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A Few More Fundraising Events

Posted on May 23, 2018 by under Events.    

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We had the opportunity to attend a few super fun events over the last few weeks. Last month Brian and I attended KANSEL’s Team Trivia event. We got to attend it for the first time a few years ago and it’s been one of our favorite events since. They always have some really cool silent auction baskets.

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We only got one thing from the silent auction this year, which was a good thing because Brian spent quite a bit trying to win the gun raffle. Just kidding. He only bought six tickets. That was enough, though. They ended up drawing his raffle ticket so he actually won the thing!

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Besides the AR, he was also very excited about his new Boulevard glass. He got it in the beer pull. Instead of getting a random glass, you got to pick your own this year. The beers are still random so that part is still a surprise.

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The artwork above the door is the one thing I got from the silent auction this year. It’s a piece by a local artist known as Johnny Freedom. He has quite well-known and has his works on display everywhere.

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The following weekend, we once again got to hang out with Tammie and Leo at the East Wichita Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby party. It’s the club’s second annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser to benefit local nonprofits. This year the beneficiaries were KETCH, Down Syndrome Society of Wichita, and CASA of Sedgwick County.

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Here’s a picture of all the ladies and our beautiful hats!

The very next day was WASAC‘s annual SALSA (Supporters and Leaders Against Sexual Assault) event. I knew what to expect this time, having attended the event before. A couple of years ago, when Brian and I attended the event for the first time, I actually thought there was salsa dancing involved. LOL.

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Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Brian didn’t go with me because I only got one ticket from work. I offered to buy him a ticket but he opted to stay home and play video games instead. Go figure. At least he goes with me to some events.

That’s all for tonight. GNG!

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CASA-INO 2018

Posted on May 12, 2018 by under Events.    

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Here are a few pictures from the CASA-INO event last month, benefitting CASA of Sedgwick County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The organization’s mission is to provide caring, trained volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the community.

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Brian and I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend various fundraising events around town but this was our first time attending this one. It’s pretty fun. They had food and drinks, casino games, silent and live auction, wine pull, and a photo booth. I’m really glad that my friend/coworker Sally, who is on the organization’s Board of Directors, invited us because Brian and I had a great time.

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We never miss a party if we can help it. Cheers and GNG!

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Broadway Autopark

Posted on April 11, 2018 by under Events.    

Misty talked me into going to the Broadway Autopark open house on Friday. It didn’t require much effort because I’d been curious about this project for some time. I drive by all the time on my way to work. Brian and I had talked about going over there to check it out multiple times.

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Here are a few pictures form their open house last Friday.

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The 44-unit apartment complex managed by Bokeh Development is one of the most unique new residential developments in downtown Wichita. It used to be a full-service parking garage, which I didn’t even know was a thing.

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The open house on Friday featured a tour of a furnished model unit on the 5th floor, which is the top floor of the building. You don’t need to see them all because the units are all the same. They are all one bedroom efficiency apartments. The only difference is that there are a few units with no balcony because they are on the other side of the building with the round windows.

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The apartments are tiny so it’s good that most of the units at least have some outdoor space. You definitely have to live very minimally, though. I think it would be ideal for a young, single person who lives downtown.

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Being able to park right outside your door is definitely a plus so you don’t have to park on the street and get rained on. You enter through this door and then your bedroom and bathroom are immediately to the left. The bedroom is not even quite a bedroom as the walls don’t go all the way up and it has no door. It’s just a partition. Definitely can’t be messy because your guests will see everything.

Beyond the bed is a closet but your washer and dryer are also in there. So not much space for clothes really. This is why I mentioned living really minimally. There isn’t much storage available within the apartment itself. I think you have bike storage outside but this is definitely not the place to rent if you’re a hoarder.

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The patio is spacious and would be a great place to hang out on nice days. There isn’t much privacy as there is an entire row of patios but it’s a great way to meet and get to know your neighbors.

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Here’s what the units on the other side look like.

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There’s no outdoor space but the windows are plentiful. You also get the unique, round, porthole windows. I love how they preserved the elements of the parking garage and kept the “garage” feel.

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Your kitchen cabinets are even made of garage tool chests. They polished the concrete floors but kept everything (beams, posts, and all) exposed so the feel is definitely very industrial.

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Since you don’t really have much room for entertaining in your unit, there is a very nice community space in the ground floor.

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It is in the same area as the 24-hour fitness room.

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It’s not a big gym but it’s got everything one would need to get and stay fit.

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Oh, there’s also a dog-washing station in there for pet parents.

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They also have this nice TV room for game or movie nights.

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Anyway, I thought the place was great. I loved how close it is to the office. I would have walked over but it started raining ice that afternoon. It’s not ideal for people with a lot of stuff but I think it will be popular with folks who want to be right in the thick of the downtown action.

I love that they’re offering more and more living options downtown. I can’t wait to see downtown Wichita bustling with people. So much is already going on downtown. I think it will only get better the more people live downtown. Great things are happening in Wichita and I’m so excited to see it all unfold!

