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Jun 18th, 2016 - 10:03 pm - Bendel candles
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been somewhat tan.

Here is today's nature in bloom :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. Summer is (almost) upon us! A while ago my cell phone, which I nicely inherited from my dad when he got a new one, alas was all done, battery-charge-wise. Many cell phones have rechargeable batteries, but even these have a finite amount of charges. I thanked my parents for nicely paying my cell phone for a few years now, and switched back to a company through whom I have had service before - Tracfone. The tricky part was switching service from AT & T so that I could keep my number.
My new phone is smaller, but has a better camera (although no flash, lol) and also allows for me to upload files from it to the computer en masse' (my old Nokia, randomly, did not have the flash-drive-esque capacity many devices do). I should be all set!

* Pride 2016

Earlier today was a favorite (almost) summer event of mine - Pride! "woo" haha. Karla, the director of Stonewall (who hosts the event each year) elected to not place a limit on those who could march. As such, the parade was over 4 (yes, 4!) hours. I did not see all of it.
Lots of crowds!, which of course fluctuated as they realized how long everything would be. Great free samples - local ice cream company Jeni's passed out free full-sized (!) pints. Piada, another regional chain, had buy-1-get-1 coupons. Unique floats included, but were not limited to, Wal-Mart, Abercrombie & Fitch (marching for one of the first years, if memory serves me) and even a cat litter company (yes, a cat litter company).
I saw some people I knew, including college friend Andrew (singing with the gay man's choir), Chris Keller (whom I hadn't seen in years!) and Pride organizer Scott, one of basically literally 3 or 4 people who plan the event. S's sister Melanie, whom I also hadn't seen in a while, was nicely in town too.
I swung by local 'Short North gay' Jeff's house - a grand house at the end of the route - for his annual Pride party, but it was quite crowded with the downtown boys. I had wanted to thank him for hosting everything. He did indeed have his usual underwear-wearing boys serving the drinks, lol.
I took some pictures with my phone, but ironically my old phone transferred over to my new phone after I took them, but before I could message / upload them out. I am sure I shall figure out something ~ !

* WNBR Columbus 2016 (part 1 of 2)

* WNBR Columbus 2016 (part 2 of 2)

Last Saturday was another fun event I enjoy - the (7th annual) world naked bike ride! An international event ; it happens mid June (or mid-December, in the southern hemisphere) to highlight awareness for cyclists. Of course you can wear whatever you like, though yes, LJ readers, I myself did ride not wearing anything. Woo!
I met some nice guys pre-ride, including first-timers (who had no problem taking their clothes off) and a straight boy named Ben, who was... well-endowed, shall we say. He has ferrets as pets! And also has a tattoo or two of them as well.
The ride - a somewhat long 10 miles - ended just south of downtown, at the local Auduon park. The 'afterparty', however, was 5 more (!) miles away - in the near east downtown area. A few people, including myself, politely posted on the Facebook page a hope for a circular route for next year.

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : Australian show Please Like Me. being able to (minimally) adjust my work availability, to be more convenient for my schedule. fruity crisp-flavored Oreos (a limited edition. tasty!). friendly neighbors. a day that started off with me alas getting over food poisoning, but ending with me finding a new, free, nice bike!

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Jun 4th, 2016 - 12:00 pm - My tweets
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  • Fri, 22:45: Sometimes "the grass is greener on the other side" because it's fake.
May 17th, 2016 - 08:10 pm - "reboot"
my winnipeg
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been organized.

Here are today's updates to Windows :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. Our weather here in Ohio is somewhat cold, for May. Certainly nice comfortable spring temperatures, however indeed 'true spring' temperatures as opposed to 'summer already'.
Courtesy the local library, I was recently able to take a (free!) painting class. I hadn't painted in any measurable sense since I was younger and took occasional art classes and / or had 'arts and crafts' in school. The instructor was even someone who used to work with my old roomie Graham, @ Starbucks! How about that.
The entire class took two hours, and our teacher nicely showed us each step. The picture was 'spring blossoms'. The original picture had some yellow in the middle, however for mine I left it out.

* Blossoms

Additional stand-alone classes are planned for later on this year, too!

