day two in Missouri
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Awake at 6:00am, ten minutes before my wakeup call, I threw on my shorts and sneakers and went downstairs for the complementary breakfast. It was bountiful spread of the typical continental breads and cereals along with hardboiled eggs, make-your-own waffles, sausage patties, biscuits, and gravy. I had two fresh waffles, a biscuit syrup rather than gravy, five egg whites, one yoke, and orange juice. Pressed for time, I took my bagel and banana to go.
I was ready on time and met John in the dining room at 7:00. Gene was there as well, finishing his breakfast and I listened to the two sales professionals talk business for a few minutes before Gene returned to his room and John and I checked out.
Following my interview in HR, I met again with Jeff who had joined us for dinner the night before. He was a down-to-earth guy with a fun sense of humor, so my hour with him was a pleasure. We discussed my background in detail and then talked about the position and different sales territories.
Concluding with Jeff as we evacuated to the sound of a fire alarm, John took me back for the remainder of my visit. He sat down with me briefly to describe the compensation structure, but the morning had by then evaporated, so we packed it up in the office and got back on the road for our hour-long drive to the airport.
It was an exhilarating ride as John raced the county roads for concern that I not miss my flight. While continuing our conversation as we zoomed through the Missouri countryside, I reached to my luggage in the back seat and awkwardly extracted my camera to take advantage of my last opportunity to capture the scenery.
I was disappointed that I had had no time to see the arch from the ground or even to take a sightseeing walk, but at least the rural route drive exposed me to a sample of America’s heartland. Traversing bridges over the swollen Missouri River, we could see along the banks vegetation submerged in muddy currents. Through endless fields of hay and corn, residual floodwaters, soaked the land and still moistened a small patch of pavement. On county road T, we favored the curb as a tractor and combine approached in the other direction. Beef cattle grazed in the shade of trees while show-me state farmers labored in the field under the hot sun.