Old Drum

On Friday afternoon I drove down to Warrensburg, MO – my old college town where UCM resides, having graduated in December ’03. This was the first time being back to Warrensburg since fall of ’04, even though it’s actually not that far away.

This statue of the dog that sits in front of the Johnson County Courthouse signifies an old, interesting court case from 1870, where it’s recounted the saying “a dog is a man’s best friend” came into existence after an estranged brother-in-law shot Old Drum the dog for trespassing. Carrie Nation’s husband David even represented Old Drum’s owner at one point as the case was sent around to various courts, eventually making it to the Missouri Supreme Court. CLICK HERE for further info.

Kauffman Center Construction at Dusk #2

Another shot of the Kauffman PAC construction, from a slightly different viewpoint and thirty minutes later into the night than the prior post. Actually if I could do it again I would have started at this location first, as I thought this offered the best view, but the prior shot offered the best actual lighting.

Kauffman Center Construction at Dusk

Here’s an angle on the new Kauffman Center that I hadn’t tried yet, looking in a north-westerly direction toward the construction site via telephoto lens from about 25th and Troost, at one of the bridges above 71 Highway as it ingresses to and egresses from downtown.

I hadn’t made any plans for pics, but sometimes you can spontaneously get the urge to make something new. Photo taken about 9:20 pm, Tuesday evening, 07/06/10

On Monday night/early Tuesday morning when I was out getting new city photos, I ended my time capturing this telephoto view looking south, up the street toward some signs – a small part of the Muehlebach Hotel sign, and the blue parking sign – which now sits where the old Italian Gardens restaurant sat for decades. That was an interesting joint with a cool old lounge area. I was never that much of a regular there, but I kind of miss the place – especially compared to the parking edifice now residing at that address.

I was standing at the corner of the street right by the Library Lofts – formerly the Dwight Building, with my telephoto lens zoomed out to its maximum 400 focal length.

Seeing as I have this shiny new website and photoblog now, I was rather weary of having no new content, yet again. Therefore as we all consigned this year’s Fourth as a rain-out, I hobbled around one of my favorite areas of downtown KCMO for awhile, around midnight. This shot was five minutes before the Independence Day ended last night. Anywho, something was necessary to keep occupied. I must opine that I’m afraid my other shots were all of the rubbish variety, as it was like a sauna outside and I failed to bring along any of those cloths you wipe your lenses with. I’m ordering a large supply of those very soon.

Enough rambling, onto the subject matter at hand – In the middle of this fisheye view are the 21 Ten Condos, at one time a one story building of the New England National Bank, sitting across the street from the Downtown Library at 9th and Baltimore. I may have rhapsodized over this former personal horror before, but I was caught up in an employment of some sort in the City Center Square building five years ago, and every day I had a clear view of the backside of this building. That wasn’t what was bad about that employment though. Actually the view was lovely.

Note on this afore-mentioned new photoblog and website: most of my ducks are now in a row, though there are a few small things I’ve still yet to make correct. Soon to come, with luck. It never worked out between myself and the old site.