Was talking to my on-air buddy Johnny Dare last night…
Had one of our better talks. Hard to believe he’s been on the radio for nearly two decades. And I’ve been a weekly guest nearly the entire time. Yep, he was in his 20’s and me in my 30’s back then. We both agreed we’re lucky to have had the careers we’ve been blessed with.
Sure there are always other mountains to climb, but with Johnny he’s hit all the high marks; top on-air guy in KC, a TV gig and more to come.
We all know my story.
What struck me was that neither of us really want to live anywhere but Kansas City. Yes, as much as I bitch about whats wrong with our town, it’s my home and yours.
When you really look at it, as Sam Mellinger wrote today in the Star, our city has always had an inferiority complex. He was referring to our sports mindset. And he’s right. Sam wrote about how well Sprint Center has done to this point without a major pro team.
Like you guys, I have tons to bitch about, but much to love about our city.
Nothing beats the Plaza, surely not Beverly Hills. I’ve been there. How about the homes in Mission Hills, Fairway, Westwood or out South in Johnson County. Street after street of beautiful homes and now in North Kansas City as well.
I know most of us can’t really afford the super nice ones, but hey it’s fun to drive by and appreciate their beauty and how they make our town look and feel.
All the new areas from Zona Rosa to Legends. Out south in Johnson County there are a boatload of new restaurants and shops. Let me tell you, I’m not interested much in soccer – I can barely spell it – but that new stadium is gorgeous – one of the best in the nation. The fact that our city has NASCAR, ARROWHEAD, THE NEW AND IMPROVED ROYALS STADIUM, several nice casinos, a new ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (PERFORMING ARTS) the rebuilt Union Station.
The list goes on and on with more on the way.
We always hear, "This city is so boring, there’s nothing to do here."
Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a ton to do in Kansas City – a fucking ton! You just have to go out and try all these new options. Concerts nightly, new restaurants, bars, movie theaters with food and drink.
Hey, I am well aware of all the problems, even with the new attractions. But overall it’s not too shabby.
I lived in LA and Phoenix, two bigger cities with more glam – or so they say.
And I’ll take KC over them both. In the end, this is a nice place to live with pretty friendly people. A town willing to give a fella a second chance or even a third. Take me.
Like that little girl said in that movie 70 years back, "There’s no place like home."
Know what? she was right. Enjoy the summer. Discover Kansas City. I think it’s worth the trip.