Luchado(o)r and Landfill #ThursdayDoors #WaterfrontGrdns

#4 Daughter the amazing Sara Marian, and her fab partner in crime … er life, Zak, invited me over for an event called Unwin(e)d. Don’t know why they called it that since wine WAS involved.

ANYWAY, Sara and met for lunch at a doorish place first, but the main event was the Unwin(e)d thing at Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Actually, the gardens aren’t there yet, but they will be. There’s a building there, and there’ll soon be gardens around it.

Why did I say “landfill” in the title? Because the gardens will be built on an expired landfill, that’s why. Did you know landfills expire? Apparently, after a landfill is capped with clay, it’s left for decades, and then it can be reused. So they sank pilings down through the fill and into the bedrock and built this gorgeous building on it.

They already rent that building out for weddings, parties, meetings, and what-not.

We had great botanical food by Chef Joe Merchanthouse, like watermelon with feta cheese, walnuts, cucumbers, and basil on it. Also my favorite: rose-flavored white chocolate truffles. And wine. All dry, so me no drink.

We didn’t intend to stay the whole time, from 6-10, but they actually had to ask us to leave. We had such a good time, meeting new people, making new friends. We’ll be back. Hope they know that. It’s the price of excellence.

And there was a Louisville Bats game that ended close to the end of the Gardens’ event, so we got free fireworks!

So Sara and I met at El Taco Luchador for lunch. Luchador, in case you don’t know, is wrestling.

Sara said, “Get two or three tacos; they’re small.” So I got three. Then she ordered, and she only got two! Rat!

I did not eat all of all of them, although they were most delicious.

And there were many doors and doorways.

Thursday Doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, follow his directions, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: An event of low expectations ends in fireworks.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Luchado(o)r and Landfill #ThursdayDoors #WaterfrontGrdns

  1. Daniel Antion

    August 8, 2019 at 7:58am

    Great day – great doors – sho could ask for more? Well, a transporter so you could beam me a taco, but… I live the little taco truck!

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      Marian Allen

      August 8, 2019 at 9:26am

      I would have gladly beamed you half of each taco, since I couldn’t eat that much. Well, maybe I would have eaten all the chicharrone one, because fatback.

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  2. Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA

    August 8, 2019 at 9:06am

    Hopefully, this landfill met the standards- without cutting any corners. Otherwise, there will be some methane vents (and fires?) soon to accompany the lovely landscape.

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      Marian Allen

      August 8, 2019 at 9:28am

      I hope so, too. After 40 years and about 60 holes poked all the way through it, the chances are good that it’s okay.

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  3. Ally Bean

    August 8, 2019 at 10:17am

    The colorful tiles are wonderful to see. I forget how cheerful mixed-up colors can be. Thanks for the glimpse into a bit of happiness.

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  4. Deborah

    August 9, 2019 at 8:51am

    What a fun day! No, I had no idea landfills expire and can be used again for something else. That’s great news!

    The Tacos look delicious! I love little street tacos, and that little Taco Truck is too cute!

    The doors are cool and very colorful. Neat finds!!

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      Marian Allen

      August 9, 2019 at 9:41am

      The tacos were EXCELLENT. And the day was wonderful, from start to finish. 🙂

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  5. Norm 2.0

    August 10, 2019 at 11:46am

    Great food, a mini-taco truck, and wrestling mask doors too? What a fun post – arriba!

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      Marian Allen

      August 10, 2019 at 11:54am

      Really nice staff, quick service, not too expensive, and lots of door bling. Perfect!

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  6. joey

    August 11, 2019 at 1:54pm

    You really captured all that cuteness and color! Tacos nom! 😛

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