~ The first time I tried to buy food at one of the McDonald's on Guam they thought I was from Mars because I was trying to pay with a credit card. It seemed as strange to them that I'd try to use a credit card at McDonald's as it was to me that in the 21st century they didn't take plastic.
Things have changed in the past couple of years. I saw this sign on the restaurant door this morning. McDonald's is dealing in plastic! The system doesn't actually go online until tomorrow. I assume that they'll remove the "Only Cash and Traveler's Checks accepted" sign.
~ One of the other things that has changed is the number of businesses on Guam which take Discover Card. New places to use our no annual fee card which also gives us cash back keep popping onto the radar.
~ On Saipan, two islands north -- about 90 miles from here, they've had to halt some municipal services because they can't afford the cost of fuel. (BTW, Saipan is the only other island for a thousand miles with a McDonald's restaurant.) -- Link
~ Tumultuous history of Hmong refugees in Merced, California, and their current exodus. -- Link
~ Mortimer Adler's classic How to Read a Book (1940 edition) is online. -- Link
~ Mei, one of our PIBC student's from China, was baptized this morning. -- Link
~ The spring semester starts tomorrow. I'll be teaching Introduction to Bible Study Methods on Monday afternoons -- should be fun. I was also supposed to teach World Religions at both the Chuuk and Palau teaching facilities but last week both of them canceled the classes because too few students had signed up. That's disappointing -- but okay because there is more than enough on my administrative plate right now as I'm trying to get a handle on the academic VP job, wrap things up with the distance education grant, prepare for the upcoming reaccreditation visit, and we're in the midst of investigating expansion of PIBC to sites in Tonga, Fiji, and Hawaii -- including some graduate-level seminary options. Perhaps the cancellations are a gift.
~ American business productivity is way up -- Link
~ It's Joyce Owen's birthday tomorrow, so about a million of us converged on her home this evening to surprise her. The snake on the cake is a reference to a snake catching contest that she has each year with some PIBC students. I think she usually wins. Happy Birthday, Joyce!
~ Earliest known use of the word "missional" -- 1883 -- Link
~ We can now play the original SimCity online for free. -- Link