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.
Normally the CBS NCAA basketball brackets reveal takes about an hour, maybe less. But this year CBS decided to make a play for more advertising revenue or something...and went for a two hour format. This plan turned out to be botch all. The first area to be revealed was the South region which was followed by at least half an hour of useless talk by the sports people. Usually I look forward to this night but by the time CBS was wasting time by having Charles Barkley try to use a touch screen to show his South region picks, I got up and took the dog for a walk and never went back to the rest of the show. Which show was still not fully revealed when I got back.
But the best part was accomplished by some anonymous person who had gotten his hands on the entire thing, all the brackets, and he tweeted it out. That turned out to be so well received and retweeted by thousands of others, that tv's were turned off all over the country. Most people, after being bored to tears by the CBS plan, then were happy to say, "CBS, you got what you deserved."
St. Louis will be hosting the Midwest Regional and there are quite a few great teams coming to town. If you can't get to the games, it's also fun to go to the free practice sessions.
Once again Dale's car has a squirrels nest inside the engine compartment. A month ago a huge nest was removed filled with newly born babies. Now part of the black fabric backing which covers something in there, has been shredded and a pile of leaves and other brush is packed into a small space. What worries me is whether or not the squirrels have been chewing through wires or hoses which would be disaster while on the highway. Plus the danger of fire from all the dried plant material. So the car is back to being checked over.
I bought one of those ultra sonic sound boxes the last time the car had the nest, supposedly it has sound only animals can hear and they don't like it. Well. That obviously didn't work.
With Missouri and Illinois having primaries a week from today, we're suddenly getting all the campaign ads the earlier states have lived through. And, as an FYI, they aren't pretty. Not much uplifting in any of them, mostly angry and nasty.
As if things couldn't be mucked enough for morning rush hour drivers in Illinois, now there's this. IDOT has closed the right lane just after the 55/70-64 merge which leads to jams going back to one 11. This morning a local traffic report said that the tape used to form the new construction zone lane lines were coming loose causing drivers to guess at which lane they were in.
Ah. So that's what that tangled mess was the past few days. Yesterday while driving home from Collinsville I noticed the lane lines at the construction area all curvy and I thought whoever drove the lane painting truck made a big mistake. I had no idea that this was not paint but tape. And, from Tuesday on there were piles of loose tape all over the left and middle lanes and up against the divider wall. If I had been a passenger in my car i would have taken a picture of all that crumpled up tape.
Another issue this week was the speed at which the big trucks were heading into this tight spot. It's truly frightening to know that around a curve traffic will be slow if not stopped and then look in the rear view mirror and see the window of a huge tractor trailer right on the back bumper. These trucks are flying, straddling one side of their lane line or other, changing lanes without notice and then when free of the construction just taking off like a bat out of hell across the bridge. And, it's not as if IDOT hasn't given plenty of warning about the lane closure, the digital signs are active several miles ahead.
Anyhow, there's nothing to do but put up with it. And be very alert.
There are no words other than, "this is going to be awful". Beginning today and going on for a year, IDOT will close the right westbound I-55/64 lane from the King Bridge exit to the Poplar. This occurs just after the merge of 57-70 and 64.
The news reports are telling drivers to expect long delays for a year! Every single spring either MoDOT or IDOT begin messing with the route from Illinois to Missouri causing backups and long jams. Yes, find another way. You and everyone else.