Autor: Rhonda

~ 31/03/07

They say everyone is interconnected by a small number of “steps,” and it’s a little daunting to really think about this. I know. I spent the latter part of an hour at the gym last night pondering the subject. 

First, let me back up: Wikipedia says: Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one “step” away from each person he or she knows and two “steps” away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is no more than six “steps” away from each person on Earth … Also interesting, the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” was invented in 1994 by two students at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, as a play on the concept: the goal is to link any actor to Kevin Bacon through no more than six connections, where two actors are connected if they have appeared in a movie together. 

Looking at just a few of my “steps,” I could start off with the celebrity route. I once had a two-hour conversation with Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk in the movie “The Goonies.” He is linked to the Coreys (Haim and Feldman) who I’d almost guarantee are connected to the entire 80s brat pack. I sighted David Spade at the Palms Hotel Playboy Club last fall in Las Vegas; he reportedly attended Brad’s (pre-Jolie) and Jen’s wedding. Saw DJ AM at Pepper … he dated Nicole Richie. A grad school colleague knew John Mayer – before his hit albums, before Jessica – when he lived and attended school in London. Another friend of mine went to college with Anne Hathaway, who starred in the Oscar-winning “Brokeback Mountain” among other things. 

Heading the more substantial route, I was fortunate to be a student of the late former Sen. Paul Simon, the former press secretary to Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and a former Chicago Tribune editor. Each of them has met some of the most famous people in our country’s political and historical realms. 

I got off the treadmill thinking these connections make for great pop culture references, great stories to tell my grandkids one day and great reads on a blog on a rainy day. 

Like most people, the connections I value most are the relationships that I have with my family, friends and coworkers. I am truly blessed. Those personal connections are truly unique and truly my own – one of a kind. How lucky are we to have these! 

Now, if only I could figure out how many degrees I am away from Kevin Bacon …

Your turn: Who’s within six degrees of you? 

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Autor: Scott

~ 30/03/07

Great article on the St. Louis dining scene from Boston Globe Correspondent, Jerry Soverinsky. Seems to fit well into a trend of positive STL articles springing up in national publications. Check it out!

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Autor: Marcia

~ 29/03/07

Santino Rice and I had a brief moment last year at the FEVER fashion show, yes sir ree we did. Our short love affair began when he asked me with his aire of cockiness, “That dress is FAB, who did it?” I seriously almost keeled over. If there was one person that annoyed me yet turned me on at the same time…..it was Santino. Fabulous! Then I made sure that I lost all “cool points” with him by proceeding to beg him to take a plethora of pics with me. Can we say Asian tourists at Disney World…..God I am such a tool!

Speaking of Project Runway, any aspiring designers should grab your portfolios and head to the nearest Project Runway Casting in Chicago on April 3rd from 9am-6pm at the Westin on 909 North Michigan Avenue. Producers and previous Project Runway alumni will pick the best of the best to be the new fashion mavens on the show!

There will be other castings in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami…..my goal is one day to have St.Louis be a pit stop…..totally plausible considering that Santino is my new make-believe BFF.

Be sure to bring the following items with you if you take the leap and start chasing your dreams:
1)Three articles of clothing of your own design

2)A portfoilio of your own work

3)A completed application-go to Bravo.com for more info

…………..and lastly you MUST hire me as your agent.(you know….like Ari from Entourage) I get ONLY 60% percent of your earnings. Cheap price to pay considering that I  just discovered the new Prada right?

 Ta ta for now 

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Autor: Scott

I hate to be a me too blogger but Dave over at ACC beat me to the punch. The topic is related to my past ranting so I figure that I can have a shot as well. ACC pointed to today’s article from Post political writer Jo Mannies regarding the political ambitions of State Rep. Jim Lembke, R-Mehlville. My interest in Lembke is based on his personal crusade to overturn Amendment 2 (that whole pesky stem cell thing). What really caught my eye however, was this quote from the article:

“The will of the people is not static,” said Lembke, who added that he remains committed to “banning all forms of human cloning.” He believes that a majority of Missouri voters would agree with him if given another chance to consider the arguments.

Well hey! With that logic, can we get a “do-over” on gay marriage? Better yet, how about his recent reelection? Anyone?

