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 Nebraska senator wrote this letter to his constituents and it is one of the better explanations of why he (and they) should not be voting for Donald Trump. No emotional rhetoric, just fact after quiet fact.
An 81 year old Pennsylvania woman had come home from shopping and was parked in her driveway when 2 men who had followed her home reached into the open car window, stole her purse and then ran back to their car and raced away.
"Not one to take the robbery lying down, Makla decided to give chase. The pair managed to escape, but not before she rammed the vehicle, leaving behind evidence that authorities could use to track down the vehicle and the culprits inside it.
Police were notified of the incident and using the information, as well as the reported damage, they were able to find the damaged car in a nearby Shop Rite parking lot a short time later."
And the robbers were caught and jailed under 50,000 dollar bond.
"What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?" (remarks at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., 2005)
I believe the uproar by abortion promoting organizations over the Doritos commercial featuring a baby pregnancy ultra sound during the Super Bowl was the fact that the general public saw an actual baby in the womb. It made real what pregnancy is and abortion groups would rather not have that right before our eyes because it might make people pause and reflect.
What we don't see isn't there seems to be the philosophy which keeps these groups in business.
Now that spring is just over the horizon, I've been seeing more ads for garden items. One of these which keeps reoccurring is from a paint company promoting its glow in the dark paint for outdoor flower pots. The pots sit in the sun all day and at night they just glow...at least in the photos. I thought this would be really cool to try, we have a lot of pots and to see them glow would be awesome. I did a Google search on this and found person after person saying it did not work. One search turned up a Pinterest page which supposedly had people showing their glowing flower pots, but it is the same photo for all of them and it's the paint company's ad picture.
I tend to believe the people who painted and painted for nothing. It does sound too good to be true.
Sunday I was in the Collinsville Home Depot picking up some new kitchen cabinet knobs when a woman employee holding a clipboard came up to me and asked if I would mind taking a short survey on water.
Her: Yes, water.
Me: I don't want to buy anything and I don't want to be called
Her: you won't be, it's just a survey on water and if you take it, you'll be entered into a drawing for a 25 dollar Home Depot gift card
Me: I'll take it as long as you know I do not want to be emailed or called about anything.
Her: You won't.
Me: oh, ok
Her: do you own your own home or rent?
Her: Is your water from the city or some place else?
Her: What city?
Her: Do you have a water softener?
Me: No....uh oh
Her: That's all there is. Can I have a phone number?
Me: Why? I do not want to be called about anything
Her: The ONLY reason you'd be called is if your name is chosen to receive a gift card (she said this numerous times)
Me: I hope I can believe you
Her: You can, the only reason for having your number is for the drawing
Me: stupidly giving her my number
Her: Thank you and I hope you win
Me: That will be the day.
And so....yesterday I got a call from this number 573-339-7669 and I did not answer it because it was nothing I recognized. When the ringing stopped I googled this number and found it's from Tri State water softener in Cape Girardeau and others have had the same experience. You get a call and no message is left. Even if you say hello, no one responds. After learning this and getting pretty ticked off with Home Depot I set that number on my phone to "blocked"
Later in the day another 573 call came, this time it was 573-339-1800. Certainly the same place with different last digits. So I set that number to "blocked". And the next time I'm over in Collinsville I am going to talk to the manager or someone about the falsehood around that survey. And, I will never answer another survey from any store ever again.
This story made me laugh last night, as if anyone would ever have thought this could happen after one of the biggest snowfalls in history hit the DC area over the weekend.
"Understanding just how much snow residents have to shovel, some local jurisdictions say they will wait a few days before issuing sidewalk citations." It's part of local law out there that snow must be removed in front of private property or face a ticket. But isn't it nice that the ticket givers will allow a few days break? Who'd have ever imagined anyone getting ticketed when they can't even get out of their own subdivisions?
Katie and Charlie are still boxed in, no plows in sight.
I came across a statement this morning which said "On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy." —David Ogilvy Also: "When you have written your headline you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar."
This seems about right. There are many headlines I read and then move on and some headlines peak my interest enough to go to the story link. Like this one from the Post-Dispatch which I haven't clicked but plan to. "STLtoday: Eclipse in 2017 could mean tourism boost for southern Illinois."
The question I have which makes me want to read this story is why an eclipse will mean a tourism boost for Southern Illinois.
Ok. I've read it and am skeptical of the premise..
"It will be the first total solar eclipse over the United States mainland since 1979. August 21, 2017. The eclipse is expected to reach its point of greatest duration, about two minutes and 40 seconds at 1:21 p.m. that day, a few miles south of Carbondale. SIU officials are projecting 30,000 to 50,000 visitors on campus for the eclipse. The school has an eclipse committee."
That many people will go to Carbondale to stand in the dark for about 3 minutes?