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.
Two stories of men doing something they shouldn't do and both paid with their lives. It's a sorry thing.
A St. Louis man was attacked and killed by an alligator after shouting ..."blank the alligators" after being warned by others nearby not to swim in a bayou. Numerous bystanders told him about the alligators and the danger of swimming. But he did it anyway. He was from St. Louis.
All of a sudden the food world is messing with a most perfect dip, the guacamole. The first evidence of this came a couple of days ago when I came across a recipe/story about brusselmole, a guac made with brussel sprouts. Oh my...no. No surprise this originated in England, the home of brussel sprout menus.
But then yesterday someone asked President Obama if he liked peas in his guacamole. The full recipe also included sunflower seeds. Oh my...no. This is not guacamole. Also noted a guac with yogurt named Yogamole.
Please food world, leave the guac alone. The hardest part of making this dip is finding the perfect avocado. In grocery stores around here they are often hard as a rock or as soft as cream cheese. It's necessary to handle the avocados to test their ripeness-not hard but not soft either-it's a tricky business. I'd bet grocery store produce workers entertain themselves in the back room by sharing stories of how customers handle the avocados. The most handled fruit/vegetable ever.
Oh, and, for once I agree with the president. He said, oh my...no.
Don't care much for the TSA at airports? Well, this story will only reinforce those feelings.
TSA spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein, took to Twitter yesterday and posted this: "If you had $75,000 is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA @RIC spotted this traveler's preferred method."
Along with this statement was a picture the other TSA agent took of a passenger's opened bag containing money. There was nothing illegal or against regulations but these two thought it was quite funny to photograph the contents of someone's bag and then post it on Twitter.
The response to this Tweet was what you might/should expect. Anger and shock. I wondered how she knew exactly how much money was in the bag. But now we know that TSA agents have no qualms about making fun of what is in our bags and will share it with everyone on social media.
Someone dumped almost a thousand tires on a family's farm in Minnesota in broad daylight. The family, as you might imagine, is not happy because now the problem belongs to them. They got a quote of 10 dollars a tire to have them removed and who has that kind of money.
But, thankfully "the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has agreed to pick them up free of charge. They say that's what they do -- they recycle 20,000 to 30,000 tires a year because they're such a nesting breeding ground for mosquitoes."
The other day, and again today, I will drive from Clayton to Webster Groves via Big Bend, Laclede Station Road, Watson then Watson to McCausland over to Clayton Road. Every single one of these surface roads is filled with construction cones and saw horses while utility or road work is being done. Stop light after stop light is never ending with lines of cars.
Then there is one of the worst situations locally. The intersection of Skinker at 64/Clayton Road. The work being done has barriers allowing only one lane of traffic to cross to and from 64/40. That means only a small fraction of the cars lined up get through each light. And, to make matters worse, whoever is in charge of this lane closure has not made it clear what drivers are in for until almost the stoplight. So cars find themselves in a lane which will go no where, trying to push into traffic to get moving. I cross this almost every day and have seen some near misses and scary honking.
The most troublesome part of this intersection is for those exiting from westbound 40/64. With only one lane open to go straight across to Clayton Road and no warning that there are barriers ahead, it makes for a sweaty time in any event. However what's painted on the far left lane as you come up the ramp makes for some near accidents real crashes.
There are two of these about twenty feet apart. But. It is just not true. There is no straight ahead, only a left turn only available. You would not believe the problems this causes in a very highly packed exit ramp. Someone, either the city or the county or MoDOT or whoever is responsible for this ramp and road work needs to get that symbol off of there.
Two young teenagers were bitten by sharks and lost limbs in the water off a beach in North Carolina this weekend. This follows another shark attack on a girl a few days ago on the same beach. But, hey, the Oak Island fire chief said "I would swim in the water today."
I've been reading some Collinsville Facebook posts from people relating their raccoon sightings and problems. The comments lead me to the conclusion that the entire town is getting overrun with these animals. Some residents with backyard ponds are having their Koi fish eaten by raccoons, another came across one in the garage eating the dog food, while another watched one on their bird feeder eating away. And on and on.
I was driving around Collinsville at mid day on Thursday and..whoops..almost had a collision with a raccoon trying to make a fast trip across Clay Street. He stopped so fast he went up on his back legs. Which tells me they've become acclimated to urban life so well they know the danger of cars. And, it does away with the theory that raccoons are noctural, awake at night, sleeping during the day.
Part of me is glad to know we aren't the only ones with this issue, but it seems to be getting out of hand and these animals, while cute to some, can be destructive and dangerous to humans.