Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Caretaker

This is the last week of semester. Today I'll sit in on the last lecture of James Moorhead's 19thC American church history class. Dr Moorhead is also supervising my thesis/dissertation on premillennialism and the Presbyterian Review (the editors didn't like premillennialism, but they disliked each other even more... :-)

I've got rough drafts for two of my three papers due in January. Christmas week will be relatively quiet, so I'll be able to get a substantial amount of work done. Not least I'll need to write a sermon for 31st December, to be preached at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. The text will be Luke 4:14-30.

On Sunday, I travelled to NYC to meet Johnny and Judith Keefe. We attended one of the evening services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, but the main thing was simply catching up and sharing stories about life in the US. Oh, and we had a drink in the coolest bar ever, a few stories up, overlooking Central Park. The skyline of upper East Side is breath taking for an Ayrshire country bumpkin. New York is just soooo cool.

Over Christmas and New Year I will have real responsbility. Jenny wants me to look after her amaryllis. I think the deal is I get to use her car in return during the holiday. I passed her driving test, but shifting gear with your right hand is just wrong.

Lots of students house sit for rich Princeton people. This afternoon a couple of us are going to watch a DVD in a very big house. Very nice!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe she trusts you with the amaryllis, thats awesome...

Simon Spencer said...

Does Jenny know that you are a serial amaryllis killer? Also, I think you should tell her that you are prone to panic attacks whilst behind the wheel of an automobile!

Jenny said...

David, the deal was that you would get to watch my TV in exchange for watering my amaryllis. The car thing was so that you could drop off/pick up from the airport. But I think that job might be too complicated for you (to pick me up, since Peter is taking me there), so the car is just a bonus.

Simon, I am wondering about David's driving skills (and praying I still have a car when I get back!). He claims that he is an excellent driver, but I wasn't so impressed when he drove me to Target (but I took into account it was his first time driving on the opposite side of the road and car).

David, I just really, really, really need you to be sure to stay as close as you can to the center line. I swear you were going to crash into the side of the road when you were driving me. When you're alone in the car, you won't have me to jump and yell when you're getting close.

Simon Varwell said...

Start a new trend, David - see if you can get America to drive on the left? One swerving car at a time...

Simon Spencer said...

Jenny, I'm amazed that you are so comfortable with David being a serial amaryllis killer. Imagine the shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho. Substitute David with Norman Bates, and then substitute your amaryllis with the girl in the shower. You have ben warned!

Danny said...

Aaah Jenny you have been asking the wrong person about David's suitability to plant sit... Simon has much more insight into his character than me!!

Jenny said...

Simon, are my plants really in that much danger??? Do you think that he cannot be trusted with water?

Daniel Warlock said...

Jenny, the question is: what will be in the water?

Boris Borofski said...

Is David a serial killer? That's a good question. Now that I think of it, there does seem something dark and menacing behing his friendly manner and boyish charm. And when he stayed overnight at my place my pet hamster did mysteriously disappear. I will have to consider this further...Uhm.

Virginia Strange said...

David, you killed my rododendrum...murderer!!!