Gail (gailmarie) wrote,
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A lesson in spontaneity

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How'd you know it was a Blue Heron? I'd say that's about enough butter to choke on. COX!


The Concert:

We arrived late (because Allie did not heed my warnings about leaving at 4:30, and she assumed that 2 and a half hours would be plenty of time to get to Tweeter.

We missed half of Goo Goo Dolls.

Meh, whatever. Bon Jovi rocked. The audience was all *cough* older than us. Ya know. The people who went to high school in the 80s...not born in the 80's. But it was fabulous! It was a really solid, good concert. And I love Bon Jovi so all was well.

The plan:

So driving down 294 to Tweeter, there was an exit for I-55 to St. Louis. We laughed and were like "Want to go to St. Louis? HAHAHAHA!"

And then we realized that we really did want to go to St. Louis! To see the arch! And that we should totally go after the concert!

So between Goo Goo Dolls and Bon Jovi, we called home. Surprisingly enough, they were okay with it. "Do you know how to get there? Where are you going to stay? Do you have enough money?"

Ha ha ha. Not really, no, and I guess? We figured we could just follow signs and find a hotel down there. Credit cards and debit cards would work for money.

We were psyched!

The trip:

We left the concert at 11:30. We were both SO hungry because we hadn't eaten dinner, so we figured we could find a Denny's or Steak and Shake. Which we didn't until 1am when we stopped in Bloomington/Normal.

Denny's at 1am. Party. We both got full meals and desserts (we were REALLY hungry) and spent a grand combined total of $24. Charged.

We continued on our way. I kept falling asleep and we both decided that driving at night was dangerous. But then at 4:15am, we rolled into St. Louis, Missouri.

The arch:

We were laughing on the way there that The Arch was probably going to be about 10 feet tall and a complete disappointment.

But whoa!! We saw it from afar and got totally excited. That this is fucking HUGE!!!

We drove towards it, as our only destination. And then the fun REALLY began.

The hotel(s):

Allie's mom had told about a Holiday Inn Express that she found online and so we went there. You have to be 21 to rent a room.

We head into downtown for other options.

Drury Inn - 21. Radisson - 21. Marriott - 18, but they were completely booked. We tried about 8 and they were ALL either 21 to rent, or completely booked. Or both.

!@#*$(&@#($*&@#(!!!!!

We FINALLY find a Holiday Inn at 5:45am. The guy was REALLY confused as to why we wanted a room at 5:45 and asked if we realized that check out was at noon, in 6 hours.

Yes, just give us the room. $90 on debit card.

Sleep:

We went to bed around 6am. Set the alarm for 11am. I showered, but it didn't matter much because we didn't have a change of clothes or anything with us.

Our worldly possessions were cell phones, purses, a camera, a credit card, a debit card, Speedpass, keys, sweatshirt, sandals...yeah. Basically we had nothing but what we took to the concert. Read: Not much.

The city:

St. Louis is very pretty. We parked in a lot and walked around from about 11:30am until 1:45pm. We were surprisingly awake and chipper for 5 hours of sleep.

We got close-up to The Arch. We ate lunch at TGIFriday's. We found a mall where we bought souvenir t-shirts. I found a Starbuck's and got a Frappuccino for the ride home.

I took over 60 pictures of the city. Just while we were walking. Click, click, click, I didn't even bother to stop moving. Digital cameras rock. I can delete anything shitty and not waste film!

Coming home:

Traffic initially out of the city was horrible. 4 Interstate highways had to diverge from I-55 using ONE LANE. And that's the way it always is. And of course, we had to wait in that. It took 45 minutes. 45 MINUTES. To go about a mile.

After that, it was smooth sailing.

One stop for gas and McDonalds for fries and drinks, and the rest of the time was spent driving, laughing and singing obscenely loudly along with the music. And we found some great stations too! One was having a "90's Weekend" which made us feel old. ;-)

Things were smooth sailing again until closer to Chicago. A little snag of traffic right outside Joliet, but it wasn't too bad. We called Candace and she was convinced that we were on crack. It's quite possible. We were yelling and laughing and being crazy. It comes with being in a car for so long. This was around 6pm, when Allie and I had already spent 25 straight hours with each other.

We got home around 6:45pm. Very glad that we had decided to be so spontaneous.

The jokes:

We came up with 3 new fabulous inside jokes during our trip that kept us laughing for hours.

First - on the way to Tweeter, there was a huge bird on the side of the road. Allie and I both pointed at the same time. She said "Ooo! A pretty bird!" and I said "Ooo! A Blue Heron!"

We started cracking up and she was like "how the hell did you know that was a Blue Heron?" We decided that it was the perfect phrase for whenever someone said something that you just completely didn't understand. Like "you know that song with the wings!?"

And your automatic response is a sort of confused silence "[...]"

Instead, you say "how did you know it was a Blue Heron?!"

Second - we were at Denny's for dinner and I had ordered an omelet. With it came toast with a SHITLOAD OF BUTTER!!! I took a bite and started choking on it, there was so much and it was so buttery.

Thus, our second joke was born. "I'd say that's about enough butter to choke on" which then changed into "I'd say that's about enough butter to choke a small cow." We laughed forever about it.

We also decided that "butter" can be replaced with any dairy product like "cheese" or "milk" and even "whipped cream".

Third - there was a truck with something like Cox Shipping on it, and I just randomly yelled out "COX!" We turned 12 and started giggling so hard. So from then on, we would just randomly yell "COX!" and break out into hysterics.

COX!


And that's about it. We're already planning our next trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit the Mall of America. Allie says we need a landmark for everywhere we go. And I made the rule that it has to be less than 500 miles away. St. Louis was only 300 and Minnesota with be 400.

Party!
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