Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Ant

We were hanging out in our friends Viry and Lolo's backyard and and I spotted some new queens flying around. I grabbed one and put it in an empty water bottle I had in the car. Our friends never said a word about what I was doing which was the funniest part.

Lydia got to see the queen rip its own wings off as it prepared to live the rest of its life underground. Or under glass anyway in this case. I have dubbed her Lil' Lolo. Long may she reign.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Visiting Adolphus

We still had to take the Maserati Quattroporte from yesterday's birthday festivities back to Enterprise. 

There wasn't much excitement left but it was a good opportunity to take some more pictures.

I had a 100 mile allowance before they'd start charging me more, and I nailed it. It was actually pretty smart of them otherwise I would have driven that thing to Chicago and back in a day.

We strolled around Bellefontaine Cemetery. Surprisingly for a cemetery we've actually had some good adventures here. We worked at the Beer Barons Tour beer festival for example and had a real good time. It's really been a refuge for us as a not too crowded place to enjoy some nature during scary covid times.

Above is one of my favorite spots on the property, the Adolphus Busch Mausoleum. It has an engraving above the door which reads "veni, vidi, vici" which is about the most badass thing I've ever seen on a grave.

Lil Hank's crew is getting quite large.

There was a riot at the St. Louis Justice Center downtown. They broke windows and threw stuff out and set fires.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

My Maserati Does 185

I'm glad that I got in before this crap Johnson & Johnson vaccine hit the streets.

I was trying to think of a fun birthday thing to do that didn't involve a lot of indoor contact with cootie people. Also I've been wanting to rent a Lambo for a while. It turns out that renting a Lamborghini is quite expensive and the local Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise doesn't even have them. So I rented a Maserati instead.

We drove it to Mayo Ketchup By Plantain Girl which features Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban delights and met up with Zoe and Spencer.

The plan was to drive to random friends' houses and drink and say howdy-doo. In front of Seago's house we checked out the engine. I don't know what I was expecting to see as I couldn't tell you what a normal engine looks like. Chaos ensued when Seago's dog Goose got.. loose and jumped into the car thinking that it was time to go bye bye. He got mud all over the Italian leather interior. If that had been my car I would have promptly skinned that dog and wore its face next Halloween, but hey it's a rental.

We've been driving around blaring Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" because it has a line "My Maserati does one-eighty-five/I lost my license, now I don't drive". I really should have come prepared with more Maserati related songs. I don't like to brag but my Maserati actually does 190.

Hank actually took me up on my offer to take a spin. His kids were also in the car so I figured he probably wouldn't crash it.

My rented chariot is a 2019 Maserati Quattroporte with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. I don't know what any of those words mean but they sound pretty cool.

Zoe did some driving. I think she was the first to press the "sport" button that was hidden somewhere. It made the engine roar!

So of course when we did grocery pickup at Schnucks later that day, I did in with the engine on and in sport mode. Got a lot of amusing looks. I'm sure the dude carrying the groceries was very impressed.

My Birthdays Continue to Annually

We had my parents over for my birthday. It's been strange to re-acclimate to having other humans breathing air in our apartment. A lot of things that used to be normal parts of my life have suddenly become alien and anxiety inducing. It was certainly a more normal celebration than having my friends drive by my apartment while I yelled to them from the roof last year.

Brandon lost a bet that Trump would win the presidential election, as has been holding out on paying up because I think he actually believed that the election results would be overturned. Anyway he wrote me a long apology letter on Trump Castle Hotel and Casino letterhead. The humiliation of my friends is worth so much more to me than money.

Speaking of birthing I managed to catch Lil' Hank lay an egg. A rare occurrence indeed.

We're proud members of #ModernaGang

Monday, April 05, 2021

Easter Snacks

We had some family over for Easter.

There were snacks.

The ants celebrated the rising of our lord as well. They were very excited. We're up to two workers now.

No Easter is complete with a giant Pease's creme egg from my mom to threaten me with instant diabetes.