Tim you get the prize!!! (and Michelle you get second prize which is…i don’t know…that feeling you get when you get part of the right answer) The story is a little foggy in my head ,but this is what I remember.
They had just poured some fresh cement at the AIM apartments. I think Heather, Alan, Michelle, and I decided that we should write in it. I know Heather wrote her initials, Michelle wrote her name…but I’m so sneaky that I wrote “Pepperpot”…my nickname from High School.
Rex happened to be at the apartments the weekend before mission term and he saw it. He made a comment about Michelle’s name and I made a comment about how it’s not a good idea to write your actual name. Rex’s next comment was…”Yeah…you’re really sneaky Pepperpot”. I almost died. I never expected that.
First day of mission term…our last day to drive…we are walking to the car and Heather is video taping our last drive to Sunset. We walk past another pad of concrete…you don’t know everything Rex…and she filmed yet another place we had written. The next scene on the tape is a group of us in the front of the AIM room trying to come up with an apology letter to the apartments. We had gotten in trouble. I do have to give Rex credit…he didn’t mention our names.
It was funny to laugh about later…but at the time I remember feeling really embarassed. He made a point of reminding us how much the apartment folks had done for us and then this is how we thank them. My mind tends to catastrophize things so I just knew we would be kicked out of the apartments or sent to jail. Instead we were sent to Portugal. (That’s something we need to look into…when I look back at the Portugal teams throughout the years…it almost seems like we were handpicked from the…”sent to the director’s office more than once” list.
Someone else needs to fess up….I know we weren’t the only people to get out of line.