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  • Where is the Magic Dragon?

    Back in the day, the Raft Race was a very exciting event of the Wichita River Festival. To this event came the best floating character ever created, with apologies to Nemo. No wait, Nemo wasn't floating, that would've been bad news for Nemo. Anyway, this fabulous character that looked totally professional, was a smoke breathing dragon. Yes, real smoke emitted from his nostrils and he was able to lower his head and glide under bridges. His skin was a delightful hugh of gray-green and his facial expression was priceless...not striking fear but demanding respect. After the raft race event ended this fantastic dragon resided on a lot along South West Street. Does anyone know what has happened to him? Phil and I would sure like to find him.-Jan

  • Let's At Least Try Buffer Zones

  • I hate moving!!!!!

    Today is a big day. Today is moving day! And of course it's raining!

  • The Divorce Shower

    It seems odd to me that the divorce shower has not become part of our culture. Sure, everyone loves to gift a bride and groom, but they have each other and a dual income to rely on. Plus, the person going solo is usually not in the same gleeful state of mind as the "soon to be married", so why do just "soon to be marrieds get all the great gifts? Heck, I think most newlyweds could get by with a bed, a lamp and a microwave. Let's face it, no one comes out of divorce with all the stuff they went into the marriage with. Bring on the divorce shower! The divorce shower for Phil Thompson will take place soon. Date, time and place to be announced . There will even be games and prizes for attendees. Let us know if you'd like to attend.

  • Divorce Shower

    We are looking for a classy place that offers wine and hors d'oeuvres and has a party room. Why? Because we want to honor Phil Thompson with a divorce shower featuring the friendship of his adoring fans, including me. All ideas for a venue are welcome. Phil, at first, insisted this was not necessary and then he looked at everything he needs to complete his apartment and sighed. Furnishing an apartment and moving are inversely porportional...when you move out, you think you have less to move than you actually do, when you move into an empty place to start over you think you have more than you actually do.

  • The Divorce Shower is ON!

    I am delighted to invite you to a delightful evening of frivolity and camraderie, a divorce shower for Phil Thompson. The date is Saturday, March 26th. The hours will be 6pm to 9pm. The place will be the party room of Cafe Moderne, that delightful restaurant just off the square in Old Town. Appetizers, soft drinks and desserts will be provided...including Cake Balls. I have no idea what those are, but I trust Carol and Janet at CM and the name of these sweets had a nice ring to it. The Cafe Moderne address is 300 North Mead, Suite 108...the restaurant is set back a bit on the east side of the Old Town Square in which the Warren is located. You can come and stay all three hours or just pop in and wish Phil well. Today Phil and I are going to register for gifts for this special occasion at Target, but in no way are we suggesting that you must bring a gift...your friendship and support is quite enough. Hope to see you there!

  • Sammy Hagar Says Autobiography, Red, Was Being Written "My Whole Life"

    The Red Rocker himself, SAMMY HAGAR, released his autobiography, titled Red, on March 15th. The book focuses on Hagar's life and times as a solo artist, as well as his time as the frontman for VAN HALEN. The timing of Red's release seems to coincide with other rockers releasing their stories, due in no small part to the success of KEITH RICHARDS' recent autobiography, Life. However, Hagar says of Red, "Quite honestly, I've been writing this book my whole life. When something really cool would happen or something really crazy, I'd say, 'This is going in the book,' in the back of my head."

  • Thank You!!!

    I have great friends! And I saw some of them at my Divorce Shower on Saturday night. I also met some new friends that, up until Saturday I'd only seen as little tiny icons on our facebook page. I understand not everybody that wanted to show up could show up, people have other plans and things come up. But there was a perfect amount of people at Caffe Moderne for the party. It was all Jan's idea. She said people who get divorced need stuff more than people who get married. And I got stuff! Everything from silverware to lamps, enough kitchen utensils to host a dinner party, even 2 bottles of Jagermeister!!?!

