Just a normal day today, but tomorrow is a national holiday here called “Saba Saba” which means seven seven for the seventh day of the seventh month. The dates here are written as they are in almost the whole world except for America, the day first, then the month, and then the year, so today is 06/07/2015. Saba Saba is sort of the Fourth of July for Tanzania, but it is split between two different holidays. Tomorrow marks the independence of the workers or industrial independence. Basically, no one really celebrates but the banks and government offices are closed as no stores close and life goes on as it does almost every day. By law, none of our workers have to show up, so we give them the day off but offer to pay them extra if they do come to work. They all come to work because this is such a non-holiday as opposed to every Sunday and Christmas and New Year’s Day when there are many church services and most of the stores are closed. We are also officially in our “winter” which means the daytime temperatures generally stay below 90 degrees Fahrenheit but not always. It also means that nighttime temperatures may dip just a tad below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Not exactly a New England winter, but it makes for good weather (dry also) for safaris and tourism. Saturday, the power was out for twelve hours, but we knew about it in advance and were prepared. Sadly, for us, our Australian missionary neighbors have left to go back to Australia for a seven month furlough, so we won’t be seeing them again until next year. I will miss having a birthday cake this year. Other than that, not much is going on. Festo’s father’s funeral is on Thursday and Shaban will be driving a car full of church members out to Karikakari. Karen and I would like to go, but neither of us is healthy enough to do so. We also have the excitement of having our septic tank pumped out today. Every three years or so, but it’s fairly cheap, and we don’t ask them what they do with it.
Well done to Lewis Hamilton for winning the British Grand Prix yesterday and to the American women for winning the World Cup even though we had to stay up until four in the morning today to see it.