A Pretty Pickle mostly documents places in and around Louisville, Kentucky. 

A photo you took yourself is a tiny time machine. You know where you were standing. You hear the sounds. Best of all, you know why you took that photo. -Pepper Hume

All contents of a pretty pickle Copyright 2008-2010 by Carrie Neumayer, All Rights Reserved.


5 Responses to “About”

  1. March 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    We would love to be included in your blogroll and will link back to this great site

  2. May 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Hi. I stumbled upon this blog through the Louisville Hardcore link. I love your photos; they are so inspiring! Thanks for the mention of Venus Trap, too.


  3. April 9, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Dear Carrie,

    We are a local interior design firm and have recently added a blog to our website. Our topics are primarily focused on local businesses, design and upcoming events. We would like to cross link our blog with yours. We think that our readers and yours would be interested in similar content, as both blogs are meant to attract fellow Louisvillians and local artists. We would love the opportunity to help increase both of our traffic counts.

    Please let us know if this is something that you would be interested in. Thank you for your time.

    Best Regards,

    Catherine Lozitskiy
    J Renee Designs


  4. August 16, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Salem, Ms. Neumayer! It appears we share several common experiences: (1) I am a huge Cardinal fan (an anomaly in Eastern Kentucky, but I received my J.D. from UofL’s law school before getting my LL.M. In Environmental Law at George Washington University), (2) I maintain a wordpress blog also (terryclarkeblog.wordpress.com), and (3) most importantly, I have spent a significant amount of time in ALMATY, KAZAKHSTANI, adopted my ethnic Kazakh daughter Milena Tulegenova Clarke from Almaty, and have kept her connected to her heritage and culture as much as possible, but I believe successfully. I have ensured that she maintain her first language (Russian) and over the years have developed and maintained relationships with the Kazakhstan Embassy to the United States and have sought out and have remained connected to 2,000+ “friends” , “acquaintances”, and “contacts” on social media, and when traveling for business, using my KZ network to find ethnic Kazakhs with which to spend evenings with my daughter who I frequently took with me. If you get an opportunity to discuss the long-held “social networks” with the locals, I would encourage you to do so. It is fascinating. You probably have already learned that ethnic Kazakhs are an ethnic group with shared Mongolian and Turkish ancestry, and all belong to one of three Zhuz (hordes) and within each Zhuz, many smaller subgroups called ru (though before the PC era, “tribes”). Additionally, Kazakhs, a nomadic people, were way ahead of their time with regard to human genetic diversity (so much so I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the cheesy “Ancient Aliens” show had produced a show on the issue–Each Kazakh has been required, going back many centuries, to memorize their ancestors going back 7 generations and being forbidden to marry anyone who was related to them within the 7 generation circle.

    My daughter, now 16 is from the Middle Horde (PC–Zhuz) and Naiman tribe (ru). Since you are a basketball fan, I will tell you Milena is entering her Junior year at East Carter and is already being recruited by several D-1 universities. She was invited to and made the all-star team at Vanderbilt’s elite camp this summer, playing post, and just returned from the Ivy League’s Brown University (yep, she’s very smart too–fortunately, she doesn’t have my eastern Kentucky DNA limitations) elite camp where she made the all-star team as a guard. She’s also being recruited by several Big East schools, some Big 12 schools, PAC-10 schools, but HAS NOT HEARD FROM LOUISVILLE!!! She also models (you’ve no doubt seen the exotic beauty of the ethnic Kazakhs, and Milena is already 5′ 11″. If you are wondering what an Appalachian, Central Asian ethnic Kazakh looks like, feel free to peruse my pictures (of which she is in many) on my wordpress blog I mentioned earlier or Facebook (Terry Clarke) or Twitter (@terryclarke76), all of which are set to “pubic” (no) privacy settings.

    In addition to reading your blog, I would LOVE to receive ANY pictures, information or anecdotes from you and, of course, I would be happy to answer any questions I may be able to address for you–for example traditional foods to try or stay away from. Of course, you must (although it is heretic coming from the heart of horse racing country) try horse sausage or the euphemistic “horse BEEFsteak.” Don’t worry, your secret will be safe with me! The national dish, which is wonderful, must be tried: besbarmak, as well as some migrated Russian dishes, pelmeni and Borsch (don’t let the “beet soup” moniker scare you off–beets are only used to produce the red color, it is a tremendously hearty and tasty soup which must include a large dallop of sour cream. There is one or possibly two national drinks which you MUST drink, if offered, even though they taste as though you reached beneath your kitchen sink, blind-folded and turned up the first bottle you grabbed: (1) Kumis (fermented mare’s milk–try not to visualize!) and (2) Shubat (fermented CAMEL’S milk–if offered, all I can say is “May God have mercy on your soul.”)

    If your experience is similar to mine, you are finding the Kazakh people to be incredibly kind, hospitable and curious.

    I know you are busy with your project and maintaining your excellent blog, but please, please, please, if you come across ANYTHING you think I might be remotely interested in (and if involves the Kazakh people, I am interested!), could you please send it to me by email (terryclarke@outlook.com or terryclsrke@windstream.net) or call or text me (606-615-1934) if you would like a second opinion on a piece you’re working on or information you are preparing for a meeting or presentation?

    I am so happy my niece, a UofL research assistant alerted me to your project!


    Terry Clarke
    1022 Bath Avenue
    Ashland, KY 41101
    606-615-1934 (cell)
    terryclarke@outlook.com (primary)
    terryclarke@windstream.net (secondary)
    Twitter: @terryclarke76

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