Mom as earplugs

Concert last night was up and down pretty dang fantastic.
Weather cooperated with the air was perfectly autumn.
Bands sounded bang on with big juicy sets.

Friends and folks galore, many I hadn’t seen in months and some I felt supremely lucky to meet for the first time. (Including the little fella pictured above.)

So the evening was all around sweet.
One couldn’t ask for more.

Okay, I did want one of the super-fine event shirts designed by Caleb Halter, but I’m too big.
If you’re of normal size, it’s worth carving out some space in the closet for one.

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Images from the festival

1st ever (I think) Cincinnati T-Shirt Festival

So that was fun.

Hot — but fun.

We got to the square just as the sun started to beat down. Luckily there was a breeze and a crowd.

Lots of WOXY fans stopped by our tent. So many we ran out of shirts. (We’ll remedy that problem tomorrow). These listeners define enthusiasm.

Also got to see folks from the online world that I’ve never met before proper. Reinforces my joy of the ‘net and always brightens the day.

Overall? A success. And pretty fantastic to see the Square come to life at night with the bands of Indie Summer (see schedule).

Enough gushing, check out the threads and smiling faces:

Photos2008 Cincinnati T-Shirt Festival

Current music: Beastie Boys “The Sounds Of Science”

here and there

All I wanted was a Pepsi, and she wouldn’t give it to me. Just a Pepsi. (Not really, but it’s a reference to a lyric I can’t shake from time to time.)

Left work an hour early as there was a Fender amp emergency in Cincinnati. I went down with Tom and, crisis averted, we ran over to Northside for a fast run through of music shopping, food gathering, and lastly to drop off some goods for Scribe (at Feralmade, his show opens Saturday). Be sure to check out these 545 frames of him getting ready for the show.

Headed back to the city for the first night of the MusicNow Festival. Lots of visual and audio goodness commenced. I have to sort through it all, but tis time to jump on the road.

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Cincinnati becomes a destination city


It seemed most everyone I know was giddy about the new IKEA going up in West Chester. Only the Cincinnati Reds could garner more opening day fanfare.

I’ve never owned any of this cheap flat pack furniture from Sweden (aside from bulk bags of tea lights), but as one who hopes to become a home owner in this lifetime (more on that in a moment), this megastore can only mean good things.

Don’t warn me about varying levels of quality—I often lease clothing from Old Navy—I have tempered expectations.

So after everyone and my mom went (she got the 99¢ breakfast last week with my brother), I finally made it there Tuesday with my friend Wendy.

Sore calves later, I was overwhelmed and not even through a third of the joint.

Looking mighty forward to going back, and maybe I’ll buy something other than tealights (again). Oh, and if you go, there’s some cuteness working the cafeteria. Grab some meatballs while you’re there.

In other news, the house deal fell through after inspection because it is our destiny to experience every. single. facet. of this home-buying process. The only thing we have left on the list is to actually close on a house so I think this bodes well in the scheme of things.

PhotosBack to IKEA: I took a few photos, some are colorful

Current music: Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart”

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Saturday the sun was shining, clouds filled the blue sky, and though I had work to do, I carved out a slice of the afternoon to just be out and about.

After a much needed haircut down in Kentucky, I looped through Cincinnati before heading home. The light was still prime so I parked the car and rode the elevator up 45th floor of Carew Tower. A few flights of steps and two bucks later, I was on the windy observation deck looking down at the miniature skaters on the square, up north toward Over the Rhine, and all around.

I honestly was tryin to get a good shot of The Ascent in Northern Kentucky, but it wasn’t happening from that vantage.

Post note: I switched servers over the weekend, if you find images are missing, hit refresh on your browser. If that doesn’t work, drop me a line.

Current music: The National “Fake Empire”

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Inside the new restaurant down by the Aronoff Center

Caught The Drowsy Chaperone on Tuesday night. Dan’s playing trumpet down in the pit.

Slipped over to the new restaurant by Chef David Falk (of BOCA) next to the theater—a joint called NADA serving Mexican fare. The interior is swank, but there’s a casual vibe to the place. Though reservations are possible, it’s more about walking in and sharing some food. I’d suggest anything with their guacamole, the sliders, and any of the mixed drinks on the cocktail menu.

As for the show, after the first song I shared a sidelong glance with my friend The Brown. She and I were skeptical. But the show eventually won us over with its sense of humor and quick clip.

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Light the Square

Tyler Davidson Fountain (wiki)

Friday night we bundled up and headed to Fountain Square to see ’em flip the switch on the Christmas Tree lights.

This was my first visit since the square was redesigned, and it might not have been the best way to experience the public space. It was packed and dark. And cold. And Santa was late. And someone was really butchering Christmas carols. And there weren’t any chestnuts roasting on an open fire, or hot cocoa.

But it was nice to see the whole square filled with people. I bet if Macy’s would have stayed open late that Black Friday, many would have done some shopping to warm up.

All my complaints and it was still a good evening. The skating rink opened up and I didn’t lose my gloves.

PhotosFourteen snapshots of the chilly evening

Current music: Judy Garland “The Trolley Song”

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The Ascent

Covington, KY

Though I can’t find verification, I always chuckle at what many think is a quote from Mark Twain:

When the world ends, I would like to be in Cincinnati, because it’s always 20 years behind the times.

Sometimes I’ve heard it as 10 years behind, but It’s funny either way.

I spent all day down there in my hometown. Lots of good work and enough time to squeeze in a haircut with my barber and snap this photo.

That twisty structure is the new Ascent condos being added to the Kentucky skyline. We consider this Greater Cincinnati because they get things done faster on that side of the river.

If it looks vaguely familiar, it might be because architect Daniel Libeskind is also working on the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Another connection of note (pardon the pun) is the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge (picture, history) that links Ohio to this part of Covington. Finished in 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time. Roebling used his knowledge here and went on to build the Brooklyn Bridge a few years later.

So maybe Twain was wrong. If you want to see what’s going to pop up in New York City, look to Cincinnati.

Current music: Radiohead “Unravel (Pocket Mix)”

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in my mom’s garden

fluttering around

Drove down to Cincinnati yesterday. Quick dinner with Ma then it was off to Miltons Tavern to watch the fireworks on TV.

Good times.

Current music: Beastie Boys “Suco De Tangerina”

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The goetta ring toss

After the movie, a group of fellas trudged through the intense heat of the night to check out the mini Goettafest in Newport, KY. Not familiar with goetta? It’s meat and oats rolled up like sausage and you’ll find its a staple of Cincinnati area cuisine—particularly greasy spoons. Wikipedia has a great history of it. I quite prefer the vegetarian version.

So there were rides, and vendors selling geotta ruebens, goetta balls, geotta pizza, geotta burritos, geotta hoagies, goetta pancakes, goetta fudge brownies… I could go on but I have to mention the goetta vending machine.

Photos Here’s a handful of really dark photos poorly capturing the mayhem.

Current music: GBV “Sing For Your Meat”

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