Saturday, August 26, 2006
Oh, How I love an Assignment!!
Morning Workout at Keeneland Race Track. The Sport of Kings.
Your Weekend Assignment #126: What is the most interesting thing about where you live? "Thing" in this case would be a famous landmark, a famous current celebrity or historical personage from your home town or county, a notable celebration or sports event -- basically, anything that makes where you're from interesting an unique.
Extra Credit: Are there any books that feature your home town (or someplace nearby) in any way?
I have lived in Ft. Wayne since June of 2005, but my home is Central Kentucky. So, I think I will do both for the Blog Father!!
Central Kentucky is beautiful. Anyone who has ever ventured off the interstates to take a closer look will be greeted with the most spectacular horse farms imaginable. Fields of green surrounded by the legendary white fences. And not to disappoint, the majestic animals.
If you have ever flown into Bluegrass Airport you approach from the North and as you descend, the famous Calumet Farm is below you. The horses will race under the plane, maybe trying to out run it. If you ever witness this, it stays with you forever.
So large in scope, I had to cross the street to attempt the all inclusive shot. Everyday people pull over and take pictures of themselves standing in front of the gates with the Castle in the background!! Several years ago the castle, which stood abandoned for over 30 years (never inhabited), was purchased by a Florida developer. He was remodeling the inside mansion. Somehow, it caught fire (in the middle of the night) and burnt to the ground!! The next day, still smoldering, people began placing flowers on the front gate! It was amazing that this land mark, located several miles from my small home town, could evoke such emotion.
Extra credit: Any movie about horse racing, that is authentic, will have some grounding in Central Kentucky. Parts of Seabiscuit were filmed in Lexington, Keeneland, and Paris.
Having film companies and movie stars (and believe it or not, the Queen of England) running about is very common.
Elizabethtown was not filmed in Elizabethtown, but in my little old hometown. Much more picturesque than the title city.