Scenes from Home
While in my travels this past week I took a couple on-the-go pictures. "On the go" meaning I was driving at the time.
I never said I was a perfect driver.
Anyway, anytime I meet someone from afar three things are always commented on. Always. The first is my name. Roxanne. Just the mention of the name usually brings the person to song. Yes, the song by the Police about the prostitute.
Oh how proud I am of that song. Not.
The next is always a 'Wizard of Oz' reference. Like "where is Toto"? Or "Why didnt you wear your red shoes". Or "where are the munchkins".
Aha. Ha. Ha. Uh. Ha.
Where is a falling house when I need one?
Anyhoo, the last question is usually about KS itself and the assumptions that comes with this state. First one is that the state is completely flat. Hill'less I say. Next is that there are no trees. None. The final one would be that we are ravaged by tornado's on a daily basis.
And once apparently a little girl and her dog were swept away in one and stuff.
Now - the facts on Kansas. First, its not all flat. Really. Walk a couple miles after running out of gas on any highway here and you will discover this yourself. Drive across Interstate 70 thru the Flinthills and you will see, er - hills. Beautiful hills in fact. There are some expanses of land that are flat - but every state has that. This is farmlands for Kansans. If its flat - then something is being grown on it and odds are you have ate it. Be it beef, corn, bread or soy.
Next the tree theory. Uh, we have trees. Not massive redwoods in miles and miles of forest - but trees nonetheless.
Trees. Trees without the forest fires. :)
Next would be the tornado issue. Lemme just say that tornado's are awful, horrible tragedy's. I don't want anyone to think I am downplaying the devastation a tornado can wreak. You've seen the pictures - and I am so sorry for those who have had this touch their lives.
I am blessed as living in Kansas my entire life (well - maybe 4 years were elsewhere) I have never seen a tornado, been anywhere near where a tornado struck nor do I know one single person who has seen a tornado. And I have family clear across the state. Again, I know that many (many) folks have dealt with this horror - just saying that I have not.
For which I am thankful.
I will say that one assumption about Kansas is dead on. No water. The lakes are just sad. Really, really sad. This is not a picture of a lake but a really fancy schmancy pond on property just down the road from my home.
A KS lake is maybe 30 times that size, weed ravaged and usually packed with campers thruout the summer. When I was a kid the lakes were wonderful, I spent most of the summer at Kanopolis lake. About 10 years ago we went to spend a weekend there and found a diaper floating in the water.
Just not the same lake I remember as a kid.
I really miss the water - which is why I wouldnt mind living somewhere closer to the ocean.
In writing this post I hope that you too will post about your home on your blog. What are the misconceptions about your area? Oregon - is it really rainy & humid? Canada - are the prices really ridiculously high? Australia - whats the deal with the roos? Belgium - do you really get sick of chocolate after a while? (no... can't be). Michigan - does it really snow like crazy all winter? California - is it really overcrowded?
Stuff I'd like to know. From one who knows.
Hoping you all are in the middle of a great weekend!