Sunday, July 26, 2009
This is the bride at a wedding that started at six in the morning. Of course it was an hour and a half late starting, but we still have trouble not being there on time. At the reception the night before the bride wore rubies and this morning her gold is adorned with diamonds.
stirring the concoction around with their fingers. Nope! Just could not do it. Right then a little cup of ice cream was served and I used the accompanying wooden spoon for the pudding and the ice cream. Saved! Dutifully I eat with my fingers but I still don't like it and there are limits.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The cart does not come everyday. It probably leaves from the Hindu temple down the street. It comes down the main street and turns right at our side street and continues past another school (another post for another day) Music blares loudly, and at first you think it is another parade as a woman sings in a high pitched nasal chant. She sounds like a misguided twelve year old. I am respectful of her expression of her beliefs but after months of this sound it still grates on my ears.
Yesterday I was working at a woman's home and she was playing this kind of music and I noticed my shoulders swaying. YIKES! Am I embracing this sound? As soon as I return to California I will play Ella Fitzgerald and Nora Jones to mellow out my brain.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
You could stop here for breakfast if you were out on the road. One day we did start out early and because we were traveling far we we did have a driver. He was hungry and needed to stop for breakfast. We had had papaya at home. He returned quickly and said it was too dirty. Lucky he was able to tell. Sometimes a place will seem fine but later you are paying a price. This has nothing to do with the class of the establishment. If you were in the restaurant of a fine hotel and noticed that everyone at a particular table was drinking coke you would know that they were seasoned travelers in India. Many travelers make it a practice to have a glass of coke after every meal to kill any bad things in the food. If coke is that powerful, what else does it do while it is inside you? One thing we did hear recently is that excessive coke drinking can cause kidneystones. Choose your poison.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
definitely produces man size papayas.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
It seems that there has been a mighty change in traffic since only three years back. If you count five years back you can't even recognize your own childhood street.
These fireworks are all about our excitement. Our own personal celebration. A couple of days after the fourth of July we got an email that said that our new Church location had been approved in Hong Kong. Two weeks before that we had gotten a "no" from Hong Kong unless we cut costs by 50%. Would it be possible? We sent a list to Bangalore of everything we could think of to cut and one of the architects went to the Bangalore office and all of a sudden there were enough costs cut to make a new meeting place a reality.
We have room for seventy or so in our chapel now - the new space will let us have 150. Now we have seven teaching stations and we will increase to ten and also add a library and a clerks office. Everyone is so excited.
Fifteen years ago this grandmother was baptised. Last week her two grandsons were baptised. With plans for the new building approved we will have enough space so no one will have to sit in the hall.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Indian sweets are very different. I haven't had enough of then to really know how to compare to something familiar. An orange flavored pan of sweets looks like a pan of not shiny jello with cashew nuts. The sweets may have various flours in them too. They are VERY sweet.
The best memory of past fourths for us is stopping early in the morning for fresh picked corn and then heading for San Clemente and the beach for an all day and evening party that ended with fireworks and sleepy children.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Let's not loose the progress we have made and let's get better everyday with seeing that freedom is ALWAYS extended to ALL.
In India weather matters. Both times we took the train to Bangalore we looked out on almost desert like country and saw empty reservoirs. That was months ago and everything was dry then. India is getting rain now, but rain will not come to our part of India in any amount to help until September. You find yourself becoming obsessed with the weather report.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Once while in the bank we saw stacks of tens. Now we go at the first of every month and get a supply. It saves lots of time. Now notice the three stacks of tens. The one on the right is brand new. The front one is a little less new and the one at top back looks like a lot more money because it is full of sweat and dirt. That is Chennai.