So we’re back, and you can see how well the occasional posting went while we were in Prague. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But I’ll probably have a few things to talk about for the next couple of days.

First: a list of things I absolutely did not miss, some to my surprise.

  • Blogs (really, the internet in general). No offense, everyone whose blogs I read, but I never once thought, “Man, I feel so out of the blogosphere.” When I went through my hundreds of unread posts I skipped most of them and didn’t feel like I was missing anything either. This means I’ll be cutting some subscriptions and spending less time on the constant flow of words.
  • The presidential race. Good gravy. I moaned out loud when CNN was still talking about Hillary and Obama in Atlanta yesterday. How many more months of this?
  • Driving. I’m now an even bigger fan of public transportation. You just get on and get off. I wish light rail came to my house.

Second, a random thought, perhaps even a theory: Most products and services you pay money for get better over time, because the suppliers want to win more customers and make more money. This is not true for air travel. Air travel has gotten progressively worse over the years, and will probably continue to do so. It used to be (I’m told) a pretty classy affair: people dressed up, there were nice dinners and drinks, etc. Now they shove as many people as possible into the smallest possible space, throw you a bag with three peanuts in it, and the prices certainly aren’t getting any better.

There are a couple of reasons for this, if you ask me, which you didn’t. First of all, the airlines are all losing money hand over fist. So they’re not looking to cut prices. Second, they know people have to fly. It’s not that much of a luxury anymore, it’s just the only way to get to places some people have to go. So you don’t really have a choice, and if it’s important enough to you to be comfortable you can pay three times as much for your ticket and go first class. They’d much rather you do that, so I’m not really expecting the coach section to improve.

I don’t say this because we had terrible flights or anything, it’s just that air travel isn’t a whole lot of fun.

An Evening With

Update: we recorded the last 2 songs. The quality’s not great, but you can hear us. Keep in mind these were the last two tunes and we were pretty delirious, so there’s a little silliness. Right-click & save as.

Saturday night Jessica Forbes and I did a set in the bar at the Czech Inn, a hostel run by one of the missionary families in Prague. To rip off my boy Duane (who I’ve recently learned is using hair product, which we’ll discuss when I get back), here’s the set list, more or less:

  • Loving You Is Sweeter than Ever (in the style of Susan Tedeschi)
  • Old Old Woodstock (Van Morrison)
  • Waiting for You (Ben Harper)
  • (Jess solo) Angel From Montgomery (Susan Tedeschi)
  • (Jess solo) Hush (Waterdeep)
  • (Jake solo) Magic Rooster Blues (Black Crowes)
  • (Jake solo) Boomer’s Story (Black Crowes)
  • Don’t Think Twice (Bob Dylan)
  • I Shall Be Released –> Amazing Grace –> I Shall Be Released (ripped off from the Happenin’)
  • (Jess solo) Orphan Girl (Gillian Welch)
  • (Jess solo) Sunday Morning
  • (Jake solo) Fool for a Lonesome Train (Ben Harper)
  • Falling Slowly (from the motion picture Once)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken –> I’ll Fly Away
  • Melissa (Allman Brothers)
  • Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)

To Prague (but not for good)

I am very stoked to be leading a group from Uptown Church to Prague tomorrow. Faith Community Church is celebrating her first anniversary this weekend, and we’ll be there to encourage the team and help out with some of the festivities.

We’ve only been to Prague once, in November of 2006, to look into joining the team there. We love the city, we love the team, and we love their vision. We’re excited to visit them, because right now we’re kind of between two worlds as we’re still in Charlotte but preparing for the move to Prague.

We’ll post lots of pictures at Blue Sky, the family blog, and I might be able to do some stuff here too, but things will probably be lighter than usual. We’ll be back late Wednesday night. Pray for us!

As always, you can see the Prague page for more background info and lots of links.