Nov 26, 2014

KC 'Cocks and More

Shuttlecocks, of course.




I was bored silly on my prior three visits to Kansas City.  Kept thinking either I'm doing something wrong or this town got nothin'.  We drove down last month for a 2 day to rub out another and determine if this town can bring it.

Learned I was doing it all wrong before...we loved this visit.

Curls is a hardcore planner.
I'm the opposite and prefer being lightly prepared but making real-time decisions.  Too many variables, and modifiers always crop up that jack the plan.
This opposition drives us bonkers.
She mapped the itinerary, but I messed it with some game time mods.



Trip Advisor pointed to the World War I and Nelson-Atkins Art Museum as the #1 and #2 favorites.  I begged to start our Sunday morning with Mass under the golden dome.  It wasn't in The Plan, Curls mumbled something and we barely got her done.

The 1882 Cathedral of Immaculate Conception was pleasing, brass organ pipes belting Bach 1700 classics and air trumpets up front blatting Godly hymns of praise.  I had silent-but-deadly gas from last night's tall platter of enchilada Mexicana.  There was squeezing of cheeks to stifle hot farts between the Our Father and shaking of strangers' hands.





Oh yeah, before church we did the Farmer's Market downtown.  Not much there worth talking about, other than sipping a foamy batch of Caffè Americano perched in a vintage station and walking past some weird flee market treasures outside for sale.





Arriba arriba andale!  Keep it moving, we only had a day to see the City.  Next up was Union Station.  Mostly empty inside, it still serves as a functioning train line and the bathrooms are barn sized.



I used stall #17 and my new smartphone (R.I.P. ancient flip phone) as an opportunity to send Curls an inappropriate pic of what appears to be butt crack but is really crook of the arm.  I could hear the girls outside giggling, was hoping someone would walk by as she checked her phone.




We considered stopping by Science City at the Station.  But we tapped out since Pigtails was pale and growing ill.

Across the street from Union is the WW1 museum.  It was excellent.





16 million died, 20,000,000 maimed.
The Germans were tough but sneaky mothers, u-boat torpedoing passenger ships.
Americans stayed out and didn't tip our toes in the fight until the final year.
Other countries made fun of our uniforms and said we looked like inexperienced cowboy clowns.
But our fresh troops fingering M1917 Browning machine guns helped dim the Quad Alliance.







Five Guys lunch, love dem skin-on peanut oil fries.  Why no 5-Guys in Des Moines?



Next was the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum.  Free entry (I don't know why or how) and housed booty from 400 B.C. through the early 1900s.  To our left was a 1600s version of a he-Curls.




Daughter was dragging, every time we stopped she sprawled out like a 5-foot baby giraffe.  See her there curled on the bench in front of a 13-footer, $10 million Monet Water Lilies:




Multi-thousand year Egyptian sarcophagus, out in the open begging to be touched and triggering alarms, check.




Headless naked lady doing yoga with her junk out, yep.





We only had an hour to cruise through before they closed.  Help me understand how this place is free?  It has $100s of millions of treasure.

Daughter was not impressed, yawned loudly, sneezed then slept.










Over at IKEA, we bagged a few unmentionables.  Pigtails sat on the floor and random beds.













Burnished the evening stuffing pork and cow burnt ends down our pie holes at Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ.  We wanted OK Joe's since it was rated best barby.  But it was closed on Sunday, so nope.





More
Young House Love is the only reason you know about this B&P blog.  They recently announced their blog is going bye bye.  Curls wondered why are they quitting.  I said more power to them.  Always do what is best for the family.

I can see how blogging for a living could be invasive, letting it all hang out and begging advertisers to spam your site with their junk.  Reading the YHL comments, readers at times divvy cruel snark about important things like laundry room redos.  I wish John and Sherry well, and they'll do fine with their strong work ethic.

Better Homes and Gardens is asking about my kitchen and possibly putting some photos in their Kitchen and Bath magazine.  No compensation...hmmm, we'll see if it makes the cut and I need to wipe the saucy backsplash.

Front doors, porch light, stoop paint, steel step trim and mailbox are done.  Springtime the door will be blue, the steel will patina brown.  I'll set the sprinkler to beast mode in May, hope for the hostas and rest of the landscaping to grow green.



I blew up my left knee after a Ripstik mishap 3 or 4 months ago.  I've healed up to the point where a long run doesn't bother it much.  But a slight twist of the knee when putting on socks makes me cringe.  Mostly been ignoring the pain and jogging through it, but scheduled an MRI to check for loose wires.  If the tendon is partially detached, then surgery.

That's it for now, enjoy your Thanksgiving!



-Beard

8 comments:

  1. Hi, ya'll.

    Love the photo at the end especially. Pigtails looks just like you.

    Great trip recap. I've never clicked my heels, never been to Kansas.

    Have a merry Christmas.

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  2. Hope you guys had fun in MO- I live in KC..Jack Stack rivals OK Joe's...so you did well.

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  3. No idea Kansas City had such wonderful art! Not that I'm ever in that part of the country but nice to know!

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  4. Anonymous12/02/2014

    Nice to hear from you - enjoyed your recap and pix. Hoping for no surgery for you. A Peaceful and Merry Christmas to you and those you love. Joanie

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  5. Washington DC is the place to go for free museums! Great to know that other cities do it too (I cringe at some of the prices they charge sometimes to get in) because I've been spoiled living just outside of the Nation's Capital. Even the zoo is free!

    Looks like you guys had a fun time, and the weather looked great! Will have to search out the giant shuttlecock if I'm even in the KC area. ;)

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  6. A new post - yay!
    Enjoyed the recap of your time in KC. I sometimes travel through there for business; will have to plan to visit the museum on a future trip. Hope Pigtails got over her bug quickly, and that your own recovery progresses smoothly. Great pics, especially the last one.

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  7. Fun read, thanks for the latest post! Pigtails just keeps blossoming, I love seeing new pictures. The front door space is looking good, my picks are the doors and the stoop. I'm looking forward to seeing a wide front shot, after everything is 'done' and settled. School is out this week and the kids are home for 6 weeks, so our Summer starts now. Merry Christmas to you and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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    1. 6 weeks, what the heck, Jesus wept.

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