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.
Spring must be on the way, tonight we set our clocks ahead one hour (ugh) and the coming days will see temperatures in the 50's. With that in mind the newspapers and local tv news programs cue their stories on spring cleaning. They always do this, it's as predictable as the seasons.
Dale was telling me yesterday that he noticed a window he was sitting next to was really dirty and he decided to clean it. Shocker! But it didn't go well, all he ended up with was streaks and cloudy spots. As I pondered this, I came to the conclusion that the glass was probably too cold to clean well, either that or he just isn't used to the elbow grease that window washing takes.
I'll stick with cold and the use of windex. Last year I came across a recipe for cleaning windows and it did the best job I've ever experienced. If I'd known Dale was going to try his hand at this job, I'd have given him the procedure.
If you're interested here is the absolute best window cleaner recipe.
Combine in a spray bottle and shake well:
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 cups warm water
Spray this on and wipe off with a squeegee, then take away any excess with a microfiber cloth. It's so easy on the arms and hands and the end result is amazing.
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.
Winter equals snow at least part of the time and snow for kids means racing out with sleds. Now it seems some cities are considering banning sledding due to liability concerns. The latest to do this is Dubuque Iowa. IOWA! Enough with Iowa. I'll tell you, if St. Louis joins in this sled banning, and closes Art Hill in winter we'll know the apocalypse is upon us.
Every major city has local business people who take to the air to pitch their products. In St. Louis many will remember the Slyman Brothers energetically and humorously promoting their appliances on tv. Many car dealers have done the same. They became such a part of our tv watching lives they became celebrities and household names.
We now have among us the newest and latest business pitchman who's radio ads have made him something of a celebrity and household name through his droll story tellilng on furnaace and air conditioner repair.
Bart Inman. Of Inman Air.
His ads with him giving first hand stories on broken furnances and air conditioning units are a regular part of KMOX's daily programming and probably many other stations. Call me. Call me, he says, Bart Inman of Inman Air.
I thought of him today when the temperature suddenly dropped and will drop further this week. It's frigid outside right now and this is the time when furnaces often have problems.