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.
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."
A weird occurance here this morning, two young men walking around singing, one strumming a guitar. I heard them coming through our back alley as they cut through our yard and they must have strolled around the campus and then returned and passed by the front of the house. Not a typical thing.
According to the UK Daily Mail, a tiny house movement is growing among Americans. The average tiny house is 100-400 square feet and is most likely to be purchased by and lived in by those in the millenial age group who do not want to have a 30 year mortgage and retirees who are downsizing.
Now that's downsizing! I'm doubtful most newlyweds in their 20's will still want a tiny house once babies make an appearance. But the architectural feature which helps these tiny homes seem somewhat spacious and not suffocating, is a higher roof line which gives more volumn to the inside. Really, though, living in one of these is for people who do not shop much or have a desire to have things because there just isn't room.
Also, these may be more suitable as vacation homes set on a lot by a lake or some such.
At the link there is a video tour of one of the houses.
According to a story in Slate, the rising cost of meat in grocery stores may give us all a chance to see how we'd like being vegetarians. The price of meat is being affected by all sorts of things.
Pork: a deadly pig virus is decimating the pork supply
Beef: the domestic cattle herd is the smallest it's been since 1951
Chicken: ok for now, but there's a rooster fertility issue which could affect the chicken supply in the future
Feed: Ongoing conflict in Ukraine—a major exporter of corn and wheat—has left farmers facing higher feed prices for what livestock they do have.
Who among us knew that we exported corn and wheat from the Ukraine? Our country with its endless fields of corn and wheat?
Vegetables on the other hand have seen only modest price increases so they become more attractive...
But, if you're paying attention to the news, you'll have learned about all the fruit recalls due to a Listeria contamination at the packing plant in California. Trader Joe's, Costco, Walmart, Ralph's, our own local Dierberg's and others have been asking those who purchased the various affected items to either toss them or bring them back for a refund. Even Wegmans alerted customers that baked goods with fruit should not be eaten.
It seems the local Schnucks chain hasn't been affected.
What this all means is food can be tricky no matter the cost or the type.