BuckWe finally found out who’s been munching the flowers in our back yard, near the intersection of Speed Avenue and Sulgrave. On the morning of June 9, I walked outside to enjoy my first cup of coffee around 6 a.m. and had the strange feeling I was being watched. 

I know that many people have spotted deer around Cherokee Park the last few years, but the massive 10-point buck that decided he was going to bed down in our ivy had to be one of the biggest I’d ever seen. It was actually a little scary because he showed absolutely no fear, and after a standoff of a few minutes, he slowly sauntered off into the shadows.

I’d seen him a couple of times over the last year, but, until recently, was never lucky enough to get a picture – so I thought I’d share it with you.

Alan Usher, Speed Avenue, 40205

Dear Editor,

Does it seem like everyone else’s block is getting its power restored before yours? We’d bet you’re not just imagining that. Here’s what we learned over the last few years.

On the south side of Shady Lane and the north side of Deerwood Avenue, in the 1600 and 1700 blocks, we were an island of dark surrounded by lights on all sides for several days during each of those major power outages in 2003. We called, complained and circulated a petition, which everyone signed.

We felt pretty sure that there was something different about our power grid, but the explanations we were getting were broad generic. It’s the trees, they said. Doesn’t everyone around here have trees? It’s the fuse, they added. Don’t we all have fuses?

Anyway, they replaced some poles and some lines, and service improved. We got through several “minor events” after 2003, with our power quickly restored each time. But in January 2009, we reverted to the old form. We were an island of dark surrounded by lights on all sides, once again following the “major event” that month. What happened?

It took some more complaining. And to our surprise, we got an explanation that makes sense this time. It turns out the “branch line” for our two blocks is positioned at the end of the circuit that serves our neighborhood. In terms of the circuitry, we are actually dead last. The protocol for restoring “major events” is to work from the beginning of the circuit to the end.

Obviously, we don’t like this very much, but at least we finally know what’s happening. Kentucky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian acted as our unofficial ombudswoman throughout all this. We are especially grateful for her help.

Tom Louderback
1623 Deerwood Avenue, 40205