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.
We hosted a barbecue dinner in our yard last night for a few people who won this event at an auction. We ordered the food from Adams Smokehouse, a relatively new place in south city run by a man who previously worked at the highly regarded Bogarts in Soulard which had its beginnings with the famous Pappy's. Adams has recently won best bbq in St. Louis and that honor is well earned.
We ordered the catering selection of 3 meats and 3 sides and it was delivered to us and set up in our yard exactly right. The people we were entertaining raved about the food and I have to say, it was fantastic. They are known for about everything they do-pulled pork, ribs, brisket etc but their special smoked salami was amazing. Plus, they bring along 3 sauces they make in house and although all three were popular, the standout was cranberry chipolte. One of the guests we had took what was left in the jar home with him.
Anyhow, if you're hankering for bbq, give them a try.
MoDOT headline: MoDOT plans ramp closures, lane shifts along Poplar Street Bridge
The story following this headline is filled with so much convoluted detail it is almost indecipherable. At 9 am this, at 8 pm that. 55 this, 44 that, add Route 3 and the Poplar- the Poplar with lanes shifting, lanes closing.
As if the bottleneck on the westbound bridge hasn't had its many moments already this year, we'll be seeing more craziness. Every single year. Every single year summer travel to and from Illinois to Missouri is mucked up.
We're probably all aware of the many car break ins in the St. Louis area the past few years. It's been happening all over the place and no area is totally free of this crime. But KSDK did some research and found the areas which have the highest number of car robberies.
Lumiere Place Casino
Parking garages near Busch Stadium
And these are public places, there is no hard info on neighborhood car break ins which are numerous and continuous.
Last summer a youth group from Paris Illinois was to take a late afternoon tour of the campus after a trip to the City Museum. While in the museum, their van was broken into and just about everything was stolen. Back packs, suitcases etc. They had nothing but the shirts on their backs when they got to us.
One of KSDK's meteorologists, Chester Lampkin, is leaving St. Louis to work for MetService of New Zealand, that country's version of our National Weather Service. MetService bills themselves as "New Zealand's Coolest Little Weather Company".
I will miss Chester, no one used Twitter to local weather, news and sports all day and night as well as he did. You could count on him to tweet updates whether he was on duty or not. And, he was great about responding to anyone who communicated with him on that platform. Engaging and nice. I'll miss him.
For all the work they are constantly doing, and I've said this before, they cannot seem to find a way to put down lane lines which show up in rain and darkness. There's been an accident on 64 at Grand this morning and even if the story doesn't say so, I'd bet not seeing lane lines had something to do with it. The lines are sort of visible in those conditions from above, but when you're driving and cars are splashing water from all directions you cannot see them at all.
Actually with all this rain, there are accidents all over the St. Louis highways today. 270 multiple accidents, 255 accidents, 170 accidents, 64 the same.
On Saturday hundreds of shoppers at West County Mall were stuck in the parking lot and parking garage for hours trying to get out. Seems parking lot construction made it nearly impossible for cars to move. Hours! stuck for hours!
I have a dream that some summer, some year, we'll be able to travel from point A to point B without encountering any road construction. No waiting in long traffic jams, no detours, no alternate routes. What a wonderful thing that would be.
Leaving MoDOT and its constant shutting down of lanes and entire sections of highways and city roads to the side for a moment, it's a real trial to get around Collinsville this summer. You can hardly go anywhere without encountering streets shut off or one lane down for utility work, construction work, new pavement being put down. The downtown, the Rural King area, Vandalia, Summit, and on and on. Utility work on both sides of the river is at critical mass this year and those working have no idea how to keep traffic moving or safe.
It's anyone's guess when the 159 project will get done, but it can't come soon enough. The dust from that work just fills our house inside and out and sets loose all kinds of wild life on our property. But the dust is the worst (aside from the traffic issues). Our front porch is constantly gritty and gray, the windows are white with dust and no point in going through the hard work of cleaning them now.
But there is nothing quite like the traffic mess MoDOT subjects drivers to from both sides of the river. Every single year.