My Job Forced Me to Love Kansas City

My Job Forced Me to Love Kansas City

My new job consisted of visiting each location where we maintained the landscape and evaluate how well the crews performed. The job itself was fine, nothing mind blowing. The perk though was literally being able to see all of Kansas City. Kansas City is one the top 50 cities in the world for land area and has one of the smallest population densities on this list. This means KC is very spread out with the population scattered throughout the city. My list of properties matched this spread out theme.

I had properties from Liberty to Bucyrus and Bonner Springs to Oak Grove. If you aren’t familiar with those look at a map of KC and make a circle around where you think the boundary of KC is and then move out about 10 miles.

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CrossFit I-35 Hero Challenge

CrossFit I-35 Hero Challenge

On a beautiful weekend in September, I was able to shoot the CrossFit I-35 Hero Challenge. The competition was held in Shawnee Mission Park at the amphitheater pavilion. Besides being a well put together event, it was freaking exciting. Pretty much non-stop heart pumping music from the beginning to the very end. Everyone busted their ass. I, as someone who hasn't caught the CrossFit bug, left wanting to go pick up and put down heavy shit. It was very inspiring to see these people not only go through a full day of competition but also put in the work leading up to it. Although it was a day of teamwork, the entire group was encouraging and wanted each person to do their best.  

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Writing Sucks a Bag of D's, but I Love It, Writing, that is, Not the Bag of D's

Trying to come up with ideas to write about is hard. It’s hard to be entertaining, funny, informational etc. I know I am able but all I kept thinking about was writing about how hard it is to write. So, it looks like this may have failed already. This will neither be informational or entertaining. Well, could be entertaining to some. People do eat blood sausage, after all.

The above first two sentences are obviously BS. It isn’t hard to write or come up with ideas. It isn’t even hard to be funny, smart or literarily charismatic. The difficulty, for me, at least, is trudging through the creative black hole that is indecision.   

There is a constant battle in...

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Kansas City’s light rail train…What’s the big fuss?

Kansas City’s light rail train…What’s the big fuss?

With virtually every topic there are advocates and haters. The light rail train was and is no different. From the initial talks of the concept, through the approval process and definitely during the construction, Kansas Citians voiced their opinion. “It’s a waste of money.” “Game changer for downtown.” “No one will use it.” “A huge improvement to our transit system.” “It doesn’t go anywhere.” “It’s the start of something big.” “It’s nothing more than a drunk conveyor belt.” Whether you were and are an advocate or you were and are against it, it was built. Opinions aside, it is finished and running. What now?

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