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.
We no longer call vehicle collisions 'accidents' anymore, they're crashes. Yesterday I missed a rather horrific crash by minutes on 64/40 eastbound near the Chestnut exit. We'd been backed up anyway due to something being worked on under the overpass by Busch stadium, the left lane was closed at the point and the right lane became an exit only so the middle lane held all the traffic. It took forever to get to the Poplar.
Just about the time I got to the 55-70/64 merge KMOX broke in to warn that 64/40 had been shut down due to a crash at Chestnut. This would have been right about the spot the traffic came to a stop and my first reaction was to be relieved that I made it through before the shut down and then I replayed the drive just before the construction stoppage. I remembered driving along at highway speed as was everyone else when all of a sudden we came over a rise and there was the roadway filled with stopped cars. Brakes were slammed for sure. There had been no warning before this that a lane would be closed ahead.
The bad part was, after running Collinsville errands I headed back to St. Louis and the crash was still being worked. It was a bad one, many many emergency vehicles attending to it and miles of stopped eastbound traffic. I don't know if anything could have avoided this except maybe an earlier warning, traffic is heavy on 40 most of the day and will back up well before the actual work site.
I often take Ferdie into various campus buildings when I have to drop things off or pick up things and each building has commercial carpet squares in the public areas. The carpet pattern is different in each place but basically brown/dark gray in color and Ferdie balks each time we go in. He has to be coaxed to move through the hallways. I finally realized his eyesight sees the carpet differently than we do and it seems like he believes he will fall into a hole when on the carpets. Then i saw this photo last night and I'd be willing to bet this is exactly how our dog sees the carpet squares and I don't blame him for not wanting to move.
The new Windows 10 showed up unbidden on another of our computers yesterday and I've been trying my best to get a handle on this system but it is so crammed with boxes and icons and advice and new ways of doing things that I'm wasting a lot of time on this. The one thing I absolutely do not like is the "assistant" Cortana. She is intrusive and pops up constantly telling me she'd like to help. So I did a Google search to see if there was a way of disabling her. Here's the list of answers, few of which are understandable or helpful. There were 435,000 search items for this questions so I'm not the only one wanting to rid my computer of her.
Here's the first answer from Google: "Bring up the Start menu and start typing. Click on the "hamburger" icon in the left sidebar and choose "Settings". From there, you can turn off Cortana. To clear Cortana from the PC memory, either reboot or open task manager and kill Cortana."
Frankly, I never saw a hamburger icon and it's absurd anyway. So I kept going. I still have no idea if I've shut her off permanently or just for today.
Two democratic senators are asking 12 airlines to drop the added checked bags fees in order to lessen the horribly long security check lines. Going through security has become a nightmare in many airports with lines lasting up to 2 hours. But, even the senators admitted eliminating the fees won't shorten those security lines.
One thing that would be helpful for passengers would be to sign up for pre-check which lets you go through a separate security line and not have to take your shoes, jacket or belt off or open computers. We try to do this regularly now and it is faster. But with so many people flying and only so many security lines, it's almost a hopeless situation. Go early and prepare to wait in line.
But what about the checked bags fees? This began when fuel costs were sky high and financially strapped airlines needed a way to find more revenue. Now with low fuel costs, the airlines are seeing near record profits. Long lines at check in and bag fees do not go together, except for a way to punish the airlines for their high profits. It won't help the everyday traveler standing in a two hour long line.
I do hate seeing people cramming bigger and bigger and heavier and heavier carry-on bags into the overhead bins. I sit in my seat and watch the struggle as many try to lift what appears to be a really heavy bag up into the bin. All this weight in the upper part of the plane just can't be all that safe or fair to anyone else with a carry on.
But there you go, it's modern day air travel. Plan ahead, take a deep breath and try to remember just why we have this security check in ordeal-September 11, 2001.
Kentucky Fried Chicken people have created what most of us would consider the unthinkable. They now have nail polish flavored with two of KFC's favorite recipes-Original and Hot and Spicy. It makes the old "finger lickin' good" come to life.
So many weird things going on in the world and the weirdest to me is the new obsession among some to make public restrooms available to both men and women. My best understanding of this whole issue is that there are men who want to be in women's bathrooms for whatever reason.
Frankly it's beyond my comprehension, ridiculous, and should be flushed down wherever activists begin to push for this. There's nothing exciting about public restrooms but they do have a necessary function, but certainly if you're a man, you belong in the mens' room.
We've discovered a whole lot of previously unknown rules underlying the primary elections for both parties and it isn't pretty. I'm probably like most voters who actually believed that when we went to vote in a primary election the ballot was what it said, nothing more nothing less. The winner wins. But no. There are party rules which determine the outcome more than voters. There has never been an election year that has been as chaotic as this one and in the past these rules didn't matter much as pertaining to outcome.
Now with competitive races in both parties and emotions running high, things seemed rigged when it's merely the same old same old, but now we care and nothing seems fair.
On the democratic side, Bernie Sanders has won 9 out of the last ten states and some before that. But thanks to Super Delegates which were put in place for Hillary Clinton before one vote was cast, Sanders can win all he wants but will still lose. We heard about Super Delegates in 08, but even that year they did not have the seemingly unfair role they do now.
On the GOP side, we learn we aren't really voting for a person in the primary, we're voting for unseen, unknown delegates who can pretty much do what they want at the convention.
If this year doesn't force people in both parties to sit down at the end and begin to change the procedures, then this is just the beginning of voter turnoff.
"In recent weeks a rash of withdrawals and substitutions from major competitions has wreaked havoc on Russian sports, throwing into question the lineups for volleyball and even curling teams. The suspected culprit is meldonium, the newly banned drug whose use in Russia recently led to the provisional suspension of the tennis champion Maria Sharapova and has forced dozens of other athletes around the world from competitions."
CURLING!!? Curlers need performance enhancing drugs? Which one? the guy who brooms the ice or the guy who slides the rock gently down the ice?
"The Russian national men’s curling team was switched out the day before the world championships began in Switzerland this week.