Even though it was sunny and close to 60 degrees outside, inside Bartle Hall was where the boats and fishing equipment were Saturday for the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow. And there was plenty of nonboat stuff to do and gawk at. The show continues Sunday.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which runs the Kansas City show, wanted to put something together for first-time boaters — a get-down-to-basics course that would help beginners before they hit the water. Clyde Holscher, Steve Ortiz and John Price brainstormed and came up with a three-step seminar they named “You Bought a Boat: Now What? From Land to Water.”
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Once the fishing industry started promoting its young guns, the flamboyant pros who appealed to the younger generation, old pros like Guido and Dion Hibdon were, for the most part, forgotten. “What you’ve done in the past doesn’t mean anything anymore,” said Guido,who will be the featured speaker at the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow. “It’s a whole different breed out there.”
January is a time when outdoors shows give fishermen, boaters, hunters, campers and hikers a taste of what they will be doing outside in spring and summer. And show-goers will have plenty to choose from this year.
Rich in wildlife, scenery and wildflowers, the Konza Prairie near Manhattan gives visitors a look at what Kansas was like prior to the days of agriculture and development. “It’s a perfect example of a disappearing ecosystem — the prairie,” says Rob Manes, executive director of the Kansas Nature Conservancy.
For most people, this isn’t fishing weather. But if cabin fever has gotten so bad that you just have to bundle up and go out, you might want to try Grand Lake in northern Oklahoma. Hardy fishermen are catching blue catfish on fresh shad in deep water. And crappies are being caught on grubs and jigs along deep ledges.
There's always a slump at some point of the workday when you need that pick-me-up. Sure, it's easy to gravitate toward snacking, but why not get your blood pumping, instead? A recent study found that lunchtime walks can drastically improve your workday by bettering "enthusiasm, relaxation and nervousness," which goes a long way for an employee's productivity. If slipping away from the desk isn't as easy a task, have no fear - there's always a way to use your office as a workout.
If you want to stay in good athletic shape for your sport, it will take more than just regular gym workouts, or even practicing your game. As the saying goes, "It isn't practice that makes perfect, it's perfect practice that makes perfect."
As the only person in the Jewish Community Center yoga class wearing baggy jeans, an untucked button-down shirt, and soft-soled clunky gray shoes, Richmond Punch clearly isn't here to perfect his downward-facing dog pose.
If you're planning on any outdoor activity this winter, remember that the protection of your clothing all starts with the baselayer. That means you shouldn't skimp on a knockoff brand or cheap cotton material and expect to stay warm and dry. A product like SmartWool's Women's NTS Mid 250 Full Zip Hoody has everything you need: a form-fitting design, wickable fabric for cold-weather performance and flatlock seams to minimize chafing.