Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pizza Propaganda Pinball

I’d only stopped in to the Domino's around the corner once. There's better pizza elsewhere. But one night amongst a downpour, my friend Bob and I wanted to split a large sized concoction of dough, cheese, and pepperonis. Other than that, the chain pizza location tucked into a residential street at the back entrance of my apartment complex wasn’t something that ever tempted my palate. While ducking out of the rain and into the warm embrace of Ann Arbor, Michigan's finest pizza conglomerate, I noticed they had a pinball machine. I’ve never been able to play pinball for more than a few minutes, but have had several friends with a deep interest in the game, the machines, and even how to repair them. On a whim one day, I decided to stop back in and play.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

San Diego

Before this trip to San Diego, I had only been to California (and a remote part at that) for a few hours. We swung by the Ghost Town of Amargosa and Death Valley back in January of this year while on a trip to Vegas, but didn't catch any of the State's large cities, palm tries, beaches, or other things found in Red Hot Chili Peppers' songs. An opportunity to visit a friend offered a glimpse of that. I enjoyed San Diego, but didn't come away with the same appreciation or longing that I found in Boston last year. Even though we were there during a heat wave (that was akin to most Midwestern summer days) and never experienced the city's renown weather, the food was great and the time was well spent. It was a good chance to explore someplace new and I appreciated the sounds of the airport, the vast amount of tags and stickers on street signs, and the sprawling skyline. The highlight of the trip, though, was probably when we stepped into Tijuana, Mexico. More on that later.

In the meantime, here's some photographs from San Diego that are completely absent of references from sophomoric Will Ferrell films or that jingle from South Park.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Cincy Shirts Podcast

- Myself with Dan and PF of Cincy Shirts posing in front of an old Cincinnati Gardens scoreboard.

Had the opportunity to be a guest on the Cincy Shirts Podcast recently. You can catch the episode here or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to listen to the end of a special 20%-off code.

I've always been a big fan of Cincy Shirts’ products as well as their respect and appreciation for this city and and its history. Their podcast, much like their shirts, is fantastic, so be sure to subscribe. They've had a wide range of guests ranging from Molly Wellman to FC Cincinnati players to roller coaster designers and so many more. It was great to be a guest and chat about exploring abandoned buildings, defunct sports teams, the death of malls, and a multitude of other subjects that crossed our minds. Check back soon for a new QC/D story featuring one of the hosts, PF Wilson, and what he has to say about a now demolished airport concourse. It's going to be a good one.

Thanks for having me on, Dan and PF, and thanks for the awesome G.I. Joe inspired Cincy shirt!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Alleyway Art Gallery

Had to run an errand to Northside the other day and stumbled upon this cross-section of two alleyways filled with art. It was a nice surprise and a reminder to get over to this neighborhood more.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Major League Soccer in Cincinnati!

In 2012 I wrote a piece titled: "Major League Soccer in Cincinnati?"

Six years later, I got to write this followup: "Major League Soccer in Cincinnati!"