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We're Not In Kansas Anymore
Tuesday 12th of July 2011 07:48 AM
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By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

Believe you me, there are plenty of people who hear "Kansas" and can't think of a topic of conversation other than
The Wizard of Oz or our supposed overwhelming crop of tornadoes.

But during our own "whirlwind" trip to Chicago, I also met some people who seemed genuinely interested in my life away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan area.

My sister Lisa, brother Kent and I went to Chicago for my sister Darci's 50th birthday celebration. We crammed a little sightseeing in during our three-day excursion, July 7-9. One of my favorite destinations was Millennium Park. Where once there were parking lots and the Illinois Central Railyards, there's now a beautiful park with gardens, water features and interesting sculptures like Cloud Gate, which the locals call The Bean.

While we didn't join the children playing in the Crown Fountain, I did enjoy watching this interactive art and video water fountain/sculpture.
The designer must have a sense of humor.

We returned to Millennium Park Thursday evening for a free summer concert. (Well, the concert was free if you don't count the $21 parking tab.)

This bandshell is nothing like its small-town Kansas counterparts. Through the open design, you still see the city's skyscrapers. From its beams, a state-of-the-art sound system is designed to replicate a concert hall.

We had stopped by Whole Foods earlier in the day for a picnic meal. It really was similar to a Kansas potluck supper (except they let the grocery store do the cooking). Darci and her friends each brought food to share and put it on Darci's collapsible table, complete with summertime tablecloth. Everybody dug in and probably ate too much. See? It was like home.

 
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