Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Adventures in St. Louis

This summer Peter and I decided to adventure across the country and try something completely new; Summer Sales. Needless to say, it's not the most glamorous job in the world. When we first decided to sign on with a company called Linx Satallite, they told us we would be selling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I don't know much about Iowa, but it was all the same to me, at the time. Luckily, there was a Sales Rep who had family in Iowa and he really wanted to sell there. So, we were then told that we would be stationed in St. Louis, MO. Like I said, at the time I really didn't care where we went, I just wanted to make money. =D Now that we are here, I am SO grateful that we ended up in St. Louis. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against Iowa, it's just that I have already fallen in love with this fun and exciting city. There are so many interesting things to do and see here. Peter is compiling a list of all the things we want to visit before the summer is over, and let me tell you, it is pretty impressive. Even if Summer Sales turns out to be the worst job ever, at least we are in a fun, new place where we can have some great memories and take some awesome pictures!

10 Things you (Probably) didn't know about St. Louis
I found this in the 2010 Official Visitors Guide to St. Louis, I thought it was pretty interesting. =D

#1 - St. Louis City is limited to only 61 square miles - it cannot physically grow any larger because of a mandate in the city's charter which was established in 1876.

#2 - The custom of placing chocolates on hotel pillows began when actor Cary Grant stayed at The Mayfair and used chocolates to woo a woman friend from her room to his.

#3 - There were four foods popularized at the 1904 World's Fair - the hot dog, the hamburger, iced tea and the ice cream cone.

#4 - The popular soda 7-Up was invented here and Dr. Pepper was first introduced at the 1904 World's Fair.

#5 - St. Louis offers more free attractions than any city outside of Washington D.C., including the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum,. Grant's Farm, Saint Louis Art Museum, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours, Citygarden, Saint Louis Science Center, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Museum of Westward Expansion, Old Courthouse, National Great Rivers Museum, and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.

#6 - The world's first skyscraper - Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building - is located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

#7 - St. Louis was the first American City to host the Olympic Games (1904).

#8 - Juniors clothing was created in St. Louis in the mid-1930s when a merchandising manager at a local department store persuaded students at Washington University's School of Dress Design to create dresses that would appeal to women in their teens and twenties.

#9 - Planter's Punch and Tom Collins cocktails were Invented at a St. Louis hotel called the Planter's House.

#10 -Susan Blow started the first U.S. kindergarten in St. Louis in 1873.

As you can see St. Louis is a pretty bombin' city and we are SO excited to take advantage of all the various adventures it has to offer us!

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