Booneville, Lunch and the Cardinals Game
Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Booneville has changed a great deal. Still some historical significance as a place where Lewis and Clark stopped on their journey up the Missouri River
One more historical entry. Ever hear of Westminster College in Fulton, MO? Well, you come very close to it when traveling I-70 between KC and STL. Westminster College hosted a famous statesman, Winston Churchill in 1946 after he failed to win re-election in England after WWII. During Churchill's speech, he uttered two words that would become part of our vocabulary for the next 40 years...he noted that the Soviet Union was erecting an "Iron Curtain" across Europe. The two words stuck.
Got to St Louis around Noon and headed for a restaurant I'd seen on TV called Iron Barley, only to find a sign out front of the restaurant saying, "Closed 5/31 - 6/7. So much for the Monte Cristo Dog. I found a small neighborhood bar katty-corner (or do you say ktty-corner?) from Iron Barley and went in (I know you're surprised!). It was perfect for me. It was called Tin Cup and had a great golf motif. Very nice neighborhood bar. I started blogging and waited for Brian Schaefer to show up. Brian is a SFer in HR. He and I along with two other guys go to the IHSA Class 1A and 2A basketball tournament in Peoria every year
Brian showed up around 1:00 pm. We had a beer and headed to "The Hill." Brian used to live down here, so he knows the neighboorhoods. We went to a place Mama Campisi's. Brian said we had to try some of their fried ravioli. That as an appetizer and spaghetti with huge meatballs was more than enough lunch. We were told that fried ravioli was first made (by accident) in this restaurant when a chef accidentially put the ravioli into oil instead of water. People loved it and it has become a mainstay at Mama's ever since.
Then we headed over to the Anheiser Busch Brewery Tour. Great tour. One hour long, and led by two great kids; Jimmy and Amy. Amy will be Jr. at Mizzou and interestingly Jimmy just graduated from Westminster College (see reference above) in chem engineering and will be working for a chemical company starting next week. We learned a lot and Jimmy took a liking to me, making fun of the Cubs fan on the tour. He said I was his favorite person on the tour. What fun. At one point in time he pointed out a particular building that had "1918" on it
Then we got a Hotwire hotel (Crown Plaza)...the old Holiday Inn. $70. Brian uses Hotwire alot. My first time. Worked well. After checking in and dropping dropping our stuff off in what was a gigantic room, we headed to the ballpark, three blocks away. Brian wanted to walk around to a special entrance he always uses. What I thought was superstition, turned out to be a nostalgic labor of love on the part of Brian. It was a brick Brian purchased to coommemorate his Dad, who took him to his first Cardinals game and I am sure spent many a fine afternoon and evening with his sons at the games. Brian always pays homage to his father who has since passed away when he goes to the game. He touched his lips and then the brick Very cool tradition.
The ballpark is beautiful. Have to love the Arch in the bakcground over the center field wall. And they also mow a part of the grass into the shape of the arch...very nice. Once again a city has torn down a stadium and built a ballpark in its place. Very nicely done! Seats were in the second level between second base and right field. Very good view of everything.
The game was interesting. I actually didn't find it difficult to cheer for the Cardinals. And it looked like it would work. The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead into the 9th and were about to beat the San Francisco Giants ace, Tim Lincecum. In fact, the Cardinals had two out in the 9th and everyone standing on thier feet to cheer on the third out when a single, a stolen base and a base hit sent us to our seats
As we headed back to the hotel, I was having trouble finding a kid to give the ball to. After all it was 11:30 pm. Most of the kids had gone home. Then I saw just ahead of us a little girl, pigtails hanging out her ballcap with her Mom and Dad. I patted her on the head and asked if she got a ball at the game tonight. No, she said. I said, "Well here's a Cardinals baseball." She looked at her Mom and Dad, as if to say, "Should I accept this from this stranger?" Mom and Dad were very thankful. Loved what the little girl said next. "Look Mom, it's not even dirty!" Mom said to me, "You have made her evening. This was her first game!" That made me feel good. And I have now become an equal opportunity ball giver!
Brian and I were too tired to go anywhere else. It was past my bedtime. I did start this blog and then headed to bed.
Up at 8:00 and on the road home by 8:45. Many thanks to Brian for the Cardinals tickets. Enjoyed the whole experience in STL.
On to Texas next week.