Semper Ubi Sub Ubi

Semper Ubi Sub Ubi

This post’s title is a phrase that has no real meaning in Latin. It’s a pun based on the literal translations of the Latin words into English. Semper means “always”, ubi is “where” and sub is “under”. So, semper ubi sub ubi translates to “always where under where”, which sounds like “always wear underwear.” This explains the sight gag, the accompanying XXXL sized pair of tighty-whities. Also, if you convert XXXL from Roman numerals, you end up with a size twenty.

Made in Saint Louis

Wheel of Fortune

After the Civil War, Saint Louis shifted from a commercial trading city that had successfully leveraged its rivers to an industrial manufacturing center relying more on the railroads. These expanding transportation facilities combined with the city’s rich mineral, agricultural and labor resources to produce an attractive environment for industrial development. In 1897 the Business Men’s League of Saint Louis claimed that:

As compared with the world, Saint Louis has the largest railroad station, hardware house, drug house, woodenware house and tobacco factory. As compared with the United States, Saint Louis has the largest brewery, shoe factory, saddlery market, streetcar factory and hardware lumber market.

It is now 120 years later and Saint Louis can no longer claim to be first in shoes, first in booze or even last in the American league. In all likelihood none of those claimed firsts still stand. Just seven years after the above pronouncement Saint Louis peaked, when it hosted the 1904 World’s Fair. You could say that Saint Louis has been pretty much gone downhill since then.

Hey, wait a minute. Who wants to be held to 19th-century values anyway? In the last 120 years, Saint Louis has made major progress in many other areas than manufacturing. For one, the air is cleaner now than then. Back then coal smoke caused daytime blackouts, with corresponding health effects, which also begs the question, who wants the world’s largest tobacco factory anyway?

I’ve lived in Saint Louis long enough to feel overshadowed by the 1904 fair and the so-called gilded age of Saint Louis. I’m sure it was a great party, but I wasn’t around then. I’ll just have to contend myself with chillin with my homies and look forward and not backwards.

In the Dragon’s Lair

In the Dragon’s Lair

Vestal virgins guarded by a horrible beast. Roll to save! This scene is from the caverns section of the City Museum. It’s all made of Ferro cement, cold, hard and unforgiving. Still, kids race around in this labyrinth, pell-mell and without regard. It looks sinister and can be dangerous. I saw a man fall two-feet onto his head. Ouch! Fortunately, we all escaped injury free. The museum must have good lawyers. We started the day with a full house. Now, we’re an empty nest. It was a fun holiday while it lasted. Now, it’s march on, march on to Christmas! 

Opting Out

We didn’t do Black Friday and we hardly did Small Business Day Saturday. Instead, we went to the botanical gardens yesterday and today we went to the City Museum. The weather has been perfect for this holiday, we even set a record high on Friday. We also went out to lunch both days, giving the cooks a much needed rest. First to Rooster, where Anne and I both had crepes and the kids all managed to swallow slingers whole. Then to the Tap Room, where we saw Michigan blow a 14 point lead and eventually lose to Ohio State, but Purdue won today, so at least Dave is happy. All-in-all, it’s been a good holiday.

Here is St. Louis

If you’re from Saint Louis, this video will be the best 4 minutes of your day! Experience the non-stop summer action from The Lou, as depicted by Grain Inc. This video shows a lot of the action you can find in a St. Louis summer: The City Museum, farmers markets, tons of the unique restaurants and last but not least the Cardinals! Who are now National League Central Division leaders! Dan posted this vid to Facebook this morning and Dave reposted it within five minutes, so I knew it had to be good. Enjoy!