"Wing of the Democratic Party made up of workingmen and reformers, opposed to monopolies and financial policies that seemed to them antidemocratic and conducive to special privilege. The Locofocos received their name when party regulars turned off the gas lights to oust the radicals from a Tammany Hall nominating meeting. The radicals responded by lighting candles with new matches known as locofocos and nominated their own slate." (From: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9048706 )

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Location: Springfield, Missouri, United States

I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Too Tall Truck

Too Tall Truck
Originally uploaded by locofocomoto.

Luckless truck driver missed the 11'6" sign on Grant Av underpass. The underpass is scarred with many such incidents. I thought the underpass was in horrible condition, many cracks in the concrete showing it's age and stress fatigue. Then I took a photo safari to Lyon Av and Washington Av. They're even worse. Lyon Av has wooden trestles patched with plywood and a big gap in load bearing structure. Washington Av has at least 4 water seeps, complete with stalagmites, grape, and soda straw formations as you can see in caves here in the Ozarks.

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