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The Lawrence bucket list

Readers, staff compile 10 things you must do in Lawrence

Kansas fans try to throw off a Texas Tech free throw attempt Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas fans try to throw off a Texas Tech free throw attempt Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 24, 2010

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Bucket lists. They're de rigueur these days. Those arbitrary checklists of experiences you must have before you expire have been the focus of books, magazine articles, even a major motion picture.

We thought Lawrence deserved its own list, so we asked readers, friends and colleagues to suggest "must-do" adventures special to our unique city.

We received dozens of great ideas and had difficulty narrowing the field. But here, in alphabetical order of location, are our best suggestions:

University of Kansas sophomore Reid Carter, center, Overland Park, gets into the spirit of the game before the Jayhawks tip off against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

University of Kansas sophomore Reid Carter, center, Overland Park, gets into the spirit of the game before the Jayhawks tip off against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Attend a KU basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse

The consensus is you haven't lived in Lawrence until you've cheered the Jayhawks in the most revered edifice on campus. Named in honor of the late Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen, KU's head coach for 39 years, the venue is considered one of the best places in America to watch a college basketball game.

Lawrence resident Patricia Peterson couldn't agree more. "I'm from New York, originally, and I'm a big sports fan. I've been to Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Wrigley FieldŠ None of those can compare. Allen Fieldhouse has a life of its own. It's got a pulse when you get in there. I've never experienced anything like it in my life."

Lawrence resident Marissa Brumley and her son, K.J. Brumley, 11, cruise down Campanile Hill at Kansas University. The mother and son, like other area residents, experienced the fun side of the recent snowfall on Dec. 30, 2009.

Lawrence resident Marissa Brumley and her son, K.J. Brumley, 11, cruise down Campanile Hill at Kansas University. The mother and son, like other area residents, experienced the fun side of the recent snowfall on Dec. 30, 2009.

Ride a sled (or reasonable facsimile) down Campanile Hill

When a blanket of snow covers Mount Oread, the place to slip and slide is on the slopes surrounding KU's World War II Memorial Campanile.

Ashley Weigel, Lawrence, says, "One of my best memories is when I went to KU and it snowed in the evening. We went out around 11:30 and just took what we could find - sleds, trash can lids, whatever - and went down the hill on the freshly fallen snow. It was exhilarating because we were so excited and nobody had done it yet. It was an awesome experience."

The Dec. 19, 2009, Christmas bird count found several species of birds in the Lawrence area, including bald eagles.

The Dec. 19, 2009, Christmas bird count found several species of birds in the Lawrence area, including bald eagles.

Eagle-watch on the Kaw

In the winter, residents can get a bird's-eye view of majestic bald eagles perching in branches on the Kansas River or feeding on fish swimming over the Bowersock Dam. Binoculars are optional.

Dick Sheppard, a Lawrence native, makes a point to get up close and personal with the birds every year.

"Growing up in Lawrence, we never saw any eagles until they put Clinton Lake in. And that bird is, well, just breathtaking. I watch them from inside the Riverfront Mall, the best place to see them without disturbing them."

Kym Scafe, Lawrence, a worker with Pendleton's Country Market, retrieves a vase of daffodils for Lawrence resident Michael Rapport on the first day of the Farmer's Market Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Kym Scafe, Lawrence, a worker with Pendleton's Country Market, retrieves a vase of daffodils for Lawrence resident Michael Rapport on the first day of the Farmer's Market Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Stroll the Lawrence Farmer's Market on Saturday morning

Come spring, the place to go for veggies straight from the farm, live music and grown men in bumblebee costumes is the Lawrence Farmers' Market. Folks from all walks of life - often accompanied by four-legged friends - meet and greet amidst fresh tomatoes, bunches of daffodils and mouth-watering baked goods.

Mark Taylor, local market enthusiast, can't imagine a Saturday morning during the season without a jaunt to the market.

