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    Lessons in Patience  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon January 17 2005 at 4:46 PM
    Common theme for today is patience.

    Friday night, I went to a movie with a group of young single (LDS) adults (referred to as "singles" for the rest of this entry) from the area. Ocean's 12 is good, but not as good as Ocean's 11. I could discuss the high's and low's of it, but I don't really have time (I'm not on my computer, I'm down in the central building). All-in-all, it was enjoyable, and the singles we (Eric and I) were with were pretty fun.

    Saturday, I played soccer with another group of singles (some cross-over with the first, but mostly a different group). That was really fun except for the fact that it killed my ankles, and they still hurt today. We had pizza afterward, and I even managed to get some ordered with no cheese... free food is always a good thing. Definitely a good time, but I unfortunately discovered that the girl I had my eyes on has a boyfriend. (Singles is a rather loose term referring to marital status, not to boyfriend status). I've got 8 months here, and I'm patient.

    Today I talked with Coreen for about half an hour about a variety of things. She really likes the new guy she's dating. I'm encouraging her (despite my unhidden interest in her) because, well, I've got 8 months here. And I'm patient.

    The most unfortunate reality is that I don't have anybody that I can really call to do anything with. It seems like I always meet people either through church or through work, and neither source is looking very promising right now. Everybody at work is considerably older (to be expected, really) and male (also to be expected). I went to my new ward yesterday, and they seem very friendly, but it's strange to be in a family ward that's not *my* family ward. There is the singles group that meets for institute, but that's only once a week, and everybody lives so very far apart from each other. And when it boils right down to it, I don't know what I would do even if I found somebody to do it with.

    So for now, I guess I'll just wait and see if anything comes of the minimal social contact I do have with the outside world. And I'll be patient