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Walk to the Poll Position

Today is the primary elections in Kansas. Since the 2020 election, I have moved (twice) from Lake Dabinawa and have wound up in East Lawrence. My new polling place is about a five-minute walk from the house. I got there around 6:45 and was first in line, and first to submit a ballot, when the polls opened at 7:00.

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July 2022 in Pictures

I had one train-watching jaunt this month, plus a few Amtrak and BNSF grabs from the Santa Fe Station platform.

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KDOT Lettings: May 2022

There are 20 projects slated for letting on May 18. Approved bids announced on May 31 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on July 6 are highlighted in blue.

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It’s my party, I’ll shoot as many trains as I want to

For my birthday weekend, between the dinner and the birthday cake, I took some time to do some train watching.

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Saw a train… just not the one I expected

This morning, I checked the Amtrak status map and noticed that the Southwest Chief was running quite late and would be in Topeka around 8:40.

Based on that, I decided to try and catch the train before I went in to work (I currently work in Topeka)

I made it to a good spot along the Shunga Trail and waited. At 8:35, I noticed that the ETA was now getting closer to 8:50. I gave my coworkers a heads up to say I’d be a few minutes late (ETA no later than 9:15)

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KDOT Lettings: April 2022

There are 21 projects scheduled to be bid on April 20. Approved Bids Announced on May 2 are highlighted in red. Approved Bids Announced on May 31 are highlighted in blue.

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KU Victory Parade

As I’m sure you know, I am a graduate of the University of cKansas and a lifelong resident of the Lawrence area. During the recent NCAA tournament, I avoided the Mass Street Crowd. When it came time for the parade, however, there was no way I was going to make it out there and take photos.

Thanks to a tip on social media, I wound up at South Park.

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KDOT Lettings: March 2022

34 projects were up for bids on March 16. Approved bids announced on March 31 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on May 2 are highlighted in blue

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KDOT Lettings: February 2022

25 projects are up for bids at KDOT on February 16. The approved bids announced on March 2 are highlighted in red.The approved bids announced on March 31 are highlighted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: January 2022

There are 41 projects up for letting at KDOT’s January 19 letting, including many asphalt overlays of concrete roadways. Approved bids announced on January 27 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on March 2 are highlighted in blue.