Wednesday, October 22, 2008


So I'm really tired. It seems that moving to a new place, getting married, learning a new language, living in a community (a sweet private apartment within a community), and having everyone in that community trying to figure out who you are and what you're all about seems to do that to you. But being tired isn't that bad of a feeling. No, it's not being able to sleep that is an awful, horrible feeling. And why can't I go to bed right now, where my wife is probably freezing to death without the extra heat that my body provides?

I'm waiting to make a phone call.

That's right, a phone call. And to who, you might ask? The French Consulate in San Francisco. It seems that they don't like answering their phone during the hours that they have set aside, at least theoretically, for doing that very thing. So, I'm calling the number repeatedly so that I can get my paperwork rolling. But it is even more tiring to here the same voices and bad music saying, "We're sorry the voice mail is full...dee dee dee duh dee doo dum dah doooo...this is the visa department, to talk to an officer in the department, press one...dee dee dee..." and so it continues until you hang up and call again, which is exactly what I'm waiting to do right now.

Oh, and yesterday the charger for my computer broke, so my faithful laptop is waiting for a new one. I don't know if it is bad for a computer to sit unused for a long period of time, but that's what is happening to it.

Okay. I'm trying again.

Still busy.

Anyway, things are going really well here so far. I'm learning a lot about a lot of different cultures. French, Korean, English...okay maybe that's all, but it's still quite a bit. Life here is very unique. I'm caught between two different communities/mission agencies who are trying to feel me out and see how I fit in with what they're doing. And the hard truth is that I don't. My main role right now is to be the husband of my wife, who works for one of these agencies, and my main goal is to learn French and start using it to express Christ's love for sinners. But, I have already had opportunities to serve both agencies, and I'm sure that there will be plenty more in the future.

Okay, trying again...

Nope. What is it with this place? Alright, once more then I'm going to bed.

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