Five random observations from the week that was.
- On Friday afternoon, my family finally got to try some deliciousness from Cheesecake & Company. Jen and I had visited once before, but it was late and they had completely sold out. This time, our luck was better, and we had lots of choices. My grandson Connor opted for the triple chocolate; all the adults in the family went for the strawberry pretzel. We added a slice of caramel pecan to sample as well. It was all very, very good. It’s not an exaggeration to say it was the best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted — and I’m somewhat of a cheesecake connoisseur. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you get down there next weekend and check them out. The selections vary each week; check out their Facebook page to view the current offerings.
- I was greatly saddened to read this week of the demise of The Goldenrod. This digital publication was an important exercise in independent journalism, focusing on rural Kentucky. Together with the recent shuttering of “Kentucky’s online newspaper,” KyForward, these are not good signs for the future of digital journalism in the Commonwealth.
- What does the above news portend for WinCity? Nothing at all, I’m quite happy to say. Our own future is bright as we near our one-year anniversary this fall. The reasons for that are numerous, but it mainly boils down to the fact that — for now anyway — we have no paid staff. We all volunteer our time to this enterprise because we love this community and we love creating great content. I’ll be writing more about where we’re headed in the coming weeks.
- Someone asked me recently if local eateries pay for my reports in this column. The answer is an emphatic no. We do not accept any advertising at all. If I recommend a place to eat, it’s because I personally had a great experience and want to share that.
- Summer in Kentucky is traditionally a time for that quintessential southern social activity: the family reunion. Over the course of my lifetime, however, I’ve noticed both my wife’s family and my own have had fewer and less well-attended get-togethers. I wonder why that is, and if it’s a universal phenomenon.