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.
Woke up this morning here in St. Louis to another snow. The streets are covered, the temps are dropping and cars are sliding on off ramps during rush hour. But we aren't the only ones. The southeast is getting more snow and cold than they've had in years, the Carolinas, Alabama, Virginia etc etc. Here's a picture of a snow related traffic problem on a highway in Alabama.
Semi trucks! My worst driving nightmare. Here's a story from yesterday. I picked up Christian and Connor from their school in Webster Groves and then Nick from his babysitter so we could go over to Collinsville for mid week Lenten service at Holy Cross. As we were driving in the right lane on I-44 we noticed a huge tractor trailer right on the bumper of a mid-sized gray car in the middle lane. I mean that truck was inches away from the car and stayed that way for some miles until the car moved to exit. Even the boys in the back seat were watching this with disbelief. If something were to have come up which involved stopping quickly, that truck would have been inside that car.
Actually, the boys were so affected by this that when we got into Illinois and the traffic eased a bit, they noticed another big truck and talked about how it looked like the same one that bullied the car. I give those big rigs a wide berth. You just never know.
Somewhere in London a family's home was destroyed and the family dog was killed by a fire which broke out from sunlight shining on a jar of Nutella. The sun reflecting off glass items has apparently caused at least five other fires in London in recent months.
Wow! When we were kids the story went that a toy magnifying glass held over a dry leaf in the sun could set the leaf on fire. We all tried this at least once, but I have no memory of any actual fire. But glass does hold heat for sure, it's just hard to take in that the Nutella would catch fire.
Nutella is very popular in the food world right now, just be careful out there people.
If you've ever been tempted to do these things, you just might be affected with the winter crazy's. WTOP in DC linked three stories last night which are telling:
"Kite Skier caught by gust of wind, dies after striking shed." This is the actual headline and you don't need to read much more to understand the story. This occurred in Maine. Sad.
"Boston mayor warns would-be window snow jumpers:Don't do it." Seems that after so much snow in Boston, almost 8 feet in some places and then plowed even higher, people (men) are getting a kick out of jumping into these snowbanks from 2nd and 3rd floor windows. I saw a tv news report where some guys are even doing trick jumps into the snow from the window. Like high diving in the olympics.
And this: "Locals among 100 finalists for one-way trip to Mars." If true, this is the craziest of winter craziness.
An armed robbery took place at the Creve Coeur Schnucks during the night. No one was hurt and the store was closed. Not one of the 24 hour stores in the chain obviously. But this is another in the list of surprisingly bold robberies going on around the St. Louis area this winter. So many times the banks inside Schnucks stores are the place of robberies. It's to the point that the Richmond Center store which is two blocks from us, the highest grossing store in the chain, and constantly busy, has a Richmond Heights police officer inside every day. I've come to recognize the officers who stand in the check out area.
Add to the car break-ins which go on around here and its pretty crazy. And infuriating.
As we were walking our dogs this morning Sharalyn and I talked about how it seems as though the world has been turned inside out, shook hard and every bad thing in Pandora's Box fell out. Every day another crazy, scary, unexpected thing happens home and abroad.
I have to give you up, you've become impossible to read what with all the ads suddenly covering up stories, flashing words, sudden sounds from videos I never clicked on. I realize ads keep newspapers in business but really, someone needs to find a way to ad them to news sites without having them just overrun the story being read.
I just tried the Chicago Tribune site looking to see if they had any Super Bowl food stories. It was an impossible task. The one story I wanted to read was the Great Italian Beef hunt and I never could get it to stay still long enough to read. I won't be back.
The Trib is not alone, most newspapers and local tv news sites are the same. A total mess and not at all user friendly. And, local tv news reporters...Don't tell us to read more about your story at your website unless the story is actually on the website.