Friday, December 16, 2011

You win!



I am always looking for a cheap and easy way to fill the pages of this blog. So, what better time than now to tell you:

I won a design contest!

Well, technically, I won third - according to the judges - but when my artwork was reproduced in Black and White (as the instructions said it was going to be) mine was the only one that was legible...

Hurray?

Here is the deets:
The pizza place up the street from Ye Old Jr. Varsity is trying to drum up some business from the lines of people heading to the Christmas in the Park display.

People sit in their cars for HOURS to see the display. The Pizza Boss came up with the idea to hand out fliers to people waiting in line telling them the pizza joint was open and they could watch the line shrink from the windows of the game room... clever stuff, I tell you...

The Boss's Microsoft Word design skills were lacking so he threw it out to his Fans on Facebook...

"Design me a flier," he said. "And win $60 in Next Door Pizza gift certificates."

Now, my design skills aren't really what I would call... "professional" nor have I gone through any of the "training" or "education" needed to "be a graphic artist"... but I'll do just about anything for free pizza.

Next Door Pizza flier

Like I said, it's not exactly art... and from what the Facebook folks were saying there were some REALLY serious graphic artists on the case. Still, nothing says good design like a sweet readable font choice.

Huzzah Technicalities!

And Huzzah Next Door Pizza, who I think has some of the best Deep Dish Pizza in KC.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Somedays...

... I feel like I want to set my hair on fire.

Water Fire Kansas City 2011

Despite our early week excitement, this whole week, though, as been dragging along. The Temple of Gonzo-KC had a bit of a medical emergency Monday night when The Librarian came down with some kind of stomach flu.

I think she picked it up from her infant niece (I say this only because I know for a fact babies cannot comprehend something as complicated as The Internets, but I could be wrong and might have to brace myself for the wrath of a drooling child upset by internet-tolls).

Anyway, if a man's engagement to a women is to be a time to learn about one another before marriage, I can definitely say my engagement to the Librarian has taught me how to effectively clean up buckets of puke.

For nearly 18 hours - every 15 minutes - she was puking, giving me only about 10 mins to rinse, clean and deodorize the trashcan we were using.

It was brutal.

What I thought was funny though was how many people kept telling me I needed to get her on the BRATs diet when she finally stopped up-chucking.

It sounded like they were nuts, but Banans, Rice, Applesauce and Toast must have been one of those health lessons I missed when I was in Jr. High.

Once we got things back to normal the work week ground to a halt and became insanely more boring.

Maybe it was the weather... maybe it's because tomorrow is payday... maybe it's because I decided to quit injecting caffeine into my eyeballs in the morning (health reasons). Whatever the case, I think this is a sign of things to come as classes end and the semester winds down. I'll have to start taking on some more evergreen projects - not necessarily a bad thing, really.

On the bright side, I found out my Attorney landed himself a cushy Lawyer-like job down in Springfield. Even got himself a high-fallutin' loft downtown... Fancy.

Now that he has ascended into the 1% I guess this means he can get all my drinks when I head south to visit the SOB.

Let's just hope all his lawyer-ing does not mean he has to back out of the wedding. If anything, I am going to need a lawyer more than ever in Vegas.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

What am I thankful for?

One year my cousin put up a Thankful Tree at my Mom's house as part of a Thanksgiving activity. This is what I wrote on my leaf...



Two years later, The Librarian and I finally got to spend an entire Thanksgiving Holiday together. We were up early to make our pies and deserts and pack the cooler with libations for our moveable feast.

And now two Thanksgiving Dinners, two turkeys, one spiral-cut ham, 10 pounds of green beans, and an unknown amount of pretzel-jello later, we are passed out on the couch watching bad television.

This is what I am thankful for.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Viva Las Vegas...

Pack your best Hawaiian shirt and bring along your fanciest flask. The Librarian and I are headed to Vegas this summer to get hitched...

The Strip at night


Wooooooo!

It took us about a week to realize that planning a wedding and reception in Kansas City was going to be like pulling teeth with a weed whacker. We took in a couple of bids from places that we thought would be reasonable. But everything we could fit into our budget was going to involve WAY to much heavy lifting and coordination from our end and was just going to sap any and all fun we were going to have.

