Austin Jacobs: Austin Jacobs is co-editor of our blog and a KC lifer. He knows the ins and outs of how to be a true Kansas Citian: where to get the cheapest beer, how to deal with the meat sweats, the best spots to see live music, where to find free pools to sneak into, how to spot a tourist (what is that beer called Boulevard on tap?), and of course the crushing disappointment that comes year after year with being a sports fan in KC (that’s right you too Sporting! We want championships!). He also enjoys disc golf, bluegrass, rivers, and of course scribing, especially on the topic of KC happenings.
Christy Chajon: Christy spends most of her time working to make a better life for me, Robbie, and Little Woof (her dogs). She promised us a house with a yard and she delivered! We spend a lot of time playing or hanging out on the couch. We like Kansas City because there are so many dog parks around, plus all the regular parks we go to. We all like to have friends over for dinner (as long as they don’t eat mine!) and game nights. I’m in charge of guarding the house and Woof is in charge of…well, she’s pretty.
Annie Booton: I am a redheaded cat lady who is currently an unemployed lawyer, battling intra-career limbo by attempting to cure addictions to shopping, high cholesterol foods, and not getting out of bed each day. I wanted to see how long I could make that sentence before it hurt my head. I have no tattoos and almost all my factory setting bodily extremities– my two front teeth are fake. I’m a Kansas City transplant, after growing up in St. Louis, Chicago and Exeter, New Hampshire, and am now deeply devoted to KU basketball, the Royals’ Alex Gordon and burnt ends from LC’s. I am much more normal than I wish I were and try to expand my mind through music, by diving deeply into the Internets and by drinking non-”Natural Light” beers. Writing/blogging has always been a favorite activity of mine, whether on my tragic circa 2001 Xanga page, for Collegefashionista.com, or my new favorite outlet- Local Ruckus. People say I have a very “unique voice” in my writing- I just call it “confessions of an ADD mind that is deceptively brilliant, and waiting to have a movie made about it, with the title character played by Sandra Bullock”. (Hollywood agents inquire within).
Leah Stella Stephens: I’m known as Stellabelle on Youtube. I drive a weird baby blue art car. I enjoy finding odd things and sharing them. I once made a music video for people who like to eat sandwiches while they exercise. I would like to live in an ecovillage someday.
Meredith Schneider: Meredith Schneider is 2/3 of a set of identical twin sisters from KC (The math works on that, right?). She and said twin own their own KC-based DoubleTake Productions, which is probably the best thing since the incarnation of her guilty pleasure favorite band (Can you say “MMMBop”?). She has lived on both coasts, and is currently completing her checklist of things mentioned in “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”. She loves spoiling people with baked goods (because women belong in the kitchen), eating sharp cheddar cheese (when she’s feeling feisty), and threatening to punch people (because who doesn’t enjoy the thought of random acts of violence?). Meredith enjoys speaking in third person when she wants to assert her superiority over others. She thinks it makes her sound more important. Find out more about her HERE!