Archive for the ‘St. Louis’ Category

T-shirt supplier?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Has anyone worked with a local St. Louis area t-shirt supplier and printer that they can recommend?  Alternatively, an online t-shirt printer is also an option.  I’m looking for a company that uses quality materials and can be flexible with graphic placement but still competitively priced so the shirts can be resold at a reasonable profit.  Reliability and honesty would be nice features too.

If anyone could make some suggestions, please leave a comment on this post or send me an e-mail at:
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If someone suggests a good printer that I end up using, I guarantee that I will send that person a free t-shirt.  How’s that for incentive?

Death in St. Louis

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I don’t normally browse MSN or anything, but I just rebuilt my new work PC and that is still my home page by default for Internet Explorer.   Ah well, I can change that later.  But something caught my eye on there.  Two articles about the Best and Worst cities – one  for men and the other for women.  I was intrigued, so I took a few minutes to check out the one for Men.

I read through the article and look at the top 10 best cities to live in and continue on reading.  Silently I muse to myself that wouldn’t it be funny if St. Louis was on the list.  Funny indeed.  There at the bottom of the page was listing number 99 out of 100: St. Louis.

Holy crap!  I’m living in the second worst city in the entire United States according to this study!  I was really dreading coming back home to St. Louis after living overseas, but this isn’t even the kind of thing that I was dreading.

Of course I had to check the sister article for the best and worst cities for women next to see if my hometown would (dis)grace that page as well.  Sure enouh I skip to the bottom and see St. Louis proudly in the same spot of second worst of all.  I can just see that little bit of text looking rather smug thinking, “Hey, at least we’re not last on the list!”

Damn.  Since the article takes into consideration things like heart disease, diabetes, pollution, air quality, etc. I have a hard time believing that this is skewed in any way.

And according to both these lists there are two top cities that are great for both men and women: Seattle and Salt Lake City.  Which is kind of a nice thought because I would love to live in or around Seattle.  On the other hand, you couldn’t pay me enough to move to Salt Lake City.  I’m just not the cult type.

So what now?  Considering a large portion of my readers are residents of St. Louis, MO – what do you think about this?  Are you surprised like I was?

Henry Rollins tonight

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

For those of you who can and desire to do so, Henry Rollins is live at the Pageant tonight in St. Louis, MO.  I would love to see him live but with the baby coming at any time, it’s just not gonna happen.  But for anyone else who can go, you should.  He’s smart, funny and not afraid to speak his mind about anything and everything.

If you do get to go, please leave a comment and let me know how it was.  I bet he’ll have lots to say on the recent elections and the state of the nation in general.

Closer, I think

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Sunday it rained like hell. The perfect day to go look at houses.  If you ever in the market to buy a house, rain is your friend.  The harder the rain the better.  Why?  Because if a house has roof problems or a leaky basement, you may not find that out if it’s been dry out for the past week.  Not everyone is completely honest on those Seller’s Discloser statements and nothing beats rain for an equalizer.

That being said: when we went and looked at houses on Sunday, we saw a lot of water in basements.  Even houses that have no previous signs of water were leaking.  That was serious rain we had.  Seriously.  There were a few houses that we probably would have loved in a dry spell and would have been cursing the heavens when that rain came during our ownership.

And yet, we found one.

A contract was written on Monday for a house in Manchester and we got a verbal counter-offer that we accepted (again verbally) and we are one step closer to having a home again.  I’m expecting to see a written counter-offer to sign any time now.  Sooner rather than later of course.  The seller only has till 7:00pm tonight before our contract expires.

Of course that’s not the end of it though.  We have a bazillion inspections that need to be done (yes a bazillion) and you never know what will come from those.  But I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  Well not when I type of course….

Bad writer

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Oh I have been absolutely terrible with updating lately, haven’t I?  Well, I’m not one of those weirdos who feels like I have to apologize to you people for not entertaining you for a few days so just deal with it.  I’ve been busy.

Muse and I have been using every available minute of our realtor to look at houses.  We looked at eight or so last night and will be up at the crack of dawn to look at another eight tomorrow morning.  So far we’ve found only a couple of decent places and a whole lot of crap.  Nothing really that just says “Spend $200,000 on me!” as soon as you walk in though.  It’s getting a little depressing.  The agent is a good sport about it all but he did gently let me know that after this weekend we will have looked at around 70 houses.  Wow.  That’s insane.

I remember all of our friends and family telling us how great the housing market was and how everything was dirt cheap.  Of course they also said that about cars and we found that it just wasn’t true unless you want to buy an SUV that guzzles gas.  The housing market sucks ass.  At least here in St. Louis, Missouri.  Sure there are a lot out there to choose from but a bunch are in financial or physical distress.  Many are still over priced and “haven’t gotten the memo” about the economy.  Others, are just a bad fit for us for one reason or another.  Sometimes many reasons.

Well, I’m hoping we find an ace tomorrow.  We both are.  We’re running out of time and that baby is getting big!