What a Week
Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar
The debt-ridden Kentucky State Fair Board will seek an additional $10.8 million bailout from the state’s General Assembly next month, citing business lost from Freedom Hall to the Yum! Center totaling near that amount. You’d figure the KSFB might just ask the Louisville Arena Authority for the money contractually owed it, but they’re even more strapped for cash than our state government, which is a tall feat.
Louisville survived Black Friday without any fatalities this year, as people celebrated the true reason for the season: fighting in shopping malls with stun guns in the dead of night to take advantage of prices that aren’t artificially inflated like the other 364 days of the year. Next year we’ll stay at home safe and wait for the Amazon Prime Drone to deliver our widgets, if Rand Paul doesn’t blast it out of the sky.
Mayor Greg Fischer has created a workgroup to promote Louisville as a top destination for bourbon and food. The group will be spearheading ideas on how to create a “seamless tourism experience,” similar to what draws visitors to Napa Valley every year. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail drew more than 500,000 visitors last year. We are all for taking more of their money, as long as we can automatically cut outsiders in the waitlist at Rye.
Comet ISON might have been the “comet of the century.” Scientists speculated it would be one of the brightest of the last half-century, visible to the naked eye by stargazers and space nerds throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Instead, the comet went all Icarus on Thanksgiving and was destroyed by the sun. Oh well. At least we can still track Santa via NORAD.