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 September Feast which is a free St. Louis food magazine and distributed at local grocery stores and restaurants, has an opening column by the editor who writes about Fall bringing on comfort foods. The issue is devoted to south side St. Louis and some of the best sandwiches, slingers and other dishes. It's a great issue and has me ready to make the south city tour of many of these places.
But, a she mentions the chef at Quincy Street Bistro who "is applying his background in fine dining to the bar-and-grill fare at at his family's corner pub. Think smoked hog's head toasted ravioli...."
No, I do not want to think of toasted ravs filled with hog's head. Normally a hog's head is brined for some time (as I've seen on the Food Network), but his is a smoked head..maybe brined as well. Please don't serve me anything made with hog's head and especially, leave the most perfect appetizer alone-toasted ravioli.
We went to the Cardinals game last night and had tickets to the AT&T rooftop section in Ballpark Village. We had no idea what to expect as far as game viewing, but it turned out to be pretty darn cool. We could see all the action with the benefit of having the KMOX radio feed play by play piped in. You'd be surprised how much better you can follow the game with Mike Shannon et al providing information.
View of what was down below us and you can see I-64/40 near the Poplar in the middle background.
The field. The camera makes it look farther away than it actually is.
The south side of Busch looking west before the game.
And the same view after dark. We weren't sure if that dark mass of sky was a storm rolling in or nightime falling.
Would we do this again? I think so. Not only is it a calmer atmosphere but it's an easier in and out from the parking areas. But having to weave through the huge crowds on the main area of Ballpark Village is a trick.
From Food and Wine Magazine online, a slide show run down of US sandwich shops the writer consider the best and Fozzie's right here in St. Louis/Richmond Heights 5 minutes from the seminary is number 3. I agree Fozzie's makes fantastic sandwiches just wish his shop was bigger so it could hold the many people who flock there each day.
Wish they'd move into the now empty My Daddy's Cheesecake place.
We have had a spectacular summer here in St. Louis...until the tail end of August showed up. Now we get the 100 degree temps and humidity in the 70's. No one has had the time to adapt to the heat while trying to keep doing the jobs which have to be done. I do feel sorry for lawn company workers and highway workers and anyone else who must be outside most of the day because a sudden onslaught of high heat can be dangerous if you aren't used to it. The humidity is so high we wake up to most of our windows fogged up.
While not as painful as last winter's frigid air from the Polar Vortex, this week is still a week to not stay out too long at a time. Dogs are smarter than we are sometimes. I open the door to let Ferdie out and he backs up into the living room. No way, he tells me.
Spending the day in Collinsville but need to be back in the later afternoon. MoDOT is doing their road closure thing this weekend-eastbound 40/64 totally shut down between Hampton and Forest Park PKWY. That should not affect me going back west....you'd think. But here's the MoDOT traffic situation at 9:30 this morning.
Poplar Street Bridge inbound already a jam factor of 10 and holding. It doesn't look like much fun around the Galleria either as 170 is closed.
Another night of protests and violence in Ferguson. Reporters were arrested along with some of those throwing molotov cocktails and shooting. In fact there are so many media in Ferguson that Twitter was filled with people commenting their numbers last night.
When asked by a reporter why media were being arrested, Captain Ron Johnson answered: "arrests of media has been because it's hard to distinguish who is media and who isn't in the midst of chaos."
Much reporting is being done via Twitter which means those reporting are not in front of a camera or behind a microphone, but merely holding an iPhone. This certainly does't indentify media since everyone out there has a phone. Almost all of St. Louis local news people have been using twitter continuously as have the national types. This method of reporting enables news to be sent out as soon as it happens.
Here's last night's Twitter timeline of Belleville News Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.
Captain Johnson has asked, no begged, protesters to protest in the daytime from now on. It would be great if they followed his request.
Here at Concordia Seminary we have students who are not only engaged in their studies of scripture and doctrine and worship, but who are also engaging in the community beyond the campus/church walls. One of these students has been working as a St. Louis city police chaplain and spends his weekend evenings riding with street officers. Last night he was sent to Ferguson where more outbreaks of violence were taking place.
We are really taken with Travis not only for his courage to be out in troubled streets but with his desire to bring the comfort of the Word of God to those injured, frightened, or to family members of the same.
Another of our students on Saturday headed to Ferguson with Tim Hetzner who is head of the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program. They met with families all around the affected area with Luther Comfort Dog.
There's Tim with Luther and a resident of Ferguson
Seminary student, Jim
A different face on things. We have so many students willing and desirous to be out in the neighborhoods around them, bringing the good Word.
But after another night of looting and protests in Ferguson, I'm curious about the absence of Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain, Ron Johnson, who was put in charge by Governor Nixon on Thursday. He was on the news constantly up until last night and today.