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October 16th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
WHOO HOO CANâ€™T WAIT TO SEE MY GENERAL!!!!!
After an hour and half of flight time, I was ready to get out of the plane. There was a screaming baby in the plane. I was ready to scream. I texted James to let him know that I had landed, as soon as I turned on my phone I received a text that James was waiting for me at the exit. I sat in the end of the plane as always. I walked out at a very spacious airport. I saw the exit sign. James texted that he was at E2, I walked out looking for him. I knew he was hiding somewhere or he was ready to jump out behind me. Then I saw him jump out behind a sign and took a photo of me.
AWWWWW I miss my general. I have not seen him since the KC MEETP in June. We gave each other a big hug. We took turns taking photos of each other in the airport and behind the big airplane behind us. shortly after we headed out to the car. Then James said I hope I remember where I parked. OMG it was KC MEETUP and 1st VEGAS MEETUP all over again. Effing general forgot where he parked and we would search all over the place. Then he had an evil grin of his face and said, â€śI am kidding my queen. I remember where I parked. I parked near the sign â€śRED Bâ€ť HAHAHAHA.
We went to have dinner at J.Buckâ€™s in Clayton which right outside of Saint Louis. The restaurant is named after, John Francis "Jack" Buck (August 21, 1924 ďż˝" June 18, 2002) was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buck received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987, and is honored with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
Buck was recognizable by his deep, gravelly voice, penchant for sardonic irony, and his distinctive play-by-play calls. Among these were Buck's descriptions of Kirk Gibson's dramatic game-winning pinch hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series ("I don't believe what I just saw!"), Ozzie Smith's walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series ("Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"), Jack Clark's three-run home run two days later in Game 6 ("Adios! Goodbye! And maybe, that's a winner!"), Tom Herr's grand slam walk-off home run against the New York Mets in April 1987 ("GRANNDD SLAAAMMMMAAHHH!"), Kirby Puckett's game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series ("And we'll see you tomorrow night!"), and Mark McGwire's single season record-tying home run in 1998 ("Pardon me while I stand up and applaud.
He is the father of national sportscaster Joe Buck.
AWWWW James knows what I like. He knows I would appreciate it coming here. Since I am a big sports freak. The one thing about James when you travel with him especially when he drives, you need to be equipped with a GPS. Even though he says he knows Saint Louis. He needs a GPS. I had to CHA CHA before I found out he had efffing GPS on his blackberry. UGH OMG THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED 100000% THANKS LOT JAMES :P
We were both hungry and he was asking me for directions. HUH?!?!?! I DONâ€™T LIVE HERE. YOU ARE KILLING ME GENERAL!!!! :P we finally found it. Although there was TV news vans everywhere. We thought there was a celebrity nearby or in the restaurant or a robbery since we were in the financial district. James was confused that he could not decide where to park. I learned we james when he is excited, he tends to forget things and he gets confused IE. KC MEEUP and 1st VEGAS MEETUP. Whatever, he was happy and glad to see me.
We found out by some shoe shiners in the lobby that there was a bomb scare. Here is the news article:
ST. LOUIS ďż˝" A packaged "incendiary device" exploded in a suburban St. Louis parking garage on Thursday, injuring the man who picked it up, rocking an office high-rise and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.
The package was sitting near the 69-year-old man's assigned parking spot, but authorities wouldn't say whether he was the intended target. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Clayton Police Chief Thomas Byrne.
"He picked up a package sitting next to his car and it exploded," Byrne said, calling the package an "incendiary device" but not elaborating.
"We don't know who set it or why it was there," Byrne said.
The parking garage is shared by office and residential buildings. A Ritz-Carlton Hotel also sits nearby in Clayton, a busy, well-to-do suburb that is the seat of St.
The explosion shortly after 11 a.m. rocked the high-rise building, witnesses said. Buildings were evacuated, leaving several hundred people to mingle for hours on a lawn.
By mid-afternoon, police and a bomb-sniffing dog were still searching the office building for any additional devices, but people were allowed to return to the residential building and the hotel.
Lisa Pogue, 51, secretary for a law firm in the office building, said she heard a boom and felt the building shake. Fire alarms went off, prompting a mass exodus.
"It was alarming," she said.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were helping local authorities investigate, Byrne said.
WHOA THAT WAS INSANE!!!!
