Downtown rests while Missouri plays Homecoming game

Saturday, October 15, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. CDT; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 15, 2011
Zak Wilson, 10, draws pictures on East Broadway on Saturday afternoon.The chalk drawing project is being conducted by Maddy Mueller and Mikala Roach, two ninth-grade students at Jefferson Junior High School for their English class. "It's fun and colorful. We want to use it to spread possibilities," Roach said.

COLUMBIA — Since Friday, Homecoming festivities have brought a storm of people to Columbia, but Saturday afternoon during the game, Broadway looked as calm as the eye of a hurricane.

Waiters and waitresses stood around in restaurants and bars, waiting.


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"It has been really calm until now," said Jessica Carter, a waitress at Tellers Gallery & Bar, as she arranged menus.

"Everyone was tailgating before the game, but we expect more people after," she said. "They usually want to eat."

Colby Sutton, team leader of Slackers, a music and game shop, said, "This morning, we were just asked for restrooms." He said he did not think business had increased since people would prefer eating and drinking to watching movies or listening to music.

A small crowd of customers wandered through Maude Vintage looking at costumes from various decades. Employee La Toya Jackson wore a long white-striped coat and a black hat. She had a plastic submachine gun strapped to her back. 

''This morning, right after the parade, the shop was crowded," Jackson said. "We had a lot of sales, and folks came for our costume rentals."

Outside, a gentle breeze played with red, yellow and brown leaves. The traffic was calm. The sun reflected in shop windows decorated with black and gold colors to celebrate MU's 100th Homecoming. A few folks wearing Mizzou jerseys wandered with their families along Broadway.

"Would you guys say something nice or positive or just sign your name on the sidewalk?" Mikala Roach, 15, a ninth-grade student at Jefferson Junior High School, said. She held out a few pieces of chalk.

Roach and her friend, Maddy Mueller, 14, said they were working on an assignment for their English class that they had decided to do during the Missouri versus Iowa State game.

"We want to disturb the universe and let people write about their day," Mueller said.

Words, such as "Intelligence," "Have a good day" and "Let's get married," decorated the sidewalk in a rainbow of colors in front of Cool Stuff.

The lull, though, was fleeting. Broadway only rested in the eye of the hurricane until about 4 p.m. when the game ended.

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