* Spring cleaning (part 1 of 2)

Inspired by my old roomie Jeremy's boyfriend Brandon's closet, heh, I decided to go through everything in mine and do something I had literally never done in years, if not ever : actually hang clothes on 'hangers'. Totally random, right? I've literally never done that - my clothes have always been out or in drawers prior.
This involved pulling out everything from the closet and going through each item, one at a time. In prior "semi-annual house organizings" I have indeed inventorized everything, as it were, but never actually divided things into "recycle / archive / donate" piles. I discovered some unique items (a partial list is below).

* Spring cleaning (part 2 of 2)

Partial list of items found in closet :

[] a stuffed animal I won in a contest from 4th grade
[] a didgeridoo (yes, the Australian instrument)
[] love letters from an old friend, now a reseacher in Mexico City
[] the social security #s of everyone who lived in my dorm hall freshman year
[] a boomerang
[] postcards from 1900 (bought at a store of course, heh) and 1997
[] 7 pairs of shoes
[] quartz (the rock)

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : pre-preparing meals for my work week. re-watching old episodes of animated show The Critic. some warm days for which to bike. friendly neighbors. a well-stocked fridge and good balance of carbs to protein.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Apr 18th, 2016 - 02:08 am - First impressions
Starbucks Clover
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been vegetable-based.

Here are the haircuts of the day :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. It's April! Tax season and (here in the northern hemisphere) blossoms on the trees. Some random weather we had here earlier in Ohio had us having snow (yes, snow!) last week. It was only around a day or two but certainly was more than just a "light dusting".
Earlier last week I visited a local Starbucks ("Starbanks", as I call it, as it is in an old bank, complete with a safe room you can eat / drink in!) for a tasting. The Columbus (Ohio) market has finally - literally one of the last major cities in the US - gotten 'tastings', 'Starbucks Evenings' and 'bistro boxes' available here. Woo!

* Traxler Tees (part 1 of 2)

Earlier on last week I also had a chance to visit this business, which has a new location on the near east side of town, in an industrial area close to the Ohio Historical Center. Founder (and 'hottie') Zach Traxler opened up the warehouse space to visitors and offered (among other things) free beer, t-shirts and discounted food. I saw how the company creates its products, and even silkscreened a free shirt! (see below). The ink for the designs is pressed onto a template (under of which a shirt lies) on a square ironing-board-esque surface using a tool similar to one used for smoothing out concrete. The pressed design then goes down a conveyor-belt drying machine, and comes out the other end. "easy"!

* Traxler Tees (part 2 of 2)

We had a choice of red or gray shirts and one of five or so designs. Mine says "I printed this!"'

* Dream : morally-questionable Matt Damon (part 1 of 2)

I am vacationing with someone who is supposed be famous actor / writer Matt Damon in a warm environment - perhaps Florida. We are visiting a large buffet in a generic strip mall. The buffet, from the outside, appears to have two stories. It offers food and a casino for $10.29. We go inside. The line to get a ticket is so long, is stretches to the door into the main area itself, and the line to get into the main area is so long, it reaches from the other way back to where the first line is (i.e. "people are in two lines, facing opposite directions"). Rather than pay, Matt walks in like he has a ticket (!), and stands next to the guy holding the door open when he is not looking at us. He then "goes in" with everyone who is backlogged and already has a ticket. I apparently do this also and follow him.

* Dream : morally-questionable Matt Damon (part 2 of 2)

The main room is very large and circular-shaped, with a smaller circular bar in the center part. The buffet includes full-length carrots with brown gravy, among many other things. The 'bartenders' in the center part are all young ladies dressed like Las Vegas / generic "French dancers" (ruffles, etc). They are all quite bored as no one is drinking anything. Matt wishes one of them a happy birthday and the young lady is still nonplussed.
I am unsure if I am with "Matt Damon", since he has darker hair and a different look to his face, and ask one of them "Do you know who this is?" She replies "It's Matt Damon, famous scientist". 'Matt' then asks them "Do you know who this is?" and points to me. Of course, she doesn't, and spends a few minutes staring at me. Matt continues "I'll expect an e-mail tomorrow, with you telling me who this is". Apparently this person enjoys giving people a hard time, as it were. How random!

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : trying new green-tea-and-honey yogurt (mild and tart!). work being flexible with my schedule. the act of forgiveness. good prices on produce as part of a local Fresh Thyme's opening week specials. pleasant weather, to be able to head outside and do things late(r) on in the evenings.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
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