December 27, 2014

Speaking of Kansas...

... I need to get to Kansas right now. What's not the matter with Kansas? It's the halfway point on the drive back home from Austin.

Here's a photograph to signal that this post is a café...



... and you can talk about whatever you want.

35 comments:

Beldar said...

Safe travels, Professor Althouse.

lemondog said...

Put on your ruby slippers........

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...


Dear citizens, your shit is broken if you can't complete this sentence with something real - "I come to the marketplace, to trade value for value, with this skill: (fill in blank)."

Do they even pretend to teach that essential attribute in our schools anymore?

Larry J said...

I've driven across Kansas (going east and west) more times than I care to remember. Thank goodness they raised the speed limit on I-70 to 75 MPH. It was a far more painful experience back in the old 55 MPH days.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

Here is an example of what some of our citizens
bring to the marketplace.

I don't think that is gonna work out for them though.

Pete said...

It's snowing in Oklahoma City so be careful when you pass through.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Your Cuba trip cover story continues to unravel. The correct route is through Joplin, Missouri, not Kansas. And, yes, I am a robot.

surfed said...

We found US50 through southern Kansas beautiful on our coast to coast road trip in September. Unexpectedly so. But that's America for you. Beauty where you least expect it.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

Left Bank of the Charles said...
The correct route is through Joplin, Missouri, not Kansas.


I agree that that is a better route back to Madison than via Kansas. However, these days, be careful when driving past/through St Louis. I'd take the southern by-pass, and be fully gassed up before getting there.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

What plant issat? Another agave suculent?

Big Mike said...

Have a safe trip. Don't push it, please, if you're caught in snow.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

A. victoriae-reginae

Coconuss Network said...

It's finally snowing in Southeastern Germany. two days after Christmas. We've got the fireplace on and am making a soup/stew with a Goose carcass. A lil sip of wine. We're enjoying the holidays and vacation. Have a speedy and safe trip home ohne incident Annie. Alles liebe.

Michael K said...

In America, it is "teens" brawling and robbing. In Europe, it is "youths."

We are all learning the add the word that may not speak its name.

Archie Waugh said...

Well done, Hammond...you beat me to it. Agave Victoriae-Reginae is the most splendidly-marked "century cactus".

m stone said...

Michael K: "We are all learning the add the word that may not speak its name."

It has been noted that the press violated the usage of "youth" and "teen" from the venerable AP Stylebook for Michael Brown in Ferguson.

At his age he is a "man" (responsibly as well) but was generally called a youth or teen by the press.

Bobber Fleck said...

Six days on the road and I'm a gonna make it home tonight

Well my rig's a little old but that don't mean she's slow

There's a flame from her stack and that smoke's a blowin' black as coal

My hometown's a comin' in sight if you think I'm a happy you're right

Six days on the road and I'm a gonna make it home tonight

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

Michael K said...
In America, it is "teens" brawling and robbing.


"teen",short for "teenie tiny IQs", I think.

And, it's called 'chimping out'.

Sam L. said...

There's a lot to matter with Kansas, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more with Tommy Franks. Ask the wrong question, likely never stumble across the right anwswer.

Larry J, it used to be 80 on the Kansas Turnpike in the '60s--I did that pulling a U-Haul nigh on Christmas. With a '50 Mercury and a 10-qt. can of oil.

Anonymous said...

Well, I am planning to eat oysters, foie gras, and champagne for New Year's.

What are your plans?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mireille-guiliano-still-wants-to-change-the-way-america-eats-1419614724

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Agave Victoriae-Reginae is the most splendidly-marked "century cactus".

Or succulent, as the case may be. (Not to put too fine a point on it.)

traditionalguy said...

When scientists find their assumptions are wrong requiring added presumptions of unpredictability, yet they are certain that the trend is as predicted what do you get?

Not a Kansas conservative voter. You get a whacked out Global Warmist believer just starting to awaken... but not quite yet.

Humperdink said...

My plans for New Years Eve? It never changes - in the sack at 10PM.

I wonder what Monsignor Al has planned for New Years Eve in NYC. You can bet Kansas will not make the news.

I will catch the highlights on the Fox news channel on Dish. Maybe.

Curious George said...

"m stone said...
Michael K: "We are all learning the add the word that may not speak its name."

