Back From Romania

July 25, 2005

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I have been in Romania for the last couple of weeks. About forty other Americans and I went to six different villages to help with church work there. The Romanian people were so gracious to us. They made us feel very welcome. It was good to be with them. I notice that I am still speaking in short sentences. I am still talking as if an interpreter is going to translate for me.

The only real problem I encountered while there was the size of the coffee cups at the hotel we were lodged in. They were very small. At home I drink out of a Starbucks coffee mug that is the size of a small barrel. I knew the first day I was in trouble. There was no way I could consume enough coffee in these tiny tea cups to fight off the inevitable caffeine withdrawal mega headache that was undoubtedly headed my way.

The coffee was in a pump top decanter with a little tap on the front. I considered bending down and putting my mouth under the spicket and draining the coffee straight into my mouth while no one was looking. Fortunately, I restrained myself. While this may be perfectly acceptable at a Jones family gathering it was probably not the impression we want to leave the Romanian people of an American.

(It is difficult to explain to someone living in another country the difference between a normal American and a Brother Jones American with an impending caffeine withdrawal headache).

The good news is I caused NO INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTS THIS TIME

…that I am aware of…

(unlike the unfortunate Morocco situation from a few years ago) but we wont talk about that right now.

I took a lot of pictures while in Romania. You can see a few of my favorites in my Portfolio Section.

The Comments

Doug Jones

maybe you should have used one of those big blue jugs in your photo for a coffee mug. I bet you could have taken one of them away from that kid pretty easy…. welcome back!

Don Jones

Fantastico! Glad to hear you got yourself detoxed off coffee while in Romania. What a novel idea… breaking from the evil clutches of caffiene by utilizing smaller and smaller cups. Brilliant man! I’m sure much good was done in Romania. Did your yard and garden turn a rich, crisp, crunchy sepia tone while you were away?

Dennis Jones

We had the boy from next door water for us while we were gone… the grass totally took over our vegetable garden… It now looks like we just planted a bunch of corn, tomatoes and misc other plants in the middle of our yard…

Don Jones

Our garden looks like that too and we didn’t go anywhere.

Dennis Jones

I think you and I are due for a little Plein Air Weed Pullin’…

Don Jones

Excellent idea shall we stay cool in our weed pullin’ Speedos?

Jennifer Ray (Romania team member)

That sounds like a bad idea. Weed pullin speedos? There would be car accidents as people drove by! Just kidding. Dennis… it was so great to get to know you. I hope we will meet again. Let us know when the bible will be out ok!

Dennis Jones

Hi Jennifer! Good to hear from you! Hope your flight back home was not too bad. If you spend much time on this web site you will see that all the weird, weed pullin’ speedo comments come from my two wacky brothers, NOT ME… I, of course, am the only mature, responsible adult that participates in the festivities here…

…of course, if I actually were a mature, responsible adult I probably wouldn’t be participating on this site at all… so… never mind..

I think that Bible is due out in October… Good meeting you in Romania…

Jennifer Ray

If we were mature adults I think life would be boring. The flight to Atlanta was ok. I had (still do) a cold so my ears got blocked really bad. I’m starting to feel better. I pray your trip was good. Your family is so awesome. It was so neat to get to work with you all. There is so much talent in your family. You need to bottle that and sell it! I look forward to spending time on your web site. I know my husband Chris and Casey have both enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the Bible. Also, we would like to know who has ALL of the pictures from Romania. We want to send some cd’s to get the pictures. I have the one the leaders got, but I know there is more. We didn’t get any of the group pictures. Well, I’m going to bed! Nite

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August 29, 2005

Dogs

While in Romania this summer I couldn’t help but notice that there were an awful lot of dogs… everywhere.

Instead of taking pictures of people, I took pictures of dogs. I seem to have lost most of my dog shots but here are a few.

This leads me to the point of this journal. Don Jones is the proud new owner of not one, but TWO DOGS! And these are not small breed dogs… I would guesstimate them to be hundred pounders when full grown. Congratulations Don. This is sure to make great journal posting material in the very near future.

