10 – 11 – 12 Happy Challenge

*** Thing that makes me happy ***

10 – Colors ins film. Watching The Perfume and enjoying the colors used to tell the story… so great you can almost smell it.

11 – KC – Great town to show other people. See post bellow.

12 – My Mom and her boyfriend playing Wii!

Fast slow pace

My Mom and her boyfriend were here this weekend. We picked them up and the airport and went for breakfast to IHOP. Immediately my Mom noticed how slow paced the life is here compared to Chicago. We did a lot of touring around KC downtown, the Liberty Memorial, The Plaza, The Zona Rosa, The Casinos… it was a weekend getaway for them that went too fast.

Growing up in Cali, Colombia, I was used to living in a big city where the pace of life was faster than a rural area but not quite a huge metropolis like Chicago. Living my high school and college years in Chicago made me learn about being stuck in rush hour traffic for hours and sitting on a car just listening to the radio. It also taught me that people don’t have any “time to waste” and can be always on the run.

Then I lived in Midland, Michigan for 3 years and the life pace there was somewhere between turtle and snail. Even though I tried to make the best of it, there was not much to do unless you loved the outdoors. When someone goes to visit there, the tour of the city lasted all of 10 minutes and you would have seen pretty much everything. The biggest man made structure was probably the mall. Even when going to Detroit, it was depressing to see how much of the city is just run down.

Kansas City is not as big as Chicago, but it has all of the convenience. Great food, great art, great places to go. When wanting to go to a Casino, even thought I don’t like gambling, there are 4 all less than 30 minutes away. When wanting some great food, there are ethnic restaurants Indian, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Korean, Hawaiian, Mexican all inside of a 10 mile radius. Make that 30 miles and you can find pretty much any kind of food you want.

The comedy club here is not attached to an arcade/bar/club/laser tag place. The comedians we have seen here have been great. There are 100 movie screens less than 20 minutes away. And if shopping is your thing, we have a mall about 10 minutes away and every single other store you can think of less than 20 minutes from here.

As far as Colombian products, even the local store has some of the basic stuff like Milo (Chocolate), Maizena (Corn flour) and I can get better produce here than I did back in Chicago, at least good plantains and yuca are sold in the local neighborhood store. Panera has awesome bread and even the local walmart has killer bagels.

I love Chicago, but the pace of life there is just a little too hectic for me, I love slow place but not quite country living. I think in Kansas City I have found the happy middle ground that I was looking for. We are not sure if we will live here forever, moving back to Colombia some day is still an option, but for now I think we are going to call Kansas City our home for quite some time.

One Fi`ty Fa`

Appetizer
What is your favorite kind of pie?
Cherry Pie! but with fake cherry flavor… Banana cream pie is also good.

Soup
Name something that made you smile this week.
Seeing DeNiro play fruity!

Salad
What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
Walk into an air conditioned place???

Main Course
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
The kitchen. Maybe tile, maybe new small appliances.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: My _________ says __________, but I __________.
My brain says no, but I say yes… more Miller Chill.

8 – 9 Happy Challenge

*** Thing that makes me happy ***

8 – Comments on my blog

Blogs are about participation and comments are awesome… even the ones that disagree with me :)

9 – Foreign Films

I had not seen Amelie and Bea had the original French version. After watching it and loving it, it cemented my view about foreign films… I also loved Run Lola Run, and City of God.

Shopping

One of the activities that I dislike the most is going shopping. I even have horrible memories of mall arguments because the places just creep me out, specially over the holiday season. A bunch of people reverting to their natural hunter instincts, but instead of animals they hunt products. I am glad that I have not had to wrestle someone for a tickle me elmo or a cabbage patch doll, but man do people get vicious when hunting for that bargain.

It is not only shoppers that you have to deal with. My least favorite animal in the mall jungle is the retail store clerk. They are overworked, annoyed and overall unpleasant people that do not have the job they want, just the one they got stuck with. I have not met many people that long to fold t-shirts into perfect little squares for a living. Then one of them has the nerve to ask you as you are waiting to pay and just get out the “Did you find everything ok?” No, I stood in line for 20 minutes no to pay, but just to ask you a question.

I am a go to the store with a purpose kind of person and don`t enjoy browsing that much. Bea can browse in most stores, but overall she is pretty good about being quick at stores. I have never been a fan of the mall, but I have enjoyed going to it with Bea. She has the patience to go to a video game for me so I don`t mind waiting for her to look at shoes. I still have a hard time with spending too much time in some stores, but overall I don`t mind going shopping with her.

I don`t like to sound sexist, but I think this is a male vs female kind of thing. I am not sure if metro-sexuals go to a clothing store and spend hours looking for that right outfit or not, but I personally go and look for something (most of the time from the sale rack) and I am on my way. I can also go to the grocery store in about half of the time of a joint trip. You can call me a sniper on the shopping world, I located, capture and buy what I go for.

So what are your shopping habits like?

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