Late last Friday I got an invite to tool around downtown in the St. Louis Hustler Club's
"Stripper Mobile" -- a converted U-Haul truck outfitted with plexiglass walls and (you guessed it!) strippers.
Sadly, though, I had to pass on the invite as I already had plans.
Little did I know then that I'd be passing up on the chance to be part of the biggest local news story of late afternoon April 22/early morning April 23.
If you haven't heard yet, Mayor Francis Slay
came to the
defense of the stripper mobile in his blog yesterday
after a visitor to
St. Louis complained about how she and her six-year-old child saw the vehicle after a Cardinals game.
Wrote the woman: "It is so hard to raise our children to become Christians and have
good morals in this society. It is even harder to do so with strippers
shoved in front of your face in broad daylight."
Responded Slay: "Unless the truck is parked or creating a dangerous distraction to
drivers -- it is legal in St. Louis. It is also probably legal wherever
she comes from, unless the local ordinance banning it hasn't yet been
challenged on First Amendment grounds."
Oh, and the same truck also caused a stir in Baltimore
, Maryland, this week when it showed up outside Camden Yards following an Orioles game.
Man, am I kicking myself right now.