Lists, lists, lists

Hello everyone from Room something at the St. Louis Doubletree by Hilton. It was a nice drive over today with my friend, Rick Plumlee, and my son, Jeff Lutz. Jeff is 31 now so he’s also a friend. Somewhat. Although he’s a son first. Those of you with adult children, does that make sense?

Not that I scold the young man still. He’s married, has a 7-year-old and a house. It would be kind of silly to scold him. But I do offer fatherly “advice” at times, which I’m almost 100 percent sure he heeds. Or not.

Anyway, let’s get to a little listing in the hour or so I have until a group of us head out to Zia’s on The Hill for dinner. It’s probably my favorite restaurant in St. Louis. But I don’t have enough favorites to do a list. But I’ll go with a restaurant theme for List No. 1.

Favorite chain restaurants

1. Longhorn Steakhouse

2. Chile’s

3. Outback

4. Applebee’s

5. Old Chicago

10 things I like about St. Louis

1. The Cardinals, of course. I’ve been a fan for over 50 years now. Going on 52, in fact. Wow, I didn’t need to see that number.

2. All of the Cardinals fans here during the summer when a game is being played at Busch Stadium.

3. The Missouri Valley Conference tournament. One of the best in the country. Lots and lots of memories. And a few things forgotten.

4. The Arch. Takes me back to another time and being awestruck as a kid by the magnitude of this landmark.

5. The St. Louis Zoo. I haven’t been in a while. But the setting – Forest Park – is awesome.

6. Budweiser brewery. Who could possibly tire of seeing how beer is made?

7. Laclede’s Landing, although I don’t go down there as much as I did when I was younger. The party animal inside of me has been tamed.

8. Market Street. One of the best downtown streets in America, in my opinion. Not that I know all the streets.

9. Memories of my father. He first brought me to St. Louis for a Cardinals game in 1966. I was 11. We came a few times after that and it was always fun to watch the Cardinals with him. That first trip over was made in a Beech Bonanza and the pilot did loop-de-loops on the way over. I was scared to death.

10. Meeting Stan Musial. My wife and I got to talk to Musial three years ago. He wasn’t in the best of health, but he allowed us to have our picture taken with him. It was a special moment, obviously.

Five favorite muffin flavors

1. Apple cinnamon

2. Blueberry

3. Banana nut

4. Orange

5. Lemon poppyseed

Five careers I might have been good at

1. Baseball executive

2. Play-by-play broadcaster

3. Bus driver (I like buses)

Sorry, I can only think of three and even they are a stretch.

Favorite subjects in school

1. English

2. Journalism

3. Creative writing

Sorry, I can only think of three and even they are a stretch.

Five things I won’t eat

1. Beets

2. Asparagus

3. Catfish

4. Liver

5. Black olives

Five great things about Zia’s, our destination this evening

1. It’s on The Hill

2. The dinner salad is to die for.

3. The service.

4. The tenement style of housing in the neighborhood with houses stacked almost on top of one another. But most are well kept. I can always sense the pride of those who live on The Hill.

5. The dinner salad. There are times when I want to order two.

Have a great day, everyone. I’m looking forward to covering the NCAA Tournament again. It’s one of the best parts of the job.