After we started to spread the news that Vegas would be the location of our destination wedding, I started hearing from other friends and co-workers who did the same thing. They all kept telling me is was the best decision they made when it came to getting married.


Although I am a little bummed we will not get Elvis or even Barry Mannilo to do the wedding for us, I suspect the resort will have someone of equal stature to officiate Wedding-palooza 2012!

Get pumped! You can find more details about the wedding and such here.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

I liked it so much I put a ring on it...

Raise a glass and get quiet, WednesdayWeekly readers.

A couple of weeks ago we had introduced you to The Librarian as one of the new authors to this dump of a blog. Well, that invitation had an ulterior motive since I knew I would be asking The Librarian to git hitched.

 Engagement @ the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

For about a month I have been planning and scheming. With the help of my crazy(,) supportive family and friends I was able to surprise her on the front lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

She had always told me how much she loves the Nelson. It is her Happy Place in KC. So, with the help of my Attorney who was working behind the camera, I popped the question catching her completely off guard.

Engagement @ the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

After the Nelson we had family on tap for drinks and then off to an evening of dinner and music with friends.

Engagement @ the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

With the level of excitement from the engagement, the pressure is on now to bring my A-Game when the wedding rolls around sometime in the coming year.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Let the Kansas City Kite Festival Madness begin!

We are solid six months away from the 2012 Flights of Fancy Kite Festival, but we are already knee deep in planning and coordination for the April 21 event.

The sixth annual festival got a nice early shot in arm on Wednesday when we were featured in the 2012 Mid America Regional Council Public Safety Communication Calendar...

Flights of Fancy Kite Festival & MARC

The calendars will be sent to every 911 call center and public safety communications office in the greater Kansas City area.

The calendar itself lists all of the training sessions and classes MARC offers throughout the year. Still, turn to the month of April and you cannot ignore the amazing kite photos and information about our growing festival.

Flights of Fancy Kite Festival & MARC

April 21, 2012
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.5
500 SW Longview Road.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Safety first

Hudon on guard

Hudson knew exactly where to be when the OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKE OF 2011!!!!!!!! struck the heart of Kansas City.

He might seem like the dumb one, but I bet - secretly - he knows more than he lets on...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Kansas City Riverfront

Despite living in the River Market for several years, I had never actually walked down to the Heritage Riverfront Trail...

On Saturday, before the big Halloween Blowout, The Librarian and I spent the morning wandering around this bizarre park land, which is dotted with neat overlooks and ruined industrial landscape.

Broadway Bridge

From the trail, you can walk right down to the river bank and probably even dip you feet in the water... neither of us had a death wish, so we kept our feet on dry land.

River Shadow

What really caught our eye, though, was the remains of docks and other buildings that were in various states of decay.

Old Dock

This concerte staircase was all that was left of some dock and led from the trail all the way down into the water.  I assume is only now used to help when dumping the bodies into the water...

Stairs

Not a bad trip... I am sure we will get down there again and try to walk further into Berkley Park next time the weather is nice.

Hwy 9

Monday, October 31, 2011

Green Monkeys rule the night.

Halloween KC 2011

Nostalgia can do crazy things to people... and so can a lot of cheap booze.

That's why our Legends of the Hidden Temple costumes were a HUGE success as The Librarian and I went wandering into the night this past weekend.

Anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s immediately recognized the game show uniforms and those who did not know the name of the show recognized it as soon as they could muster up the courage to walk over and blurt out "We have been sitting her FOREVER trying to remember the name of THAT show."

Pictures would ensue and people would stumble back into the night giggling and talking about how Legends and GUTS were their favorite Nickelodeon shows as kids.

I don't think The Librarian was used to so many people stopping and asking to take pictures with us. It was kind of surreal.

Still, the night gave one hero in our band of misfit characters the opportunity to announce that, although none of us won the costume contest, it was still the best Halloween (*observed) ever.

Halloween KC 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Save the Children

A big question. The biggest. What should my first post on this illustrious blog (I really do mean that) be about?

My love of Castle, Nathan Fillion fans unite!...no

My awesome cats...my Publicist has got that covered

My love of ellipses...texting has rotted my brain (at least it's not like)

My job...the wacky world of librarianship can be very controversial...DING!

