Fiction — 1st PlaceInto The Great Behind by Kennedy KileanNo more arguing about it. He’s oldest and more experienced and owns the place, cleaned it up and stocked it with booze, signed the lease, the licenses. Name of the place stays, as is. So be it, says his younger brother Max, pinching silver cufflinks before massaging his gelled temples. Max is dapper, crisp, simmering through a rum-flavored hangover and squinting out a pair of eyes so webbed in red it’s as if some powerful worry burst the front of his brain, drizzled blood over his vision. And unlike his meatier big brother, Max doesn’t mind losing an argument, even with family. So Max shakes his head, plucks a book of matches, embossed with the name he can’t stand, understand, from a freshly swabbed ashtray and steps out to the noonday shine.
Paybackâ€™s a bitch
By Kim Woodring
It all began when my sister, Diane, decided she would fix me up with this guy, â€œJoe.â€ She worked with him at General Electric for more than nine years and knew him pretty well. â€œEveryone wants to go out with Joe,â€ she would tell me every chance she could. â€œHeâ€™s cute, heâ€™s about 28 and heâ€™s this and heâ€™s that ...â€
What a Week
Mayor Jerry Abramson formally launched his campaign for reelection (campaign slogan: â€œWhat part of â€˜Mayor For Lifeâ€™ donâ€™t you understand?â€). Although the mayor refused to discuss his plans beyond this yearâ€™s elections, rumors have been widely circulating that he plans to eventually run for Mayor For Afterlife as well.
A campaign that began with an ironic bang climaxed with a day dominated by women in the Republican-controlled state Senate last week. Last Wednesday, Democrat James E. Keller, who beat Larry Forgy in a 2000 non-partisan Kentucky Supreme Court race, filed to unseat Forgyâ€™s sister, State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington). With Kellerâ€™s entry fresh in Thursdayâ€™s press, Kerr harnessed some horsepower from the House â€” and premium publicity.
Discussions of Louisville Metroâ€™s high quality of life often include the parks system, historic architecture and the arts. The visual arts may soon get a boost, if proponents of establishing a Percent-for-Art Program are successful. Trish Salerno, executive director of Arts Kentucky, a statewide service and advocacy organization, led the call for action last week during a meeting at the Urban Design Studio on South Third Street.
Literary LEO, more than anything this newspaper does throughout the year, is by and for the community. This year we received hundreds of submissions, and as you can see by the judgesâ€™ comments on the following page, the work was strong, which made picking the best quite a challenge. These next several pages contain the three best short stories (the honorable mention short stories are posted at www.leoweekly.com); several flash fiction pieces (300-word limit); several poems (serious and seriously bad â€” so bad theyâ€™re funny); and numerous photographs (both traditional and non-traditional).
<HOLIDAY>Through Feb. 14Send a Singing Valentine Don’t be left standing in the retail aisles, searching for the card or the candy that will seal your romantic intent for your true love. Chocolate is fine, but think out of the box this Valentine’s Day. Be spontaneous by sending your significant other, boss, loved one, teacher, etc. an Original Singing Valentine. The folks at Pride of Kentucky are already booking for this annual campaign, which is a major fundraiser for the year. They’re a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational needs of women singers. A choice of one of three songs: “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Cuddle Up” or “Crazy ’Bout You Baby” will warm the cockles of hearts and the ears of music lovers. This chorus of professional and passionate singers divvy up into quartets and hit the city streets to perform the messages of love to anyone you purchase the singing valentine for to the tune of $40. To order a song, call 368-SONG (7664) or go to their Web site, www.prideofkentuckychorus.org. —Cindy LambPride of Kentucky Chorus368-SONG
Did I hear this correctly?
A couple of weeks ago, The Rick was asked about missing out on Rajon Rondo and Chris Lofton. He again admitted his egregious recruiting mistake with Rondo. As for Lofton, he said something to the effect that there would be nowhere in the Cards lineup for him to play. Exsqueeze me? Was U of Lâ€™s coach talking about Chris Lofton, the former state champ shooting wiz who has energized the Big Orange, college hoopdomâ€™s fastest rising program? Must be talking about somebody else.
Allan Henry wants to put a biodiesel refinery in the West End. Specifically, he wants U.S. Farmers Bio-Industries, the Dry Ridge, Ky.-based company where heâ€™s vice president of sales, to inhabit the old Anderson Packaging facility at 1400 Southwestern Parkway, between Chickasaw Park and the Metropolitan Sewer Districtâ€™s Morris Forman wastewater treatment plant. On a warm, sunny day like last Friday, the area is picturesque, like a post-industrial Bob Ross oil painting.
Super Bowl strategies from a Hoosier transplant in Motown
Chris Wasson is a friend of LEO (details unnecessary) whoâ€™s lived in suburban Detroit for a few years now. Except for the brutal weather, he says itâ€™s a pretty lively place to be. Heâ€™s also a huge sports fan (Cowboys) who seems driven by the challenge of making it into all of the nationâ€™s major sporting events before he turns 40. Which means that if he comes up empty for the Super Bowl in his own back yard, well, heâ€™s a bigger loser than the hometown Lions ever thought of being. No pressure, dude â€”donâ€™t even worry that your friends may take to calling you Dick Bupkis.