Day 85: My first Hot Brown and Will Oldham.
We have been expecting the temperature to drop here in Louisville and today is the day. It had been t-shirt and shorts weather for the last few days since we left Ohio and today we awoke to find our Indian summer had finally ended.
Not only has the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees since yesterday, we are also seeing lots of moisture. Down the the Caribbeans, a hurricane is brewing and is causing havoc. It will eventually make it to the states and we are glad to not be already on the east coast.
We did not let the rain deter us from going out and doing some more sightseeing today. Yesterday, Marlene and the kids went out while I stayed at the house and did some catching up with work. Even though I am not totally caught up, I needed to get out and see some sights.
Or at the very least, eat lunch at a famous restaurant like Lynn’s Paradise Cafe.
Lynn’s is a restaurant that has been featured in many television shows and regarded very highly by locals and tourists alike. To eat here during the weekend, you can expect to spend over an hour to wait for a table to open up. This is what’s great about our traveling schedule. We can and often try to avoid the crowds at places like this. We were able to get a table immediately upon arrival but the restaurant is still near full capacity.
I wasted no time and ordered myself my first Hot Brown. If you have not heard of a Hot Brown, it is a culinary masterpiece conceived right here in Louisville. Although not invented at Lynn’s, they make a variation of the original Hot Brown made famous by the Brown Hotel that is delicious and I am sure is also very, very bad for you.
Lynn’s Paradise Cafe is also known for having a fun little shop attached to it that sells all kinds of gag and novelty gift items.
When I say gag and novelty, I am really not insinuating that they have no practical purpose. For example, if you ever get a cut on your upper lip and didn’t want people to notice you are wearing a band-aid, these mustache bandages are just what you need.
In the parking lot, there are a bunch of fun and great colorful concrete sculptures. The girls also love to pose with these face hole boards. Yeah, that is what they are called. At least that is what I am calling them.
Usually these face hole boards are too tall for the girls and without getting a boost, they can’t quite reach the holes. These fruit boards have arm holes in them too and Mila was happy to be able to put her face into one of the arm holes all by herself.
One of the coolest concrete sculptures has to be their upright Elvis bear. Who thought of this and what was he on?
Since the girls have been told that we are going to spend Halloween here, they have been long anticipating our visit. Mila got her bumblebee costume a few weeks ago and Ava has been waiting to finish her custom Sally the Ragdoll from Nightmare before Christmas. We have looked long and hard for a ready-made costume but they just don’t seem to exist. In order to make it happen, we have to basically come up with our own.
We came to a place called Caulfield’s Novelty here in Louisville that has been here for many years. We are here too look for a red yarn wig which we were lucky to find something that will work and was the last one they had.
As we were walking around the store, we saw one of our favorite musicians walk into the store. You may or may not have heard of him but his real name is Will Oldham and he currently goes by the stage name of Bonnie Prince Billy. He is a Lousiville local and Carrie has been to a few of his local shows since she moved here. His brush with the mainstream is when the late Johnny Cash covered his song, I See a Darkness, and invited him to sing harmony on his 2000 record, America III – Solitary Man.
Marlene was really embarrassed but we had an opportunity to meet him as he was passing us on his way out, I asked if he would take a picture with Marlene. He was extremely gracious that we were fans and even stopped to chat for a minute after we took the picture. Unfortunately he is not playing any shows while we are in town but if you are a fan, you can catch him in West Virginia next January playing with another great band Calexico.
For a raining and dreary day, we managed to salvage it and made it an awesome one. Let’s hope the rain doesn’t last for too long.
over and out,
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