"I go every weekend," he says. "I get up at 6:30 and am down there before the opening bell at 7. I know almost all of the vendors; it's really a social hour for me. I appreciate that it's all local or regional products. And I can't believe how many people I know go to the market."

Butterflies were gathered for tagging during the Monarch Watch fall open house Sept. 12, 2009 at Foley Hall on the KU West Campus.

Butterflies were gathered for tagging during the Monarch Watch fall open house Sept. 12, 2009 at Foley Hall on the KU West Campus.

Tag a butterfly (or 20) for the annual monarch watch

Every September, hundreds of volunteers show up in the Baker Wetlands for tagging day, a project of the Jayhawk Audubon Society and Monarch Watch, directed by Orley "Chip" Taylor, a professor of biological sciences at KU. Tagged butterflies help scientists track the monarchs' spring and fall migrations.

Former Lawrence resident Jana Calkins, who now lives in Overland Park, tagged butterflies in 2009 with her husband and children.

"This year was our first time tagging butterflies, and it was perfect because both of our kids' teachers are very into them," Jana says. "It was a really interesting, fun experience for us all to be hands on with nature!"

Randy Towner visits the Lawrence Memorial Park gravesite of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Towner used to run with a group including KU coach Roy Williams, who would often stop by the Naismith gravesite for a little luck before KU basketball games.

Randy Towner visits the Lawrence Memorial Park gravesite of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Towner used to run with a group including KU coach Roy Williams, who would often stop by the Naismith gravesite for a little luck before KU basketball games.

Visit Naismith's grave

If Allen Fieldhouse is the mecca of college basketball, then the James Naismith Memorial in Lawrence Memorial Park is Lourdes. For years, the faithful have made the pilgrimage to the inventor of basketball's grave for inspiration, healing of their favorite team or a lesson in American sports history.

Lawrence resident Scot Buxton, friend and running partner of former KU coach Roy Williams, is all-too familiar with the site.

 "On big game days, we'd run out to Naismith's grave, tap the headstone and ask for good luck," he remembers. "I think most people would agree that the University is a big part of what's going on in Lawrence, and our basketball program is a big deal, nationally and historically.  When you've got the guy who invented the game, I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to visit and pay your respects."

A float sporting a dental hygiene theme makes its way down Massachusetts Street during the Art Tougeau Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

A float sporting a dental hygiene theme makes its way down Massachusetts Street during the Art Tougeau Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Let a parade pass you by

Lawrencians love a parade, and they included several on their lists: Band Day, St. Patrick's Day, Art Tougeau, the Zombie Walk, Mardi Gras in Kansas, and one of the premier horse-drawn holiday processions in the country.

Sheppard and longtime resident, CindyGress, voted for the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, typically held on the first Saturday of December.

"It starts the holiday season out right," Gress says. "The horses are dressed so beautifully, and people are really friendly."

"It's unique to Lawrence," Sheppard says. "Nobody else does it that I've heard of."

Beverly Gardner, wife of the community workout leader Don "Red Dog" Gardner, stretches out with the Dog Days crew July 8, 2008, at Memorial Stadium.

Beverly Gardner, wife of the community workout leader Don "Red Dog" Gardner, stretches out with the Dog Days crew July 8, 2008, at Memorial Stadium.

Sweat in sweltering summer heat with hundreds of your closest friends at Red Dog Days

For more than 25 years, Don "Red Dog" Gardner has been leading able-bodied locals of all ages in a massive community boot camp. On an evening in July of last year, with 2,766 participants in attendance, Dog Days set the record for the "world's largest community workout," although it wasn't officially certified by the Guinness World Records.

Lawrence Dog Days enthusiast John Dobbins explains why he keeps going back year after year.

"It's all shapes and sizes doing their best - more than they would do on their own. Don Gardner gives more than I can fathom, asking nothing in return but your best effort and kind words for one another. Good for the heart and soul."

For Al Hack, local resident and Dobbins' exercise partner, "it's 50 percent exercise and 50 percent friendship with the most supportive and welcoming group of people I've ever known."

Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

Shop the annual Sidewalk Sale

Each year on the third Thursday in July, thousands of bargain hunters descend on downtown Lawrence for the dawn-to-dusk markdown mayhem that is the Sidewalk Sale.

Weigel says, "I've never been the kind of person to get up really early and do it, but it's just crazy the whole day down there. There's always great people watching in Lawrence, but that's an especially good time to do it."

Late income tax filers make their way through the glass doors as members of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band including Steve Mason, Lawrence, front, Jim Brothers, Lawrence, left, and Steve Goeke, Holt, Mo., perform the William Tell Overture during the final push before closing on Tax Night 2009 at the downtown Lawrence post office.

Late income tax filers make their way through the glass doors as members of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band including Steve Mason, Lawrence, front, Jim Brothers, Lawrence, left, and Steve Goeke, Holt, Mo., perform the William Tell Overture during the final push before closing on Tax Night 2009 at the downtown Lawrence post office.

Dance at the Tax Day party at the downtown post office

This annual tradition, started in 1987 by local musician Steve Mason, occurs every April 15 and includes jam sessions, impromptu clogging, food, drink and merriment set to the tunes of the Alferd Packer Memorial Stringband. The celebration, featured on NPR and "CBS Sunday Morning," used to go past midnight before electronic filing caused the post office to curtail their extended hours.

Bayliss Harsh of Lawrence attends every year and says even though the post office now closes at 5:30, the spirit of the event remains.

"It's cool to take this thing that everybody has to do and isn't necessarily looked on as a fun, and turn it into a party. It's so Lawrence."

Diane Hachmeister, left, a case worker at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, talks with client Rob Blank, 42, of Lawrence. Blank gets his medication through the MediKan program, which is on the state's budget chopping block.

Diane Hachmeister, left, a case worker at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, talks with client Rob Blank, 42, of Lawrence. Blank gets his medication through the MediKan program, which is on the state's budget chopping block.

Honorable mention

• Go to a "Victor Continental Show."

• Slurp soup at Souper Bowl Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Honk for hemp.

Beat a parking attendant to the meter.

• Attend one or all local festivals.

• Climb through the steam tunnels at KU.

• Buy a piece of art from a local artist.

• Flash a peace sign to Rob "Precious Love" Blank.

• Ghost hunt at The Eldridge Hotel.

• Join a protest with the Coalition for Peace & Justice.

What did we miss? Post your picks in the comments below...




Comments

Rae Hudspeth 4 years ago

years ago I would have added Wait downtown for a Saturday morning breakfast table at the Paradise Cafe because you just have to have the Ruby Trout! Bonus points if you got the Rock Star Table.

But you can still enjoy a local brew while watching a movie at Liberty Hall!

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lokaytion 4 years, 2 months ago

Look over the City from Wells Overlook!!!!

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Pywacket 4 years, 2 months ago

faceit~ Excellent addition to the list! Have done that a few times!

Fishing or boating on Clinton Lake. Of course, if you've been around long enough, you would remember when there wasn't any Clinton Lake! This whole concept of man-made lakes, i.e., reservoirs, is very strange to me--it's a very Kansas thing.

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meggers 4 years, 2 months ago

The KLWN/KLZR Treasure Hunt was an awesome tradition and a great way to become more acquainted with the parks and landmarks in and around Lawrence. Too bad it ended.

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pbusby 4 years, 2 months ago

the jet at Centenniel Park and the dinosaur that was there, don't know if it is still, that was 35 years ago. Yes, Joe's bakery at midnight for hot fresh donuts

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chestylion 4 years, 2 months ago

Go to a Missouri and KU game in Allen Fieldhouse. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world.

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asbury 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Py and Ralph...memories for me too. We used to be all over that train, and that firetruck.....and the jet too. Greatest ever Hot donuts @ Joe's. What a wonderful smell!

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ilovelucy 4 years, 2 months ago

Haskell Indian Art Market. Enjoying a sunny afternoon on the porch at Free State Brewery.

