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.
This info from Providence Rhode Island meteorologist, T. J. Del Santo-In Alaska the sun set on Friday afternoon at 1:24 and it will not rise again until January 21. Can you even imagine? Those Alaska folks are hardy souls. Here's what it will look like until January 21, all day all night.
Our students have been working really hard during their quarter break to get the outdoor Christmas lights and scenes put up and last night as I walked around to see the progress I was amazed at how they did the tower and uplights against the administration building. This building faces the park which ends on Demun.
It has been great having a first year student who majored in Theater set design because he was able to get some sheets of colored gel for the lights and this picture doesn't do the vibrancy of the color justice.
Then they realized they could do the same thing with the tower's uplights.
The seminary began its quarter break this week and that means it's time for students who didn't go home to help get out the indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. It's a big job, we light up and set up all over the place. Nothing will get lit until December 5th but it takes an enormous amount of time to get ready.
Yesterday all the angels and some nativities and in door Christmas trees went up.
These angels were made by past students and when lit at night throw their shadows on the wall behind them. It's striking.
A few of us climbed to the roof of Luther Tower yesterday to crank up the large Christmas star which when lighted, shines for miles around. We did not plug it in, but thought we'd take advantage of the great weather to get it in place. Dale went up this time and our students let him do the cranking.
First get the rope lights secured with zip ties. The star has been arranged in a pulley system which allows it to be lowered and raised with a winch.
Going up. Then when it got up and straight and came time to snap each end of the pole together, it was hard. Lots of pounding with a sledge hammer.
Pictures were taken
Then the reason for the problem. Can you see it?
The extension cord had gotten caught in the support pole which did not allow the pole to snap together.
Once that was removed the star was in place easily. That cord, however, was torn and useless. Luckily we brought two.
Now it's up through Epiphany
It was beautiful from up there
Coming down is vertigo inducing for some. But a great sight in any event.
I saw this image any number of times yesterday and wondered just who would be first to cause this sentiment to be true.
And the local winner was Fox2 in the morning. Around 6 the news people were asking when we began decorating for Christmas and when we turned on the outdoor lights. They won't be the only ones to start all this.
Here in St. Louis neighborhoods, not so much on the Illinois side, trick or treaters are supposed to tell a joke before they're given candy. Although cute, I find this tradition awkward. When you have a big number of kids hit your door at the same time with another large group heading your way, it's really time consuming to listen to joke after joke.
I'd prefer the kids just be happily friendly and then make room for the next bunch.