Sedalia is a little over 20,000, which makes it pretty much big enough for anything I need. Tons of places to eat, and we eat out almost every day. I just wish I could work here more often without making the hour and a half drive to Kansas City all the time. The money is just as good here and often better. Almost any place is going to have cable and internet now, although there are some remote places down on the lake where you're down to satellite if you want anything. There are a few places down there where I don't get cell-phone service. I think they only recently got gravity.
I did on rare occasion, wear a cowvboy hat, even when I was in Chicago, but I could never get used to them. Neither a biker nor a cowboy, I look like a biker and dress like a cowboy. As Cheri has a beard thing, I stopped cutting it back about 9 years ago and it's amazing the compliments I get on it. I've developed a few standard answers for it. "I grew it myself", or "I really didn't put any effort into it". A surprising number of people want to touch it, which is a little weird. But I've always dressed kind of like a cowboy, even in Chicago. Always jeans and jean shirts, although it used to be western shirts, and always cowboy boots. The girls seemed to like the boots and that was good enough for me, plus I learned in psychology that girls tend to prefer boots.
I don't look or dress anything like I am, a voracious bookworm, a chess fanatic who sucks at it, and a rock and roller in the Ozarks. I'm not sure how you're supposed to dress for any of those things! John
On the hat, it is funny, I some people staring and some had actually complemented me on it, which surprises me. In a time when most people do not wear anything or else only a baseball cap, I like fedoras and come Irish caps and western hats and I tend to wear them as often as possible. I has 1 or 2 people on the Des Plaines part of my trip say "Nice hat" or "I like the hat" and on the plane to NJ the guy next to me commented it was a nice hat and yesterday at the grocery store an okder man (I say that like I am young, but he was perhaps 8 or 10 years my senior) stopped me to say he liked the hat and we chatted a few minutes.
It is odd, I get a different feeling when I wear one of the fedoras, I feel more dressed up.
This is one of the fedora hats: Bailey of Hollywood. The other is the same make/model ust different color. I tend to like grey, black or darker brown hats.
The Irish caps I have are both dark grey. One is a London Fog and the other is from Ireland proper. I do make it a point to only buy hats made in the country I am in OR the USA (sis got me the Irish one). In College I had a suede leather Irish cap I wore so much it eventyally wore out.
I used to love wearing suspenders as well, but stopped a long time ago. I think after I gained weight in the 90's I stopped wearing suspenders, hats and sweaters, I did not like how they looked n my larger frame. I started wearing hats again 10 ot 15 years back and since I lost the weight I wear sweaters again. I have not dawned suspenders again yet as Donna does not like them, but I am wanting to try some. If I like them still I may have suspender buttons put on some of my Sunday pants and can wear them in church (I am one of those guys who feel if I am in God's house I should dress nicely, so it is very rare you do not see me there in nice clothes and a tie).
Well, I need to get ready to head to the nursing home now. Cheers all!
John - Don't blame you one bit for staying out of a big city. I could easily live in a small town if I could still get the internet and cable. Very interesting that The Tool Shed is located in both those towns! Peggy
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I work most often at a place called the "Tool Shed" on 40. We do a lot of biker shows, although I haven't been interested in motorcycles since I was a teenager. I just look the part. The "Tool Shed" is on the Kansas City/Independence line. The parking lot is in Kansas City while the actual building is in Independence. It has a Kansas City address because the parking lot fronts 40 highway.
It would save me a lot of miles if I did live in Kansas City, but while I used to miss Chicago, I no longer have any desire to live in a city. Sedalia is more than big enough. I think I'm becoming more like Daniel Boone. "If I can see the smoke from my neighbor's chimney, I'm too close." John
John - just looked up The Bar at that strip mall and see what you mean by it being a biker bar, but not one of those Hell's Angel's bars! I'm surprised you don't move to K.C. you are there so often. Peggy
Ah, OK. I usually come into the city on 50, which kind of skirts the south side of Lee's Summit. My singer lives in Lee's Summit. My drummer, who's about 10 years younger than me, grew up on 40 by Independence and tells me it's really grown up since he was a kid. I used to play 4 nights a week on the southwest corner of 50 and Noland road, which is now an empty gravel lot. Now I play at a big strip mall in Lee's Summit, at 3rd and Ward once a month. John