Sunday, March 01, 2009
Weekend in STL
Madame X and I paid a visit to our youngest son, Greg, who is just two months or so from graduating from St. Louis University with a degree in biomedical engineering. Despite our best intentions, we didn't visit him as often as we said (threatened) we would during his four years at SLU. We made Parents Weekend his freshman year and visited last June, when G had an on-campus summer internship. Seems we had another trip in there, but I can't recall the circumstances.
Anyway, we had a good time. We had lunch at Greg's place of employment, Dewey's, in suburban University City, where the pizza is second only to that found at Greg's aunt and uncle's place in Colorado, High Mountain Pies.
Afterwards, we caught up with G's girlfriend Julie, and we toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Massive does not begin to describe the place! Here's a tip: The tour involves several blocks of walking outside. Do NOT tour when it is 27 degrees and the wind is howling. Or at least be better attired for the outdoor segments of a tour. But it was interesting, free and included free samples.
Here's a little video.
We also visited Greg's lab, where he showed us his senior project -- a device to make it easier for laymen to accurately take blood-pressure readings.
After Mass on the SLU campus and breakfast Sunday, we made the 300-mile trek home. No stoplights between the SLU campus and the south edge of Dubuque! (Unless you need food or gasoline.)
When Madame X and I returned to town, we met Claire and her parents at a nearby restaurant. Dining Mexican is usually fast -- and the food arrived in good time -- but Claire eats at, shall we say, a deliberate pace.