23 June 2009

Hot Times in This Old Town Lately

I'm trying to say inside as much as possible, at the temperature is above 90 degrees F. Rather muggy out.
Nothing new on the job search. The one organization I interviewed with nearly 3 weeks ago needs to run a background check on me and the other candidates, so I provided my agency with a filled out background check form. Waiting to hear back on a few other firms I applied with recently.
Last Friday, I had a wonderful "happy hour" at EXO Lounge in Midtown St. Louis. The event was run by Stress Free Fridays, a social group that has weekly get togethers like this. It was my first time at a Stress Free Friday, although I had signed up on its web site some weeks back. It was a neat time, chatting with some people, enjoying two cocktails and some finger food (the latter from a fundraiser going on simultaneously, for state Representative Tishaura Jones. I even got a free massage on a masseur there. Hard to beat that! I plan to be at this week's Stress Free Fridays event in the Central West End.
Sunday after church, I went to Humphrey's near St. Louis U. to watch the USA-Egypt and Brazil-Italy matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup on TV, with some of my fellow referees. We were amazed with the results of these games, 3-0 wins each by the USA and Brazil, which meant they advanced to this week's semifinals. The USA needed to win by 3 goals and for Brazil to beat Italy by 3 goals for the Americans to advance. You can't make this up!
Right after the games, I walked to Robert R. Hermann Stadium for the SuperLiga match between the Kansas City Wizards and Atlas FC. I remarked to a fellow spectator on the walk to the stadium that, compared to the Confederations Cup matches we just saw, this SuperLiga match would be a let down. It was -- KC and Atlas played to a 0-0 draw in very hot and humid conditions. The referee called water breaks about 30 minutes into each half, out of concern for the players. Good move.
I'm off to the IPMS Gateway business meeting tonight. I have some ideas for publicing our Invitational in Eureka in September. Our general meeting one week ago at Calvary Presbyterian Church was a good one. We gained a new member and had a nice turnout for the decaling demo.
Take care & talk to you soon. Stay cool!

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