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Whoever Heard of a PDS?

I’ve had my fill of not only weather, but weather panic. And of the new (to me) weather term — PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Last night, during a perfect evening on the Waterfront, I was enjoying Over the Rhine with a thousand or so folks with a gorgeous sunset in the background, with the Belle of Louisville rolling by on the River. Suddenly, about 8:30, the singer Karin Bergquist announced this was the last song because she’d been told to wrap it up because of the oncoming storm. So there was no encore and the crowd dispersed. Blame the city….


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Weather Changes Wednesday’s Show

From WFPK-FM: The city safety director is requiring us to end Waterfront Wednesday by 8:30. Harper Blynn will go on at 5:45 and we will get all three acts on as soon as possible. As 8:30 approaches, if the weather holds off, the City will allow Over the Rhine to play longer. Your personal safety is of utmost importance. Because of seasonal flooding on the Harbor Lawn, the May 25th WFPK Waterfront Wednesday will be relocated to the newly opened Big Four Lawn, located just west of the Big Four Bridge.


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No Simple Solution to Louisville’s Fitness Failure? I Disagree.

I believe Louisville, Kentucky can rapidly become a more prosperous, active and healthy place to live, work and play. A few policy changes and buy-in from public and private leadership can transform our city and surrounding counties. It starts with rolling out the red carpet for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Without spending a dime on infrastructure, we can get healthier and wealthier. In six months we can make a measurable difference. It takes action at the top, incentives, education, leadership, belief, positivity, connectedness, and the conviction that you can woo people away from the intoxication of gasoline fumes.


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Just Practice, but Perry Impressive; Cochran Out

Ho hum. Kenny Perry, the 50-year-old PGA pro from Franklin, Ky., lined up his second shot on the par 5 second hole at Valhalla and smacked it some 250 yards, and the ball settled about 15 feet from the hole. After signing a few more autographs and posing for a picture or two with fans, he calmly dropped the eagle putt. Routine. For good measure, Perry birdied holes 3 and 4, all the while joking with a gallery of 50 or so and dodging raindrops in Tuesday’s Pro-Am at Valhalla. Of course I’m pulling for Perry, who finished his college…


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Golf, Sun to Meet for PGA Seniors at Valhalla

Let’s hope that the story of the  Senior PGA Tournament doesn’t involve the weather. Today the Pro-Am, in which rich folks get to play with the pros, gets things started officially.  If you’re going, you have to park out at Southeast Christian Church and take the shuttle, because the lot planned for the event is, you guessed it, too wet. And there’s rain in the forecast. But like the Kentucky Derby, everyone’s looking for a good story, and wouldn’t it be a cool one if somebody with a local connection came out on top Sunday afternoon. There’s Russ Cochran, the…


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Golf is a Gentleman’s Game … So Boys and Girls You MUST Turn Your Phones To Silent/Vibrate.

So, evidently, when a cell phone rings during a PGA tournament and a player is concentrating on a shot, it’s kinda distracting.  And, since there’s so much money involved and all, it’s a big friggin’ deal.  Enough golfers have stepped away from a tee shot or a putt or their pitching wedge after a spectator’s drummer, bicycle horn or Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart ring tone has killed the moment. To that end, this February, the PGA – after test driving a new policy at five different tournaments —  made the cell phone edicts official.  Here’s the company line…


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Louisville Cyclists to Honor Local Bike Advocate and Author Joe Ward

Joe Ward, a legend in Louisville and Bluegrass cycling circles, is in the middle of a bone marrow transplant procedure in Lexington.

As a show of love and support, local cyclists will ride to Lexington and Rally outside the Markey Cancer Center on Saturday, May 28. Here’s how you can be involved:


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Two Louisville Women Say Bike To Work Day, 2011 Is Better Than Morning Coffee!

Norma and Mary Lou tried the buddy system on May 20, 2011. They decided biking to work would be a great way to improve heart and lung health while saving money on gas. I caught up with them on their return trip Friday afternoon. They shared a feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment and decided commuting by bike is the way to go – at least in good weather. These two virgin bike commuters are typical of cyclists who find that once they get engaged in bicycling it’s very hard to quit. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is…


“It’s the Environment, Stupid”

We all remember the Clintons and “It’s the Economy, Stupid”… and now many people have tuned in to understanding that everything, even the economy, is the environment. Let’s take this all a step sideways – because as you know I write about health and wellness – and understand how belief systems ARE the environment. Dr Bruce Lipton, biologist, quantum physicist and best selling author, explores the concept of beliefs factoring into biology in a way we pedestrians can understand in “The Biology of Belief”. He has since written the book “Spontaneous Evolution”. While I haven’t read it yet, the Q&A at…


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Bike Week Reminder: Bicycles Rule Worldwide! Two to One!

Damn, those Danes are stylin’! Just take a look at Cycle Chic, a Website with a bold tagline: “Hold my bicycle while I kiss your girlfriend … The Original. Bringing Sexy Back Since 2006.”

In Freiburg, Germany, 70 percent of local trips are made by bike or public transit or on foot thanks to regular, annual investments in bicycling infrastructure dating back to 1976.

In Australia, the state of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne, the country’s second largest city, amended planning laws to require all new large buildings to provide bike parking and other facilities such as lockers and showers.

New York City and Chicago have proved that even northern-tier American cities can become walkable and bike-friendly when they make the investment. In Washington, D.C. you can ride your bike straight down the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on a bike boulevard!