For some ridiculous reason, to which, however, I’ve no desire to be disloyal,
Some person in authority, I don’t know who, very likely the Astronomer Royal,
Has decided that, although for such a beastly month as February,
twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty,
One year in every four his days shall be reckoned as nine and twenty.
–Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance
Any month looks bleak in downtown St Louis. It’s that middle American city design ethos that was supposed to signal “modern”, but just ends up evoking prison bars and a lack of restrooms.
Oh come on, what prison on earth has a bar??
I dunno… I’ll take February over August anyday.
as a 60 year old cancer survivor, i’ll take any month and any season with a smile and a sense of satisfaction.
If we’re talking about ATL, sure! Here in the frozen north spring can’t come quickly enough. Then July is 100% humidity and 100 degrees, which is a different kind of miserable
That used to be July here, now that’s July AND August (which seems worse to me), AND part of September… The hot humid months now sprawl out for ages…we barely get fall anymore…
Up in the Chicago area spring is a thing of the past too. Frigid weather into late March, into April, then in May it shoots up into the nineties and stays that way until late September. Garden veggies dont react well to the temperature swing.
Gah! We dumb humans have fucked up our planet, haven’t we?
The kind without restrooms.
In order to keep our minds & bodies busy, the Dear Wife and I have been doing “home improvement” projects none stop, mostly because of the agreeable weather, as I understand it, this is the mildest winter that any oldy timers have ever seen in the High Desert. End result is our hot tub/spa room is complete, just waiting for the tub to be delivered. Next on the list is updating our home gym out’a the stone ages with some modern equipment…
“Have you been drinking? No? Well Jesus, here, take a swig of this.”
Kevin Killeen has always been a gem. We worked a docu project together in 1990 and the man is funny in a born-to-it way, dry and smart and ruthless.
Every single thing he said about St. Louis, especially in February, is spot-on. Gobblessim.
… it is exactly like this.
The St. Louis downtown you see in Killeen’s piece is the result of a lot of neighborhood razing, mixed-use eliminating, anti-poors targeting, truly anti-human “modernization.”
Loads of parking, though!
The barred building is a parking garage, after all. I suppose it’s better than the alternative-- acres and acres of flat asphalt surrounding the occasional building.
The Ash Wednesday part almost forcibly transfered my coffee from my mouth to my screen