Written by Shady Ady on 14 May, 2006
Another week and a few more tales to tell!
As seems to have been the norm over the past few weeks, the weekend saw yet another run, this time the Louisville Half Marathon. I wasn't even bothering trying to get a good time for this,…Read More
Another week and a few more tales to tell!
I am one broken male after the weekend and the Chicago Marathon, and to say I'm gutted would be a bit of an understatement! I managed to finish it in 4 hours and 4 minutes, which although is my best time ever, is annoyingly close…Read More
I am one broken male after the weekend and the Chicago Marathon, and to say I'm gutted would be a bit of an understatement! I managed to finish it in 4 hours and 4 minutes, which although is my best time ever, is annoyingly close to getting under 4 hours like I had planned. I was still on for a sub 4 hour time as well, up until only a mile left, and just needed a 10 minute mile to finally succeed, but some knob head decided to put a huge hill right at the finish and spaghetti legs kicked in, so even though I could see the finish line in site, it just wasn't meant to be! If I didn't manage to twist my ankle 20m after the start and then need the toilet 50m later, it could have been a different story!!
Written by Shady Ady on 31 May, 2006
It has been a while since my last update from Kentucky, but as I have moved house and celebrated 25 years on this planet, I thought it was about time!I will start by being typically English and talking about the weather as Kentucky has made…Read More
It has been a while since my last update from Kentucky, but as I have moved house and celebrated 25 years on this planet, I thought it was about time!I will start by being typically English and talking about the weather as Kentucky has made the news quite a lot in the past week due to the horrendous storms we had a few nights ago. I have never known so much thunder and lightning and we were on tornado alert for most of the night. There were about eight tornadoes detected within the vicinity of Lexington, but luckily they all seemed to blow themselves out before they started, which was a relief, as I really didn't fancy having my house blown away.Unfortunately one young girl, who lives a few streets away from me in Lexington will remember this storm for as long as she lives. As the storm was in full force, the little girl’s grandmother decided to give her a strong lecture on the dangers of electrical storms and the chances of being struck by lightning. After the stern words, the grandmother decided it would be the perfect time to take the rubbish out. As the hail fell ferociously to the ground she managed just a few steps from her front door before getting struck by a huge bolt of lightning. This all happened in front of her granddaughters eyes. Why she decided to take the rubbish out in the middle of such a severe storm, and totally disagreeing with the lecture she was giving her granddaughter I will never know. Neither am I sure will her granddaughter, although she will probably remember the wise words given by her grandmother for the rest of her life.Other than horrendous storms I have realised my life long ambition and on Monday evening I will be partaking in my first ever professional sports event. The sport is the internationally famous profession of Putt-Putt, or as the English calls it, Crazy Golf. Yes, you have heard me correct, in America there are people who are professional Putt-Putt players, who make their living out of this fascinating game. I was happily playing a round down the local Putt-Putt course (in America they have these in more or less every big urban area, unlike England where you will only find them at traditional seaside resorts!) when upon finishing I was personally invited to play in the forthcoming tournament by the 'resident club professional'. I suppose I should be honoured with such an invitation, but I was always brought up thinking this game was played for fun by families with small children. Obviously I was wrong!! I must say I am quite looking forward to the event (played over a full 72 holes of magical fun!), although I have a feeling there will be far too many people taking everything ridiculously seriously and I will find it hard not to act like Happy Gilmore (as I am sure the only reason I was invited was due to my English accent and not my Putt-Putt skills!!). We shall see!!Another milestone was also reached in the last week—my 25th birthday. As part of my birthday celebrations my girlfriend surprised me by taking me to Cincinnati for the day, where we spent the afternoon visiting the zoo (and seeing enough animal erections to last me a lifetime—there must have been something in the air!!), and then the evening I had the pleasure of attending my first ever baseball game where the Cincinnati Reds took on the Milwaukee Brewers.Just like American football, baseball has a strange atmosphere, nothing like that what I'm use to when attending the real version of football. For a start, there are absolutely no away supporters, and clapping seems to be the only method of making any sound. When one of the opposition players dropped a simple catch I decided to point and laugh at him at the top of my voice. Upon doing this I was treated like someone with a contagious disease and was shunned by those sitting around me! How rude!! I also received numerous evil glares off one