Autor: Scott

~ 28/12/07

As the year winds down, I would like to thank everyone who made RCP & Undercurrent successful as well as preview some exciting new additions for 2008! Over the past several months, we have been working to lock down the schedule for next year so we can focus on ways to improve the events, providing a more sophisticated, high touch experience.

The first highlight is the return on preprinted nametags! I received a lot of questions this year surrounding why we chose to go the “write your own” route and it is clear that the preprinted nametags reinforce the idea of networking. So starting in January they will be back! I am still working on the system to include company names as well and hopefully will be able to add before too long. In addition, through the help of some key sponsors, we will be providing more drink specials and appetizers at events. Still working on the details but will keep you posted!

The first event of 2008 will be at Sub Zero Vodka Bar on 1/15 in partnership with Bridges Across Racial Polarization. The evening will feature Belvedere specials, light apps, great conversation and a critical topic considering the recent racial tension that has plagued our community.

Be sure and plan your Highway 40 work around as this event will be a fantastic kickoff to 2008. See you there!

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Autor: Katie

~ 26/12/07

When we discover that we are heavier than we want to be, we have a natural inclination to eat less food. We may skip lunch or eat only a tiny amount of our dinner in the hope that if we eat less our body will burn off some of its fat. That, however, is not necessarily true. Eating less actually makes it more difficult to lose weight.

Keep in mind that the human body took shape millions of years ago, and at that time there was no such thing as dieting. The only low-calorie event in people’s lives was starvation. Those who could cope with a temporary lack of food were the ones who survived. Our bodies, therefore, have developed this built-in mechanism to help us survive in the face of low food intake.

When researchers compare overweight and thin people, they find that they consume roughly the same number of calories. What makes overweight people different is the amount of fat that they eat. Thin people tend to eat less fat and more complex carbohydrates.

Losing weight is not something that one can accomplish overnight. A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation floating around and many desperate people are easily duped and ripped off.

Every day, one can open a magazine or newspaper and see advertisements touting some new product, pill or patch that will take excess weight off quickly. Everyone seems to be searching for that “magic” weight loss pill. Millions of Americans today are trying to lose weight, spending billions of dollars every year on diet programs and products. Often, these people do lose some weight. If you check with the same people five years later, however, you will find that nearly all have regained whatever weight they lost.

A survey was recently conducted to try and determine if any commercial diet program could prove long-term success. Not a single program could do so. In fact, the so-called diet industry has become so rampant with new products and false claims that the FDA has now stepped in and started clamping down.

Being seriously overweight or obese can lead to the development of a number of diseases and serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and osteoarthritis. Also, it is now a known fact that when caloric intake is excessive, some of the excess frequently is saturated fat.

The prevailing myth is that people get heavy by eating too many calories. Calories are a consideration, it’s true, but overall they are not the cause of obesity in the U.S. today. Americans actually take in fewer calories each day than they did a hundred years ago. If calories alone were the reason we become overweight, we should all be thin. But we are not. Collectively, we are heavier than ever. This is partly because we are more sedentary now, but equally as important is the fact that the fat content of the American diet has changed dramatically over the last century.

People who diet without exercising often accumulate fat with time. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. To avoid getting fatter over time, increase your metabolism by exercising regularly.

Select an exercise routine that you are comfortable with and remember that walking is one of the best and easiest exercises for strengthening your bones, controlling your weight and toning your muscles.

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Autor: Dave

~ 22/12/07

Dear MoDot,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note during this festive time of the year to let you know that I’ve been thinking a lot about you recently.  I know it seems I’ve been elsewhere and distant over the last year or two, but I’ve been really busy planning stuff.  You know how that goes right?  Seems you have a lot on your plate these days too.  I remember when I was on the School Board and everyone was telling me how to do my was SO annoying.  And then of course there was the little campaign in the mayoral primary election a few years back.  Hey, 1% never looked so popular!  I just really wanted to let you know that I hope you don’t have any hard feelings with the whole lawsuit thing.  Always remember that I’m a man of the people, and honestly re-doing an outdated highway system can have long lasting consequences to the safety of the people that have put me in the position of being their spokesperson.  Well, okay…I’ve never really been elected to that specific position..but you know what I mean.  I do what I can.  There has to be another way, right?  I mean…right?

So what are you doing next Wednesday?  I was thinking of having some people over to my place.  Sort of a, you know, holiday mixer type thing.  Maybe we can all pile into my SUV after the court hearing and head back to my estate in Southwest St. Louis.  It’s so close to Hwy 44, you can almost touch it.  By the way…if you see some signs in the basement that say something like ‘Haas for Congress’ do not be alarmed.  After this whole law suit thing is taken care, I’ll have some extra time on my hands, so I thought I’d see what else I could get up to.  Again, I hope you aren’t sore about the injunction thing…we need to save the environment, and really the part of closing down Hwy 40 could have been done differently so as to not inconvenience so many people. If you think about it, lane closures could have sufficed, minus the 10 year workaround.  Did you guys think about building a sky walk from Kingshighway to Hwy 270?  I think there is something there.  I should do a study on it.

