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Monday, July 23, 2007

the five best things about america

a list by Joel after two weeks back in his homeland

1. Cheez-its. Including the spelling.

2. Everything---no, everything, including freeways with traffic, new cell phones with complicated alarm clocks and the DMV---yes---is so convenient. I am thankful.

3. Near universal air conditioning. No joke: the air conditioner in the room where we're staying at ESI training has a setting for "Super Cool." It is.

4. Public friendliness. I got into a conversation in an airport line with a woman from Albuquerque about the creative ways Europeans pronounce that name. Yes, Europeans have heard of Albuquerque, and no, they wouldn't have shared this with me in an airport line.

5. Worshipping God by singing songs about how good and amazing he is---and doing this in English with other people who speak English and love God in the same way. Please don't take this for granted. It is one of God's very good gifts.


Blogger James said...

Super cool. Hah!


9:20 PM  
Blogger Priya, Prior, Pyra said...

Are you trying to tell us that now they have air conditioning at WCIU?????

If that's true I chose the wrong time to go overseas...


10:46 PM  
Anonymous denim woman said...

Even the DMV?
You may have been brain washed in Central Europe.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

When I was at WCIU, Joanna and I had to beg for a fan, and still our room was a furnace.

And now you are saying they have air conditioning?

I am speechless.

How's the food?

12:57 PM  
Blogger The Dorrs said...

I second Priya....WCIU now has AC?!?!?!

It's not like the old days. We had it rough back then.


12:57 PM  
Blogger Peta said...

oh yeah, no.5 :)

hey Joel, you may officially read my blog... (Chrissy, you are welcome to read it too if you want to, I just never talked to you about it...)

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Booters said...

we are excited to see you guys!! then we can actually give you your wedding present.... hahaha, its only what, a few days late right??? :)


12:45 AM  
Blogger FreeBazyn said...

Amen, brother, Amen. I'm so glad to read that you are taking it all in and enjoying it to the fullest!

p.s. Isn't it funny that all the ESIers comment only on the AC at WCIU and not the other beautiful things of the USA....don't become bitter, Joel and Chrissy. Live in th honeymoon!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Danka said...

Yes, people in the Czech Rep are not that friendly and a lot of people do not believe in God. But look at our long history - Czechs has been in the middle of Europe for 1000 years (or longer) and you could see how we believed in God, which temples, churches we had and still have. That is why I am proud to be Czech. :))))

5:53 AM  
Blogger James said...

6. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is part of out heritage. And it has a snazzy ditty.

4:46 AM  

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