I am sitting in style in my room in The Chase Park Plaza musing about my blessings. I am in St. Louis, Missouri for the 40th reunion of my graduation from St. Louis University School of Medicine.
St Louis in the year 2011 is vibrant and celebrating the Cardinal’s victory in the World Series over the Texas Rangers. Hats off to the effort made by Texas. I was swept up in the party last night.
Today I will speak to my former classmates about my heart transplant and my near death experience. A select group of them met last night for French cuisine, and I had French onion soup for the first time in 15 years.
My friends tolerated with interest the stories about my desperate journey through end stage heart failure. The evening capped off with signing several books for dear old friends.
Today I experienced new millennium St. Louis. I toured the Chase Park Plaza Hotel residences at 232 North Kings Highway Blvd. I have always had a passion for Art Deco Architecture, and this hotel residence – recently renovated – offers it all.
In addition, celebrity residents such as Lou Brock and Toni La Russa from the St. Louis Cardinals live there. It is the lap of luxury featuring amenities such as valet parking, concierge services,on site health club/pool and movie theater. It is situated in the midst of the most luxurious residences in St. Louis.
While enveloped in the views of autumn colors and warmed by the bright sun that more than makes up for the 55 degree temperature, I watch with interest the trials of people from New Jersey, New York and New England dealing with the October snowstorm.
Prior to writing this blog I met the president of my graduating class in the lobby of the hotel. He held out the copy of Archimedes’ Claw I signed for him last night. He told me he was totally engrossed in the book and unable to put it down. He said,”I never get a chance to read because I am so busy. But, your book is amazing!”
As a postscript to this blog I want to share that the Graduating Class of 1971 St. Louis University School of Medicine had their reunion tonight and gathered to honor one another. As I listened to their accomplishments I stood in awe and respectful humility. I am glad to have been part of them.