Chiropractic appointment first thing in the morning. Then attention to odds and ends of synod liturgy, clergy deployment, and various late-arriving emails. Eventually, it was time to get Brenda and myself packed for three nights away, and load the car, taking care of various domestic details in the process. We began our southward journey around 2:15pm, and arrived at the Doubletree in downtown Springfield about four hours later (various highway construction projects delayed us substantially. We got settled in our room, then walked over to one of our old haunts, Obed & Isaac’s, for some dinner.