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.
If you've ever been tempted to do these things, you just might be affected with the winter crazy's. WTOP in DC linked three stories last night which are telling:
"Kite Skier caught by gust of wind, dies after striking shed." This is the actual headline and you don't need to read much more to understand the story. This occurred in Maine. Sad.
"Boston mayor warns would-be window snow jumpers:Don't do it." Seems that after so much snow in Boston, almost 8 feet in some places and then plowed even higher, people (men) are getting a kick out of jumping into these snowbanks from 2nd and 3rd floor windows. I saw a tv news report where some guys are even doing trick jumps into the snow from the window. Like high diving in the olympics.
And this: "Locals among 100 finalists for one-way trip to Mars." If true, this is the craziest of winter craziness.
We have to go to a community dinner tonight in downtown Clayton. While I'm looking forward to it, all I have been able to think about this week is, "What am I going to wear?" These are times when I obsess over just how lucky men are. All they have to do is put on a suit, nice tie and they're ready.
I'd bet I'm not the only woman who runs around various stores looking for something that is not already in the closet. Pretty exhausting.
John Stewart announced his retirement after 17 years of doing the Daily Show. 17 years! It hardly seems possible. But while watching Morning Joe on MSNBC this morning one of the panel said this: "It may be John is doing this as a favor to Brian Williams." To take the attention off Williams and his being suspended for exaggerating his experiences while reporting news. He gives his friend a break from being the center of none stop attention.
I highly doubt this is why Stewart decided to end his show's run.
Weird stuff. A Glitter website company thought they would have some fun by offering their readers a chance to get back at their enemies (!) by sending them an enevelope filled with glitter which would spill out all over the place when opened.
Now, the people behind this bad idea is calling it quits because he received way too many requests for this. The company launched on Monday and was quickly overwhelmed with orders and suspended accepting new orders on Wednesday. Wow. In two days he got over 2000 orders which he called, "Way too many." and had to give it up. But fear not all you people with enemies, this website spawned several others doing the same thing.
An eye-opener for this man suddenly realizing lots of people hate other people or have those they consider enemies.
Fox 2 morning news reporters led with this teaser before a commercial break today. "Coming up, How often do you wash your pajamas?"
At that point I knew it was time to turn off the tv because there would be no more real news coming. I didn't hang around long enough to hear this report, but did Google it in case someone wanted to know the details. It is a real story which I didn't read, but if you want to, here you go.
Back in 2011 when we went to a family reunion in Pittsburgh I wrote about the pain in the neck Pennsylvania liquor laws when it came to even buying beer. Well, I'm glad to know this wasn't just my imagination. A story from Reason.com gives an even more fleshed out look at how really ridiculous things are in that state.
Pennsylvania state police agents raided the home of a lawyer and his wife and took away all 2400 bottles of their wine from their wine cellar. "This bizarre and infuriating case involves no illicit substance whatsoever. It's a case about wine. Legally purchased wine, at that."
Here's the first absurdity: The legal case was titled, Pennsylvania v. 2,447 Bottles of Wine. Do you see the weirdness? The suit is not pitting the state against the owners of the wine but against the wine itself. You can read the whole thing at the link, but it's safe to say we should all be glad we don't live in Pennsylvania when we want to buy wine or any other spirit.
Here are a couple other Pa liquor laws:
"Want to buy wine over the internet? Pennsylvania says go right ahead, so long as the buyer has "it shipped to the Wine & Spirits Store of their choice." The state wants to keep an eye on what you're buying—especially because it won't let you buy wines that are available in the state store."
Driving through Pennsylvania with a few bottles of wine, and think it's alright to stop off at hotel for the night? Since your wine's not "merely transported through the state, without stopping, the law would seem to indicate that you need a buy a license for that wine—whether you drink it or leave it in the car."
"Pennsylvania is the only state besides Utah to control retail and wholesale liquor operations, residents must purchase wine and spirits from state stores or in-state wineries."
This week HGTV's House Hunters 9 o'clock time slot has been given over to people looking to buy a tiny house. I find this astounding and have been watching in disbelief. I know tiny houses are a thing, but mostly for people who live in them on vacation or some such, but permanently? It defies credibility.
Last night a rather well to do and educated seeming couple were featured on the show. They had a 2500 square foot house in Los Angeles and were moving to Corning New York and wanted a tiny 600 square foot house in order to have no mortgage and to bring more togetherness to the family. The family consisted of them and 4 children. That's 6 people! The two oldest children were early teen girls who spent a lot of time in their rooms when they were home. Texting I guess. The youngest two kids were twins just older than toddlers.
A tweet last night said, "someone should just call child services."
So this family goes house hunting with a really funny and pragmatic realtor who spend much time looking into the camera and voicing her skepticism about this whole plan. The first place they saw was a log cabin house in the middle of no where. It looked cute from the outside but the only sleeping area was a loft above the living room which would have had all 6 up there. And, there was no indoor plumbing, an outhouse was the bathroom. I have no idea where they would have bathed.
The other two were actually tiny tiny homes in small neighborhoods. One bedroom in both. Oddly, for a couple who wanted a tiny house, they seemed so surprised at how small each place was.
I give them 6 months in the house they chose and are planning to renovate. I hope HGTV goes back to them in a year to see how things worked out.
Beards are so the rage among many men these days-big beards, unruly beards, close cropped beards, any kind of beard. So I guess beard guys now want to add even more pazazz to their faces and someone came up with beard ornaments and after Christmas we'll probably see beard jewelry.
Hopefully this will all go the way of bellbottoms and Nehru jackets and big bouffant hair. Things to look back on and laugh about.
Last night the O'Fallon city council voted down an ordinance which would have allowed backyard chickens. This vote has mobilized the many chicken fans in that city to begin a petition drive in order to get the question on the April ballot. What's odd about this denial (7-2) and the comments from the mayor afterward is that backyard chickens is such an old story and acceptance of the fowl has been pretty widespread across the region. I posted about Clayton's chicken debate several times with the result that the chickens may remain in that town's backyards. Most arguments similar to the O'Fallon mayor who later commented on feedback he received from some anti chicken residents before the meeting have long been shown as incorrect.
"I think it was the noise. It was the waste. They just don’t want chickens in their backyards,” Mayor Bill Hennessy said. “I heard, ‘ if they want fresh eggs, they can go to a farm and buy fresh eggs’." Actually, reading the comments to this news story on Facebook, it looked to me as though the vast majority of people there were in favor of chickens.
Moving on in St. Charles County there stands this new billboard:
It's freedom of speech, no question or argument. But it just seems weird out there in St. Charles County.