of the stewards, as after walking us down to our seats and then cleaning them (they weren't even dirty in the first place!) he stood around waiting for me to tip him. Of course being as stingy as I am, he left empty handed. It still amazes me how you are supposed to tip for virtually everything over here. No offence, but if I can't find my seat then I will ask someone and if I want it clean, I will clean it with the ass that will be sitting on it!! Saying all of this, I thoroughly enjoyed my first baseball experience and hopefully will get the chance of another visit before I leave.Ever since coming over to America, one problem that I have always had is buying alcohol. Not because I look 12, or that I don't have any ID but because people can never seem to be able to understand my date of birth due to the British having the day before month. Normally when people can't read my ID, they just nod approvingly and give it back, but this time the woman cashier point blankly refused to serve me saying that they do not accept international ID!! What made it worse was that she asked if she could have my driving license after I had given it to her, so she obviously had no idea what she was doing! I can fully relate to people not understanding how foreign ID works, but to be so obnoxious and rude, as to say that it’s not accepted, steps over the line!! If this is the case, then surely it’s a little racist to allow only Americans to drink in their own country!!!!My girlfriend also graduated from university this week, and compared to English graduations (I only have one of each to make comparisons with!) they seem much more professional and make students feel like they have accomplished an amazing feat. They make the students feel like a million dollars when walking away from university, where as I would have been happy to pay a million dollars walking away from my university in Stoke-on-Trent, although this says a lot more about the place rather than the university! As university is now finished, I have moved from the city of Lexington to the city of Louisville, still living in Kentucky, where I am living with my girlfriend’s parents. Although it's only for 6 weeks until I travel to Costa Rica, it will be an interesting time for sure. Luckily I have a friend coming to visit to help if things get too tense!!I am sure it's the same anywhere you go in the world but one thing that I have been noticing recently is the strange fascination that Americans seem to have with tunnels and places where they can hear their voices echo. I have never seen so many grown men squeal like a little girl upon entering a tunnel and then leaving with the biggest smiles of satisfaction I have ever scene. You would never expect such things from a country with high gun crime!! Maybe if you stick all the criminals in tunnels instead of prisons then crime would be a thing of the past??!!Well that's it for now. Next week like I already mentioned, I have a friend coming over to visit so at least I have an English friend to watch the World Cup with. For some reason the Americans don't seem to like the way the English watch football over here (or maybe they just don't like me!!). I had the next door neighbour come round when watching the Champions League Final to tell me to shut up. Obviously I obeyed him as he was twice the size of me and has a pit bull, so I wasn't going to argue! Close
Written by Shady Ady on 18 May, 2006
Well it has been a quieter week here in America than previous ones, but I think this will be a one off, especially with birthday shenanigans taking place next week!
As I mentioned last week, there had been a spate of shop hold-ups in the…Read More
Well it has been a quieter week here in America than previous ones, but I think this will be a one off, especially with birthday shenanigans taking place next week!
As I mentioned last week, there had been a spate of shop hold-ups in the local vicinity, but luckily the people carrying out these robberies have all been arrested. This week it's a similar story but instead of robbing shops, it's peoples' houses which are being broken into at gunpoint. It has been an average of one a night so far!! Looks like I will be spending even more time cowering underneath the bedsheets like the masculine guy that I am!!!
Another tragic story to hit the headlines this week was the accidental death of a 22-year-old woman and her unborn baby. Unfortunately she happened to be walking below a multi-story car-park when a driver on the 2nd level somehow managed to crash their car into the wall when trying to park, knocking a 6000 pound piece of concrete straight down on top of the unsuspecting woman. What a harsh way to go.
This week I had the pleasure of a trip down to a place called Cumberland Falls. The ride to Cumberland Falls was a little disturbing due to the amount of dead animals on the road! Everything was on show, from birds to deers and a never-ending supply of squashed raccoons. Cyril Sneer would have had a heart attack if he had seen this!!
Cumberland Falls is known as the 'Niagara of the South' and is supposed to be a smaller version of Niagara Falls. It's also one of only two places in the entire world where you can see a Moonbow (the other place is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe), although there was a little chance of me staying around waiting until midnight for the chance of seeing this!!
