To end “One Thing I Love About Louisville” for 2010 I’m pleased to bring you S. Brandon Coan’s entry. Despite my usual aversion to using all lower case letters I dig Brandon’s entry very much.
s brandon coan is (technically) a lawyer (and an aspiring collage artist). he loves louisville and likes to play outside. rules of grammar, not so much.
one thing i love about louisville is how much people from louisville love louisville. love, in the real and true meaning of the word. we are a fiercely loyal and proud people: if all of the tattoo shops in town offered free fleur-de-lis on the fourth of july – and they should – there would be 10,000 takers.
there are precious few places like louisville left in america in this regard – places where the people are spiritually tied to the land by their collective memory of the best and worst of times there: new york and new orleans; pittsburgh – towns where you can wake from a bad dream in the middle of the night and talk about it with your bartender at 3am; the kind of places where when asked, “where ya from?” you answer, “i live in washington (or california, or texas) but im from louisville, kentucky,” even when you havent lived here for 20 years. . .
a wise man one said, “if you were alone, you could walk away from louisville.” but as long as you love louisville, youll never be alone.
Thanks to all who participated in Consuming Louisville this year, both writers and readers. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much as I have. “One Thing I Love About Louisville” will return in January 2011.