Well, we made it to another Friday. It's cloudy and raining here in St. Louis (as of 5:30am). And they are predicting snow flurries after midnight tonight. Woot! Other than that, working on my second cup of coffee and not feeling so great. I don't know if I mentioned it, but they are saying that the west end of the Hwy 40 reconstruction project may open the first week of December. The east end of the project is going to start before the end of the year, but they haven't officially stated when yet. MoDOT is having a press conference at 10am CST to talk about it.
On another note, the pumpkin beer has a nice heady foam on top so the fermentation is going along quite nicely. Ah well, I'll probably be bottling it next week. One of my co-workers is working on a making mead. That is also something I'm thinking about trying, but it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year just for the fermentation to finish, and up to another year before being able to drink it. Definitely a longer term project.
Also, if you are in the St. Louis metro area, there are 2 MoChip (http://www.mochip.org/) events on Saturday, Nov 15. One event is at the St. Louis Science Center from 9:30am - 4:30pm (http://is.gd/7ta1) and the other event is at the UMB Bank in O'Fallon (http://is.gd/7ta9).
I saw gas priced between $1.85 and $1.88 a gallon between home and my drive to work. I'm definitely not going to complain about not having to spend all that extra money, things were getting quite a bit tighter around the house when gas cost closer to $4 a gallon. I do worry that with gas prices low and still dropping apparently because of the economy, there will be less pressure to continue on with development of alternative sources of energy and mass transit projects.
In the past, we (as Americans) have pretty conveniently forgotten high fuel costs and their byproducts as soon as the costs ease. Of course, this time around the costs were so severe that our economy, and really the global economy, was pushed down. Now the reason for lower prices at the pump is because we are still driving less because a lot of people don't have the jobs to drive to. I think that it's going to take a while to get the economy humming again. But we shouldn't take our eyes off the ball. We still need to research, invent, or innovate our way into an acceptable solution to get out of foreign fuel dependence.
And we should continue with projects to extend the reach of mass transit. Nothing says says loving to potential employers like being able to get their workforce to work. For the city of St. Charles, there is a potential plan in place for a streetcar line and an expanded bus route. By making sure that a large number of the citizens of our fair city can ride mass transit to get to work, we also help to decrease their cost burden and increase their spending potential. If we had mass transit that made it easy for people (residents and tourists) to get down to Main Street, other shopping areas, government buildings, and large employers, I think we would have the potential to see: an increase in retail sales (and subsequent city taxes), more people at the resturant businesses in those areas, and with the added advantage of more of the local money being spent locally.
The biggest problem in trying to get mass transit going at this time is that we are seeing a huge drop off in the amount of taxes that are being collected from retail and big ticket items. House sales down. Car sales down. Big screen T.V. sales down. Resturant business down. But with the new administration promising some love in the area of mass transit, it would behoove us to really start looking at it now, so that we can get on board before everybody else jumps the line and gets in front of us. That's my opinion anyway, for what it is worth.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
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