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.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Americans are ready to start buying more trucks due to the lower gas prices. The journal isn't too crazy about this idea saying, " Never mind that there's little logic to buying such a vehicle now based on gas prices that could easily shoot back up in a matter of months." However, this interest in trucks appears to be a real thing boosted by a spate of revamped models from both American and Japanese manufacturers.
Here's a personal story on this interest in truck buying. We bought a small truck a couple of years ago, a Ford Sport Trac which to my mind is the coolest thing ever. It's very helpful, but also has full size front and back seats which hold 3 child car seats at once, sun roof, power everything, leather seats and fun. Two months ago we received a letter from a Ford dealer in St. Louis giving us a cash offer for this truck, seems Ford stopped making this model sometime back and they're hard to come by. Then on Saturday I got a call from Koetting Ford, the dealer from which we bought the Sport Trac. The salesperson told me they would love to buy our truck back and would give us a great cash deal or a good trade in deal. They have someone who really really wants this truck model.
I told her I'm not surprised by this as so often I go places in the truck and people stop me to say how cool it is. I've had someone come out of a restaurant after I'd parked nearby to tell me what a great looking vehicle this is and it happens all the time when I get gas.
So I'm not surprised by this story about the truck market heating up. It may be gas prices although I'd not put that issue as the number one reason, it may just be that people who gave up trucks or never had one now realize how much utility there is in trucks as well as the good looks.
This is pretty cool. Webster Groves has put out their Christmas decorations and this year they went with recycled everything. The parks department took parts of trees and limbs which had been taken down and made sculptures of reindeer and people dressed with colorful scarves. They placed these on park benches or sat them in open city areas. They also made big Christmas ornaments and Santas out of the large city street lights which were being replaced.
Rep Sean Duffy is running for re-election in northern Wisconsin. Some say he may be the next big star in conservative politics. Frankly, I've never heard of him, but this story is fun and I plan to follow his election returns tonight.
"A Sean Duffy campaign stop is a sight to behold. The Wisconsin Republican trucks around his district with his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and their seven kids (ages 6 months to 15 years) as well as their campaign staff. There’s a very high child-to-staffer ratio. One of the young girls always totes her stuffed dog, Ra-Ra, and the whole family, including the 6-month-old, sports black-and-red plaid. It’s all very on-brand, as Duffy was a lumberjack in another life. No child has yet been left behind at an event.
Duffy has one of the more interesting résumés in Congress. As well as lumberjacking and working as a bus driver for a year in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, he was a cast member on TheReal World: Boston and Road Rules: All Stars, where he and his wife met. Though his national name recognition is probably lower now than during the zenith of his MTV days, he has fans in higher places. If anyone can parlay reality television celebrity into genuine public policy clout—and this would be a big if—it’s Duffy."
Picture of Duffy with his family all dressed in red/black plaid lumber jackets at the link. It's a nice relief from all the stern-ness in most other places.
Found this picture somewhere last night and was just engrossed in it. All those buses, taxis, people, lights. But especially all those buses. State Street has always been the main shopping corridor in downtown, but wow, the crowds at night. Well, 5 at night anyway. This could be shoppers or commuters leaving work for home. Probably both.
During some rain on Saturday I toodled around on Etsy and since we'd just completed a two day 175th anniversary celebration on campus, I typed in Concordia Seminary to the Etsy search box and this came up for sale.
Described as Antique hand painted on Copper badge-1800's.
Not sure if it is that old, but certainly someone who knew of the sem's history took the time to do this for some occasion. I bought it and when it comes I'll check with an antique buff who'll be able to give me an idea of how old this really is.
I put a photograph from 1925 up on Twitter this morning as an example of how early the seminary has adapted to new technology. From the Daguerrotype camera to today's computer/internet use, the sem has gotten on board from almost the beginnings of these things.
The photo I put up was a shot taken from a bi plane of the campus being constructed. In 1925 planes flying overhead were still a source of amazement to most. And to have people back then getting the idea of hiring a plane to take construction pictures from overhead is just as amazing to me.
This Tweet had someone at the seminary sending me another overhead shot of the campus, this one taken recently by a drone.
If you know me at all you know I have no head for math. Whatever side of the brain it is that understands mathematics was underdeveloped in me. But here is a cool gif that visually demonstrates the Pythagorean Theorem. (a² + b² = c²)
What you do with that information in real life however, is another matter.
Received an email from LL Bean this morning which had a subject line that said, "our crisp, cool percale bedding is now offered in floral patterns." That made me open the email right away where normally I just delete business emails.
I love percale sheets because they do dry crisp and have that cool feel. The problem is, most stores do not carry them anymore because most people seem to like the 700 thread count sheets which tend to feel more like flannel than crisp and cool. When you have the time to hang percale sheets outside to dry, they are even more wonderful for sleeping, the others just become like clean rags.
But the one area I differ with LL Bean is that I do not like floral sheets or floral anything. It makes me nervous to sleep on busy floral sheets. I am going to look around their site today and see if they have percale sheets in window pane, checked, striped or solid colors because they have them and other stores do not.