Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Riding off into the Sunrise

I left Mission today for the last time. I had to make a courtesy call to the diocesan office of South Dakota today since they paid my summer salary. As I drove away this morning, it was still dark. This was followed by a gorgeous sunrise that I was driving towards. I found that to be an appropriate end to an interesting summer in the West: riding off into the sunset sunrise.

Ironically, as I rode off into the sunrise, I had two bishops waiting on me at the other end. The Bishop of South Dakota wanted to meet the intern before I left. They were nice enough to buy me lunch and put me up for the night in downtown Sioux Falls. The hotel has a hottub and a pool...sweet. I have a distinct feeling that I was being recruited as possible future clergy for the diocese.

By random chance, I walked into a shop in downtown Sioux Falls which sells Irish goods. The proprietor was Irish and asked if I was Irish. I told him I was going to be in Ireland in a few weeks for a bit of vacation before I head to Westcott House. Needless to say, I suddenly became his favorite customer. We chatted for about an hour, and he gave me some sightseeing ideas.

Tomorrow, I get to go down to Omaha and meet with my bishop. We get to talk about all sorts of fun things like the Diocesan psychologist and COM's recommendations that I am not, in fact, crazy. Also on the docket is possible deployment options for me after I graduate next spring. (I can't believe how weird it felt to type that.)

That's the Archer News for the day. G'Day, ole' chap!

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