Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Death Punch


There is an old saying that there is no disputing taste: de gustibus non est disputandum. Everyone has their own and preferences change a lot over time. Still...

What's with the tee shirt? Can't see it well in this image but below and to the left and right of the skull are a pair of brass knuckles. Is this something to proclaim - what? - a taste for? Otherwise, the couple were perfectly normal. She has Batman and Robin on her shirt. 

Taken while sitting on a bench in the heat at the underwhelming Taste of Downtown St. Louis.        

Monday, June 18, 2018

Heavy Metal


A common kind of event in this country is a "Taste Of" whatever. Restaurants in a particular area put up booths and sell samples of their cuisine. There was a kind of dinky Taste of Downtown St. Louis over the weekend in Kiener Plaza. First time for this that I'm aware of. There weren't a lot of restaurants participating and the crowd was light on a very hot day.

I spent a lot of my time doing the street photographer practice of sitting on a bench and waiting for interesting people to come to me. The results were mixed. There was entertainment, though. One of the acts was a heavy metal band called Mental Fixation. Maybe not the best name ever but they represented the genre well.        


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Go Cards!


Graffiti that was out of sight from the street, on the back of a commercial building near the baseball stadium. The Cardinals may be the local state religion but they are having a very mediocre year. I might watch them on television but I wouldn't consider going to a game in this heat with the prices they charge.        

Saturday, June 16, 2018

All The Time


Nephew's is a bar near the baseball stadium. I doubt that everything that goes on in a bar promotes the good of mankind. However, the owner is dabbling in theology and philosophy while overlooking the Holocaust, any war you care to pick, what happened to people before clean public water and sanitation systems and death in childbirth. 

There has been a debate for millennia about how God could be all-knowing, all-powerful and all-merciful, and yet allow the suffering that pervades the world. It's known as the problem of evil.  So you could have some irony with your Budweiser. Or maybe this blog is just getting too heavy.          

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Lowdown


What's the bird's eye low-down on this caper? Whatever that means . . .

      - Nick Danger
      The Further Adventures of Nick Danger
      Firesign Theatre, 1969
Anybody else out there old and strange enough to remember that? One of the funniest and most challenging things I've ever heard. Firesign Theatre was a major influence on the person I became.

This is on the graffiti-permitted section of the Mississippi flood wall.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Secure Destruction


It seems to be miscellaneous stuff I found around town week. This truck was on 6th Street downtown. I think it picks up old computers and such and pulverizes them. Actually, we have one of these stopping by our office today to clear out the stuff that Bill Gates made when he was wearing knickers.

The concept, though, is boggling. Is this the kind of thing Kim Jong-un's generals talk to him about?     

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Law And The Economy


Three downtown buildings seen from a distance. 

On the left, the old Civil Courts building, where state-level litigation takes place. Hard to see from this distance but the architecture is genuinely bizarre. Worth this short read

The tall center building houses the federal courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. It is the largest single courthouse in America and is 18 years old. It has been controversial from the start because it completely blocks the view of the Arch from the main highway coming into downtown from the west.

The building on the right has the strangest story. After the breakup of the original AT&T into the regional "baby Bells," this was the headquarters of Southwestern Bell. That company started buying up other baby Bells and eventually the AT&T name. The headquarters moved to Dallas and this 44 story tower has been vacant for nine months. It will be hard to use because it was built for a single tenant and now has almost no parking. So another urban ghost building but the biggest one we've ever had.