Gia – It’s So Good to See Ya (In the Rearview Mirror)

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Dawn from inside Lambert Airport in St. Louis with Winter Storm Gia quickly approaching

Six months ago I decided it might be nice to miss a little of Missouri’s January weather and booked a getaway for my wife and I in Fort Lauderdale.  Though we prefer road trips, I booked a couple of tickets departing from St. Louis on Southwest Airlines at 8:45 am on  January 11, 2019.

Little did I know when I booked the tickets that we would have unexpected company from far away arriving at our house that same day.

Winter storm Gia began her journey in the Pacific, spreading extreme winter weather across the midsection of the U.S.  Check-in time for her arrival in St. Louis was noon, January 11, 2019.

We actually prefer road trips to flying, but this time I’m glad we made an exception.  First, it is hard to outrun a winter storm in a car.  We’ve tried before and came up short.  Second, my wife has more metal in her from her hips down than most cars leaving the assembly line these days.  Successfully getting through the metal detector usually involves her being the recipient of some serious groping.  We secured “KNOWN TRAVELER NUMBERS” through the TSA a few years ago which have helped.  We are now able to retain most of our clothing & footwear when passing through the metal detector.   AND, the post-metal detector groping of my wife after she invariably sets the metal detector beeping has decreased from the “Honeymoon – First Night” level to the “In a Relationship” level.

We made it to the gate area 90 minutes in advance.  My wife was still in a good mood, which is no gimme after she goes through security.  One time in Kansas City they claimed they found gun powder on her shoes.  Later I discovered they test for nitrates, found in gun powder, but ALSO found in plant fertilizer.  My wife is no stranger to plant fertilizer.  That time ended up in a little room with 3 TSA agents who subjected her to their “pretty sure you are a terrorist” treatment.  Her mood had declined precipitously by the time she rejoined me at the departure gate

I was thrilled to see our plane already at the gate when we arrived.  As we took our seats, I noticed a beautiful red sky in the east. “RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILOR TAKE WARNING!”  Bad weather was imminent.  Our phones began to beep frequently with weather warnings & school closings as Gia approached St. Louis.

As my wife made a final bathroom visit before boarding the plane, a young woman wearing a “BUDWEISER KING OF BEERS” sweatshirt and carrying a cute toddler with a giant red bow in her hair sat down next to our seats.  I wondered if perhaps traveling with a toddler had helped solidify her fondness of Budweiser.

We boarded right on time.  By 9 am we were airborne.

Winter Storm Gia could kiss our contrails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happier Days at the El Governor Motel

In 2011, we had the pleasure of accompanying our son’s family on our grandkids very first extended roadtrip.

Destination: Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The second night of our trip found us on the Florida Panhandle.  We hoped we could find a room on the beach in Panama City so our grandkids could get their first taste of the amazing charm of sand & saltwater.  Alas, that dream was not to be fulfilled.  After checking with multiple hotels/motels on the beach, we were unable to overcome one or more of three hurdles:

  1. No vacancy
  2. A three-day minimum rental, or
  3. A cost out of our price range

Discouraged, we began to think it was not going to happen.

Then my wife made a fortuitous phone call to a place she found on the internet:  the El Governor Motel in Mexico Beach, Florida.  They had rooms available, there was no three-day minimum, and the cost was only slightly above our price range.

We reserved two rooms, sight unseen.

25 miles deeper along the Florida panhandle we pulled into the parking lot of the El Governor.  It is a large concrete structure right on the beach.

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The first level of the motel is a covered parking garage.  Think Motel 6 a couple hundred feet from the Gulf of Mexico.

Yesterday morning, Mexico Beach was Ground Zero where Hurricane Michael roared ashore as a Category 4 hurricane.

In the 1948 Humphrey Bogart movie Key Largo, a gang of criminals commandeered a hotel on the Florida Keys just as a hurricane was approaching.  In one scene, a couple of  the criminals are discussing the hurricane.

Ralphie:   What happens in a hurricane?

Curly:  “The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across land.”

We have fond memories of the Mexico Beach motel, the first place our first two grandkids got to spend extended time on the beach.

It wasn’t fancy, but, if you want a place right on the beach, it’s hard to get closer to the water than the El Governor Motel.

As we were leaving after our night on Mexico Beach, I suggested to my son that “El Governor” might be a bit too grand of a name.  “Maybe El Lieutenant Governor” I suggested.  My son thought El Mayor might be about right.

Nevertheless, it served us well and I have very fond memories of carrying my then one-year old granddaughter along the beach.

I hope the El Governor made it.

 

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