t’s the first day of September. We made it, you guys. And it rained Tuesday and cooled things off a bit. Overnight lows fell into the 60s. Next week the overnight lows will be in the 50s. That’s good sleeping weather, and I’m due to sleep my ass off.
Good news all around. And good news for my air conditioners. The AC units in the office, at home, and in my vehicle all needed servicing in recent weeks. Happy to put the summer heat behind us. Time to kick start fall with a vengeance.
News for you to digest: At a special meeting Tuesday night, the City of Parkville governing body approved the hiring of Mark Ferguson, Attorney at Law, LLC as special legal counsel, apparently “to assist in matters related to the city’s interests.”
Mark Ferguson is best known as a criminal defense attorney, FYI.
Parkville’s agreement with Ferguson spells out a compensation of $285 per hour.
Do you attend class reunions or avoid them? I know folks who get excited about class reunions and other folks who wouldn’t go even if they were paid to attend. My 40th high school reunion is this weekend. I don’t know how to feel about this and frankly am not even sure why I brought it up but I did so here we are.
I could–but I won’t–fill you in on some stories. Some good, some not so good, some would need the names changed to protect the innocent. Maybe someday there will be stories, if you catch me in the right mood. Not sure what the statute of limitations is on a few things, quite frankly.
The drinking age in Kansas in those days was 18, which in retrospect seems really weird, doesn’t it? Imagine high school students in the middle of their senior years able to sit in bars after class, legally having drinks and whatnot, basically being Guy Speckman before Guy Speckman was Guy Speckman.
The Kansas legislature–let’s be honest, often a little slow the uptick– didn’t raise that state’s drinking age to 21 until 1985.
Fall means football. Love it. Check out the front page for all the details on a new football feature The Landmark is offering for you this season.
Basically you need to go to our website at plattecountylandmark.com and click on the Landmark Pickem! tab at the top center of the page.
Landmark Pickem! is your chance to show off your football knowledge and win gift certificates to Nick and Jake’s restaurant in Parkville. Click on the link below to get signed up and then you’re ready to make your picks right there on our site just by clicking your choices. Grading of the entries is done automagically (you won’t find that word in the dictionary) courtesy of a software program developed by our beloved Tech Man Schneider from Landmark Live fame.
Top prognosticators each week will win prizes, such as gift certificates to local restaurants and such. An added incentive? If at the end of the season (after the Super Bowl in February) you have more correct predictions than yours truly, you win a one-year free subscription to The Landmark. Hey, even if you can’t top my season long score (I’m confident most of you won’t) maybe you can take pride in topping me at least one week throughout the season. Never give up hope.
Here’s the direct link to sign up and get started: plattecountylandmark.com/sign-up
Special thanks to Tony Farr Real Estate Group-RE/MAX House of Dreams for serving as official sponsor of Landmark Pickem!
Just when you thought it was safe to get on the internet, Landmark Live is returning for its fifth season of littering your Facebook feed with (mostly wholesome) fun and goodness as well as occasional journalism.
The show we started in September of 2017 has brought uniqueness and much attention to The Landmark, becoming more than we ever imagined when we kicked this thing off with Chris Kamler and I simply hitting the “go live” button on our Facebook page and talking about whatever came to mind. That first spontaneous episode drew 1,200 views so we knew we were onto something. Viewership has risen to more than 13,000 for off-the-wall and educational shows that featured us drinking shots and getting BAC tests from a sheriff’s deputy and for a Landmark invasion of the Channel 9 studios with Kris Ketz, Michael Mahoney and Bryan Busby.
Season 5 will kick off next Thursday, Sept. 9 when my buddy Landmark columnist Guy Speckman will join me as co-host to talk everything from NFL football to farm animals, from his favorite light beer to his personal glory days in Plattsburg. We’ll show off The Landmark’s Pickem feature on our website and visually demonstrate how it all works and whatnot. Might even offer some prognosticating tips.
And I’ll leave you with this tease: Overnight I received confirmation that a nationally known comic/entertainer will be joining us for a live Zoom interview on our Sept. 23 episode of Landmark Live.
Details next week.
(Fall is the best season and it’s not even close. Live through it with Foley via email to firstname.lastname@example.org)