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Dear Kim:

Leaving Kentucky without a good bottle of bourbon which I cannot get outside the state would be like going to Scotland and coming home without a kilt or Ireland without a fishermen 's sweater, or Hawaii without a lei.

There is little enough these days in our world of global conglomerates that has become regionally specific.

I have a good friend who loves bourbon and I was on a quest.

And unlike this holier than thou shit in some places, where liquor is not sold Sunday, in Kentucky, people are free to drink themselves into a stupor, or maybe just a little social sipping on Sundays.



So last night, I went to the hotel bar to check out the goods.

I don't hang out much in bars so the camaraderie was a revelation to me. Lots of truckers were there and they all wanted to weigh in on either merits of this bourbon or that.

How Woodford Reserve was top of the line and had a sweeter smoother taste. How Knob Creek was also in the running and had the advantage of being the house bourbon.

One lady, the wife of a trucking company owner wanted to go by the appearance of the bottle. “Get the one with the horse on top, she said. That says, Kentucky and is so cute."

She thought it was so cute, she sent her husband and me off to buy a bottle.

(Kim: You've certainly had a stupendous range of experiences. What I like most about the way you travel is the way you create your experiences whereever you are...and the experiences are all about you.

The photographer Minor White used to say that people would go on vacation and forget to take themselves with them (as opposed to their cameras). You can't be accused of that.)

I bought two bottles of different things, including the one with the horse on top. I was surprised at how it added up. Non drinkers usually are. We can't fathom spending $10 for a glass of something when it could buy a decent lunch.

When I got back, I thanked my informal and gregarious crew. I told them their helpful advice made it possible for me to go home without getting in trouble.

“Well, darlin,’ said one. “I just hope your husband likes it.”

I didn't correct him.

It is not always the point.

Later,

Joan

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006

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