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 kind of fun. You wait till the hand comes up, you click it as fast as you can to see what age you are in reaction time. I've been 33 years old 95 percent of the time which makes me really happy. Something to wile away the dreariness outside.
A story from the Belleville News Democrat relates that the budget impasse going on between Governor Rauner and the legislature has put a stop to local cities getting the July money due them from video game revenue.
What surprised me is how much money each city gets as their portion of the gaming going on in select bars and restaurants. Collinsville is due 10,000 dollars just for july. And that is only 5 percent of the total monies spent on these games which sit near the bar or on a side wall in the businesses which were awarded the right to have them.
Here's the percentage going to each entity:
Lots of money going into those machines. I'm going to pay more attention when we go out to eat in Collinsville to see how many machines are in use. I'm not especially opposed to them, but, wow, that is a lot of money being spent. I wonder what the payout percentage is.
This may come as a surprise but competing in a game which requires sitting for hours on end, but also intense physical workouts for some teams.
Webster University has a championship chess team and "coach Susan Polgar has her team combine chess and Crossfit, the popular high-intensity workout that mixes Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other exercises, to build strength in both mind and body."
It must be working because the chess team has never given up its No. 1 ranking in Division I college chess since its inception in 2012, and it has won the last two Final Four Championships and three PanAm InterCollegiate Championships.
Ferdie took part in the Scottish breed dog show at the Games in Forest Park today. One of our neighbors came with Ferdie's pal Lola who is a Bearded Collie. Each breed paraded around the ring while the announcer gave a description of that particular dog. Kind of like the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show only in groups and there were no winners or losers.
There's Sharalyn and me with our doggies.
While there Sharalyn ran into the woman who bred Lola, the other Beardies are Lola's nieces and nephews.
There's Kirt in the blue shirt. He works at the seminary and is also one of the chairmen of the Scottish Games. He brought his Cairn Terrier and his Scottie.
Kirt's grandson gave his pups water. It was quite warm for dogs out there in the sun today.
Ferd got greeted.
Some of the food being sold was out of the ordinary.
No idea what neeps and tatties are. Tatties may be tators but it's a guess. Annnndd...the line was long to get one of these pasties.
A large crowd comes out to see the dogs, the people completely circle the area.
As Ferdie and I did our Golden Retriever walk around the inner circle, we had to keep stopping because so many adults and kids wanted to pet him. He was very happy to let them.
This is Kirt's wife, Doreen. She's the chairman of the Scottish dog breed show and also does all the announcing and dog biographies. Since she is originally from Scotland, her accent is charming and made for a day like today.
And lastly, the Scotch tasting booth. Very popular.
The Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island has become so popular with so many people wanting to enter that there are now qualifying contests in various cities. St. Louis held one of these yesterday and the winner, Sean Cunninham, choked down 27 and 1/2 hot dogs in ten minutes. This was good enough to get him to the Coney Island competition.
It's far less than the almost unbeatable reigning champion, Joey Chestnut, who last year swallowed 69 dogs in ten minutes.
There are people like Chestnut and others who practically do this for a living, or at the very least, enter lots of these food eating contests and my question always is, "What is this doing to their digestive tracts long term?
A fun fact. If you type in atari breakout into your google search bar and then click on atari image link you'll get a surprise. The image turns into that famous and addicting old game of block breaker. I loved that game back in the day and played it constantly. I had forgotten all about it until this morning and oh, boy, I don't have time to sit and play but I know when I need a 'break' I'll be playing this.
You have to click the words "images for atarti breakout"
After a truly bountiful and visually beautiful Thanksgiving dinner at cousin Mike and Vanessa's yesterday, Mike brought out one of his airplanes and gave us a show. Let it be said that Mike has a basement room full of all varieties of aircraft which actually fly.
Everyone grabbed a baby or two and headed to the yard.
What we were watching
Mike at the controls
Then the landing was perfect
Years ago these remote flyers were very noisy, but now you hear barely a hum. So fun