Today was another day in service to the LORD.  It has been much cooler here at night with temperatures getting low enough to encourage the dawning of clothing between my evening shower and taking to bed.  If it gets much colder out I might start sleeping under my bed sheet.  The bus into the center of Tirana was crowded, but not overly so.  I have given up trying to coordinate the bracing of my hands and feet with the stop and go flow of traffic.  The bus drivers like the brake, using it at random throughout both ascents and descents.  If they take pleasure in the causing of their patrons to stumble into one another, at least they have the courtesy to save their laughter until after their shift has ended.  When I got to the job site I found Vissy already at work.  He is a good man.

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We completed the second meter of the walls for the gabina today.  I have been Vissy’s assistant this week.  “Gopher” is the term most commonly used to describe a person of my skill level in the States.  Taking all of my commands in Shqip has been good for my language ear.  A successful gopher needs to be hyper aware of the actions of the person they are taking commands from.  Anticipation is a fine and valuable skill.  I like carrying the water.  

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As Vissy and I were leaving Fushekruje for the day we walked past the road Agim lives on.  Agim has crossed kilometers of road and field to shake my hand before.  It was only proper for me to go to him today.  He and his wife Selvia invited me inside for a glass of cola and a small chocolate.  I asked how long they had been married; 37 years.  Marriage in Albania is far more sacred than marriage in the States.  From what I have observed, married couples tend to feel however it is that they feel about each other.  Those feelings have little to do with whether a marriage takes place to begin with and even less to do with whether or not a marriage lasts a lifetime. Who you marry is as compulsory as what color eyes you have.  Do you like your eye color?  What does that have to do with anything?

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Agim and Selvia were lovely.  It was clear that they care for each other and have built a friendship over time which they both cherish.  As for me, I hope to one day find someone to spend 37 years with, whatever eye color they may have.