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.
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
The Scots love their dogs, let me tell you. No other festival in the St. Louis area is not only welcoming to dogs but encourages them to be there. At least dogs of Scottish heritage. There were piles of dogs today so let's take a look at them.
First there was Ferdie, a Scottish invented Golden Retriever who was there to participate in the dog parade.
Ferdie was doing what he does best, let little kids pet him.
Kirt, one of the Games committee people and who also works at the seminary made sure we were coming. He has a Scottie and a Cairn Terrier.
They met Ferdie first thing.
Body language people, body language.
There were 3 Bearded Collies which are rare. The committee is always trying to get more Beardies into the Games.
Turns out the owner of these dogs is the breeder who bred Ferdie's friend Lola.
There were also real sheep.
We ran into another neighbor and friend of Ferdie, Uma a Cairn Terrier.
They are good buds, sorry I cut off Dave's head.
A Sky Terrier came, Skys are a breed seldome seen outside the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
When the word came over the loud speaker to get the dogs out onto the field we ran into Kirt and his grandson with their two dogs. Notice how Goldens are always observing.
Lots of Scottie dogs mixed in with Kirt and his grandson.
The Goldens went to meet an English Sheepdog who was not in the dog parade because she's English not Scottish.
They commiserated with her, told her she was pretty cool even if she wasn't Scottish.
Gordon Setters pretty much stayed to themselves
The Scottish Wolfhounds weren't overly social either.
And the Scottish Deerhound
Ok everyone, that means you getting your costume on.
A mess of Westies
One Border Terrier, very rare dog.
The Goldens take the field laughing
And the Bearded Collies
Scotties and Cairns and Westies oh my.
And they're off.
The Cairns with Dave and Uma
And Kirt's grandson
The issue with the Cairns was that the dogs wanted to go and visit the fans on the chairs.
And the Goldens enter the ring
And that's about it for one day. Ferdie was so tired by the time we got home all he wanted to do was gulp two pans of water and then take a nap.
Thanks for the fun day, Kirt. And thank you to Kirt's wife Doreen who announced all the dogs by breed and described their history and personality traits.
What a gorgeous day for kilts, bagpipes, drums, dogs, strong man games, dogs, sheep, beer, scotch and haggis (maybe). All this was available in Forest Park at the annual Scottish Games. Ferdie and I attended so that he could be part of the Scottish dog parade and while we waited for that event, we had a chance to see what was going on.
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There's Kirt! He works at the seminary and is also on the Scottish Games committee. We found him right away as he zipped around in his golf cart. We'll leave Kirt for the time being and see what else there is to see.
Most obvious to everyone who did not grow up Scottish is the food offered in the tents.
Bangers, Haggis, Pasties, Bridie and chips, Celtic Spring Rolls (!) and Deep Fried Mars bars (not Scottish)
There were bagpipers all over the place, the sound of individual pipes carried all over the park.
Bagpipers compete in front of a judge.
Medieval Knights fought every hour.
While behind them kids could toss modified logs or telephone poles or whatever they're called.
I'm no kid or I'd have tried this.
The big burly men heaved heavier things.
This guy was tossing a large heavy stone. A forerunner to our shot put.
Another man was flinging a weighted iron ball.
And then a really different thing. Instead of pole vaulting or high jumping or kicking a field goal, these guys had to take a pitchfork and heave a straw covered heavy block over the goal posts.
Look at the guy in the middle, he's holding the straw thing with the pitchfork
There it goes up in the air
Did he get it over the bar? I don't think so. It was high enough, but not far enough.
Dancing, there was dancing.
I felt sort of sorry for these folks who volunteered to learn and demonstrate Scottish folk dancing because the guy up front leading never let them quit. They danced around the entire field from one end to another for almost two hours. Everytime I looked over there he was still at it.
But young girls used a stage to demonstrate Scottish dances.
They were very good.
This little girl must have been the sister of one of the dancers because she stood there for the longest time studying the dance moves.
Then she came over and laid her head on Ferdie's shoulder.
He told her he knew just how she felt.
There was tartan everything for sale around the park.
There are many events going on in St. Louis this weekend if you don't mind the MoDOT traffic jam in and through downtown.
1. Taste of St. Louis at Soldier's Memorial downtown will feature 210 different course served up by a long list of local restaurants. Cost will range from 3-7 dollars depending on the booth. From 4-11 Friday, 11-11 on Saturday and 11-9 on Sunday. That's a lot of hours for the food vendors, Folks.
2. Dancing in the Street with 3 stages at Grand Center from 1-8 on Saturday. There will be a free shuttle connecting the Taste and the Dancing.
3. Scottish Games in Forest Park features telephone pole tossing and other strong man events as well as booths, food and dogs. 5-10 Friday and 8:30-6 on Saturday. There is an admission cost to this event. Ferdie and I went last year as he was invited to be part of the Scottish Dog breeds demonstration. Here's a photo of the two of us in the ring, not exactly ready for Westminster.
4. The Cardinals are at home to finish out the regular season and the crowds at Busch should be massive since the Redbirds are in the fight for the Wild Card spot.
5. The Rams are also playing a home game on Sunday.
Lots ot do. And this list does not even touch on fests going on in various local communities.
The Christ Community Lutheran School Carnival to be exact located on the back grounds of Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood. It's the annual fund raiser for the school that Christian and Connor attend although they go to the Webster Gardens campus.
Everyone look up!
Ah. Not just the Ferris Wheel
We received a military flyover.
But it's good to keep your head up.
The boys loved this, it lasted about 3 seconds, but still..
Then there were games.
Fishing for Goldfish! We've all been there.
And they won one or two. Bought a fishbowl on the way home, but alas, this morning the fish was dead.
There was food
And beer! Yay.
Opa took the boys on the Ferris Wheel, but there was a loooong wait.
Tonight a number of seminary students and families went out to the soccer field to play a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We sauntered by to watch and it wasn't long before Ferdie was surrounded by the kids. He's so good with little ones, mostly stands still and lets them hug and pet him.
While the game went on, Ferdie ambled right over to the kids.
Illinois passed a law in 2009 which would allow video gambling in bars, truck stops, veterans halls, etc and now many local municipalities are struggling with whether or not to opt out or give their businesses the okay. All of a sudden any number of metro east city councils are debating this and last night Collinsville voted unanimously to send the question to the November ballot as an advisory referendum.
It seems a tough issue for most cities, they are intrigued by the taxable income and the arguments by bar owners that the profits would help their businesses. But, they are also being lobbied by those opposed to gambling which include many church leaders and people who deal with the bad effects of gambling on families.
Some cities like Swansea just went ahead and voted not to allow video gambling while others like Collinsville and possibly Edwardsville will be getting voter advice during the election. A tough decision for sure.