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.
The Washington DC housing market has seen a huge decline in available homes for sale because the demand is great. buyers are snapping up properties in shorter and shorter periods of time, reducing the number of available homes. And, Real Estate Business Intelligence, which supplied the data, reports that homes for sale in DC are on the market for a median of just nine days, and that the median price of homes sold has grown by 5.8 percent in the past year, from $520,000 to $550,000. The short article does not say why this is, but gives this advice to those wanting to buy:
"You’ll need to be fast and flexible. It’s more crucial than ever to know what homes are being listed and to immediately place a bid if your dream house pops up on the market. Want to wait a week to think it over? You may be out of luck."
Pluto made news yesterday after the New Horizon spacecraft got closer to this planet than ever before and the photos were quite stunning. John D Cook, a mathematician out of Houston shared a photo showing 3 views of Pluto taken in 3 different decades with different camera/spacecraft technology.
1930, 1996 and 2015
First a tiny dot, then bigger but blurred and now today, crystal clear.
There is way too much going on these days. In the world, in this country, locally, way to much to take in. Usually summer sees a bit of a down time, but not this year. It's gotten to the point where I've just tucked my head in and stopped paying attention to the crazies, politics, weather, horror stories in other countries, sports. Who can keep up?
Lambert airport officials had a party of sorts yesterday while announcing the launch of 3 new non stop flights. Getting a non stop flight out of St. Louis is a cause for celebration since so many trips require a layover. The three new cities involved are Austin Texas, Portland Oregon and Jackson Tennessee. I understand the first two, but Jackson Tennessee? I had to do a search on this one. Jackson is halfway between Memphis and Nashville. Southwest to Austin, Air Choice One to Jackson and Alaska Air to Portland.
It's Chicago week at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals as they begin play against the White Sox after a weekend sweep of the Cubs. Dale is thrilled, being a lifelong Sox fan and because an actual White Sox game will be on his tv.
The latest acronym for the Washington DC area is DMV which stands for DC/Maryland/Virginia. Local news/weather/sports/blogs/Twitter are suddenly using this in their reporting. "It's looking like a beautiful day in the DMV." ETC. While most of us think of DMV as the Department of Motor Vehicles, those places use a different title so it doesn't give many the chuckle it does us.
Television political ads may be fewer this coming election season as more and more advertisers are seeing a big benefit in online ads sent to phones on Facebook especially. With fewer people actually watching life TV and practically everyone using Facebook at some point during the day, this makes sense. it used to be political tv ads were the best way to reach senior citizens but now over one third of them are on Facebook and use digital devices regularly. The ads will be individually focused to each user. The cost saving is huge.
The St. Louis IKEA is set to have its GRAND OPENING on September 30. If other popular past local attractions are any indication, the crowds will be huge.
In a ruling long in coming the Supreme Court did a good thing today. Did you know our government had something named "marketing orders" "a program that it uses to artificially set the market for many agricultural products. Under this abominable program, if you wish to sell many agricultural products in the United States (in this case, raisins), the government can (and does) require you to set aside a portion of your crop and just give it to the government for them to sell it, donate it, or destroy it as they see fit."
For raisin growers, the government regularly confiscates nearly half the products they grow, for absolutely nothing, just for the right to sell raisins in the United States.
Good grief folks, this is unconscionable and today the Supreme Court agreed by an 5-4 vote that "the Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home."
5-4! that is ridiculous. "Several of the liberal justices agreed in theory but stopped short of saying Horne was due money for part of his raisin crop."
Thankfully a raisin farming family brought suit and has now a victory for all those who raise and sell agricultural products.
Well, maybe sometimes we do as when we just have to grab that close up spot on a street which requires pulling up next to the car in front of the spot, backing up and turning the wheel at just the right time to slide into it. This is the hardest parking type around and often you'll see a vehicle much too big for the size of the open space trying its hardest to maneuver in.
Anyway, there is a prototype self-parking car now. It was demonstrated down in the Dominican Republic the other day and things did not go as advertised. The vehicle quickly picked up speed and slammed into journalists documenting the demo.
In any event, maybe this is the future, maybe it isn't. I'm not mentally ready for a self parking car, actually.