Compliance... Who Needs It?

Heya Everybody!
 
Well, I almost don't know where to start, and then I remember what I was going to tell you about, so be prepared for a story.
 
Here it goes...
 
Last week, on Thursday night, my companion realised that he missed his appointment at the Questura. The Questura is the Italian Office of Immigration, and we have to go there to get our permission to stay here for two years. Anyways, we missed his appointment, so friday morning we left the house at 8:30 so we could go to the Questura. It turns out that this particular Questura is on the complete OPPOSITE side of Rome, and the map we bought to get us there was wrong (literally, they had mislabel some train stops), so instead of getting there at about 10:00, we arrived at about 11:30. Then, we wait in the information line, and when we finally get to the window, the lady tells us to just come back Monday, and they will let us in at the same time as everyone else. So we were all like, "Sweet!" because, ya know, we didnt know what was in store for us. So, Monday morning, we left the house at 7:45 this time so we could get there earlier, and just as we arrived at the Questura, my companion realised that he had forgotten all of the paperwork he needed at the house, so we were all like "Bummer...." so we just messed up that morning. We quickly had a huddle, and we decided we would have to come back Tuesday too in order to get it done. So then, Tuesday morning, we leave the house at 7:00, at we get there at the Questura at about 8:30, and we are thinking right now "Yes! Right on time!" because it opens at 8:30. We get in, and we talk to the guard that was supposed to be human, (I think he was like a tree trunk with limbs and a head stickin' out) and he looks at our paper and then tells us that we have to come back at 1:30 because that is when our appointment was. Dang.... So we left, and I went got my hair lined up again by the most LEGIT black african haircutter ever. While we were there getting my hair cut, one of his fellow haircutters, named Vivian, started asking us all sorts of questions, and basically told us flat out that she wants to investigate. And then, even better (not really), she gets a phone call from Africa saying that her brother is deathly ill, so we are gonna be all over that like a fat kid eating a cupcake this Friday when we go to her house. Anyways, we leave from there with a phone number and a sweet black man haircut, and head to the Questura again. We get there right at 1:30, and things were all perfect, untill we realised that there were still calling out appointments from 11:30.... Oh well, we had to wait. Hour by hour crawled by... by the time they finally called out 1:30, it was 5:40, and we had to call a dinner appointment we had at 6:00 and move it to 7:00. When we finally made it inside the building, we had to wait even longer! By the time we finally made it to a desk to work out this mess, the Worker helping us out was not in a good mood. He just starts looking at all the papers and stuff, and it is going fine, untill he sees the photos that my companion had in the packet. They were funny, comical photos of my companions face with him smiling really funny (I personally thought that they were awesome photos) but the man didnt think so. He started muttering things like "unbelievable....The nerve... Non va bene..." things like that, and then when he finally noticed that today was not the day of the real appointment, he had had enough. He, in the end, made is a new appointment for February 21 to come back and do everything all over again because, according to him, since it wasnt on the day of the original appointment, the papers couldnt be processed. I think he was just being grouchy. Oh well, thats just 8 hours of doing almost absolutely nothing on a Tuesday. Oh! And by the time we had finally made it to the dinner appointment we had, it was 7.30. I felt more bad about having to push back the dinner appointment and hour and a half than having wasted a day waiting at the Questura. Oh well.
 
Haha, so that is Italian Government for you! That is how it is, so compliance is neccessary I guess. Its not like I am in any better shape. My Permesso stuff all got lost down in Napoli, so I dont even know if I will ever even get the two year permission lol. Oh well, I can live with it. I only want it because they give you a sweet card for it anyways lol.
 
Anyways, I hope you all have an awesome time this week! I know I have haha!
 
Love, Jake



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Well...

 I totally believe it is colder in the Uintah Basin than in Alaska right now. It happened a couple years ago too. It is always fun to tell italians how cold it gets at my house cause it blows their minds. We havent had any more snow here in Rome since that one time a couple weeks ago, so I cant sympathize with you too much haha:D.

So on Saturday, we got our transfer calls, and it turns out that both Anziano Christensen and I are leaving Ostia.... NOT! haha President Kelly didnt have the heart, I guess, to get rid of us right after we did all the work to get the place. If you want, you can look it up on google maps to see where I now live. Go to google maps, search Centro Giano in Italy, Via Verzino 108, 00126 and it is right there. Cool huh? Anziano Marcucci says it is probably the nicest missionary appartment I will live in for awhile after this lol.

I havent really done too much actual missionary work lately. It has all just been doing stuff to get this new appartment up and running, so there is nothing much to report on the work front.

THanks for everything!

Jake



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2011 Anyone?

First off, I just want to tell you that objects really do make people happy lol. No matter what anyone says, they bring a sense of contentment and joy, especially in knowing that my family is TOTALLY AWESOME BEYOND BELIEF!! So yes, I ended up getting a couple of christmas packages in the mail:D if any of you were wondering. I had made an office run because I called and they had said I had a couple of packages, so I figured it was completely worth going to the office. I got there, and did a bunch of stuff to get ready for this weekend, and then I gathered up my packages, and opened them right then and there! When I got to the IPOD, I was completely shocked at the one you all got me! I didnt need something that big! But hey, Im not complaining! I started looking through all the music and everything, and I was naming off all of the sweet music that was one there, and all the Senior Missionaries were all like "hey, you better keep that on the down low" and stuff. They thought I was naming off movies! Haha I quickly explained that it was all soundtracks, and then they were all good lol. Funny old people. Then I shared some of the goodies that I got, and that made everyone all happy.

We finally got a new house much closer to our area! YES! We will be moving in this saturday, and that will be that. Man, it is so nice to finally think that we wont have to travel to get to our area. The only thing is that this saturday is the day that we will be getting our Transfer Calls, so I might only get to enjoy the house for about 5 days and then get shipped off to Sicily or something. I have been in Ostia for three now, so I could leave really easily.

Hey, I just remembered! Happy Birthday to Brad and to Ammon! I swear, this was a miracle that I even remembered your birthdays. I am terrible with stuff like this, so consider yourselves lucky:D here is a song for you " Tanti Auguri a Voi, Tanti Auguri a Voi, Tanti Auguri a Ammon and Brad, Tanti Auguri a Voi" haha I hope that you all did something cool, or at least had a nice birthday.

New Years was INSANE here in Rome. We stayed up playing monopoly yelling at each other till midnight, and then, the fireworks started going off. It was like a war. Remember the scene in War of the Worlds, when Robbie was running up the hill because he wanted to go help fight, and there were all the explosions and stuff going off? Thats how Rome was. It was so SWEET!! We made another lasagna the next day for the First, and this one weighed 7 kilos. It was rediculous, and then we played Risk for forever because we had to say inside all day that day.

Massimo Fresta was baptised this last week, and he chose me to be the one to baptise him. He is a total G. We saw a huge miracle with his baptism, because usually we have all the missionaries there who do a musical number with us. But, sunday, none of them could make it, so Anziano Christensen and I had no idea what to do. Then, in walks a man from america who is going to be in Rome for a month because he sings opera and his show was going to be there for awhile, and he asked us if we wanted him to do anything since he was more than willing to help. Thank you Lord for sending us a Opera singer Member! So we ended up have him sing and incredible song, and everyone loved it. It was awesome.

Thanks everyone so much for all the support you give me, and the love I get from everyone. Tell Neola 2nd thank you for the Package! It was awesome!

Needless to say, this last week was a totally unforgettable week, and an incredible way to start off 2011.




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