Miley vs. the Mayor
Living in the Kansas City area isn’t always the epitome of cool…I know you are all shocked by this revelation. Think about your own mental image of KC, or even Missouri/Kansas in general.
We’re mostly known for our barbeque, which is amazing. Truly, deeply a-maz-ing.
Many are familiar with our professional sports teams that tend not to win championships (Sporting KC notwithstanding), though the MLB Royals do have a current chart-topper as a sort of anthem.
We’ve been somewhat infamous recently thanks to a nutjob who decided it would be fun to shoot at other cars on the highway—a suspect was just apprehended yesterday.
We can’t boast breathtaking natural surroundings or the best-maintained infrastructure. And if we’re being honest, middle-of-the-map folks aren’t traditionally known to be the trendiest, though there are some very hip and stylish people if you know where to look (I’m not one of them).
There is one surprisingly cool thing, however, that Kansas City can claim… its mayor.
I’m a professional commuter—I don’t live in this municipality or even this county—so my vote did not help elect Mayor Sly James. In fact, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have voted for him even if I were in the voting district. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s a pretty rockin’ guy.
Exhibit B: His ‘state of the city’ address last year was interrupted by a very angry dude. His unflappable response, “Well, that was unfortunate.”
Exhibit C: Miley Cyrus. Ms. Cyrus is making an extended stop at one of the hospitals here after an apparent allergic reaction to antibiotics on Tuesday. But what does Miley have to do with Mayor James?
Sly conducted an (unrelated) interview on a local radio morning show today. At the conclusion, one of the hosts asked if Miley was really sick.
Without skipping a beat, Sly replied “You mean physically?”
My respect = earned.
**UPDATE: Mayor James is now following me on Twitter. You should, too!**