The Comments

Don Jones

These dogs are scary and therefore I won’t be returning to this page.

Doug Jones

I agree… they all seem to be saying “what are YOU lookin’ at?… you lookin’ at me?”

Dennis Jones

yes… the trick here was to snap the picture and then quickly get your leg outa the way before they took a chunk out of it…

Don Jones

AYYYIEEE! I thought I would check the Den Journal and the scary, deceptive, killer-friendly dogs are still here! Reminds me of the time Doug was petting the neighbor’s weiner dog. I get my courage to go up and pet it as well and the thing jumps on me and bites me in the thigh. I had jeans on and it didn’t break the skin but boy did it SCARE the dickens out of me.

Dennis Jones

…ah yes, the scary wiener dog… you certainly would not want to turn your back on one of those vicious beasts…

Doug Jones

reminds me of that great line from Pink Panther… “Does your little doogie bite?”

Dennis Jones

…did you see where Steve Martin is going to be Cluesou in the new Pink Panther movies?

Don Jones

yes of course… we meet again.

Don Jones

These dogs are killin’ me.

Dennis Jones

…well, if you enjoyed them today you will enjoy them again tomorrow because I’ve got nothing new to post…

Doug Jones

I’d like to see that gourd garden again, myself.

Dennis Jones

…ok… I’ll go outside now and take a picture…

Banshee

I am noticing only three colors in the comments section here… Hey you guys might find this interesting: conanvsbear.comA strategically placed web address might pull more visitors… FOWA: week of 4-10-05 Sometimes I forget to visit brotherjones.com… when I come back, it is the same nonsense that brought me there in the first place.

Dennis Jones

…good thinkin’, Banshee… thats what we pay you the big money for…

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Eric Nyberg

Yeah for Romanian dogs!! I think they would be so proud to be pictured on such a quailty web page!! Hope you both are doing great!

Dennis Jones

Hey Eric… good to hear from you! How did the rest of your east european bongo tour go?

Eric Nyberg

Quite well. I spent most of my time in Braila and Insurtsei but got to spend a day in Bucharest also. Between my world travels and my djembe’s, I think I deserve double stamped frequent flyer miles!

G’day Mates!

January 26, 2006

G'dayMate2

…beautiful Austria… except this is a picture from Romania…

I was pretty excited to see that I had a three hour layover in Vienna, Austria on my way back to the United States this week. I have always been a really big fan of their world famous little sausages.

I was hoping to see some kangaroos while flying in and hopefully be welcomed to the airport by some rugged looking character saying, “G’day mate! Let’s throw another shrimp on the barbie”… but much to my disappointment none of this happened. I suspect you probably must travel miles and miles into bush country in a Land Rover to see the traditional Austria we have all grown to know and love.

Vienna was also the last place we actually had any luggage because none of it made it back home with us. I suspect our bags were snatched by the Austrian Aborigines who no doubt wanted our western clothing… (although I really think my sweaters will be too hot for them to wear in the outback).

The Comments

Doug Jones

Welcome back! It’s been pretty quiet around the old website lately. Those Austrians are notorious for stealing luggage. There will probably be some very well dressed Kangaroos hopping around the country now. The rest of your stuff will be on eBay this afternoon. Bid high if you want it back! Oh… once those Austrians acquire a decent American wardrobe, they move here and run for governor of Caleefornia.

Don Jones

Hey Den! Were you and Karen participating in the Amazing Race or something? From the looks of the photo above it appears you are smack dab in the middle of the street snappin’ this picture. Good job. You are the last to arrive with no luggage. You have been eliminated from the race and must live out the remainder of your life in northern Indiana. Go Steelers!

Dennis Jones

…we had so many connections to make it sure seemed like The Amazing Race…

…Ft Wayne to Chicago to Frankfurt to Prague… then…

…Prague to Vienna to Cluj… then…

…Cluj to Sibiu (I still dont know where Sibiu is) to Vienna to Munich to Chicago to Ft Wayne..