Don't get me wrong, Cumberland Falls is a gorgeous place (as can be seen in my photos!!), but the beauty was lost slightly with the amount of rubbish floating down the river. People further up the river have been using the river as a source to dump their rubbish for free. While I can't fault their ingenuity, I was a little concerned to see three motorcycle helmets floating by in the water. There must be a story behind that somewhere down the line!!
I also had the pleasure of a trip to a Civil War Museum in a small town called Bardstown. Although American history isn't one of my favourite subjects, I always find it interesting learning a little about the history of the country I am visiting, and of course using my English accent on the unsuspecting American public, especially in small towns like this!
I actually learnt a lot from my trip (I won't bore you with an American history lesson!), especially that again my sarcasm is lost on most Americans. On leaving the museum one of the staff members mentioned that we had been in the museum for a long time. To which I replied 'yes we have, I'm an expert now and I'm after your job.' The silence and look of evil and disgust in the staff members face after saying this was very unnerving. I decided to leave without muttering another word.
It seems that whenever I travel to some of the smaller towns in Kentucky you always meet a few characters for one reason or another. First off, I met a very nice guy with lobster hands. I have been told that these are a common occurrence in eastern Kentucky villages bordering the Appalachian mountains, due to cases of 'inbreeding'. I have no idea if this is true, but if there are people with blue tinted skin living in the Appalachians from 'reproducing from a small gene pool', then I don't think lobster hands are out of the question!!
The pleasure was also had in participating in one of the strangest conversations I have ever had. After the educational trip to the civil war museum, we stopped off for food at a restaurant, where a lovely old lady accosted me while I was eating with the question 'do you like frogs?'. Never being asked such a question before, let alone when eating, my instinct was to answer 'yes'. This brought a huge smile to the lovely old ladies face and the reply, 'awesome, I just love giving people plastic frogs', and then grabbed my hand and put a handful of plastic toy frogs in my palm.
Having never been in the situation of having free plastic frogs on offer, I decided to take them with a smile and a 'thank you' and not hurt the old ladies feelings. She left the restaurant like a young Mother Theresa as though she had just saved a whole nation single handedly from starvation. I can assure you these frogs won't go to waste though as I am sure I can use the same lines on my English students in Ecuador. I bet they have never been offered plastic frogs in their life either. It does beg the question though to how old she actually thought I was. Or maybe all 25-year-old's in America play with plastic frogs on a regular basis? Who knows!!
The last piece of news from Kentucky, in an effort to stop deaths from not wearing a seat belt (560 of the 980 odd deaths on Kentucky roads last year were due to not wearing a seat belt) one fast food outlet has come up with the ingenious idea of offering a free Pepsi to everyone who makes an order through their drive-thru while wearing a seat belt. Now, I am in favour of all ideas making people safer drivers, but I'm not quite sure to the success of this initiative, other than increasing the intake of unhealthy sugary drinks in a population that should really be cutting down on these substances!!
I have also decided that, like an alcoholic with alcohol, I cannot last any longer without having a marathon to train for, so I have entered another. This one is in Guayaquil, Ecuador at the start of October, so it should be an interesting run, as they say that you shouldn't run at all for 3 weeks when you move to live at an high altitude, so I won't be able to do that much training before I run! It's all about the medals anyway, not the times you run!!
