09 June 2016

A Successful Presentation; Fun Times Ahead

Right after work Monday night (6 June) , I headed to Hazelwood Baptist Church in Hazelwood for the weekly meeting of Saint Louis Composite Squadron 1, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) (http://www.stl1cap.com/). I made a presentation to the Squadron's deputy commander for cadets and two other officers about both the Missouri Aviation Historical Society (https://moavhist.org/) and the Gateway Chapter, International Plastic Modelers' Society (http://www.ipms-gateway.com/) and how these groups can help the CAP Squadron with aerospace education for their school-age cadets. Later that night, the leaders asked me to address the cadets on these organizations, which I did, and flyers and membership applications for both groups were distributed. I was told that the unit's leaders were most impressed by my presentation. I look forward to hearing more from the CAP in the weeks to come.

Flexing out of work Tuesday afternoon, I came home and relaxed. That night, I watched the USA men defeat Costa Rica, 4-0, in the Copa America Centenario (http://www.ca2016.com/), this kept the Americans in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth. Last night, I saw on TV Brazil's 7-1 defeat of Haiti. I'm pulling for both the USA and Brazil, though they could meet in the quarterfinals.

Worked hard at work yesterday, as we were a bit short staffed. Still, things are going well at our branch.

Off work today, I wisely stayed inside as much as possible, due to heat. It's is just over 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). Highs should be in that area for the next few days. It is definitely summer here in St. Louis!

Off for another volunteer shift tonight at Circus Flora (http://circusflora.org/). Their show "Pastime" is in full swing, so I hope to see you there! Also, this Sunday afternoon, I hope you can come out to 3rd Annual Festa Junina Brazilian folk festival at the Kirkwood Community Center. It will have traditional Brazilian food and drinks, square dancing, carnival games, and more I will help at one of the booths at the event, which is being presented by Viva Brasil St. Louis (http://www.e.vivabrasilstl.org/home); their website has more info on the Festa Junina.

Before I forget: I'll also be at the next Saint Louis FC (http://saintlouisfc.com/landing/index) match this Saturday night at 7:30 pm vs Tulsa Roughnecks.


05 June 2016

Holiday Weekend, Soccer and Circus

I worked the first part of the Memorial Day Weekend, being at the car rental branch Saturday morning (28 May). Then, I drove to Kirkwood Station Brewing Company (http://www.kirkwoodstationbrewing.com/) for a watch party of the UEFA Champions League Final. The party was organized by Saint Louis FC (http://saintlouisfc.com/landing/index), which also launched its new beer, Ale Fleur One, developed by Kirkwood Station Brewing. I had a nice lunch and enjoyed watching the match on TV. (Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time.)

Sunday morning, I stayed home to watch the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 on TV. I was at World Wide Technology Soccer Park (http://saintlouisfc.com/soccerpark) that night to cheer on Saint Louis FC against USL (http://www.uslsoccer.com/) rival Rio Grande Valley FC. Along with the St. Louligans (http://stlouligans.com/), I had a great time, as the teams drew 1-1.

Monday, the holiday, I went to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (http://www.assumptiongoc.com/) in Town and Country for the St. Louis County Greek Fest (http://stlouisgreekfest.com/). It was very nice, enjoying Greek food and dance performances, plus browsing among the gift items, jewelry, and paintings on sale. I also viewed a travelogue of Greece. It is always a fun time.

Back to work the next day (31 May), it was a Tuesday that felt like a Monday with all the returns from the weekend plus rentals for the week ahead. Our branch got through it fine, though.

After work Wednesday (1 June), I headed to World Wide Technology Soccer Park for the third round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tie between Saint Louis FC and Minnesota United of the North American Soccer League. I joined with other St. Louligans to cheer on the home side, but Minnesota United triumphed, 2-0.

My off day on Thursday was very nice, with plenty of time in Midtown St. Louis. First, I went to the Samuel Cupples House (http://www.slu.edu/samuel-cupples-house) on the Saint Louis University campus for a tour, along with others from the St. Louis Historic Sites Meetup. We had an enjoyable tour of the historic house, as our guide told about the furnishings, the architecture, and the people who lived there. After the house tour, I and several others in our group walked to City Diner at the Fox (http://citydinerstl.com/) for lunch. I had a nice lunch there and conversed with two others in our group who would tour the Samuel Cupples House in the afternoon.

That night, I was back in Midtown for the season's first performance of Circus Flora (http://circusflora.org/). "Pastime," a baseball-themed show, is the circus' 30th anniversary presentation. I was there with other volunteers making sure the seating areas were ready and acting as ushers before, during, and after the show. Oh, and we also got to see the wonderful show. This night was a peanut-free show for audience members with food allergy issues. I will be back this Thursday and on 23 and 30 June. Hope to see you there!

Yesterday afternoon (4 June), I was co-hosting this month's edition of Writer's Block (http://bobbyd0702.blogspot.com/2016/06/holiday-weekend-soccer-and-circus.html). Host Tim Pylypiuk and I discussed plagiarism in scholarly works and storytelling. It was quite an interesting program, and I contributed from my experience in editing. The program--which airs on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am Pacific Time/Noon Central Time/1800 GMT--is available to access and download.

Last night, I drove to Belleville West High School (https://website.bths201.org/index.php/schools/west) to catch the 2016 home opener of Fire & Ice SC (http://www.fireandicesc.com/), an amateur women's soccer team. They played Cincinnati Sirens to a 1-1 draw. That match was proceeded by all-star matches with high school seniors--boys and girls--from the Illinois side of the St. Louis area. These all-stars were recognized at halftime of the Fire & Ice match, they being congratulated by 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Lori Chalupny.

I went to Calvary Presbyterian Church (http://calvarypresbyterianchurch.org/) today for their annual picnic, which was held in the Fellowship Hall. It was nice to have a lunch and to chat with several parishioners.