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.
Y98's Lance Hilldebrand's tally of ladders and mattresses landing on St Louis highways is now: Ladders 27 Mattresses 20.
But today he reports that a lawnmower is sitting in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the Blanchette Bridge. I can't even imagine what it must be like to driving along during the morning rush hour and come across a lawnmower.
I guess there may be an added item to his weekly tallies now.
This is interesting if you have to navigate St. Louis interstates regularly. KSDK tested 3 traffic apps on the same morning with 3 news people. The station randomly selected a commute from St. Louis County to downtown St. Louis where all three of the apps suggested a different route. The apps were, Waze, Google map and iPhone app.
Waze directions made the 25 mile trip 38 minutes which was the shortest of the 3. IPhone was second with a 45 minute trip and Google map came in last with a commute of over an hour. "Waze and the iPhone app, in our test, provided more feedback on road conditions, in real time, compared to the Google app. The Waze app relies on information from other drivers, which can result in speedier updates on slow-downs and back-ups."
I've been using a KMOV traffic app which has quite a bit of detail but I think I'll download the Waze as a backup.
Here is a picture of Chicago's Lake Shore Drive from 1947. What's amazing is the complete absence of dividers separating north and south traffic. But if you enlarge the picture you'll see delineated rectangles in the driving lanes which were concrete dividers which could be raised and lowered as needed for safety between lanes. Also the merging lanes are so wide!
And here is a 1934 photo of Lindbergh Blvd just south of Page. This stretch became known as Dead Man's Stretch due to many fatal accidents.
The new Tostitos bag now acts as a breathalizer which will indicate whether it is safe for you to drive. If this isn't crazy enough, you might want to take the advice from the Lawrence Kansas police who said, "If you have to blow into a Tostitos bag to know if you're intoxicated, for the love of all that's Holy, DO NOT DRIVE!"
The way the bag works is if you blow into it and it turns green you're good to go. If it turns red, call a cab, Uber or a friend to drive you home.
Don't you want to buy a bag of Tostitos just to give this a try?
This morning a ladder fell onto the middle lane of eastbound interstate 44 at near the Salisbury exit. Yesterday a mattress fell onto eastbound 364 at 94. So the tally now stands at Mattresses 14, ladders 11.
A series of photos and data from the transportation department on how the numbers of our means of getting around have changed in the last 50 years. For instance, in 1960 there were 78,684 airplanes in the U.S. now there are 216,456. And we go from there to locomotives and freight cars to trollys to busses to motorcycles to cars to boats.