For more information and photos please log onto: http://spaces.smn.com/adrianlivingstone
Written by Shady Ady on 15 May, 2006
It’s been a pretty eventful week so I thought I would keep everyone up to date with recent shenanigans!At the start of the week, I almost managed to make another guest appearance on TV, but alas it wasn't to be. On returning back home from…Read More
It’s been a pretty eventful week so I thought I would keep everyone up to date with recent shenanigans!At the start of the week, I almost managed to make another guest appearance on TV, but alas it wasn't to be. On returning back home from partaking in the popular American past time of bowling, my entire street had been closed off by numerous fire engines and a number of TV crews. It all seemed like everyone was congregating around my house, and for a second or two my heart missed a few beats as I envisaged my passport and all my documents going up in smoke! Luckily it was the house a few doors down that was drawing all the attention, as it had gone up in flames. I was one relieved male!! Unfortunately a dog made a trip to doggy heaven, but no one else was hurt in the fire. The following night my street was again the centre of more mischievous shenanigans as I was awoken at 2am by a lone gunshot, which broke the night’s silence. Being the hard, strong guy that I am I decided the best call of action was to hide underneath the bed sheets instead of venturing downstairs and looking out of the window to get a closer look. A few minutes later the area was full of police, so I knew something had happened, but I felt all safe and warm in my bed so I just decided to go back to sleep. It wasn't until the following morning when I found out the shop over the road had been held up at gun point! This seems to be the fashion of the week at the moment, as six different shops within the local vicinity have been robbed at gunpoint this week alone. Not to mention the daily drive-by shootings that have also taken place. I'm definitely not going to make any enemies if at all possible, or make late night trips to any shops!! It seems the safest way!!! The highlight of the past week had to be going to the 132nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, which was an amazing experience. Obviously it was made all the better as I managed to double the money I went with through some inspired (more like lucky and spawny!) betting. This meant I managed to cover all of my spending for the entire day! Being a tight git that I am, you certainly can't beat free days at the races!! There were almost 160,000 people who were there to share my joys at the Kentucky Derby, and I have to say that I have never seen so many blind drunk people in one day in all my life. It was both revolting and amusing at the same time. Amusing as in seeing drunken people collapsing all over the place, with one guy falling head first into a rubbish bin, and revolting when seeing people walking around with their T-shirts covered in sick! Not very nice at all! I have to say that when it comes to not being able to handle their drink, it seems the Americans are right up there just behind the English at the top of the table!! It wasn't all fun though as somehow I managed to put sun cream all over my body apart from one side of my forehead so now I have half my forehead completely red, burnt and peeling, which is not only painful but it makes me look like I have the worlds worst dandruff. Not very sexy at all! While at the Kentucky Derby, we got to see a few famous celebrities but unfortunately they were all American celebrities so I didn't have a clue who any of them were!! I did manage to go out for dinner the other night and sit on a table next to Bret “The Hitman” Hart (a famous wrestler), although I could have been told any name and I would have believed it. Apparently a number of wrestlers are appearing in a pay per view event at the local basketball stadium, which might explain why they were eating in a small restaurant in Kentucky. He was dining with another wrestler who came with trademark long wet hair and all his muscles out on show, to try and impress the ladies I'm sure!! I have no idea who he was though. I think I was getting more attention for being the token English man than either of the wrestlers!!! Normally on my travels, well, when I say normally I mean at least once in every country I have visited, I have been mistaken for a girl for one reason or another. So it was a nice change last week when I was told I sounded just like James Bond, a young Sean Connery. I really can't see that myself, to be honest, but it was good for the morale and made a welcome change from being called a lady or a chick!!!! It seems in this part of America a token English person is well remembered. I visited a local pub in the week that I drank at now and again the last time I was over here, and while everyone else was asked for their ID, the barman said to me that he didn't have to see my ID, as he knew who I was and that I drink there all the time. The last time I went was 4 months ago!! The same also happened in a restaurant as well! Obviously feminine looking English men with strange hair make a big impression in this part of America!Other than all of this, I also made a trip to Natural Bridge State Park, which is basically all about a huge piece of rock approximately 2m wide, that's shaped like a bridge, which you can walk across. Although if you accidentally fall off you have a nice 100 feet fall to your death!! Being a little afraid of heights added to the experience a great deal!! I have put a few pictures on my web page as the views were quite impressive (if any of you are into that kind of thing!!!). I have also arranged a few road trips as well, which should be quality. As well as road trips to Washington, Nashville and Memphis, I will also be enjoying a nice 2-day, 7-hour trip to Los Angeles via the legendary Greyhound bus. From the stories I have been told about riding the Greyhound, if we make it to the end of the trip alive then we have done well! I have also sorted out a job for when Candace and I go to Costa Rica as well, as we are both going to work on a coffee farm for 3 weeks in the middle of the cloud rainforest. It should be an intriguing experience as we will be working for a family that speaks no English and with me speaking no Spanish it could be a struggle. At least we get free unlimited horse-riding, which might not be the safest thing considering I have never ridden a horse before!! For more information and photos log on to: http://spaces.msn.com/adrianlivingstone Close
Written by Christie on 29 Dec, 2000
Although there are several tour companies which specialize in group farm tours, it is not difficult to arrange a tour on your own. The advantages of doing it yourself include a more personalized tour of the farms (and stallions) which you are most interested in…Read More
Although there are several tour companies which specialize in group farm tours, it is not difficult to arrange a tour on your own. The advantages of doing it yourself include a more personalized tour of the farms (and stallions) which you are most interested in seeing, and freedom to explore the countryside that would not be available from a group tour. Be aware that breeding season runs from January through May, and it may be difficult to get tours during this time due to the stallions' schedules.
