Sunday, February 28, 2021

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Today we took a stroll in Laumeier Sculpture Park. I like a good stroll anyway and so having some interesting sculptures to look at while I do so is just a cherry on top.

This one reminded me of cutouts of revolutionary leader Augusto Sandino that were all over the place in Nicaragua.

Tell you what, watching an ant with some eggs/larva to take care of is a heck of a lot more interesting than watching an ant take care of nothing alone in a glass tube.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cleaning Up the Springfield Streets

I visited my parents in Springfield, Illinois. One of their new outside covid-safe activities is to walk around and pick up aluminum cans on the side of the road. So that's what we did.

Our friend Neil owns a sports card shop, and there's been a lot of news lately about the trading card market going nuts. I realize I'm probably not sitting on a goldmine but I figured I need to get rid of my old card collection one way or another so why not make hay while the sun shines? It was fun flipping through them and reliving my childhood. It could easily be 20 years since I laid eyes on my treasured cards. I liked Jordan as you can see.

I think when Jordan quit I sort of lost interest in the whole sport of basketball. I'm not sure I could name five current players with a gun to my head.

I like to check on my ant now and then. It's funny to have a single pet ant.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Arch Time

A fun part of living in downtown St. Louis is that we're in walking distance of the arch. I don't know if we did it this time but after the arch my favorite move is to then stroll through the Landing to get to Lumiere Casino. It's fun to walk in there and they have free sodas. That right there is a good day my friend.

My mom sent me this article from Springfield's State Journal-Register. It dug up a memory that I had forgotten about, but when I was ten years old there were enough cases of meningitis that the local health department hosted a mass immunization drive at the state fairgrounds. The thing I remember most about it was that the shot was given not with a normal needle but with a needless air pressure injector thing. I wonder if they were on loan from the military.

There is a lot of grumbling from idiots against the covid vaccination so I think this is a fun bit of history that should reassure people that mass vaccinations are not a new thing.

You can never have too many pictures of the arch.

Sunday, February 21, 2021


We checked out Tower Grove Park and it was wintery as heck.

I'm not a plumber but I wouldn't think this would be good for the pipes. Maybe if you keep the water moving they don't explode?

I got a coffee body scrub from my product sample scam so I... sampled it.

Finally they found a good use for coffee.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Lydia Gets the Vax

Her highness Lydia finally signed up for the covid vaccine but on a different day as mine. So I got to drive down to scenic Poplar Bluff, Missouri for the second time this week.

Perhaps the funnest fact about Poplar Bluff is that it is home to the largest US nail manufacturer.

I had a celebratory pin ready for Lydia to wear when she got back from the poking.

We took a nice stroll in historic downtown Poplar Bluff.

This place looked so cool. I love old movie theaters. They have an air of grandeur not like nothing else, especially in a small rural town. The Rodgers Theatre Building was built in 1949 with Art Deco and Art Moderne stylistic elements.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Covid Vaccination Victory

So I have a decent amount of experience with Walmart's website... it's a long story but I was using it to buy stuff that I would review and get reimbursed for... anyhoo Walmart's site works differently than a site like Amazon because they are still stuck in "which store are you nearest to" mindset. So when I heard that Walmart had vaccines available I was well prepared. The vaccination locations in St. Louis were heavily overbooked and I gave up on that pretty quickly. Demand was vastly higher than supply. So I found a list of Missouri zip codes and began entering them into the Walmart website and checking each store for availability. I may have tried 20 before I found availability. It turns out there is a magical place called Poplar Bluff, Missouri where the vaccines flow like honey and the locals... are diabetic? Anyway there were a ton available so I told everyone I know to check it out.

I was adamant on getting the shot immediately after suffering through a year of torture so I booked the very earliest slot, even though that slot was 6am tomorrow and Poplar Bluff is three hours away. 

Lydia signed up, got scared, canceled her appointment, and then spent a lot of time going through a jealous rage.

We had fondue to calm her jelly jelly anger.

To make my impending journey even more fun it snowed a bunch and the roads weren't cleared yet.

The state assured me that the roads were nigh impassable. I was going to get that shot one way or another so damn the roads!

I left early to account for the snowy roads. It was pretty tough traveling out there.

When I arrived at Walmart they informed me that the pharmacy would be opening hours late because the roads were snowy. You don't say!! I slept in my car until the sun rose.

Entering the store was very uncomfortable for me. I'm not sure that I've been in a store in the past year, and it sure as hell wasn't one as big and full of inbred unmasked yokels as a rural Missouri Walmart. There were two other couples getting their shots as well. I think both of them were also from the St. Louis area. I believe they arrived yesterday and booked a hotel in order to be here in the morning when the pharmacy opened, to give you an idea of how important this was to everyone. One of the four was a flight attendant and was talking about how when he flew to Australia the flight staff was escorted to a hotel and kept in quarantine until their return flight home.

I still had my pillow's imprint on my noggin and was half asleep. I ended up getting the Moderna brand shot. There's been a lot of talk about how the one from Pfizer is better but at this point I would take one made by Nabisco.

After the shot they wanted me to sit in this chair for 15 minutes in case there was any adverse reaction. Every minute I was in this hillbilly pit of mouth breathing felt like it would give me a reaction by itself. I agreed to sit then politely walked right out the damn door. Nice try covid!

Luckily the sun had come up and melted much of the snow, making the return trip to St. Louis much less harrowing.

My queen ant Lil' Hank finally laid some eggs in her tube back at home!