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Final Friday and Suede Pics

Posted on May 1, 2011 by under Things to Do.    

It was complete mayhem in Old Town this weekend. Everyone was out for Final Friday and they had some sort of Cinco de Mayo celebration going on. The open area in front of the Museum of World Treasures was closed off for the celebration, which severely diminished the already scarce parking.

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This is a view of the space I’m taking about early in the evening, before people actually started piling in. I took this photo from IMG/Tangent Lab’s new rooftop patio.

We were at Tangent Lab for the Scion Art Tour. We went last year and got some neat goodies (the FREE Scion socks Brian got are still his favorite — when he’s not wearing his Injinjis for his Vibram Five Fingers) so we wanted to make sure and stop by again this year. Brian even RSVP’d.

The goodie bags were slightly better this year because they used reusable gift bags. Brian got two new pairs of the Scion socks because he got the one from my goodie bag also. They threw in gray ones this time. There was the usual stuff in there: CDs, brochures, earphones.

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The only other place we visited was Shopkeeper’s Gallery because we wanted to say hi to Mark and check out his new toy. It’s some kind of musical oscillator gadget. I found out later from Darcy that one of the galleries on Commerce Street had some Cocoa Dolce. I wish we would have gone there too. We’ll have to check out those out next month.

Here are some pictures from our evening at Suede…















Suede was pretty dead the other night because of all the things going on downtown (Final Friday and Cinco de Mayo), but we still had a lot of fun. I think we’ll be back again on Friday. Anyone want to join us?

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March 2010 Final Friday

Posted on March 28, 2010 by under Things to Do.    

Brian decided he needed a mental health day so he took a vacation day on Friday. He had scheduled it the week before. When I found out how nice it would be that day, I went ahead and scheduled four hours of vacation on Friday afternoon also. It just so happened that Innovative Bodywork is doing a special on couples massages so I went ahead and scheduled one for us. After all of the stress of moving and work, we both really needed it.

After spending a couple of hours at Innovative for our massage and exfoliation, we met up with Jennifer Teves and her friends at Adrian’s. Food wasn’t as good as I remembered, but it was nice seeing Jen Teves. It’d been a while since we’d seen her.

Our next stop was Tangent Lab in Old Town. Brian’s friend Chris, who is an artist, helped with setting up the Scion Art Tour. It sounded really cool and the weather was favorable so we decided to check it out.

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We’re really privileged to have tour come through Wichita because it features some really talented artists. Among them Dust La Rock, Eric Nakamura, Saelee Oh, French, Josh Graham, Monihan Monihan, Mark Mothersbaugh, PMKFA, Sage Vaughn and Ill-Studio. Wichita was the third of five stops: Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Wichita, KS; Minneapolis, MN; and Brooklyn, NY.

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Another neat thing about the Scion exhibit was all the swag they were giving away. Brian and I both got free shirts, socks (they were men’s socks so Brian got both of them), head phones (Brian’s were tan and mine were pink), Rod Azlan CDs, Scion booklet etc. You all know how much I love free stuff. LOL.

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Our next stop was Shopkeepers Gallery, located above Hewitt’s Antiques and Splendid Stuff. Chris’ friend Mark Walker is curator there. The gallery is currently hosting the Friends University Photography Show featuring the works of Mandee Mabe, Amanda Klammer, Jaclyn Cage, Sara McVay and Andrew Becker.

I had no idea that there was an art gallery above Hewitt’s. I honestly wouldn’t have known about it if it weren’t for Chris. After browsing the works of the talented Friends University students, we headed to the Art of Healing to check out Lee Shiney‘s Old News exhibit. Lee Shiney is another friend of Chris’ and an enormously talented artist. Lee is one of three artists who participated in the interACTIVE exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum. His art has been featured in many exhibits.

Here’s a photo of me with Lee Shiney.

Lee Shiney

While at the Art of Healing, we got to check out the 3,800 square foot loft above the commercial space. It’s quite impressive despite having only one bedroom. This bedroom is probably the largest bedroom I’d ever been in.


Above the Art of Healing

I would have taken more pictures, but my phone kept acting up. We had a really great time at Final Friday (even though we only made three stops). I can’t wait to attend the next one so that we can check out more of the participating galleries.

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My Final Days of Freedom

Posted on March 28, 2020 by under Hobbies.    

I tried to get as much playing in as I could in the weeks leading up to the 30-day stay-at-home mandate in Sedgwick County. Several of our usual haunts had already shut down and there were only a couple of places left to play.


I played at Hoops, which isn’t even a place I would normally play at, a couple of nights. One night with the guys and then the next night with my girlfriends.


The night I was out with the girls, we decided to go to Stearman Field for dinner after. Here’s a fun #SocialDistancing pic that we took out on the patio.


Here are some pictures of dinner.



It was a Thursday night, a week before things got really serious. But even then, we were being very careful. We disinfected the balls carefully between games, sanitized our hands, and practiced good social distancing.

The next day, I spent six hours at Nahola. I had my final one-on-one training with Chris, played the Friday night open play from 5-7 PM, and then played in Debbie’s 7-9 PM private game. I was trying to squeeze every bit of pickleball I could play, fully expecting that my days of playing were numbered.

Nahola followed the other gyms and eventually closed also but they honored our reservations for the weekend. On Saturday I played with Debbie, Cameron, and Tommy and then on Sunday I played with Debbie, Tiffany, and Amy. I had a great time but it was bittersweet because I knew these were going to be my last games. We knew that it was only a matter of time before a 30-day stay-at-home order would be issued for our community.


