Yes, our magnificent Kansas Jayhawks won the NCAA National Basketball Championship last night. And yes, over 40,000 people – with us, 40,003 – poured down to Mass Street last night to party “like it was 1988″ – that’s when Greg and I were college students and the last time KU won a national championship.
Surely it’s no coincidence that we moved back here and they win again. Our pleasure to help out, Coach Self – any time!
In other news (there’s other news?) Lawrence landed on Prevention magazine’s list of the 100 most walkable cities in America. Woo-hoo, number 38! If you live near the historic center of this college town, it’s true – you can walk to school, banks, drugstores, restaurants, movies…and a lot of very good coffee.
I was going to write a whole serious-sounding piece on why it’s really important to have walkable cities, but last night’s basketball bonanza reminded me why living near a lively downtown full of sidewalks isn’t just important…
Oh yes indeed it’s fun to run right out the front door, walk two blocks and take your kid to a drunken all-night street party. It builds character.
Are we parents of the year, or what?
Rock Chalk Jayhawk — ’cause who knows when it will come again.
The 1988-2008 circle is complete. I can now resume my schedule of not really caring about sports – until next season.
Editor’s Note: Readers have been asking why my husband and daughter look green, and well, a lot of people looked green that night, and also hurled at policemen’s feet – but that’s not it. Their green faces are attributable to our beautiful old downtown street lamps, which cast a greenish white light over everything.
It made the party even more surreal, like an alien championship win!