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"I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone."

Hi GUS. It's been a little while. 5 weeks it looks like. I can't believe it's September already. Summer has flown by. I've missed spending time here, talking, laughing, sharing, and writing about stuff. I've tried my best to visit everyone's diaries, and at least sprinkle some mojo around. Things are mostly ok here. Mostly. And rather than try to jam 35 days of personal experience in addition to reflections on the weather, Ferguson, bike rides, Robin Williams, my mental health, Daliy Kos happenings, and life in general, I'm just going to keep it simple and try not to bore anyone too much.

My long weekend and trip to Kansas City went well. It technically started out Friday the 15th at the annual YMCA Book Fair here. I spent about $100 on CD's and LP's. Probably the best score was $10 for the 1991 ten disc set from the Cocteau Twins. I think Amazon has it for $80 right now. Picked up some really pristine LP's too, for a dollar each. Discs like they've never been played, jackets and sleeve/inserts with barely a sign of wear and no barcode on titles like Beauty & The Beat, X, City To City, Eve, Funny Girl. You get the idea. I always feel like it's worthwhile going every year. And it's the YMCA, so win/win.

Continued on to Columbia, MO Friday night and stayed overnight there with my wife. We hadn't spent any measurable time with each other in more than a year. It was nice, very enjoyable catching up and just being together. And then from there drove to Kansas City Saturday afternoon the 16th to attend the wedding reception of my nephew. I'd brought my bicycle and shortly after arriving and congratulating the bride and groom, I headed out on a very pleasant evening and rode around downtown Kansas City for 25 miles. Started near the Liberty Memorial & WW I Museum (gah, had trouble finding the sidewalk cutouts) past Union Station (Mayor Sly Jame's annual "Rock The Block" was taking place) through downtown (past Kansas City Live! where Eddie Money was playing) and north across the Heart Of America Bridge (next to the historic ASB Bridge, she's a beauty) over the Missouri River, then turning around and meandering back south, down Main past Westport and over Brush Creek and continuing on Brookside to 61st St. and turning around and returning to the reception which was almost over. Just enough time to change my clothes and depart. I'd love to go back and ride during daylight sometime. And maybe, maybe spend time with my nephew. Maybe.

I drove back to Columbia, MO and stopped at my wife's apartment again, and ate, before returning home early Sunday morning. Not a bad trip in any regard, no leg of the journey longer than 130 miles, and I spent my "free" time doing exactly what I wanted to do, while still fulfilling all my "obligations." I had fun. I took a few pics, which are all meh, but I have a ton of new music to rip as a souvenir, and that's how I spent my summer vacation.



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