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 a bizarre art form, but mesmerizing all the same. The artist, Theo Jansen calls them Strandbeests and they move with the wind and made from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. A 54 second video which should get you wondering where people come up with these ideas and then, what do you do with Strandbeests after they've shown off a bit.
"In recent weeks a rash of withdrawals and substitutions from major competitions has wreaked havoc on Russian sports, throwing into question the lineups for volleyball and even curling teams. The suspected culprit is meldonium, the newly banned drug whose use in Russia recently led to the provisional suspension of the tennis champion Maria Sharapova and has forced dozens of other athletes around the world from competitions."
CURLING!!? Curlers need performance enhancing drugs? Which one? the guy who brooms the ice or the guy who slides the rock gently down the ice?
"The Russian national men’s curling team was switched out the day before the world championships began in Switzerland this week.
The tenth president of the United states, John Tyler of Tippecanoe and Tyler too, fame, who was born in 1790, has two grandsons who are still alive.
True. Their father was Tyler's son. Tyler had 15 children, one of whom named Lyon, was born in 1853 which would have been when Tyler was 63. Lyon had Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928. So he was in his 60's when these boys were born.
Tyler had two wives, the first, Letitia, had 8 children and died in 1842. He then married a second time to Julia who bore 7 children with him. She died in 1889. Julia was the mother of Lyon and grandmother of the two men still alive. Harrison and Lyon Jr.
Tyler was 63 when Lyon was born and Lyon was 75 when son Harrison was born and who still lives on the historic Tyler Virginia estate, Sherwood Forest Plantation.
Now this just blows my mind. All over the world today, even in St. Louis, people have been staking out places in line at Tesla dealerships in order to get the new Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 will normally cost 35,000 dollars but be competing with the luxury car market which includes BMW etc. It will be electric with a 200 mile range before a charge and the idea is Americans are ready for an all electric car.
What's bizare is all these people in line who will only be able to reserve this car. They haven't been put in production yet, maybe late next year or even 2018! And, no one really knows what the car will even look like!
Here's a picture put up by KMOX's Mark Reardon at the Tesla dealership at Olive and 170. Seriously. This is for a car which hasn't been made yet, not playoff tickets. And there are lines like this at every Tesla dealership.
Every time we drive over the Poplar Street Bridge I question how in the world the graffiti painters managed to get up and over this railroad overpass to do this. Coming back from Collinsville I asked Dale to take my camera and grab a picture of the graffiti in the westbound lane of the bridge. The eastbound side also has graffiti. Click to enlarge
Assuming they walked to the middle, how do they hang there and spray incoherent stuff that must mean something to them? And no one sees them do this? No state trooper or regular driver doesn't notice someone hanging over the overpass and spray painting? No one calls the authorities? I just don't get it.
A weird theft story and one in which I'd like to know the why. A St. Louis man is accused of stealing $13,000 worth of nuts from his employer. That's it for the story and no explanation at all. What do you do with than many nuts unless you know people who want them.
Dale and I were pondering the question of what steps a person needs to take to become a candidate for president from each party. Are there rules or a procedure which must be followed before announcing? Do you need the party's okay? These questions all because of Donald Trump. One day he appeared on the scene and told the country he was running for president as a republican and that was that. How was that possible? Did he go through a process with the party officials first or not? If not, what in the world?
So I looked up this question and lo and behold, there is no process. All a person has to do is go before a public microphone and announce he/she is running for president in such and such a party and wham, Bob's your uncle, you're set. This is probably why so many of us out in flyover country and at GOP headquarters were so surprised this year. Who ever thought Trump was a republican? Who even thinks he is now?