Sunday, July 20, 2008

July 20, 2008

Dear Family & Friends,

We have had a busy week of playing catchup from all the stuff that didn’t get done the week before because of transfers. Also, Jim has been getting ready for Zone Conferences this week and next—he has a presentation about the new bank cards the mission will be using. We are hoping that these will work well and we can discontinue using the other cards we used to use. This program works much better than the old way—but only is the different ATM machines here in Japan will accept them.

Yesterday (Saturday) we came over to the honbu to work—Jim to do yard work, and me to do office cleaning. I am banned from doing yard work due to the hives I keep getting. Then we went home to clean our own apartment because we were having a young couple in the ward over for lunch and a double-date to the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Cave of the Crystal Skull.” We had a great time with them and it was our first time at a movie theater here in Japan. The movie was in English with Japanese subtitles, so it was great! Also, the cost for tickets here is $18/each. But if the combined age of the two of you is over 100 (which Jim & I are), then the cost is $10/each. So being old saved us money! So that was our dai bo-oken for this week.

Our word for this week is: atsui des ne (aught sooey des nay) which means “hot, isn’t it?!” Of course, we agree totally. We are in the 90’s now with 90% humidity. They say August is the worst month—so we still have that to look forward to.

Hope you are all well—

Love, Jim & Pat

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