But, despite the fact that I had a marvelous time at Nerd Camp, I am so super happy to be home. And I'm trying to cram in as much "summer fun" into the next week as possible. Despite the fact that I don't always see all of my friends on a monthly basis, being away from them for a month was kinda hard. And Twitter, of course, makes it possible to see all of the fun they were having without me. Even though I expressly told them not to have any fun without me. Damned friends.
Anyway, I have lots of catching up to do, so here's a randomness post for you. Sorry for some of the "old news" in here. It's all new to me!
- Finally, the old Potstickers location across from Papalino's is getting a new tenant. It's going to be a cupcake bakery. Wish I liked sweets, but good on you, cupcakers. You know what I do like? Red velvet cake. If they have a red velvet cupcake, I'm all over that.
- The Holy Grale is now open 7 days a week. That instantly improves my quality of life.
- As does the re-opening of the Barret Bar under new management. Roommate and I went there a couple of times before I left for Nerd Camp. The food is great-- worlds better than the old "frozen chicken patty" days. Roommate had a bbq slider that was delish. Beers are a bit pricey, but pool is still cheap. And they still have that lovely patio.
- Speaking of Holy Grale, I went there yesterday for their first Monday opening ever with the lovely and talented Erin Keane and her lovely and talented mister. Ms. Erin, one of our city's finest writers, is now writing for Salon.com (among other places). Her article on Roseanne Barr's potential White House bid not only got at Twitter mention from Roseanne herself, but is probably my favorite article she's ever written.
- And speaking of my awesome friends (now I feel like I'm name-dropping), I went to Clifton's Pizza tonight to see the always fantastic Alex Wright play with Danny Flannigan, who is also wonderful. When I found myself singing along to some of Alex's tunes, I realized that I have officially become a "groupie." He said it was okay if I declared myself the president of his fan club, so there you have it. Alex's CD comes out soon, and he's playing next Thursday with Dewey Kincaid at Zazzo's. Also, I'm told his CD cover was designed by the marvelous John Wurth who also designed my little acorn logo.
- In case you missed it via Twitter, while I was in Connecticut visiting Mama Lou, I hijacked her car for the evening and drove an hour to see our Louisville Bats play the Pawtucket Red Sox, by myself. It was a gorgeous, glorious evening and a stellar game of baseball that turned into an ugly, ugly, uglyuglyugly loss for our Bats. Here's the thing, I am clearly one of the Bats' biggest fans, so why is it that every request I've made to them to cover them for this blog has been totally ignored? Even the person who tweets for the Bats ignores me. Last year I even asked to interview the person who maintains the field at Slugger Field, and they ignored my request. It's starting to sting a little, I'll be honest.
- And yeah, I know people get all kinds of snarky about people and businesses asking that you vote for them in the LEO Readers' Poll. I get it. But I'm going to ask anyway. I know I'm not the "best blog" in Louisville. Hands down that honor belongs to Consuming Louisville. But some day, I would like to be a runner-up. So, yes, I'm asking for you to vote for me. Michelle will be fine. ;)
- Finally, one thing I've missed this summer is the James Stewart Marathon at the Palace Theater. This weekend is my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie, "Rear Window." I used to be a huge Audrey Hepburn fan-- still am, really-- but that was back when I was thin as a rail and totally fey and aspired to be just like her. Nowadays when I think of classic beauty, I think of Grace Kelley. Just so ineffably perfect.
That's the randomness for today. So happy to be home! Louisville, I've missed you something awful.