Another KC rendezvous

The last four hours have been pretty good. I have arrived in Kansas City once again, ready to defend my championship in Buzztime’s The Pulse at 7 p.m.

It took me all of ten minutes to take care of voting, from walking into the courthouse to casting my ballot to leaving. We don’t have fancy electronic voting machines in rural Kansas like I used in my later years in Louisiana, but at least you can feed the ballot into a scanner and use a touch screen instead of using pencil to mark the ballot. Marking ovals with a pencil reminds me of all the tests I took during my years of schooling. The ballot was pretty simple, which it won’t be in November, because I’m sure there will be other ballot questions in addition to

Louisiana was infamous for its widespread use of so-called “Shoup” voting machines, which were named after its inventor, Ransom Shoup. The machines featured hundreds of levers, and you had to flip a lever next to the candidate of your choice in order for an “X” to appear. Shoup machines were very easy to tamper with, and tampering was charged in many a Louisiana election, notably the 1979 governor’s race, where lieutenant governor Jimmy Fitzmorris accused Louis Lambert of voter fraud to nudge him out of the general election (runoff) vs. Dave Treen.

New York still has warehouses full of Shoup machines, and they were used during the 2012 presidential election after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to most coastal areas, making electric machines impractical.

The drive from Russell to Kansas City was without incident, thankfully. i needed a drama-free commute after what happened last Thursday with the cone flying towards me and the mattress coming off a truck bed.

I thought seriously about altering my hotel plans, but I’m glad I didn’t. I’m staying at the Courtyard Briarcliff just off US 169 through Thursday (at least), because I do not want to drive seven or eight consecutive days back and forth between Overland Park and Zona Rosa if I can help. The minutes and the gas begins to pile up, and I’m tired of dodging the construction zone on I-635. The other option is to go to US 71 to I-435 at the Grandview Triangle, but I’d rather not at night. I got to the hotel just after 1, and I was afraid my room would not be ready, but it was, and not only that, I got upgraded to an Executive King room, which has a sofa sleeper, a microwave, and two televisions. Gotta love it  I made a second reservation for Thursday through the following Monday here, but I was supposed to go to Overland Park since the rate there was much cheaper. Now, I don’t know. It may be worth paying extra for this nice room and not to have to drive so much.

I plugged in my Blu-Ray player to one of the TVs and popped in The O.C. The show debuted 11 years ago tomorrow night on FOX. I didn’t watch it at first, but I became hooked when it was in reruns on SoapNet in 2009. I’ll talk about my favorites and not-so-favorites tomorrow.

Buffalo Wild Wings sounds enticing. Can’t wait to get there.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

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