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.
If you can't find something to do in St. Louis this Labor Day weekend you aren't trying. There's the Blues Fest on the riverfront, the Japanese Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, an art fair in Queeny Park, a Latin Music Festival in Ballpark Village, The Gateway Cup bike race through all sorts of St. Louis neighborhoods, a Labor Day parade downtown on Monday and the famous Greek Fest from Saturday through Monday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church in the Central West End.
We always go to the Greek Fest on the Sunday afternoon, great food and huge crowds, lots of music and the uniquely Greek wine. I have pictures from the Greek fest going back many years and came across this picture of the now ten year old Christian when he was about 18 months old.
We have two of the funniest pens ever. One is a "I said NO" and the other is "Blah" It is shaped like a small horn and is actually a pen, but when you push a button NO No No and other No phrases scream out. The other has versions of Blah blah blah. If you're a crabby person, these may annoy you, but most of the time you'll find yourself just laughing out loud. Our grandsons could play these all day.
Take a listen at the link. Amazon sells these if you want one.
Katie and Charlie's Wheaton Terrier (terror) just turned 8 and while he has provided many memorable moments, but the one which stands out to me is his behavior at a northern Virginia dog park back in 2008 when we happened to be visiting ahead of Connor's baptism.
If you have any Chicago in your past or present, you'll remember Riverview, the most popular amusement park ever. It opened in 1904 and closed and was torn down in 1967. Here's a silent film taken at the park in 1952 spotlighting many of the rides and people. It's fascinating to me to see the women and girls dressed in mostly dresses or skirts. A different time for sure.
I'd guess most all of us who grew up in Chicago went to Riverview, if not regularly, at least a few times during our growing up years. I know we went. What is missing in this video is the 'ride' I most remember is the circular room that had everyone stand along the walls and when the room began spinning, the floor gradually dropped off so that you hung on the wall with no support.
Also in the film you see roller coasters and other rides which are totally covered. One roller coast looks like a commuter train roof and all. The same with the planes. No open to the air rides here.
Also, if you don't want to bother with the short black and white silent film, here is a link to images from Riverview. I can't stop noticing women and girls in dresses.
While doing our morning dog walk today, Sharalyn and I looked up and whoa! there was a big hot air balloon over the roof of a nearby house. A balloon with a big cow on it and flying rather low for all the trees in this area. Was this a practice run for the weekend's annual balloon race? We didn't know but it was fun to see.
What a wet day this has been...Waking up to drizzle after an overnight storm, watching the campus kids get soaked by the Clayton Fire Department and then watching Ferdie enjoy an afternoon swim at the Maplewood Dog Swim. By mid afternoon I was soaked through and so was Ferdie.
There was some doubt as to whether the fire departmen would want to spray the kids since the temperatures were in the 60's this morning. But they did! And the kids were so excited.
This even got some of our sem students up from the sand volley ball court. Let 'er rip!
Lots of adults and other grown ups watching
Even Ferdie. But he was watching me.
It was even fun to splash through the water ponding on the road.
Or sit in puddles
Noah, one of the offical Comfort Dogs came by.
Fun for all the onlookers too
We just can't say enough about how congenial the firemen were. They seemed to have as good a time as we all did.
Then. From there Ferdie and I headed over to the Maplewood pool for the annual dog swim. He loves this. There is no fooling around for Ferdie, he has no interest in playing with the other dogs, all he wants to do is swim. This is the only time he likes to chase a ball. I throw the ball out into the pool and he swims to get it. Brings it back and waits to have it thrown again.
On the way home I took a picture of him in the back seat.