Friday, June 26, 2009

Catching Up

Well I have spent a good share of the morning catching up on my blog reading. I thought that since it's too hot to be outside mowing the lawn or working on putting up lattice around the patio, I'd sit down with an iced latte and write a short post.

I'm currently reading through the Gospel According to Luke in the Bible. I was thinking of posting my thoughts as I read through it like I did last summer with the Gospel According to John. Luke is one of the first apologists. By his own testimony, he carefully investigated what he heard and observed and wished to share the results of his investigation.

1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Luke 1:1-4

I'll get back to you on that...I haven't really decided yet.

I was pleased to find the Cardinals in first place as we returned to the States. Of course, I managed to keep up with them on ESPN Deportes and even watched parts of a couple of games. I was thinking that a couple of my misguided friends were glad that I was out of the country as the Cardinals taught the cross-state Royals a thing or two about baseball in the Midwest!

One of the day trips that we took was an off road tour into the forest of the Sierra Madre. We had an excellent guide that was full of knowledge of the history of the area of Mexico, the plants of the sub-tropical, transitional forest, and the way of life for the people of the area.

I am always amazed at how people live in other countries and cultures. At times, I think that we have allowed the great innovations of our society to rob us of some of the simple pleasures of life. Sadly, some of the cultures aspire to become what we (in the USA) are--not realizing the price that they will pay. Mexico has a long way to go as a developing nation, yet they are already making great strides in many areas.

One thing that I noticed--although the area is primarily an area for Mexican and American (USA) tourists, none of the signs were bilingual. However, here in the Midwest, many places have bilingual (English/Spanish) signs. I just find that to be odd.

I would love to have more time to lounge on the beach but it is also good to be home. Perhaps someday home will be on the beach (or at least close to it).

John <><

Eligible to retire in 2 yrs, 6 mos, 10 days.


Sicilian said...

I would love to retire near a beach. . . . however I am jealous that you can retire in a few years. . . . I will be working until the age of 70. . . . and then probably have to work at Wal-Mart so I can pay for health insurance.

Mike said...

Like I said on a previous post of mine, English is the default language in Prague. So it's really surprising that there's no dual signs in Mexico.

Bilbo said...

Please don't keep taunting me about time until retirement. Mike is bad enough...I don't need the two of you double-teaming me!

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