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