Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vandeventer Place Gates

St. Louis has had many grand private streets where the homes of the rich were or are located. Some, in neighborhoods that became undesirable (mostly closer to the Mississippi) are gone. Many from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, mostly west of Kingshighway, survive. One of the most opulent was Vandeventer Place. (Some history here.) Now the area is, well, not so great. The mansions were razed and the development destroyed.

All of these private streets had elaborate entrance gates. For some odd reason, the entrance to Vandeventer Place was preserved and plopped down in an open area of Forest Park in 1950. It's near the Jewel Box and the Korean War Memorial seen a couple of days ago. Now it is an entrance to nowhere.                

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Wire Paladin, San Francisco?  You date yourself if you get the reference.

Seen while stopped at the traffic light at Market and Broadway. You could have a look at the web site. I particularly recommend Prayer War Room under the Care tab.

If the driver is looking at the blizzard of signs on the right, the van may not get anywhere. Information overload.       

Monday, August 14, 2017


Walking around downtown late yesterday afternoon after the baseball game let out. (The Cardinals are doing better lately.) Found this on the eastern side of Gio's Restaurant on 7th Street. I don't know if baseball is more a passion or an obsession in this town.       

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Today's Bit Of Irony

There is a seldom-visited and almost hidden Korean War memorial in a corner of Forest Park. I confess I'd never seen it until yesterday. (For locals, it's just east of the Jewel Box.) Given recent days' headlines, it was a bit of a jolt. 

The monument refers to a particular battle in the far north, using a horrific pun. I think it's disrespectful. Plus more grammar errors: "lifes" and "minus 40 below zero." And recall that, at first, communism's intentions were honorable. If you know anything about the conditions of industrial workers in the first half of the 19th century, you can see why it came about, or perhaps was necessary. However, its implementation was brutal and stupid. As Winston Churchill said, democracy is the worst form of government ever invented except for all the others.

I've been on a break. It's likely that readers have had enough of my grandchildren and I had no new material. Things will get very busy soon, with the St. Louis Fringe Festival starting next Saturday and Madeleine's fourth birthday on the following Sunday. Oh, and then there is the total solar eclipse. We'll be right under the center of totality.       

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Our hotel room in Clare had a hot tub. Read the first and third lines of the directions carefully.

I'm no expert on education but literacy in this country gets worse and worse. Mrs. C and I are deputies of the Language Police and this sort of thing make us crazy. The worst and most common problem is using an apostrophe to form a plural, like "two apple's for a dollar."  You see it everywhere and it's not just the US. It is as common in the UK and Canada.     

Monday, August 7, 2017

You Say It's Your Birthday

Ellie turns four on August 20. Audrey turns two on August 30. We had an early joint party for both of them. The cake was simple but the girls didn't care. Nothing better than kids and birthday cake.  

Home tonight. Our flight out of Lansing, Michigan, isn't until mid afternoon. We hear that there is a small but pleasant zoo in the state's capital city. More little person entertainment.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Water Sports

It was a bit of a surprise but Ellie turned out to be the more contemplative of the girls this weekend, while her younger cousin Audrey was the crazy-happy kid. After a dip in our hotel pool this morning and nap time, we went to Sanford Lake Park near Midland, MI. Son Andy, Audrey's father, brought along his paddle board. The stunt below was deliberate, not accidental.