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November 24, 2011

Not paying attention has consequences

Joplin — In retrospect, it probably was my fault.

In retrospect, I probably should have paid closer attention to what my wife said. Had I been paying attention, I’m pretty sure I would have asked myself why in the world my wife wanted to go to Kauffman Stadium to see Alvin and the Chipmunks.

I’m also pretty sure that had I been paying attention, I would have asked myself why Emma and four of her friends from dance also wanted to see Alvin and the Chipmunks at Kauffman Stadium. And, I’m pretty sure that had I been paying attention, I would have asked myself why Alvin and the Chipmunks would be at Kauffman Stadium in November.

As it turns out, my wife and Emma and her four friends from dance didn’t want to see Alvin and the Chipmunks at Kauffman Stadium. They wanted to see the Alvin Ailey Dancers at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

In retrospect, that makes more sense than them wanting to see Alvin and the Chipmunks at Kauffman Stadium.

My wife’s plan was for me to drive Emma and her friends in one car to Kansas City while my wife drove another car loaded with the supplies for Emma and her friends. I don’t know if you know much about teenage girls, but apparently when they go to Kansas City for the weekend, they don’t just pack a “quick change of clothes.” What they pack are supplies.

Lewis and Clark packed less when they headed west than Emma and her friends packed to go to Kansas City for the weekend.

To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the weekend. First of all, I had to drive a car with five teenage girls. Have you ever driven a car full of five teenage girls? Don’t.

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