Kansas City Meet Up, Day Two: Fountains, Monuments, BBQ and More Drinks

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Blues Brothers and a couple Sisters

Day Two in KC had me up early and doing my best to upload some photos before meeting Shawn for breakfast.  It was such a crazy night -- and I was not entirely sure how to post -- but decided on the flasher theme for Day 1, launched it and off I went.  I was so amazed to see that I had over 35 hits when I got back from breakfast!  Crazy TBer's!

Shawn and I had breakfast at the buffet at our hotel then Mark picked us up to take us down to the Westin to join the others.  Originally Mark had booked a  15 passenger van so we could all ride together, but he found out that morning that the van had not been returned so was not available that morning.  Fortunately he had a Plan B -- three cars and three handicap parking stickers!

We had to have several obligatory photos at the Westin -- Blues Brothers shots with sunglasses, etc.

Tower View at Liberty Memorial Monument
  We had plenty of time, as Sal was running late.  Someone said he was doing his hair.  Hmmmm.  We were off on a tour of monuments and fountains -- but had barely departed when some of the group started needing food.  Guess they had slept 'til the last minute and were too rushed to find something to eat. 

Mark gave us a little primer on Kansas City -- the city with more fountains than any city other than Rome, the city with more boulevards than any city other than Paris, the city with the second largest city park -- after Central Park in Manhattan.  I must admit, KC surprised me with its beauty, sophistication and culture.

Mourning Sphinx
  I had been here a couple of times -- but only on business trips, so did not get a chance to see much before.

Our first stop was the Liberty Memorial Monument -- a monument to World War I veterans -- which Mark informed us is the only memorial to WWI in the entire US.  That surprised me.  It's a huge pillar in the midst of two sphinxes that have their faces covered.  The mystery of why the faces are covered was driving me nuts.  I asked lots of folks in KC and have googled several articles, until I finally found one reference that says the two sphinx are in mourning.  I guess the cover on their faces is a veil.  That makes sense to me.  The memorial was built in the mid-1920's.  The money to build the memorial was raised in less than two weeks after an appeal was put out to Kansas City and the general surroundings.

RJ, Harriet and Shawn
  The view from the Liberty Memorial over Kansas City is amazing.  We got tons of photos there -- in fact, I really felt for the passers by that we roped into taking pics of the group.  Little did they know that 20 cameras would come up after they said they would help us out!

We headed over to the Plaza area of Kansas City and saw what is billed as the most famous fountain in Kansas City -- the JC Nichols Fountain.  Nichols was a successful businessman in Kansas City that developed the Plaza area and a lot of the real estate in town.  He was a big philanthropist and a driving force on the fountains, parks, and memorials.  The main part of this fountain was originally in Paris and was junked.  A Kansas City businesman learned of it, flew to Paris and bought it and had it brought to Kansas City to be refurbished and installed.

Harriet takes on Missouri!
  That is the four horses and the riders are from Paris.  The cherubs on the dolphins were bought in New York from the estate of a wealthy New Yorker.  The four horses and their riders represent 4 of the worlds major rivers:  The Seine (France), the Rhine (Germany), the Volga (Russia) and the Mississippi.  The Missisippi sculpture has an alligator.  The Volga sculpture has a Bear.  I was not able to really determine which was the Seine (probably with the woman rider) and the Rhine.  We got some fun photos there -- and then finally succumbed to the growling stomachs of some who had not eaten and headed to the Classic Cup in the Plaza area.

The Plaza was developed as one of the first suburban shopping areas in the US by JC Nichols.

Saturday Morning Group at the Fountain
  It was modeled after Seville in Spain and the tiled roofs and Moorish flair is unmistakable.  RJ is an architect and loved giving us a commentary on what he was seeing in the area.  On our walk to the restaurant took us by PF Chang's restaurant.  Of course they had their trademark concrete horse outside the restaurant.  Shawn could not resist and had to play cowboy.  He could have got away with it no problem -- except once twenty cameras started popping pics, it caught the eye of the manager of Chang's and out she came to get him down.  Oh well, we got a great pic!

