Friday, June 02, 2006

The biggest small town you have ever seen.

Sure Reno might have a lock on that quaint little catch phrase, but it sure as hell belongs right here in Independence.

Only in this town can you be related to two city council memebers, have your grandparents be life-long best firends with the mayor, realize the director of the health department live across the street from you and be recognized by name at jsut about every city event - maybe that is just me

This is not about popularity or the fact that I have a mother who is active in the board of education or that my brothers are bizarlly well-known atheletes in town, but it is still baffling that in a town of 115,000, I can be recogized in some form as I cover an event for the newspaper here.

I know, a lot has happened in the past three months. I appologize for not posting, but there was a lot of things going on - including graduation, girlfriend, and getting a job.

Things looked a little bleak there for a while - well mostly in my mind. I thought maybe I might be stuck in Columbia, serving drinks or woking at Eastgate along side my attorney.

But that was three months ago. Today is very different.

I'm now bringing my own stlye of Gonzo journalim - shamelessly stolen from the good Doktor - to the dry and broing lives of the Independence City Hall employees - most of which are either related to me or have watched my brothers play sports.

It's only been one week and I already know this is going tobe good. Massive developments, a new mayor, crime and death in the west side - iut has all the makings of a straight-to-video movie.

Some of the other reporters and editors did joke today at lunch what it would be like if the Examiner newsroom had a sitcom based on the people who work there.

It would be something like Survivor meets Mary Tyler Moore...itg makes sence in my head and that is all that matters.

Well, kids, I can tell I have become a little rusty, very boring and more of a freaking weirdo in the time that I have not posted here. But there are no more death threats to jackass cowboys or self-depricating commetns of death or some rot like that.

That, I hope, is done, I am busy now and away from some of the bad vibes that permeated the air in Columbia.

One of hte sports editors who went to MU said it best, "Now that I am out, I am glad I only have to visit."

Insanity is still a big part of my own advnetures, its jsut going to be a different kind of insanty - an adult and more wicked kind of insanity.

This is going to be good.

Then again, you could probably have figured that out so far.

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