Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Beached Whale

Hello Friends and Family,
So, I'm sure all of you are wondering what ended up happening to the Redcar whale. Well, they didn't blow it up, thank goodness. Instead, they cut it up into pieces to make into diesel and other stuff. Fun stuff. The saddest part is that they are guessing that the whale got lost and then couldn't find food to eat in the North Sea so it was starving and decided to beach itself. Apparently there is already a Facebook group about it. Just search "Redcar whale" and you should be able to find it.
This past week we got to go to the transfer meeting and that was pretty fun. All of the sisters were there and it was good to see/meet them all. And it was fun to see all the new missionaries coming in and to think that I've been out longer than they have. Don't worry though, I didn't rub it in their faces unlike the elders going home who kept saying "I have less hours than you have months."
Last week, we also set up a table on the High Street and that was pretty fun. The zone leaders and another companionship of elders in our district came down to street contact with us. It was fun to see how they street contact people. One of the zone leaders who's English would yell at people walking by "Hello sir, I'm from church", I'll have to try that one some time. But we were able to meet some really great people and hopefully things will work out well with them.  It was also super hot that day and I yet again got sunburned. The tan line on my feet is crazy good now. Don't worry I'll take a picture.
I also saw one of the coolest fights the other day. It wasn't like one of those wimpy girl fights that would break out at Algonquin on occasion, this was a legit fight (because you know how much I hate illegitimate fights). We were pulling onto this kinda dodgy street on our way to an appointment and right in front of where we are supposed to go, this younger guy (late 20s) is pulling this older guy (late 40s) out into the middle of the street by his neon green tank top (poor outfit choice) and he had a hammer in his hand and looks like he is going to hit him with it. Then he starts kicking him in the stomach and yelling and the older guy's wife is shouting and crying. Don't worry, by this time we have decided to pull over so we could watch it all from the safety of our car (and for those of you who are worrying right now about my safety, we had our branch mission leader with us who is this tough nigerian guy and could have killed both of these guys). And then all of the sudden they were fine and talking with one another and when the coppers showed up they said they were fighting over who would make the yorkshire puddings for sunday dinner. Then more police people showed up and things really started going down so we left the area under the instruction of our branch mission leader. Needless to say, it was great.
Well, I think that pretty much sums up my week. It's not as exciting as RJ passing out during sacrament meeting, but I think it comes pretty close. I love you all and miss you tons!!! Have an amazing week and don't forget to put on sunscreen when you leave the house!
Sister Smith

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