When the holidays melded into one...
28.12.2008 - 01.01.2009 8 °C
Living each day as it comes is important when you only have a couple of days at a time to recover from one intense week and straight into another. That's exactly what has happened here, inbetween my holiday to Colorado & the IHOP conference in Kansas City. At first I contemplated not going so I could catch up with things and recover from the cold I'd managed to keep (which I still have even now after nearly 3 weeks of having caught it). But, I knew that I would be seeing my two good friends 'dgoody' and Levi (as both were just visiting) and so I knew it would be a great time to catch up with them and others would would be there.
For some reason, in these past 2 weeks, I've probably been in more car trouble than ever before. On the way to and from Colorado we came very close to coming off the road but this time on the way to KC we actually did. We hit a thin layer of freshly formed ice over a bridge. We tried pushing the car out from the ditch we were in but that came to nothing, so we had to wait for the fire department to show up. They were kind enough to let us sit in the heated cab of their truck while we waited for the pickup to arrive.
We overheard messages from other firemen further down who had encountered about 15 cars who's done the same thing we had, but it sounded far worse. We also discovered that right near our car there had been an older woman who had come off. She was driving a black car so it was virtually invisible from the road. If we hadn't have come off, they wouldn't have seen her stranded there. They had to use a crowbar to force the door open. She had minor injuries.
When we finally arrived in KC we were greeted warmly by the family we travelled with last year (The Hall's). We were shown our beds in the basement, which wasn't anywhere near as bad as it may sound.
The Conference itself proved to be an milestone event in my journey. The main focus was on the end-times (eschatology), which is something impressing many people at this time. I had a lot of fun too, meeting up with old friends from last year and making new friends but it wasn't just another Christian "social" conference.