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Kris_H 4 years, 2 months ago

Can you still...go into the bottom of the campanille tower at night and sing Gregorian chants and rounds with your friends and sound amazing? (World's best echo chamber). Until the campus police politely ask you to move on? LOL...

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Ralph Reed 4 years, 2 months ago

I've done all of those Pywacket. Brought back memories. Thanks.

Oh yeah, don't forget playing on the fire engine in the west half of South Park, or on the jet at Centennial Park (before the local idiots ripped it to shreds inside.

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Rickyonealku 4 years, 2 months ago

Love the list....mine would be take a walk up and down the beautiful KU campus and take photos along the way.

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XEPCT 4 years, 2 months ago

Caveman Joe the Mad Professor

puff puff at potter's lake

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Bill Lee 4 years, 2 months ago

Kansas Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert at Liberty Hall every March. The next one is just six weeks away (March 6) and will feature performances by Plain Jane, The Moanin' Glories, The Morning Dew, The Green River Ordinance, Vernon Sandusky (of the Chartbusters), The Pott County Pork & Bean Band and Tree Frog. Oleta Adams and Conny & The Bellhops will also be inducted, but won't be performing.

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AnnaUndercover 4 years, 2 months ago

@Newell_Post An evening at any of the four centers for the performing arts is a must.

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faceit 4 years, 2 months ago

Attend a function being protested by the phelps gang

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Kenny Nall 4 years, 2 months ago

The Dillon's Guy's name is Smokin' Joe. I believe a prerequisite for being a townie is to be a bit nostalgic.

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yoornotmee 4 years, 2 months ago

These comments are like a big nostalgic Lawrencian love fest.

How many of "those guys" do we have, anyway? (By "those guys" I mean like "hey, there's that guy who always does that strange thing that everyone in Lawrence recognizes".)

White Owl Honk for Hemp guy The Peace Guy (his real name is irrelevant) Socks on Hands Guy The Dillions Guy (I assume that's the guy with the bike, the hair, the chops, and the sunglasses, right? Dennis

Who else can you think of?

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Kenny Nall 4 years, 2 months ago

Swing on the swing sets at Burcham Park for hours, check out one of the numerous and fine downtown coffeehouses and eat at Drake's diner in the wee hours of the morning and reminisce about Bucky's and bygone movie theaters, putt putt golf and arcade establishments and skating rinks. Ahh, good times.

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H_Lecter 4 years, 2 months ago

Roundabouts. Several opportunities come to mind.

The first one being a human sacrifice.

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Newell_Post 4 years, 2 months ago

Did anybody ask AnnaUndercover for suggestions?

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irnmadn88 4 years, 2 months ago

Attend a Beer Banquet at Freestate Brewery.

Attend a Wednesday Concert in South Park.

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pfunk81 4 years, 2 months ago

I'll second the sunday night kickball game, and add

---Witness "Simon/Dillions Guy" get arrested for sleeping downtown

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Pywacket 4 years, 2 months ago

There are quite a few that, if you are too young, or arrived in Lawrence too late, are no longer an option.

I, for one, am glad I was around when we could:

--watch a midnight movie downtown or at KU then stand in line for some fresh Joe's donuts...

--hang out on Wescoe Beach and not even give Tan Man a second thought (b/c he was such a constant presence there)...

--climb all over the train in the park before they put it in a cage...

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 2 months ago

Attend the home games that KU loses to Missouri and K-state. Roast hotdogs over a bonfire on the corner of 6th & Mass. on the anniversary of the "Big Fire" that occured there so long ago. Witness the Kaw flow over the levees due to global warming. Move out of Kansas.

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distant_voice 4 years, 2 months ago

Canoeing the Kaw from Manhatten to Lawrence just one more time before I die.

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puddleglum 4 years, 2 months ago

I think ya gotta ad one:

get a comment removed from the LJworld

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sustainabilitysister 4 years, 2 months ago

Go to the Replay during Freeplay for a game of pinball, go to Woodridge Nature Preserve or walk from downtown to Burcham Park along the river, sit on the porch at Freestate on a nice afternoon while drinking some good brew, visit the Social Service League to look for your latest treasure, and sooo much more!

