is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
on the other side?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Zero Digit Birthday

My father was born in 1924; I was born in 1954, so we always celebrated "zero-digit" birthdays in the same year.  The year Dad pointed this out to me, I was turning 30, he was turning 60.  Now that I am 60, or close-to-it, I have to wonder if I will ever be as snazzy as my dad was.  Will I ever be respected like he was?  Will I live to see 75, as he did not? 

I hope I live at least that long.  I want to live long enough to look gorgeous and piss all the jealous people off even more than they already are.  I want to tell the people who have been so awful to me that they are truly grotesque, and I gave them chance after chance to redeem themselves over the years, but they never cared to do it.  For example, my daughter-in-law, Kasey.  She, for some reason, has chosen to NOT let me see my grandchildren. Granted, her mother flipped a truck with her baby brother in it once while she was doing crack, but I've never even had a fender bender, let alone a DUI or flipped a vehicle.  The first few years of my son's marriage, Kasey was so nice, always visiting, bringing Tiramisu, smiling, hugging, staying in touch.  Then my father died, I inherited some money ( GAVE HER AND MY SON A DOWN PAYMENT FOR THEIR HOUSE) and opened a restaurant that destroyed my marriage, and when I left my last husband, Kasey stopped visiting, stopped smiling, stopped talking to me.  Why?  I don't know. All I can do is forgive her for the years of awfulness and go on, right?

Wrong.  I can forgive Kasey and move on with my life. If I do not, I will constantly think of the holidays when I have not received one phone call from my son or grandkids to wish me well.  If I do not forgive her, my resentment will eat me up and destroy me. 

I am better than that. I may remember all those lonely holidays, but I also know that I am a good woman.  I always TRY do the right thing when it comes to my child and grandchildren.  I think a Mother who keeps her children from seeing their grandmother is selfish, she is not doing the right thing. I think selfish people get what they deserve, in the end.  They end up bitter and alone, in a prison of their own making. Surely if she is that inconsiderate to me, she is inconsiderate to others.

Another person in that same category is my sister, Karen.  She has recently accused me of contacting all of her old high school friends and saying "terrible" things about her to them. Like what, Karen?  I didn't tell them you have an opioid dependency.  I didn't tell them you told me the bus was leaving from Camp Ernst WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD and caused me to run out naked in front of everyone.  I did not tell anyone you let your house get so dirty that you have to use the bathtub for a toilet.  No, I didn't say any of that to anyone, until now.  Also, I did not press charges when you stole the money from my father's estate...you cashed his last IRS refund check and went to Miami with the money.  Shame on you.

So, you see, there are ways to forgive, but first you must confront. 

This is my confrontation. Both Karen and Kasey get to read this and hope that readers will forgive and forget their bitchiness as well.

That, my dear lambsies, is not gonna happen any time soon.

Happy Birthday to me.

the last time I saw all my grandkids was 4 years ago :(

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Murder and Mayhem in late November!



x_ROC9800 2x_ROC9808It's time to celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character Sherlock Holmes and what better way to do that then a fundraiser at 221B Baker Street. Things are set for a night to remember when suddenly everything goes wrong and we are left with a real murder to solve in this hysterical comedy by Leslie Kemp!! Starring Adam Sovkoplas, Dana L. Edison, Jeff Roberts, Tim Hull and Vanessa Dickey.
Guess the killer and you could win the PRIZE!!!
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Nov. 21st - Boone Tavern, Berea. Tickets are $40 and includes a 3 course meal and show. The show begins at 7pm. Call (859)985-3700 fir tickets.

Nov. 23rd - Columbia's Downtown, Lexington. Tickets are $29.99 and includes a 3 course meal and show. Gratuity not included. The show begins at 6pm. Call (859)494-2877 for tickets.

Nov. 29th - My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Bardstown. Tickets are $109.95 for adults, $69.95 for kids and includes a train ride, 4 course meal and show. Train leaves at 5pm. Go to www.rjcorman.com for tickets.

www.bluegrassmysterytheatre.com

WoodSongs Honors Its Partners


WOODSONGS and TROUBADOUR Newsletter:
a) This Monday, November 24 WoodSongs Partner's Night! 

Troubadour Concerts (more info below)
KENNY LOGGINS and Blue Sky Riders Dec 2 Tix on sale now
KEB MO Jan 28 Tix on sale now
 TroubadourWEBWoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour
WoodSongs tapes Monday at the Lyric Theatre, E 3rd and Elm Tree Lane in downtown Lexington.

Over 250 FREE Parking spaces across the street from the Lyric, Elm Tree Lane in the UK Medical Offices, and FREE parking spots along the street 


As a "Thank you" to our wonderful family of WoodSongs Partners we present two broadcast tapings in one night ... FREE to all WoodSongs Partners PLUS each partnership can have 6 extra tickets for friends and family (example: a couple partner will have 8 tickets total, etc)
 

Two shows, One night  
featuring the US Navy Bluegrass Band, legendary Ramblin Jack Elliot, guitar master Pat Flynn, songwriter Nell Robinson plus some amazing WS Kids. Doors open 5:55, audience must be seated by 6:16. FIRST SHOW begins at 6:30.