Well, see you this week…and I hope you and your family have a great holiday season.

P.S.  I got an REI gift card from my friends…I’m leaving right now to go buy that hot new bicycle they have in their store display.  So jazzed over it!



All I Want for Christmas is an Index Finger

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Autor: Scott

~ 20/12/07

Interesting sight-em at last night’s Lumiere Place gala opening… Sen. Jeff Smith! I didn’t see him at any tables or fidgeting with his Blackberry. Guess he learned his lesson

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Autor: Scott

~ 18/12/07

Just in from 

Rollin Stanley, the City’s director of planning and urban design since 2001, will be leaving next month to take a top planning job in suburban Washington, DC. I am very happy for Rollin (and Ann!), and sad to lose them both.

Read more here.

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Autor: Scott

~ 15/12/07

Thanks for the restaurant! Now get out.

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Autor: Rhonda

~ 13/12/07















The Rams are not so hot. Baseball’s been tainted by today’s Mitchell Report. What’s there to do? Come revel in some solid hoops action as the Sweet 16 SIU Salukis take on SLU’s Bills Saturday night. Should you not make it to the Savvis Center, swing by rBar and stay awhile.


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Autor: Scott

~ 12/12/07

That wonderful holiday for the “rest of us” will be celebrated December 22nd & 23rd at the City Museum!

From their press release:

Celebrate Festivus at City Museum – Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23

City Museum, the museum unlike any other, is continuing the tradition of celebrating a holiday unlike any other: Festivus! Join the rest of us in sacred Festivus traditions: Feats of Strength, Airing of Grievances, Re-gifting, and the non-decorating of the Festivus Pole.

Festivus Events will start on Saturday, December 22nd at 10:00am and will not conclude until Sunday, December 23 at 5:00pm—or, until somebody pins the head of our household to the ground.

What: Traditional Festivus activities: Feats of Strength (consisting of various mental and physical challenges), Airing of the Grievances (where we’ll burn what burns you), Re-gifting (We’ll regift your unwanted, donated presents to someone who needs them), and more!

Where: City Museum, 701 North 15th Street, St. Louis MO 63103

When: Saturday, December 22 from 10am-1am, Sunday, December 23 from 11am-5pm

Why: Because we find tinsel distracting.

Editors: Festivus is an annual holiday celebrated on December 23. It was popularized by the television show Seinfeld in 1997. It is celebrated in varying degrees of seriousness in avoidance of the commercialization of the holiday season.

In case you were interested in reading more on the origins of Festivus, mosey over here.

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Autor: Scott

The year is winding down but RCP is still in full swing with two upcoming events! Join us on Tuesday, December 18th at Lumen for our 6th annual White Elephant Happy Hour which is always a good time. Then, help celebrate the turn of the year with us at Pepper Lounge! This will be our second year at Pepper and last year was simply amazing, from what I can remember. Hope to see you there and tell your friends!

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Autor: Rhonda

~ 07/12/07

Signs of West Coast influences on St. Louis’ entertainment scene have been cropping up the past several years. The ultralounge, the gourmet cupcake shop … and now casinos emulating Vegas’ model for gambling, dining and club success.

Visibly, Home St. Louis - a new nightclub inside the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa - heavily touts its opening week with “big” names from the LALA-land club/celebrity world: Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, DJ AM, Kim Kardashian (who some believe may be the new Paris Hilton) and finally a New Years Eve bash with Miss USA Tara Conner, formerly of rehab and MTV reality-show fame. 

A press release continues: ”The space, designed by Thomas Shoner who also designed ICE Las Vegas, blends comfort and style with enchanting decadence. The 17,500 square foot club features two distinct rooms, a high-energy nightclub and an inviting lounge, each complete with their own separate top-of-the-line sound system. As guests enter through the candle-lit stone façade foyer, they are welcomed into a luxurious, intimate lounge highlighted by caramel colored couches, recessed banquettes, and a signature six-foot fireplace.  Ambient lighting, a DJ booth, and three 42-inch plasma televisions behind the bar complete the smart and sophisticated design.  

The main nightclub has two 30-foot bars on each end of the venue with three five-foot red chandeliers centered overhead.  Five red-leathered recessed banquettes (complete with Xbox) rise above each side of the club and surround a 30 by 60 foot Brazilian walnut wood dance floor framed by 20 bottle service tables.”

This sister space to a NYC club of the same name, Home “plans on reshaping the nightlife industry in the Midwest.” 

Does our nightlife need reshaping? I am all for the revitalization of St. Louis and new forms of nightlife. I just wonder what will become of Home. The folks behind it seem to have credibility, but is it a quick fix to counter the emerging complex of Lumiere Place and the Washington and Locust scene. Will they find enough support to keep Home open and viable? Will urban city dwellers trek out to St. Charles? Would you go Home?

With me, the jury is still out. It is great to see any investment in our region, but I am more apt to be at home the last week of December than at Home. Add some great shopping into this new St. Louis casino attempts and just maybe I’ll swing by … 

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