This Texan in St. Louis left St. Louis this weekend and headed for the border into Kansas. It was a decent drive. There was lots of snow on the ground but thankfully, the roads were pretty clear. We drove through a few areas of snow and there was a lot of snow on the roads but there wasn’t any accumulation on the highway.
And just in case we were driving too fast…
We made it to Kansas City!
These are some random shots as we drove through town headed toward Lawrence.
This stadium is where the KC Chiefs play football.
You can see KU at the top of the hill.
This is the main street through Lawrence where all of the bars, shops, restaurants, etc. are located.
We had some new and interesting experiences this weekend! The first was attending a NCAA basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. I really had no idea it was even a big deal. —shrugging— Who knew? So anyway, here’s my daughter and me at the game. Notice the wall behind us. That is the top of the arena.
Allen fieldhouse is named after Forrest “Phog” Allen who coached the Jayhawks basketball team for 39 years. The court is named after Dr. James Naismith. He invented the game of basketball while he was teaching P. E. at the University of Kansas. Lots of history in the place. There is a sports museum next to the fieldhouse that has a lot of interesting displays about athletes from KU. They’ve also got all of their earned trophies and stuff in the museum, too. It’s a nice place and a neat experience.
The basketball game was crazy! KU played West Virginia University and it was not exactly a competive match-up. WVU got killed. It was, however, a very exciting game. The KU fan base is really into their team and the team is very talented. There were lots of 3 point shots, alley oops (or is it ali oops?) and just all around great basketball. Did I mention that the fans are really, really into their team? They yelled, cheered, chanted and occasionally boo’d. The student section was probably the most active. At the beginning of the game, when the WVU team was being introduced, they had a newspaper sized picture that said “Mountain Ears” – making fun of the WVU mascot the Mountaineers. They also had confetti that they threw in the air when the home team was being introduced. Everyone had a good time except maybe the WVU players and their few fans in attendance. We had seats in the third section in the upper part of the arena but we still had a pretty decent view of the court. KU is very proud of their basketball team…
Here’s a video clip of the end of the game. I was hoping to hear the “rock chalk jayhawk’ chant, but it never really got going. It was kind of disappointing to not hear it.
Our semi-nosebleed seats were $100 each. Perhaps that’s the going rate for college basketball games, but it seems kind of expensive to me. Thankfully, our seats were sponsored by my husband’s job. Yay! It could have been a really expensive family outing.
After the game, we headed back into Missouri to spend the night in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City. It is a really cute area with lots of great shops and restaurants. There is a nice park and lots of swanky condos, apartments and lovely homes. We had dinner at Trio and I believe I found a new favorite side dish: collard greens. No, before you go thinking there’s nothing new about collard greens, let me assure you that these were different. I’ve been cooking collard greens for my husband for years… years… I cook them, but I do not eat them. They taste like wet leaves. Oh, wait. They ARE wet leaves. But back to these greens at Trio. They were bathed in some kind of broth with bacon and roasted red peppers. They. were. delicious. I also had snapper but I enjoyed the greens the most. Here’s their website in case you are ever in KC and want to try it out: http://cafetriokc.com/wp2/?page_id=182
We are old, so after dinner, we went to the hotel and went to sleep. It had been along day. We started the day at 5am and it was 10pm by the time we got back to the hotel after dinner, so yeah… We went to bed.
On Sunday morning, we got up and out and stood in line at Hamburger Mary’s waiting to be seated for the Drag Queen show.
My husband and I have been to a DQ show before so this new experience was for our daughter. We didn’t tell her about the show and it was kind of funny to see her see the DQ’s and try not to react to them. This activity probably won us the “Bad Parent Award” for the day. Our 16 year old was with us and after about 10 minutes, it was kind of awkward. The host told lots of risque jokes that she assured parents would go over the head of the kids. I suppose that would have been true for those parents of 10 year olds and younger, but our daughter ‘got’ every one of them. It was fun and awkward all at the same time! The ‘queens’ sang and danced for dollar tips.
Sorry for the fuzzy pictures! They were moving and it was hard to take a good photo with my phone.
We ate our food, which was okay. We had our fried Twinkies and Fried Snickers. The fried Twinkies were the better of the two, by the way.
We ran through our little stack of 1 dollar bills right at about the time that we needed to go so we ducked out for a very quick shopping trip and started our trip back to ‘The Lou’.
So – I never mentioned what “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” means. That’s because I don’t know.
Here’s a site where you can read about the chant and also hear it as well as the school song: http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/chant.php