In 1989, Dave was supporting Allison Transmissions in Indianapolis,
flying over from Detroit for two days each week. At this time,
Southwest Airlines started operating from Detroit's City airport with
deeply discounted fares to 4 cities: Chicago, St Louis, Nashville
(and Indy) literally $19 each way, non-refundable. Northwest
immediately matched the ridiculous price. Dave started same-day
commuting to and from Indy as it was actually cheaper than staying in
Jesse was just a year old, and our Cincy-Indy
long weekend car trip had been unsatisfactory. With lots of willing
babysitters in the neighborhood, Dave suggested "day-trips"
to Chicago and St Louis, to see a few
sights, enjoy in a baseball day game, and then beat it home for bedtime.
The St Louis Cardinals offered a few "businessman's escape"
games on Wednesdays when the team was heading out the road (to get a
jump on their flight). We pick one in May against the Astros and had
the novelty of seeing Dan Schatzeder, an ex-Tiger, pitch for the
Astros. We flew in, visited the Arch and riverfront for an hour, then
headed to the stadium for the game. Then we headed to Union Station
for dinner, and a taxi back to the airport and home in time for bed.
A great day for $38 each. We were jet-setters!