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Our Stanley Cup Champions will be guests at the White House this afternoon around 2 CST. The best part of this is that our daughter Katie somehow wangled herself and invitation to this event. She could not be more excited... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at respublica
This weekend Total Wine and More opened a new store in Fairview Heights. We've gone to that business in Brentwood since it opened several years ago and really like it. There is a huge variety of beers, wines, spirits, even... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at respublica
We've had a jump in mattresses and ladders falling onto local highways since I last posted. The last report was mattresses 97 and ladders 93. Now it stands at: Mattresses 100 Ladders 98 WHOOPS A new ladder on the middle... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at respublica
We know a bit about Columbus who is recognized each year with a day off of school and the closing of federal offices. What do we really know about him? My memory him goes kind of like this: "Columbus discovered... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at respublica
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By artist Stephen Shortridge I love this. The artist was an actor in the 70's and 80's who was on such programs as Welcome Back Kotter, The Love Boat, The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera and any number of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at respublica
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Springfield Missouri came up with a great idea after a growing problem of dog poop in public places. They had signs made and put them around their downtown parks and parking lots in hopes people will start picking up after... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at respublica
This is the nuttiest thing I've come across in a long time. From The Economist : "There is little evidence that light and electricity truly transform people's lives." This was from a supposedly smart periodical. One wag commented: "Did....A candle... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at respublica
IDOT posted this today: "Fall driving can get risky when deer get frisky." All this means is that we are now entering the time of year when deer begin to mate and they are apt to be jumping onto roads... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at respublica
Now comes a suggestion from the New York Times to clean the remote in hotel rooms you stay in. "It's touched by everyone but rarely cleaned." Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at respublica
I bought a couple of new pairs of light cordoroy slacks last week knowing the temperatures were going to drop and shorts just wouldn't cut it. It wasn't long before I wore one of the pairs last night that the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at respublica
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One of the contributors to the Facebook page, Original Chicago, posted two photos showing before and after images of commuter train pedestrian tunnels which connect the Red and Blue lines. I found myself studying the differences and my impression was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at respublica
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For weeks Dale has been demo-ing our basement walls in Collinsville. This is due to some water science that I cannot comprehend, but is necessary in order for a water basement systems company to come in and rectify. We've had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at respublica
Yesterday the seminary board of regents announced that Dale would be retiring after this school year. We, of course, had made this known to them, but it was a bittersweet day. He has been the longest tenured president in 50... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at respublica
You've probably seen them sitting around sidewalks or next to curbs, electric scooters which more and more people are using to get around. You get yourself a code which will allow you to use any scooter sitting alone anywhere. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at respublica
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My sister is a avid family history researcher and goes about this hunting for ancestors in spurts. Yesterday she sent me a photo of one of our great grandmothers, Anna Barry. Anna was the mother of our father's mother. I'd... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at respublica
Beginning next October we'll have to have a Real ID drivers license in order to fly. If you have a passport, you won't need a Real ID but it would probably be good to get one. But, the issue in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at respublica
A self driving trash can which takes itself down to the curb. Using a companion app, the SmartCan will follow a pre-programmed schedule and automatically drive itself to a curbside drop off point on garbage pickup days, and then autonomously... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at respublica
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It appears from a survey done by the Washington Times that 67 percent of Americans aged 18-35 do not follow baseball at all. And now Baseball teams are beginning to target the under 30 Millennials who prefer more fast paced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at respublica
Near Wentzville on I-70 EB a mattress on the road. And, over the weekend, a bent up ladder on 364 at Highway K in O'Fallon. Mattresses 97 Ladders 93 Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at respublica
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While going through old boxes in the basement over the weekend, I came across this gem. No idea of the date but we figure it has to have been taken when Dale was with the Lutheran Hour. If you don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at respublica
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You might want to consider heading east on 70 to the small town of Casey, Illinois, a few miles from the Indiana border. We stopped there a year ago when we took our grandsons out to DC and it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at respublica
The tractor trailer sagas continue as we read about several of these overly big trucks flipping over and spilling their contents. It seems various food products are carried in them a lot of the time. In the past couple of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at respublica
We are at the point in our culture where everything we've known seems to be wrong. Today we learn that using your hand to make the traditional OK sign has now been officially added to a civil rights group's data... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at respublica
It's been hard to concentrate recently so I've been off my game paying attention to things. So here is a catch up on the tally. Mattresses 96 Ladders 92 Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at respublica
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All of the faculty houses on campus are having a complete renovation and by complete, I mean complete. For months our street has had vehicles used by every construction/landscape trade imaginable. We've taken to getting up really early and moving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at respublica