I lived in Kansas longer than I’ve lived anywhere else (although CA is catching up, with northern CA for 16 years and more than 3 here in southern CA) so I just couldn’t resist this.
There are things about the Heartland I loved: the wonderfully genuine friendships of 20 years, the openness of the landscape, the accessibility of cultural institutions, the friendly cheerfulness of people who aren’t spending all their money on housing nor all their time commuting, the wonderful communities we found in the arts, (at the great galleries and museums and music venues and theaters,) and, finally, the Barbecue and darn good restaurants all ’round!
I like watching baseball more than most other sports. Its grace and complexity and pace are all appealing. So — go Royals, on to the World Series!