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.
This is really really cool. What began for fun by window washers in one city, has begun to spread to other cities. The guys dress up in super hero costumes and hang on the outside walls of Childrens Hospitals while cleaning.
I can just imagine what fun this is for the kids inside the rooms to see. Here's a link to many pictures from different hospitals.
This is very cool and makes me wish I lived in Germany for a few minutes. In a remote German forest are placed thousands of no longer needed old phone booths which once stood on every corner in that country.
The older, more prized, yellow ones are being sold for 450 Euros (624.20 US) and the later model pinks go for 300 Euros (416.23 US)
Makes me wonder what happened to all the phone booths in this country. Is there a forest or warehouse filled with them somewhere in the US? Or were they all recycled or tossed in landfills?
The real sugar Mexican Coke tastes so much better than the regular Coke made with corn syrup, but until today (!) we had to buy them singly. We aren't members of Sam's club where they can be bought by the case. But today as I was walking down the international food aisle in Schnucks, look what I found!
In the Netherlands light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway.
This looks fantastic in large part because the lane markings can actually be seen. There is something in the paint powder which is activated in daylight hours which causes the glow during nighttime. In the St. Louis area, mostly on the Missouri side, lane lines disappear at night or during rainy weather which makes me jealous of drivers in the Netherlands.
However, I'm not convinced it is a good idea to eliminate the street lights since it appears to be impossible to tell what may be in the above car level darkness. Love the way drivers can see the lanes, but it seems too one dimensional with ensuing loss of depth perception without the above ground lights.
What Americans want to know-What are the 35 best hot dogs?
But first, what are the favorite hot dog toppings? Cheese, followed by chili, mustard, onion, and Chicago-style. Ketchup is further down on the list, and, surprisingly, sauerkraut is down towards the bottom.
If you grew up or live in Chicago, you never put catsup or ketchup on a hot dog. I mean please no.
The favorites were determined from a study by Grubhub and the 35 are...listed at the bottom of the story link, but the hot dog which came in first is from Chicago! yay! Fat Johnnie's Famous Red Hots on Western is often called a dump with great dogs. Dump is well earned it seems but that is the way with many Chicago hot dog places, small holes in the walls or former gas stations.
Actually Chicago has a number of hot dog places on this list of 35 including an outlier, Hot Doug's which offers fois gras and duck sausage. For the food snobs I guess. I grew up in Chicago and miss the hot dogs so much (Italian beef too) but I"m sorry, this from Doug's is not a hot dog.
While reading an article about Mrs. Obama's White House vegetable garden, I was excited by a new (to many of us) fruit tree they've planted. The Paw Paw is the only temperate member of a tropical family of trees. You can't buy the pawpaw fruit in stores, so for years, the only way to eat them was straight from the tree. It grows along the Potomac in DC and in areas of Maryland. Thomas Jefferson had Paw Paw trees at Monticello and George Washington liked them as dessert. Lewis and Clark were fond of Paw Paws and when during their expedition in 1806 when other provisions ran low, they relied on pawpaws. This fruit has only recently been commercialized and not normally sold in grocery stores.
The fruit is an ugly skinned mango type that variously tastes like a cross between a mango and a sweet banana. Some people add the taste of pineapple in there too. The pawpaw is an understory tree, often appearing more like a bush than a tree, with fruit found singly or more often in clusters much like bananas. It doesn’t self-polinate, so other pawpaw plants need to be in the vicinity for it to produce fruit.
It may well be that our area could produce the Paw Paws because The plant was first recorded by the DeSoto expedition in the lower Mississippi Valley in 1541. Since here we are along the Mississippi and have a climate much like the DC area, it seems like a fun idea to order a few of these trees and see what happens. I hope we can do this on the campus this spring.
The northeast side of Tower Grove Park Near Magnolia and Grand has some Paw Paw trees and Forest Park has 2 near Forest Park Parkway and Lindell. I hope to add the campus of Concordia Seminary to this list.
Forgotten, abandoned and hidden spaces in St. Louis as seen by several photographers using Instagram. Some use black and white others color, but the images are at the same time sad, haunting and beautiful. To think Instagram's purpose is to share phone photos, these are amazing.