This isn’t the first time Topeka has switched its name to mark a cultural trend. In 1998, former mayor Joan Wagnon temporarily changed the name of the city to “ToPikachu, Kansas,” in reference to the Pikachu anime character, from the show and game called “Pokemon,” which was popular at the time, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Bunten, the current mayor, was quick to attribute that bizarre “ToPikachu” happening to another local administration.
"I read in the paper this morning that they did a similar thing a number of years ago. Hold on, maybe I can get this sorted out. Just a minute," he said, turning to an assistant for details.
"We did it for a day," he said, sounding perplexed. "I can’t remember why."
My friend posted this on Facebook, and WOW I’m really glad she did.
Haven’t mentioned what I’m doing after City Year. I’m writing for Poets and Quants (prospective M.B.A.’s, check it out!) and Fandrop (whose website will shortly become more functional, but meanwhile… here’s an article about why Robert Smith should be the next Doctor Who). A change of pace for sure, but a welcome one — and while I miss the kiddos, working in downtown San Francisco is an absolute dream.
You know what isn’t, though? Searching for housing in or around the city.
I wish my frustration looked that glamorous, but it really doesn’t. Since Tumblr can’t be any sketchier than Craigslist (right??), is anyone looking for housing in San Francisco? Does anyone have a room? I’m right here.
justanythreewords asked: Hi, so I'm writing a piece on City Year for this blog I write for and I saw that you're involved with the program. Is it ok if I ask you a few questions about it? You can always be anonymous if you want.
Tumblr isn’t letting me answer privately (sorry, world) — but yeah, I would be down for that! Though I suppose being anonymous isn’t an option anymore.
Nearly all my existential angst takes place when I’m hungry. Like, “Oh man, this task is kind of hard… maybe I wasn’t meant to do this… man, the modern world is crazy. Maybe I need to spend more time hanging out in forests. But is that even possible? What has humanity done to itself? What does it mean to be happy?”
And then I realize that I just really need to be eating a burrito.