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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River

Sleepiness struck me hard between flights as I continued to review my 11 pages of interview notes.  At 11:50, I boarded the small jet, a Bombardier CRJ-200ER that was hardly larger than my earlier airplane.  Again, my carry-on had to be yellow tagged and stowed under the aircraft.  I was hungry, but needed to wait for beverage service before I could eat the one dry bagel I had brought along from home.  The seatback barely reached the top of my neck and there were no pillows onboard, but I managed to sleep in flight for about an hour.  I woke in time to spot the gleaming Gateway Arch standing tall by a bend in the Mississippi River.


We had departed late at 12:19, but arrived early at 1:07pm local time (2:07 EDT).

Gateway Arch & the Mississippi River
  Once the gate-checked baggage was unloaded and returned to us in the jetway, I slung on my tie and jacket in case John, my interviewer, was waiting just inside.  Lambert-Saint Louis is a much larger airport than Tweed, so of course I had to traverse the long terminal and I had time to stop in the men’s room to freshen up and check my attire before finding John.


Down the exit hallway, I spotted my host holding a sign to greet me.  He must have recognized me as well considering I was the only arriving passenger wearing a suit.  We shook hands and made he lead me to the car for an hour ride to the town of Washington where the division headquarters is located.  I was still hungry, but I had arrived past lunchtime, so we did not stop to eat and since this was an interview, I went hungry in silence.
bkretzer says:
The Gateway Arch is definitely worth doing, once. The story behind it, the tale of how it was built, and the arch itself, are much more interesting than the ride to the top or even the view. (very tiny windows!)
Posted on: Jul 17, 2008
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