Football Rollercoaster

Greg Olsen Catch

I can honestly say that I had the best Football weekend of my life. Even though it was a roller coaster it ended up on a high note. The Jayhawks Win, Chiefs are not shut out and Bears Win. I am not a football pundit, I am not a sport nut at all, but this weekend just made me a very happy fan.

I don’t watch much college football, partly because I like doing other things on Saturday and also because my college did not have a football program. This weekend KU and KSU played. I like the Jayhawks because they were the underdog and I am now a fan. They played football with a lot of heart and came out with a W. Mind you they were the underdogs by a lot even though they have an undefeated record. The pundits have been talking a lot of trash saying that they had just beat no name teams, but beating the team that defeated the powerhouse of Texas means something now.

After playing soccer today and not having our regular goalie I started to hit the low point on the sports weekend. We lost the game, but I came home to football. I started watching the Chiefs get beat by Jacksonville. Even though they were about to get totally blown out of the water with no points, Dunge gave Croyle his chance and he performed scoring a TD. Larry Johnson had just 12… no not carries, YARDS! If the Chiefs are not having buyers remorse, I certainly am for them. I think they need to get Holmes some playing time and maybe the run game can start getting some balance. If you pound the ball you can maybe start opening the pass game for Croyle who I hope starts from now on. I know he is not going to be a star just yet but the sooner he gets experience the better.

I have to be honest here, the Bears vs Packers game was a nail bitter. I dislike Brett Favre quite a bit because he is a packer. I do have to admit that he is an amazing athlete. However, if Ulracher were to sack him and come away with a body part I would not feel very sorry. I still feel the pain from an 88 yard touchdown bomb he scored not too long ago on us. Today however was different story.

The Packers had an unreal first half, over 300 passing yards. The Bears defence picked up the slack of an offence still trying to find its rythm and Tillman created two forced fumbles that made the difference. Then super Favre sent a pass right into Urlacher`s hand that I believe totally changed the momentum of the game. From then on the Offence started finding its groove and even first round pick Greg Olsen even had a TD. The Packers were too scared to kick to Hester, my favorite Bear right now and I will take his Jersey if everyone wants to send me a present, because he has been returning balls like there is nobody else on the field. Gould kicked like the stud he is and made sure that every opportunity counted. The Bears are not out of hot water and won because the Packers had tons of mistakes and penalties, but the offence did look better and the team does look to have a future beyond the regular season.

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.

KC vs Chitown Round One

You would think that KC cannot even begin to compete with the city of Chicago on any level, but it is actually growing on me every single day. Even though I have many great friends living in Chicago and still love this city, KC has a certain charm that Chicago is having a hard time matching.

One of my biggest complaints about Chicago is traffic. I have disliked not commute times as much as sitting inside car in stop and go traffic. I have a less than 5 minute commute now, but even if it was 45 I would not mind driving here because traffic does flow. There is nothing more infuriating that having and ever changing commute every day that can take you 45 minutes one day and 2 hours the next.

Road construction in Chicago seems to be another headache that can back up traffic for ridiculous times, and it is also present here in KC, and what is worse is that the alternate routes are either already slow by congestion or just simply not a smart idea because of safety. KC seems to keep up with their growth and expand their highways accordingly, Chicago just simply cannot keep up. Every single highway expansion I have seen there seems to be about 10 years late.

Tollways are the other annoyance that Chicago presents. Even though not all highways are pay to drive ones, some of the main ones coming in and out of the city are. The worse part is that someone from out of town pays double for not having an Ipass (a little box that automatically deducts the fee from a preloaded account.)

Even though I am comparing cities in two different “weight” classes, and the judging is highly subjective (maybe I can do a stats one next), I think that round one goes to KC. I think it is going to be a great fight and I still don`t know who is going to win. So how does your city come out if they join the fight?

Fire up the afterburners

This weekend went by way too fast. It was full of wonderful event, but now I have to sit down and let it all kind of simmer.

I met my new nephew for the first time. It was a pretty special moment to hold that little life in my arms… I seriously never thought my little sister would be the one having two kids before me, but I think that it is wonderful. I also get to be a God Father!

I spent a lot of time with my family and even got to see some friends, even some that were visiting all the way from Colombia. We also signed up for a Gym today and are looking forward to some sweating in the coming months. Overall it is almost too much to recount with just words… but Bea always does a great job of telling the story via pictures. Lots more to see if you are actually one of our friends 😉

Best Pizza in KC

Every time I have moved to a new city I go on a quest to find good food. KC is a food town almost to the level of Chicago :) but of course it is not quite there yet! I have visited many cities in the US and I have never found a place with better food options than Chicago. However KC is slowly but surely giving Chicago a run for its money. KC has excellent BBQ, but I am not a huge BBQ eater. Chicago still has the best pizza in the world, Giordano’s or Nancy’s deep dish pizza is not in the same league as the one from Uno`s Pizzeria. However I have found the best think crust pizza I have ever tasted.

The place is called Pizza Shoppe and it is also famous the pink stuff… their salad dressing. I have to admit that the salad dressing is very good, but my favorite thing there is the pizza. They have awesome ingredients that taste very fresh and their dough is superior to anything else I have tasted elsewhere. The cheese is also plenty but the pizza is never greasy. It has always been hard for me to find good pizza and I am extremely pleased with what I have found so far. So if you are in KS, MO, OK or NB go check out one of their locations. You will not be disappointed.