We both had a good dinner. SEE REVIEW below. We talked about what he planned for us and â€śWHAT THE HECK IS BRANSON!!!!??!?!â€ť of course the GAME!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED TO GO TO THE GAME!!!! We talked more about sports and such. We needed to make a sign as well. I wanted to stop by a Walgreens or market to grab some snacks and water on the long drive to Branson a long 4hr drive to Branson HAHHAHAHA. I also REMINDED James that wanted to go to certain food spots. I wanted to go to JILLYâ€™S CUPCAKE BAR, WHIPT CREAM, CHOCOLAT, and SWEETIE PIEâ€™S. He gave me a â€śSIGHâ€ť look and said â€śYou and your cupcake fetishâ€ť HAHAHAHA The cupcake review is on Saturday. It feels good to be in a city that i see wear RAMS sweater, RAMS car stickers, and license plate frame. Brings a smile on my face :D
On the way our hotel, we saw a Walgreens and OMG JILLYâ€™S CUPCAKE BAR!!!!! It was next to it.
It pays to have a cupcake tat, Jilly gave me a FREE cupcake!!!! She asked me what I like. I like chocolate, cheesecake, and nuts. The closet she one she has in stock Is the CHOCOLATE THUNDER, Chocolate devilâ€™s food cake infused with chocolate syrup, stuffed with dark chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate and white chocolate buttercream, white and dark chocolate shavings and a marbled chocolate bark. OMG THERE IS A GOD!!!! HAHAHAHA :P
James in the meantime was taking photos of me in the store. I was taking photos. then JIlly stopped me to come back when they have a full stock of cupcakes and plenty of customers. I told her I was here for the RAMS game. She said that is has ZERO KNOWLEDGE OF SPORTS. Plenty of them would come to her store. the RAMS players would have a cupcake party for their kids too.
I gave Jilly a hug and said we will be back. I carried my cupcake like it was a baby HAHAHAHA. ALL MINE BWWWWWWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! OMG we still have to check in to our hotel too. We quickly grabbed our snacks for the road. After we settled in, we went down stairs to the lounge to have a night cap. James and I talked to a woman from GA, Becky. She was good company while James went out for a smoke. I CANâ€™T BELIEVE I GOT BUZZED AFTER ONE GOOSE!!!! I have not GOOSE since 3RD VEGAS MEETUP. My liver needed exercise HAHAHHAHA :P James had 2 beers at the restaurant, 2 GOOSE on the rocks, and one baileyâ€™s and he is just getting buzzed. I AM SUCH A LIGHT WEIGHT!!!!
***** BTW, ALL WHO THINK JAMES HAS A â€śSOUTHERN DRAWLâ€ť HE DOES NOT!!! BECKY HAS A SOUTHERN DRAWL. JAMES HAS A MISSOURI DRAWL, I NOW KNOW THE DIFFERNCE*****
ITâ€™S 12AM AND I WANT TO PASS OUT FOR WE WILL BE ON THE ROAD BY 10am and MORE PHOTOS WITH JAMES'S BLOG
St. Louis is an independent city separate from St. Louis County in the U.S. state of Missouri, located at the confluence of two of the world's greatest rivers, the Mississippi River and the Missouri River. One of the world's most influential river cities, St. Louis has a diverse multi-cultural population, and is known for architecture, festivals, sports, historical sites, and other aspects which draw visitors from around the world. St. Louis is the second largest city in the state of Missouri, but is by far, the largest metropolitan area in the state. Sometimes written as Saint Louis, the city is named for King Louis IX of France. St. Louis is famous for its multiple French and German influences as well as having a Victorian past.
As St. Louis entered the 20th century, it was the 4th largest city in the United States.Two major events held in this period, the 1904 World's Fair and 1904 Olympic Games, the first ever held in the United States, are of particular pride to St. Louisans. In the 21st century, St. Louis has transformed from a manufacturing and industrial economy into a globally known focus for research in medicine, biotechnology, and other sciences. The St. Louis region is home to 21 Fortune 1000 companies, nine of which are in the Fortune 500. The region is also home to some of the country's largest privately held corporations, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Edward Jones, among others.
The city has many nicknames, the most popular being "Gateway City", as it is seen as the Eastern/Western US dividing mark. St. Louis is also called "Gateway to the West" on behalf of the many people who migrated west through St. Louis via the Missouri River (first leg of the Oregon Trail) and other wagon trails. The most popular abbreviation for St. Louis is "STL" in reference to the airport code for the city and the long-standing use of an interlocked S, T and L by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team (the St. Louis Browns also used an interlocked STL). Many natives today refer to the city as "The STL".
St. Louis lies at the heart of Greater St. Louis, a sprawling region of nearly three million people in both Missouri and Illinois.
Prior to the arrival of French explorers in 1673 the area that would become St. Louis was a major center of the Mississippian mound builders. The presence of numerous mounds, now almost all destroyed, earned the later city the nickname of "Mound City". European exploration of the area had begun nearly a century before the city was founded. Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette, both French, traveled through the Mississippi River valley in 1673, and five years later, La Salle claimed the entire valley for France. He called it "Louisiana" after King Louis XIV; the French also called their region "Illinois Country."
