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.
Around here our 36 hour rain totals were just about 4 inches of a soaking rain. Not all of it fell at once, but at intervals so water got down to the roots of many plantings. Much needed and appreciated.
If you are on Twitter and live in the St. Louis area, you really should be following KSDK weather guy, Chester Lampkin. He is a most congenial fellow who regularly updates local weather and other St Louis things all day and into the evening. Even better he reply's and retweets responses he gets from other people.
We have a running joke around here. We could be talking about any old thing and often Dale will ask, "What does Chester say about that?"
All of a sudden St Louis is warming to hot dogs. When you think of hot dog cities you think of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles but never St Louis. This city has never had hot dog stands on every corner nor have people spent much time enthusing about them, but this seems to be changing.
Steve's Hot Dogs on The Hill and soon to be in Tower Grove has been getting rave reviews and big crowds. This is one of those places on my list to try and for someone who grew up in Chicago with the best dogs in the world, I miss them.
Also, Dogs N Frys in Florissant is serving up hot dogs with many variations. Also frys that people rave about including one dish with ice cream on top of frys.
Woofies in Overland has been around forever and has always been popular with people who long for a true Chicago dog.
Not too many more that I can find, but these are worth a trip for hot dog fans.
After all was said and done, Missourians voiced opposition to sales tax for highways and a veterans lottery ticket, but supported farms, the right to bear arms and the extension of privacy to electronic devices.
I was rather surprised at the surprise by local news people last night to the overwhelming defeat of the transportation tax amendment. The commentary by voters on various sites pretty much reflected what we felt about this sales tax to benefit MoDOT which was using a sales tax was not the right way to go about highway funding.
Charlie Dooley lost his primary bid to continue as St. Louis Country Board Chairman and probably the only one shocked by this landslide loss was Dooley himself.
On a personal note, a good friend of our daughter Katie won the race for prosecuting attorney in Miller Country which is Lake Osark area. Ben Winfrey was a Mizzou classmate of Katie's and has worked hard to get where he is today. We expect even bigger things from Ben in the future.
This letter to the Post Dispatch from James Nold of Waterloo pretty much describes the problems drivers have figuring out which way to go on St Louis interstates. If you aren't local, it must be a challenge.
"I can sympathize with the poor English chap who tried to find his way around St. Louis ("Cards' fan comes to town — from England," Aug. 1). Any St. Louis metro native who has tried to find his way to the upper Muny parking lot or the history museum parking, or some other Forest Park attraction, can relate. Good thing he wasn’t trying to figure out whether or not he was on Chouteau or Manchester (yes), Chippewa or Watson (yes), Lindbergh or Kirkwood Road (yes).
And heaven help him if he was trying to get to downtown by car or figure out what bridge was connected to what. For example, southbound I-55 from the airport (which is actually eastbound I-70) forces you to decide between I-55-70 east to Illinois, Tucker Boulevard to downtown, or I-44 exit only, which is actually the one to take to stay on I-55 south, I think.
From Illinois, it's worse. Try figuring out how to get to downtown from the I-44-55-70 “Kansas City” interchange, and good luck figuring out if you are close to the river and which bridge is on which route. There is no mention of any bridges.
Really, what is this, Boston? We could do better giving a chimp a crayon and a whiteboard."
"Cyclists are set to hold a rally at St. Louis City Hall about bike safety at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The group of cyclists from Missouri and Illinois are passing out bumper stickers that read “I slow for cyclists.” They also plan on making bike safety and road sharing pamphlets to get out their message."
The impetus for this rally is last week's altercation between a cyclist and the mayor of Sunset Hills. Whoever turns out to be the guilty party in this dispute, certainly it is good to get the word out on bike and traffic safety. I don't ever remember studying for an Illinois or Missouri rules of the road test and seing a section on bike rules. There should be.
Vehicle drivers sharing the road with the increasing number of cyclists are often confused by actions taken by cyclists and cyclists don't know what a car will do. So there should be clear cut rules that are known by everyone.
I will say, there seems to be fewer issues with cyclists in the Metro East, maybe because of the fantastic Madison County Transit (MCT) trails which were constructed from former railroad right of ways and allow trailgoers to run, bike, rollerblade or jog seamlessly from one trail to another without seeing the same scenery twice. Seven loops of varying distances (10 miles, 15.3 miles, 17.6 miles, 22.9 miles, 25.7 miles, 26.1 miles, 31.1. miles).
In the St. Louis area, bike lanes disappear out of the blue on public streets and the question then is, What now"? asked by cars and cyclists. So we need rules.
The rules we do have require cyclists to stop at stop signs and my experience is that this rule is broken way too much.
I'm all for safety, so lets get some clear cut rules of the road that we are all required to learn and follow.
For years Fox 2 News had their studios at Hampton and HIghway 40/64. Since they moved out to west county, the former site has been undergoing some work and the word on the street was that it would become a car dealership. But who ever expected the dealership to be a Mercedes Benz? But yes it is and is ready to open.
Most of the luxury car dealers have moved west or located in upscale places like Clayton or Ladue, this site is smack in south city.
Last night as we were waiting for an evening tour group from east central Illinois to arrive on campus, we got the news that the 15 or so young people and their adult chaperones would be late because while they visited the City Museum their van was broken into and all their belongings were stolen. The information we received later was that the thieves made several trips to the van in order to take everything. All this in broad daylight in the late afternoon. The kids, most around 13-15, were devastated and had to deal with the fact that all their clothes and whatever else was gone.
After all the time spent with police reports and such, they made an emergency trip to Target to get replacement clothes, toothbrushes etc. Then they made it to the campus. Most looked shellshocked, but were troopers about making their way around the seminary at 8 last night.
St. Louis is rife with these car break-ins, it happens every year in the warm weather months and it's just sickening.
Ferdie did his best to cheer them up, but it was hard even for him.
Our student tour guide, Rob Bailey, did his best to cheer them, but it was hard for him too and he's one of the best.
What nerve of thieves and vipers to think they have the right to take what isn't theirs. Why can't St. Louis do better at stopping what must have been obvious to anyone driving or walking by that van.
That's the forecast for today and maybe tomorrow. Actually, as bad as this sounds when you couple the temperature with the humidity, we can't really complain here in St. Louis this summer. We've had an almost perfect summer and only a few uncomfortably hot days. It has been like living in Michigan without a lake.
But, I'm headed out to the backyard in Collinsville to hack back much of the overgrowth which has risen up this summer. At least until noon.