We're on our way home. Well, actually we are already home - have been for 2 days - but since we slept for 24 hours the first night back, and have been sick since then, I'm only now getting around to writing this. Just pretend. It's for fun :)
We spent our last MO night in St Louis. Believe me, Louis was no saint. If he was he sure did not plan the freeways in a saintly manner. Note to future MO travelers: listen to Johnboat, he knows his West from his North. Thankfully Johnboat was co-piloting and got us to the "hotel" safely, despite my Magellanic ignorance.
The best part about traveling with with me is that I am occasionally paranoid. Everyone had a good laugh at my expense when I "hid" the luggage at the foot of the bed under the comforter - "Oh that doesn't look obvious, Jason. They'll never think to lift the blanket up and look at the funny shaped stuff underneath." (sarcasm) - or when I purposely left the radio on when we went out to hunt for our dinner. Trust me. if I could have fit more than two pairs of socks in the little room safe I would have - hiding it under the covers was the next best thing.
After everyone stopped laughing at me we decided to drive to someplace for dinner. 4 people + 4 different sets of taste buds = drive 4EVER till you are so exhausted you'll eat anything. Thankfully we found a Chevy's and didn't have to go hungry.
The funny thing about restaurants in Missouri is the smoking sections. If there is a smoking section then the whole place is a smoking section. We got the food to go and ate back at the room. Thankfully, none of our stuff was gone.
After getting into bed I stayed up another hour to make sure everyone was asleep before I dozed off. I have a bit of a loud snore and I hoped this would ensure a good nights sleep for all. The only person that slept was Sara - who had earplugs - but even she woke up because Brandi called the front desk for some earplugs of her own. This of course woke me up.
It was a quick drive to the airport and then an even quicker goodbye. I told John to park in the 2 minute area. This is where you give your bags to the skycap guys right there at the car and they ask for a big tip but then you walk 10 steps inside the airport and realize you could have checked them yourself for free. Oh well. I felt bad because we had about 20 seconds to say goodbye. That may have been for the better - less visine.
We miss you guys.