John holds up Thursday's paper at LAX. He is being kidnapped to a reunion that is not his own.
Bill and...er Mary and John.
I give John a ride around my old hood...the gas station where my Dad taught me how to pump gas.
We stop at Happy China next door...
...for Crab Rangoon, something we can't find easily in LA, PA or NYC.
Me old homestead.
We stayed at the Cheshire Inn, next to the big Amaco sign near Forest Park.
...as you can see: they stayed true to theme.
Furniture at the end of the hall.
Creepy picture near our door.
Hilarious picture inside our room: a procession out of town with men dressed as ladies. Scandalous!
Our bed tapestry.
Stuff on the walls.
Our TV cabinet.
Our window to the world.
John re-enacts a scene from a Christmas story.
I love on good art.
What is this man thinking?
Do they get this stuff on eBay?
Dangerous wall moldings.
The exercise room has a basin in it.
I don't know what to say about this picture.
...attention to detail.
John exiting the elevators after one of his many attempts to retrieve something I left in the hotel room.
John, me, Ellitot, Judy, Helen and Jackie.
I made John tour the St. Louis arch against his will.
It's bigger than he thought it would be.
Not many river boats left.
He's glad we don't have to walk up steps.
We take a cute little elevator instead.
My new Keens!
An artistic shot of the elevator window.
Cables in the arch.
From the top...a shadow to a monument.
The new stadium...I prefer the bottlecap but I haven't experienced so who am I to say. I had a hotel party in that skinny hotel once.
Straight down to the steps...the last time I was here these babies were under water.
John looking down.
Riverboat on the east side.
Morning sun on the Mississippi.
How slow a barge moves pushing a load up river.
How fast a barge moves down river.
John's cow head shirt from the Topo Ranch store on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA.
At the Museum of Westward Expansion under the Arch....this beaver exhibit always made me laugh.
Buffalo profile: from cow butt to hulk shoulders.
New bots in the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Walking out of the Arch.
The Arch from Laclede's Landing.
I used to beg to go to the old spagheti factory as a child...in love with the old seeming decor. Then I realized, many towns had an old spaghett factory.
John in the entry of the St. Louis City Museum.
City Museum tree to crawl through.
Bottle wall in City Museum.
Bus on roof of City Museum.
John in a City Museum maze. He's leading us to that plane in the background.
Mary drives the plane.
John plays in the plane.
Donna, John and Patty
LeAnne in front of her house in Tower Grove.
At Cohokia Mounds. Prairie in progress.
Is that prehistoric Helga?
John learns about hard labor.
Climbing the Monks mound at Cahokia Mounds, largest prehistoric city north of Mexico.
Level 2 of Monks mound, closed for construction like much of the Cheshire Inn and the rest of St. Louis.
Can you tell what time it is?
The original Imo's Pizza near our hotel.
This is what extra cheese looks like.
Me, Diana and her husband David.
After the reunion party, John talked me through the chess pieces at the Cheshire Inn's Fox and Hounds pub.