Monthly Archives: September 2011

KSU Wildcats win in Miami

After expecting to lose – and lose big – the Wildcats swaggered away from a huge fight at the University of Miami.  The Florida heat and humidity didn’t keep the guys down.  Excellent defense and methodical offensive drives resulted in a score of 28-24 in favor of the Wildcats.

During the last few minutes, the Hurricanes marched down the field and found themselves one the 2-yard line with 1st and goal to go.  The Wildcat defense was remarkable with four stops.  41 seconds remained and Colin Klein was able to run out the time with quarterback keeps.  What an exciting game.

Now back home with Baylor coming next week.  What once was a nearly lost season has now turned around with some confidence.  At the end of game one (against Eastern Kentucky), it was thought we’d be 1-2 at this point; instead, we are 3-0.  Let’s go, Cats.

Kansas City Symphony opens season in new Kauffman Center

Last night, after a filling dinner at Cinzetti’s Italian Restaurant, the four of us spent an evening in the comfort of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  What an absolutely beautiful concert venue.  The above picture is a panorama of the gathering space from within the building.

The Symphony did not disappoint – what an electric choice of music.  Director Michael Stern (son of famous violinist Isaac Stern) started off with Stravinky’s Fireworks.  This was followed by Emanuel Ax playing piano on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor).  Intermission followed and we were treated to the world premiere of Chen Yi’s “Fountains of Kansas City”; this piece was commissioned for the opening of the Kauffman Center.

We were finally treated to the “Pines of Rome” by Respighi.  Wow – what a wonderful piece that sounded absolutely amazing in the new Helzgerg Hall.  Amazing, amazing, amazing.  We can’t wait to go back for the next concert.

Here is the view from the seats we had last night (our normal seats are elsewhere, but we had to trade evenings for this particular concert).  Notice that we are sitting behind the stage; this was such a unique viewpoint and the sound was fantastic.  The acoustics in this hall is such that a person can speak from the stage without using a microphone.

Its been WAY too long

I am extremely embarrassed about the fact that its been a month since my last post. In fact, A LOT has occurred since my last post. We went to Colorado for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (a bike race in the Rockies involving the same cyclists from the Tour de France). I also finished up five years at Saint Johns Hospital and am now working at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (which is significantly closer).

I plan to share information about all of these things and more. Plus, I plan to post much more regularly. Im a lot better at reading other blogs than keeping mine up to date.

Heres to doing a better job in the near future.