Warmer weather

I am looking forward to playing some tennis this summer, and it seems that I might be able to play sooner than later. The weather seems to be betting better here in KC. Today we will hit 50s and by Thursday we should breaks 60s. The 10 day forecast says that we should stay above 40 at least for the next 10 days.

Warmer weather does help with weight loss. Outdoor activities are a lot funner than running like a hamster on a treadmill. I have been looking forward to some weight training also, but I know that if I want to shed some of the extra pounds, cardio is the best way to do it.

Warmer weather also means motorcycle weather, and even though I might have to wait for a trip to Chicago to ride one of my friends’ motorcycle, you never know, I might be able to ride out here too.

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Warmer Days

Kansas City rocks so much, we had 60’s yesterday and all the snow we got melted away. I like the fact that we can get some warmer days during the winter instead of always being around tons of snow. I have seen all the snow I want to see for the rest of the year, but I am sure we will get some more soon enough.

I still have not taken pictures of the plaza and downtown but I think tonight I might be able to. Good weather might just bring out the photographer on me.

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Missing the Xmas Spirit

Ever since I left Colombia I have missed the Xmas spirit that was so alive over there. Now here in Kansas I see a little bit of it. Chicago used to dress the city up for Xmas but I did not feel it as much as I feel it here in KC. The plaza full of lights makes me feel a little more at home.

Even though I will probably be in Chicago for Xmas I will still feel like KC has a better atmosphere, maybe next year I will get to spend it here in KC or better yet, maybe even in Colombia. So are you feeling the Xmas Spirit yet?

Disgusted by KC local politics

I am new to the area, and while I don’t have a ton of time to read up on the political landscape I do want to be informed. I had not started reading blogs or political candidates to the senate websites yet when I started to see on TV something that turned my stomach. Claire McCaskill has an ad where she begins the smear campaign that is almost a staple of today’s politics, then today I saw Jim Talent’s ad for the fist time. If I was the kind of person that voted from just what the TV ads say, right now I would feel like neither of the people can do the job.

Since when is better to just make the other guy look bad rather than making yourself look good? Politicians promise a lot of things and when they deliver, they gain credibility. I have not even looked at their political affiliation and I already feel like flipping a coin to decide who to vote for. Maybe the local Kansas City man that is annoying Oprah so that she will run for President in 2008 is not so crazy after all. At least we know where Oprah stands.

I remember the last presidential election and see that it was a lot of the same. Even the mayor newspapers in America turned into celebrity like gossip columns to see who could dig up the worse smelling dirt. Some of you might argue that it does not even matter since the next elections is going to be hacked anyway.

I am not sure if going back to the empty promise ads is the answer, but making informed political decisions is important in a democratic society. Why do we have democracy if we don’t even have a clear view of what we are choosing? I guess is back to picking just a mascot and voting for whoever the donkey or elephant is standing behind on or on top of depending on how you look at it.

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KC RenFest!

This weekend I attended the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. I was guided kidly by one of my coworkers and his wife. They had worked the fest in years past, so they knew the ins and outs of the whole place. The KC RenFest is one of the biggest ones in the country. It is a great place to spend a day with the family.

They have shows in various stages were performers rotate trought the day. Either by luck or by sitting too close to people in custome I got to participate in a couple of the shows. John Mallory’s show was excellent, he had a great sense of humor and could juggle and trow knives at his wife. Bob the world best juggler was also a great entertainer. He was able to do some great juggling and kept the audience laughing while improvising after a kid being chased by a bee almost stole his whole show.

There are lots of shops were you can buy an array of trinkets of all shapes and sizes. Jewelery, clothing, leather and plenty of other suveniers are there for the taking and surprisingly the prices are not outrageous. There is also an amusement park feel to it with an assorted variety of carnival games, most of them period inspired. Jousting was also a great spectacle to see.

Even though we walked pretty much through the whole place, we did not get to see everything. The food was good, but not as great as I had expected it. Maybe beause I expected a Gyro to be something good here, but being used to a Chicago style Gyro where your main ingredient is meat and everything else is either garnish or trying to hold the meat together. Also the cheesecake on a stick was not too impressive. The sausege on a stick (there was a lot of meat on a stick there) was the best thing I had.

I will go back for sure and spend another day there, maybe some day dress up. I am not a huge geek of the period stuff or dress up because I love D&D (I have only played once), but heck I would wear a kilt and have some fun with it. If you are ever around this area I say check it out, it is open for 7 weekends out of the year.