Two Chicks on the Bourbon Trail

 

This weekend, I enjoyed attending my first Ricochet Meetup in Kentucky, dragged along by my good friend Melissa. Here are the Top 10 things I learned over fantastic bbq and local beer:

10. Kentucky BBQ is fantastic. Red State BBQ & Marks Feed Store — Yum.

9.  Betting on horses isn’t profitable (please don’t tell my husband).

8. Colonel Sanders and Muhammad Ali are buried in the same cemetery.

7. Someone who writes for Ricochet uses the pen name Rowena Tulley and has published several novels. Check them out on Kindle.

6. They offer a fun Ghost Tour of old Victorian mansions in Louisville. Next time.

5. Ricochet members seem to have spouses who don’t care about politics but are good sports. I adore them.

4. Attending meetups is good for your soul. Just do it.

3. Randy, who organizes the meetups, is a gem. He and his wife created an amazing weekend. Well done!

2. If you turn off the television and get out into the world, you will find it is a pretty great place, despite what the pundits tell us.

1. Ricochet is proof that civil discourse is still possible. What a wonderful thing to discover.

Can’t wait for the next one. Looking forward to interacting and hopefully meeting many of you!  Glad to be here.

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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Wendy Day: 7. Someone who writes for Richocet uses the pen name Rowena Tulley and has published several novels. Check them out on Kindle.

    Is that a guy?

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Good for you! And Melissa, too. Kentucky was too far away for us, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

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  4. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot)
    @ArizonaPatriot

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic.  :)

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  5. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

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  6. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Welcome!

    Everyone, if you get to meet Wendy, she’s a dynamo and a ton of fun to be with!  Be prepared to chat about anything . . .

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  7. Patrick McClure Coolidge
    Patrick McClure
    @Patrickb63

    How did you like Keeneland?

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  8. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    How did you like Keeneland?

    It was a blast, although the weather was less than perfect (rainy).  Still, we sat in a covered section and had quick access to bathrooms, bars, and betting windows.  Although neutral observer and I parked way out in the boonies, we got lifts from the handicapped shuttle lady and then a security SUV guy right to my vehicle.  The security guy even blocked traffic as I backed up the muddy hill, and was ready to call for a tow if I got stuck.  What nice people!

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  9. Wendy Day Member
    Wendy Day
    @WendyDay

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    How did you like Keeneland?

    It was beauitful. We had a great time! 

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  10. genferei Member
    genferei
    @genferei

    Starting Venus Rising now. 

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  11. Blondie Thatcher
    Blondie
    @Blondie

    Wendy Day: Attending meetups is good for your soul. Just do it.

    Yes they are. Once the hubby retires, we plan to do more of them. Y’all have fun!

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  12. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot)
    @ArizonaPatriot

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously?  Classy?   You know that am one of the Ricochet people, right?

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  13. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously? Classy? You know that I am one of the Ricochet people, right?

    Dude, what you do with spreadsheets is pure class.

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  14. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously? Classy? You know that I am one of the Ricochet people, right?

    Dude, what you do with spreadsheets is pure class.

    Even if he does sometimes “prove” that up is down, and left is right, and…  ?

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  15. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously? Classy? You know that I am one of the Ricochet people, right?

    Dude, what you do with spreadsheets is pure class.

    Even if he does sometimes “prove” that up is down, and left is right, and… ?

    Doveryay, no proveryay, my friend. Trust, but verify.

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  16. kedavis Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously? Classy? You know that I am one of the Ricochet people, right?

    Dude, what you do with spreadsheets is pure class.

    Even if he does sometimes “prove” that up is down, and left is right, and… ?

    Doveryay, no proveryay, my friend. Trust, but verify.

    Well, maybe in questionable situations.  But when he “proves” that left is right, or up is down…  I don’t need to check to know that it’s wrong/impossible.

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  17. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously? Classy? You know that I am one of the Ricochet people, right?

    Dude, what you do with spreadsheets is pure class.

    Even if he does sometimes “prove” that up is down, and left is right, and… ?

    Black is white, and goes on to get killed at the next zebra crossing?

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  18. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member
    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw
    @MattBalzer

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    You had me at “bourbon.” ;)

    I’m surprised, Hank.

    You didn’t ask whether the bottle was glass or plastic. :)

    Shoot, Jerry. I always assume Ricochet people are classy enough that we don’t even have to ask.

    Seriously? Classy? You know that I am one of the Ricochet people, right?

    #metoo.

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  19. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    I’m very sorry to have missed this one. ):

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  20. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    I’m very sorry to have missed this one. ):

    You and Bastiat both.  I’ve never bought so much liquor in my life!  May need some help drinking it . . .

    I know – The Great Aiken Bourbon Tour!

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  21. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Stad (View Comment):
    I’ve never bought so much liquor in my life!

    And you were in the Navy?

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  22. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    Stad (View Comment):

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    I’m very sorry to have missed this one. ):

    You and Bastiat both. I’ve never bought so much liquor in my life! May need some help drinking it . . .

    I know – The Great Aiken Bourbon Tour!

    Will there be samples from each distillery?  You know I’m up for that.

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  23. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member
    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw
    @MattBalzer

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I’ve never bought so much liquor in my life!

    And you were in the Navy?

    He might have had someone else to pay for it.

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  24. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I’ve never bought so much liquor in my life!

    And you were in the Navy?

    Even in the Navy.

    Whenever we were in a duty-free port, I always bought the limit (5 fifths).  We kept the booze locked in a torpedo tube so the crew wouldn’t imbibe while underway.  Normally, we hung a small sign on each tube that says “Mk 48 loaded”, “Harpoon loaded”, or “Empty”.  For liquor, we had a signed that said “Booze loaded”.

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  25. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):
    Will there be samples from each distillery?

    Is WTG Brandon senile?  Heck yeah!

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  26. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I’ve never bought so much liquor in my life!

    And you were in the Navy?

    He might have had someone else to pay for it.

    Naw, I bought my own because it was cheap.  I bought 5 bottles of Old St. Croix run for 50ȼ a bottle:

     

    I think now the company is Cruzan . . .

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  27. Norm McDonald Bought The Farm Coolidge
    Norm McDonald Bought The Farm
    @Pseudodionysius

    Does anyone know how to say “Turd Ferguson” in Russian? I’m working on a new novel.

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  28. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Norm McDonald Bought The Farm (View Comment):

    Does anyone know how to say “Turd Ferguson” in Russian? I’m working on a new novel.

    Okay, I’ll play along.

    As far as I know, “Proper Names” don’t change between languages.

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  29. Arahant Member
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    Norm McDonald Bought The Farm (View Comment):

    Does anyone know how to say “Turd Ferguson” in Russian? I’m working on a new novel.

    Kакашка Фергюсон

    or

    Kакашка Фергюсович

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  30. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Norm McDonald Bought The Farm (View Comment):

    Does anyone know how to say “Turd Ferguson” in Russian? I’m working on a new novel.

    Kакашка Фергюсон

    or

    Kакашка Фергюсович

    The first one translates back to English as “Ferguson’s cup.”

    The second one translates back to English as “Kakashka Fergusovich.”

    According to Google Translate.

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