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Lousiville - Part Two

January 2nd saw us heading down to Louisville with the kids. The plan was to see the town as a family by day until it was time for me to work at The Comedy Caravan. We had the club's two bedroom condo all to ourselves, a quirky place in an old house in a great neighborhood just a few blocks from Bardstown Road. Here are the highlights:

The Lousiville Slugger Museum: A jewel of Museum Row, the museum has a huge baseball bat leaning against the building, about 3 stories high. Inside, we took the factory tour and learned how the bats were made and all received a mini-bat at the end of the tour. Fun!

On day two we hit The Louisville Science Center, also on Museum Row. This cavernous hands-on children's museum was fun for the kids, but I'd rather look at art.

Day three found us at The Speed Art Museum, where, upon entering the building, Lindsey saw a closeup of this painting by Alice Neel and said, "Mama! That girl looks like me!"

Once again, my daughter amazes me. We were anxious to get inside to see the painting in person.

In general, we were more in our element here. Lindsey enjoys all art, from sculptures, to paintings, to multi-media installations. Her mind is just open. She doesn't have a preconceived notion of style. She just likes what she likes and is not limited the way an adult might be.

Frankie was thrilled with the ancient art exhibit. The idea of being in the same room with vessels from ancient Greece and Rome was so exciting. He thinks he wants to be an archeologist someday. I say, if you want to teach history, great, but I can't see you as an archeologist. I keep asking him if the idea of camping under harsh conditions appeals to him, because, you know, I don't think he'll "dig" it.

On the last day, we were back on Museum Row at The Frazier Museum of International History. The had an interactive Sherlock Holmes installation that we all really got into. The rest of the museum was guns and swords and the history of weapons. There was much about England and Knights, Cowboys, and Civil War Battles....interesting, but not my cup of tea. My brother Louis would have eaten it up.

Frank had places for us to eat all lined up and we also found some cool places on the fly.

What struck me most about Louisville was that everywhere we went, everywhere, everyone was nice. Not in a phony "Have-A-Nice-Day" kind of way, but in a sincere and truly friendly way. People engaged you and look genuinely happy to be exactlyl where they were doing exactly what they were doing. Whether it was a waitress, a museum docent, or a shop clerk, everyone was just great.

My week at the club went well too. I had the please of working with Keith McGill and Stewart Huff. Stewart is a master story teller who can "describe the s**t out of stuff." Watching him take the audience down the meandering paths of his mind was a treat. Everyone at the club was kind and generous. I hope to get back there soon.

I love when we get away as a family and explore new places. All we have is each other when we are away from home, and we really function as a little unit. Times like these make me really see what an adventure life can be and as we discover new places, we discover things about each other.



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