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 Post Dispatch has a supplement in the weekend paper with many gift ideas. Sometimes these ideas are a bit off the wall, kind of like making stuff up just to fill the pages. This idea is one of those.
A gold hanging flame crown featuring gold keys and clips to hang your favorite photos.
In New York City, penthouse apartments and other units way up high, are featuring bathrooms looking out of floor to ceiling windows. "All across Manhattan, in glassy towers soon to be built or nearing completion, see-through chambers will flaunt their owners, naked, toweled or robed, like so many museum vitrines — although the audience for all this exposure is probably avian, not human."
Also-some apartments feature a wall of glass with two toilets at either end and a shower in the middle, which raised many an eyebrow among brokers and their clients because the toilets face each other."
Someone said, "It’s interesting to me now if you’re really rich, you’re rich enough not to have privacy in the bathroom."
There is a slide show connected with this New York Times story showing some of the non private bathrooms. I'm just a bit too Midwest for this.
A Missouri man set a Guinness World record yesterday for the most nails pulled out of wood with his teeth. Steve Schmidt yanked 27 nails out of a long board in 1 minute. He had been practicing for weeks pulling nails out of wooden boards at his home.
Some parachutist was found dangling from some wires connected to a radio tower in south St. Louis last night and rescued by Mehlville fire fighters. Here's the questions which weren't answered in this story in the P-D today.
He was first noticed hanging there around 9:30. Did he jump from a plane or did he jump from the tower during what is called "base jumping"? Whatever it was, it's dark by 6:30 so when did he jump? Did he jump before total dark and then hang there for several hours before being seen or did he jump around 9 in the pitch dark?
After talking to another phone rep at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon because the house call tech guy went to the wrong house, I received a recorded phone call at 4:30 confirming that someone will be here between 8-10 this morning. So ok.
At 7:15 last night another recorded call came in, this time telling me a tech will be at the house between 10 and noon. Oh for Pete's sake.
Just now at 6:10 am a third recorded call came, a tech will be here between 8-10. Now if in an hour another call tells me 10-noon I'll be out of my mind. In truth I don't care what time it is as long as they have the right house.
Ironically and thinking pessimissively after all this, I hear the wind roaring, the trees bending way over and half believe it's possible cable lines may come down and there will be no way for anyone to tell if our repair set up will be working.
Some think so. This is why I am broke, a site selling things you won't find anywhere else. Thankfully. However, there may be some unusually funny things you can add to your Christmas shopping list. A good time waster while on the computer.
Yesterday saw world wide demonstrations over climate change. These events often bring out the absurd in people and this particular one got a fair amount of play...and jokes.
Seriously? I guess the best response was, "As if she needs to ask."
The New York rallies were hijacked by a number of groups having nothing to do with climate change. PETA (naked people), 9-11 Truthers, Code Pink ladies, anti Israel picketers. In other words, a mini democratic convention.
One of our former students had a post up on Facebook last night describing the problems he had with his non functioning car horn. He asked a car savvy friend about this and was told to check the connections to see if they were tight. "Tonight I got under the car and they were fine. I decided to take out my horn to get a better look at it and when I moved it around I heard it glug. I spun it around a couple of times and a bunch of water poured out. I did not know you could flood a car horn...at least now it's working properly again."
I found this fascinating because I have never given a thought to there being an actual physical horn on a car or even where it might be or that you could easily take it off, much less take it off to dump water out of it. I guess when it came to car horns had a vague idea that the horn might have been some sort of sound system connected to the steering wheel.
Later today I'm going to look under my car to see if the horn is at all obvious. I asked what it looked like and the answer was: "It looks kind of like a hockey puck with a miniature phonograph coming out of it."