Sunday, October 06, 2019

Augusta Bike Breakdown

We all headed out to Defiance, Missouri for our pretty much annual winery bike trip to Augusta.

Things were going fine until we arrived at a section of the bike trail that was closed due to flooding. There was a detour path but it was much rockier. My newly renovated bike lasted about 5 minutes before one of its slender tires popped. I'm accustomed to riding bikes with like monster truck tires so I hadn't even considered such a thing being a problem. I walked back to the a rest stop and Lydia rode back to get the car. I still had fun despite the mishap.

I'm begging to learn about the joys of riding a bike with a friggin leather seat. Turns out, if it gets wet, either due to rain or even body sweat, it will dye your butt brown. It's quite a feature.

Good news was there was still beer left when we drove back to Independence. 

Saturday, October 05, 2019

We Wanted the Cup!

We had lunch at the new hotness: Balkan Treat Box.

Fun fact: St. Louis has the largest Bosnian population outside of Europe.

They were having a little mini beer tasting festival at Randall's. My favorite was Jucifer by Church Street out of Itasca, Illinois. Mostly just because it had a cool name.

We were doing a little downtown strolling when we bumped into this big fella just sitting in a parking space like it belonged there.

"Experimental Pod 1 (XP-1) is our historic first-generation vehicle, akin to the Wright Brothers' Flyer which ushered in a new transportation age over a hundred years ago. At our hyperloop test site in the Nevada desert, XP-1 reached record-breaking speeds of 240 mph over just 545 yards of track. XP-1 combines a carbon fiber shell around a custom built levitating chassis, which has more in common with a Formula 1 race car chassis than a train undercarriage, as it is optimized for weight, strength, and stability. It is the only vehicle on earth which has been at the epicenter of hundreds of hyperloop tests, setting the foundation for the future of transportation."

I keep hearing the St. Louis - Kansas City is on the short list for possible hyperloop routes. That will be awesome because it will help those poor souls in KC evacuate faster.

We visited the Arch. It's still there.

So the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup. I went to the arena the day of, I went to the victory parade, and now I kept seeing pictures of Lord Stanley circulating around town. Each team member apparently got one day to take the cup home, eat spaghetti out of it, put their baby in it, and take it to bars for fans to play with. I figured the cup and I were both circulating enough that we'd bump into each other eventually. When I read that cup time was almost over though, I decided to be a bit proactive. I found this good @stlcuptracker Twitter account that allowed me to stalk the cup all over town. When the cup was rumored to make an appearance at Soulard bar Hammerstones, I hatched a plan. The plan... was to go to Soulard bar Hammerstones.

I think that a lot of people thought that the cup would be set up inside on a little stage where local bands play. Luckily we chose to sit outside instead.

When I heard rumblings that it was arriving I went outside to greet it. Even the police providing security for the even were taking pictures.

I thought it was classy that the cup handler was wearing gloves. Either that or he just knows how many dirtbags have touched it with their greasy mitts.

We were lucky that we got a decent spot in line. Many of the people in line would not be getting a picture today. It was here for a very limited time.

Nailed it!

On the way out we admired the cupmobile a bit and then headed home. Mission accomplished!

Friday, October 04, 2019

All You Can Drink

We started the night at the Public Media Commons.

There was a lot going on there, so I'll let them explain it:

Dance, live jazz, Shakespearean verse and theater, and breathtaking lighting and video is the backdrop for a tempestuous love story set to Duke Ellington’s 1957 album based on the work of William Shakespeare.

In the summer of 1956, Duke Ellington was influenced by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival while on tour in Canada to delve more deeply into Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. The following year, Ellington and his jazz orchestra recorded the Such Sweet Thunder album and titled it after a line from Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “So musical a discord, such sweet thunder” (Act 4, Scene 1). The suite, which has been described by NPR as “one of the most remarkable orchestral pieces in all of American music,” includes titles like “Sonnet for Caesar,” “Lady Mac” and the “The Star-Crossed Lovers.”

Such Sweet Thunder is a collaboration between Nine Network, Jazz St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and The Big Muddy Dance Company."

We then headed over to the newly opened Bluewood Brewing. I don't recall being too impressed by anything I tried there. I may be a beer snob at this point.

Last but not least we went to Open Concept's grand opening. I hardly believed that this place was even real before I saw it with my own thirsty eyes. For $10, the legend went, you could drink as much as you wanted for an hour. Spoiler: I wanted to drink a lot.

Some of my thirsty comrades were already destroying the bar when I arrived. We were intent on putting this place out of business. Hey you throw out the chum and you're going to attract the sharks.

I wasn't even trying my hardest and I ordered 6 drinks. They had AB products and some decent cocktails. I would recommend checking it out.

Ya, ya grill ya, ya, ya grill.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fall Pool Party

We were excited that it was still warm enough to use the pool even though it was fall... so we had a fall pool party!

Afterwards we had some celebratory tacos on Cherokee Street.

Viry and Lolo hadn't tried Ted Drewes yet so we formally inducted them into our frozen custard club.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Very Geeky Gala

My code bootcamp alma mater LaunchCode had a little fundraising event that I invited Seago to in order to thank him for his service.

I chatted with Square and Launchcode founder Jim McKelvey. We both figured out what to do with our hands during a photo.

There was bottomless food trucks and booze.

There were ego stroking snacks.

There were romantic photo booths.

I got to wear a cool badge.

Later on at arcade bar Up Down we accomplished something I will treasure more than my bachelor's degree: completing the arcade version of Michael Jackson's Moonwalker.

I'm realizing that my mom being stingy with the quarters was the only thing holding me back from greatness as a youth.