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Hall of Heroes at Exploration Place

Posted on July 25, 2017 by under Date Ideas, Things to Do.    

Brian and I finally used our Exploration Place membership a few weeks ago. We went to check out the new Hall of Heroes exhibit. It’s actually pretty cool.

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Here are a few pictures.

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Okay, so I took more than a few photos. Brian and I were like two children in a candy shop. Everywhere you looked there’s something interesting to look at, read or interact with and, Brian being the comic book buff that he is, all of it was right up his alley. Brian and I completed several tasks to test our superhero powers, including the vertical jump test and the hang time challenge.

The station that I liked best among all of the stations, is the one where you have to answer true and false questions (about everything that you’ve learned at the various stations) in order to get the code to the vault that holds the answer to question “What is humanity’s last hope?”

I won’t ruin it for you but I’m sure you can guess the answer. I thought it was an awesome message for kids, though.

What I liked best about the entire day is seeing how excited Brian got about each exhibit and how eager he was to share all of his comic book knowledge. It was such a fabulous day date and to think we never would have had the opportunity had we not taken the Monday before the 4th of July off.

He loved the exhibit so much that I’m actually thinking of taking him to the Capes and Cocktails event next month. I think it would be the perfect way to kick off the weekend of our 15th wedding anniversary.

In the meantime, if you haven’t been to the Hall of Heroes, we highly recommend it. It’s a traveling exhibit so it’s only here for a limited time. It’ll be flying on out of the museum on January 1.

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Uncork the Music Concert Series

Posted on July 16, 2017 by under Date Ideas, Things to Do.    

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Brian and I enjoyed our first outdoor concert at Wheat State Wine Company so much that we decide to return and share the experience with some friends.

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Here are some photos.

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We had beautiful weather that day. It was the perfect day for an outdoor concert.

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The summer concert series at Wheat State Wine Company reminds me of the good old days when we use to go to the Bradley Fair summer jazz concerts. That was one of our favorite summer activities of all time.

While we’re waxing nostalgic, here are a few of the old blog posts about the Bradley Fair summer concerts.

Life is busier these days so we’ve missed the Bradley Fair jazz concerts the last couple of years. It’s still one of my favorite things to do in the summer though, and I would totally be there for each one if I’m in town and my schedule allowed it.

If you’ve never been to an outdoor jazz concert at Bradley Fair, I highly recommend checking it out. The concerts happen every Thursday during the month of June so it’s already over for this year.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to get your outdoor summer concert fix, head on over to Wheat State Wine Company in Winfield. It’s a bit of a drive but it’s totally worth it. The upcoming concert lineup is as follows:

Have a fabulous summer, everyone!

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Tour of My Favorite Radio Station

Posted on July 7, 2017 by under Things to Do.    

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Theresa, Tony, and I got a brief tour of KMUW a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pics from that visit.

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The station is really neat.

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Their huge kitchen is definitely a focal point.

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One of my favorite parts of the tour was seeing all of the mugs from various years.

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I have a couple of these and the artworks are awesome. Anyway, it’s cool to see all of them from previous years. It made me realize how collectible they really are.

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And, of course, every self-respecting radio station needs an award wall.

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This is the hallway that leads to the studios.

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Our guide did a fantastic job of explaining everything. I kind of wish I that I would have taken notes, or at least posted this blog entry immediately after it happened, because now I can’t remember half the things he told us.

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This is one of the studios.

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Theresa looking legit.

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Here’s Tony.

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I’m not sure he’s the best person to put in front of a microphone. Good thing everything was turned off!

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Here’s Tony perusing the vast CD collection.

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Heather Eden, KMUW announcer and operations manager.

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Jonathan Huber, host of Morning Edition. I listen to this guy a lot.

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The best features of their conference rooms are the conference tables which are made of old bowling lanes. They salvaged the floors from Thunderbird when it closed. It’s pretty amazing.

If you’ve never been to the KMUW office in Old Town, I highly recommend it. Go when you have a few minutes to spare and ask for a tour because they’ll be happy to do it. I’m sure everyone is so happy with that new digs (not so new anymore) that they’re happy to show it off. The new office is definitely much nicer than their old space on 17th Street across from the Wichita State University campus.

What are you waiting for? Head on over there!

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Symphony in the Flint Hills 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017 by under Events, Things to Do.    

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Here are a few pictures from our fun volunteer day at Symphony in the Flint Hills…

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Krystee and Faith talking to Ben, THE Green Team guy…

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This is Ben.

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Krystee, Faith, and I were super excited to help.

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We went on Wednesday and not all of the tents were up yet.

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Faith and I played with taking some panoramic photos while we waited for Ben to return with gloves.

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Retiree Bill Heins had the master plan gave us our instructions.

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Bill Heins.

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Some of the volunteers worked on the hay bales.

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The rest of us worked on the tables. Over 200 of them.

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We worked hard but took some breaks also.

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This is my friend Mo.

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There were volunteers from various areas of the company.

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People from Wichita and Topeka came together to help.

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I carpooled with Krystee and Faith.

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Shane, also from Wichita, drove up separately with his daughter Claire.

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We took advantage of breaks from working to take some fun photos.

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Here’s Krystee, Faith, and Teresa with the official company gator.

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It’s pretty fancy. 😉

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Faith and Teresa taking a break…

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We finished setting up the main tent just in time for lunch.

