12
Jul
16

Flood Cleanup

Went to Clendenin WV to participate in some cleanup work following the recent flood. It’s not just water in houses, the river left mud and debris inside and out. Lots of outside help happening in this town, and the folks here appreciate it. Lots more to do.

Tetanus shots sign

Tetanus shots

Post office

Emergency suspension of postal operations

Debris in the center of town

Debris in the center of town

Swan on mud lake

Swan on mud lake

Nazarene church: home repair and showers

Nazarene church: home repair and showers

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Piles of debris in front of almost every home

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Abandoned raincoat

Loaves & Fishes Food Kitchen

Loaves & Fishes Food Kitchen They proudly serve Miracle Whip. Not kidding.

Hello Kitty backpack

Hello Kitty in a tree about five feet above the parking lot

God Bless sign

God Bless

Wedding dress drying outside

An elderly widower hung his late wife’s wedding dress out to dry

This 1948 newspaper was behind the drywall of one house; the lead article talks about flooding on the same Elk River that wrecked this community a couple of weeks ago.

Newspaper headline about 1948 flood in same area

Irony

23
Apr
16

Hole

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22
Apr
16

Coils, Artwalk

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13
Apr
16

Run the Bluegrass Two

Besides the racing, there’s much more to do in Lexington, Kentucky – like drinking bourbon and beer.

BuffaloTraceticket

We had a tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery. They had a Bourbon Bus take us out to the tour and back, and there was plenty of drinking on the bus.

BourbonSchool

Saturday night there was a Bourbon School to teach about the differences in bourbon. The document to the left is a reproduction of an actual alcohol prescription; the only way to get liquor legally during Prohibition was to get a doctor to prescribe it.

OldGregg_Ethereal

We had a tour of Ethereal Brewing. I really enjoyed the Old Gregg Brown Porter.

BourbonSkies

Bourbon Skies over Lexington.

07
Apr
16

Run the Bluegrass

So I did this crazy thing over the weekend. My wife and daughter were going to run a half-marathon in Kentucky, and I decided to run the new 3.65 mile “Yearling” race they added this year.

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I’d run a couple of 5K races locally, but I didn’t realize quite how hilly the area around Keeneland (where the race began) really is, until I had to slog up and down those hills on foot. However, it was rather picturesque.

FieldMinion

Field minion

RaceWatchers

Race watchers

But those mileage signs were coming up fast enough for my liking.

Mile2

It was also very windy that day, with 50mph gusts that I know had a big effect on a lot of the runners.

After it was over, as I walked to the car, I saw these sneakers abandoned at the starting line.

AbandonedSneakers

I wonder if the owner ran barefoot?

26
Jan
16

Barn cats

Who says barn cats have a tough life?

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09
Jan
16

Portrait of Macey

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Portrait of Macey on tapestry

My daughter’s dog in a chair in front of a tapestry throw