Let the Games Begin!

I wanted to post this message yesterday, but the host of this blog, WordPress.com, was down at the time.  Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Anyway, after four years of promoting and preparations, the World Equestrian Games (WEG) begin today.  Hopefully the electronic signs in town won’t blow up, now that the countdown of days has reached zero (LOL).  Now we’ll see how good Lexington is at handling an international sporting event.  The first horsey events take place this morning, and the official opening ceremonies will happen tonight.  There was a concert downtown last night as well, but most of it was rained out.

Spotlight Lexington’s opening night a success despite the rain

The rain came from a cold front that passed through Kentucky yesterday.  It looks like it ended this month’s unseasonably hot weather and the two-month-long drought.  Well, we’ll have to watch and see; past predictions ought to tell you I’m no meteorologist.

However, judging from the reaction of my co-workers, I think a lot of the local residents are more interested in today’s football game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida, than they are in the World Equestrian Games.  The match between the Wildcats and the Gators is one of the most anticipated games every year, for reasons that shouldn’t surprise anybody.  Good thing it’s an away game; downtown traffic will be bad enough with just the World Equestrian Games in town.

On the news they were also talking about the end of an era, as the last incandescent light bulb factory in America is closing.  It has been 131 years since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but with all the patents he earned during his lifetime, I understand even he would be happy to see the compact fluorescent replacing his invention.  I remember when I first saw those twisted things in a Wal-Mart, they were just a novelty to me.  Then in February 2007, my pastor began a sermon on the topic of compact fluorescent bulbs, telling us how much electricity and money they can save.  Since then I have been replacing burned-out incandescent bulbs in the house with the newfangled ones.  Compact fluorescents last longer, too; so far I have only replaced two of those, and both of them did not burn out until this year.

Overall I have been pleased with the performance of the curly bulbs, but there is one room upstairs with a sliding light switch, so you can make the room brighter or dimmer as you like.  I tried putting a compact fluorescent in that light fixture, and it only goes on and off; you can’t slide the switch to the halfway point for a dim light.  Hopefully I’ll still be able to get incandescent bulbs in the future for that one, though I know they’ll cost more than they do now.

I’ll finish by moving from a dead product to one that came back to life.  Over the past few months, the Chevron gas stations in Lexington have been switching to other oil companies.  The one the way to work, for example, just became a Shell station; I’m watching to see if they can compete with the Shell on the other side of Interstate 75.  I heard something on the radio about the parent Chevron company moving to the Philippines, but I’m not sure what they meant by that.

Anyway, last night Leive and I went grocery shopping, for the first time in nearly three weeks.  Across the street from the second store we visited, I saw that the Chevron station was now a Gulf station.  GULF?  They were a common sight in the 1960s and 1970s, but in the 80s they got out of Florida (my home at the time).  I haven’t seen or heard from Gulf since then, so I thought for sure that company was out of business.  Now their orange ball logo is back, will wonders never cease?

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