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The Captain In St. Louis Update

I know that moving to Florida has changed me in several ways, but I didn’t really grasp how pronounced the effect has been until now.  I’ve been in St. Louis for a little over a week now, and I am still freaking out about the damn weather.  I honestly forgot it was possible to be this cold.  I hadn’t seen snow in two years and I really didn’t miss it.

As much as the terrible weather has affected me, my trip back to St. Louis has actually been quite enjoyable thus far.  It doesn’t feel like I’ve been away that long, especially since I just saw most of my family and friends at the wedding in October.  Still, eight months is the longest I’ve been outside of Missouri since I was a kid, and I’ve definitely noticed some changes.

The first was the big red building downtown when I was crossing over from Illinois.  After twelve hours in the car, I thought I was hallucinating.  The building in question was the new opened Lumiere Casino.  I checked it out this afternoon and it is quite nice.  They have a very classy yet reasonably priced lunch buffet that is perfect for curing hangovers.

The other big change I’ve noticed is that everyone has moved to a new place.  My sister is now living in the Fox Park neighborhood near Soulard.  She actually has a pretty cute little place and a decently comfortable couch where I have been sleeping most nights.

Staying so close to downtown is actually pretty rad.  There is lots of fun stuff to do, like hang out at Jack Patrick’s with my sister’s part-time boyfriend/full-time bartender/part-time bassist for totally kick-ass band The Hibernauts.

Speaking of music, I actually got to catch a live show for the first time in quite a while.  I went out last weekend to enjoy the awesome sounds of Grace Basement.  They played a solid show despite the terrible venue where the were booked.1

Most of my time thus far has been spent catching up with family and friends.  I’ve received a ton of great feedback from everyone about the wedding.  Thanks again to everyone who made the trip down the Florida, I’m glad that everyone was able to relax and enjoy themselves.

So far I’ve hung out a lot with D this trip, the official life of the party.  Saw several friends from college and spent a lot of time reminiscing about Springfield.  Good times.  And I was lucky enough to catch a business meeting with Mr. Grellner before he returned to Baltimore.

Mostly I’ve been chilling out with my sister at her place.  I miss my sis and I’ve really enjoyed spending time with her again.  Last night we went to the grand closing of her incredible neighborhood bar, Tanner B’s.  The loss of an amazing bar with even more amazing food that was like half a block from her apartment is quite devastating.  What a good reason to drink.

With the weather outside cold, rainy and dreary, tonight seemed like a good time to stay in and relax.  Even though February is consistently the worse month in St. Louis I’ve really enjoyed being back in town thus far.  I’ll be in town for a bit longer, so anyone who hasn’t seen me yet should hit me up.

Ciao,

The Captain

1  Dude, I’ve been to some shitty clubs in my day but the Bluebird definitely takes the cake.  Paying $5 for a rum & coke served in a plastic solo cup in a poorly renovated VFW post is ri-god-damn-diculous.

The Captain Prefers Tuesdays That Are Super

Three extremely exciting things have happened over the last couple of days.  On Saturday, I finally saw There Will Be Blood.  It was every bit as amazing as I had imagined.  Simply brilliant.

During the films climatic ending, something occurred to me for the first time. Not to give anything away, but Daniel Day Lewis’ character booms the line “I drink your milkshake!  I drink it up!”  My immediate thought was “I bet some idiot is going to make a Blood trailer with that ridiculous Kelis song and put it on YouTube.”  Sadly, I was correct .  I get the feeling that predicting YouTube videos will be a quite common occurrence in the future.

My weekend excitement continued on Sunday with Super Bowl XLII.  The last several Super Bowls have been extremely boring because 1.  The game is usually a blowout by the second half, and 2.  The New England Patriots keep winning the damn thing.  Well not so this year.  I guess all the cheating in the world couldn’t have helped this team.

Watching the game with diehard New York and Boston fans really added to the excitement of the event.  They were so into the game that they even made their dogs wear jerseys.  While I was glad to see Boston loose, I still felt bad for my buddy Mark.  Celebrating your birthday the day after your hometown teams loses the big game would be tough for anyone.1

Speaking of canines, a quick Megan demands a dog update.  We are still poochless, but her resolve continues to increase.  While in Chicago recently, Megan’s friends tried to stage a dog intervention

But they were unsuccessful.  I’m not sure how long my forces can withstand the constant doggie barrage.

My weekend was not nearly as exciting as tonite’s activities.  I’ve enjoyed watching politics for years, and I can honestly say that this Super Tuesday is about as exciting as it gets for me.  With both races so close, I’ve been glued to the television all day.  Despite the networks’ love for calling races early, I am not going to speculate on the winners as of right now.  I’ll probably end up falling asleep on the couch and have to see the results tomorrow.

I was so excited about the primaries tonite that I actually rearranged my travel plans.  I was originally planning on coming to St. Louis to celebrate Fat Tuesday.  However, I canceled this plan when I realized that I would probably be sitting by a television at a bar in Soulard dorking it up big time.  I prefer to dork it up in the privacy of my own home, so here I sit watching MSNBC.

On a related note, I am still coming to St. Louis this week.  I will be in town for a few days, so please hit me up if you would like to socialize.

Ciao,

Raoul

1  Then again, Boston hasn’t exactly been on a losing streak lately.

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