Today, I faced the age old dilemma of a public librarian. Or at least a public librarian in a predominantly conservative part of town. The dilemma: what can I promote and display in the Teen section that won't make the hyper-sensitive moms angry?

Now before I get to my opinion, you need a little background. I have 3 brothers who are all at least 6 years older than me. At the age of 12, I was watching and reading things an 18 year old boy finds interesting. I will not elaborate as most of you need no explanation. This input has not, however, made me an over-sexed serial killer. There are no dead bodies in my closet (that I put there). I consider myself a healthy well adjusted individual.

From my background, you can see how overprotective moms can be quite frustrating. Get ready for library power! My job is to provide information not to limit it. Information is never the problem, it's what you do with it. And besides, if these moms really knew what their kids were actually into then they might just start crying. Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be the least of their problems.

Today, I chose the easy way out. I'm not going to do the display. They win this time, but this is only a battle not the war. I will get V for Vendetta in their grubby little hands if it kills me.

I hope this entry suffices as an acceptable beginning. It has actually been quite fun.

Librarian Out

Introducing: The Librarian...

Sarah frowns something fierce

Since 2004, this blog has been limping along as a pet project that gave me a platform to espouse whatever filth I decided to write about...

Well, that all is changing.

Don't get me wrong, I will still continue to treat this dump like the wasteland of nouns and verbs that it has always been.

Only from now on I will have a partner in crime that will be blogging along side me. I have extended an invitation for The Librarian to join us to share her writing, photos and design work.

The great thing about the Librarian is that she is not only a creative writer, but she also was into professional photography way before dirty hipsters started using the Sepia filter to call their cellphone photos art...

She will lend a woman's touch to this pad and also give you some insight into the world of hard boozing... er, I mean Libraries.

So, put your hands together for our newest contributor, The Librarian...


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Water Fire Kansas City

Water Fire Kansas City 2011

Brush Creek is set ablaze for Water Fire 2011.

Although it is in its sixth year, this was the first time The Librarian and I had ever been to the arts and music event. Music, arts and more importantly FIRE!

Baskets of fire float on Brush Creek lighting the waterway and providing a great fall feeling as singers, dancer and fire flingers(?) perform along the banks.

Water Fire Kansas City 2011

The dance group Quixotic kind of stole the show, I thought. We stuck around for two of their three performances and both were kind of wild.

Water Fire Kansas City 2011

Water Fire Kansas City 2011

Check out the rest of the photos from myself and The Librarian.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Green Monkeys FOREVER!

Halloween costume 2011

The Halloween Costumes have finally arrived!

Old Mec would be proud.

Now all I need is someone willing to dress up as a Temple Guard who will randomly chase us around while we are out and about that weekend... might be something for Craig's List.

What I do know is that the Blue Barracudas are going down in the first round!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mmmmmm... barbacoa



I know... it's an ad for Chipotle.

But holy (free range) cow, it's also Willie Nelson!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Football in a house divided

Waving the Wheat

Ours, is a house divided.

I went to MU. She went to KU. Somehow, through what I am sure is a policy similar to Mutually Assured Destruction, we make this relationship work like magic.

On Saturday, the Old Roommate got us tickets to go see the KU football game in Lawrence.

I had never been to to a KU football game (a few basketball games), so I was pumped all day to see the Jayhawks in action. 

We got out to L-Town early to take in the city and eat/drink at Free State Brewery. Some light tailgating and then GAME TIME (with continued tailgating)!

KU Football

It was a fairly demure crowd on the non-student side of the stadium. Since it was Oklahoma, I think everyone was just expecting the worst...thank Jebus for a stellar defense. I will tell you, I wanted to see KU win as bad as the folks sitting around me.

Also, you all know my feelings about Oklahoma.

Friends seem to forget my mother indoctrinated me early into the Jayhawk way of life... still, everyone seems weirded out when I not only know the tunes to all the cheer songs, but can also clap along...


Now doesn't that feel collegiate...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Free Parking Downtown


There is a parking garage downtown, not too far from the Power and Light District, where you can park for free.

It is just a nice little secret where I park whenever I am going to the theater, or grabbing a drink at Flying Saucer.

I don't need validation or a parking pass. I just drive in and tell the attendant the password and he waved me through the gate.

I don't live or work in the building above the garage. I don't even remember who told me about this garage.

