Dispatches from June 18, 2013
9 AM: What a luxury, to still be lazing in bed!
NOON: Touring what may be the best-curated museum I have ever seen: the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Exhibits are treasure troves of small details, yet also convey the big picture of the military, political, and social movements surrounding the conflicts. The museum excels in the use of multiple media. Audio recordings from primary sources, interactive weapon design stations and reflection rooms playing music and poetry of the times all smartly enhanced the educational oomph of each exhibit. I can’t recommend it enough.
“It was a twilight world in which millions of men lived half underground, fought, and died.”
– An information card on trench warfare
3 PM: The senior center boasts all the necessities and plenty of niceties, but it is definitely hard to get on the Internet.
6 PM: Kansas City barbecue at Jack Stack! Arthur and I split a sampler. We start with burnt ends, or succulent chunks of brisket and pork, charred crisp on the outside and kissed with rich sauce.
We also try four types of ribs. Of the two pork ribs, I prefer the tender baby backs to the lean spareribs. Lamb ribs are totally new for me; I love how the gamier flavor stands up to the sauce.
But the real winner is the Crown Prime Beef Rib. I’ve never tasted its like. Easily the size of three spareribs, this behemoth of thickly marbled beef unravels off its massive bone to melt on my tongue.
I can barely fit in bites of the creamy beans bathed in tangy hickory sauce, but under other circumstances I could have made a meal on those alone.
9 PM: The Spurs vs. Heat game is said to be thrilling, but I ignore it in favor of a nice long phone chat with a dear friend. The Heat prevail.