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Autor: Scott

Driving through Kirkwood the other day to get to an appointment and had to take the alternate route to avoid the train. Normally this is a minor irritation, but this day proved to be a pleasant surprise! While making my way, I happened to notice a “Coming Soon” sign in a corner window with a familiar logo, Mosaic! Can anyone confirm?

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Autor: Daanesh

~ 28/03/07

No, this post isn’t going to praise this blog’s ineffably praiseworthy founder. I like to cover the less obvious.

I’m quoting Doc Emmett Brown from Back to the Future. If the movie conjures up as many good memories for you as it does me (I still sometimes yell out “88 miles per hour!” as I wail through the tunnels of Forest Park Parkway) , you might want to read this piece. It’s supposed convey what it’s like to drive a Delorean DMC12, but has other interesting tidbits for trivia buffs such as:

“The script called for the time machine to be built out of a fridge, but director Zemeckis didn’t want small children around the world getting stuck in the family Hotpoint, hence the switch.”

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Autor: Scott

Good news city sports fans! Bud Sports, a long time St. Louis County institution, is making its official entrance into the City with two locations for sand volleyball leagues.  From their monthly newsletter:

Bud Sports” White Sand Beach Volleyball” is proud to announce two new locations in the City of St. Louis, MO. Bud Sports is constructing two “White Sand Courts” in the Central West End. The new “White Sand Courts” will include a social area to Play and Stay. These Volleyball Courts will be the finest in St. Louis and part of Bud Sports entrance to the City of St. Louis. This new Volleyball Complex is Cooler Friendly for Anheuser-Busch products. Play will begin April 22, 2007. All team’s league fees include, Bud Sports Game T-Shirts. These courts can be reached by Metro Link, avoid the Hwy.40 gridlock.

Bud Sports and Trueman`s Place have announced a partnership to bring “Sand Volleyball” to Soulard. Trueman`s volleyball courts were destroyed last year in the July 12th storm. The courts are being replaced with new Sand Courts. The leagues will be operated by Bud Sports. Stay tuned for the start date. All teams will receive Bud Sports/Trueman`s game T-Shirts. Enjoy your Cold Bud products on Trueman`s relaxing outdoor patio.

For more information on leagues, visit www.budsports.com.

Also exciting news to hear that Trueman’s Place will be back up and running after the damage.

Now for the local weather…

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Autor: Scott

~ 27/03/07

What is better than seeing a work of art? Watching the artist in the process of creating that work of art! Now multiply that by 40, add a lively venue like 3rd Degree Glass Factory, plus music, good food, drink, and an eclectic crowd, and you get Wall Ball! The premise is amazing and this has become one of St. Louis’ most anticipated and unique events. Take 40 of our areas best contemporary artists and put them through out a great party to work their magic. All works will be part of a silent auction, with the proceeds benefiting programming at the South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children and The Potters Workshop. As an added note, yours truly is one of the co-chairs this year!

Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door. The past few years the event has sold out so be sure and take advantage of the $35 price tag. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit online at www.scosag.org. See you there!

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Autor: Dave

Good article in today’s PD outlining how arts and cultural organizations are beginning to target and attract young professionals. Kudos to Jennifer Gaby who is quoted in the story. Good stuff.

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Autor: Rhonda

~ 26/03/07

Apparently, St. Louis isn’t the only city with pending transportation woes for the next couple of years, as the New York Times points out today. Besides the stark contrast in transportation methods and density of users, there are a few similarities between Chicago’s plans for their “el” and our plans for our “Farty.”

Chicago is bracing for more than 2 ½ years of track closings along the Brown Line (which runs through Chicago’s trendy and popular Lincoln Park and northside); we are bracing for MODOT’s 2 ½ years of highway closings. Transit officials in both cases say the projects are necessary evils – the result of years of neglect/decline.

Perhaps, this guy says it best:

“The notion that we’re supposed to prepare for a doubling of our commute time for the next two and a half years is so laughable to me I haven’t been able to get my arms around it,” said Peter Skosey, a transit expert with the Metropolitan Planning Council, a nonprofit advocacy group. “I’m going to make sure my bike tires are inflated.

I’m going to make sure I get a bike, but otherwise we’ll have to see what this year, ’08 and ’09 bring … How will the 40 shutdowns affect you?

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