Concert at Sprint? Park for free in this garage. Roller Derby at municipal? Park for free in this garage. Convention at Bartle Hall? Park for free again. Even when there are big events, this garage has never had an added charge or more than a handful of other cars.

Even though I live in the River Market and the walk up the hill to the Downtown Loop is really not bad. Still, sometimes, Free Parking is just fun.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Not even Disney wanted to call KC home

Everyone has quite the idilic view of Walt Disney and his connections with Kansas City.

I have seen his face on murals and in warming Chamber of Commerce Videos that get played when we want to remember the great people who came from KC.

Unfortunately, I get the feeling old Walt did not share the same connection with KC that we thought he did.

One of my favorite blogs, Letters of Note, found this letter from Disney and his brother to the creative animator that would one day create Mickey Mouse. In his letter he begs, pleads and cries for Ub Iwerks to move to Hollywood.


It all seems pretty straight forward until Disney's final zinger at the end... Feel free to click through to LON or I can just spoil the ending for you here.

As he signs off with Ub, Disney adds this little P.S.:

"P.S. I wouldn’t live in K.C. now if you gave me the place — yep — you bet — Hooray for Hollywood — !!"

KC might need a litte ointment for the burn...


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Waiting...

Hudson licking his chops

Hudson grows impatient with how long this blog thing is taking...

He grows weary of waiting...

I hear you, fuzz-ball. Some changes are a coming down the pipe

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Air Show

A-10 Warthog buzzes River Market

The KC Air Show invaded our quiet neighborhood and rattled the windows as plane after plane buzzed our apartment building just across the river.

On Saturday we had the awful misfortune of witnessing the crash that killed a pilot after he lost control of his plane. On Sunday, though the show's pilots vowed to continue flying and kept to the air for an all-day spectacle.

We watched stunt planes, Russian Migs, Mustang fighters and an A-10 Warthog all buzz the rooftop of the Market Station apartments as we ate dips and drank away the afternoon.

Crowd

The air show has a special place in my heart since it was the place, as a photographer, that I got this sweet photo when I tagged along with the U.S. Army Golden Knights when they did their arial parachute stunts:

Skydivers

The view was different this year, but amazing with the good people and good drinks.

Ka-Boom!

Warthog @ KC Airshow 8/2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two whole years...

Kyle, stop it.

Two years ago I met The Librarian at a house warming party.

I showed up alone and already reeking of cheap Kansas whiskey.

She was forced to go by another friend.

I was shouting at the room about how much I loved the movie District 9.

She also loved the movie, even though her volume was quieter and more polite in mixed company.

Two years later the amount of loud talk and enthusiasm for one another is still as strong as our enthusiasm for a movie about aliens.

Here's to year three and many more after.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The new kitchen

Kitchen

Hell's Bells, Wednesday Weekly, the move-in was a complete 110-degree success. The blistering sun did not deter us from shlepping our stuff across town in a rented truck and carrying it four stories up to the new apartment.

Everything is just about unpacked — aside from a few dozen paperback novels The Librarian owns.

As the dust settled and the two additional roommates became more accustomed to the new digs, I cooked up the first meal in the place: Spaghetti and homemade meatballs. It was a complete success as I only set the smoke alarm off once...

Of course, this is not our first foray into River Market Living. Only this time the building seems a lot more... quiet. I mean... unsettlingly silent at all hours of the day. I am wondering if that will continue or if that is just one off weekend...

The new neighbors are nice.
The new commute is a breeze.
The new view is pretty cool.

Sawyer

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sticking around for another year...

It seems the price for being a world-famous blogger is about $10 a year. At least that is what Google demanded from me this past week when the registration for this dump was about to expire....

I figure I'll pass the cost on to my readers... which really just means my Mom now owes me $10.

Since I had to re-up my membership fees to the Google Overlords, I figured I better post something — anything — to sate your insufferable appetite for things from the WW... and to prove that, no, I have not died yet...

So, on to the good news!

The Temple of Gonzo-KC will be moving its offices back to the River Market this weekend as the Librarian and I join forces in our ongoing missions to bring peace to nations and ending world hunger... or something like that... Somehow Whisky is a part of that mission.

The Waldo neighborhood has served myself and our Resident Deep Thought-ologist well this past year, but it is time we move on from this shanty-town and into the regal and luxury to which we have grown accustomed.

