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Can you believe it… Positive News for Louisville Home Sales!

Tonight there is some encouraging news for Louisville homeowners. New Louisville home sales numbers for January 2011 show the number of homes going under contract up some 14% over January of 2010. Not impressed, oh but you should be. Remember we had a first time and a move up buyers tax credit in effect last year. Add to that January weather was terrible! I can personally tell you it’s no fun slipping and sliding into and out of driveways and walkways. So 14% is a respectable number for homes going under contract. The rest of the news for Louisville homeowners…



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Exile on Main Street

For a city that should have a sense of place, it appears to be the reverse. This week’s broken, if you will, news about the green light for demolition of Main Street’s historic row, paints us with the burden of being a place with no sense. Oh, the irony? Oh…the Iron Quarter. I waded through the speech from Todd Blue on last night’s newscast, feeling not only waterlogged but also smelling of bullshit and decay. The first odor stemming from money and entitlement and the second stench belongs to the once-glorious city block of commerce and entertainment that greeted highway…


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‘Voice Teacher’ on Line Two

The Derby City Film Festival, partnered with the Louisville Jewish Film Festival, are bringing you the documentary film “Voice Teacher.” “Voice Teacher” is about a man who teaches people how to sing –over the phone. Here’s the synopsis: Don Roberts is a construction worker, only he doesn’t build buildings, he build’s throats. Singers of all stripes regularly attend his studio in Oneonta, NY, but rarely in person. Don teaches over the telephone; a bizarre and controversial approach, according to many in the singing world. Day after day, Don teaches voice to world-renowned cantors and up-and-coming opera singers. But to enter…



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Bar Fights and Bingo

While driving a taxi on Friday and Saturday nights it is not uncommon to see a drunken bar fight. Usually it is two guys yelling at each other with just enough distance between them that they will not actually have to take a hit. There was an exception this Friday night. I was parked at Molly Malone’s in St. Matthews around midnight when a patron of the bar walked out toward the taxi line screaming at someone on his phone.  He was stumbling around visible drunk and calling the person on the other end of the line every bad name…


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Late Breaking (WFPL) News Director! Gabe Bullard

Congratulations are in order for Gabe Bullard. My Highlands neighbor and go-to news guy in the radio-blog realm…and one hell of a gentleman. With the listing made public in the fall of 2010, the challenge for WFPL to fill the News Director slot took its time to wind down. I can see why the search was tough and I can’t imagine one resume hitting all the points and plugs but I have to wonder what went on as the answer was dwelling right under their roof. Ah, business. Just after reaching the three-year mark  of blogging the news in The…


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All You Can Eat Lobster….I’m there!!!

One of my favorite foods in the entire world is Lobster! I can just about eat my weight in the Crustaceans in one sitting. I’ve even mastered a unique way to get the meat out of a tail without having to do any cutting. So combine an all you can eat lobster event with a fundraiser for one of my favorite Louisville organizations, Actors Theater, and you have a win – win! That’s the background and why I’m thrilled this Saturday is the annual 2011 Lobster Feast. This year the theme is Pop Goes The Sixties and so we’ve been…


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The Blizzard On My Window

By the third snowfall of the season, the love affair with winter was starting to wane.  I had made the first big chili, a slow-cooker roast and had gone through the packets of gourmet hot chocolate. There was nothing left to do but wait for the temps to rise above 50 and bear witness to the eager folks in the Cherokee Triangle rip off all unnecessary clothing and go running, biking and dog walking in the traditional ritual of forcing spring to arrive. And getting sick. So, yes. Boredom was setting in. I peered from my north-facing windows to see…


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Oscar Noms: Jenny and ‘The Dude’

It’s been a busy morning on my side of the Net. The Academy Awards dropped their nominations list and as I fervently scanned over it I couldn’t believe what I saw: Mark Ruffalo is nominated for an Oscar. I jest. Ruffalo is a good actor and you should check out him in movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Brothers Bloom.” This year’s “Oscar surprise” is that hometown actress Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for her work in the film “Winter’s Bone.” “Winter’s Bone” is based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell about a seventeen-year-old girl named…