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pace 4 years, 2 months ago

I am always on the look out for kid to take to the Natural history museum.

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Godot 4 years, 2 months ago

jumpin_catfish, this is anything but a slow news Sunday. But for the Journal World editors, it is a Sunday full of news they do not want to report.

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KansasPerson 4 years, 2 months ago

Is that picture of the Bert Nash worker talking with a client really part of this article, or is it one of those misplaced thingies that J Kealing was talking about the other day?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 2 months ago

Cool article, Cathy. I would add... enjoy a delicious Free State beer on the front porch in the Spring.

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Mark Kostner 4 years, 2 months ago

Every time I visit Lawrence, which is usually at Thanksgiving or Christmas, I always visit the Free State Brewery for some locally made brews. I've seen the eagles, and a Jayhawks basketball game is on my bucket list. I never thought of visiting the cemetery, although I do like to visit the graves of famous people in Hollywood, so I'll put Naismith on my list as well. I am not familiar with the Eldridge ghosts. Who are they and what rooms can they be found in?

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Godot 4 years, 2 months ago

Lawrence Community Theatre is a must. Outstanding local talent.

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equalaccessprivacy 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Godot's "Right Between the Ears" vote and likely with checking out the Farmer's market and Art in the Park, but other than that I'm underwhelmed by the overall quality of these "animal house" suggestions. I like KPR Presents Sunday evenings---otherwise, besides the Lied there's not too much culture to be found and enjoyed in this whitebutt- happy, backwoods warp-in-time.

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Godot 4 years, 2 months ago

Attend a performance of "Right Between the Ears" at Liberty Hall.

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Matthew Herbert 4 years, 2 months ago

Someone should have included "post a politically radical comment on LJworld's message board"

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MustHaveSalt 4 years, 2 months ago

Wed. night trivia @ Conroy's Pub. Good times!!!

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rattler 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for the honorable mention of Rob "precious love" Blank! Had no idea what his name was but always loved getting the chance to honk and throw up a peace sign at that guy. He's a cool dude that reminds me of a muppet from Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem.

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couranna1 4 years, 2 months ago

thanks for showing all how lame and boring lawrence really is So glad I no longer live there

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Ralph Reed 4 years, 2 months ago

@Jersey_Girl. They're talking about Memorial Park Cemetery, East 15th Street on the South Side of the street. Oak Hill Cemetery is on the north side of the street.

http://www.kansastravel.org/oakhillcemetery/oakhillcemetery2.htm /**/

  • Watching a summer movie downtown Lawrence, sitting on the grass at 9th and Rhode Island.
  • Summer band concerts on Wednesday night in South Park.
  • Attend the Haskell Graduation Powwow in the Spring.
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yoornotmee 4 years, 2 months ago

That's a great Lawrence bucket list for the sporty side of Lawrence, but what about the artsy side of Lawrence?

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ObiWan 4 years, 2 months ago

Attend a Kaw Valley Kickball game at Hobbs Park on a hot Sunday night.

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Hydra 4 years, 2 months ago

They left out becoming a slave to the City commision and Eride.

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George_Braziller 4 years, 2 months ago

Short Attention Span Theater. There hasn't been one for a few years -- Hey Robert, time to organize another one!

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Jersey_Girl 4 years, 2 months ago

Where is Lawrence Memorial Park?

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smitty 4 years, 2 months ago

Any or all of the ongoing south park events

Art in the park and the state fiddling and picking competitions are my personal favorites or maybe it's the band concerts.

More recently the downtown outdoor movie is one that I hope stays around for years to come.

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hujiko 4 years, 2 months ago

Dancing on the corner of 6th and Mass in the wee hours of the morning in front of the tower cam while calling all your friends to switch on channel 6 for their viewing pleasure.

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