Roughly 5 full days in and I’ve started comparing/contrasting the merits of my native land and the foreign world I now roam around awkwardly.
Here’s the early quicklist…
…I’m not in Whataburger territory any longer. Instead, White Castle [“I shall not step in the place…ever!”], Wendy’s, and Burger King [yikes!] dominate the fast food landscape. I’ve already enrolled in grief counseling…
[exhibit A to the left: a White Castle ‘cheeseburger’]
…the locals have been overly friendly and helpful. One couple even smiled at me. Most simply cock their head sideways when I talk, like a puppy dog does during American Idol auditions. One notable exception is the lady at the nifty gas station/McDonald’s in Beecher. She basically stared me down and escorted me in her mind to Hades when I asked for more ice. My bad! Maybe she misheard me. I’ll give her one more shot before I start my cereal revolt.
…wi-fi paradise. Maybe I just haven’t been on the prowl for it back home, but the wi-fi options here seem endless. The Crete Public Library [town just north of Beecher where we’re living temporarily] offers it and Panera Bread is huge here. I’ve made both central command the better part of the week.
…weather. Perfect! High 70’s to low 80’s. Crisp and fall-like. Haven’t broke a sweat yet. I’ll provide another real-time weather update around Christmas time.
Shan and the girls are heading this way manana. Thanks for remembering them in your conversations with our great God.