To arrange a tour, call the farm's Stallion office at leat a month in advance of your visit and ask to arrange a tour. (A complete listing of stallion farms can be found at www.blood-horse.com, and a listing of stallions can be found at www.stallionregister.com.) You will need to specify the number of visitors in your group when you call. The secretary will give you a confirmed time for your tour. KEEP YOUR RESERVATION! This is VERY important! Remember that the farms are indeed working farms, and tours are only given as a courtesy. It is considered very rude to not keep a tour reservation.
The grooms who give the tours do so on their own time, and they keep a full day of barn chores, so tipping is very appropriate. I usually tip $5 for an average tour, and more for an exceptional tour. (I once tipped $20 at Three Chimneys when the groom walked us out into the pasture to view the stallions who were outside for the day!)
My favorite farms to tour:
Three Chimneys (Seattle Slew, Silver Charm, Wild Again)
Walmac International (Nuryev, Salt Lake)
Lane's End (Charismatic, A.P. Indy, Belong To Me)
Gainesway (they stand 45 stallions here!)
Jonabell (Holy Bull, Storm Cat)
Caliborne (Unbridled, Go For Gin, and the spectacular cemetery with Secretariat's grave)
Two final notes: it is not appropriate to bring children under age 12 on a farm tour. If you have children that want to see horses, I recommend taking them to the Kentucky Horse Park instead. And for visitors of all ages, remember to keep your hands to yourself and do not pet any of the stallions unless the groom invites you to do so. To do otherwise could result in the loss of fingers!
Written by bledpub on 14 May, 2008
Call them what you will- Frosty Freeze, Dairy Bar, Dairy Shack, Freezer Fresh, etc. To me they're all Frosty Freezes. What exactly are they? Well, they're locally owned little businesses that generally don't have indoor seating, whose main function seems to be to sell…Read More
Call them what you will- Frosty Freeze, Dairy Bar, Dairy Shack, Freezer Fresh, etc. To me they're all Frosty Freezes. What exactly are they? Well, they're locally owned little businesses that generally don't have indoor seating, whose main function seems to be to sell ice cream. Soft served ice cream. Only I have yet to find one that ONLY sells ice cream. Usually french fries, burgers, onion rings, pizza bread, and tenderloin can also be found. Real ice cream is used for the shakes and such and although everything can be greasy and is incredibly bad for you overall, it is darn good. Unfortunately, Frosty Freezes seem to be dying out due to towns getting bigger and Dairy Queens moving in. Still, a few do exist and I wanted to use this page to pay homage to them. Berryman's in Mt. Sterling. Now purists would say that Berryman's is technically no longer a Frosty Freeze since they moved out of their old drive-up building and now inhabit the space of a former Dairy Queen. However, it IS an institution in Mt. Sterling. Sure, the chili dogs aren't what they used to be and the last time I got a peanut butter milkshake it seemed to be mostly vanilla, but at least they're trying.Clay City used to have one, but it recently closed. I used to go to it everyday because I went to school across the street. I loved their grilled cheese sandwiches, milkshakes, and french fries. Still do, in fact. Once when my friend Heather and I were walking back to the school I almost got hit by a truck. I was ten. So I wrote this little song about it..."Rebecca got run over by a semiWalking back from the frosty freezeShe was always a little skinnyBut now she looks just like her ice cream."But Ezel's is still my favorite. Ever. I grew up going to this Frosty Freeze. The best things to have are the french fries, pizza bread, and peanut butter milkshakes. To this day I haven't found better peanut butter milkshakes than here. When I was a kid they used to rent videos AND VCRs. Since we didn't have a VCR we took advantage of this deal they would occasionally have where you could rent a VCR and 8 video tapes for $20 or something. It was a big deal and all the neighbors would come over. Close
Written by bledpub on 26 Dec, 2007
Some might call it tacky, but I love Christmas lights. I like the tasteful houses with the icicle lights and the green wreathes hanging daintily on the front doors, but what I LOVE are the houses that go all out. You know, the ones that…Read More
