Trolley #2 was due to arrive at Loop Trolley Headquarters (or “The Trolley Shed” as I prefer to call it) today, and I wanted to go along for some pictures. Just as I turned the corner from DeBaliviere into Delmar I saw the “Large Load” vehicle just going past the junction with Goodfellow, so I quickly parked and got out with my camera.
There were crews from Fox 2 there, and the local business people also came out to take photos of the big event. Joe Edwards was there and he was his normal ebullient self about the trolley. He tells me they are still doing testing without power at the moment, but he is hoping that powered testing will start in a couple of weeks.
It was interesting to see that they charged up the trolley and it got off the low-loader under its own power, before being pulled by a truck into the Trolley Shed. It was also fun to watch for the first time the trolley, buses, trucks and cars all sharing the same street space.
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This morning saw the first outing for the first Delmar Loop Trolley. Today, Trolley #1 was being pulled (and sometimes pushed) along the tracks, and the object was just to check clearances. But it gave the rest of us our first chance to see the trolley moving!
It started from the Trolley Shed and went west to the terminus at the end of Delmar and then returned. I caught up with the trolley as it was crossing Skinker as it was returning east, and followed it along past the old Delmar station, rounded the corner into DeBaliviere, then crossed Forest Park Parkway and Lindell Boulevard, before reaching the end of the line by the Missouri History Museum.
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We had just a small amount of snow, but it was enough to make me go out and take pictures!
It was spectacular, and in particular, the white snow on the white blossom of the Bradford Pears was interesting to see. The poor daffodils in the front yard seem defeated by the snow, and I’m not sure if they will bounce back.
Saturday was the annual Skinker-DeBaliviere Breakfast Garden tour, but when I was woken at 5am by the sound of pouring rain, I wondered if it was really something I wanted to go to! By 8.15 it had cleared to only occasional showers, however, and a couple of our neighbors called for us, and we set off, umbrellas in hand!
We got to the McPherson Garden start point – which was also where breakfast was being served – just as they were opening up, and the smell of freshly picked mint mingled with the aroma of freshly cooked ham and other goodies.
Most of us ate our breakfast as we walked around the Community Garden checking out the produce there, before setting out for the tour of some of our neighbors’ gardens.
This year’s route took us the short distance to the planters outside the SDCC building and next door to Joe’s before proceeding to 8 properties along the 6000 and 6100 blocks of Kingsbury. You can never tell from the front what the rear yard will reveal, and this collection of private homes gave us many delights, including peaceful oases, play areas, waterfalls, a doggie deck, hydroponic tower garden, and (I had to see this to believe it) a zip line. The rain kept off for most of the time we were walking, and when it didn’t, umbrellas and singing in the rain helped keep our spirits up.
We took so many pictures, but here is just a taster of the many delights we saw.
The Garden Tour is one of the many events organized and/or hosted by the Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council, and all the helpers, as well as the neighborhood gardeners, volunteered for this event. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a memorable occasion!
Over the last week or so, we have heard a lot about the fact that the junction at Skinker and Delmar would be closed for trolley construction work. This is a busy intersection, so diversions have been set up, and there is plenty of signage to tell one that the road is closed.
So I was quite surprised to see so many cars coming along Skinker, some seemingly disbelieving that the road was closed until they had driven right up to the barriers. While I was watching this morning, there were cars, mini buses, and one semi, which took its time to turn carefully in the street. Just before the junction on the Forest Park side there are alleys – one is one way towards Skinker, and the other had a No Entry sign on it. Despite this, some cars went down them, although most turned and went back the way they had come.
News Article: Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes? – BBC News
I have just read this interesting article, and given the negative impact on human life by disease carried by some species of mosquitoes, it might seem crazy to even ask the question. But there are at least two reasons to hesitate.
The first is the “unintended consequences” issue. Lets say we did eradicate all harmful mosquitoes, this would leave a void in the environment. Those creatures that currently survive on mosquitoes would move on to other food sources, and what impact would that have? Without the competition from mosquitoes, other insect species would thrive, and what impact would that have on humanity?
But as well as this self-interest concern, there is a moral one. We as a species have wiped out a large number of species by lack of care, is it right to deliberately set out to destroy another? Even if there were no negative consequences, what give us a right to make extinct a whole species of creatures? And if we say we do have that right, are there boundaries, or is it unlimited?
A study I was reading the other day suggested a possible link between cat ownership and schizophrenia. Say this was shown to be the case, should we eradicate all cats too? Bears are are dangerous to humans, should we make them extinct too?
Life is a complex thing, and we should think long and hard before tampering with it.