In 1699 the French established a settlement at Cahokia, across the Mississippi River from what is now St. Louis. They founded other early settlements downriver at Kaskaskia, Prairie du Pont, and Fort de Chartres, Illinois, and Sainte Genevieve. In 1703, Catholic priests established a small mission at what is now St. Louis. The mission was later moved across the Mississippi, but the small river at the site (now a drainage channel near the southern boundary of the City of St.
In 1763, Pierre LaclĂ¨de de Liguest, his 13-year-old "stepson" Auguste Chouteau, and a small band of men traveled up the Mississippi from New Orleans to found a post to take advantage of trade coming downstream by the Missouri River.In November, they landed a few miles downstream of the river's confluence with the Missouri River at a site where wooded limestone bluffs rose forty feet above the river. The men returned to Fort du Chartres for the winter, but in February, LaclĂ¨de sent Chouteau and thirty men to begin construction at the new site, laid out in a grid pattern as an imitation of New Orleans.
St. Louis was a river city, and it therefore developed in response to its relationship to the river. Development, particularly economic development, clustered around the settlementâ€™s Mississippi River bank on what was called "the levee" and is now called "the landing." This long, smooth bank of land, which would later be paved with cobblestone, sloped into the river at an incline that was gradual enough to permit the river vessels of the time to beach onto it in order to be unloaded and loaded. All products at this time were shipped to and from New Orleans, orienting St. Louis' 18th-century trade north-south.
The settlement began to grow quickly after word arrived that the 1763 Treaty of Paris had given Britain all the land east of the Mississippi.
From 1766 to 1768, St. Louis was governed by the French lieutenant governor, Louis Saint Ange de Bellerive, who was appointed not by French or Spanish authorities, but by the leading residents of St. Louis. After 1768, St. Louis was governed by a series of governors appointed by Spanish authorities, whose administration continued even after Louisiana was secretly returned to France in 1800 by the Treaty of San Ildefonso. The town's population was then about a thousand. During the period when commandants appointed by Spanish authorities governed St. Louis, meetings of leading residents were also held from time to time, and "syndics" were sometimes elected to carry out certain governmental tasks.
In 1780 St. Louis was attacked by the British during the American Revolution.A combined Spanish and French Creole force protected the city.
St. Louis was acquired from France by the United States under President Thomas Jefferson in 1803, as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The transfer of power from Spain was made official in a ceremony called "Three Flags Day." On March 8, 1804, the Spanish flag was lowered and the French one raised. On March 10, the French flag was replaced by the United States flag. Until the 1820s French continued to be one of the major spoken and written languages in St. Louis, along with English.
St. Louis first became legally incorporated as a town on November 9, 1809, though it elected its first municipal legislators (called trustees) in 1808. The Lewis and Clark Expedition left the St. Louis area in May 1804, reached the Pacific Ocean in the summer of 1805, and returned on 23 September 1806. Both Lewis and Clark lived in St. Louis after the expedition. Many other explorers, settlers, and trappers (such as Ashley's Hundred) would later take a similar route to the West.
After Missouri became a state in 1821, St. Louis was incorporated as a city on December 9, 1822. A U. S. arsenal was constructed at St. Louis in 1827.
The steamboat era began in St. Louis on July 27, 1817, with the arrival of the Zebulon M. Pike. Steamboats signified significant progress in river trade, as steam power permitted much more efficient and dependable river transportation.
Rapids north of the city made St. Louis the northernmost navigable port for many large boats. The Pike and her sisters soon transformed St. Louis into a bustling boom town, commercial center, and inland port. By the 1830s, it was common to see more than 150 steamboats at the St. Louis levee at one time. By the 1850s, St. Louis had become the largest U. S. city west of Pittsburgh, and the second-largest port in the country, with a commercial tonnage exceeded only by New York.
In 1836 the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce was founded. It was one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the United States. Along the way, it has been involved with projects as diverse as securing funding for Charles Lindberghâ€™s historic 1927 transatlantic flight (thus the naming of the plane â€śThe Spirit of St. Louisâ€ť) and rallying community support for the design, funding and construction of St. Louisâ€™ famed Gateway Arch. The current chamber is now called the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing the Bi-State region. The Regional Chamber and Growth Association organization is directed by Richard Fleming.
Immigrants flooded into St. Louis after 1840, particularly from Germany, Bohemia, and Ireland, the last driven by a potato famine.
Two disasters occurred in 1849: a cholera epidemic killed nearly one-tenth of the population, and a fire destroyed numerous steamboats and a large portion of the city. These disasters led to political action: old cemeteries were removed to the outskirts of the town; sinkholes were filled and swamps drained; water and sewer public utilities started; and a new building code required structures to be built of stone or brick. Particularly after the 1849 fire, St. Louis' population decentralization westward accelerated, a pattern of migration and development that continues today.
In the first half of the 19th century, a second channel developed in the Mississippi River at St. Louis. An island ("Bloody Island") formed between the two channels, and a smaller island ("Duncan's Island") developed below St.
