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!