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Aug 19th, 2016 - 12:44 am - Rowing
Paul Robinett candle
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been reframed.

Here are the 90's techno songs of the day :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. The days are warm and the cicadas are buzzing in the trees - summer is here! We've had slightly 'more' rain than usual, which, humidity aside, is actually nice for the warmer months. I've been able to do some fun things, including trying a pineapple & sage-flavored macaroon (earlier today!), getting a frame for a picture I painted at the local library's free classes and... booking a trip!
I originally nicely had a plan to visit Austin, TX in September. My friends John and Brian hoped to visited Nashville, TN at the end of September themselves. I nicely happened to get a stock dividend check two days after they booked it, which by a coincidence was almost the exact same amount as the road-trip ticket ($120). So I said, hey let's go!

* Lake Erie

Speaking of unplanned vacations, earlier on last Wednesday my friend Scott and I went on a road trip to Cleveland for the day. S was looking at the UPS up there for a possibility of a job transfer. Before that - which itself was literally just a 3-minute drive through the parking lot - we went further north up to the Ohio / lake Erie border. Some nearby rain prevented people from getting on the beach, though indeed it was sunny where we were. A quiet park with an interesting tunnel that run under the road to the rest of the park on the other side was nearby.
On the way up we stopped @ Grandpa's Cheese Barn, a sort of large novelty store with food for sale and many free samples. I tried some orange-popsicle-flavored cream cheese, randomly.

* IRC reunion (part 1 of 2)

Earlier this month, prompted by college friend Dwayne, I headed up to BG for an IRC reunion! My goodness, how super it was. The IRC was a school-only chat which essentially existed from 1991-ish to about 2000. Many of my school friends I first met using it. We coincidentally met the same day the summer school kids were graduating, but by the time we visited campus in the afternoon most of the school was peaceful and empty.
We started off meeting at near-campus place Pollyeyes, a small but popular pizza eatery which, ironically, I myself didn't have any strong memories of from my school times. Some other people were coming in from far away - organizer Dwayne flew in from California! - and arrived later. After that we headed over to local long-running coffee-and-bookstore Grounds for Thought.

* IRC reunion (part 2 of 2)

Originally planning to attend were Dwayne (IRC nickname : Hound), Bruce (Spoons), Kendra (RisingSun), Sharon (Burk), Mandi (Emerald), Amanda (Earthangel) and me. At the last minute my friend John rearranged his schedule, and he and I carpooled up. We were surprised by three 'bonus' guests as well, who did not announce via online they were attending : Amy (Princess), Randy (Scarecrow) and Colleen (Veronica)! How super was that. Amusingly, Colleen was objectively in Grounds for Thought anyway, and essentially just walked over.
After coffee and chatting, most of us (Sharon had to head off - she was visiting family as well) walked around campus. I showed people the computer lab that was named after me - something I usually don't mention, but fun and appropriate given that we all met via computers.
It was great seeing everybody - a real fun reunion!

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : finding a half-dozen new flavors of salt water taffy at a local candy store, for which I myself have never tried (including stout beer and basked Alaska!). that game Animal Crossing will be having a mobile app coming out this autumn - hopefully fun!. being able to sleep in many days of the week. friendly neighbors. gold beets being in season.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Jul 29th, 2016 - 09:08 pm - Hours of operation
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Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been supervisory.

Here is the XTV of the day :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. Earlier on this month (July) I decided to surprise my parents and swing by the Dayton area on a day off from work. As I got closer, I called both my mom's and dad's cell phones, of which indeed no one answered. Assuming they were out, I drove elsewhere then came back later. It turns out they were just in the backyard pool! How about that.
When driving nearby, I visited my old elementary school (Valley), to which I attended 1st - 5th grade (6th grade was elsewhere). Although during the summer (and a weekend at that), the school was actually open! They were cleaning it. So I was finally able to get some pictures of the inside. Of course, everything looked smaller now that I was older, heh. I had been taking pictures of the various schools to which I attended whilst younger, and can now cross this one off of my list.

* Ohio State fair, 2016

This past Wednesday, I fortunately had off from work and was able to attend the opening day of this year's fair with my friend Brian. After a voluntary hiatus from last year (due to Avian bird flu precautions), the bird exhibits from last year had returned. I saw my 'usual' things - the competition hens and turkeys, the butterfly greenhouse, the bird 'house' (with 2... 2 whole birds in it! A heron and an owl. Panting. Seriously. Nicely, the bird did have water nearby), some artwork and various vendors.
I picked up some new salt water taffy flavors, none of which I have tried yet - cupcake, candy corn and rum (yes, rum-flavored salt water taffy). As is "tradition", I rode the sky ride back to the main entrance again, and we headed off. A warm day! I brought 3 bottles of water and drank 2 (I gave one to Brian). Fun times!

* Exile (part 1 of 2)

The outside of Exile, a local gay bar in Columbus.

* Exile (part 2 of 2)

Next weekend (August 6th) will be the last week for this local gay bar, a 'muscle / leather'-themed business (which of course anyone could visit) created from essentially a converted house. With no door person and... looser regulations, shall we say, it was a bar from an earlier time. People made out in the restrooms. There was a nice, large, fenced in backyard with benches and the occasional in-a-barrel or camp fire going (, weather appropriate).
The back upstairs part held a t-shirt / underwear / 'gear' store, a subset of local business Torso. My old roomie Graham used to buy his poppers here occasionally.
I myself would normally only visit if someone else wanted to go, but the informal-ness of it all was a nice touch. Best wishes, E!

* The Chintz Room

Also closing soon is The Chintz Room, a clever concept from once-local restaurant businesswoman Elizabeth Lessner (recently moved to... Oklahoma, I want to say). Recreating the cafes once present in the original historic Lazarus shopping center (in whose building, the eatery was!), the entrance featured a circular-turn door and - at one point - recipes from the menus of the older cafes (celery dressing, sour cream cheesecake). I was able to eat there once or twice, and indeed they did have a small collection of 'original material' from the stores over the years (mannequins, antiques etc). I've always had a similar idea ; to 'rescue' foods from old restaurants and bring them back elsewhere.

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : friendly neighbors. green tea. A blessed childhood. Secretary Clinton, getting a nomination! 'shaking up' my routine a bit.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
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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