4 weeks ago
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
My nephew George graduated from high school back in May. As part of his graduation gift I challenged him to go on a Kentucky road trip. There were dollar values for getting to destinations, extra cash for pictures of county courthouses, bonus cash for animal yard art and the encouragement to take pictures of church marquees with those witty sayings like "What is missing from CH CH? UR" Or my favorite..."Jesus Is Sufficent" (sic)
Photographs were required proof of getting to a destination. This picture, which by the way I like, is by George from his road trip.
It turns out that Brazil Kentucky has had a name change. It is now Chestnut Flats. That puzzles me since the American Chestnut has been wiped out. Seems like it ought to be the other way around. Chestnut Flats should now be Brazil. But who am I to go against local opinion. All politics is local.
Here are some of the other destinations on the challenge:
DESTINATION (MAP PAGE – GRID) VALUE
BESSIE, KY (74, I-3) $20
WOODMAN, KY (57, H-8) $20
TYEWHOPPETY, KY (62, H-5) $10
MONKEYS EYEBROW, KY (58, E-4) $10
THOUSANDSTICKS, KY (71, E-7) $10
EIGHTY-EIGHT, KY (82, A-5) $10
RABBIT HASH, KY (22, H-2) $5
AWE, KY (29, I-8) $5
BLACK GNAT, KY (66, C-4) $5
ROBERTA, KY (33, E-8) $5
BRAZIL, KY (52, G-5) $5
LIGGETT, KY (88, D-3) $5
EDSEL, KY (41, E-8) $5
SHOULDERBLADE, KY (54, H-2) $5
FRAKES, KY (87, F-6) $5
PROTEMUS, KY (76, H-4) $5
SLAUGHTERS, KY (44, H-5) $5
If you end up going to all of these places you will have a good idea of Kentucky geography. Let me know if you hit any of these hot spots. Who knows... the cash value may be good for you too. Like I said...who knows?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We entered Ruby in the State Fair Vegetables and Melons division. We contemplated entering her in the fruits and nuts section, but frankly... that division is very competitive and Ruby has very little time to practice with all the pooping and peeing she is involved in. So we opted for the less popular pepper section; specifically the bell peppers division. In short, she did not win but we are very proud of her none the less and have high hopes for next year when we may enter her as a watermelon.
I just re-read the rules and believe we fell down a bit on Rule #9 in the Vegetables and Melons division. Rule #9 reads: " 9. All vegetables must be fresh and clean. Exhibits must be displayed on white paper plates or similar trays furnished by the Fair."
This, of course, is any fathers nightmare. She didn't win because I didn't put her on a white paper plate or similar tray furnished by the Fair. My little girl lost because of me. And this was her first State Fair experience. Ruined by me. I will make it up to her and hope this doesn't set the tone for our entire relationship.
Note to Ruby: One day you will read this and know that I was the one that prevented you from having a perfect career as a winning State Fair vegetable. Please know how much I love you and forgive me my shortfalls.