Panorama Lawrence: a short essay with long photos

Last night E texted me---invited me to come visit in Lawrence. I'm an old homebody these days so I paced nervously a while, counting to myself all the reasons that I couldn't or shouldn't go. When I was finished, the total was ZERO. OK so it's 40 miles. So what, just filled up with gas Tuesday for $1.419. J had her dance class and would be gone a good part of the evening. Me: home alone watching something scintillating like the republican debate and weeping. I thought back to the days when I lived with no trepidation towards spontaneity and muttered weakly to the hound... I can do this


Lawrence Kansas where I once lived, aka The River City because, I guess, a river runs through it, aka Larry Town because Larry/Lawrence .. get it? Clever isn't it. NOT. Apparently these days the kids call it simply LFK, or Lawrence Fucking Kansas. Lawrence is twenty square miles of liberal surrounded by a near eternity of rightwing redneck reality. Lawrence is a shining oasis in the desert of dumb. Lawrence, home of my old favorite band Tofu Teddy and the Brown Rice Cow People. Lawrence is a freak magnet where the realms of possibility are ever expanding. Lawrence is a beautiful thing. 

This morning we, me and Mister E, walked downtown for breakfast. That's right ... walked. The sun was shining bright and thank you global warming, easily comfortable with only a long sleeve. Happiness riding on my left shoulder like a pirate's pretty parrot, I fought off the urge to skip girl scout style. We kind of forgot to eat last night, opting instead for drinking Pendleton's Canadian so hunger was humping savagely. 

After we dined, spectacular food and lattes served by a budding earth goddess in tights, the kid suggested we take the long way home like Supertramp, and I agreed. And then, as often happens, the handy iPhone came out for documenting. Eli even showed me how to take panorama pics. 

                                                                                        yes, that's my finger, but pretty cool old house isn't it ^

                                                                                                                           brick sidewalk charm

                                                                                            close up of the huge cedar tree in the previous photo

                                                                                                                         Lawrence has alleys

                                                                                                  this is where the town republican lives in fear of The Bern

                                                                                                                     bathtub art (attention Z)

                                                                                                                             even brick alleys

                                                                                                                          even brick streets 

                                                                                           as a construction guy this curved porch really grabs me

                                                                                 you will find nary a single home this color in the pastel suburbs

                                                                                                                       panorama alley by E

                                                                                                           panorama liquor store wall by E

                                                                        and lastly, this is Eli right after I told him we are on the homeland security no fly list

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Comment by koshersalaami on January 29, 2016 at 4:01pm

I'd have understood if you hesitated to drive forty miles on a bicycle. Interstate? How much time are we talking for a one way drive?

My closest family takes over four hours to drive to.

It's pretty there. I've never been, my wife has. A friend got a degree there. Good photo essay.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on January 29, 2016 at 4:06pm

R&L...looks like a nice visitation. ;-D

Comment by marilyn sands on January 29, 2016 at 4:55pm

I'm in love with those wrap-around porches!  I can just envision myself leaning on the curve dramatically; holding a glass of iced tea. R&L

Comment by nerd cred on January 29, 2016 at 5:24pm

First I thought you were being silly then I thought I'd hesitate to make a 40 mile trip, too. 

I will never again live where there are no alleys. They are essential to civilization.

And LFK that's perfect.

Good pictures.

Comment by Jeanne Sathre on January 29, 2016 at 6:34pm

I love old houses. That's something the Midwest does well.

Comment by tr ig on January 29, 2016 at 6:55pm

Lawrence is set on a classic grid built around the campus up on the hill called Mt. Oread. The north and south streets are named after the states in order as they came into the union. The east and west are numbered. Lawrence was burnt and plundered by Quantrill's raiders in the bloody Kansas border war days with Missouri circa civil war. Little bit of history there.

brb

Comment by tr ig on January 29, 2016 at 7:09pm

Kosher, less than an hour, part interstate, part US highway that might as well be interstate. It's immaculate. Four hours IS something to consider but his, no. I do go up fairly often actually.

JMac it was, thank you

Marilyn I knew you would love the porches. It's something I never took note of really before today. I wonder what style that is? Something southern is my guess.

nc the alley is key to life itself isn't it. Eli has parking behind his house in the alley. I love the layout. 

Jeanne S so good to see you. I know you know your midwest houses. It was my son that suggested the detour specifically to look at the old Lawrence architecture. 

Comment by nerd cred on January 29, 2016 at 9:12pm

tr ig - in 21+ years I've never parked on the street. I completely ignore snow emergencies and leaf sweeping. Alleys should have garages.

Comment by Zanelle on January 29, 2016 at 10:31pm

Great photos...long for sure.   I loved the art bathtub.  what beautiful houses.  thanks so much

Comment by Veronica Corso on January 30, 2016 at 1:13am

Great photos! What a pretty town, even in winter-- but stark, like I imagine the mid-West should be. 

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