Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hyderabad, April 21

We ride cycles, but only in smaller towns (Coimbatore, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Kollar Gold Fields, Goa, plus us). There are nine companionships in Hyderabad and we are the only one with cycles, and we just ride them in the government quarters part of our area, which is really nice and not busy at all. Also it's like 10 degrees cooler than the rest of Hyderabad because of all the trees. (Look up BHEL, Hyderabad on Google Earth for an idea). My companion refuses to wear his helmet though, says it makes him sweat too much. Oh well.

Last week my front tire got punctured, so while we were waiting at the side-of-the-road bicycle stand for them to be ready I was watching this 10 year old kid repair another cycle. It was pretty cool watching him just bend the tire, pull the inner tube out from between the rubber tire and the metal frame, put it under the container of water (easy way to check where the punctures are, air will bubble up), cut some rubber off of a waste inner tube, and apply the adhesive to put it over the puncture. He so logically and methodically worked through this entire process and a couple more steps and then the cycle worked again! It was pretty cool watching a 10yo kid do that. Punctures seem to be more a way of life for us than an unfortunate exception to the norm, alas.

As per the food. Being a companionship is kind of like being married. Half the places I would want to eat at would give Elder Gervais pretty bad motions or not make him full. We would eat Indian food but no meals (=rice plus daal, sambar, vegetable fry) or tiffins (parotta, masala dosai, iddly, etc), only places that had nonveg curries with roti or naan. Food was very important to him whereas I didn't really care, so he decided that and gave in on other matters.

Life was good this last week, I'm moving ahead on a couple projects that involves lots of different colored gel pens and creating games and more interactive ways of teaching. Basically writing out a lot of different principles with attached scripture references and some questions/problems like "How can I have a stronger relationship with my spouse?" and "How can I avoid temptations that are all around me?". We have people pick one of the questions that apply to them and randomly select some of the principles, and then ask them to apply. How can these principles give you help with your problems? It's taking up a lot of my time but is producing good results, so I like it. Other than that a lot of people I really like visiting are busy or out of station right now. Alas.

That's about all this week, with love,

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