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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I have to hurry up because now that we're in Kansas City, MO, we're on Central Time, which means that LOST is on at 8 p.m. tonight because of the wacky Central Time Zone (meaning I have about a half an hour to write this post). Does anyone know why shows are always an hour earlier here?? It's probably in that Wikipedia entry, but I don't have time to read it.

Anyway, today's drive felt really long. Missouri seems endless in a non-positive sense of the word, unlike endless refills or something like that. No, we were only driving through Missouri from lunch onwards and it just was very long and boring. But now we're in Kansas City (on the Missouri side) and, upon arriving at our hotel, we exited the car and I noticed that the outside smelled exactly like my dad. My dad is...fragrant (perhaps more fragrant than most people) and my first thought upon exiting the car was wondering how he could make the outside smell as well. Then I realized that we must be close to some sort of plant or cattle yard or something.

We were greeted at the front desk by Deb, who is perhaps the perkiest and friendliest and most helpful front desk person ever (age approximately 50). She asked us what our plans were while we were here and, when we asked for a BBQ restaurant for dinner, responded in an instant that we should go to the Ameristar Casino to go to the Arthur Bryant's BBQ because it was (and I quote) "the bomb."

With the promise of BBQ food that was "the bomb," we headed up to the Ameristar, a riverboat casino. On the way we passed something called a "US Foreign Trade Zone," whatever that means (if it means what I think it means, I wonder why it's in the middle of the country). In any case, it happens to be right next to the paintball field, should you be interested in going there.

When we arrived at the casino, I was impressed that the decor was as impressive as Las Vegas (certainly more impressive than Atlantic City, but that's not hard), but disappointed that the casino was not actually a riverboat (even though it looked like one). As an aside, I am always a little weirded out when interior decor models exterior scenes - like a fake sky. It's somewhat realistic, but then also not realistic at all, and just makes me feel weird when I go outside afterward. Anyway, we arrived at Arthur Bryant's and I ordered a pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Now, I'm not really a fan of BBQ at all, so I had a little hope that the sandwich would be good, considering Arthur Bryant's is "the bomb." However, I soon discovered that Arthur Bryant's is not, in fact, "the bomb." In fact, when I went up to Connecticut to visit Emily and her family, Emily made some tasty pulled pork BBQ sandwiches that I would classify as "the bomb" without any hesitation.

So although Deb is bright and perky and helpful, I'm afraid she should show a little more consideration before using words such as "the bomb," as using them incorrectly will largely disappoint.

The weather is getting a little cooler and more humid - this is because tornadoes are in the air! Well, whereas we are technically in the tornado warning zone, we are more south than the tornados, I think. But, supposedly there has been massive rainstorms (with over 4" of rain) and golf ball-sized hail in the area, and there should be snow as we go into the Rockies when we approach Denver tomorrow.

- Jenny, 5/23/2007 05:21:00 PM

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