Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Orleans

I feel the need to post, though I'm dying of exhaustion.
We drove through the night (paid drivers of a charter bus) to New Orleans from St. Paul. We left on Saturday at 15:00 and arrived at 15:00 on Sunday. Yes, that's 24 hours. We were wound up and ready to sleep as most of us don't sleep well on a bus. I personally got about 4 hours.
We visited the French Quarter and had a worship service. I know that I am hyper critical of worship, but I really want to talk to the people in charge. The Powerpoints were wrong, not one element went well. The lectors, assisting ministers, ministers and musicians flubbed on easy words. The only thing that went superb was the preaching, which is kinda the point. About the musicians...they were great, just needed to work on their timing and practice the ends of songs. I would re-arrange some of the pieces for their instrument grouping, but they can play.
I stopped a guy from beating up his gf in the French Quarter tonight. He might have been bigger than I am, but I think he was a little frightened that someone would call him out on it. Hopefully it did some good, but I think she will just go back to him--hopefully he doesn't beat her worse because of me. She didn't want my help, though I offered it.
Arrgh. I should go to bed. Good night, world! I'll tell you about the cleanup effort as time allows.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

150th!

It's been a while since I posted last and I just saw that this is number 150.

I've been crazy busy away from the internets, so I haven't read anyone's blog since I last posted, and still haven't. I love you all still!

Anyway, Becky and I competed in our first triathlon at the end of June in North Mankato. We finished it together, so our times sucked, but we did that on purpose. We just wanted to finish it. We hadn't "really" trained for it, so we just wanted to take it easy. We both feel we took it too easy and could have finished stronger without killing ourselves, but that's what the next one is for, right? And, yes, we want to do another. Yeah!

Other than that, I'm heading to New Orleans with a charter bus full of high schoolers(!). We are heading to one of the hottest places in the country during the middle of July for the ELCA Youth Gathering. It should be fun and I'm looking forward to it. Wish me luck!

Becky is employed twice over. Once is for MN Council of Non-Profits. Twice is for a Hispanic congregation in South Mpls, El Milagro. These will be great for her, since she was ready to move in this direction anyway. I might actually see her during tax season 2010.

That's all I can write in the allotted 5 minutes. Peace!