Sunday, September 9, 2012

It Happened Again

I've moved again, this time to Denver, CO. I like Louisville, but I've always wanted to live where I can enjoy all of the outdoor stuff that I love a little bit more.

More to come later.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

World Equestrian Games

I first learned of the impending World Equestrian Games several years ago traveling from Ohio to Kentucky via I-75. The sign advertising the event has been in place since at least the late 2000s and, as an equestrian on hiatus, I always took note of it, though I scarcely expected to attend.

As fate would have it, come 2010 and I am living in nearby Louisville, KY. When an old friend decided to visit Lexington for it I made the trip and a mere hour-and-a-half and $45 later I found myself meeting her there.

I badly miss riding and horses in general. I grew up working with them, but horses are expensive and poverty is my lot, so I've drifted away. Horses are an escape, especially when there is wilderness to escape to with them. Classical dressage is an art. I am fond of both. Along these lines, dressage in some form or another occurs at the WEG so I was hoping to attend. As it were, ticket prices ranged from $42 - $140 for that event and with the "affordable" dressage events all scheduled for weekdays, I elected for a $25 grounds pass only (note: ticket only actually $25 if purchased at gate to avoid nearly $10 in ticketmaster fees). I expect major events to be pricey, but this was rather more than expected, particularly with the $20 parking fee (note: carpool). I figure that the this is probably the only time the WEG will be in my vicinity so I dismissed my normal frugal misgivings and allowed myself to be filtered into the trade show.

The grounds pass does get you into more than the trade show. I'll be fair, there are some enjoyable events and clinics. I was unfortunate to be there on an unseasonably chilly day, but I still enjoyed an Andalusian exhibition and a nice demo by Tommie Turley. Many if not all of the things normally available at the Kentucky Horse Park are available for the event. We tried to visit Alysheba in the Hall of Champions only to learn that he died in 2009 (oops), discovered Molly the Three-Legged pony and an odd reining ride which I did not ride due to lack of operator. Also, the equine statues at the park all appear to be anatomically correct. This is notable only because nearly every other equine statue I have encountered in America is not. The Kentucky Horse Park expresses it's brand of rebellion in the form of testicles.

The trade show left me feeling like a different species. In my world, one does not pay $300 for breeches, $1000 for jackets or (gasp!) $65,000 for a saddle, no matter how nicely tooled it is.


Also, check out this silly mannequin.

In the end, I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed spending three hours shoveling horse shit more than this event, especially if I could trade some riding time for it. I'm a pretty reasonable rider. Anyone need a shit shoveler?

PS: Info on the move to Louisville to come later. Thus far, I rather like it here.

It happened

I moved out of Ohio to Louisville, KY. Segue on to next post complete.....

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ohio-Themed Diatribe

I live in Ohio and it's no secret to anyone that I know that I'd rather not. It's a mistake I regret. I had lived here before and didn't like it then, but I needed a better job and thought Columbus could provide it.

I do have a better job, but not a great job.

I spend a lot of time with these.

I'd rather be studying aquatic ecology or ornithology or about any species in which there is the potential to do some field work.

Alas. It's something I'm working on.

Ohio doesn't work for me for a number of reasons. A really, really huge reason is football. I've never liked football, but I didn't hate it with the intensity that I do now until I moved here. Ohio State ceases to be an educational institution during football, which is real bad if you have to study or work there on game days (I've had to do both). It's not even the sport itself that's the problem, its the extremity to which football culture is taken here. It's just annoying and dumb. Sorry, can't be nice about that one.

Another really huge personal reason is mountains. I love them and there are none. It was a fun moment the first time I went skiing in the area. About an hour out from Columbus I was really starting to get worried because it was still so flat and then we hit a little ripple in the earth called Mad River "Mountain". Something is better than nothing.

Columbus is the land of shopping plazas and subdivisions. This is great if you like to shop. The number one reason that people who like Columbus give me for liking it is shopping. It's the only town I've been to in which the residents routinely refer to their shopping centers by name. If you are in Columbus and someone says they are going to Graceland, they are not talking about Elvis. They may as well have said that they are going to Target. Do not be fooled by this trickery!

I'm not a shopper. Even if I had money, I wouldn't be a shopper. I'd be a traveler. Personal preference and all.

Along those lines, this place has horrific public transportation. I have a very basic theory that there is a much stronger tendency for flat cities to spread outward faster and to lose their original architecture quicker because it is cheaper to do so. Those hills complicate things. Columbus is a flat city and it isn't a very old city. I'm thinking that a lot of its original character was probably in all the little neighboring farming communities that have been sucked into carcinogenic Columbus. The only current public transport is COTA (the bus system) which lacks the funding to run reliably to the outerlying areas of town often enough to be of use for workers. This is a driving town. It's hard to work here without a car. Not impossible, but significantly more difficult than in some other towns.

A final personal problem is that most bands I like skip here or come here once and never again, because the first show they had drew a crowd of ~20-30. I'm just not in majority here.

In summation, Ohio sucks for these reasons:
1. football
2. terrain
3. sprawl & lack of public transport (problems that go hand-in-hand)
4. consumer culture
5. music scene

I do realize a few things:
1. In this situation Ohio=Columbus. I do not need Ohio residents pointing this out to me. I do realize that southern Ohio has some "hills". The other four problems are mostly still present in varying quantity.
2. For those of you about to point it out, I also like Cleveland and Cincinnati better, but when I move it will be completely out of this shit-hole state. I'm done.
3. Yes, I'm already trying to move. I am job searching and saving money. Do not tell me to "just leave it if you don't like it." I'm working on it.
4. Nowhere is for everyone. Ohio will be ok for some people.

Over and out.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


I created a blog for all you stalkers.

Existing elsewhere has for years been my AIM away message and it has usually been my mental state, regardless of what my physical location may be.

It's now my blog title.

Writing publicly is not the norm for me, so keep your expectations low.