That’s right folks, it’s time for Observant and her faithful companion Ken to take their annual Fall Weekend Excursion. This year’s destination: St. Louis – if you couldn’t guess from the picture, which means you’re either not a real American or you’re from Texas and still believe the gateway to the west is in Fort Worth. I know you Texas people know what I’m talking about (OK, I feel I’m somewhat entitled to that barb since I lived in the Great State of TX for a good number of years).
Our only firm plan is to go up the Arch, which I’ve done but Ken has not. Heehee, Ken does not like heights! I guess this will be a good opportunity to find out if he’s also claustrophobic! Those little tiny cars that take you to the top are a real trip, kids. Not only that, but the Arch sways back in forth in the wind. It’s scary-fun!
We might also go on a riverboat ride – just like in the olden days!!! Speaking of the olden days, the New Madrid earthquakes happened in 1811-1812. These were magnitude 7.2-8.0 earthquakes, the strongest ever reported east of the Mississippi. Booya California people! My own neighborhood was developed in the late 1800’s, specifically for people from the New Madrid area who wanted to relocate farther away from the earthquake zone.
I hope there’s not another big one while we’re on top of the Arch. They say it was built earthquake-proof, but do we really trust their word, people? If it fell down, I could just hear it now – “Oops. Looks like the construction specifications used in 1963 were actually substandard! Sorry….”
Well, I wouldn’t hear them say that, obviously (since I would be dead, smashed, blotto, obliterated), but you know what I mean.
Have fun this weekend boys and girls. I’ll be back Monday, unless the big one hits while I’m in the Arch (THE Gateway to the West) in which case I won’t be.