For information 252-8888 or online woodsongs.com 
Members of Folk-Book.com can watch live as it happens for free Monday 7PM EDT.

To have your youngster (ages 6-16, any style) submit to be on a broadcast see details at WoodSongs.com/kids/  
 

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Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders
Lyric Theatre 280-2218


KEB MO Cometh! 
Wed January 28 Opera House 7PM
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Merry Christmas & a Batty New Year!


Deck yourself with something tacky
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Buy it, make it, plain or fancy
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Don we now our favorite sweater
Fa la la, la la la, la la la!
For the Smackdown, there’s none better
Fa la la la la, la la la LAAAA!
Okay, Batfans, we know you’ve got a full plate just thinking about Turkey Day, and we get that. But we’re also coming up on another one of the most festive days of the year: The Bats’ Kinda Annual Holiday Sweater Smackdown! Tear yourself away from the Food Network , and concentrate on something other than pumpkin pie and stuffing for a m inute. (Sorry, Pepperidge Farm.) If you haven’t already de-mothballed your holiday sweater, it’s definitely time to give that puppy an airing out, so that you’ll be less aromatic for our gig on Saturday, December 13, when we’ll crown Prettiest, Tackiest, Mr. Merry Xmas, and Grand Champion of Fabulousness on the stage at Natasha’s!
If you won last year, come to continue your dynasty. If you lost last year, come to exact your revenge. If you just wanna watch, that’s okay too. It’ll still be way more fun than your office Holiday Party, when Bob from Accounting will Xerox his boom-boom after one too many peppermint martinis. Again. And Linda from HR will be lurking under the mistletoe, ready to pounce on anyone wearing pants. And we do mean anyone. We won’t be nearly that obnoxious. Probably.
Call 859-259-2754 to secure a table for your sweater, your pals, and your boom-boom. Show starts at 8:00. It’s our first post-Melanie outing, so we’re a little insecure about that. But the good news is, Jim Gleason has rejoined the band on stunt guitar, and we’re ready to rock! Marianne’s gonna sing her Xmas song, we’ve got some new tunes to try out, and then there’s the whole Smackdown thing…which is always a hoot.
So fa la la, deck the halls, eat bourbon balls, and Biggie Smalls. Whatever the heck that means.
THE BATS
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Oh, and here’s another holiday tradition:
'Twas the BAT before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the cave,
All wings were a-flapping, as The Bats misbehaved.
Fishnet stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Santa Baby soon would be there.
The Bats were home, darlings, but they weren't in their beds,
Not while visions of rock stardom danced in their heads.
And Melanie in her miniskirt, and Jim in his tee,
Had just tuned up for a wild guitar spree.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We dropped our guitars to see what was the matter.
Away to the entrance we flew like a flash,
Swept away all the guano, and hid our booze stash.

The moon on our breasts made 'em look pretty great
And we thought for a second, "Hell, yeah, we still rate!"
When, what to our wondering radar should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and fat,
We knew in a moment it must be St. Bat.
More rapid than beagles her coursers they came,
And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Cosmo! now, Gimlet! now, Martini and Rossi!
On, Sloe Gin! On, Merlot, Manhattan and Saucy!
To the top of the cave! We must gift The Bats all!
So dash away! Dash away! Dash away, y'all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the cave-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of booty, and St Bat too.

And then, in a twinkling, we heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As we drew in our wings, and were turning around,
Down into the cave St Bat came with a bound.
She was dressed in fake fur, from her head to her Blahniks,
And we swore she was tipsy on vodka and tonics.
A bundle of gifts she had packed in her bag
And she looked like a hooker, a floozy, a hag.
Her eyes, were they blood-shot! her top lip, how hairy!
Her cheeks like Four Roses, her nose like a cherry!
Her botoxed two lips were puffed up like a bow,
And her blonde hair the color of--yuk!--yellow snow.
The stub of a cig she held tight in her teeth,
And the smoke it encircled her head like a wreath.
She had a flushed face and a little pot belly,
That shook when she laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
She was chubby and plump, a right rowdy old crone,
And we laughed when we saw her, right there in our home!
A wink of her eye and a twist of her pelvis,
Soon gave us to know she was a big fan of Elvis.
She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And filled all the fishnets, then turned with a jerk.
And laying her finger aside of her nose,
And giving a snort, from the Bat cave she rose!
She sprang to her sleigh, to her team gave a yell,
And away they all flew like a Bat out of hell.
But we heard her exclaim, 'ere she drove out of sight,
“See you December 13th; it'll be a good night!”
Happy Rockin' Holidays to Batfans Everywhere!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

I'm Still Free

Yep.  The Democrats took a tumble in the mid-term elections.  It doesn't make me happy, but it also doesn't upset me all that much.  After all, it is a part of life, this whole "losing" thing.  We have to accept when it happens, much as it does suck that Mitch McConnell will be the new majority leader in the Senate and has voted 17 times against raising the minimum wage.