Our stop at the Classic Cup turned into lunch for me, as I had no idea when we might see food again.  I had a couple of mimosas and a Nicoise salad.

Shawn rides again! Yeehaw!
  It was very good and did not leave me stuffed and needing a nap.  We had to split into two groups to accomodate our group.  I was lucky in that the first group finished up and allowed Eric to come by and rub my shoulders and neck when he finished.  LOL! 

Mark loaded us back up and off we went to the Nelson-Atklins Museum of Art.  We really went more for the views from there, and they were spectacular.  They had huge shuttlecocks (birdies for badminton folk) on the lawn that provided some great photo-opportunities.  Harriet was having some trouble with her leg -- she was in pain and limping.  She blamed it on me lifting her up at the bar the previous night -- but now that I have had a chance to review the pics from the night, I see she was picking up Mel and throwing her around.

James, Eric, Tim and Bill giving tongue
  Doubt that I am the source of her pain!!  We did go inside the museum and see some of the major pieces.  My favorite was the Monet painting entitled Water Lilies.  It is really amazing.  My picture of it does not do it justice.

In the sunlight, Harriet pointed out that Eric should be careful about wearing blue striped boxers under his white pants.  He just had to demonstrate the effect when we left the museum in an Old School Bill-esque shot.  Too funny!

We headed back to the Westin so that everyone could get a chance to clean up for the night's activities.  Eric took me down to the Bicycle Shack to pick up bikes for Shawn and me for our ride the next day.  Eric was originally going to ride as well, but decided not to so he could party a bit more Saturday night, and get a good drive in on Sunday when he departs for Charlotte, NC.

Riding the Boar
  He had a bike rack on his jeep -- so it was great that he could get me down to the bike shop and back to the hotel with our bikes.  Unfortunately there was not room for Shawn to go along as the jeep was packed full of most of Eric's worldly belongings.  We had a good drive and a chance to get to know each other a little better.  Thanks again for the ride Eric!

Shawn and I were barely in the elevator with our bikes when I got a call from Erin wondering where we were.  The group was supposed to be back at the Plaza area for a special surprise from Mark and James, and hardly anyone was there.  I put it in high gear and took a shower so quickly that I found out later I did not even get the grease from the bike chain off my leg!  I had got some one me as I was being measured for heighth for the bike seat.

Looks like Sal got nailed by a shuttlecock in KC! Oh my.
  Oh well!  Shawn and I took a cab down to the Westin and then rode took another cab with Harriet, Eric and Yadi over to the Cellar in the Plaza.  The surprise for us was that Mark and another friend named Mark were there playing guitars and singing for our group.  Mark has an amazing voice.  It was so nice to just let the music flow over us as we enjoyed a drink and meeting more TBer's who joined us at this point -- Sari (o-dog), Natalia (talie08) and Jennifer (Ninjafer).  We even had an opportunity to watch Sal do his work when he put Eric up on a table and gave him a spinal adjustment!  Such skill!!  All too soon, we had to finish up our drinks and head over to the next stop, dinner at a Kansas City barbeque restaurant, Jack Stack.
Eric doing Old School Shot -- and trying to show his blue striped boxers through the white pants. Nice touch Eric. :P

We had a short walk over to the restaurant -- most of us made it there ok.  Somehow though a few stragglers got lost and took a bit longer to arrive.  I read in a blog somewhere that they were yelled at on arrival.  Damn, I missed it!  Shawn did have to dry to ride another statue at the restaurant -- a bronzed bull right outside in the son.  He did not last too long though, as it was quite hot and he did not want to fry his huevos, so I did not get a pic.  Jack Stack's Restaurant is a great Kansas City barbeque joint -- with lots of choices for everyone (except vegetarians).  I had a Kansas City mixed plate and got to chose two meats -- so went with lamb ribs and pork burnt ends.  The ribs were amazing -- juicy, fall off the bone good.

That is a devlish look Shawn!
  The burnt ends were very burnt.  And very dry.  I'd stick to the ribs folks.  The sides were good too -- french fries, cole slaw and baked beans.  My table turned out to be all TB Virgins -- newbies.   It was fun to trade information and ask questions!

