I blame it on the hotel suite at the Residence Inn, Marriott and the Office of License Collector in St. Louis. The day I moved into the suite, unpacked my 2 suitcases and began to make myself feel at home, that was the day when I stopped blogging.
It’s like when I saw all my clothes hanging on the wardrobe rack, arranged in the order of warm, formal, work and casual; and the rest folded neatly away in the countless of drawers in the bedroom, I kind of sub-consciously told myself that there is no urgency to pen down my daily journal as religiously as when I was in Washington DC.
Yeah, a bedroom suite with ample of storage space and living out of a suitcase is bad.
Picture above: The St. Louis City Hall
On top of that, living the unaccustomed life-style of a “foreign dignitary” (believe me, I wouldn’t like to be referred to as that but for Michael and Charlotte who insist on calling us that), courtesy of our hosts at the Office of License Collector, has made it impossible for me to keep track of what had happened in the last few weeks. By the time I wanted to blog about something new that had happened on the day before, it had become old news.
At the risk of sounding as if I am having too much of a good time (although I insist on calling them socio-cultural activities), I’m just going to provide a very summarised version of some memorable events that had taken place, or will be taking place:
- Attend the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel;
- Field passes to watch the St. Louis RAMS versus San Diego CHARGES game at the Edward Jones Dome;
- Attend the 100 Black Men masquerade ball at the Hyatt River Front Hotel;
- Attend Sunday service at the Prince of Peace Church;
- Shopping at Macy’s, Saks @ 5th Avenue, the Mills, etc.
- Dining at various local eateries and soul food;
- Attend the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) gala at the Millennium Hotel;
- VIP seats for America’s Got Talent live show at the Fox Theater;
- Going up the Gateway Arch;
- St. Louis Zoo at Forest Park;
- St. Louis Science Centre;
- Live jazz and blues at BB’s, South Broadway;
- Trip to Jefferson City, capital of Missouri State;
- Trip to Chicago;
- Attend Friday Shabbat at the Temple of Emmanuel;
- Attend the Rally for Sanity, Gateway Arch.
- Halloween with the St. Louis BLUES hockey team against Atlanta THRASHERS at the Scottrade Centre;
- Visiting legendary baseball player Lou Brock at his home; and
the list can go on…..
Wonder whether I do any work or serious stuff at all? Of course, I do. Who am I kidding?
In addition to the countless of meetings with government and elected officials, non-profit and business communities, I have been working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for Eastern-Missouri on their campaign to push for the passing of a State Bill to bring the police from state to local control of what is known as Proposition L (Prop L). A referendum on Prop L will be carried out simultaneously at the mid-term election next Tuesday.
Above: A rally that was held outside the St. Louis City Hall in conjunction with National Day Against Police Brutality on 22 October 2010
Above: Doing some community work with Mission Continues, a non-profit organisation which aims to help former war veterans to find purpose and meaning in their lives again.
And if you think some of these activities are not serious enough, here’s a photo which will prove it.
Standing on the glass floor at the top of the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), Chicago, has got to be some serious stuff, man!
Anyway, I’ve already got some articles planned for my TMI column. Do watch out for that.
Photo on the left, courtesy of CW Lim.