Ice Storm

Park Central West You have all read or seen the weather reports about the ice storm that covered Texas to the Northeast coast. It was pretty significant in Southwest Missouri, with Springfield getting 2 inches over a three day period. The region that was hit the hardest stretched for what would be an hour long drive just West of Springfield up to Lebanon MO along I-44, extending a similar distance on the North-South axis.

The strangest part of the experience is that the roads and sidewalks were hardly affected. The temperature and slow pace of the rain lent it’s self to covering the trees, bushes and ultimately the grassy areas while there was enough heat retained in the roadways that only a light salting ended up being sufficient. The amount of damage has led the Governor to bring in the National Guard to assist in the cleanup, to be done under FEMA rules only.

I lost power Friday night, around 2:30am (I was unable to sleep due to a head cold and was watching a movie) and it came back on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 pm. 36 hours wasn’t too bad and I was able to enjoy some comfort in the meantime at my friend Diane’s house a mile away. Julie had power as well although while sharing a pizza with her Saturday evening the power went out around 6:00 pm. Following one of many ‘bangs’ that were part of the soundtrack of this experience. Between transformers blowing and tree branches full of ice falling throughout the day and night, it was a bit surreal.

Julie’s still without power but has been enjoying the opportunity to bond with her girlfriend Diane who has never lost power. Haylie’s enjoying extended sleepovers at girlfriends homes that have power and her father and brothers take advantage of the gym’s shower facilities while bundling up under extra blankets at night. My ‘nephew’ Dave and his wife Greta lost power early Friday evening and finally got it back Tuesday morning so they were vagabonds, enjoying friends hospitality and spending some time at my place.

Mom & Dad didn’t have a single problem with the ice storm that swept through St. Louis. That’s a welcome relief after their week without power this past July during the thunderstorms that hit the area and the ice storm that knocked them out for a couple of days in early 2006.

All in all, we have been very lucky. The city continues to work well, there is a strong sense of community support in this region that has been one of the best aspects of my move here. Wish us luck as everyone continues their recovery.

Camp Barnabas

Dave and a Camper

Word locally is that Camp Barnabas has been chosen by the ABC Extreme Makeover team for their special effort. The construction got underway today and the results will be presented on the show in October. The picture above was one I found on the Camp Barnabas site last spring when I was helping Dave create the photo site for his wedding. The Camp obviously is dear to all of our hearts as that is where Dave met his beautiful bride, Greta Grawburg. More pictures can be found on their wedding photo site at Flickr

Annual Wagner-Olson Float Trip

Thursday August 4th was the date of this summer’s float trip as well as Wedding Anniversary’s for Mary Pat & David and Margaret & Art. We celebrated on the Meramec River with 20 attendees including

  • Mary Pat and her sons Dave, Dan & Drew
  • Mary Kay and Monte with their son Joey
  • Jack
  • Bob and Christy with their two youngest, John & Julia
  • Julie with her two youngest, Chris & Haylie, along with Haylie’s girlfriend Emily
  • Lucy and Bob and their son Eric
  • and of course, moi
  • David was working hard at his new job, JoAnne is somewhere between the UK and DC along with Peter, and Jessica was taking advantage of her new swinging girls bachelorette pad just West of the SMSU campus. We somehow were able to stretch the five mile float into a 7 hour adventure, returning just before the 6:30pm closing time. We used the Blue Springs Resort out of Bourbon Missouri like last year and got to sit out a brief lightning show early into the adventure which gave us a good excuse to hang out on a gravel bar for an extended period. We had one or two folks feel the hair on their necks tingle but otherwise didn’t feel endangered by the conditions. Bob seemed to be on a personal fishing trip for the majority of the day but Lucy & Eric were in the middle of things as her son and Joey, the two youngest floaters, kept things lively and interesting for the rest of us. Oh, and Julie got to share her new tattoo with us!

    Dave Bishline & Greta Grawburg wedding

    Bishline rehearsal dinner

    Mom & Dad, along with Lucy & Eric and I attended the wedding of Dave Bishline and Greta Grawburg in La Crosse, WI on June 4th. The photo above is of Eric along with Joey Caldwell, who is two months older then Eric and the son of Monte & Mary Kay Caldwell. Mary Kay is the youngest of the Wagner girls and Dave’s aunt. We spend all of our holidays with the Wagner siblings and their extended families, usually hosting Easter & Thanksgiving while Mary Kay or Mary Pat (mother of the groom) host Christmas Day dinner.

    The weather was beautiful in La Crosse, the reception was held in the Radisson located on the Mississippi river in the restored downtown area of La Crosse and a good time was had by all. We also had a chance to visit with Larry & Claudi Olson and their children Andrew & Hannah on our return trip to St. Louis. The Olson’s live in Waukon, IA which is less then 90 minutes from La Crosse. Andrew graduated from Dubuque College this May with a degree in Airport Operations while Hannah is a freshman at Mt. Mercy in Cedar Rapids.