I left Lawrence almost a decade ago.
There is something about the town that draws me back. Of course, that was the other hat I wear, storm chasing. Douglas County Emergency Management hosted a Severe Weather Symposium that is one of the great local chase events in Kansas. I'll blog about that later on http://www.ruminationofthunder.com/.
The great thing about Lawrence is the people. Yeah, there's a lot of young male "who-hoos" in the bar, chucking drunken high-fives over the March Madness BS, but you have street musicians and artists, a very liberal crowd, and the occasional conspiracy folk.
This weekend when I arrived on Mass. I could see two huge spot lights working toward the middle of downtown. Liberty Hall was hosting the UFO ReyKAWvik Summit for UFO enthusiasts.