  • The Shockers Looked Like Champions Tonight

    Wow! What a great night! Our WSU Shockers made us proud! Props to all the guys, they all worked together so well. Garrett Stutz was just fantastic. If they play like that Thursday night, they will be the NIT CHAMPIONS. Walking to our car, we passed two guys on the street, heard one say to the other, "Wichita, it's a city in Kansas". He said it not in a snide way at all, but in a, " I might want to check it out" kind of way. Very cool. On the light rail today I struck up a conversation with a former baseball player who considered WSU when he was looking at colleges and had a great opinion of WSU and Wichita too. As we were talking a man sat down behind us and interrupted to say, "too bad the Shockers are going to lose tonight." I really wasn't offended though my husband described him as too cocky. Anyway we struck up a very pleasant conversation afterall, but I must admit I looked around Madison Square Garden after the game, in hopes of seeing him. I probably could not have resisted saying, "What was that again that you said on the train this afternoon"? Sports, a great way to bring people together, even people cheering for different teams! GO SHOCKS!

  • I love you, I want you, I want to do you...and I've never even met you!

    Online romance is as old as the internet and with instant messaging and chat windows on Facebook, you can keep your romance alive or create a new one...with someone you've never met.

  • Do the Nicest People Imaginable live in Rock Hill, South Carolina?

    I read a letter to the editor of the Wichita Eagle this morning that was truly amazing. A woman named Linda Williams who lives in Rock Hill, S.C. was deeply saddened when "her" coach, Gregg Marshall, left for WSU. Rather than decide she disliked WSU for the "theft" she went to see what WSU was all about when the Shocks played in St. Louis. She quickly became a Shocker fan, not just because of Coach Marshall, but because she recognized our players as being a class act. Takes one to know one, I'd say, as Linda was among the people cheering the loudest when the Shockers won the NIT. If only, all of us could be so open minded!

  • Just Bathe and Leave it At That

    Recently I got choked up. Oh I know, I have a reputation for choking up, but this is different. Recently Phil and I encountered someone wearing strong cologne. I am battling a cough and this cologne brought on an unbelievable coughing fit...actually painful. Please remember that many people are sensitive to colognes and perfumes, including Phil and me, and lighten up or just bathe and leave it at that. One side note, don't you hate it when you shake someone's hand and then you have to rush to wash off the scent of the cologne they've "handed" to you?

  • Hey, I'm the customer, your personal business can wait!

    I hate to sound like a grump, but I am a really annoyed at how many younger store clerks, servers and other service workers just don't get that the workplace is no place to discuss their personal business with co-workers while robotically performing the functions for which they were hired, all the time barely making eye contact with their customers.

  • Denver Daredevil Sets Shallow Diving Record

    From ages 3-14, I lived right across the street from the neighborhood public swimming pool. I loved swimming with my friends but one thing I could never get past was jumping off the high diving board. The water seemed so far away when I stood up there that I actually turned around and walked back down the ladder, I couldn't do it. Of course I got over it eventually but not to this degree...check it out.

  • Kate Middleton Jellybean!

    I usually don't buy in to this kind of thing but...check this out!

  • John Cougar Mellencamp Remembers when I Could Stop a Clock, yeah, Thursday

    A very perplexing mystery has presented itself in my basement. I decided a few months ago that I needed a clock in my basement laundry room. See, it is also my closet and a place I spend a great deal of time, especially when getting ready in the mornings. I am sure many folks reading this can relate, as many of us do a load of laundry or two before we head off to work.

  • My New Love

    I have fallen in love and just as Jan alluded to, it's not a woman. My new love is there when I leave for work in the morning, stays with me for a minute or two on my drive to work and then greets me when I arrive home.

  • My Cute Little Puppies DID THAT?

    I knew there was something up when Happy, our rescued Jack Russell-Dachsund mix was not at the back door demanding treats and a tummy rub for having been outside 15 minutes...I walked out into the backyard only to find him proudly displaying a poor, dead squirrel in his mouth. he was proud, I was appalled. Afterall, I have something of a squirrel collection...didn't he realize that stone squirrel he uses as a bathroom is meant to HONOR squirrels? It appears he sees them as rodents out to take over the world. My husband rushed home at my request, he and I have both seen what Happy does to his squeak toys, thus further carnage was averted. Nature can be cruel.

  • The 15 (or 16) Man Movies Every Guy Should See

    Several Recent surveys have been releases touting which Man Movies are "Must Sees". Being all about "the local", Phil and I took our own little survey and here are the results, listed in no particular order:

  • Thank You Public Safety Officers

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