My Two Cents On Aldi And Cutting Down Trees Along Lake Decatur

Several hundred Decatur residents have signed a petition against Aldi building a new store on the southwest corner of US 51 and West Ash Avenue.  Rezoning signs are posted on several of the lawns.  From what I understand, Aldi wants to build a larger store on this corner.  I guess it's there strategy to try to build as close to Walmart as possible to compete against them.  If this new store is built, the current Aldi's on Pershing Road would close, again if I'm understanding everything correctly. I'm opposed.  And I am opposed to this...

The Summer That Didn’t Happen Turned Out Okay

I just finished my summer classes at Oregon State and it feels good to be on break, and rhyme and the same time!  This was supposed to be my summer of adventure away from home on an exciting internship.  I was offered two but wasn't able to accept either in the end.  DC's living expenses were too expensive and my knee, which I injured and had surgery on, wasn't up to a physically demanding job in Minnesota.  It was depressing but I decided to make the best of it. I was going to take the...

Marry A St. Louis Cardinal And Everything Ends Well

Ick!  This is one of those dreaded parts of parenthood - trying to find a college that both my daughter and I agree on.  Of course she wants to go to a college along the coast, any cost that's warm, preferably with white sand, and young buff men studying to be surgeons.  She'd really prefer to find a guy on a baseball scholarship who will one day play for the St. Louis Cardinals.  I want her to go to a college that is geographically closer to me than the moon, affordable, and with lots and...

The Drive

Every once in a while I find myself taking a detour to another time in a familiar place.  It's usually when I'm trying to fit grocery shopping into a busy day. I have every intention of turning into Brettwood Village and shopping at Kroger's and then I just drive past and down the hill on US 51, and turn into the neighborhood I grew up in. Driving up and down the streets and looking at houses that used to be the homes of people I knew takes me back into a serene state of mind. ...

40 Pounds Lost and Lessons Learned

After 257 days, I've finally, officially lost 40 pounds.  Now I'm in the process of determining how much more I need to lose to maintain a healthy weight.  I'm shooting for 125 pounds, which means I need to lose another 15 but if I can manage to stay within the 120s, I'll be happy.  There's nothing magical about the number 125 but I figure it gives me a good buffer zone, because weight tends to go up and down a few pounds from month to month.  However, I don't want to see 150 or above...