Lime Bike

Lime Bikes in Forest Park

I discovered half-a-dozen Lime Bike bicycles today, in Forest Park. There were sitting on the path between Pagoda Circle and the Visitors Center, under the blossoming Bradford pears. I had heard that this kiosk-less ride sharing service was coming to town, but it was still a surprise to see them just sitting there. A lock immobilizes the rear wheel, which with their app and a credit card can be unlocked. The first ride is free. There is also a lojack system that tracks the bikes. Almost a hundred of these bikes were distributed around town.

I hadn’t been expecting the bicycles, when I stopped to checkout the blooming trees. The above photo is just the latest example of this shot, which I have taken again and again. I thought that I had missed these flowers, while we were in California, because normally them bloom at the beginning of April. They are late this year, but then so is spring this year too,

Sunken Cities

Plaque with Amun as a Ram, c.600-500 BC

We used Anne’s gift membership to the Saint Louis Art Museum to gain entry into the new art show that opened late last month, Sunken Cities – Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Saint Louis is the US premier for this show and the art museum has been excited about its debut for months. The core of this show are its ancient underwater archeological artifacts that have been unearthed from beneath the murky waters surrounding present day Alexandria. More than 1,200 years ago the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sank beneath the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. For more than twenty years now, modern archeologist and divers from the European Union have been scouring the sea floor and bring up numerous ceremonial art objects and items of everyday use.

Sunken Cities Poster

Leavened among these sunken treasures are more pristine terrestrial versions of these same items that are contemporary with the underwater finds, but without the weathering caused by centuries in a salt water bath. Even the relatively well-preserved plaque fragment, pictured above, shows some pitting on its surface. Accompanying this artifact and many of the others in the show are photos that show the object in situ, on the ocean floor, when it was first discovered. 

Arsinoë II Statue, C.300-200 BC

The photo with the diver is seen guiding the raising of a statue of the god Hapy. This colossal 17′ tall statue is one of two such finds that are located in the main hall of the art museum. They were too tall to fit into the show’s exhibit space. It is the underwater aspect of this archeology that excites my imagination. God help me, but I am reminded of the opening sequence in Matthew McConaughey’s “Sahara”. Adventure is in the air, with sunken gold and treasure reclaimed from the sea. This is not just some dry and dusty dig.

Last week, we were at the Getty in LA and caught the opening of their show, Beyond the Nile – Egypt and the Classical World. Both shows cover roughly the same time period in Egyptian history, the classical period of Alexander, Ptolemy and the Romans. Not to cast too much shade on the Getty, but Sunken Cities is the superior show. It will be on display in Saint Louis until September 8th. 

Concours d’Elegance

’31 Caddy Hood Ornament

Easter is usually car show Sunday, weather permitting. Optimally, you want dry sunny weather, so the chrome really gleams. This weekend the weather was a bit dodgy, cloudy with a forecast of a wintery mix. Still, when we showed up a few stalwarts were still in attendance, This show at the Muny is bifurcated, with the pristine cars occupying the upper lot and the modified ones on the lower one. It was slim pickings when we showed up and many of the cars were heading out. I love these relics of a by gone era, when they are switched off, but when their motor’s are revving hundreds of decibels and their tailpipes are belching carbon-monoxide, they become decidedly less endearing. We did a quick drive-by, on foot. By the time we rushed towards the egress, things were really starting to roll. We passed by some enthusiastic groupies, who were not really part of the show, but really wanted to be heard. Their sound system, with its sub-audio woofers succeeded in shaking our teeth and turning our brains to jelly. It was a sound that was more felt than heard. We had walked a ways, in expectation of the usual throng that attends this show. Walking past all of the zoo’s parked cars, Anne snagged Nebraska in her current rendition of the license plate game. She now needs only, WV, RI, DE and SC to win. I’m sure that she would be grateful for any texted photos of these plates. You always start getting a little creative towards the end of a round of the license plate game.