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.
Handbag designer Bruce Makowsky built and has listed for sale, the most expensive listed home in Los Angeles. 250 million dollars! It's called a mega mansion and features 12 bedroom suites, 21 bathrooms, five bars, three gourmet kitchens, a spa and an 85-foot infinity swimming pool with stunning views of Los Angeles. There’s also a 40-seat movie theater, a bowling alley, and a fleet of exotic and vintage cars worth $30 million. It is 4 levels and 38,000 square feet and Makowsky believes only 3000 people in the world could afford to buy it.
When asked why he built this house he said, "After being on major mega yachts across the world and on beautiful private aircraft, it didn’t make sense to me people were spending $350 million on a boat, $100 million on a plane and they’re living in $20 million and $30 million homes … The homes have not kept up with the toys. So my feeling is if you’re going to spend over 12 hours a day in your home it should be the most amazing experience in the world."
Oh gosh those poor things, having to live in a paltry 30 million dollar home.
I'm not much for purses but I am surprised a purse maker/designer can make so much money. And looking at his purses online they don't strike me as much different from purses I've seen at Kohl's. But maybe his have the BM initials etched in brass on them.
The new Tostitos bag now acts as a breathalizer which will indicate whether it is safe for you to drive. If this isn't crazy enough, you might want to take the advice from the Lawrence Kansas police who said, "If you have to blow into a Tostitos bag to know if you're intoxicated, for the love of all that's Holy, DO NOT DRIVE!"
The way the bag works is if you blow into it and it turns green you're good to go. If it turns red, call a cab, Uber or a friend to drive you home.
Don't you want to buy a bag of Tostitos just to give this a try?
A news story which was probably overlooked during the weekend of Babel we endured. A large freight box of red Skittles somehow fell out of a truck on a Wisconsin road and spilled the tin candy all over the place. Turns out the Skittles were on their way to being added to cattle feed.
According to the Associated Press: "Discarded or defective candy sometimes ends up in animal feed: Skittles would be subbed in for corn, perhaps, or another starch." But
Mars says that it does send defective candies to be melted back down into syrup that’s used in animal feed at their other Skittles plant in Texas, but the box on the highway in Wisconsin came from a factory in Yorkville, IL.
So the mystery is not that candy sometimes goes into animal feed but how this particular box from Illinois, not Texas, ended up spilling onto a road in Wisconsin.
I'm telling you, this is just one more crazy thing we've had to process in the past few days.
Not going to dwell on the Inaugural today but this picture was puzzling, at least to me. It shows the Clintons arriving at the ceremonies and she is holding a purse. I wonder, why did she need a purse? What was in the purse that she would need during the time she was there? I'd guess they had transportation from the secret service, no need for ID or wallet. She may or may not have wanted to refresh her lipstick or maybe use her phone. But notice the large pockets in the coat, certainly they were big enough to have held anything she needed.
I've never understood the need to carry around a purse all the time. So many do, not just Mrs. Clinton. They get to be a pain having to hold it, keep an eye on it, put in here or there. If you don't have to, why do it?
Since 2008 I've occasionally posted about predictions on flying cars. These stories often show up in the news when there have been days on end of one rush hour traffic jam after another. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to rise above and over this slow moving traffic? The idea of flying cars strikes me funny because way back when I was in grade school the Weekly Reader would have stories on the future of daily travel and the plans for flying cars was always front and center. The Weekly Reader story, no matter what year, featured a drawing of some cars puttering slowly along while a lucky person who owned a flying car passed over them laughing.
Today a news release came along on Airbus' plan to test a flying car prototype and it seems we won't have to wait long to ride in a flying car. LOL, I've been waiting 60 years. However, this prototype will be skipping over the "fly your own car" as predicted and will instead by a self-driving flying car. Yes folks, we've gone from almost having operator driven flying cars to all of a sudden self flying cars.
I'll believe it when I see it. If these things ever come off an assembly line and are purchased, I can foresee a whole set of new traffic laws. Can you envision today's traffic jams on roads transformed into everyone up in the air? The air filled with flying cars with no lane lines? Take what's on the rush hour highways and move them all up into the air and Voila, you have a sight to behold.
One the other hand, if laws were to limit these flying cars to taxis, then maybe it's a chance for Uber to get in on the ground floor.
"Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals. The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national. Ms Holten told local media: “The bells, which the cows have to wear when they walk to and from the pasture, are especially heavy. The animals carry around five kilograms around their neck. It causes friction and burns to their skin. She added: “The sound that cow bells make is a hundred decibel. It is comparable with a pneumatic drill. We also would not want such a thing hanging close to our ears?"
Here is what one of the local people said in response to this: "Ms Holten has a “big mouth” and that residents did not want to grant her citizenship “if she annoys us and doesn’t respect our traditions".
This woman says she is a journalist, model and drama student and has previously has also campaigned against a number of other Swiss traditions like hunting, pig races and the noisy church bells in town.
If you go to the story link you'll seem some amazing pictures of cow with fairly huge bells around their necks and others without them. I can just imagine this person constantly fussing about one thing or another as she attends local council meetings.
The most absurd bit of behavior undertaken by a shoplifter in the St. Louis IKEA recently. She stuffed a frying pan into the back of her pants and actually thought she could leave and no one would notice. When you're wearing tight fitting leggings or tights or whatever they call them these days, a frying pan is pretty obvious.
Speaking of these leggings, I just marvel at the self unawareness of so many women who have taken to wearing these things in public. At the Los Angeles airport we saw many, but the one who caught my attention the most was a woman who had to be at least 75 and was gussied up in a bizarre pair of garishly colored, geometrically patterned tights.