I was just watching BBC News-- They profiled my old home town for a piece on the failure of the economy.
It was surreal to see the old landmarks of Kansas City in this context.
I saw folks browsing around the Farmer's Market where I used to buy fruits each fall to make my favorite xmas gift-- brandied peaches and apricots.
Now, people were hunting for cheaper vegetables than they would find in the supermarkets.
And to see the boarded up homes in Mission and Lee's Summit-- upscale neighborhoods I used to know.
And Westport! Eight blocks from my old house, it was a major artistic community and my favorite part of town. Chock full of art boutiques, vintage clothing shops, restaurants, book shops, flea markets, antique shops-- each one unique.
BBC showed a quick montage but, I think I may have seen Birdlamp Company, The Copper Kettle, The Silver Cricket, World's Window, The Souper, Third Rock, White Light Books, Vulcan's Forge, and on and on-- and so many of them boarded up.
I couldn't help it. I just cried.