The election results are in. Parkville’s new mayor is Dean Katerndahl.
Success, of course, is never guaranteed. But at minimum this seems to be a major step forward in the category of emotional maturity in the mayor’s office. No more Mean Girls movies on a loop.
Election Day was a good day for Landmark advertisers. Katerndahl had a quarter page ad in last week’s edition. Won handily. Mike Matousek ran an ad each week in The Landmark since January. Matousek was the top vote-getter in the election for Platte County R-3 School Board. I’m noticing a pattern.
Lately I’ve been losing in my fight against a major craving for chicken wings. My waist line may need an intervention.
By the way, folks, if you’re eating boneless chicken wings you’re not really eating chicken wings. You know that, right? Stop falling for fake news.
Go bone-in or go home.
What’s wrong with me? Why am I getting fired up about the fake existence of boneless chicken wings? Co-worker Cindy says I need to get back on my meds.
Downward trend? Maybe.
Average gasoline prices in Kansas City have fallen by 9.3 cents per gallon in the past week, now averaging $3.67 per gallon. That’s according to GasBuddy’s survey of 752 stations in Kansas City. I noticed a lot of outlets in Platte County are at $3.68 per gallon.
Prices in Kansas City are 2.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.08 higher than a year ago. According to price reports from GasBuddy, the cheapest station in Kansas City on Sunday was priced at $3.44 per gallon while the most expensive was $4.59 per gallon. The lowest price in the state on Sunday was $2.99 while the highest was $4.59.
What are the experts saying?
“Oil prices fell last week as COVID cases in China surged, prompting restrictions on movements and hurting oil demand. Meanwhile, President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. would be releasing 180 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve caused an even further decline in oil, leading gas prices in nearly all areas of the country to fall over the last week,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “So as long as oil prices remain under $100 per barrel and there’s no escalations in Russia’s war on Ukraine, we may be poised to see gas prices decline again this week as the U.S. and other countries try to raise oil supply to tip prices lower,” said De Haan.
Landmark delivery man Fred Felix says the GasBuddy app is awesome and we all should be downloading it. The GasBuddy app checks your surrounding area to the find the lowest prices on gasoline for you. Download that bad boy and put it to work.
We took a drive to eastern Tennessee two weeks ago to see our oldest daughter and her growing family and can confirm for you once again that the state with the highest gas prices between here and Tennessee is Illinois. Fortunately, not a huge part of the trip is inside Illinois. The most expensive gasoline we noticed was in Illinois for $4.49 per gallon.
Other locations throughout the drive were primarily around $4 to $4.10 per gallon. Missouri prices at that time were generally around the $3.80 mark or so. In Tennessee near our daughter’s home not far from Knoxville prices were around $4.10.
The Kansas University basketball team coached by Bill Self won the national championship Monday night with a thrilling come-from-way-behind victory over North Carolina. This makes me a busy man. I have three friends/fellow columnists whose last names rhyme with Speckman, Kamler and Christopher who all seem to have a pretty high level of dislike for Kansas basketball. Now I have to talk those boys down from the ledge. Nobody’s hurting themselves on my watch, you guys.
I’m a casual Kansas basketball fan. I say casual because I have no ties to the university, which is good because that way they’re not hitting me up for donations. My KU fandom developed simply because when and where I grew up the games most often on television were KU games.
In the title game, the Jayhawks trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and trailed by 15 at the half. KU’s win–the largest come from behind victory in the history of the national championship game–reminded my son and me of the Kansas-K-State game we witnessed in person in Manhattan in January. K-State jumped out to a huge lead of as much as 17 points in the first half of that game, only to see KU rally to win by three.
Kansas certainly didn’t look like eventual national champions on that January day and really didn’t put it all together until the Big 12 post-season tournament when Remy Martin finally became a contributing factor.
College basketball, man. Gotta love it.
Had a loyal reader (yes, we found the guy) reach out to ask if I had any guaranteed winners in baseball futures tickets. I guess he was impressed in football when prior to the NFL season I suggested you could make some dollars by getting to Vegas (or any legal sports betting location) and putting money on the Raiders to go over their predicted win total. That suggestion cashed easily.
So is there some Between the Lines magic potion for baseball season which starts Thursday? Doubtful, but let’s take a look. Before we dive in, let me say I offer nothing that I feel as confident about in baseball as I did in the Raiders going over their win total last fall. So instead of loading up on one, let me give you five to consider on a smaller scale. This advice is free and worth every penny.
*The Reds will finish under their projected win total of 75.5.
*The Nationals will finish under their projected win total of 71.5.
*The Blue Jays will finish over 91.5 wins.
*The Mariners will finish over 85.5 wins.
*The Rockies will finish over 68.5 wins.
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