Sunday, 17 June 84

Dear Mom & Dad,

Is Alan's turtle housebroken? Does he really sleep with it?

We have not felt any more earthquakes here at our house. Nothing was broken or damaged by the quakes here. (It did cause a lot of cracks at the clinic.)

Today is the warmest day we have had so far. The temperature is 75F right now, in the middle of the afternoon.

The story of Nola missing her own shower is a bit complicated. It was right before her wedding and they were both a little spacey then. On the day of the shower, John and I spent a couple of hours right after church trying to track her down. We did talk with her mother during the "searching." No, her mother did not go to the shower. (She would have if Nola had gone.) The shower was on a Sunday afternoon. This was the 2nd Sunday in a row that Bret & Nola had missed. We should have made a greater effort to find them after missing the first Sunday. A couple of their friends had them going to another church. Nevertheless, Nola was very embarrassed about forgetting the shower. She opened all the gifts on the following Thursday night at John & Faye's house with Jeannie & me there.

John & I have been studying with them on Wednesday or Thursday night every week since. We study 2-4 hours each time. I think we finally have them "well-grounded" in the Truth. They are now very faithful in attendance. They live in an apartment about 2 miles from here. We study at their place.

We walked by Castel Nuovo when we got back from Capri. There is nothing to see inside.

I usually get up between 6:30 and 7 AM. I suggest you call at 6 AM (11 PM your time) so that I won't be late for work.

We are excited about going to London. We will believe we are going when the cargo plane takes off.

If you go to Switzerland in 1986, you can go to Venice then.

Angelique & Steven both went to Paddington's on Thursday & Friday from 9 to 1. They said Steven behaved very well. He went to Faye's class.

Jeannie and I went out for lunch on Friday.

Yesterday Steven & I took the Rabbit to a car wash that is new, just down the 4-laner. The car was vacuumed, washed, dried by hand. They even used a vinyl cleaner on the inside. I waxed it when I got home. My beeper went off before I started buffing it. I had to go to the hospital in the Fiat. Jeannie buffed the car for me. I was gone about 4 hours. Poor Jeannie!

When I got home, I was changing the oil in front of the house when Tony, the archeologist, drove up. After I finished, I went to his house with my Greek coin to look through his coin book. The coin is actually older than we thought. It was minted around 350 B.C. It has the word on one side which means "Greece." It was coined in central Greece. One of the heads is the nymph Phalanna. In 1978 it was worth about $36. There were very few 2-headed coins in ancient Greece.

Also, Tony sold me a couple of old Roman coins. He lives about 1 1/2 miles from here.

It was a very busy day yesterday. The car sure looks good, though.

Steven is even waking up dry lately.

Monday night at 10:30 I got a call from someone in Searcy who is a member of the church and got my number from Dan & Alisa. Her story was the story of the month. Her son is in the Navy in California. His girlfriend was transferred to Naples about a month ago. All she knew was the girl's name and that she was pregnant by the son in California AND she wanted me to find this girl and invite her to go to church with us, among other things.

Well, it took me three days to find her. I talked to her on the phone Friday. (If she hadn't been pregnant, I probably would never have been able to locate her.) She lives at Capo & works at Proto. Both places are far from here. She did seem interested in going to church with us, but has to work 3 Sundays in a row.

Life was so much simpler in the States. Over here, something different is happening all the time. We will probably be bored when we move back.

Now I can't think of anything else of interest. I will surely have lots to tell when we get back from England.

Love you,

Michael, Jeannie,
Angelique & Steven

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