May 28th, 2007

Fiona and me in the snow

church, the catastrophic failure of the Cherry Coke Can, and Saturday

Well, Sunday's almost over, and though it's been quiet, the radio and the phone have been keeping me busy. That, and I've started reading again which is also a bonus.

Church was good today. They transferred my records to the Oak Ridge Ward, so I'm no longer a member of the Fayetteville University Ward, at least for now. In the LDS church, things are done geographically, so if you live in an area for a while, they transfer your records (your ordinations, birth date, address, etc.), so that's what they've done. They recognized me today in the sacramant service, so I had to stand up so that people could see me and welcome me. I still can't get used to people calling me Brother Romey all the time, and I almost wish they'd just use first names, but that's how they do things, so I won't complain too much. All the men got up during the service as well and sung a hymn, and that was cool, except for the fact that my Pac Mate decided to crash in the middle of things, and so I had to lip sing some of the song while I was up there haha.

I came back here after church and decided I would heat up this pizza I got yesterday (I'll talk about the trip to Wal Mart and Big Ed's here in a minute). The heating up of the pizza went ok, but the problems all started when I got a cherry Coke out of the box. I opened the box so that I could take one can out at a time (along the perforations on the front of the box). Apparently, when I opened the box, I losened the very front of the box, so there was nothing holding the cans in. I'd taken a can out yesterday, so figured it was ok, and I knew I'd done this yesterday too. So, I took another can out this afternoon and all was well until like ten seconds later when a, as we call it in the chemical industry, a catastrophic failure of the Coke Holding system took place. The cans all chain reaction came out of the box and onto the floor. This would have been ok had not one of the cans hit the corner of the chair at the right place, causing a catastrophic failure of said can and subsequent explosion of cherry coke over everything. I picked up said failed can, and took it over to the sink, all the way leaking Coke all over the floor and carpet. I swear I had Resolve Carpet Cleaner, but apparently it either didn't get packed or it's over in Fayetteville at the Institute, because I had no carpet cleaner, so I have this really sticky spot, or relatiely sticky I should say, in the middle of my carpet now. I wiped it up (the linoleum in the kitchen and sopped up some on the carpet), but it won't be the same until I get some real carpet cleanin goin on yo. I've got all of the cherry Cokes set out of the box on my shelf here, and they are now all accounted for minus the exploded can (One can's been MIA for most of the day, but I found him tonight).

I've been talking on the radio this evening which is cool. I've got a main repeater I hang out on in the evenings which I seem to have fit into pretty well, so that's cool. Haven't talked to too many people outside of radio or church that are from here, but everyone I've talked to has been really friendly.

That's about it for tonight. Brother Schwengles (the guy whose been picking me up for church) invited me to come to his house for a Memorial Day BBQ, so that should be fun, and it'll mean I don't have to cook dinner tomorrow, yay!!!! I was worried that I wouldn't be able to do anything tomorrow, so that is really good.

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And that about all covers it. I started this entry about 9:30, but I've been distracted so much that it's taken me three hours. So I'll pst and o to bed before I get further distracted. More soon.
Fiona and me in the snow

A good Memorial Day

I'm not exactly Sure why we gather on Memorial Day with our families and friends so that we can remember those who have fought for our many freedoms, and why I left today more stuffed than I think I've felt since Thanksgiving. Perhaps those who have gone beyond the veil would like us to have a good time while remembering them. The sad thing is that sometimes, we just eat and don't remember them for whom the day was created. I hope people took the time to ponder and remember those like my Grandpa who fought in World War II. Let's remember our newest fallen soldiers who aer being killed senselessly in a war that many do not support. Writing this down helps me put into perspective the sacrifices many families have had to bare so that I can worship what I choose, so I can say what I would like, and so I can hang out with family and friends at any time without any fear. So many in the world do not have these freedoms, so perhaps this is why we gather, to celebrate what we have and to remember those who helped this goal to come to fruition.

I left for the Schwengle's this afternoon about 3 and stayed til about 9 or a bit after. Everyone had a great time, I getting to know the whole family, and them talking to me about various things. I've come to the realization that even though many people here are Volunteers fans, deep down they are friendly people, so I'm glad we had friendly conversation about the rivalry between the two schools. We had burgers and fixins, and strawberry pie for dessert. I took some of it home, and I know they still had lots left. We spent most of the time talking, and that was really neat. It's nice to have a place that I could spend the day, because it's hard being here by myself sometimes. I pulled out my little handheld ham radio and one of the little grandkids, Christopher, who is eighteen months, had a great time holding up the radio up and talking into it like he knew what he was doing. He especially enjoyed pressing buttons on it. I think I made a friend today in thechnology, and maybe some day this little bit of inspiration might convince him and his dad to get their licenses. We taught him how to say radio which is the first step, and I also asked him if he was going to get his license some day and he said "yeah!!!!" which is the second step. We have to work on things little by little I think.

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do at work tomorrow, as when I talked to Hop today, he told me to check with Joel in the morning as to what he wanted me to do. Might be kind of a slow day, but I don't know that for sure. I've continued reading my book, so I'll bring that with me in case I have some dead time. I also have a letter to write, which will take some time, because it has to be done right :), all good letters should be pondered and planned so that they're not like email messages in which you dash out really quickly. So I think I'll get to bed before midnight tonight, and hope that everything works out for me to get picked up in the morning; Glen's not going to be there tomorrow. More soon.