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.
Now this is fun. A North Carolina State Ph'D student, Joshua Katz, published a group of linguistic maps which show how differently Americans pronounce words. The linked site has 14 of these maps with word examples.
The first one they show is caramel which around the country may be pronounced as Car mel or Carr Ah Mel. If you enjoy maps and words this might be a fun site to check.
What a great story. I don't know how many other states which border on the ocean set aside portions of shoreline for dogs to swim and play, but how great is this. Looks like there are a couple in Florida and one in NC. If you own a dog, you know how happy most breeds are to run in the sand and jump in the water.
Tomorrow night is the White House Correspondents Dinner, a fancy dinner for political reporters and the president which is also known as the 'nerd prom'. It's like the Academy Awards for journalists. Everyone dresses up, has dinner and then sits back to laugh at the commedian chosen to be the main speaker and then the president's humorous response.
This is televised in total by CSPAN with the cable news stations carrying the entertainment portion. What makes CSPAN's broadcast best is that they carry every minute of the evening from the red carpet arrival of big names in news, actors, rocks stars, athletes and the like, to people milling around their dinner tables to the exits.
Conan O'Brien will headline this year's event, hopefully he will be relaxed and confident enough to make fun of the president and press which has long been the purpose of the WHCA's dinner. During Obama's term, however, there has been a stiffness to the humor by other speakers and reporters because Obama is not one the media types really want to laugh at. Clinton and Bush were different. They seemed to enjoy the jokes and gave back as good as they got.
Whatever happens, it's a night of tv that is worth watching. CSPAN begins their coverage at 5:15 CST with the arrivals while the cable networks will begin at 8 CST.
The folks at the Flying Dog Brewery in Colorado happened to get a box of each kind of Girl Scout Cookies recently and decided it might be fun to see which of their Ale's went best with each type of cookie.
A tradition for many families on New Year's Day is watching the Rose Parade and then syncing seamlessly into football. The best station on which to watch the parade is HGTV because they show the entire thing without commercials.
The entire lineup for the parade is found here if you have one certain float or band you want to see and we always look forward to seeing the Lutheran Hour Ministries float. This will be the 62nd year the Lutheran Hour has had a float in the parade and the only Christian float participating.
A sub group of LHM is the Petal Pushers, 4000 volunteers who decorate not just the organization's float but at least 5 others. Those volunteers come from all over the country, taking turns during the time before and after Christmas to make the trip to Pasadena to push flowers into chicken wire and work up high to get the animated figures working. When Dale was the Lutheran Hour Speaker he road on the float at least twice and our whole family went along. The process of building those floats in a giant warehouse is amazing, colorful and fragrant.
This year LHM's float will be 33rd in line out of 97 entries. Riding on the float will be Faith Spellbring,the wife of one of our former students here at Concordia Seminary who works for Lutheran Hour Ministeries while living in Southern California. We look forward to seeing Faith this morning.
There's Faith during the float judging which took place yesterday. And Paul Koch in the background playing Jesus and giving Faith bunny ears. I don't know if that will help or hurt during the judging.
Vintage ads in magazines and newspapers give us a glimpse of how things were back in whatever decade you want to relive. Some are cute, some are the same products we see today, others are strange to our 2012 eyes.
This jello ad from 1956 is fun.
So many items advertised through the years are still available today. Soup was huge throughout most of the 20th century.