To Marengo… And Back!

mission-control-room-apollo-13-nasa-photo-print-1i usually make posts about marengo in the summer, when jenny’s relatives converge on the fairgrounds there like a well behaved biker gang– but this post is about our trip that we took a few days ago to attend a funeral in that little iowa town. there was ice and freezing drizzle in the forecast, and the weather channels were pouring fear into viewers like it was cheap gas. navigating a trip to marengo was like saying we choose to go to the moon! there was bad weather in oklahoma, missouri, and illinois… but we had dry roads there and back. holding family members, and sharing memories is something we shouldn’t be afraid to do because of a scary weather forecast… especially one that got weaker with each passing hour.

Mighty Melt Is Still Around

FBcommuniquethis morning i did a facebook search for mighty melt sandwich and spud shops, and found out they are still in sedalia, MO. jenny & i are definitely headed there on our next sunday drive. mighty melt was the first job i where i was paid to talk into a microphone. the extent of what i said back then was “number 5 your order is ready,” but i still managed to impress the ladies.

Hoovie’s Buick Apollo

1974_buick_apollothe pic above is NOT jeff hoover’s buick apollo– it doesn’t have to be. hoovie drove one of these cars in high school, and back then it made me think of my grandad’s chevy nova. hoovie always reminded me that his car was not a nova, it was a buick apollo, and then he would turn up ratt or def leppard on his stereo until our ears bled. i hadn’t thought of hoovie’s apollo for a long time until i heard this commercial from 1974.

Three Amigas in KC!

sombrerosjane, sara, and marylynn are my nieces. they stayed w/us for a few days after christmas, and wanted to experience as much of KC as possible. the pic above was taken at mickey’s surplus an hour before i had to drive them back home. in the span of four days and nights their adventures included:
-walking through the plaza lights
-ice skating for 3 hours straight
-riding the KC streetcar
-eating Insomnia Cookies
-laser tag, go karts, and multi-player pac man @ Power Play
-watching all 8 episodes of Stranger Things on netflix
-burgers and fries @ Fritz’ Railroad restaurant
i’m sure there are things i’ve left out.

Old Time Radio Christmas

radio_mysteryone day last week i found an old show online that my sister and i used to listen to: CBS radio mystery theater! we discovered it in the mid 1970′s when our TV stopped working. there was an ad for a new “radio drama” on the back of the cereal box. we knew that our grandparents used to listen to these type of shows before TV was around, but we had never heard one before. this is the opening to one of the shows we both remember about a white wolf.jennyandsaraopeni downloaded 1,399 CBS radio mystery theater shows and put 100 of them on an mp3 player as a christmas present for my sister. the pic above is jenny with our niece sara in her wolf costume that she tailored.

Rockin’ Around The Festivus Pole

festivusjamlast friday it was cold, pedestrian traffic trickled, but i still brought the beeps to salon kitch. if i you think there was a small crowd that night… you’re right, it was just me and kitch. but that didn’t stop us from throwing caution to the wind, and jamming around the festivus pole!
rockin’ around the festivus pole instead of a christmas tree,
later we’ll air some grievances
then we’ll boast our feats of strength!

–sung to the tune of rockin’ around the christmas tree

A Christmas Tradition Continues

IMG_20161210_170832we watched a christmas story with the frierdichs and janouscheks again this year! the first time i saw it was at the eastgate cinema in joplin. it was 1983, and i was a teenager. watching this movie is now an annual tradition that jenny & i have kept with two families since christy was a teenager (she’s one of the frierdich’s). these days she’s a mama that knows how to bake leg lamp cookies, and her son ben knows how to eat them… well… the top part anyway.

Roxanne Picks Up Speed

the-policei just found a show called crap from the past. ron “boogiemonster” gerber has been hosting it every friday night since 1992! for the last 24 years he’s been playing really cool music, and really weird music. this track is a cool song by the police that gets weird in a hurry.

It’s Happening In Three Days

3dayscondorconfessionok, ok… we’re not playing cat and mouse with the CIA like robert redford in three days of the condor– but we ARE playing small veggies in a single bound in three days! beep goes the weasel will start at 6pm this friday (12/16), at salon kitch located at 7333 W 80th. we’ll be inside next to the art of sandeep shinde!

Hello Country Bumpkin…

frostoutonthepumpkinthere was only a 20% chance of snow today, but we still got a dusting this afternoon. when i saw what was left on the pumpkin, it reminded me of an old country song. you know the one. hey if the smothers brothers could convince their audience that orange rhymed with door hinge, then cal smith probably figured he could do the same thing with bumpkin and pumpkin, right?