Moved Away from Northeast

Well.. I finally reached escape velocity and moved away from there!  Still, I am in the 65130 zip code.  “The Murder Factory”.  Weird stuff happens all the time,  especially near the VA Hospital.  There was a murder earlier this week by the fire station at Independence Ave and Van Brunt.  On Saturday or Sunday,  a woman that lived behind the McDonalds up on the hill at Hardesty and US 40, her husband killed her apparently  ‘cos she wouldn’t share her drugs with her husband.

Horrible.  This sleazy action is constant in these zip codes.  I am glad to leave, despite the little Mexican grocers that I like.  But this place maintained by HUD for Veterans, disabled, and geezers.  It is very high security, with 24 hour security, a locked parking lot.  They maintain it well, too, which is better than the landlords in Northeast.  It is a daunting task trying to rent out those old apartments.  They are filled with bugs.  The tenants are crazy.   HUD screens the dickens out of it’s applicants these days.  Well, they had housing like Choteau, which was filled up with dope dealers.. fights.  Wayne Minor is also narly.  You’ll get your car broke into or stolen.

I took my Android apps down.  They were just “play” apps anyways,  test apps just to see if I could do it.  I am working on a Kindle novel right now.  “Working on it”, but the only thing that counts is DONE!  I am making the novel naturally, on characters in Northeast.  No one would believe the stuff that happens in Northeast.

Install my Google Play App

The Northeast Confidential.   Google Play App, read on the phone.  Hah.. I’ll earn $1 outta this blog!  Meanwhile.. here is a map of Northeast crime.  This is the Murder Factory Area.  The little car icons are Auto Theft. The fists are assaults.  The masks are burglaries.  The olive like little lock icons are drug arrests.  Dunno what the numbers mean.  The whistles are arrests.  So.. you can get the idea.  This is the crime action for only 10 days on the East Side.  This is a small part of Kansas City holy cats.

Northeast Crime Map

The Ass Kickin’ World of the Poor

The temperature goes up.  A lot of street action, the sirens going off.  I go to the El Mercado Fresca and get some marinated pork for Tacos Al Pastor.  They have it at the meat counter pre-marinated.

A wreck almost head on at Van Brunt and Independence avenue, no one was hurt.  I turn right on Van Brunt and go around it.  Then,  at El Mercado Fresca.  Chrystal is out there, pretty,  and some some of the other street girls.

Then, back into my mouse house like a safe mouse.

graves (2) blog

I stop and photograph the graves of these unfortunate men, shot down at 11th and Spruce several months ago.  Who knows what it was about?  This is right down near the auto body places and the scrap yard, the metal recyclers.  Why do I even write this blog?  Because I love to write.

A Americanized Curry- Not bad!

I used “She’s got Flavor” recipe.  Google “She’s got Flavor” Braised Chicken curry.  There is also a YouTube Vid.  Bottom line– the only “exotic” things in this are curry powder, and ground ginger.   It uses heavy cream for the sauce.  The other spices are very common,  Thyme,  garlic powder, pepper, sugar.  I also used half and half or even water to make extra sauce (I like the sauce).  It uses cooking sherry,  but I suspect it ain’t required.  I tried adding potato. Nah, wasn’t very good.  I added dried cranberries to it halfway through the simmer (this tasted good).

curry cream (1) (Mobile)

It’s very creamy.  Has lots of flavor, but it’s not super strong.   Here is a shot of the bowl I just ate, and I like it a lot.  30 minutes to make, cheap to make too since chicken thighs and legs are very cheap in the USA.  The meat in this recipe cost about 70 cent for four thighs.  Easily 2 meals for me.  Heavy cream 16oz was $1.29 but you could use Half n half, or plain yogurt if you wanted.  Or perhaps even plain milk, with corn starch to thicken it, or Coconut milk.  I used Coconut milk last time.  Utokia’s website is  She’s Got Flavor 

curry cream (3) (Mobile)

Well, I like it a lot and will make it again and again.

Then Again

Today a guy keeled over right in front of me at Fast Stop.. finally I said..”we better call the cops.” which wasn’t a popular idea around here. Probably drunk. I make peace with KC, which cost me $7.  Gotta get her a Sonic burger and shake.   She has a whole lot to tell me..let me guess..”sick, broke, and getting their asses kicked!” AND..the world don’t give a shit. Funny. It seems the same news as on the TVee. These people are so f*d there is no saving them. I can’t even save myself.  But, I know her whole history pretty much.  How I hate to see people crapped on, again and again.

The wolves of the world, they are always winning, it seems like.

Northeast has a lot of convenient stores, etc.  But there is that, “crookedness” about it.  No one wanted to call the coppers about that guy.  Could’ve been drunk,  but could’ve been having a stroke.

It’s that judgement of the world.  Who is valuable, and who, is not.  That thug sort of attitude.  Northeast, deserves it’s reputation well.

What is GOOD about Northeast?

What is GOOD about this place?  Well if you like Mexican food it is great, LOL.  Up and down Independence Avenue there are lots of businesses.  Grocery- Price Chopper, Aldi X2 (at each end of Northeast),  Sav A Lot over on Truman road.. AND.. a whole bunch of smaller Mexican food stores.  Actually,  the Mexicano food stores compare in size to Aldi.  San Antonio has a Taqueria in it, that makes Mexican food.  He does a brisk business,  outpacing many of the smaller restaurants.  Hmm.  There are 3 Mexican full size grocery stores.  So that brings it up to 8 grocery stores in about 3-4 miles.  That’s not bad at all.  If I had no car, I could still do O.K. in Northeast.

For example:  I get the online/mailbox flyers from Price Chopper, Sav A Lot, and Aldi.  The Mexicano stores don’t have online flyers (that I know of).  I go to all three stores easily.  West End- Price Chopper and Aldi.  I go over to Truman (4 blocks) and pick up what I want at Sav A Lot.   It’s so convenient that I will often go to a store for ONE item.  Today I went to Sav A Lot to buy Peter Pan Peanut Butter on sale $1.29.  The Mexican grocers have sales, but you have to go into the store to find out about them.

There’s 3 Auto Parts stores in about 2 miles of the Avenue.  It’s not nearly as hard to negotiate as say, Noland Road.  I went over to Overland Park to get computer parts at Micro Center.  It was a LONG way to drive, and much more complicated accessing the store from the big 4 lane road with concrete median in it.

Over on St. John there are more Mexican restaurants, and small markets.  There’s McDonald’s X2,  Hardee’s and Wendy’s.  There are a few other hamburger places.  Humdingers and another one by the Admiral Hotel.  There is Teresa’s drive in.

So if you keep your nose clean, and don’t mess around, it can be O.K.  It is getting a little better as the pimps and drug dealers get packed off to prison.  The thing about them, is that they do NOT quit.  They’ll get packed off, and get out and do the same lifestyle all over again, until they get busted, again.

Farmer’s Market down on the old River Quay district is there.  It’s alright, but I rarely go down there.   I stay within a few blocks, and get most of my needs satisfied.

The Mexican grocers, actually have competitive prices.  I had to have a box of crackers a few nights ago.  They were $1 (Always Save Brand).  Fair enough.  Cheaper than 7-11.  They have pretty long hours too.  Open at 7AM, then closing at 10PM.  So not bad.

There ARE drugs, and sometimes fights.  Dunno what that is about, and I don’t want to find out, not really.