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Published: September 10th 2008
Emily and Derek
I’m really starting to fall behind on my daily blogging, and I apologize if any of you worry about me when I don’t blog daily. It is not that I don’t enjoy blogging, I just have a lot of things I have been doing with old friends. When I have the time I like to blog. And I know the days of this trip are coming to an end. I will be home in 6 days!
Ok, time to do some catching up. Thursday afternoon I headed to Lincoln and over to Rick and Wanda’s, like I probably mentioned in the last entry. We had dinner together, then Jared and I headed into Best Buy and get The Office season 4 on DVD. Rachel came over and we all watched The Office for a while, good times.
Friday I made my way to Hesston via 2-lane highways. The ride down wasn’t too bad, and definitely out through farm country. I got rained on part of the way, but I knew it was coming and toughed it out. The new rain gear sure came in handy! I dropped my stuff off at the Murray’s, and headed over to Hesston College.
Mmmm, peanut butter doughnut. And by mmmm I mean that will destroy me in about 3 hours.
I went around for a while and talked to faculty and staff that I know. I must add that the new building on campus look great! I just love the feel and atmosphere of the college, and I have nothing but great memories of going to school there. And I will warn you, that is definitely not the last time I will make a comment like that in my blog! That night we had dinner at the Murray’s, and the Hershberger clan came over too. I ended up spending the evening in Hesston because I was pretty tired.
Saturday we headed into Wichita around lunch time. Jesse, Derek and I grabbed lunch, and Derek and I headed back to his place for a while. We played the washer game, good times indeed. Later in the evening we headed to a local coffee shop, and Derek played some music there. It was a night where they had different musicians playing for everyone, they do this every month. Derek was great, and there were plenty of other talented musicians. Afterward we headed back to Derek’s place and played Settlers. And I must add, Zach Bauer is one of the funniest and
craziest guys you will ever meet. Zach and I were the founders of the gun club when we went to college in Hesston, ahh the good old days.
Yesterday I went to church with Derek at Whitestone. We ran into the guy that hires engineers at Excel (the place Derek works), and he asked if he could have a copy of my resume. I had met the guy before when I was a student at Hesston. I said sure, so I am working on getting that to him. I am not totally set on working anywhere in particular, and I figure it never hurts to have more connections. I haven’t been to a Mennonite church service for a while, and I forgot what some of them are like. There’s definitely things I like about the services, but I’m not going to lie sometimes they can be a little boring. After church I went out for lunch with Derek and Emily, we had pizza. Shortly after lunch we headed over to Derek’s dad’s shop to change the oil in my bike. Derek offered the shop for me to use, so I did that because they have lots of room there
We're all tired, and way too old to be doing this.
and that is what it is setup for. I took Emily for a ride in the afternoon, just out in the country for a few miles. Later on we went and hung out at Emily’s place, and convinced her to join us on a run to Drubers. I just had to do it for old times sake. Drubers is a doughnut shop that opens at 11:30pm and closes some time in the late morning. It is where a lot of Hesston and Bethel college kids hang out. I must add that my body just can’t do the kinds of things it used to be able to do. Leaving to go somewhere at 11pm is hard enough, then you go and eat oily and sweet pastries to top it off! The doughnuts didn’t settle very good with me, but I had a good time going back there to experience Drubers again.
This morning I gave my presentation to Jeff Baumgartner’s calculus class, and I thought it went good. Some kids were dozing off, but I think some of them really enjoyed it. I tried to put as many pictures in the presentation as possible, it always makes things a little
more interesting. I was talking to Jeff after class, and Nelson Kilmer came by to talk too. Nelson is the physics professor at Hesston. Jeff mentioned that I did a great job, and thought Nelson’s physics class might want to hear the presentation too. I said sure, and went over to his class right away. There were a few students in that class that already heard the presentation, so I tried to not repeat myself too much. I also showed a video on YouTube of our formula car, a video that one of my old teammates put together a few days ago. I went and talked to Gary after class, and he showed me around a little bit in the new buildings. And he also updated me on some of the recent changes in media services. And I ended up going over to Hesston Mennonite church for the college chapel service. I saw a couple people there that were my classmates at Hesston, whom are now faculty or staff at the college. We went out for lunch, and Derek came over and joined us too. After lunch I headed over to Excel and Derek gave me a tour of the
place. He even let me drive one of the mowers around, and they are way different than anything I am used to. They have the 2 levers that control the velocity of the vehicle. I managed to get out and put back the mower without running into any other mowers around.
This afternoon I headed for Quinter, Kansas to stay with some MYW folks. We had dinner when I arrived, and just sat around and talked for a bit. The drive over was one of the coldest days so far. I just about froze my butt off! I caught a few rain drops and my first hail on this trip. It only lasted for a few seconds, but had me worried at first that it wasn’t going to let up. I ended up putting on my full rain gear just in case the moisture set in, and also because it keeps me a lot warmer. I still had to stop and get a mocha at McDonalds to warm up.
Tomorrow I am heading to Denver, and it should be fun to see those folks again. I’m out, time for bed…
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