Next stop:  Granfalloon Bar and Grill.  But first, Erin and Mel had to jump up on the cooled down statue of the bull outside the restaurant.  James even got into the act -- he was not quite as funny getting on, as he did not have the short dresses of the other two.  Once again, management came out and called them off.  They just don't like people on their statues here in KC!

We had another TB'er join us at the Granfalloon -- Andy (zoolking).

You should have seen the face on the waitress when she walked in on this one!
  He has family in the KC area, but came down from Minnesota.  We had some more drinks (surprise), played some pool, watched Ninjafer demonstrate some ninja moves from a high chair (stunningly intricate), and then witnessed the crowning of the Queen (Mel) and her knighting of some to her roundtable (James, RJ, Will and Sal).  Oh, and Erin got a pin-bearer status, whatever that maybe.  Lovely young Yadi got a special TB T-Shirt for being the person who travelled the farthest (although the tee said "most furtherest") to join the meet up.

Andy was kind enough to take a group of us up to the Power and Light District so we could start that all over again.  It was rather discombobulated when we got there -- some at Howl at the Moon, some at Raglan Pub and others elsewhere.

Last drink at the Raglan Pub with Erin
  We finally ended up at Raglan for some more Irish hospitality and Riverdancers.  It seemed a bit more subdued this evening than the previous one -- but I am not sure about that entirely.  Shawn and I departed around midnight so we could get some rest before our 20 mile bike ride the next morning.  On relection and reading other's blogs, it seems the evening did not end up as subdued as I thought.  I am certain I saw motorboating pictures on Erin's blog of both her and Mel -- with a man they seemed intent on recruiting to TB.  Our royalty is certainly tireless in their promotion of TB ideals!  :P

 

