Last night, I had a bit of trouble negotiating my way around St. Louis (Missouri) to get to my hotel in East St. Louis (which is in Illinois).
driven through St. Louis several times before in years past and remembered that the freeways there are awfully confusing. So, I made my way around the north loop of St. Louis to avoid those confusing freeways. Then, as I was coming toward East St. Louis (which is in Illinois) and not finding any hotels, I ended up crossing back into St. Louis and right-smack-dab in the middle of all the confusing freeways.
After making some figure-eights around the base of the Gateway Arch and almost heading toward Memphis, I made it back out to East St. Louis (which is in Illinois, remember?)
And that’s why I was so tired last night, but I didn
’t tell you that.
So, after a good night’s rest and an invigorating shower with my little-bitty soaps and little-bitty shampoos, I located the office where I needed to go in East St. Louis (which is in Illinois). We had a very productive meeting and all went well.
Here is a very unattractive photo of the Gateway Arch, but that’s as close as I wanted to get to it.
Then, I headed to Mt. Vernon, Illinois, which is sort of in the southern part. I even got there early and had lunch at (you guessed it) Denny’s and shopped at Wal
Living in downtown Chicago, I never get to shop at Wal
-Mart. I bought some blue towels, a laminated map of Illinois, and some boxer-brief underpants, all at Everyday Low Prices.
After that appointment, I headed upstate a bit for my next appointment which is tomorrow morning in Mattoon
Along the way, I passed by this giant white cross. I swear, this thing must be over two-hundred feet tall. There’s no sign around there advertising anything. It’s just this giant white cross. See how big it is compared to the Denny's billboard? I think if Jesus saw this thing, he'd raise an eyebrow and say, "Well . . . it's a bit overstated."
I'll bet that the guy who erected this thing must have had a very small penis.
I’m now at the luxurious Super 8 Motel in the metropolis of Mattoon
. Here is the view outside my window: A winterized soybean field. Isn
’t that exciting? That’s pretty much the entire view of Illinois from south to north; 350 miles of plowed up, dormant corn and soybean fields. Doesn
’t that just make you want to rush out and drive across Illinois this very instant?
Tomorrow, I drive back to Chicago, work in the office on Thursday, and then drive out to Rockford, Illinois on Friday morning for my last appointment.
Then, I get to have lunch with City Mouse
!! Won’t that be exciting? (It really will be).
Then, I have tickets to see Stephen Lynch
on Friday night with my wonderful, crazy friend, Marilyn. We used to work together many years ago and she has an incredible sense of humor.
So, an evening with Marilyn and Stephen Lynch will make for a much-needed antidote from an incredibly busy work week.
Labels: East St. Louis, Illinois, Mattoon, Mt. Vernon, Stephen Lynch