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Society of 1895 Luncheon

Posted on April 9, 2018 by under Events.    

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I missed the Society of 1895 luncheon again this year. At least Brian got to go on our behalf. I’m going to make this luncheon one of these days.

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Brian took some photos and sent them to me to make me feel included.

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Brian with Lou Heldman, VP of Strategic Communications.

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Brian with Nathan Johnson. Nathan took over for April Padgett.

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Cory’s Birthday Festivities

Posted on March 26, 2018 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Brian and I normally do not go out on St. Patty’s Day because the bar scene just gets too crazy. This year we agreed to go out and meet the gang in honor of Cory’s birthday. If it hadn’t been for that, we probably wouldn’t have been downtown at all. Although, I was kind of interested in all of the NCAA madness.

Cory’s birthday, which has always been March 17 so it coincides with St. Patty’s Day every year, just happened to fall on a Saturday when the NCAA tournament was in town. This is the first time in over two decades that Wichita has hosted games. The Downtown area was ridiculously busy and buzzing with activities. Thankfully, the city has done a great job with planning and there were plenty of places to park.

The plan was to meet at the Arcade, this place downtown that has old school arcade games and pinball machines. Before that they decided they would meet at Old Chicago for supper. Brian and I are not really too crazy about Old Chicago so we decided to do our own thing for dinner and just meet up with them after.

We used the opportunity to dine at one of my favorite restaurants in Old Town, Public at the Brickyard. This is us, waiting for a table to open up.

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We got there around 6:30-ish and were given a 30-minute estimated wait, which was nothing compared to the 45-minute to an hour wait they were quoting to people with groups of four or more. The KU game was on and everyone was sticking around to finish the game so even though they might have been done eating, they were still drinking and lingering. Thus, no open tables until much later.

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This is Brian with his signature RBF. While I thought the people-watching was quite entertaining (some people had been drinking since at least ten o’clock in the morning and were obviously pretty hammered), he was getting completely annoyed. He’s not great around inebriated people when he’s sober.

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We were seated much sooner than expected (I think they were trying to be conservative so as not to disappoint people — underpromise and overdeliver, right?) but that didn’t do anything to improve Brian’s RBF.

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They put us in the corner, where there was plenty of good people-watching to be had. Unfortunately, what entertains and amuses me sometimes has the opposite effect on Brian who was annoyed by it all.

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Here he is, mid-complaint.

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Here I am, in contrast, enjoying my yummy beverage.

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It’s called the lodi dodi and consists of gin, champagne, strawberries, and honey.

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What saved the evening for Brian is that Public serves Boulevard Brewing’s Irish Red Ale (first one on the list), which is his current favorite beer.

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I really like Public’s food but their Cuban sandwich looked quite puny that evening. I suspect it’s because they had to feed hundreds of people that day already.

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Brian is less adventurous than me and usually orders what’s tried and true. He’s had the Cuban there before and he liked it so he ordered the same thing. I generally try to go for what’s on special because I know I won’t be able to order it any other time so I got the pork belly with a side of black beans and rice.

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And, because I’m a little piglet, I also ordered dessert.

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Mostly because we were killing time until the KU game finished but also because I have no self-control whatsoever.

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After dinner, it was off to the Arcade for games with the rest of the gang. We were the first to arrive and got a few games in before everyone else showed up.

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It wasn’t long before the rest of them showed up and it was at that moment when I realized that we left the card (with a $25 gift certificate to Grove’s) for Cory at the restaurant. Thankfully, when Brian went back for it at the restaurant, the card was still there at the edge of our table. I would have been really upset had it gotten tossed in the trash because I made Brian go out of his way to get the gift certificate. Just kidding. He actually used it as an excuse to stock up on more of one of his favorite local beers, Warbeard from Walnut River in El Dorado.

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Here are a few pictures from our adventures at the Arcade: Becca above and April below.

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Here’s a picture of me with the birthday boy.

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Kristen (foreground) and Cory (background) in deep concentration.

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Selfie with Jay.

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Selfie with the hubs.

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Rune and Kristen shooting things.

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Rune showing off his masterfully-styled outfit.

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Brian with the birthday boy.

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If our friends seem to be dressed more strangely than usual, it’s because April had this crazy idea for everyone to buy secondhand outfits from the thrift store and dress as crazily as possible. Brian, who is always kind of a party pooper, refuses to wear used clothes and wouldn’t make an exception even for Cory’s birthday.

I really, really, really wanted to participate. Anyway, Brian donned his favorite Hawaiian shirt which is old and raggedy so it sort of qualifies. I found a couple of Thred Up things in my closet, so I wore those. We were not nearly as fun and festive as everyone else. The ironic part is that I had on the most “normal-looking” attire out of everyone and I was probably the one who wanted to do the dress up thing the most. This is what I get for having a lame, no fun spouse. Blech.

I suppose it’s all good. We had a ton of fun and we didn’t lose Cory’s card/gift. And I don’t really have to participate in EVERYTHING.

Cheers to another memorable year with great friends!

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