It was quite a few years ago, about the time that the casino boats could sail on the rivers of Illinois. It was going to be Christine’s birthday so I told her that I would surprise her by taking her to Chicago to our daughters to celebrate. We left home on that nice, early October day and drove to Peoria where we boarded the casino boat for the first time. I had made arrangements at a bed and breakfast at 6 p.m. in the little town of Minonk. I asked the lady if she could possibly serve us our dinner, that it was my wife’s birthday. She was so nice and said that she would have it ready exactly at 6.