Some might call it tacky, but I love Christmas lights. I like the tasteful houses with the icicle lights and the green wreathes hanging daintily on the front doors, but what I LOVE are the houses that go all out. You know, the ones that have the blow-up snowmen, the nativity, a couple of reindeer, a mechanical Santa, and a forest of fake trees in the yard. The more lights the better. I like to think that after putting all of that out, some guy steps back to look at it with his wife and one of them turns to the other and says, "Honey, that looks GOOD." So every year we go out looking at lights and try to find that one perfect neighborhood that has that one perfect house that goes all out. We have finally found it in Richmond. It's not far from downtown and has not one, not two, not three, but FOUR houses in a row that sparkle. Three years ago there was just the one but now they have expanded. These places are absolutely over the top and I love it. This Christmas my husband and I had to actually get out of the car to take the pictures and even then we couldn't get one house in the frame due to the amount of decorations. Unfortunately, the picture does not get the entire effect because some of their decorations played music as well. Richmond, as a town, does try its best to decorate well. We do all seasons but Christmas is by far the best. Downtown looks nice and in the snow it's a beautiful place. I recommend if you're in the area, however, to get out and drive around and try to find some of the older neighborhoods that go all out. It might not be your cup of tea, but it will more than likely at least make you smile. Close
Written by bledpub on 07 Dec, 2007
Horse Mania was inspired by Chicago's "Cows on Parade." The horse was an obvious choice to represent the Lexington community because Lexington is in the center of "Horse Country." Seventy-nine life-size fiberglass horses were made by various local artists and then set up around…Read More
Horse Mania was inspired by Chicago's "Cows on Parade." The horse was an obvious choice to represent the Lexington community because Lexington is in the center of "Horse Country." Seventy-nine life-size fiberglass horses were made by various local artists and then set up around downtown for people to view. Eventually, they were auctioned off and art buyers came from as far away as Miami and Orgeon to bid on them. These photos were some that I took when the horses were still downtown. Since then, they have moved to their respective owners' dwellings, although you will still see a few downtown.The horses shown below are:Night MareNight Mare was created by Ken Wesley and Peggy Sherry, owners of Somerset's Riverstone Gallery. It's kind of difficult to tell in the picture, but the constellation shapes are vinyl and had to be attached with adhesive. They used rhinestones to represent the stars which is what gives it the glittery effect. It's one of my favorite horses. Mirrored HorseMirrored Horse is one of my favorites. I like shiny things. :-) He, I'm pretty sure it's a he, was done by Hunter Guyon and Chesney Turner. In order to get the mirrors to be different shapes and sizes they approached it scientifically-they put the glass in a pillow case and smashed it on a rock. It took more time applying the glass then they thought it would so on the last night they invited friends over and had a party to finish it. Parrot DizeParrot Dize was designed by Anna Hall. Her inspiration stemmed from where she thought a horse went when he died. Paradise. Get it? I thought so. A picture of Anna is in one of the horse's eyes and on the stomach she placed a picture of her husband and dog. Close
I originally went to Sqecial Media for candles, incense, and stones. (Don’t ask.) I had always been a little intimidated by it because whenever I drove past I would see odd looking people standing outside. Well, after finally venturing in I was really impressed. Yes,…Read More
I originally went to Sqecial Media for candles, incense, and stones. (Don’t ask.) I had always been a little intimidated by it because whenever I drove past I would see odd looking people standing outside. Well, after finally venturing in I was really impressed. Yes, they have many New Age items and shelves and shelves of incense and candles, but they also have a lot of other things. Their New Age and alternative religion book selection is really outstanding and they also have a good selection of used books for very low prices. It also works as a gift shop and you can find funny little trinkets for hard to please people, as well as international gifts such as handmade Indian purses and other nice items.The prices aren’t bad at all and it’s definitely worth going in and having a peek. On a side note, check out their magnets. The person who was with me bought one that said: “I’m sorry I didn’t go to church: I was too busy practicing witchcraft and becoming a lesbian.”I have found their items to be quite cheap. Incense starts at about 10 cents a stick and stones around 75 cents. The used books are a great bargain.Phone: (859) 255-4316Address: 371 South Limestone St.Directions: Across from UK and right before you get to McDonalds.Website: http://www.sqecialmedia.com/Other Contact: email@example.com Close