I fly to Germany tonight.
It’s for business — as is most of my travel — but every time I think about my upcoming stay in Heidelberg, it takes me back to junior year at the University of Kentucky.
I ushered every performance of The Student Prince, an operetta in four-acts that did a week of performances at the university arts center. The musical is set in Heidelberg, and after seeing that many shows in succession, it is what I associate most with the city.
When I walk into a pub this week, I fully expect to hear choruses of “Drink, Drink!” (and if I don’t, might be forced to start a round or two myself).
That operetta must be playing year round in Heidelberg — wonder if I could see it again in the motherland? It has been a year or two since my junior year.
Time to make some new memories in Deutschland.
Posted in Airplanes, Broadway, College, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Music, Singing, Travel
Tagged airplanes, Broadway, Business, business travel, college, Deep in My Heart song, Drink Drink song, entertainment, four acts, Germany, Golden Days song, Heidelberg, Humor, life, memories, Music, operetta, pub, The Student Prince, theatre, Travel, university arts center, University of Kentucky, usher
ONE. MORE. GAME.
Kentucky vs. Kansas
We began our season together in November at Madison Square Garden.
How fitting we meet again in the finals Monday night.
Oh, how I love the month of March!
Posted in Basketball, March Madness, Photography, Sports
Tagged Anthony Davis, basketball, Kansas Jayhawks, Madison Square Gardens, March Madness, NCAA Championship, New Orleans, photography, Sports, University of Kentucky
There are celebrities…
…and there are Kentucky celebrities.
Josh Hutcherson, who portrays Peeta in the blockbuster film The Hunger Games, hails from Union, Kentucky. And like all good Kentuckians, Josh is a diehard UK fan.
He’s also a face painter.
He shared this pic last night during his appearance on Conan. And he revealed that co-star Jennifer Lawrence, also a Kentucky native, is a Louisville Cardinal fan.
Well, I definitely know who I’m backing in The Hunger Games now.
Posted in Basketball, Celebrities, Entertainment, Humor, March Madness, Movies, Sports, Television, TV
Tagged basketball, basketball practice, celebrities, Corbin Kentucky, entertainment, face painting, Humor, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Katniss, Kentucky, Kentucky Wildcats, life, Louisville Cardinals, Movies, Peeta, Sports, Television, The Hunger Games, TV, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville
Have you heard?
‘Olympian Blue’ is the Pantone Color of the Week on Stylelist.com.
Designers tout the strength of its ‘jewel tones,’ and how this ‘pop of color’ enhances neutrals. As we say in the country…
I say Olympian Blue is especially hot this week for one reason and one reason only…
‘Cause these bad boys are burning a trail up and down the floor!
Sweet Sixteen and beyond…
GO BIG BLUE!
Posted in Basketball, Commentary, Design, Fashion, Humor, March Madness, Sports, Television, TV
Tagged a blue note, basketball, color, design, Fashion, go big blue, jewel tones, Kentucky Wildcats, March Madness, neutrals, Olympian Blue, Pantone Color of the Week, pop of color, Sports, Stylelist.com, Sweet Sixteen, University of Kentucky, whatevs
If someone asked me to put money on whether or not you’re watching basketball…
I’d take that bet.
March Madness converts even the most casual viewer…and turns real fans rabid. And while some may attempt to crown the ‘greatest college basketball team’ based on all-time games won (Kentucky) or on games won over the past decade (Duke), I think a different stat is even more impressive:
Four teams in this year’s NCAA tourney — UK, Murray State, Western Kentucky and UL — come from the same state.
And they all ended the season in the Top 20.
Now that’s a sports dynasty.
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Tagged basketball, college basketball dynasty, commentary, Duke, entertainment, Humor, Kentucky, life, March Madness, Murray State University, rabid fan, Sports, take that bet, Television, Top 20, TV, UK, UL, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, winningest basketball program
Can’t help it. I’m super psyched that Kentucky is the #1 Seed in the NCAA tourney.
And did you know that the state of Kentucky has three other teams in the big dance? Murray State University. Western Kentucky University. And the University of Louisville.
(I’m just faking it for that last one.)
Whatever the tournament may bring, March Madness begins Wednesday…and the pride of the Bluegrass is behind the Cats!
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Tagged #1 Seed, basketball, Humor, Kentucky, life, March Madness, Murray State University, NCAA basketball tournament, pride of the bluegrass, proud as a peacock, South bracket, Sports, UK Wildcats, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University
WAKE UP, UK WILDCAT FANS!