…and the worst weather we had during the entire trip was when we were flying back into Ft Wayne and some kind of freak snow storm hit, dumped about an inch of snow WHILE we were trying to land, and then quit…

Don Jones

Did you bring me and Doug a little souvenir or SOMEthing?

Doug Jones

I’m hoping for a boomerang…. I just hope it wasn’t in a suitcase

Dennis Jones

yeh… yeh, I had both you boys souvenirs… really GREAT souvenirs… but unfortunately they are in the suitcases that are lost… yeh, thats what happened… thats the ticket…

Doug Jones

drat!

Dennis Jones

ok, I confess… I didn’t get anybody anything… mainly because I couldn’t figure out the money conversion rates… I never even figured out whether $500,000 Lai was a good price for a Coke or not… seemed a little high to me, but, who knows…

Don Jones

500,000 of anything is alot. I was hoping for a “I went to Austria and all I got was this stupid DOWN UNDER t-shirt!”

Dennis Jones

…the funny thing is… in the Austrian airport there were t-shirts in most of the shops with kangaroos on them… (really)… it must be a real popular joke there…

Doug Jones

I’d like one of those $500,000 T-shirts… with a ROO of course

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May 17, 2006

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The Comments

Roballoo!

I’m standing. Now what do I do?

Doug Jones

Have a seat, Roballoo…. let me interpret this for you. The numbers mean that Dennis is LOST… but we knew that, right? The test pattern means Denny is on vacation. Stay tuned…..

Don Jones

I have a feeling this is going to be one long and extended coffee break for Den.

Doug Jones

you betchum, Red Ryder!

Don Jones

I believe he is participating in the Romanian version of the Amazing Race.

bernardfromtheyard

I guess this is a Missouri version of a TV stand By? definitely more elaborate than the ones we used to see on the old B&W here in the east. You guys must have gotten them more often?

Roballoo

Hmmm… Those look like crop circles. Maybe he was abducted?

Doug Jones

… it was the OTHERS…

Don Jones

I wonder if Big Chief is still producing writing tablets? I’m impressed that he some how got this “Stand By” endorsement deal.

Roballoo

C’mon everybody now… When the night has come- And the land is dark- And the moon is the only light we’ll see- No I won’t be afraid- no I won’t be afraid- Just as long as you stand- stand by me..”

bernardfromtheyard

Or…Stand By Your Man, dunt, dun-na. Give him two hands to hold on…………..

Don Jones

I’ve been checking the live webcam from Romania and still no sign of Dennis. Hope he hasn’t lost his passport.

Meowi

July 30, 2007

MeowiColor

What island do cats come from? Meowi.

I posted this sketch a while back. Here is what the finished piece looks like.

The Comments

Don Jones

That is the cat’s meow. What’s going on in Romania this time of year?

Doug Jones

I betcha the internets don’t reach to Romania.

Roballoo

Nice how you captured the expression on his face in the sketch and carried it though to the final piece. The subtleties such as the surfer’s goatee and the difference in the reflections for each sunglass lense.

Bugsey

August 2, 2007

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I built this little guy just before heading to Romania to help coordinate an International World Changers project.

The Comments

JEFF

I think little dude needs Iodine in his diet. It could help the goiters, or you could name him Marty Feldman…

N.H.

Thats outragously kool. He would fit right in the world of Monsters Inc.

Doug Jones

That wasn’t me…

Doug Jones

I think I have several of these guys living under my bed…

Roballoo

Wow this may be my favorite yet with it’s multi-limbs, stripey earlobes and puffy lips! Looks more like a World Devourer than a World Changer though. World Devourers probably isn’t a Southern Baptist endorsed group. But I could be wrong.

Dennis Jones

…we had over a hundred participants at this years World Changers project and this is pretty much what I looked like every time I stepped up to the microphone to say something…