from Saint Louis Airport to the office in Washington
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It was my first time to travel in Missouri and I was more than interested in the surrounding scenery, but I was competing for a job, so I remained focused on the conversation and faced the driver, save for the few times he pointed out some remaining flooding and local landmarks. Our dialog was relaxed and comfortable as John told me about the position and his background. We also discussed the area, the local geography, and current events until reaching the office around 2:30pm.
For the rest of the afternoon I was in a series of interviews with different managers, concluding with a slide-show presentation from John that ended after 6:30. By that time, I was exhausted and famished, so my attention and interest were lacking, but he wrapped it up quickly considering the hour and drove me to the hotel to check in and drop off my luggage, coat, and tie.
I met John and Gene, another manager who had sat in on John’s presentation, in the lobby within minutes and we headed back out for dinner. We arrived at American Bounty on West Front Street shortly after 7:00 and Jeff, a third manager, was already at a table waiting for us. The four of us had a lovely dinner with fun, social conversation.
Starting with drinks, I ordered a glass of Woop Woop, a nice, dry Shiraz. On combined advice from John and the waitress, I ordered the beef tips with blue cheese, grilled shrimp, mixed vegetables, and a side of condensed port wine sauce.
I was a bit disappointed that I had not been able to visit the Gateway Arch in the evening as I had hoped. Washington was a long way, about 90 minutes drive, from downtown Saint Louis and there was no public transportation out that far, so even if my interviews had ended at 5:00, I would have had no affordable way to get there short of asking my prospective new boss to take me sightseeing. There was likewise, nothing of interesting in the area around Sleep Inn and Suites, so I watched some TV, unpacked, ironed my shirt for the morning, and went to bed early some time after 10:00.