The Frosty Flag

When I went out grocery shopping late Saturday night, I thought I could feel moisture in the air. In fact, When I came out of Sam’s, there was a fine mist on my windshield.

“This could turn into freezing drizzle and be really nasty,” I surmised. There was a state salt shaker prepping the intersection of William and I-55, so I wasn’t the only one concerned.

MODOT painted an ugly picture

My weather apps couldn’t make up their minds about heavy snow, light snow, no snow, etc. I saw a bunch of posts from truckers saying that north central MO highways were littered with wrecks, and a glance at the MODOT Traveler Information Map showed that almost everything but SE MO was painted as partially covered, totally covered or Don’t Even Think About It.

Facing a frosty flag

When ice finally did start forming, I debated taking a drive to see if it was worth shooting, but it didn’t look all that exciting, so I gave it a pass.

When I woke up this morning, I saw icicles hanging off the carport again. My all-weather, lighted flag had a strange look to it. It had gotten wet, then frozen overnight. It thawed out fine later in the day, but it looked odd for a few hours.

The closeup at the top of the page looks positively arty. You can click on the images to make them larger.


2 Replies to “The Frosty Flag”

  1. Thanks for sharing these two views of your all weather lighted American Flag, Ken. .With the frozen weather texture it almost looks like someone’s grandmother made it by hand sewing it, very pretty, nice touch! Our three all weather flags at HealthPoint Fitness used to freeze in place like that. The only time that they had to be taken down was when severe winds were forecast because the weight of the flags and the high flying position on the poles would just destroy them. Sometimes when I leave the Bank of Missouri lot I take Kingshighway Drive and turn onto the next street up from your parents house over to Lexington and then out Perryville Rd. because I have so many pleasant memories of dear friends from Hanover Lutheran Church who lived on Perryville Rd. all the way out to the golf course and Pilot House. By the way, I must tell you that after Alan Perry’s funeral Friday some of my class of ’62 met for a late lunch at the Pilot House and I was pleased to enjoy the non smoking atmosphere now. I thought about you when I ordered a basic sliced
    BBQ on toast, and it had a generous portion of tender sliced pork on it with a large pickle wedge on the side, I drank only ice water and my ticket was
    $4.04 tax included and I thought that was very reasonable for a nice size serving of meat. One of the ladies bought a huge plate of fried onion blossoms with dip to share, and those were mighty tasty. Others in the group had the side salads with hot bacon grease dressing, oh wow, I had forgotten about how good those were. Now that I can appreciate the smoke free environment I will probably be stopping there for some of my old favorites like the brisket sandwich, kettle beef, and barbecued chicken. I’ll have to experiment with food choices for awhile because I have to be more careful since I am minus a gallbladder now, but so far if I am careful with portion sizes of fatty foods I do okay and I feel very fortunate that some of the post surgery issues have now gone away and the liver enzyme tests are perfect and I don’t have any pain issues or abnormal cancer cell markers in my lab test results and don’t have to see my gastrointaroligist for a year, unless other issues appear and my doctor is well pleased with all of the progress and test results!

    1. Thanks for the review of the Pilot House. I always liked their meats, but hadn’t been in there in at least 10 years because of the smoke. Sounds like it’s worth a taste again.

      There are getting so many good places to eat around this area that it’s hard to pick where to go.

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