It’s been another week of driving in the snow and ice. What was a two to two and a half hour drive back and forth to the Mission Office has turned into two to three, and why you might ask?
A picture is worth a thousand words. Traffic slows to a crawl as motorist try not to hit or have to drive through some of the caverness holes in the roads. To make matters worse the traffic doesn’t stop for crews to fix the pot holes and when they do stop the traffic the result is just that, traffic at a stop.
A Break is as good as a Vacation
During the past week we were unable to get to the office on Thursday and Friday because of snow. We got about 24 inches on Thursday and another 12 on Friday.
Elder Howes cleaned of the car after the first snow on Thursday and then again on Friday and ended up (along with the young Elders) spending four hours helping others dig their cars out as the snow plows cleaned off the parking lot. One of the side benefits was meeting all of the neighbors that we have seen for the past year but not actually met. We had so much snow that we began to run out of parking places as they plowed snow into parking areas. Before the week was over the Apartment management company brought in dump trucks and loaded up truck loads to haul away.
While we spent the past few days away from the Mission Office we still had to work (besides clearing snow). Since we are the closest members to the New Paltz Chapel we often get called on to help when there are problems with the building. Such was the case during the snow storm. We got called to open the building and make a path for others to enter.
Elder Howes’ phone very unceremoniously quit working completely. No worries, Verizon promised a replacement for my “antique phone” which has been out of circulation for several years. When the phone arrived, as promised, we thought they had made a mistake and sent us a small screen TV or a tablet. Oh well it was replaced for free. Hope that it will come out of a pocket when it rings or better yet hope that it will even go in a pocket.
The bad news of having a phone go completely dead wasn’t the size of the replacement, it’s the fact that Elder Howes has absolutely no contacts in the replacement. So if you hope to ever hear from him, you’ll have to call, text or email him your number.