Bipolar Weather

We remember one of the Weather News casters in SLC saying “if you don’t like the weather in Utah wait five minutes, it will change”. Well Utah has nothing on New York. Except the extremes.

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Most of the news focuses on the New York City area, with good reason, with all the people.  However, up North, were we live, out extremes are more dramatic.  It was 10 in the New York area but -9 in New Paltz on Monday and in the 60’s on Saturday.  The good news for us is that all we do anymore is sleep in New Paltz, the rest of our time is spent in the City.  We have seen some very interesting sights as we travel around.

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Notice how the snow has disappeared in the last picture?  Days of snow and freezing temperatures and then 60″s with rain and all the snow is gone.  REPEAT over and over.  As we went out looking at apartments with one of our realtors told us that the Weather had Bipolar Decease.  Seemed appropriate.

We Didn’t know how great we had it!

As we have told you we have been transfered and we will soon move to Yonkers.  As we look at apartments we have decided that we had it really good in Goshen and New Paltz.  To find apartments in the City we are forced to use either Realtors or word of mouth from Ward members in the areas where apartments are needed.  Then begins the challenge of convincing the Management companies that they should lease/rent to the Corporation of the Presiding Bishopric.  Most don’t want anything to do with this.  Not because of the Church, just in general.  It’s harder to sue a corporation.  We get shown some very interesting apartments.

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This apartment, under renovation (obviously), was supposed to be ready in two weeks??????

But we also see some incredible buildings.

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As cool as the buildings and entryways are, the apartments make up for it, there “less good”.

We Just Thought We Drove A Lot Before…….

This is what we see for five to six hours everyday.

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Most everything we see is from the inside of the car.  Since November 8th we have averaged 1100 miles a week.  We leave our apartment in New Paltz before 7am in the morning for a two hour trip into the office and usually leave the office at around 5-6pm for another two hour trip home.  We now have become very acquainted with the City and are less stressed about finding places where we need to find or deliver supplies.  When we  came to New York, Sister Howes’ car had about 20000 miles and now has over 70000 and we still have 6 more months.  Time is flying by.

We miss our association with Missionary Work through the Young Missionaries!

We know that we’re needed doing what we have been assigned for the last few months of our mission but we do miss association with our young Missionaries, Zone meeting, District meeting and our teaching assignments with them.

We had a real treat during the past week as President Morgan invited us to “Leadership Counsel”.  We were associated with many of the Zone Leaders and Sister Training leaders through their assignments in our area but we met many more of these great young men and women that labor in this Mission.

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It reminded of why were out here and the importance of keeping these young men and women located where they can do their work and also keeping them safe and comfortable.  I guess we’ll keep showing up for work.

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