However, I do have faith in America. I had faith in George W. Bush when he was President.  Despite him sending our youth into to a war that served no purpose, I still believed that if America elected him, that by golly, he was the POTUS and I had to respect that. 

No, my Conservative friends do not hide their hatred of President Obama, but I cannot be like them, I cannot turn my heart into stone and bitterness.  That's not Kimmy.  It just isn't. 

These past few months have been terribly exhausting for me. I have worked in several jobs where my basic rights were totally ignored. I have been ostracized by my older siste by embracing a child who had been kept from us for most of his life, due to no fault of his or mine. 

In the past month, I have lost 16 pounds, literally due to blood, sweat and tears...and poverty.  I have been to a dentist who hates Obamacare and would not give me any novacaine, but drilled on an old wisdom tooth until I swear he hit Jed Clampett's oil.

So you see, lambsies, the election results are nothing more than a chigger bite under my otherwise shingles-ravaged skin.  I can take it.  There are much, much worse things than being on the unpopular side of the election results.  

Now, go out and have yourself some Happy Holidays. 
peace,
Kimmy


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Keb Mo, Taj Majal & Boz Scaggs Coming Soon to WoodSongs & Troubadour!

Fall always brings change.  Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is not so good.  I have learned over my nearly 60 years that although change is not easy, if I can stand with the turning tide and its shifting sands, I can stand through just about anything.  My youngest brother passed in July; my middle brother moved to Lexington and is reuniting with his son; and my youngest brother's son has been in contact, and we have a cool relationship, one unlike any other I have experienced.  

Fall may make some folks shiver with the cold weather it brings; it might cause folks who are otherwise sensible to shriek, moo, meow and howl at the moon.  It may cause guys to go into football watching comas until the New Year rushes its bad self in.  However, for me, Fall will always be a reminder of a new school semester, time to find my socks and shoes and get moving to prepare for Advent, a season full of aromas and warmth as we all attempt to raise our fur and huddle closer together.  Perhaps that's the way it is meant to be.  I don't know ... but what I do know is that no matter what time of year, Michael Johnathon and his volunteer crew serve up the best concerts in Lexington.  Praise be to them!  Today I learned about a few WoodSongs Special Events and some Troubadour news.  Check it out:

BELA FLECK and ABIGAIL WASHBURN 

November 10



WOODSONGS and TROUBADOUR Newsletter:
a) This Monday Oct 20: Fifteen time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year ROB ICKES plus the incredible 10 yr old EmiSUNSHINE - plus WOODSONGS KIDS
Troubadour SUPER TUESDAY (more info below)
LEO KOTTKE Oct 28 - Tix on sale now
BOZ SCAGGS Oct 28 Tix on sale now

 TroubadourWEB WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour
WoodSongs tapes Monday's at 6:45 pm(EST) at theLyric Theatre, E 3rd and Elm Tree Lane in downtown Lexington. Over 250 FREE Parking
spaces: in lots across the street from the Lyric, across Elm Tree Lane in the UK Medical Offices, and FREE parking spots along the street 




Check the schedule page at woodsongs.com for future shows
Advance Notice for this SPECIAL EVENT
with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
 MONDAY NOV 10 6:45PM

Tickets for this show just $20 ... $10 for WoodSongs Partners 
Available ONLY at the Lyric Theatre 859-280-2218 


 BELA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN  
Béla is a banjo icon with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist. Abigail gained fame with the band Uncle Earl with triumphs in songwriting, theater, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo. Together they toured the world with The Sparrow Quartet. They come to WoodSongs to celebrate their new CD ... a front porch album of originals, Appalachian ballads, chamber and blues.




  

To have your youngster (ages 6-16, any style) submit to be on a broadcast see details at WoodSongs.com/kids/ 

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just $95 per couple (you come to over 35 WoodSongs shows per year FREE)  $150 for a family of four; $199 for a family of six. Call 859-255-5700 10am - 5PM M-F EDT or visit WoodSongs.com 
Children come on stage after the broadcast!    
Show details at woodsongs.com  

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Upcoming WoodSongs Shows
Nov 3 CELEBRATION OF OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC
Nov 10 BELA FLECK and ABIGAIL WASHBURN
Nov 17 New Orlands Suspects plus the Sultans of Strings 
Nov 24 US NAVY BLUEGRASS BAND (this is a FREE show; WS PARTNERS can have FOUR extra tickets to invite friends and guests; make reservations early) 
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Martin Guitar's are the official guitars the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour 

 
Tuesday October 28 8PM
Tickets on sale NOW Opera House
859-233-3535 or TicketMaster.com




Sunday Nov 2 Opera House 7PM
Tickets on sale now for Taj Mahal
859-233-3535 or TicketMaster.com
TAJ MAHAL

Sunday Nov 9 Opera House 7PM
Tickets on sale now for Lucinda Williams
opening act The Kenneth Brian Band
859-233-3535 or TicketMaster.com


Tuesday Nov 11 Opera House 7PM


  Tickets on sale now
Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders
Lyric Theatre 280-2218


KEB MO Cometh!
Wed January 28 Opera House 7PM
Tickets on sale now