Our first glimpse of that famous St. Louis landmark – the Arch, “Gateway to the West” … and if you look in the front, right corner of the picture you can see another landmark – of my husband’s family – the ever-handy compass that sits on the dashboard of every vehicle of anyone over age 60 on his side (we sort of
bought for a really cheap price inherited Dan’s Grandpa’s 1996 Buick). These Iowa folks (maybe Melanie can understand this?) don’t talk plain ol’ “right” and “left” but talk about “South”, “North”, “East”, and “West” … as well as “Northeast”, “Southwest”, etc. Sadly, I never learned to read the sun very well since I didn’t grow up in the desert plains or on an Iowa farm. When I am told to put something in the southwest corner of the house, I am at a complete loss. I did learn that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West … and that the sun is pretty much at a straight-up point at “high noon” … but good grief, just tell me “right” or “left” since that only leaves me with 2 options instead of 200 directional compass point positions to choose from.
Ok, sorry. Where was I? Oh yeah, we were entering St. Louis…on Tuesday late afternoon…when we got our first glimpse of our goal: Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
We had found really inexpensive tickets on-line … and for the first time in a year or more, we were soooo excited to get to see a game live & in person (isn’t that the same thing – LIVE? & IN PERSON?).
Sadly, one of our persons (Andrew) had been struggling with a 102-103 degree fever since Monday. But he wasn’t about to give up this chance to see the CARDINALS. We dosed Andrew up with Motrin – and in the air conditioned car, he was just fine, right as rain (another Iowa saying??! cause those folks sure do talk about the weather A LOT!!). 🙂
Once we got to the game (game time: 7:15 p.m. CST), we realized WHY the seats we got were so
cheap inexpensive: because the SUN was shining directly onto that section of the stadium (it must been on the EAST?! side??!) as it set. It was BLAZINGLY HOT!! And when you already are fighting a fever of 102-103 degrees .. well let’s just say it was a wee bit uncomfortable. Ok, let’s say, A LOT uncomfortable.
Andrew, the baby, and I hung out in the corridor of the stadium for a while since we got there about an hour early … and tried to cool down. At this point, all medication had lost its effects and Andrew was MISERABLE 😦 I was about to shell out $5 for a tiny bottle of water when one of the ushers from the party suites, which were sitting outside of, came by and inquired about Andrew’s condition. He was nice enough to bring us 2 cups of ice water in neat little Cardinals cups (FREE souvenirs!!).
After a while, we tried to sit in our seats, shielding our eyes while we watched the opening pitch … but Andrew continued to feel horrible. So, we again went to sit in the shade … and another usher mentioned that there was an aide station on the first level if we needed it.
After a while, I decided we needed it! I took Andrew down – and the nice lady there gave him some packs of ice to cool him down. Also the next dose of medicine was starting to kick in – and the sun was finally going down! So we went back up to our seats just as someone hit a home run in the 3rd inning …
Don’t we look like we’re having a blast?! Miriam took all the craziness in stride – the crowd around us, the LOUD music that sporadically blasted through the speakers, the heat, drinking from a bottle, the spontaneous cheering and then the quiet again. She did fine – even took a little nap – until about 10 p.m. when she was probably thinking that we would NEVER leave this wild and crazy place. That was about when she quit smiling.
At this point, thankfully, Andrew was smiling – and feeling MUCH better (and had been since the visit to the aide station).
Anna was neither impressed nor disappointed with the whole thing. She did like the stadium bathroom – and we visited it probably 3 or 4 times total during the 3 and 3/4 hours we were there at the game.
Fun times, fun times.
HEY- but at least we won … almost. The final score was 8-9 – win for the Cincinnati Reds.
Good grief, Charlie Brown!