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June 2, 2019

The American revolution in Kentucky

Filed under: Kentucky — dknights @ 12:09 am
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A nice article on battles of the American revolution fought in Kentucky.

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April 17, 2019

Defending your family

Filed under: Kentucky,Legal — dknights @ 10:54 am
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Latest chapter.  Glad the homeowner had a gun.  Interesting that the criminal was shot 6 times and had non-life threatening injuries.  I can only assume it was a .22.

April 13, 2019

Thunder over Louisville

Filed under: Family,Kentucky — dknights @ 10:04 pm
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April 5, 2019

Another fire

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 8:18 pm
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Enjoying Friday night.

March 29, 2019

Blogging the way it was meant to be

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:58 pm
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This is the way all blogging should be done.

Blogging by the fire

March 23, 2019

Proof of life

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:41 pm
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I am not dead.

March 7, 2019

Rick Pitino

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:14 am
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Interesting story on former U of L coach Rick Pitino.

February 19, 2019

Movie review: The Great Race (1965)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:01 pm
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The Great Race is a slapstick comedy and is an obvious homage to slapstick comedies of the silent era. It is loosely based on the actual 1908 New York to Paris race. The films stars Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon and Natalie Wood, with supporting performances by Peter Falk and Keenan Wynn.  The film is notable in several respects.  First, when it was filmed in 1964, it had the largest budget ever for a comedy, over $12M.  Additionally, though comedies are usually shorter in length than dramas, this film clocks in at 2 hours and 40 minutes.  Make no mistake, this is a slapstick comedy, and has many funny moments.  Its length hurts it, as the film drags in the third act.  Director Blake Edwards (of Pink Panther fame) could have used a good film editor.  30 minutes could have been cut out of the film with little loss.

Natalie Wood is gorgeous, possibly as pretty as she’s ever appeared on film.  She does an admirable acting job in the film, pulling off her comedy bits quite well.  However, in real life, her life was a mess, just having gotten divorced from Robert Wagner.  She reportedly did not want to make this film, and at the end of post production work, she made a half-hearted suicide attempt.

While this movie is by no means, high art, it is worth seeing once, if only to see part of the incredible range that Jack Lemon had.  Here he did slapstick very well, while today he is probably best known for his dramatic roles.  Also, of Kentucky interest, parts of the film (mostly at the beginning) were filmed near Frankfort, Kentucky.

Two and a half out of Five stars.

February 12, 2019

McConnell

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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While I am not a personal fan of the senior senator from Kentucky, the man is clearly one of the great politicians of his time.  Up there with Tip O’Neil and Daniel Patrick “Pat” Moynihan.

January 3, 2019

Lamar Jackson

Filed under: General,Kentucky — dknights @ 10:35 am
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About to be the youngest QB in playoff history.  Glad to see a U of L alum doing so well.

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