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San Francisco without the Francisco

July 11, 2011

Well, that was a fascinating adventure. After enjoying five days with our new friend Francisco, we sent him off to the airport this morning back to Chile. Such a crazy circumstance brought him to us, and he ended up being a really, really good guy. I had so much fun lapsing back into Spanish mode and joking around with the guy. He should be at home by tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for your prayers in his behalf. In honor of Francisco, here’s a great little video. It’s illegal footage, so catch it fast before it gets taken down.

Francisco without the San

July 6, 2011

Tonight (and perhaps more nights) we have a random Chileno named Francisco staying with us, because his dad kicked him out of his house. He’s trying to fly home to Chile now. I like the guy, and it’s been great speaking Spanish with him, but I think he and I both agree that we need to get him home ASAP. Everyone please pray that Francisco can get home safely and soon, and also that this whole incident can spark some interest in the Church. He’s a good guy. Adios.

I know, I know.

July 5, 2011

Yesterday was the Fourth. Today is the fifth (no capitalization deserved). However, I’m guessing most of you didn’t get anywhere near your daily recommended dosage of blue-sequined Neil. Disfruten.

Foul Surnames

June 29, 2011

Why is there a player on the Phillies whose last name is Bastardo? Am I missing something?

Just got back from Canada.

June 28, 2011

I’d throw up some pics, but I don’t have them yet, and pictures can’t do justice to a place like Banff anyway. Just go there. Among many other great experiences along the way, there was the discovery of new music. The best part of a road trip is singing in the car. Or playing instruments in the car. Somehow I didn’t know about this band until shortly before we ran out of gas in the wide, beautiful Montana prairie.

Just listen to it. And also think about this great thought from a little book I’ve been reading:

According to biblical tradition the absence of work – idleness – was a condition of the first man’s state of blessedness before the Fall. The love of idleness has been preserved in fallen man, but now a heavy curse lies upon him, not only because we have to earn our bread by the sweat of our brow, but also because our sense of morality will not allow us to be both idle and at ease. Whenever we are idle a secret voice keeps telling us to feel guilty.

Let’s do this. Just for fun, I’ll send a prize via mail to the person who can identify the source of that quote.

Amen.

June 21, 2011

The youngest is known for his firm, decisive opinions. I sent him (Pepetonio) the link to this cat woman video. We’re pretty sure it’s fake, but I liked his concise commentary sent to me via email:

“Jae, this is terrible. Is this a serious video? My feelings of despair cannot be expressed in words.”

The video might be fiction, but the sentiments in it are shared sincerely by far, far too many people today.

Oh home belov’d

June 21, 2011

Tomorrow night I fly into Utah. Other than my delightful two-year stint as a missionary in Uruguay, this is the longest I’ve been away from my native state. It’s just a brief stop – I leave Wednesday evening for Canada – but I’m excited to see some of the fam, and hang out with Log. It’ll be weird getting back into hot weather and feeling like it’s actually summer. We had our first hot day here in the city, and no one knew how to respond. I saw a lot of people walking around who, out of habit, were stillĀ  wearing fleece vests and scarves, even though the temperatures reached the mid-80’s. Personally, I was sweating my little heart out. Thank goodness for powerful Old Spice protection!

I love this time of year in Utah because everything is still green and lush. These are the mountains behind my house, around this time of year in 2009. Not too shabby.