Oh, and we will be welcoming a couple of new roommates into the mix: Hudson and Sawyer

8-bit Cats
That is right, WW.... get ready for some INSANE CAT VIDEOS! Marvel when I transform into EPIC KC CAT PERSON. Indulge in all the cat blogging your skull can handle.

Are you as excited as I am? Probably not, but since when have I cared what any of you think.

Onward and Upward!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fourth of July

And so we made it through another successful Fourth of July with all of our fingers and toes still intact...

We ate ridiclous amounts of food, drank terrible beer and blew up little paper chickens and tanks all in the name of Ah-mer-a-kuh.

In Independence, fireworks are still legal and continue to be amazing...

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

Sarah pop-sparklers

SPARKLERS!

sparkle fountain

Ka-BOOM!

Pile of fireworks

Friday, July 01, 2011

STL Summer Vacation

With so much activity going on this summer blogging is about a frequent as a Solar Eclipse.

Work is busy.

Home is busy.

Family is busy.

But we did manage to escape for a weekend in STL with the brothers, moms and girlfriends.

Here is what we did:

Mike and Sarah at the STL Science Museum

THE SCIENCE CENTER!

Baby giraffe

THE ZOO!

Sleeping bear

MORE ZOO!

Butterfly

MOAR! ZOO!

STL Cardinals game

Cardinals Game!

It was a whirlwind weekend with an Epic Game of Cranium and thunderstorms that would make Jesus weep with fear.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Does this make me a professional?

My photography has always been a hobby.

But this week I broke out of my old hobby and landed my feet squarely into the world of office art!

Community Education Art

That's right, WWers, photos I snapped... er, excuse me, composed (I am a professional now, damnit!) of the 2010 and 2011 Flights of Fancy kite festival are now proudly hanging in the Community Education office at MCC-Longview.

I was worried the photos, while they look cool on the computer screen, would end up looking like big colorful piles of shit once they were blow up to the landscape proportions we wanted in the office.

Community Education Art

"This photo looked really good on the website, why does it now look like roasted roadkill stapled to the wall?!" Yeesh... that would be a mood killer every time someone walked into the office.

You can find the online versions of these photos here, here and here.

And let's not even talk about my abysmal abilities when it comes to Photoshop to fix or alter some of these photos. The most I ever learned from that program was how to make the photo black and white and how to lighten it enough to run newspaper photos on a printer that was as old as dirt.

So swing by the MCC-Longview Community Education office and say 'Hi' as you meander through the new photo exhibit. I am planning, at a later date, an artist appreciation reception with boxed wine and Kraft Singles Cheese...

...I mean, I might be a professional now, but it does not mean I have to give up the finer things in life.

Friday, June 10, 2011

"Tacos are the most versatile fruit..."

Yup...I think I might be best friends with this video.



If you are not watching My Drunk Kitchen, then you are missing out on... well, essentially what I do every night...

Things to watch for at the next Wednesday Weekly get together? Jargaritias...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Higher Learnin'

Park University


Dust off you mortarboards and sharpen those pencils, The Wednesday Weekly is officially going back to school... again...

That's right, rubes, my official acceptance papers were dropped off via a dive-bombing carrier pigeon yesterday announcing that I was accepted to Park University's Masters Program.

Hopefully in two years I will emerge a full-blown Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on Not-for-profits and Community Service.

I know what you are thinking, I'm just doing it for the money. And you would be right.

As part of the admissions process, of course, I could not entirely hide my abysmal undergraduate performance at Ye Old Missouri University so the Deans and Doctors at Park agreed to take me on with a few conditions...  I am really hoping one of these conditions involves helping a professor move into a new house. Heavy lifting worked wonders for my grades in the past.

The Librarian will also be taking classes with me as she goes for the gold and completes her second Masters degree. Hopefully she will keep me on point and won't let me get too far behind in my studies.

With a Masters program now on my plate, this means I will probably have to put my Graphic Design classes on hold for a while. Which is kind of sad, considering I was having so much fun with them.

On the plus side, I am now officially a Pirate.

Park Pirates


There is only a handful of people still around that will enjoy the fact that after having a pirate name for nine years, I am now becoming a real Pirate.