We have arrived. Yesterday afternoon Tracy and I rolled into Kansas City in a too-big U-Haul (17 foot!), towing our poor Camry behind us, and within an hour were moving things into our new apartment. By the workings of Providence we arrived as an upstairs neighbor was moving out, and we were able to hire her three gigantic movers to unload our truck for us (which saved us hours of hard labor and possibly injury to me, since Tracy’s on the mend from a foot injury and wouldn’t be able to do a lot). Thanks be to God for all good things.
It is difficult to put into words my feeling about this change, but it is very good. The apartment is amazing: a large two bedroom in an old brick six-plex, with a beautiful shady screened porch in front (in which we have already enjoyed one meal, to be followed I am quite sure by many more). Unpacking is always a chore, but the place is already beginning to feel like home, and more of a home than our Muncie apartment ever was. It feels very much like our apartment in Pasadena did, for those of you who experienced it. For those who didn’t… well, you’ll just have to come visit us, then (hint hint).
Speaking of Pasadena, the area of Kansas City where we are bears some striking resemblances, including a beautiful outdoor shopping district (“The Plaza”) that feels very much like Old Town. Right now we’re sitting in the public library branch near us, which is large and full of art, and this afternoon we had lunch at McCormick and Schmick’s. The only things missing are our friends and Trader Joe’s.
We’re excited about living in Kansas City. It’s beautiful here, with lots of parks and great architecture. Locals tell us KC is known as “the city of fountains,” and I believe them–they’re everywhere. We’re one block east of a gigantic free park with ponds and streams and such, a few blocks south of the Plaza, and less than a mile from campus. I haven’t had much interaction with UMKC folks yet, but the ones with whom I have have been both nice and helpful, and I’m supposed to meet one of the composition professors for a beer sometime soon. A month ago when we were here for entrance exams I met a few other incoming doctoral students, a married couple who were both singers and who seemed quite nice. I think things here are going to be great.
Other news and such to follow. Stay tuned…