Don’t leave me now!!!

As I was rolling down I35 this afternoon from Des Moines to Kansas City, I was transported into one of those metaphysical caravans.  That feeling of belonging to the group when you travel behind or in front of other cars who have their speed control set at exactly the same speed.  Today’s relationship involved an older red Pontiac grand am with Minnesota plates and an older dark colored GMC pickup with Iowa plates.  I followed the pickup for many miles, passing other cars in rhythm and the red Pontiac was following me.  I first became aware of my group when the Pontiac brazenly passed me and got between the pick up and me.  That was fine…we stayed in this little fictional group for many, many miles.

I’ve had this little comradory before but usually when I’m traveling behind someone traveling over the posted speed and I slide in behind them feeling safer with someone ahead of me drawing the radar attention.

But as usual…someone had to mess it up!  The pickup just had to pull off at a rest area so it was just the juke and the Pontiac….when I pulled off on 470 and the Pontiac continued on 435, I wondered if the driver had any idea that he/she was such a part of my life.

Until next time……

#Royals

After two seasons of watching Royals baseball, I feel like I’ve come home to baseball.  I grew up loving baseball and the *whisper….National League Cincinnatti Reds.  I wish I could watch a game with my dad one more time…he taught me well and I soaked in the passion from him.

Baseball fans, like other sports fans, love their respective teams….the reason you adopt one team is personal…perhaps your alma mater or the region/city you live in.  baseball fans fall in love with the players.  It just happens after spending night after night with them…seeing them lose, seeing them win, seeing them play their game or watching the joy of a win. The interviews…oh the interviews…seeing their personalities come out!

I sat on the bed in a hotel room last night and watched the Kansas City Royals suck the life out of the Toronto Blue Jays.  I grinned like an idiot watching the after celebration on the field.

He has become a baseball fan after watching the Royals play.  He may be even more dedicated to them than me.  He watched the joy and the pain all season even when I had to leave the room.  I love his passion for the game.  I wish my dad could be here with us….I think he would be able to root an American League team ❤️

Until next time….

Starlight in Kansas City…

Every time we drive through the heart of Kansas City we see something else we want to explore.  There are the sports venues which we hear about all of the time.  There’s the Plaza (PLAWZA), Crown Center and BBQ restaurants – too many to name…and then there is the Starlight Theater which is aptly named because it is star entertainment in an open air venue under the stars.  It is extraordinary!

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Ease of ingress and egress is amazing, parking is convenient, comfort, acoustics, selection of beverages and food and the bathrooms!  The first time I used the restroom at Starlight I was in shock.  This is how a women’s restroom should be configured!

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Stalls on both sides in two sections.  There is no waiting in line…

He and I attended our second Chicago concert last week…this time they were with Earth Wind and Fire.

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and the encore – the groups together

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It is worth the drive to KC for the ambiance!

Until next time….

The funniest thing I heard today, so far….

One of those political pundits tweeted that preparing for the republican debate on Thursday is like preparing for a NASCAR race when you know one driver will be drunk. (Paraphrased).  I laughed out loud when I heard it on Meet the Press…then giggled again when it appeared on Face the Nation.  I will not say that I support Donald Trump but a I will say I’m not as afraid of him as I am Scott walker!  Of course (he is tired of hearing me say) that I won’t get to hear anything else vital to feed my Sunday political appetite because the Kansas City station must only air the first half of Face the Nation because they have to feature the talking head “personalities”? Of the local talking heads and their fluff.  I think I’m going to have to attack them on social media to calm my anger.  SHOCK!

I will also paraphrase the best explanation I’ve received about mentally dealing with my dysfunctional childhood.  I received this bit of wisdom from a friend of 30 years.  She and I worked together for 2 years back in the 80s and lost touch for several years until we found each other on Facebook and have grown our mutual love and respect for each other.  She suggested last night that one of the reasons I continue to occasionally regurgitate my childhood maternal relationship is because I keep asking why.  I’m searching for the WHY for my upbringing.  Why would a mother treat a child the way my mother treated me.  WOW!  I’m feeling confident that I’ve talked and worked my way thru it even as far as forgiving her….but, the WHY is always there.  I’m never going to know why!  I’ve officially made it over another hill! …..and now.

I watch the baseball game on TV.  Go ROYALS,

Until next time…..

Okay…someone explain this to me because I’m dissatisfied!

When I lived in Iowa.  Dr Phil was going from channel 8 – CBS to channel 5 – ABC.  When I finally changed over to the Kansas City station – Dr Phil is still on CBS.  Live with whats-her-name and Michael Strahan were on CBS or ABC in Iowa…here they are on FOX.  Don’t these networks own these shows?  Like Letterman is CBS everywhere or are they up for grabs for whoever wants them.  I always wondered why Bob Schieffer always said – some of our stations will be leaving us – but we will be back for more Face the Nation…what station would not carry all of Face the Nation?  wait wait…I know.  The Kansas City station because they have to put some local news fluff programming on Sunday morning – so Face the Nation is only a half hour.  Do you know how much this irritates me?

