Open Streets II

We were in Sweat Louis this last weekend.  Both Saturday and Sunday were hot, hot and hot!  Anne is counting down the weeks before she leaves town for Michigan and I am counting down the days before I leave town for California.  Really it is not the heat here, but the humidity.

Sunday was a busy bike day in Saint Louis.  Boeing sponsored the second of four Open Streets bicycling events planned for this year, The Tour de Grove was going on and the Bicycle Fun Club had a ride that tied it all together.  We opted for the Open Streets event.

I had ridden the first Open Streets event by myself in May.  To say that I rode that event alone is a bit disingenuous, being that I mugged for the camera with both the Boeing President and the Mayor of Saint Louis.  I also got to see and ride with many other friends from work.

The firemen took the picture of us, in front of their truck.  Anne walked into the shower and I just danced around it.  Although on the way back, I did ride through a couple of these fire truck fountains.  It was more dangerous than you might think, because as an attractive nuisance, the fire truck fountains had the habit of luring the oncoming riders into our lane.  I had several near misses.

The turn around point was the Old Post Office Plaza.  We saw Bill and Mary there with their grandchildren and hung out with them, as their grandchildren danced in the fountain.  The grandkids are theirs for a year, while both the kids’ parents are deployed.

There was a little more action going on in the CWE as we walked down Euclid, but things really hadn’t gotten started there yet.  We stopped off at Forest Perk for some Gatorade and air conditioning and eventually made it home about noon.  We sweated out only 19 miles and didn’t even make it over to the Tour de Grove.  Well, a man (and his woman) has gotta know his limitations.

Mister Han, Mister Han the handy man, Mister Han as played by Jackie Chan.  Jackie Chan takes Pat Morita’s old role and newcomer. Jaden Smith plays now owns the kid.  The 2010 sequel to The Karate Kid benefits from and then surpasses the original movie.  Set in Beijing instead of LA, the eastern mythos which is the foundation for both versions of this movie seems so much better grounded in China, its native soil.  I walked to the Esquire on Saturday night to see this movie.  I left suitably impressed.

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