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Lunch was provided by the Tasty Traveler, a food truck from Manhattan (Kansas, not New York). It was pretty tasty.

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I had the Philly cheesesteak and cheesy hashpuppies.

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I also ordered a thing of brownie bites to share.

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The brownie bites were just okay. The Philly cheesesteak sandwich was just okay, too. The highlight of the meal was definitely the cheesy hashpuppies. They were delicious! I could eat those all day long!

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Ben gave us a little briefing while we enjoyed our break and lunch.

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Of course, break time means selfie time.

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I took a couple of me and Shane, and me and Shane and Claire.

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We worked a couple more hours after lunch before calling it a day.

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We walked from the parking area to the work site that morning but in the afternoon Ben was nice enough to give us a ride back to Faith’s truck in the gator.

While the Green Team’s portion of the work was finished, I wasn’t quite done because I volunteered to help at the ticket gate on the day of the event. Brian and I went back on Saturday and worked for another six hours. We arrived at the Symphony in the Flint Hills site at 12:30 PM, well ahead of our 1:00 PM shift.

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Of course, since Ben is a rock star, he was already there when we got there.

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Brian and I got the opportunity to work with this lovely young lady from Council Grove. Kara happens to know my friend/coworker Amy who moved from Valley Center to Council Grove not too long ago. What a small world, right?

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My job wasn’t too hard. We were at the regular ticket gate so I just had to take general admission tickets and, if I came across any guests with patron tickets, send any patrons to the patron gate so they can get all of the special treatment and services that they are entitled to as patrons.

It wasn’t a tough job but, man, we were busy!

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Brian’s main job was to install the official Symphony in the Flint Hills gray wristbands. Yes, I said install. I said it all day long. People got a kick out of it because it sounded like I was installing software or something. Wristbands are kind of flimsy. I suppose it works. LOL.

Anyway, our gate stayed open after they closed down the other ticket gates so then we really got flooded. And then one of the guys carding people and installing yellow alcohol wristbands left because his shift was over. So then Brian ended up having to do that part and I ended up having to both take tickets and wristband people. I was really slow at installing the wristbands at first but I got pretty efficient toward the end. I was cranking them out like a pro after a while. It just takes practice.

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Our shift officially ended at 7:00 PM but, by the time our gate was closed and we grabbed our stuff, it was fifteen after and the concert had already been going a half an hour. There was no point going back to the car to get our lawn chairs.

The walk from the parking are to the concert site is the shortest that it’s ever been but it’s still quite a ways away. There was no point sitting with the crowd anyway because by then the lawn chairs were parked all the way back to the food tent. We just ended up hanging out at the food tent instead. We weren’t getting that much closer with chairs.

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I’m not sure what the final attendance numbers were but there were a lot of people this year. I even recognized a few people who came through our ticket gate.

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Here’s a panoramic photo to give you a better idea.

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Brian and I were both grateful for the volunteer opportunity and were glad that we could help but we’re thinking next year we are just going to attend the event and not work that day. I really would have liked to have been able to watch the concert from beginning to end and get a good spot.

We also couldn’t bring a picnic dinner because we had to work for six hours so we ended up spending $40 on dinner that wasn’t that satisfying. It supported a great cause so we didn’t mind chipping in but for the same amount of money we could have packed a really nice picnic!

Working at the ticket gate was a great experience, though. We got to see some Symphony in the Flint Hills pros with their wagons loaded with stuff. We have a really good idea of what to bring and not to bring and how to bring it so that walking from the parking lot to the concert site isn’t a big ordeal. We will be ready for next year. That’s for sure.

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Bowling and Escapology at the Alley

Posted on June 28, 2017 by under Things to Do.    

Have you checked out the newest attraction at the Alley yet? It’s pretty amazing.

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Brian and I decided to check it out after bowling one night.

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The cool thing is that you can enter from the arcade or through the private entrance outside the bowling alley.

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Either way, you can’t miss the massive lounge which is the perfect waiting area for large groups. They had nice, dark furnishings, consistent with the escape room theme. Brian and I thought the only thing missing was a server to serve drinks while you waited for your room escape adventure to begin.

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You can’t start until you sign an electronic waiver on one of these tablets. I liked that they had three stations which speeds things up a bit specially if you have a large group with you.

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At the time we went, they had six escape rooms — four unique ones and they had two of their most popular escape room. I thought this was a great idea should you want to have a little friendly competition going.

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Our options were Antidote (the most popular room, which they have two of), Cuban Crisis, the Code, Budapest Express, and Under Pressure.

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Brian and I chose Antidote because, besides being the most popular, it was also the least challenging. I really didn’t want to go full-out on Brian’s first escape room experience. I mean, what if we don’t get out? Brian would hate it and he’d never want to do it again.

As it turns out, even though we make great partners in life, we suck at solving puzzles as a team. The good news is we both still had a great time and Brian didn’t hate it. He’s actually open to doing it again.

Most people would consider not getting out of the room a failure but I consider our experience a success. Yes, we sucked, but at least we didn’t fight or, worse yet, end up killing each other. I was really worried that not getting out meant arguing and fighting and getting divorced. LOL.

So if you’re a couple with marital issues but aren’t quite ready for counseling yet, maybe locking yourself in a room with your partner is the answer. I’m joking!

It was really fun, though. I highly recommend it for couples and small groups. They max out at 6 players per room. Although, I have to say, it was very challenging to complete all those puzzles with only two people.

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