Monday, June 20, 2011

Kansas City Highlights

  • Arrived in the afternoon. Got Super Shuttled to the wrong hotel and had to walk to the correct one (not Super Shuttle's fault, just too many people playing the telephone game).
  • Others staying in our hotel: Jim, Julia, Sawyer, Missy, Ryan and his friend Evan. Let's call this the Holiday Inn group.
  • We all went to Jack Stacks in Country Club Plaza for BBQ. Great way to start the trip.
  • Went to Power and Lights District for some drinks and people watching. Drinks were weak and overpriced and the Monday night crowd is nothing like last year's Saturday night crowd.
  • Got breakfast at Simply Breakfast. It was simply yummy.
  • Tim and I walked around Country Club Plaza and stopped in some shops.
  • I got my picture taken with Ben Franklin.
  • Tim and I stopped into Cheesecake Factory for a quick dinner. Jim and Julia were there so we joined them.
  • The Holiday Inn group wanted to relive the 2010 destruction of Kansas City. Last year we went out on a Saturday night, started at the Zoo Bar and ended up at the Power and Lights District. We again started at the Zoo Bar for some stiff drinks, wall writings and good times. Sam's Army was having a party at Power and Lights so we stopped by. They ended up being a horribly drunk and lewd bunch of people (one even groped Julia), so we left.
Tuesday - Game Day!
  • Simply Breakfast again
  • Swimming at hotel pool
  • Met the 1st MN Volunteers at Oklahoma Joe's. I ordered the Z-Man (again).
  • Tailgated at Livestrong Park.
  • Watched US beat Guadalupe 1-0.
  • The stadium is pretty amazing. We had front row seats in the supporters section which was neat. This also meant that we had access to the member's club. I loved the bathroom signs in the Member's Club.

  • Walked down to the Plaza with Jim and Julia for a bagel.
  • Tim and I went to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. It reminded me a lot of the Weisman. Our favorite exhibit was Jules Olitski. Seeing his paintings in books left me with one of those "I could do that" feelings modern art sometimes induces, but seeing them up close was really remarkable.
  • The Kemper gift shop had some really neat jewelry. I bought a necklace by Inedible Jewelry. Two sisters make polymer clay jewelry that looks like food. I fell in love with everything because it is so quirky, and bought a toast necklace!
  • From the Kemper we walked to the Nelson-Atkins museum. This is a gorgeous building and they have a neat sculpture garden. Giant birdies litter the grounds. Tim said that it looks like God just played a game of badminton! The museum was showing one of Monet's water lilies triptychs. I saw the Monet exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art years ago and this was a very different experience. The Nelson-Atkins wasn't very busy (but maybe this had to do with us going on a Monday afternoon?) and we were able to move freely around the exhibit. This meant that we were able to view the paintings from up-close and far away, which I think is imperative for Monet. Up close it looks like a bunch of brush strokes. The yellows and reds really pop out from the pastel hues. But from farther out you really see how it all comes together. The beauty of impressionism!
  • We flew home through a storm and spent the night at Mike and Marilyn's. It was great to be reunited with Otis!
  • Drove home to Gainesville

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