It has been noted that the press violated the usage of "youth" and "teen" from the venerable AP Stylebook for Michael Brown in Ferguson.

At his age he is a "man" (responsibly as well) but was generally called a youth or teen by the press."

Swing and a miss.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Not through St. Louis. North from Joplin to Kansas City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Madison.

madAsHell said...

I see that the distance is about 1100 miles, and about 17 hours of road time. A couple of 9 hour days behind the wheel can be a real test of endurance.

Godspede, Ann Althouse.

Quayle said...

If you are staying in the Kansas City metro area tonight, I highly recommend getting BBQ at Jack Stack, in Overland Park, KS (Just a bit off of I-35).

There is a Kansas City specialty dish called Burnt Ends, which is the charred outside of the brisket, cut off into cubes, and tossed in BBQ sauce.

Jack Stack's beans and coleslaw are amazing also.

Anonymous said...

I've found Kansas to be one big animal preserve since I've lived here. I've had 50 wild turkeys in my front yard and I live in town. I've seen river otters, deer, coyote, eagles, cranes, Gray Herons, swans, etc.....I'm from New England and spent summers in the mountains of Maine. Not even close when it comes to wildlife.

rhhardin said...

Duplicity, a DVD in Kroger for $1.98, has a really confusing plot, on top of being normally confusing because directors think you can tell one person from another anyway.

In morse code bicycle commute news, W1AW/0 is in Iowa working people anxious to exchange state names for some reason.

One was JE8BKW which I promised myself to look up. What the hell is JE8?

Japan. So many new country prefixes since I last looked long ago.

Ann Althouse said...

"It's snowing in Oklahoma City so be careful when you pass through."

Yeah, I arrived after that happened. Traffic slowed sanely. I only saw 2 cars that had driven off the road. There were berms of ice between the lanes, making it hard to get over into the left lane to go around the really slow cars, but I had the courage to do it a few times. I was more worried about the other drivers. I'm used to the snow and the Audi TT is super-solid in winter conditions.

Ann Althouse said...

@Hammond X. Gritzkofe Thanks for providing the plant name!
12/27/14, 11:02 AM

@Bobber Fleck Thanks for the song lyric. Am I the only one who associates it with David Bromberg?

"I see that the distance is about 1100 miles, and about 17 hours of road time. A couple of 9 hour days behind the wheel can be a real test of endurance."

It's 1200, and one time I did it in a single shot. If you don't plan a place to stop, it's hard to stop. If you don't stop by Des Moines, it's hard to figure out how to stop, and women driving alone don't just pull up somewhere and sleep in the car. The part of Wisconsin after Dubuque seems completely desolate and empty in the middle of the night. Your only hope is to get all the way home.

"If you are staying in the Kansas City metro area tonight, I highly recommend getting BBQ at Jack Stack, in Overland Park, KS (Just a bit off of I-35). There is a Kansas City specialty dish called Burnt Ends, which is the charred outside of the brisket, cut off into cubes, and tossed in BBQ sauce."

That sounds wonderful, but I'm not into going out after arriving in a new place as a woman traveling alone. I avoided Wichita and Kansas City because I just wanted to hole up someplace safe. If you knew what 3 food groups were my dinner right now, you would laugh.

Ann Althouse said...

"I've found Kansas to be one big animal preserve since I've lived here. I've had 50 wild turkeys in my front yard and I live in town. I've seen river otters, deer, coyote, eagles, cranes, Gray Herons, swans, etc.....I'm from New England and spent summers in the mountains of Maine. Not even close when it comes to wildlife."

Beautiful. I'm enjoying the hills of Kansas. Sunset in the rear view mirror was beautiful as I drove into the lavender sky.

Sam L. said...

rhhardin @ 6:04: Would you care to translate those lines into understandble-to-the-average-person-reading-here English?

Bobber Fleck said...

@Althouse: Thanks for the song lyric. Am I the only one who associates it with David Bromberg?


It's hard to beat the original Dave Dudley version. Dave was one of our own here in Wisconsin: Born (David Darwin Pedruska) in Spencer, Wisconsin in 1928 and died in Danbury, Wisconsin in 2003.

rhhardin said...

Would you care to translate those lines into understandble-to-the-average-person-reading-here English?

You never forget morse code once you've learned it. It's like falling off a horse.