People keep asking me about what is happening here, what we are doing, how life is. And there is SO MUCH to tell! I thought this would make it easier to let people know (if they want to)–without boring anyone who truly don’t care. Besides, it feels like a new beginning for me technologically since I just got my computer put back together after a major hard drive crash.

Yes, it happened at the worst possible pastoral moment–about 3 or 4 weeks ago on a Sunday morning–just at the satisfying moment I was booting up the computer to print out my sermon! I had gotten up early to get news of the Pennsylvania miners who had been trapped, so I had some extra time to call the computer technical support people, after I had tried all of my remedies. They quickly declared my hard drive dead with only about 2 hours to go before the worship service would begin. I felt like my own brain had crashed–I was that disoriented! I was able to reconstruct a lot of what I was going to say, since I had lived with it all week long, and since I had one good long story that I had taken out of a (real) book.

The good news was that I was able to (supposedly) retrieve the documents off the hard drive. The bad news is, my Quicken (financial) files seem to have “problems” so they won’t load. But the good news is that the hard drive was covered under warranty (so no charge). The bad news is that the computer store is near Wilkes-Barre which is a good hour and a half away. But the good news is that it’s a beautiful area to drive through. The bad news is that I got lost on the way back from dropping it off, but the good news is that it was a long and beautiful drive (can’t say that often enough) and that I didn’t get lost on the next trip where I picked it up.

I don’t know how I got started on that “good news-bad news” thing, but it seemed like too much fun after I got started! It would have been nice to play with the “(computer hard) drive-(beautiful car) drive” thing, but that would be over the top!

Amy & I went down to the Red & White (country market store a half block from our house) and got a pizza for supper. We came home and ate it on the front porch (pepperoni & mushroom–her favorite–and it was delicious!) while we enjoyed the cooler weather and waved to a surprising number of people we now know &/or recognize.

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