The alarm went off WAAAAY too early this morning at 5:30am, quickly followed by a wake-up call telling me what the weather was going to be as the day went on. Of course, I shouldn’t really complain. I live two time zones over to the right…so my body felt like it was 7:30am, which is 90 minutes later than I normally get up. The problem, however, was that I didn’t get to sleep until well past midnight local time…so those five hours of sleep really didn’t give me all that I needed.
I quickly got showered, shaved, and went down to the hotel restaurant, the Rock River Grill, for breakfast. Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, Belgian waffle, biscuits & gravy…the whole thing was just incredible. Where all I had to eat after my stop-over in Toronto yesterday at 2pm was the (admittedly amazing) hot dog I had at the ball game last night, this morning’s food couldn’t have tasted any better. And I’m now very much looking forward to trying a couple of restaurants as the day goes on (the way things are scheduled, I might only be able to visit one that was recommended by people…so I need to carefully weigh my options).
SIDE NOTE: Okay…when I’m back home, I think it’s time for a small diet. Nothing major…just cutting back on a few things. I also need to start walking again. The great thing now is that I’m going to do it for me, not for affection from others or because my self-esteem is low. I just want to lose a few pounds.
So my “sales dude” (hereforth to be known as Sales Guy Dude) should be arriving at the airport from Raleigh, NC any time now. I need to turn off Mike & Mike (an addiction for me whenever I visit the U.S.) and get ready to go.
It should be an interesting day.
Anheuser-Busch parking lot, St. Louis, MO – 04/09/09, 12:15pm
After meeting up with Sales Guy Dude (he flew in from Raleigh, NC) and having our meeting with the local A/P rep, she recommended us going on a brewery tour. His plane isn’t leaving until 6:50pm and I’m here until tomorrow morning…so why not?
Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, St. Louis, MO – 04/09/09, 2:25pm
So the tour was amazing. And I’ll be posting a few pics for all to enjoy. Seriously…Sales Guy Dude and I were very impressed with the tour as we didn’t really know what to expect. We loved it. Not only that, but here at the end of the tour we are given two free beer. ON A FREE TOUR. Needless to say, we have instantly become big-time fans of the brewery tour.
Our tour guides, Reid and Chris, were pretty great. Sales Guy Dude and I were almost always at the back of the tour group as it moved from location to location, asking numerous questions about the brewing process and the buildings and anything else we could think of.
Here are some pics…
Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, St. Louis, MO – 04/09/09, 3:02pm
Okay…we’re the last two people here from our tour and the next group has already joined us for a drink. We’re not “boozing it up” or anything, we’re just talking business and casually drinking our complimentary beers and eating some complimentary pretzels (we haven’t eaten lunch yet). I think we’re going to head out and get him to the airport and then me changed at the hotel so I can head back into town and see some sights before it gets dark.
Although, it’s pouring rain outside…man, that’s gonna suck.
Marriott Airport St. Louis, Room 3093 – 04/09/09, 5:15pm
Wow. Take one wrong turn after relying on the GPS and then, suddenly, you’re stuck driving aimlessly around the “seedier sections” of the city for almost two frickin’ hours.
The GPS was constantly “re-setting course” as we drove all over the place. Sales Guy Dude (i.e. the driver) was constantly apologizing for getting us lost. I told him to not worry about it. We were having a fun conversation and, really, I was seeing parts of St. Louis I would probably NEVER see normally (he got a laugh out of that one).
At least we drove through Forrest Park and I got to see the Science Center. So yeah…that was a positive, right?
The problem, on top of actually being lost, was that St. Louis has torn-up I-64 to the point that it’s no longer there. So the GPS was constantly trying to get us back on the 64 so we could connect to the 70…but there was no 64 to connect to.
At about 4:15pm, I thought that the rain was going to be so bad that there was no way I’d see the zoo or the Arch or any other “touristy” ideas that I had in my head. But I was also starting to get a bit tired. I think getting less than 10 hours of sleep over the last 48 hours was really catching up with me.
So yeah…I’m now back in my room (Sales Guy Dude is on stand-by for a connecting flight at 6:50pm) and I’m about to go down to the restaurant for supper. So while I really appreciate the suggestions I received from people on places to visit, unfortunately the stars weren’t aligned for me in that area.
Marriott Airport St. Louis, Room 3093 – 04/09/09, 7:10pm
A couple of Stella with my meal and I’m now totally ready to hit that bed. I gotta say, though…now that the travelling is done and I’m winding down, thoughts really go to my kids.
I’m really missing Ankle Biter. He’s just my whole world of sanity when the insanity of the “real world” tries to take me down. Nothing makes me feel better than the look of pure joy on his face when I pick him up. The Ex has him until Monday…and I’ll be counting down the hours until I see him again.
And The Rugrat? I’m missing her like crazy, too. I know I’ll see her again in a couple of months, but it totally sucks to know I’ll be in the Toronto airport for 3 hours and won’t even be able to talk to her because she’ll be at school during the day.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing and talking to them both very soon. Now it’s time to hit that bed. Another long day of travel tomorrow.