Jet lag sucks. I can’t seem to get over it. I sleep at a normal time but have been getting up around 2 or 3am – every day. I look at Jason, one of my church staff, sleeping in the other bed in our hotel room like a peaceful lamb and want to punch his head. But, I remind myself that Jesus wouldn’t do that so I let him sleep since he probably doesn’t get much at Seattle with their 4 month old baby. But I digress.
RESTING: I’m here in Chicago trying to get my body up to speed. I don’t care how holy or spiritual you are: If you don’t get sleep, everyone turns into a jerk. Actually took a great nap yesterday and woke up like this:
And interestingly or annoyingly, many folks at this conference have been telling my how ragged and “gray” I look. I tell them to ‘shut it!’ But it is true, I am getting some serious white and gray hair everywhere.
GROWING: Anyway, I’m also here learning. Have enjoyed hearing from some of the featured speakers like Phyllis Tickle and will be hearing from Gary Haugen of International Justice Missions tomorrow. I’ve had the joy of being able to hear from others that are doing substantive work here, there, and everywhere. Just this morning, heard from some local pastors and community development leaders from India that are turning things upside does – a la Acts 17 with Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
FREEZING: I don’t like Chicago in the winter. It is freezing. It was about 9 degrees last night but thankfully the wind chill was mild. But honestly, I don’t know how folks do it but then again, people ask the same from us Seattlites and the 362 days of rain we get.
Question: Coldest place you’ve ever been? You like Chicago?
But I must seriously love my church. Instead of staying at the Hyatt Hotel where the conference is being hosted, Jason and I pricelined our hotel and are staying at another hotel at less than half the price. During these harsh economic times, I’m glad we saved our church $200. Granted, it’s closeby but it is da*n cold walking outside.
FRIENDSHIPS: And lastly, it’s been good to also reconnect with friends. Make new friends. And be encouraged by many co-laborers in Christ. On Wednesday night of this conference, there is no formal schedule so folks are free to do what they want. We normally head into the city to chill. And last night, several of us went into the city of Chicago to check out the gypsy jazz music at the infamous Green Mill – once the hangout of Al Capone himself. Here’s some pics from the show featuring Alfonso Ponticelli and the Swing Gitan. The first pic is my best impression of my gangsta look:
And for your viewing enjoyment, here’s the band on video. They were amazing…even if the violinist scared me to death because he was staring me down.