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.
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.
After watching the national political news last night I came away with one thing: The races in both parties are over. Clinton will be the democratic nominee and Trump the republican. On every channel experts had no doubt about this.
Ok. What's the deal here? We've watched 4 primaries/caucuses out of 50 and that makes it over? Someone said this is because it's all about statistics. What statistics I don't know.
This whole thing makes frustrates and angers me. Why should the rest of us even bother when 4 states have given us the nominees? I guess the news people can go onto something else is nothing matters anymore.
A 78 year old woman who uses a walker and lives in a senior living center in Chesterfield, crosses the busy 4 lane Olive Blvd each day between 4 and 5 o'clock to have dinner with her husband who lives in an Alzheimer's unit at Garden View Care Center which is across the road from her. This is a busy busy 45 mph road with no lulls in traffic or a stoplight especially during the evening rush hour.
Her senior living place offers transportation but she prefers to be independent. I'm not sure what the point of this story is other than human interest because there is no demand for stoplights or crosswalks or bike lanes.
"But she isn’t about to stop doing what she wants. She still does her husband’s laundry — a task the nursing home would take care of, but she always has done it and wants to continue — and often loads up his dirty clothes on her walker to take back to her apartment to wash.
And she’ll keep walking across Olive Boulevard for their visits, as long as she can.
“I am 78, but I don’t feel like it and I’ve been very active all my life,” O’Hare said. “I don’t want to give up.”
What bothers me is her complete disregard for the motorist who some day won't see her crossing Olive with her walker until it's too late.
Oddly and probably not so coincidentally, two major newspapers have stories/editorials today on the urgent need to stop Donald Trump. An editorial in the Washington Post is headed this way: "GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump." There's a front page story on that site as well dealing with this. The New York Times has a front page header dealing with several stories on this issue: "GOP Fears What's Next If Trump Can't Be Stopped".
All of a sudden our media/journalistic world is worried Trump can't be stopped. They have been enablers of this guy since day 1. First it was a great and funny story no one took seriously but he was good copy. From then on he was the headline, the lead in every news cast and every cable and network news program to the detriment of all the others running. So they aren't innocent in all this Trump mania. So what's different all of a sudden.
I'd be lying if I wasn't cynical about the news people's motives. Why do they suddenly want the GOP to knock him out? I'd venture that being the left leaning people they are, they are suddenly worried that Trump has the distinct possibility of beating Hillary Clinton as well as all the republicans. That this is suddenly the story after months of non stop reporting on Trump and mostly only Trump, is questionable. I'd guess the word has gone out among the media that they have to work to stop Trump for the sake of the GOP but underlying that is for the sake of the democrats.
Hey Media. How about you begin demanding real answers from Trump to questions instead of loud brags.
What a ridiculous primary season on both sides. The caucus system has to be the weirdest thing ever. In Iowa several caucuses had to determine a winner by a coin flip. Against all odds Clinton won each flip. Today one of the Nevada caucuses had to determine a winner by choosing a card out of deck. High card wins. Add this nonsense to the unfairness of super delegates and you have the democratic primaries.
Then on the GOP side, there's nothing to say that hasn't been said.
Everything we buy or get in the mail these days has gotten harder and harder to open even mailing envelopes. I can't be the only one who thinks this. Everything from bag of something from the store, the "tear here" botch all on so many items. Just try to open a bag of cereal without having cereal fly all over the floor.
I know it isn't just my cranky age because our 7 year old grandson asked me to help him open a popsicle the other day and these things are made for kids! And, now all of a sudden everything non food has been attached to their boxes using those nasty cable ties. Toys are hooked to the inside of their boxes with myriad of these cable ties put on so tightly there is no room to cut them off. Not only toys, though, are using these cable ties. I've found them in the most innocuous products. Tools, health care products, cleaning products and on and on.
Gone are twist ties, hello you devil cable ties.
The clam shells have always been the worst but now every darn thing has been made to need a tool to open.