Tickets go on sale today for Big Blue Madness, the annual season-opening basketball practice of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, October 14th at Rupp Arena in Lexington and marks the official beginning of college basketball in the Bluegrass.
Happy days are here again!
A literal tent city has popped up outside the ticket office this week — a record 570 tents in all. Fans like me who are far, far away from the Big Blue Nation can get tickets on the phone via Ticketmaster.
But you have to get up super-duper early to have any kind of shot, so…
WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP!
Posted in College, Commentary, Education, Life, Sports
Tagged basketball practice, big blue madness, Big Blue Nation, college, commentary, education, go big blue, life, Rupp Arena, season opener, Sports, tent city, tents, ticket office, UK Wildcat Fans, University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Wildcats
I was walking home from an early appointment this morning and waved to one of the doormen on my block.
“Sorry, I didn’t recognize you for a moment,” he said.
I’ve heard this one before. “Because I don’t have the dog with me, right?”
“No,” he said. “Because you’re walking so fast. You and Rory normally just stroll along.”
This observation kind of took me aback.
I’ve always thought of myself as a fast walker — am in fact always being reprimanded by friends to “slow down” when we are walking together around the city.
I attribute my pace to my days at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The campus is sprawled out from North to South, and with only 10 minutes between some classes, you have to book — and I mean seriously motor — to get from one end to the other on time.
I thought my personal walk speed had been permanently reset. Apparently Rory Dog has taught me how to slow down and enjoy the sights, sounds and people along the way.
Chalk up another life lesson to the “hairy human” in my life.
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Exercise, Family, Friends, Health, Humor, Life, Relationships, Walking
Tagged college campus, commentary, dog walk, Dogs, doorman, exercise, family, friends, Health, Humor, Lexington Kentucky, life, life lesson, Manhattan, New York City, Relationships, stroll, University of Kentucky, walk fast, walk slow, walking
“College was fun…it made sense.
Regular life? Not so much.”
I typed these words during a Skype conversation with my nephew Jordan yesterday. We were chatting before he left for his first class of the semester at the University of Kentucky, my alma mater.
I loved college. It was this perfect world where they treat you like an adult, but still reward you like you’re a kid.
Think about it. You get to live on your own. Pick your own major and what classes to take. Even decide whether to show up each day.
And if you work hard enough, they praise you and give you good grades. Heck, in some cases, you get scholarship money.
I thrived in this environment.
I’m obviously not alone. An Ohio State University study found that students enjoyed activities that increased their self-esteem –like getting good grades or being praised by professors — more than any other college activity. It beat out sex and keggers, folks.
Maybe it’s not all that surprising. Think about your life now, post-college. What is often your biggest complaint?
No one appreciates you. You just can’t get the recognition you deserve. But when you were in college, you knew exactly how to that ‘good grade.’
It was spelled out in the syllabus.
College is starting to look pretty good again…am I right?
Posted in Commentary, Education, Family, Friends, Humor, Life, News, Philosophy
Tagged alma mater, appreciation, books, college, college classes, college life, college major, college makes sense, college professor, college scholarship, college semester, commentary, course syllabus, family, friends, good grades, Humor, kegger, life, news, Ohio State University, Ohio State University study, philosophy, recognition, self-esteem, University of Kentucky
My freshman year at the University of Kentucky, I had a class on South Campus that ended at 9:50am, and a class on North Campus that started at 10:00am.
Unless you’ve been to UK, you can’t appreciate the impossibly long distance I was expected to cover in those 10 minutes. But I did it.
Because I’m a fast walker.
You know, that friend who always zooms ahead of the pack. Who is especially irritating to shorter friends. Who tries to walk slower, but finds it almost physically impossible.
I’ve always walked fast. And as it turns out, that might be a good thing.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that the speed of your stride may be correlated with your longevity. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that every 0.2 miles an hour of increased walking speed in seniors is correlated to a 12 percent rise in survival rate.
Hear that, everybody? My fast walking just may be good for all of us!
I do wonder if I was born a fast walker or if circumstances made me that way. I always walked to school and even walked home for lunch. Being speedy on my feet meant more time to eat or goof off. Goodness knows it came in handy later in college.
Now I find it uncomfortable walking at a slow, leisurely pace. And maybe that’s a good thing.
Posted in Education, Exercise, Friends, Health, Humor, Life, News, Walking
Tagged fast walking, Health, Humor, JAMA, Journalof the American Medical Association, life, longevity, news, power walking, stride, University of Kentucky, University of Pennsylvania, walking