The following doesn’t need to be explained to me….&$@(* CBS cancelled Battlecreek – we love that quirky show but they are renewing Two Broke Girls….because people love idiot young women with back to back sexual innuendos and dark lipstick?  I say I don’t get it but it is just a phrase to use so I don’t have to use expletives.  Mad Men is over, Revenge is over, Brian Williams is gone, Bob Schieffer is retiring, David Letterman is retiring, Oprah is gone….next season Downton Abby will be finished.  Guess I’ll go read a book!  But they end too!

AND ITS CLOUDY AND MISTING TODAY!

Suppose to clear off this afternoon and evening.  All three Kansas City Vapur shops – owners and fantastic staff – are going to the Royals game at the K tonight. I’m sure there will be pictures tomorrow of all of us in our Vapur at the K 2015 t shirts.  I’m very excited.  This will be my first Royals game…and what makes it very nostalgic and almost makes me teary with excitement…its an American League – National League game and the Royals are playing my beloved Cincinnati Reds!  The only thing that could make this better is if Gena and Groundhog could be there with us too!!!!

Until next time…..

I’m looking forward to…

Well, it isn’t the snow forecast for the weekend in Kansas City.

The weather will start to warm up next weekend – in the 50’s – it arrives while we are in Belize. Obviously, we didn’t plan that well.  This would have been the week to be gone!

I look forward to camping this summer..Bennett Spring is #1 on my list…I would like to take a camping trip to Glacier National Park in Montana during the sultry days of July.  The first of May looks to be perfect for  3 days in Vegas with some friends from the Sheriff’s Office in Newton.  I’m giddy with excitement to see the other 4 again.  I’m looking forward to Major League Baseball season.  While I’ve had to switch my lifetime allegiance over to the American League from the National League (I will still root for those Cincinnati Reds) but after last years Royal Fever, I know it is not going to be a hard adjustment.

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He and I took our taxes to the CPA this past week so while we were close, we decided to drop by the Sports Complex to find our way around.

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Which only made me look forward to the NFL season!!  I look forward to spending time with family and friends this summer. I hope to get in a couple of Slipstream concerts.  I can see the Iowa Stair Fair on the agenda.  There is hope……… good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.

Until next time…..

Go Chiefs!!!!

I learned two things about the cold last night – my first NFL game at Arrowhead stadium –  your head and your feet must be warm or the rest of the body will not be comfortable!  Chiefs lost to Denver which was disappointing.  I got to watch Peyton Manning quarterback.  That was pretty cool.  Arrowhead is an awesome venue!  Our seats were 8 rows up from one of the end zones…not sure which one because I’m directionally challenged…it was perfect – worth the money we spent on a wild hair I got one Sunday night while watching a game on TV.  We were invited to tailgate with The Fan Van 85.  Having a daughter married into the family has its advantages!  Football players don’t look like those hulking brutes like they do on TV.  Watching live football has its advantages..much easier to pick out the ball carrier and watch signals.  Those are my thoughts.  I can definitely see Season Tickets in our future.

Now here are the pictures:

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…and on the field

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I will always have a soft spot for Peyton Manning…even though he is a Bronco…Having him released from Indianapolis made it possible for me to give all of my support to Kansas City!

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and our seat mates!!!!

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Until next time…

October has been good other than the political commercials….

I may have mentioned this before, but when we moved to Missouri, Dish TV failed to switch us over to local TV stations..so for the last 8 months, we have been continuing to watch Des Moines local channels.  I have no problem with this other than my oldest daughter lamenting on the fact that I don’t know what is going on in the area and I’m sure she fears I will be the victim of (insert catastrophe) because I’m unaware.  PFFT.  He would like to have Kansas City news too because he wants to know about the weather.  My thought process includes the belief that he gets his weather from a million different sources on the internet and would not be as bright if he watched Dapper Dan radiating personality in front of a green screen.  I usually know what is going on with the friends we have made in the area; but, it isn’t as easy to keep up with friends from back in Iowa.  Plus I long to hear the news about someone I have dealt with in my 30 years of dispatching that is finally getting their due…plus…how would I watch Kevin Cooney from KCCI continue to stammer over the news giving me my nightly reason for little noises of disgust.  But the political commercials….OMG make it stop…..I’m not willing, yet, to find out if the local politicians here are as angry, nasty and hateful as I already know they are in Iowa!

Kate and Adam were down last weekend.  He brought me my new MAC computer and set it up for me…ahem…us.   I’m now 100% apple and after 2 days, I realize Kate was right about the ease of having apple products all in sync!!!  We all got together Saturday night…Kate, Adam and Jenny to giggle on one couch and Phil, Justin and I to cuss about the beating the Royals were taking by the Giants in the World Series.

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We walked over to the Mexican Restaurant for dinner…Jax got a lot of attention from Aunty Katy and Adam.

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Justin and Jenny were going to the Chief’s Game on Sunday so we kept Jax overnight…first time he has been away from Daddy and Mama overnight.

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Until next time….