• Pothole to the Center of The Earth

    I wonder if there is a rating scale for potholes similar to the F-Scale for tornadoes or the Richter Scale for earthquakes. If there isn’t one, I’d like to propose a Kansas City Pothole Scale to commemorate this City’s contribution to the subject of road damage. I’ll leave it to the scientists to decide if potholes should be rated based on their size or on a potential vehicle damage from a minor bump (K-1) to a complete disappearance of the vehicle as described in the Bible “and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up” (definitely a K-10).

    Every day I have to maneuver around this crater of a pothole on my way to work, wondering if one wrong turn will send me on my way to the center of the Earth, or at least a little closer to it.

    As you can see, there are visible remains of the previous handiwork done by the highly trained professionals working for the City.

    It’s hard to tell but the tape measure in the photo is extended to almost three feet to give you some dimension perspective.

    It’s not just a hole in the ground. There seems to be a cave underneath it. Maybe it’s an old mine, or an unknown entrance to the abandoned underground tunnel, or an end of the secret escape route leading to the Mayor’s office.

    I didn’t feel like spelunking my way down there on a gray Saturday morning.

    Few days ago someone placed an orange warning sign around this pothole but it swallowed the City property overnight. You can see the remains of the sign deep down in the abyss.

    During my annual griping about the KCMO Earnings Tax, someone never fails to point out that it’s only fair that I pay my fair share for the roads and wonderful amenities I am using while I am in Kansas City. Stupidity of this argument aside, I think I paid enough during my 10 years of employment to fill this hole with cash.

    This article explains that you may have a small chance of the City compensating you for the damage to your vehicle caused by a pothole; coverage may be provided by the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund. Obviously I am not qualified to provide any advice, do your own research.

    In the meantime, please exercise caution on this intersection of the 6th and Cherry, you’ll find the giant pothole next to the property tax-free building.


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    One wrong move and you may accidentally discover the next steamboat Arabia.

    Mr.Gorbachev Mayor Funkhouser! Tear down this wall! Fill up this hole!

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  • TGIF

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  • Faux Russian Cinema: ЯED MOOИ

    Strange but funny. I wish I had a Russian accent like that.


    RED MOON from Sirocco Research Labs on Vimeo.

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  • Republican National Convention of 1976 in Kansas City, MO

    I interrupt slow vacation coverage and other musings to report on my recent archaeological trip to the Missouri Valley Special Collections to waste a day off photograph some artifacts from the Republican National Convention, hosted in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena in 1976.

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  • Postcard From Topeka

    My Momma always said: Topeka is like a box of CrackerJack… sorry, wrong post…
    For a long time I had in mind to climb to the top of the Kansas State Capitol and take a good bird’s-eye look at the great state of Kansas where the Capitol just happened to be located.

    One good thing about our state’s capital is meetings. There was some kind of meeting about clean air and stuff.


    To have a good meeting you always need:
    Old ladies with signs and canes.

    Cute chicks.

    Women-voters (with an occasional stray man holding on to the sign).

    A fat kid with the sign about what he wants to be when he grows up.

    A union guy who hasn’t done any work in the past 20 years.

    A bike-riding hippie with dreadlocks.

    And a fat dude wearing an apocalyptic t-shirt.

    I don’t recycle and I don’t want to die so we moved on to the next death threat.


    Inside the capitol we got busy climbing 296 steps to the top.

    The internal dome looks like this from the outside.

    The legend is:if you make a wish inside the dome it will come true. But it doesn’t always work.

    From the top you can check if your car didn’t get towed.


    Meeting participants were still lingering on, checking the air quality after the meeting.

    Inside, a group of people lined up for a photo-op in a mutually uncomfortable formation (because normal people are listening to the speech facing the speaker).

    That’s the inner dome from the inside.

    The truth truck was right – governor must have perished, good thing I didn’t flip them off.

    Here are the rest of my photos:


    Visit Topeka!

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