Show Me AmericaHighways and Byways, Day 23: Columbia, MO to West Plains, MO
Our first order of business this morning was getting two of Ken's prescriptions refilled. Since it was last filled at a Kroger store, we thought we'd try the pharmacy at the local Gerbes supermarket, a chain in the same corporate family as Kroger. Sure enough, the pharmacist was able to pull up his records with no problem. Then she broke the news that she couldn't fill the prescriptions.
Who knew? Without so much as a consent for treatment, let alone a bit of anesthesia, Ken had apparently undergone gender reassignment at the hands of a United Healthcare employee, who probably wasn't even a licensed physician anyway. Half an hour later, he had painlessly lost that extra x chromosome and was back to his manly self with refilled prescriptions. Whew!
Next on the agenda was getting a birthday card mailed to one of our nieces. Finding nothing remotely governmental at the shopping center where our GPS told us there was a post office, we consulted our Maps app. Following its directions, we located what apparently passes for a post office under the latest budget cuts.
|The neighborhood post office?|
Driving up to the capitol building, we were amazed to score a parking place at the curb directly in front of the entrance, just a few feet from a "3 HOUR VISITOR PARKING" sign. Not believing our good luck, we scoured the area for a parking meter or a pay-and-display kiosk but found none. It was not only convenient, it was free!
|Missouri State Capitol|
What? How did he get through security so quickly? I walked up the stairs and right into the rotunda, expecting to submit my bag and electronics for scanning, ready to remove my belt with its heavy buckle before walking through the metal detector. Instead of armed security guards and an x-ray machine, I was greeted only by a tasteful sign notifying me that weapons are prohibited in the building. Oh, OK, the security station must be at the top of the stairs.
|Inside Capitol entrance|
|Inside the Capitol dome|
Wow! It was like a breath of fresh air rushing into a landfill. We were experiencing America as it used to be in the pre-2001 days of trust and innocence. It was wonderful. What a contrast to our visit to the U.S. Capitol in April!
|Thomas Hart Benton murals|
|Our tour guide, Helen|
|Documents to pick up and examine in museum|
|Here comes the storm|
- Population: 6,010,688 (18th)
- Land area: 69,704 sq. mi. (21st largest)
- Highest point: Taum Sauk Mountain - 1,772 ft.
- Nickname: The Show Me State
- Statehood: 1821 (#24)
- Capital: Jefferson City
- Largest city: Kansas City
- Nickname: Show Me State
- Famous natives: Mark Twain, Harry S. Truman, Chuck Berry, Yogi Berra, George Washington Carver, Walter Cronkite, J.C. Penney, Dick Van Dyke, Rush Limbaugh, Eugene Field
- Claims to fame:
- bordered by eight other states
- starting point for Oregon Trail and Pony Express
- top lead producing state
- only state with 2 Federal Reserve Banks (Kansas City & St. Louis)
- hosted first Olympic games in the United States, 1904
More Photos from Today
|The Missouri House of Representatives Chamber|
|Statue of Jefferson City's eponym|
|Detail on the Capitol portico|
|Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol grounds|