Friday, June 22, 2007

2007 garage sales + garden walk

A couple of items of note going on in Northern Kentucky this weekend:

  • The Newport, Kentucky East Row Garden Walk is this Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 from 10-4 each day. The East Row Garden Walk lets you tour the private gardens of eight historic homes. It's a great way to see some of the most peaceful spots in the city; gardens include landscaping inspired by Monet's garden. Tickets are $15 and sold at the parking lot at the southeast corner of 5th and Washington Streets on the days of the tour.

  • The Bellevue, Kentucky city-wide yard sale is Saturday, June 23rd. You can park and walk to all or most of the yard sales- find yard sale locations online.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

the competition

When I was young, the youngest of 8, we didn't always have money for everything we wanted. It was:

  • Camping, instead of cruises;
  • Hand me downs, instead of new clothes;
  • Homemade clothes instead of store-bought;
  • Saltwater sandals instead of Barbie sneaks (the last one wasn't economical; the leather sandals cost more than the discount shoes. This was just my mom's way of making sure I looked different from the pack.)

I never felt the pinch. I was more than happy with Twinkies bought in bulk and frozen to stay fresh; cups of hot chocolate with whipped cream at Woolworth's; and my brother's old Levi's, rugby shirts and vintage Mad magazines.

There's more pressure on families today. Young families worry if they are buying enough of everything for their kids. Go deeply into debt buying the latest games, clothes and toys for their children. Buy bigger houses, better cars and more adult toys, too, to make sure they stay on top. But where does it all end?

As I got older, a series of events occurred that allowed a lot of changes in my life. Nicer restaurants. New clothes. Cars when I was old enough to drive. Obviously, this was a welcome change. but I never learned how to properly balance a checkbook, save money for a rainy day or even do simple mathematic equations. If I had to work my way through high school, would things have been different?

I was greatly inspired by Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. The book pits man's creative instincts and individuality against the herd, and the powerful human spirit triumphs in the end. But there are aspects of Rand's writing that I don't accept as willingly. Aggressive capitalism and "winning" have never sat well with me.

I don't think you can compete with other people and ever really win. There's always someone who's smarter than you. More successful than you. Better looking than you. You shouldn't try to compete with other people. Finding inner peace. that's the real challenge. Accepting your flaws. Trying not to be so hard on yourself. Living your life by example. Allowing other people to warm themselves in your happy glow.

I've come a long way to self acceptance. It's an ongoing journey. A roller coaster ride of ups and downs. But I'm fortunate to have a loving family and an ever-widening group of friends who really care. I make mistakes. I do things the wrong way. I don't have that filter between my brain and my mouth that properly censors everything that I say. But the people who are most special to me wouldn't have it any other way. They've proven this to me time and time again since I became self employed. They don't care if I win. They think I've already won. Just by being me.

Because… even if you did win. If you had the best house on the street. The most expensive car. The biggest boat in the driveway. Would it ever be enough? Would it make you happier with you and your place in the world? I'm guessing no.

Or hell. maybe that's just the little lie I tell myself to be happy. So far, it's working. ~

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Covington's Bar Monet Closes

Sent over to me by a tipster, and I haven't confirmed this yet, but it looks like Covington's Bar Monet has closed its doors and simultaneously been put up for sale.

Bar Monet sits in an area in between the arts district on Pike/Madison and Mainstrasse, and it’s a changing area with a lot of promise. Hopefully, they'll be bought by someone up and coming.

If you have any information about what's next for the location, feel free to post. Meanwhile I will ask around to see if anyone knows anything.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Tour Covington Kentucky Historic Homes for Sale

15 Covington, Kentucky historic homes will be on display during the 2007 Rehabarama tour this Sunday, June 10th. Buy $5 tickets to attend the tour of the historic Covington neighborhood at 6th and Main and at Pike Street Press at 222 W. Pike Street in Covington. Tickets to the Kentucky historic home tour include a shuttle bus pass.

Rely on your parking karma to find a spot on the street in Mainstrasse, or just use the 5th street lot (it's free).

For more information about the tour of west Covington historic homes, call 859-491-2220.

This blog, and many of the blogs posted here come from readers' tips; if you have an idea about an upcoming Northern Kentucky event or happening, e-mail me.

Monday, June 4, 2007

In the Company of Bloggers: The Conveyor

Griff from the Cincinnati blog kindly asked me to participate in a new venture, The Conveyor.

Here's what you need to know about The Conveyor:

  • The Conveyor is a group blog, featuring entries from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky bloggers;
  • The Conveyor blog is a guide to living, thinking, doing in the City;
  • The Conveyor blog is a selective calendar of the events in the City.

I'm thrilled to have been asked to participate. Since timing is everything, of course, I inevitably picked up a huge project to re-do 25 websites so my postings here have been sparse (to say the least), and postings on The Conveyor blog have been even fewer and farther between.

I'm working on Northern Kentucky News blog emails and catch-up this a.m. and taking the girl scout pledge of "I will stay on top of my blogs, I will, I will."

Northern Kentucky Survey for 18-24 Year-Olds

I recently received a comment on a blog that's worthy of its own blog:

"I'm part of a group working on our MBAs with Thomas More and we're conducting research to support an Education Summit scheduled during the fall of 2007. The Education Summit, entitled "Champions for Education: Focus Locally, Compete Globally” is an integral part of a strategic community planning initiative in Northern Kentucky.

We are trying to reach those age 18-24 living, attending school, or recently graduated from a Northern Kentucky school in Bracken, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Owen, Pendleton, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, it is essential that we receive their feedback. We ask that you take 10 minutes to complete an on-line survey or forward this blog along to those who fit the criteria."

If you fit the criteria, please take a moment to complete the survey. Your responses are completely anonymous.