Monday, December 13, 2010

Back Home again?


I made it back to the States.  For those of you who don't know, I came home for Christmas.  I will be here about a month.  So, here are a few first impressions - jet-lag fog and all.

Driving - what do I do with my left foot?  There is no clutch.  My windowshield has no dust on it.  The wipers have gone several times when I meant to do the turn signal.  RIGHT!  Stay in the right lane - my mind thinks it is wrong, but it is amazing how annoyed other people get :).  No, I have only been on the wrong side when there hasn't been other traffic around to give me clues - only my parents in the car with me get annoyed.  People drive fast!  I must be getting old as I drive slow - of course being jet-lagged probably has something to do with that.  Give me a few days and I'll be back to normal. 

Restaurants - Americans are noisy!  Almost every restaurant I have been to has had loud music and lots of loud people.  Chik-fil-a still has delicious Chicken biscuits, but now they take your name and you go sit down and wait for them to bring your food.  I still have to read the menus to see what is on offer and people behind the counter get annoyed that I don't know what I want before I come in.  So, I guess we are impatient too.

Shopping - I haven't tackled that one much.  I did go to get a few toiletries at Target, but I have avoided malls and such.  Maybe next week.

I head out with my parents tomorrow to meet some Pottengers that we don't know - yet.  It should be fun trying to figure out how we are related.  We got connected through facebook and a college friend.  After that, we have lunch with the Mangels and then start our driving trip to Indianapolis.  I will be seeing some folks in Blue Springs, MO who came to visit me in Turkana in 2009.  It should be a fun evening.  Then on to Indy to see family and another party with friends and supporters.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone!

I guess that is all for now.  I hope you are enjoying the season and have a chance to reflect on Christ's Advent in the past, the present and the future!  Be blessed in this season of our Lord!