Militarily, the Civil War barely touched St. Louis; the area saw only a few skirmishes, in which Union forces prevailed. However, the war shut down trade with the South, as Union troops blockaded the Mississippi River from 1861 through the end of the war. Trade in St. Louis declined to about one-third its average, as the economy of the South, one of the markets St. Louis depended on, was devastated. Missouri was nominally a slave state, but its economy did not depend on slavery. It remained loyal to the Union throughout the Civil War. The arsenal at St. Louis was used during the war to construct ironclad ships for the Union, and shipbuilding continued at the Port of St. Louis even into the latter half of the 20th century.
Eads Bridge, the first road and rail bridge to cross the Mississippi River, was completed in 1874.
On August 22, 1876 the City of St. Louis voted to secede from St. Louis County and become an independent city. At that time the County was primarily rural and sparsely populated, and the fast-growing City did not want to spend its tax dollars on infrastructure and services for the inefficient county; the move also allowed some in St.
As St. Louis grew and prospered during the late 19th and early 20th century, the city produced a number of notable people in the fields of business and literature. The Ralston-Purina company (headed by the Danforth Family) was headquartered in the city. Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewery, remains a fixture of the city's economy. The City was home to International Shoe, the Brown Shoe Company, and the St. Louis Division of the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Company. Several important aircraft were built or first tested at St. Louis, including the CD-25 Coupe business aircraft (later the AT-9 Jeep in wartime service), the CW-20 twin-engine airliner, the C-76 Caravan, and the C-46 Commando of the Second World War.
St. Louis was also one of the cities to see a pioneering brass era automobile company, the Success; despite its low price, the company did not live up to its name.
Residents or natives notable in literature included poets Sara Teasdale, Marianne Moore, and T. S. Eliot; writers Kate Chopin and William Burroughs; and playwright Tennessee Williams.
St. Louis is one of several cities claiming the world's first skyscraper.
In 1893 Nikola Tesla made the first public demonstration of radio communication here.
In 1896, one of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in U. S. history struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, leaving a mile-wide continuous swath of destroyed homes, factories, mills, saloons, hospitals, schools, parks, churches, and railroad yards. Killing more than 255, with damages adjusted for inflation (1997 USD), it was one of the costliest tornadoes in U. S. history with an estimated $2.9 billion in losses. Several other tornadoes have hit the city, including in 1927 (79 killed, 550 injured) and 1959 (21 killed, 345 injured).
By the time of the 1900 census, St. Louis was the fourth-largest city in the country.In 1904, the city hosted its second World's Fair, which led the Olympic Games to be moved from Chicago, originally selected to host the games, to St. Louis to coincide with the Fair. With these games, the United States became the first English-speaking country to host the Olympics. Citizens of St. Louis still look back fondly on the events of 1904; there were several events held in 2004 to commemorate the centennial.
Although St. Louis did not segregate people on street cars like other cities, racial discrimination in housing was commonplace, and discrimination in employment was not uncommon before World War II. During World War II, the NAACP successfully campaigned, through protests and picket lines, to persuade the Federal government to allow African Americans to work in war plants. Some 16,000 jobs were gained in this way. State court rulings and local civil rights campaigns in the two decades after the war challenged the legality of race-based restrictions on real estate ownership and opened clerical positions in local banks, etc.
St. Louis, as did many other Midwestern cities, experienced major expansion in the early 20th century due to the formation of many industrial companies and reached its peak population at the 1950 census. The Gateway Arch was built in the mid-1960s. In January 1999, the city hosted Pope John Paul II for a day. In the postwar era, suburbanization in conjunction with the GI Bill, interstate highway construction, and changes in housing preferences shifted the population out of the city and into newly formed suburbs. Although the overall population of the St. Louis MSA has always been growing, the St. Louis city population itself decreased for decades, especially after job losses due to restructuring of railroad and other industries.
Recently, there has been revitalization in Downtown St. Louis and along a corridor extending to the west through Midtown and the Central West End neighborhoods. The St. Louis Cardinals' new Busch Stadium opened in 2006. Ballpark Village would have been built where northern half of the former Busch Stadium stood, but those plans have been put on hold. For several years, the Washington Avenue Loft District has been gentrifying with an expanding corridor along Washington Avenue from the Edward Jones Dome westward almost two dozen blocks. Revitalization continues, including new construction, as the corridor extends to the west to Forest Park.
Because of the major upturn in urban revitalization, St. Louis received the World Leadership Award for urban renewal in 2006.In 2006 the U. S. Census Bureau reported St. Louis had a net population gain of 5,648 from the 2000 Census, to 353,837, the first gain the city has had since 1950. However, since then, the State of Missouri released census estimates projecting the city will lose 3,000 residents by 2030.
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