I'm sitting in an airport being barraged by an odd sight: T-shirts, fleeces and jackets emblazoned with the logos for the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs or the Kansas Jayhawks.
Martin Manley killed himself. This in and of itself isn't so unique. Thousands of suicides happen without much notice. What makes his suicide bizarre is that he created a website to explain his reasons for his actions.
I have been in Kansas. I'm not there, anymore. (Guffaw.) For a long weekend, I returned to the state of my upbringing to attend the 'marriage ceremony' of one of my oldest and dearest friends. She and her husband had married in Las Vegas some months back, but this was their opportunity to hold a … Continue reading Family
Rock. Chalk. Jayhawk. There you go. You now know my affiliation, and there's nothing to be done about it. If you've been a long-time reader of this site, you may recall that I am from Lawrence, KS, a strange little liberal island in the midst of an evolution-denying state that just so happens to also … Continue reading March Madness
"How about you? You a local?" "Currently local." ~Snippet of a conversation. I make a lot of single-serving friends in my life, usually in bars. When I first moved here, I stopped into a local bar, sat on a stool and after a couple drinks struck up a conversation with a woman sitting next to … Continue reading Currently Local
This past Saturday night represented a first for me, as I was invited to attend my very first professional soccer (futbol, for the dilettantes) match. The Seattle Sounders, you will be happy to know, were victorious in their final regular season game with an exciting push in the last fifteen minutes of the game. Even … Continue reading Gooooaaaaalllllllllllll!!!!
Hi folks, I'm back. You missed me? Aw, that's sweet. In my last update I left you with an exhilarating cliffhanger as I was about to head to Kansas for a family reunion. Disaster was sure to strike. And now the conclusion... My flight to Kansas was uneventful, though early. My sister, Deb, had arranged … Continue reading Catastrophe
Three weeks in, and I have a job. Not a record, but damn close. Of course, the last time I got a job within three weeks it didn't turn out so well. But I'm sure this will be different. Right? Regardless, this means I get to keep paying my bills. Which is good, because apparently … Continue reading A Seattle Update