am writing this the morning after the long day, Wednesday was officially Day 1 of Newday, delegates started arriving and also so did the bulk of the servers, we had been prepared and made up all the badges we could before had and distributed the relevant ones to there teams but that was not even half of our number of servers (about 300 out of 750) so as normal we were manicly busy all day from about 8am until about 9:30pm only stopping for 45 mins for lunch and 45 mins for dinner.
i was on my feet all day and basically, taking photo’s, printing badges and laminating them, we must have printed somewhere near 200 badges yesterday, of which well over 100 were after lunch alone. i think i am slowly getting feeling back in my feet. as a result i sadly missed the main meeting last night and as i left this morning not had chance to listen to any of the worship or word. am actually looking forward to the live album this year. had a record low number of mocha’s this year at 2, not because i was trying to cut down but purely because we were so busy we never had time to have them, have possibly OD’ed on Mcdonalds McFlurry’s though because have had one every evening after leaving the showground this week.
am headed back to London on a train as i write this (hooray for iPhone tethering!) am glad to be able to pick up a reliable phone signal again, headed straight back into the office and back to work. after having had a nice fry up for breakfast.
keeping it short this morning due to sleep deprivation and the need to catch up with emails and civilisation in general.
end of my first day of setup (almost) its been a struggle of a day. started at 8 am after a hearty newday breakfast
got straight to work on getting everything ready to print our main run of server badges – downloading photos, batch processing them into right size etc. without going into boring detail, what should have been a task that only took an hour to 2 max just to print the badges out took a whole 8 hours including working through lunch to coax into life.
its a good job we had today to prep and print the first batch (those that bothered to upload photos) it would have been a whole different ball game if we were doing this tomorrow when a lot of the main event servers were arriving. after that we got efficient and got the full print batch printed, cut, laminated and punched within 2 hours – even with 100 reprints!
all leading on to a nice relaxing dinner (wont post the photo!) and a peaceful evening to moan about slow internet. praying that they have the wifi enabled back at the agricultural college and that the room doesnt smell of paint this evening. going to sleep well i hope.
i have a very busy month ahead of me, some would say a gruelling schedule, so far it looks like this:
- tonight (8th) until thursday (12th) – working at newday
- 19th – 6th Sept in Zimbabwe! ( i fly through 2 other countries just to get there!)
Zimbabwe will include quite a few things such as
- Meeting Marie’s parents for the first time (on my own no less – Marie comes out a few days later)
- 5 hour drive to Antelope park for a friends wedding
- hopefully if time permits, safari or standing with lions (no wrestling i promise 😉 )
- being an usher/groomsmen at said wedding
- 5 hour drive back to Harare from Antelope Park
- helping prepare for a christian youth conference (Ignite Twenty 10) – hopefully fit in a bet of jet skiing too 🙂
- helping run all things tech at Ignite Twenty 10 🙂
so all in all i am gonna be busy, but i am going to be having fun all the time, doing what i enjoy mixed in with meeting new people and some fun play time too! i will need a holiday from my holiday no doubt. if i can i will try and blog when in Zim but cant guarentee how the internet will cope out there not forgetting the not so unusual power cuts. i am praying that my time in Zim is fruitful and restful as well as busy. i am praying that all the technical aspects of Ignite go well and that we have no problems.
please pray for a safe and exciting trip