Legos, Oil Change, and Norwegians

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Monday, November 2, 2009

Hey all--Mike here :)

It's tough to follow Kelsey's poetically beautiful entries as of late, so I won't attempt anything too profound today.

Today we had one show in one school in the morning. That's it. It's hardly worth mentioning. The set-up went smoothly, the show ran without a hitch, and we were out and back at the hotel before complimentary continental breakfast was over. Tomorrow would begin our work with the Maryland branch of Youth for Christ, but we wouldn't be able to meet with our contact person until 6:30 tonight. So, needless to say, we had some time to kill. As we headed out of town, we stopped at a Panera for an early lunch. We sipped some tea, played some games, and let the rest of the morning roll by. Before we continued on, however, we had to backtrack to the hotel to pick up our pillow that we forgot--and were only reminded by a voicemail left by the hotel staff. Thankfully we stopped at Panera when we did, or else we would have been hours away!

Since it was the first work day of the month, we did need to get our oil changed and mail our monthly paperwork. We just happened to pass a post office on the way back out of town.

Well... kind of a post office. It was a post office that shared space with an Eezy-Freeze or something... some run-down no-name restaurant. A woman was mopping the floor of the restaurant when we walked in. We walked over to the post office desk and waited for someone to come along to help. Behind us, the custodial woman said in some strange accent, "Just a minute." She finished mopping that section of floor, entered a door to the post office, took off her apron and then proceded to play mail worker! Well, we sent the paperwork.
We just prayed extra hard that it actually gets to California. I hope that's the last time we send mail via an Eezy Freeze frozen treat shop...


Our next stop was the Annapolis Mall. We dropped our van off at the Sears Auto Center for its oil change, and then wandered the mall to fill our time. We got Kelsey's engagement ring inspected and cleaned at Jared's, and we melted into our respective massage chairs in Brookstone. The most fun was had, however, in the Lego store!

We marvelled at all of the Lego sets that are available. I haven't checked out Legos for years--and boy have they gotten impressive! The store was a lot of fun--little scenes were made with Legos and put on display behind plastic viewing windows. A few little stations were set up for the sole purpose of playing with Legos. Boxes and boxes of Lego sets lined the shelves--everything from a Tolkien-esque troll encampment to a three-foot tall model of the Eiffel Tower! A friendly, helpful store associate (a Lego nerd, but still friendly and helpful) shared tidbits of helpful information as we browsed. The Taj Mahal, for example took him and his fiance 36 hours to build. Yikes!

The Lego store offers little pieces and accessories to custom make little Lego people--and you can buy them in sets of three. We made three little Lego people--a little likeness of me, Kelsey, and a generic school janitor. Together, they can represent a good deal of our Camfel experience! They had a photo shoot, reenacting various scenes from our work. Funny! We hope to upload them soon.

Well, time got away from us (and the auto shop forgot to call us when they were done), and we didn't get out and arrive at the family's home that night until 7:00.

So now, for the rest of week, we're staying with Arn Bjorndal and his family. More stories to come! And pictures, whenever we can get them loaded. Stay tuned!
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