Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sam Wade @ Cummel's Cafe

Here's a sequential photoset of Sam Wade playing his first time at Cummel's Cafe in downtown St. Louis earlier this year. There's another post in this blog that has a song from Sam that you can listen too. Or just visit www.samwade.com to find more music.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Lincoln's Tomb

A while back, I promised to post some more photos from our summer trip to Springfield and Chicago, Illinois. This is a photo of a bust of Abraham Lincoln that sits outside the entrance to his tomb. Abraham Lincoln has always been a hero of mine. I consider him, along with George Washington to be the one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history.

On our way to Chicago we spent some time in Springfield to see some of the Lincoln sights. Primarily we wanted to visit the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. What an amazing and moving place. If you're anywhere within driving distance, I highly recommend a visit. It's as good as anything I've ever seen at the Smithsonian.

Thinking about Mr. Lincoln on this day in particular makes me appreciate his personal sacrifices all the more and inspires me to believe that any personal sacrifice I can make for my country is the right thing to do.

By the way, the reason the nose of the statue is shiny is due to the many visitors who touch it for good luck.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Riding the Storm Out

We had a collossal storm blow through the area a couple of months ago. The storm came in from the northeast which is very rare for St. Louis. The sky turned dark and a very strong wind descended -- no rain, just wind. I heard later it was gusting at 80 miles an hour. I was at church and I walked out into the parking lot. I quickly came back inside after getting peppered with bits of dust and dirt. The wind blew like this for at least 15 minutes and then the rain came. We lost power at the church a few minutes after the wind arrived and I hung out there until the worst of the storm had passed. Driving home there were branches and trees down everywhere.

When I got home my neighbor helped me drag several branches off my driveway in order for me to pull in. We had branches down at our house, but fortunately no serious damage. This storm knocked out power to over 50% of the St. Louis metropolitan area for days. Our power was out from Wednesday evening until late Sunday morning. Some folks were out for over a week. You really find out how much you depend upon electricity when your power is out for more than a day. No air conditioning, no refrigerator, no freezer, no lights, no television, no internet connection.

Anyway, this photo was taken from the park behind my house. It is a picture of the sky that evening as the sun set following the storm. I did not retouch the color of this photo. This is pretty much the color of the sky that evening. The focus is not very good, but I think the color is amazing.

Here is a link to a gallery of photos from the storm: Storm Photos.