Gonna Find Me a Cowboy...

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...and ride off into the sunset.  I had been looking forward to the PBR for months, buying our tickets on my birthday in December.

I told my sister we needed to leave Salem by 9:30.  That way, when she didn't show up until a quarter after ten, we'd still have plenty of time.  (She actually showed up at 10:40).  I had wanted to go to Old Navy in Fairview Heights since we'd be over there.  But, to make up time, we didn't.  I had picked out two different places to eat lunch, telling Emily she could pick, it didn't matter to me.  The options: O'Connell's Pub (which supposedly has the best burgers in St. Louis) or Pappy's Smokehouse (which I'd seen on Travel Channel's Man v. Food, one of my favorite shows ever).

  She opted for O'Connell's.  We got there just after they'd opened at noon, and they were already busy.  We claimed a booth in the corner and placed our orders.  I got a roast beef sandwich with a side salad; Emily got a cheeseburger and french fries.  Our lunch ended up taking over an hour, but the food was delicious, the best roast beef I've ever had.

The PBR event was to start at 2 PM.  We arrived at 1:30, getting an awesome parking space (hey, it's the little things that make me happy).  We walked around the concourse, checking out the displays.  We even had our picture taken at the Cooper Tire display.  With who?  I don't know, but we each got a free t-shirt.  The St. Louis PBR event is the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Invitational and it was awesome.

  Our seats were decent, but still not the ring-side seats I'd love to splurge for (next year, I've already decided). There were some really great rides, some 90+ points.  My all-time favorite cowboy, Wiley Peterson didn't do so well, and neither did my new favorite, Elliott Jacoby.  Kody Lostroh intensely aggravated an injured elbow (or shoulder, I forget which), and JB Mauney was bucked off, and you could clearly see his agitation.  The event was won by Jody Newberry, the Comeback Kid.  The best part, though, was our row, out of the entire arena, was chosen the winner of $100 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.  Cool!  From that, I won $55 and Emily won $60.

Afterwards, we indulged a little bit and went for dessert at Crown Candy Kitchen.  They were busy!  Packed, with a line.  Once we got seated, I ordered an amazing chocolate sundae made with chocolate ice cream.  Mmmm... heaven.  The funny part was, though, we sat there, scratching off all our lottery tickets.  We had to do so, because they were Missouri Lottery, and we live in Illinois.  Then, we had to find a gas station in order to redeem our winnings!  (Which we did, we wandered back downtown and found a Shell Station).

And, no, I didn't find me a cowboy.  Oh, well...  I guess there will be other sunsets.

ahtibat17 says:
Thanks! :)
Posted on: Mar 04, 2010
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