Lazlo's Columbia Page
Columbia Mo rawks! OK, I know it's just a small mid-western college town. But this place has more culture, and especially more talent, more songwriters, more performers, more live music per square inch than any place I've visited, including the Twin Cities, San Francisco (well...) and esp. Honalulu. More festivals, more outdoor celebrations, more trails and parks, more color, more joyful noises.
Check out downtown any Thursday evening in June and September. You'll be astonished. Check out the all day Earth Day Party (usually April 21 or 22). Check out the several festivals of the arts. And a major university and two other colleges all within easy walking distance of each other and of downtown. No wonder this place has made my head spin with joy for 22 years now.