Standing in line at Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes
BobLee
May29/ 2017

Every city and town in America has it’s much beloved “ice cream store”… and barbecue joint… and, in the case of my hometown Kinston NC, it’s beloved Confederate gunboat shipwreck.

In St. Louis that ice cream store ‘ne “frozen custard parlour” is Ted Drewes.

Yesterday, Sunday, was unseasonably warm in St. Louis so the Lovely & Talented Grace (L&TG) was standing in line to buy “a concrete” – Ted Drewes signature item. Just in front of her was a Midwest FFamilyamily of Four – right off of a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover.

Mom, Dad, son and daughter were each thumbing their iphones and excitedly telling each other “read this one… and this one…”

“Excuse me” asked L&TG. “What is going on?”

Immediately all four held out their Iphone 7 plus screens for her to see, and in unison exclaimed “IT’S HIM!”

L&TG’s eyes got big as pie plates. She was speechless. Staring back at her were four roguish images of the man L&TG had known all her life as “Uncle BobLee”. “That… that’s my Uncle BobLee!!”

It was the family’s turn to gape. When everyone had recomposed, the family – from nearby Kirkwood – were so impressed to meet “BobLee’s niece” that they treated her to her concrete.

“Mom and Dad, Lily and Jack will NEVER believe this” L&TG thought as she drove home with her Ted Drewes concrete.

Just one such story happening all across the Greater St. Louis SMSA… all up and down The Big River from Memphis to Moline. With their beloved “Birds” in a late May swoon, Cardinals Nation was in need of “a hero”… had Stan The Man heard their prayers and delivered… Stan always delivered.

BobLee’s two most recent Redbird Rants have hit Cardinals Nation like a Big Mac blast into Busch Stadium’s leftfield upper deck… a/k/a Big Mac Land.

Redbird Rants2

MLB and those incessant charity/cause uniforms…

“…Mark my words. There’s a big brouhaha acoming if MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL keep doing these league-wide charity/cause promotions. What’s seems “worthy” to some ain’t gonna seem “worthy” to somebodies else…”

And…

BobLee on Brockmire

.”…so I have this image of Lauren Shehadi and Joe Buck standing at urinals in a run-down gas station outside Morristown.”

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117 miles upriver in the town of Hannibal MO a spectral figure dressed all in white rocked on the porch of the Clemens house. As he watched the loaded barges moving their goods to Memphis, New Orleans and beyond… he pondered… Mark Twain

“I wonder if the marvelousness of this new fellow – this BobLee – has been greatly exaggerated. They say he’s a bit of a wordsmith. I’d best be keeping my eye on him.”

And in the distance a barge pilot cried out “Mark – Twain” as he checked the channel depths of The Mighty Mississippi.

A New Day dawns in Fly-Over Country… in the shadow of The Arch.

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REDBIRD RANTS … THE LINK.

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Folks:  I am NOT going anywhere literally or figuratively.  I will still be RIGHT HERE (1) jousting with all the same windmills and (2) pummeling all the same dead horses… (3) pointing out all the emperors parading about in no clothes…

…. when this preliminary smoke clears with this new St. Louis gig, the only change will be my audiobook listening might suffer… from three books/week down to two.  Only so many hours in a day even in a Legend’s day.  I will be serving two audiences – Here and St Louis – each with their own priorities.  St. Louis Cardinals fans don’t care about TGU… and you don’t care about Kolten Wong’s elbow.  I’ll care about both.  I’m a big boy… I can handle both.

Ever mindful of the sage advice of George Armstrong Custer  on that Montana prairie in June 26, 1876 – “Take no prisoners!”

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BobLee

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Robert Kennel

Really enjoyed CNR comments on you and his past enthusiasms. He obviously likes you very much, and we’ve known for some time how much you admire him. Liked CNR comments on the Dodgers as well. Today ended 7 games between the Cards and Dodgers. Although Dodgers won 4 of 7, great Card pitching the last two days including Molina stealing two strikes in the 9th today. Several mutual friends called asking why I was crazy enough to “participate” again in this uneven forum. My simple response is that I generally enjoy your writings, consider you a friend, and consider the… Read more »

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BL, Below is the message I sent out to Cardinal fan relatives and friends of many years from Central and Southern Illinois to Houston, Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Tennessee, New Orleans, and from Keokuk to Joplin/ Springfield/ Omaha to Western Kentucky and SW Indiana. Read every word from you and from your brilliant commenters. Jerry, I have used the adjective ‘nefarious’ to describe the Vatican II men of the cloth and their grievous heretical theology. Now I have a noun with which to excoriate them and their misguided followers since nineteen hundred and fifty-eight. . “Hold on tight Cardinal fans, BobLee… Read more »

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Former96Heel

Congrats on the new gig, I will be sure to check it out. Personally, I do enjoy this change of pace article. The normal cast of characters in the Triangle will provide plenty of fodder forever more, no need to dredge them up when it’s not necessary. You had me forever when I read the PDEW article the first time. I’m afraid to show my wife, as I’m not sure how she will take having a new acronym. Beyond the Carolina’s though, the only places I have traveled that even come close are some select fly-over places. I’ve not spent… Read more »

WolfPack00
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WolfPack00

Difference in Ted Drewes and Goodberries.

Concrete v. Carolina Concrete.

MaHa
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MaHa

As the Great One says “Don’t doubt me on this” I told you he couldn’t stay away. Im actually surprised he lasted this long. Guess I’ll have to get some more anti gas pills. MAHA.

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Jerri.76

BobLee, I suspect most of my fellow BobLee addicts prefer when you are roasting Roy or giving wedgies to all the various nefarians that abound among us. I enjoy those too. But I really enjoyed this one (this type?) too. I’m sure you won’t get 10,000 views on this because not everyone will “get it”. I think I “got it” and I really enjoyed it. … I don’t know much about the Cardinals but I’ll try to keep up with your columns there too. … just saying. . Not thrilled to see Bob Kennel back but I will simply skip… Read more »

Robert Kennel
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Robert Kennel

If the Cards are late-May swoon, why didn’t they call on the Girardeau Guff to come up the river to save the day? (or maybe he’s in a bit of a swoon himself).
Glad my Dodgers took the first game of the home swoon this afternoon in any case ?
This RedBird Rant business is going to be a little tough for me because St. Louis has always been my 2nd favorite NL team. In the meantime, Go Dodgers !!

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NCSU68Grad

BL, The afternoon scotches seem to get the creative juices flowing and then the “Connect-A-Dot” thoughts appear. You have a similar affliction for connecting dot or thoughts as Greg Fischel does with his corny word puns. It must be something that one cultivates and crafts….like RAP. Ted Drewes…..ah, I know you well. Having visited the archway city a few times recently….with the GK’s as sell as DW, we DID frequent the ORIGINAL one. Driving over from Forest Park, my then 12 YO GS noted how many of the BLM signs there were as we passed though the burbs or maybe… Read more »