Kansas City, doesn't live here any more  

TurnLock 61M
454 posts
9/12/2006 5:58 am

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9/21/2006 2:33 am

Kansas City, doesn't live here any more

I started driving the family from Chicago to KC around 3am the wife was up past midnight talking to the neighbors. That's why I went to bed early so that I could start the first round of driving. I lasted about 40 minutes before the sleep was starting to get dangerous and I gave the driving to the wife, despite the fact that she was still tired. I got about 1:30 minutes of sleep and I was driving again at 6:30 am. I was pumped up and ready. I managed to drive the rest of the way to KC thanks to the Root Beer I had consumed, country music and my son waking up talking to me. The one good thing i can say about country music is that all of the singers can sing and have unique voices. Sometimes the songs are hard for me to listen too and sometimes they just crack me up. Case in point, there was this country rock/ song about "Me and my gang" My son couldn't stop laughing at the reference. We joked about the school content. We discussed the different musical forms that some country music had that could be used in different styles. We talked about how the jazz drummer style was so unique and essential in jazz music.

Kansas City has changed so much since the last time that i have visited it. It is clearly more modern in the newly developed areas. The historical area's such as Benton Blvd are showing more wear and tear and really need to be restored or rebuilt. I saw my old home and it looked great, saw the young couple who owns it now. They fixed it up and made it look new. The house next to it where our neighbor made sure that our grass wasn't over an inch was showing years of wear and tear of the years.

I've seen a lot of changes in KC most notable is the loss of grocery stores and the shutting down of a major mall. The area is on the verge of disappearing. They are planning a new housing development but the closing of normal businesses indicate that something else might be going on. I suspect White flight, the neighborhoods are changing and the money structure is leaving the area. My wife sees this all as an opportunity for Real Estate money making. I'm concerned about how my children will grow up with their new surrounding.

The Bannister Mall area is closing down and I've heard they are planning more homes for the area. I just don't see how losing those major business markets would make that area more desirable? I wish my future-ex luck with her new lifestyle and choices.

I drove back by myself. I had to take a lot of sleep breaks, it wasn't as easy going back home. I woke up a couple of times while driving. My next trip to KC will be on Amtrak and yes, I will be sleeping there too.

amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
9/14/2006 7:36 pm

I'm glad that you didn't fall asleep for good. It would have been a loss to blogville.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

TurnLock replies on 9/15/2006 6:45 pm:
Thanks, I'm not ready to go yet. I still have sex to look forward to, Playstation 3 and the next generation Ages of Empires. I can't go now, I want to live.

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