TYoungTX says:
Thanks Mikiko! Yeah, it was a pretty crazy meet up! You should try to make it to the next one.
How's your weekend going? Big plans for the 4th?
Posted on: Jul 04, 2008
ms_travelr says:
Sounds and looks like you guys had a great time !!
Posted on: Jul 04, 2008
pearcetoyou says:
Nice job on the blog, Tim!
Posted on: Jun 27, 2008
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Blues Brothers and a couple Sisters
Blues Brothers and a couple Sisters
Tower View at Liberty Memorial Mon…
Tower View at Liberty Memorial Mo…
Mourning Sphinx
Mourning Sphinx
RJ, Harriet and Shawn
RJ, Harriet and Shawn
Harriet takes on Missouri!
Harriet takes on Missouri!
Saturday Morning Group at the Foun…
Saturday Morning Group at the Fou…
Shawn rides again!  Yeehaw!
Shawn rides again! Yeehaw!
James, Eric, Tim and Bill giving t…
James, Eric, Tim and Bill giving …
Riding the Boar
Riding the Boar
Looks like Sal got nailed by a shu…
Looks like Sal got nailed by a sh…
Eric doing Old School Shot -- and …
Eric doing Old School Shot -- and…
That is a devlish look Shawn!
That is a devlish look Shawn!
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You should have seen the face on …
Last drink at the Raglan Pub with …
Last drink at the Raglan Pub with…
Morning Meet Up at the Westin -- J…
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James, Mark, Tim, Will and Erin
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Union Station
Union Station
Liberty Memorial Monument
Liberty Memorial Monument
Erin and Sal at Liberty Memorial
Erin and Sal at Liberty Memorial
Mourning Sphinx
Mourning Sphinx
Another Tower View
Another Tower View
Union Station from Liberty Memorial
Union Station from Liberty Memorial
Liberty Memorial
Liberty Memorial
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Harriet is the High Priestess of …
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Saturday Morning Group at the Lib…
Tim, Erin, Shawn and Sal
Tim, Erin, Shawn and Sal
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Tim, Mel, Shawn and Sal
JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
Country Club Plaza
Country Club Plaza
Spanish Tower at the Plaza
Spanish Tower at the Plaza
Mel and Yadi
Mel and Yadi
One of the 4 Horsemen
One of the 4 Horsemen
Harriets turn at the tongue
Harriet's turn at the tongue
Shawn rides Changs Horse
Shawn rides Chang's Horse
My Nicoise Salad at Classic Cup
My Nicoise Salad at Classic Cup
Erin and James at Classic Cup
Erin and James at Classic Cup
Erics giving me my massage
Eric's giving me my massage
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Bacon anyone?
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Harriet gets in on the action!
Harriet gets in on the action!
James indicates a score!
James indicates a score!
Harriets Fountain
Harriet's Fountain
Harriet auditioning for Wheel of F…
Harriet auditioning for Wheel of …
Cherub on a fish
Cherub on a fish
Tim and Erin
Tim and Erin
Im surrounded by Beauty!
I'm surrounded by Beauty!
View from Museum
View from Museum
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum
Giant Shuttlecock on Museum Grounds
Giant Shuttlecock on Museum Grounds
Harriets under the shuttlecock no…
Harriet's under the shuttlecock n…
Mel takes a different stance.
Mel takes a different stance.
Mel and Yadi and the shuttlecock.
Mel and Yadi and the shuttlecock.
Harriet gets in on it too!
Harriet gets in on it too!
Eric tries to lift!
Eric tries to lift!
Harriet and art
Harriet and art
Sal and Mel try to think.  Look at…
Sal and Mel try to think. Look a…
Yadi and Eric do the thinking thin…
Yadi and Eric do the thinking thi…
Harriet on the way to the top
Harriet on the way to the top
Monets Water Lilies
Monet's Water Lilies
Old School Shot of Shawn from the …
Old School Shot of Shawn from the…
RJ displaying his climbing skills
RJ displaying his climbing skills
Yadi and Harriet up front in the t…
Yadi and Harriet up front in the …
Shawn, Eric and me in the taxi to …
Shawn, Eric and me in the taxi to…
Mark and Mark singing for our grou…
Mark and Mark singing for our gro…
Eric and the girls at the Cellar
Eric and the girls at the Cellar
Cheers from the Cellar
Cheers from the Cellar
Group Shot at the Cellar
Group Shot at the Cellar
Mel Sandwiched by Eric and Tim
Mel Sandwiched by Eric and Tim
Mel giving Shawn a shoulder rub
Mel giving Shawn a shoulder rub
Harriet sits on Shawns lap
Harriet sits on Shawns' lap
Eric sits on Shawns lap
Eric sits on Shawn's lap
Harriet sits on Saris lap
Harriet sits on Sari's lap
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Sal gives Eric an adjustment
Sal gives Eric an adjustment
Tim and Yadi
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Un besito
Un besito
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That's just wrong on so many leve…
Newbie Table at Jack Stick:  Sari,…
Newbie Table at Jack Stick: Sari…
Shawns barbeque plate
Shawn's barbeque plate
My plate of burnt ends and lamb ri…
My plate of burnt ends and lamb r…
Harriets Pork Ribs
Harriet's Pork Ribs
Sal and Yadi. The Ribs give you Wi…
Sal and Yadi. The Ribs give you W…
Mel and Erin ride the bull.  Howd…
Mel and Erin ride the bull. How'…
Plus James!
Plus James!
Getting ready to get our group pho…
Getting ready to get our group ph…
The Saturday Night Group Post Dinn…
The Saturday Night Group Post Din…
Newbies at the Granfallon
Newbies at the Granfallon
Harriet and Andy
Harriet and Andy
I think Eric was offering up butte…
I think Eric was offering up butt…
Yadi gets her award for travelling…
Yadi gets her award for travellin…
Yadi Modeling her Award Tee
Yadi Modeling her Award Tee
Mark, Yadi and James
Mark, Yadi and James
Queen CW
Queen CW
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The Queen and her Consort Take On…
Knights of the Queens Court:  Wil…
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Ninjafer demonstrates Ninja moves…
More crowd fun at the Raglan Pub
More crowd fun at the Raglan Pub
With the Queen.  Thank goodness I …
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Erin, me and Mel
Erin, me and Mel
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Erin, Shawn and Mel
Toast to JC (Ratu)
Toast to JC (Ratu)
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