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Daniel Boone in Reverse
I'm watching the Louisville-West Virginia game right now. It's pretty good so far, largely living up the hype. It's hard to believe that the much-maligned Big East Conference -- remember the stories last year about how it's automatic BCS slot was in danger -- has two teams ranked in the top five. The surprise for me, though, has been my excitement at the shots of the Louisville skyline. I really do have a crush on the place, however strange that sounds. In a way, though, what I like about it is what I liked about my childhood. The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area of Pennsylvania has a lot of similarity to the Ohio River Valley, despite its proximity to the Eastern Seaboard. Also, the talk of Saturday's Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs makes me think of those days when I used to watch coverage of the Derby -- my parents never bet on horse races, but love to watch them -- then go outside and romp in the late afternoon light playing across the beautiful Kentucky Bluegrass that filled the acres of open space on our land. I loved that lawn. It's one of the things I miss most about the place. That first week of May, my birthday week, always seemed the perfect time of year there. The grass was at its finest then. Just last night I was explaining to someone that my favorite birthday was back in 1978, when the Derby, which was on my birthday proper that year, featured the first of three amazing races in which Affirmed barely beat Alydar. I can still smell my birthday dinner of Wiener Schnitzel, Risotto Milanese, and fresh peas from the garden, followed by a homemade cherry pie. The stream of consciousness is serpentine as the course of the Susquehanna.

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hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: November 3rd, 2006 03:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You are making me homesick for KY! Churchill Downs is nice, but I'm quite partial to Keeneland. The sales start soon. When I was lucky I would have someone get me in and I could watch the whole event take place. There's nothing else in the world like Kentucky Bluegrass.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2006 03:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Even when that Kentucky Bluegrass is in Pennsylvania! Our lawn was so amazing.
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: November 3rd, 2006 04:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey! Happy Birthday!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm afraid I've misled you through my syntax. The birthday of mine I was referring to was May 6th, 1978, when you were but a thought. But I'm always happy to have salutations, so thanks!
From: thewhitaker Date: November 3rd, 2006 05:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can't tell which hurts the most: this one tonight or the 1989 Fiesta Bowl, which we lost to Notre Dame. Certainly, as a youngster, any WVU loss was such an emotional blow that I'd be fragile for weeks. Tonight, however, I just had another Corona and went home. Also, a man at the bar asked me where WVU was. I told him. He thought it was in Virginia. He thought it was in Blacksburg. National exsposure, then, does not always mean geographical mastery. Without a Pittsnogle to look forward to, it will be a long, cold winter along the banks of the Monongahela River.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2006 06:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Beilein will field a good team. I'm sure of that. Still, I know this hurts. I was thinking of you in spite of my paean to Luhvul.

Can we finally get together for drinks now? I'm more free than I was. And in chains, too.

Nine seven seven dash two two one seven is my number of the cell variety.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: November 3rd, 2006 05:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That game was pretty exciting. Now I can switch from rooting for Louisville to against them.... Reminds me of the time I almost got arrested at the Kentucky Derby...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2006 06:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not rooting against Ohio State!
nondescriptgirl From: nondescriptgirl Date: November 3rd, 2006 05:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


This entry caught my eye ... I grew up in Louisville. And, strangely, I also lived right on the edge of the Susquehanna for a bit. Small world.

I, too, love my memories of watching the Derby with my family, and the smell of freshly cut bluegrass. The first flash of a lightning bug against fading daylight. Those were the longest days I'll ever know.

Thanks for reminding me :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2006 06:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Cool.

Awesome! I'll have to interview you. I'm sort of fixated on the place.
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