Monday, June 19, 2017
Thanks, boys, for the letter and the kind words. I had Vinny for Geometry two years ago and for Pre-Cal this year. He is a key member of the culinary program on campus and have baked me many treats over the years. It my first time having Anthony, he helped produce a beautiful yearbook this year. They are both great kids who are always eager to help.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
|Special limited-edition button. Thanks, Thomas.|
After Tim boarded the bus, I checked my carry-on suitcase at the lobby and watched Wonder Woman at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater. I had Protein House for lunch and got a couple more postcards at Raygun before retrieving my suitcase and Ubering to the airport.
It was a long returning trip with minor delays and crying babies on planes. But I enjoyed my second year in Kansas City as much as I did a year ago. My friends Tim and Daryl and I explored more of the city. We didn't have the stress of preparing for the acorn skit. Overall, it was a week spent with great people as we combined our efforts to successfully score over 1.3 million questions.
|KC humble brag #1|
|KC humble brag #2|
|KC humble brag #3|
Saturday, June 17, 2017
|Our one-of-a-kind distance sticker|
Tim and I did some shopping at Raygun, a local novelty shop. We also stopped Rally House before returning to our room for a quick rest prior to dinner and the Funstravaganza. The Funstravaganza was great fun. The new readers (Acorns) put together some humorous skits. Other skits include Family Feud, Holy Son of the Majestic One, What Goes on Downstairs in the Alternative Test Grading Rooms, and Fun Run Awards Presentations. At the end of the night, Tim, Daryl, and I enjoyed great conversation. We wish Daryl the best as he begins his new journey to earn a doctorate in statistics at Ohio State University.
|A street sign nearby after shopping at Raygun|
Friday, June 16, 2017
|Kansas City collectibles.|
We Ubered our way back to the Union Station, our driver played some interesting music of choice and warned us to not stay at the WWI Memorial past 10pm. As we approach the Street Car Station, Thomas gave me the "Finding Normal" button! It was a complete surprise. I've been wanting the button since I first saw it. It was a limited edition button. Thomas won the Fun Run drawing and got an extra one the next day. We chatted briefly the day before and he remembered to save it for me. I feel so lucky. Tim and I walked back to the supermarket and our hotel. At the social lounge, I chatted briefly with Daryl and Sam as they shared their experiences at the Professional Night presentation.
|Birdie # 1 of 4|
|Birdie # 2 of 4|
|Birdie # 3 of 4|
|Birdie #4 of 4|
|Tim and I exploring a different side of Kansas City|
|The museum staff was preparing for a special evening event|
A Shoe Adoption Project Update: Six more pairs of shoes will go to Kenya this summer. As of this writing, that's a total of 15 pairs that we will send to children who are starting their own soccer program. I'm in Kansas City this week for AP exams reading. I plan to deliver these to Christ's Church of the Valley or have Emily, the student leader of Chosen Children of Promise, pick these up from school next week. Thank you to all of the donors, supporters, and friends of this project.
|Diadora Monaco Evo in Kids Size 1.5|
|Diadora Monaco Evo in Kids Size 2.5|
|Adidas F5 TRX FG in Women Sizes 6.5 and 10|
|Nike JR Bravata FG-R in Kids Size 13.5|
|Lotto Campione in Kids Size 10|
Thursday, June 15, 2017
|This year's Fun Run shirt|
Erica is amazing, she spearheaded this Fun Run and organized all the necessary details to ensure that we had fun. It was a blast. A time of 13:01 was my ambitious prediction on a hot 90+ degree day with humidity. (I later found out that 13:18 was my official time. I under-performed by 17 seconds.) Since we modified the race last year because of extreme heat, this was a new experience for year one and year two readers.
On this evening, we're lucky that there was an overcast with a nice breeze. The shade bought the temperature down to the 80s to the lower 90s and the humidity more bearable. I thought I had came in 6th. Volunteer Gina told me that I had finished 9th. I read the finisher's card upside-down. That tells you how coherent I was at the end of the hard run.
Tim and I ventured to the Power and Lights District and walked by a country music concert with a solid crowd. We decided to have a burger at BUGR for dinner. It rained a little with heavy wind on our way back.
|Tim and I on the right, Daryl on the left.|
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
|This year's gift from the College Board|
At the end of the day, I was joined by Daryl, Richard, and Claire as we Ubered to watch Kansas City Sporting vs Minnesota United play at the US Open Cup at the Children's Mercy Park. It's a beautiful stadium that is only a few years old. The home team won 4-0. Kansas City is filled with great people. The evening is a little warm and humid, but we all had a wonderful time. We extended our conversation as we waited for our Uber on our return trip.
|Inside an exclusive all-you-can-eat/drink area at the Children's Mercy Park|
|Home team won 4-0|