp (our daughter) picked us up and we headed to the airport. No problems and they dumped me and I headed in. I was surprised at how busy the airport was but I got my bags checked with no problems. Went inside and got some Frozen Yogurt and then started reading. The book is A More Perfect Union by Dr. Ben Carson. He is running for President and as near as I can tell, is a man with true morals. The next year and 2 months will be interesting. Flew from Dallas to Atlanta and the flight was smooth. Had a 2 hour layover in Atlanta and was able to do some computer work and charge my I Phone, computer and DVD player. The flight left about 30 minutes late but we are still scheduled to land on time because the pilot has a heavy foot! I read two newspapers and then came the exciting part: Supper or Dinner depending on which part of the States you live in. I could have had chicken but figger that I will have plenty of that in the next 3 weeks. As always, the meal was deeeeeeeeeeeelicious. I can’t figger out why my spell checker flagged deeeeeeeeeeedlicious. Maybe I had one too many ‘Es’ or one too few! Generally, I post pictures on the first couple of Howdys from my grandkids. Well, I have a picture of Louis and Linda Bassay that I took 2 or 3 weeks ago. He is going to Harding on a 2 to 3 year program. The girls left to right are Lori-Angela, Renea and Gabby. I am going to miss him on this trip as it will be the first October trip in a long time that we have failed to work together. He is such a blessing to the Kingdom and our prayer is that when he returns to Cameroon his time in the States will help him be a more effective minister. Jean Claude will work with me and our plan is to work with 8 congregations. I am looking forward to getting to my second home and seeing so many brethren that I love with all of my heart. Still have 4 hours to Paris with a 3 hour layover and then 6 ½ hours to Douala. You, of course, will not receive this until I am there. I am going to try and sleep for a few hours. Will write more once I am in Paris.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 3:15pm-9:15am CST
Was able to get 2 hours of sleep and feel fine. Actually had breakfast on the plane and it was wonderful. Generally I do not eat breakfast because the menu is sorry but this was really good. Did some more reading and landed within 10 minutes of the original time. When you exit the plane there is a long walk (I would guess 5-10 miles) before you reach the train which takes you to the correct terminal. I would hate to be taken to the incorrect terminal. Reminds me of a brother who says in church that Brother Jones will give the prayer at the appropriate time. It would be a ‘kick in the head’ if he gave it at the inappropriate time! Had to go through security and since I have a Pacemaker I have to go through a special machine (probably because I am special). The man asked for my card showing I had a Pacemaker and the card I gave him did not have my name. He asked to see a card with my name and I had one in my wallet. A co-worker argued with him (was speaking in French) and the tone was not positive. Got to my gate with no problem and boarded a little behind schedule which is par for the course. Had another deeeeeeeeeeelicious meal (can’t seem to get the right number of ‘Es’ in deeeeeeeeeeelicous as my spellchecker keeps going nuts). As I wrote ‘going nuts’ Teresa Blaisdell lept into my mind! I am going over my class for February, reading some more and using Bapp’s DVD player to watch some episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. We will be landing in less than 2 hours. I will try and write a few more things and then send tonight if Jean Claude brings my modem to the hotel.
I am here! As you can see, there is 6 hours between me and CST. Oh, the hotel has WiFi and we will see if it is as fast as my modem. I decided to write earlier than usual as I am in the middle of unpacking. The last part of the flight was reading, going over February seminar material and watching a DVD. Did get some Ice Cream before we landed and it way yummy. Landed about 20 minutes behind schedule; made it through Customs with no problems and then waited and waited and waited (actually more waiting than that) but my bags finally came out. They are remodeling the airport and the baggage area now has A/C which is very nice. The government is not allowing ‘non-fliers’ to come within a 100 yards of the airport so I got a taxi which took me down to Jean Claude and off to the hotel. The A/C is working and I have a nice fridge with some cold water and cold Coke Lights. I will eat after I finish this and then Skype with Linda. She wanted me to wait a bit so Charlie Brown will be there. I am sure there are other exciting things to share but I have gotten about 2 ½ hours of sleep in the last 31 hours so you will have to wait till tomorrow to receive some pearls. Thanks for your prayers. The flights could not have gone smoother.