Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I moved up to Banda Aceh and am taking over the shelter project up here. I've been incredibly busy since I got here but am starting to figure things out. I've been meeting everyone, inspecting procedures and hiring people for positions that are still vacant. I'm really excited about this opportunity.
We have an inaugeration today for a village of 35 houses that are already finished.
What can I possibly say about a bike that has carried me through so much? I look back fondly at all the time we spent together. I remember the gleam off the red and black coloring that attracted me to it the first time I saw it. I was in the market for a new bike but really didn't need one. As soon as I saw the Honda Tiger, I knew that is the one I wanted. I remember many a day driving back and forth to work, to the gym and cruising around town. I remember riding it to the beach and back right after I had my wisdom teeth removed.
I went to Panga yesterday by helecopter to attend the dedication ceremony of the houses that are finished there. The ceremony was pretty interesting. It took an hour after the start time for the anyone from the village to show up. This is really odd as everywhere else I've been the people are there about 2 hourse before the start. We had to keep yelling over the loudspeaker for people to come.
My current job of Livelihood Program Manager for Samaritan's Purse has slowed down since most of the projects are coming to a close. Sometime next week I'll be heading up to Banda Aceh to take over the Shelters project and become base manager. As Shelter Manager I'll be overseeing the building of 500 houses around Banda Aceh. As Base Manager I'll be going to all the meetings as SP and managing the house and different operations. I'll still be Livelihood Manager although that will be mostly just writing a couple proposals around Indonesia.
While in IM conversations or reading posts on the web, there are certain things that annoy me. Granted I'm not a perfect speller nor do I always have perfect grammar but at least I try.
My top ten list of web writing annoyances:
1. WRITING EVERYTHING IN UPPERCASE. LETS YELL EVERYTHING!
2. writing everything in lowercase. its just to hard to hit the shift key every once in a while.
3. not using punctuation ever even at the end of sentences where it should be doesnt that bother you
Wohoo! I officially have no money. Why would that be cool? Because as of today I'm no longer in debt. I've been using my bank's online tool to agrigate all my different investment, credit card and loan accounts and today the bottom line is in the black. Thats pretty cool considering just over three years ago I graduated with a pretty large debt. Its all up hill from here!
I've discovered a new extension to Firefox. I've seen it before but never bothered to use it yet. StumbleUpon. Basically it allows you to say what types of things you are interested in and then lets you "Stumble Upon" new websites related to your interests.
Well, it started out really beautifully as we waited for the ceremony to start. Everything was perfect right up to the time it started to rain. When I say rain, I mean torrential rain. Everybody got soaked even though there were tents. We still had the ceremony which was short and cool and then had a meal although the food was all wet but still good. A "memorable" occasion.
Today is the dedication ceremony for the fish ponds project in Gampok Lhok. We have been rebuilding 30 fish ponds for the village that were destroyed by the Tsunami. We are going to have a big ceremony today with a bunch of government officials and all the local villagers. It has been a great project to do and the people we have worked with have been most excellent.
Here is a photo of the fish ponds taken from our helecopter:
In East Java today the main guys behind most of the major bombings in Indonesia, including both Bali bombings, the J.W. Mariott bombing and the Australian Embassy bombing have killed themselves. They were surrounded by police in a raid and blew up a bomb that killed them.
This is a huge victory for Indonesia and the world. These terrorists have caused major problems for Indonesia and the rest of the world and we will all be safer here without them. For those of you who have never heard of Azahari bin Husin, he is kind of like Asia's Usama bin Laden.
I spent the last week during Ramadhan up in Banda Aceh and just got back yesterday to Meulaboh. I rode my bike up the inland road through the east coast. It is a MUCH better road than the west coast. It only took me 6 hours as opposed to over 10 on the other. No mud and broken roads either.
Now I'm back finishing up the three remaining projects, agriculture, fish ponds and boat building. They all should be done by the end of the month. I'm not sure yet what I will be doing after that. We'll see...
The month of fasting has just finished up here with the celebration of Lebaran. Lebaran is kind of like Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Easter and Christmas all rolled into one holiday. Huge feasts, fireworks, fancy new clothes and presents are all parts of the fun. This year it seems the gifts of choice for young boys is BB guns and laser pointers. Everywhere I go now I see kids running around with very real looking guns shooting things. Either that or pointing a laser at me. Hopefully it will get old soon.
Today was the last day I was involved in the Women's Vocational Center Project. I've handed off management to the Base Manager here and will be moving on to other things. I'll let you know more about what later. I'll be riding my motorcycle up to Banda Aceh tomorrow morning to spend Lebaran there. I hope to get some new proposals written up while I'm there. I haven't heard from anyone in a while so if you want to drop me a line, feel free to do so.
I know some of you may have seen something like this before but, guess which of the following quotes are from the Bible. I was suprised on a couple of them. I'll post the answers in a couple days.
1. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
2. An eye for on eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
3. The family that prays together stays together.
4. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
5. Treat someone as you would want to be treated.
6. Beauty is only skin-deep.
7. He who does not work does not eat.
8. God helps those who help themselves.