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.
Lucky morning rush hour drivers today. There were myriad accidents and more long jams to count. Here's a view of the mess facing drivers coming into St. Louis from Illinois because of a crash on 64/40 at Market St.
1. Why oh why does it look as though current Illinois governor Quinn will win re-election? The state is in terrible financial shape and each year more job providing companies leave the state. And yet Cook County and the Metro East, the two largest population areas, will have voters turn out and vote him back in. Why? Just because he's a democrat? I don't understand it at all. Voters who put him back in office certainly aren't going to be voting for competency.
2. And what is the deal with the horrible attacks on Supreme Court judge Lloyd Karmeier? The ads against him are some of the most vicicous I've seen. It looks like the trial/plaintiff lawyers are out in force against him and some of this may even hark back to the 2004 bitterly fought Supreme Court race against local democratic favorite, Gordon Maag. The 2004 race took place against a backdrop of Madison/St. Clair counties being named judicial hellholes.
Whatever the reason, these ads against Karmeier are unseemly.
Just got a call from Dale who is in Collinsville this afternoon. He broke the news that Charter sent a technician to try and get a signal on our tv to Collinsville, not Clayton. This is the second time this has happened and while on the phone I emphasized over and over that the seminary address is where the problem is. Our accounts are not connected so there should not be this kind of mess up. Now I have to wait around for another tech guy tomorrow.
If there is a real person at the company to talk to about how irate we are and how we're going to quit them, I'd do it. But there isn't.
That blue screen with the "One moment Please" message is giving me nightmares.
Had a Charter service technician out yesterday, he was very nice and spent some time combining a couple of splitters into one and then we checked to see if the two tv's that wouldn't bring up signals were working. They both worked perfectly. He left, I turned off the tvs and went about the day. Last night we came home from dinner and turned on the World Series. DARN IT! Back to no channels working. In the space of a few hours the tv went from working while Frank was here to not working after supper.
This just about did me in. It's so frustrating and the idea of having to call Charter again, go through the long process of dealing with a computer generated voice who will eventually get me to a real person and then wait for another service call is almost too much.
I've wondered if it is at all possible if the trouble could be in the cable box we just had to get back in February. We never had a signal problem before we had to get those boxes and the tv in the main living room with an older digital box always works fine.
One more try Charter and after that we may just be out of there.
We can't do satellite because of the trees so I am seriously considering going over to U-Verse if we can skip a landline phone and keep Charter for internet.
Here's the problem we're dealing with now. Ever since Charter made its subscribers change over to new style digital boxes in February, we've had nothing but poor reception or no reception on two of our tv's. The main tv in the living room works fine but it has a box that we've had for several years and is nothing like the new small ones. This one is pretty big, but brings in high def and all the local channels perfectly. The new boxes bring up channels which with have the breaking blocks or a blue screen with the information that this channel will resume shortly. But it never resumes.
So I don't know what to do, we're paying for nothing, basically. It's impossible to call and get a real person and the people staffing the walk in offices are generally clerks, not technicians.
All this is another day or another week of running around or waiting or trying to get a real person to give some advice.
An Iowa woman who has operated a cash only Mexican restaurant recently learned that the IRS had siezed her checking account for no reason.
The agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.
“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”
As it turns out she did nothing wrong but that didn't stop the IRS. Bob Woodward, former Washinton Post reporter and famous for his expose of the Watergate scandal has been all over various news outlets this weekend bemoaning the total lack of interest by jounalists in all the IRS overreach the past couple of years.
He said, "If I were young, I would take Carl Bernstein and move to Cincinnati where that IRS office is and set up headquarters and go talk to everyone."
Problem is no one in journalism cares about real jounalism or reporting anymore. They're content to be apolgists or stenographers and any lone wolf reporter who does not take things at face value are dismissed as Fox News types.
Here is one journalist who works in a way every reporter should: Sharyl Attkisson. She has been digging into stories of many stripes, not letting some spokesperson get away with a gloss over or worse, "nothing to see here" commentary.
Maybe we're coming into the age of real reporters being women, the men are either lazy or disinterested.
We began the last Saturday in October watching Katie, Charlie and her Mizzou friends show up at our house to load up an RV and head over to Columbia for Homecoming.
Then a couple hours later I went to some place in south county to see Christian play soccer. Couldn't find the field, drove through Affton, Lindbergh, Sappington going no where til I finally called Lizzie to learn just where this place was. As it turned out it was no where really, but I got there at half time.
Nick as fascinated by someone's "bike". Which just about says all you need to know about this particular field.
After the game I went home for half an hour and then took off for Collinsville to check a few things and then went on my way out to Venedy to pick up a couple of pies the church makes each October.
Ferdie went along, poor guy. We did so much driving yesterday we could have been in Chicago.
But he got to meet Joyce!
Here is how the day, well evening as it turned out, ended. There is no explanation good enough to excuse what IDOT has done to drivers on westbound I-64. it's almost a crime. Heading back to St. Louis we got to 157 at Caseyville on I-64 and suddenly the traffic stopped and everyone had to get into the far right lane. This miles and miles long single lane jam lasted until almost the 55/70 merge near the Poplar. Going 5 miles an hour was a victory. This was so infuriating I have no words. And to add insult to lost time the road work, such as it was, was no more than 50 yards in length and at the very west end. So all these drivers were backed up for miles only to see maybe 7 guys doing mostly nothing.
There is no excuse for this and one more thing. IDOT has been messing with that section of 64 for years. It's about time they got the heck off that road.
I did a little searching this morning and found very little about this huge long back up. It might be nice if drivers could have had some warning. The St. Louis traveler information page has this:
Travel Time (minutes)
Average Speed (mph)
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
Miss. River via Poplar Street Bridge
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
Miss. River via Martin Luther King Bridge
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
I-270 in Missouri via I-44 WB
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
I-170 in Missouri via I-70 WB
Not much to learn here except that I-64 westbound from 159 has an average speed of 0.
Just maybe we shouldn't be placing blame for the Ebola crisis on politicians and political parties. All of a sudden the Ebola freak out has all the media big shots telling us it's all the fault of republicans or all the fault of democrats. Nonsense.
If there is blame to pass around, it's probably at the doorstep of agencies whose job it is to be on top of disease control. Government's main job should be to protect and defend and when it gets sidetracked into other things like the impact of tv's and gas generators in Vietnam, they aren't doing us much good.
Anyway, disease and weather hits us all and has forever. "Matthew 5:45 For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust."
We mainly need those who are put in place for a reason to get about doing their jobs. And stop making Ebola a political issue.
The Ebola disease has many of us living with the beginnings of paranoia. Tell me you haven't gone over the threat of this disease in your mind. Yesterday I was in Bed Bath and Beyond picking up something and when I went to pay I became acutely aware of the horrible cold...or something...the checkout clerk was suffering from. We're hearing so much about Ebola and it's symptoms that I had more than a little uneasiness going home. What's going to happen when the real flu season hits? Will we be constantly wondering if a sick person had any possible contact with someone with Ebola? Checking our pulses...so to speak.
It doesn't help that health care workers who were all hazmatted up are starting to come down with it or that there hasn't been a real study done on this illness. No one seems able to say anything with any assurance. And, the American doctor who was cured of the disease has been giving blood for the newer cases. But he can't keep this up for everyone who comes down with it or his own blood supply will be gone.