February 23, 2009

Can't think of a title


It’s interesting to me that you told me about mission pictures and birthday requests, because I have some news that is related to both.

After doing divisions I found that my camera was missing. The following morning I found that two rechargeable AAA batteries were gone. One from inside my speakers. Clearly the thief thought that because my camera was slim it used the smallish AAA batteries. There are three suspects, two missionaries, one landlord who lives behind the house, steals electricity gas and water, and has separated the houses by a thin piece of cardboard. We suspect that he saw my camera when I was taking pictures of the moon, then dropped a little kid in through the bathroom window to get my camera when we were gone. This is plausible because of how some specifics were in the bathroom when we returned and the fact that only the camera and the batteries were missing. The thief left the battery charger from the camera and the cable, which was sitting right next to the camera itself. An adult wouldn’t have done that. So, I went to Zone Conference singing “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” But as for the birthday requests, I would like, if you can find it, my old orange junky camera. It’s decent and small and not that great. And it’s much cheaper than buying a new camera. Let me know what you think.

Also, I have now had two sessions with a chiropractor. It’s fun stuff. Especially for my companion who gets to watch. The best part about it: it’s free! One of the councilors of the mission is a chiropractor, so I just have to go into the offices because he has a massage table there. He would like your okay though, since I’m here on your money and stuff. It seems like it’s going to be a Monday (P-day) morning thing.

In my area there is pretty much every social class. There is Campo Papas where the people go to where the grocery stores dump their spoiled things so that they can have food. We don’t go there. There’s La Estansuela which is government housing for people without much money. There’s Obra Sanitaria and Barrio Mosconi which are pretty middle-class. Then there’s Palmares. I’ve never been inside the residencial part, so I’ll describe the mall. Picture Tyson’s Galleria but newer. That’s the shopping at Palmares. There’s a movie theater there, but I haven’t found it. There’s a Mac store, lots of expensive clothing stores, an outdoors store that sells maglites. The best thing there for me is a shoe store that is perfect for missionaries. They only have dress shoes, but some are pretty much dress shoes mixed with sneakers. This is good for me since my shoes just don’t hold up. In the left shoe of the shoes I got for Christmas from Grandma Sorensen there is a crack that is slowly growing. And the first pair of shoes I got in Argentina are pretty junky. But what can you do? Argentines just don’t make shoes for walking all day, every day.

Until next week,
Elder Budge

February 16, 2009

Not titled

We had a baptism this week. A nine year old kid named Alexander Jessen. Elder Gonzalez baptized and I did the confirmation. I thought that it was weird that I confirmed him, but he asked me to and the Branch President said it was okay. Sorry for the lack of picture.

Sorry this is so short, but I do not like to write unhappy things in this, and this is currently the least happy point of my mission until now.


[Hmmmm - Will's Dad]

February 9, 2009

¡¡¡Aguante los Mormones!!!


I had a rather amusing experience this week. There is a delinquent here who whenever he sees us shouts “Aguante Satanas!” It is about the equivilent of “uphold Satan” or something along those lines. Well, the other day we were leaving a bakery and some kids wanted to shake our hands, so I let them. Then they began following us for the rest of the block shouting “Aguante los Mormones! Aguante Jesucristo! Amen!” All in all, a rather amusing experience.

I continue to suffer from the inability to think of what to write as I go. I’m going to have to start noting things in my planner.

In the MTC I started a project to read all the Standard Works. This project grew to include the Bible Dictionary; I ommited the Topical Guide. But the reading was not in order. It began with the Book of Mormon, New Testament, D&C, Pearl of Great Price, and the Old Testament. The Bible dictionary came at the same time as the New Testament. I am now beginning Leviticus. The Bible Dictionary is a very interesting reference. I am also reading Jesus the Christ whenever I can find a half-hour or so. I rather dislike stopping in the middle of chapters.

Recently the moon has been very lovely here. As the moon was full last night, I took advantage and took some pictures. I tried to include a couple but the USB of this machine didn’t like my camera. I also learned how to take decent pictures of the moon with a point-and-shoot.

I hope that all is going well in a land now draped in winter. It’s been around 90 degrees inside our apartment during the day.



February 3, 2009

More Winter? But it's summer...

Happy Groundhog Day!

I actually had completely forgot that that was today, it being summer and all, until I saw a couple of dogs driving a car and started thinking about the movie with Bill Murray. How’d that turn out by the way? Six more weeks of winter, right?

I don’t really know what to say. My mind just went completely blank. So, I shall talk on street signs. In the United States there are those “Slow Children at Play” signs to warn drivers of the obese children playing in the street. In Argentina there are similar signs, only they warn of a fate other than hitting a child. They say “Niños Jugando” and the picture is a child kicking a soccer ball. These signs mean “Watch out! Some kid’s gonna smash your windshield with a ball!” At least the kids on the signs here seem to be more active than those in the States.

We have a baptismal date. Alexander Jessen. Sounds almost like Jason Alexander switched. He found that amusing. He’s nine years old. He is the son of a less-active member. I’ll probably be gone when he gets baptized. But that’s fine since I didn’t really teach him.

Transfers are this week. Elder Gonzalez was under the impression that I would be a District Leader in San Juan. But there was no call from the President, so that’s out. Senior Comp is in the works, though, I think. We both suspect that I am going back to my last area in San Juan, as there will be in influx of missionaries this week.

Apologies for the shortness, but I can’t think of what to say. The second councilor of the bishopric here looks just like the Scarecrow from Batman Begins. That’s kinda cool. The Bishop looks kinda like Mario. No other celebrity look-alikes I don’t think.

More news for sure next week.