Saturday, November 10, 2007

What is Jim doing? Hint: he is following directions

When you think you know what the
directions say,
click "THE ANSWER" button below
to see if you're right.

(or if you just give up)

Mrs. Jim with Guatemala children: (link)

Jim picture with slight face painting: (link)

From Dale's Guatemala blog report: (link)
[Dale is in the first picture on the left]

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

It's Ok -- the New Cell Phone Etiquette in eating places

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Brother-in-law Dan and wife, Winetta, and Mrs. Jim

Hey, what's this?

Oh, that's ok, Mrs. Jim is doing it too!

I do it too! So I thought I had better introduce you to the new rules of etiquette for using cell phones in restaurants. It used to be illegal in poor taste you know.

However, necessity and convenience breed change. Just accept it, change comes.

There does need to be some semblance of order in this matter, therefore I have developed the following New Revised Rules of Cell Phone Usage Etiquette in Restaurants. I do believe a few generalizations would make these rules applicable for cell phone use in most any public places.


1. Lay the phone on the table as soon as you sit down. This prevents so much annoyance to other patrons. Generally you can catch it on the first ring that way instead of fumbling through your pockets or purse to find the machine.
2. Talk no louder than you need. It is the loud cell phone talk that bothers other people. Besides loud talking disturbs others who are trying to use their cell phones.
3. Keep your conversation short.
4. Laugh quietly, not out loud! (LOL)
5. For an extended conversation or for more privacy go outside or to an unoccupied area.
6. Do not make unnecessary calls. A quick check on the kids, grandma, or your dog, and the like, is probably necessary now and then.
7. It is better to call while sitting in the restaurant than driving your car. This goes especially for text messaging (unless you have memorized the key placement and routine--like you did in touch typing).
(c. jimmiehov 2007)


1. This blog has been in the planning for quite some time (note the pictures are dated 1/20/2007, the day after my mother-in-law's funeral [link]).
2. Ken Hoffman probably will not like these rules, you may agree after reading his column in this Tuesday's paper (Houston Chronicle, link). BTW, his column did push my 'hurry and post button.'
3. Mrs. Jim reminded me today of her rule # 107, never wash dish towels and cloths with bath towels and socks. That is NOT a good rule for bachelors or men who do their own washing.
4. Any suggested changes or comments on the new revised rules will not be appreciated. Perhaps you could suggest some pleasing ringtones or the like.

[from (link)]
Artist: Eminem f/ Eye-Kyu

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Adi Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Find her way home even if it did get dark early

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Yesterday I woke up at 8:15. The sun had risen early at 6:39 a.m.
I wasted a good hour of sunshine all because of the end of daylight saving time.
You say it doesn't work that way? Go figure. And we plan to do it today again.
Oh yes, Adi wasted that hour too, she was still snoring away (in her bed beside our bed) until I woke up.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

I was glad when they said unto me

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“Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

Psalm 122:1 (NKJV, see below)

What follows is an outline in pictures of our mission trip to Huehuetenango, Guatemala. There we would do facility upgrade work and have Bible classes in an orphanage.

October 27:

Sixteen of us, 11 men and 4 ladies, from our Conroe, Texas, church and one man from Harvest Chapel in the Chicago area traveled from Guatemala City to Huehuetenango this first day.

Also going with us were three translators and two Buckner International project coordinators--one local and one from Houston (link).

It was the beginning of a week of work and play and learning for us.

October 28:

After a nice breakfast in our hotel we would hop into our faithful bus and ride a mile of so over to the orphanage.

The children gave us a nice warm 'welcome,' or ¡Bienvenidos!

October 29:

Bob, Larry, and I would install and/or hook add plumbing four hot water heaters.

Mrs. Jim is a fine painter!

So is Jessica, our interpreter.

Manuel, our interpreter, and Scot were constructing and planting a new swing and a new see-saw.

Mrs. Jim was the Bible class craft leader with the help of Robin, Debbie, Dorothy, Betsy, and Jessica.

Dale lead the lesson telling with the help some of the guys who would take a work break. The kids really liked Ben.

October 30: (my--Jim's--Birthday)

What a start to a nice day!

The day at the camp would end with a pinata party. Here I am with worker friends and the emptied pinatas.

October 31:

'Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go!'

First a warm goodbye from our friendly house monkey.

We had to dig to be able to cut into a cold water line for the heater behind this wall. Seen are me (Jim), Larry, and Bob. We were about finished, as were the others with their jobs.

The rest of this day and the morning of the next I would help with the painting effort.

November 1:

Goodbyes are sometimes hard.

November 2:

On the way home we would take the scenic route, stopping at the Lake Atitlan area. (

November 3:

A 6:25 departure meant a 3:15 wake-up for us. Our nice breakfast was ready on our plane.

Next stop, Houston George H. W. Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Our mini-bus with luggage trailer was waiting for us there. Sam is ready to be home.


Psalm 122
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 I was glad when they said to me,

2 Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!

3 Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,
4 Where the tribes go up,
The tribes of the LORD,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the LORD.
5 For thrones are set there for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the LORD our God
I will seek your good.

Psalm 122 (New King James Version -- link)

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