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 other day, and again today, I will drive from Clayton to Webster Groves via Big Bend, Laclede Station Road, Watson then Watson to McCausland over to Clayton Road. Every single one of these surface roads is filled with construction cones and saw horses while utility or road work is being done. Stop light after stop light is never ending with lines of cars.
Then there is one of the worst situations locally. The intersection of Skinker at 64/Clayton Road. The work being done has barriers allowing only one lane of traffic to cross to and from 64/40. That means only a small fraction of the cars lined up get through each light. And, to make matters worse, whoever is in charge of this lane closure has not made it clear what drivers are in for until almost the stoplight. So cars find themselves in a lane which will go no where, trying to push into traffic to get moving. I cross this almost every day and have seen some near misses and scary honking.
The most troublesome part of this intersection is for those exiting from westbound 40/64. With only one lane open to go straight across to Clayton Road and no warning that there are barriers ahead, it makes for a sweaty time in any event. However what's painted on the far left lane as you come up the ramp makes for some near accidents real crashes.
There are two of these about twenty feet apart. But. It is just not true. There is no straight ahead, only a left turn only available. You would not believe the problems this causes in a very highly packed exit ramp. Someone, either the city or the county or MoDOT or whoever is responsible for this ramp and road work needs to get that symbol off of there.
Lance Hildebrand who does traffic reports for Y98 FM keeps a yearly tally of how many matresses and ladders fall off trucks and onto St. Louis highways. This morning a ladder was on westbound highway 64/40 near Highway K.
That brings the total to-mattresses 70 ladders 67
Earlier this morning the total was mattresses 69 and ladders 66. So we had one of each hit the driving lanes today.
It is illegal to turn left on red when going from a one way street to another one way street. Seems, though people in Missouri do this anyway. I was surprised to read that this was illegal because being an Illinois native most of my life it was ok to do this.
We're having our driveway and front sidewalk replaced in Collinsville this week and yesterday work began removing the old. Dale was over there, spent the night and with permission, parked his car in our neighbor's driveway to get it out of the way. He got up early today and moved his car over to the Legion lot so that our neighbor could get in and out this morning.
This morning car moving took place around five and before even a half hour had gone by two policemen were at his car. He went out and learned someone had called about a suspicious car at the legion. After he told them he was having a new driveway put in they asked him if the city was doing it. Wut? I did not know the city would do driveways. Heh.
Anyway, what this tells me is we have a neighborhood where people keep an eye on things. And that's good.
In a ruling long in coming the Supreme Court did a good thing today. Did you know our government had something named "marketing orders" "a program that it uses to artificially set the market for many agricultural products. Under this abominable program, if you wish to sell many agricultural products in the United States (in this case, raisins), the government can (and does) require you to set aside a portion of your crop and just give it to the government for them to sell it, donate it, or destroy it as they see fit."
For raisin growers, the government regularly confiscates nearly half the products they grow, for absolutely nothing, just for the right to sell raisins in the United States.
Good grief folks, this is unconscionable and today the Supreme Court agreed by an 5-4 vote that "the Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home."
5-4! that is ridiculous. "Several of the liberal justices agreed in theory but stopped short of saying Horne was due money for part of his raisin crop."
Thankfully a raisin farming family brought suit and has now a victory for all those who raise and sell agricultural products.
There were so many stories listing the issues with the Chambers Bay course out in the Pacific Northwest (Washington) that they almost took over the game itself. I tuned in on Friday and was kind of surprised at how brown and barren that course was, but it turned out that was the least of it. The greens were bumpy and not green at all. The fans were not able to see from vantage points far from the play. Turns out the course was once a sand quarry and it was easy to see it's past be looking at the topography. And, FOX had the television rights to the tournament, possible the first time that network has handled golf.
There was also a train track with too many long trains going through. A nod to the old sand quarry mining perhaps.
Anyway, why that course was chosen is for the USGA to explain. Many of the players were unhappy with it as were fans who in many cases gave up their tickets for weekend rounds.
One wag wrote last night, "FOX was the worst... with that crappy ball fly graphic to their dopey announcers and that post apocalyptic golf course... awful"
Here are other quotes:
"If this was a regular PGA tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday, but players won't do that for a major. They were simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen on any tour in all the years I have played. The U.S. Open deserves better than that.''
"Chambers Bay was too bumpy, too dry and too brown. It had too many trains, and too much invasive grass in the greens, and it was too chock full of dunes for the fans to see anything."