The best thing about playing that weekend was running into Lori Belew at Nahola. She gave me her Mid-South tournament shirt. I was so thrilled. She’s one of my pickleball idols and to have something that came from her felt truly special.

The funniest thing to happen that weekend was when Tommy, Debbie, and I went to grab a bite at Merle’s after pickleball. Donnie and Tiffany happened to be there. They were already seated at a booth when the server asked if they were waiting for their pickleball friend to show up. They were regulars at Merle’s because this was a favorite spot after Friday night pickleball. I had never gone with them because I usually go straight home after.

Anyway, the server told them that their friend (Debbie) just walked in with her two kids (me and Tommy). That was hilarious! We had a kick out of it.


Here’s a picture of my club sandwich that day. It was delicious. It had been over ten years since I had been to Merle’s. My friend Jan first introduced me to the restaurant and we went there a few times for lunch back when we worked together. I had also been there a couple of times for bar poker years ago (back when bar poker was thing) but Brian doesn’t remember it. There were several restaurant closures in the last month. Merle’s was one of the few places that remained open.

The five of us had a great time eating and visiting. This was the last time I got to spend time with Tommy, Donnie, and Tiffany. I know I’m being overly dramatic but I really miss playing pickleball and I really miss my friends.

Debbie and I made plans to do some drills on Monday night but something came up and so I didn’t play. We did get together for drills at Seneca Park on Tuesday night. We ran into Dave and Lori Belew and they were just hitting back and forth. They weren’t expecting anyone else so the four of us ended up playing together. They even gave us pointers and feedback. It was so much fun. That was the last time I played pickleball because the next day the 30-day stay-at-home order for Sedgwick County officially started.

It’s only been four days since my last pickleball game but it feels like four months. I think the situation is exacerbated by the fact that I’ve been working from home for the last two weeks. I haven’t been out of the house since the stay-at-home order began and I’m absolutely going nuts. I am so ready for all of this to be over and for things to return to normal. Until we are all free again. GNG.

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A Break — Finally!

Posted on February 8, 2014 by under Travel.    

As you all know, I didn’t get a break last weekend because I attended the 2014 Zumba Instructor Conference in Los Angeles. What a crazy, busy weekend!

It all started with me being up almost 24 hours on Thursday. I didn’t want to miss more than two days of work so I decided to work the full day on Thursday and only take vacation on Friday and Monday. Well, Brian and I both go to work at 7 AM so I was up from 5 AM until almost 5 AM again the next day. Why?

I headed straight for the airport after I got off work at 4 PM. My flight didn’t actually leave until 6:30 PM or so but Brian and I are really OCD about being early for stuff. After a layover that lasted almost 3 hours in Dallas, I was aboard my connecting flight and arrived in LA at midnight.

I was originally just going to get a cab, because I wanted to save money, but Brian insisted on getting me an Execucar. It was expensive, but my flight only cost $10 so I was still way ahead. LOL.


I’m really glad that Brian talked me into reserving an Execucar because Abraham (car #25) was waiting for me as I descended the escalator, before I even got to baggage claim. I’m so glad I didn’t have to track a cab down because I was completely exhausted. Mind you, 12 AM in LA is 2 AM in Wichita so I’d already been up for almost 24 hours at this point.

Abraham was nice enough to stop at a gas station with a convenience store so I could get a case of water, a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and some plastic utensils. Yes, I’m a Zumba convention pro. I know to pack things like protein bars and buy snack stuff that need no refrigeration. But not unhealthy things like candy bars or potato chips. I got stuff that’s actually good for you. Had there been fruit at the gas station, I would have gotten some too.

Abraham was very nice. He didn’t seem as friendly at first but he quickly warmed when he learned that I spoke Spanish. He even offered to drive me back to the airport at the end of my stay.

I was like, “Are you sure? I’m leaving here at 4 AM.” He assured me that is when he usually starts his day also. He said, “Just ask for Abraham, car #25.” Worked for me. I’d rather have someone familiar drive me than get a new driver.

There are rumors that there will not be a conference in LA next year but if I’m back for the 2015 Zumba Instructor Conference, I’m totally requesting Abraham again. He was professional and prompt and very nice. If you’re ever in the area and in need of a driver, I highly recommend him.

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Finished in 3rd Place on Friday

Posted on January 11, 2009 by under Poker.    


Did I mention already that Sunny and I both made the final table on Friday evening? That makes three final tables in a row for me.

Last Friday I made the final table but finished shy of the money. They only pay the top five places now, as opposed to top eight at the old place, so making the final table is no guarantee that you will win anything. Sunny managed to talk us into playing again the next day. I made final table again. This time I placed in the money. Then again the other night. I’m in a bit of a mini rush right now in terms of poker. Maybe it is supposed to counter balance all the rotten luck I’m having in real life? [ We are now looking at re-plumbing the entire house in lieu of drilling holes in our slab foundation to the tune of $7K. I think I should be playing the lottery rather than playing poker. ]

Anyway, I started doing better about the same time that all the weirdness started at Highlands. I think the weirdness of the Blue Collar Poker Tournaments, despite my complaints, is actually working out to my advantage. I guess I should stop complaining about the weirdness and just start enjoying it.

Incidentally, I think I’ve figured out what to attribute all the weirdness to… Highlands is gaining more and more popularity with the local crowd so more and more new faces are coming to out play. I think all of the publicity is helping to bring people in. Joe Stumpe wrote about the “Barely Legal” card game Kandu in The Wichita Eagle on November 15, 2008 (page 1A). They were featured on KSN’s Business Beat in early December. They were mentioned again in the Eagle in December. Just recently they had a highly favorable review in the January 2009 issue of Splurge! magazine. I think this is just the beginning of more weirdness to come.

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