Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Update: The final score was democrats 13 republicans 5
Lizzie and Darren, Connor and Christian are at the annual Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park in DC tonight. The game is for charity and pits democrats against republican members of Congress.
Here are Connor, Darren, Congressman John Shimkus, Christian and Lizzie
John Shimkus, starting pitcher, is wearing the uniform of the University of Illinois-Springfield while Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan are wearing St. Louis Cardinals uniforms. Team members wear uniforms from somewhere in the home state district.
The won/loss record for republicans is 38-33-1. Democrats are 33-38-1. The game was first played in 1909 with impetus from Rep. John Tener of Pennsylvania, a former White Sox player.
There are two charities which will benefit from the game, The Washington Literacy Council and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
Back in the day we received our Weekly Readers in school. Every now and then an issue would focus on what the future would look like, showing drawings of everything from the way food was prepared to how we commuted.
The one item which got most of us daydreaming was the idea that we would be driving plane cars. Cars that could just lift off into the air to avoid traffic jams and the like. I can still see the one drawing of a car rising above all the other cars stuck in traffic.
Well well. The Telegraph UK has a story about a company which seems to have done it. The Terrafugia Transition is a plane within a car or a car within a plane.
The two-seater Transition can use its front-wheel drive on roads at
highway speeds, with wings folded, at a respectable 30 miles per
However, Once it has arrived at a suitable take-off spot - an airport, or
sized piece of flat private land - it can fold down the wings, engage
rear-facing propellor, and take off. The folding wings are
Not quite the idea the Weekly reader had, but maybe those folks were thinking more of a helicopter car.
The Man about the house is in St. Paul Minnesota for the day and last night he encountered a joint selling Luther Burgers.
I guess we're too cocooned in a Lutheran seminary setting so both of us wondered just what a hamburger had to do with Martin Luther.
Turns out a Luther burger, not seen in the St. Louis area at least with that name, is a hamburger, two strips of bacon and cheese with a glazed donut (mainly Krispy Kreme) as the bun. It is named after its creator, Luther Vandross.
But. We do have something similar the same in the Metro East, Baseball's Best Burger served up at the minor league Gateway Grizzlies ballpark. This variation of the Luther burger has a hamburger, two strips of bacon and cheddar cheese between a Krispy Kreme donut.
Now the finger pointing has begun over who is responsible for tree maintenance.
The problem is similar to any park with large trees, it is nearly impossible to tell which trees will fall or which large branches are weak...until they fall. Trees which are totally leafless are pretty obviously dead and should come down. Forest Park in St. Louis and even Concordia Park on the seminary campus have had their share of trees and limbs fall without warning. It's nature. With nature you just never know.
One New Yorker sitting in Central Park told a reporter for the New York Times, "You would think there would be a more concerted effort to inspect all
Central Park has 26,000 trees. And, as a former New York Park Commissioner said, "The trees that you think are the problem trees are not the ones that
fall,” he said. “It’s not predictable. When there was an accident, it
was some tree we had never thought about."
My short experience with lots of trees falling down have come since we moved to Concordia Seminary and more often than not it is an Oak which falls.
It is proper safety for a dead or wounded tree to be roped off until it can be taken down, we did this here on the campus this spring. Most everyone who saw the tree would never have believed it was completely hollow inside until it developed the crack.
The senate's oldest senator, Robert Byrd of West Virgina, has died at 92. He was the longest serving senator in the country's history and according to him, the oldest thing around besides the buildings.
Byrd, once asked how many presidents he served under responded: ""None," I have served with
presidents, not under them."
So how will his seat be filled?
West Virginia law isn't the clearest on this point but it appears, although maybe not completely correct, that because he died before July 3 the governor will appoint someone until November's election. If he had died on July 3 or later, the governor would appoint someone who would fill Byrd's entire term which ends in 2012. No one knows for sure about this.