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Aug 8th, 2015 - 11:20 pm - Summertime
unicorn tapestry
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been fresh.

Here are today's Steamables :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. Right now, the house is full! My friend Jeremy from a while ago had recently moved in ; originally as part of his 7-week training period for a local restaurant. Once the training was done, although he is working outside of Columbus he stayed on! It is nice to see him after not seeing him for a few years.
My college friend Eric is also in town as well for a few days as well ; doing some follow-up medical appointments. E and I and my friend Brian all recently met for 'tea and philosophy' @ Zen Cha, a local tea place. That same day, Yelp was doing a "ride the bus and get free items" promotion, in conjunction with several businesses. I was lucky and was able to pick up some items (see 'misc. other' ; below).

* Canoeing (part 1 of 2)

Over the course of the warm months, some local Columbus parks offer completely free activities. Among them included this!, which my visiting friend Eric and I had a chance to try earlier on today.
Unalike some other events, this particular one was on a "first come / first serve" basis. Due to multiple people being able to go out on one boat at a time, them having around 8 or so boats, the event being a two-day one and it being relatively unadvertised, there was no more than a 20 or so minute wait.
Sharon Woods, the park we were at, has a lake in the middle which is the perfect size for something like this - large enough to boat around, but not so large as that one would get lost. We took a 20-minute slow circle of the lake. Very nice!

* Canoeing (part 2 of 2)

* Archery

Another event the local parks recently offered was archery. I had an opportunity to try this, also! The program used a compound bow, which is a smaller bow with more than one string to it, and a longbow, which is the basic image of a bow (with one long string on it). I shot 9 arrows total. Interestingly, I was closer to the target when it actually wasn't painted on the mark, haha.
When using a bow, to achieve a better aim one can technically stands sideways and shoot - not straight on. I found the compound bow easier to handle not only for its smaller size, but also for its dispersed friction between all of the various strings allowing for less continuous hold on one's fingers.

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : Target removing gender-based signage from their bedding, toy and electronic sections (yes, girls can like blue and boys can like pink). a good deal on cauliflower @ Aldi's. some nice freebies from the recent Yelp local-bus event : a $5 gift card to a local retro-sports-logos store, a free movie ticket (!) and a flight of any 3 drinks of my choice from a menu (I chose non-alcoholic ones, which the servers nicely bought out in full size! a strawberry lemonade, a non-alcoholic beer and an actual root beer float. Thanks, Pint House!)

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Jul 22nd, 2015 - 08:06 pm - Similar-looking models
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been clean.

Here are the "to go" boxes of the day :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. For the past few weeks I have had a migrating roomie, a boy named Jeremy whom I knew years ago and was glad to see again. He's getting ready to transfer to the Athens area for his job (an assistant manager at a local restaurant). Interestingly, as I was writing this entry, he called! He just passed his 'final test' for everything. Congrats to him!
In unrelated news, after years of searching, I finally found a product I had read about - an infinite jigsaw puzzle (literally). It's one set of pieces you can rearrange to form any picture in the world, including you! (software is included to tell you how to move the pieces). How cool is that! It's on my Christmas list. The product name is called Ji Ga Zo.

* Parks (part 1 of 3)

Last week I met my friend Brian for some tea & philosophy @ Zen Cha, as we often do. Afterwards we headed to a local restaurant we had been to perhaps once before - a French bakery. I had a zaletti (a European - Italian, actually, randomly) cookie made with cornmeal flour and golden raisins, and also a cup of very tasty mushroom / brie soup. I had a coupon for the place.
Afterwards, to a nearby riverside park neither of us had really explored : Griggs. Existing in one form or another for at least 55+ years, a boat / canoe livery is nearby as well. Embankment trails took us along side the waters to the flooded shores. It's always neat to see new places.

* Parks (part 2 of 3)

Yesterday afternoon I took Tavin (the dog) to be groomed. While she was doing that, I explored the area near the pet grooming place (in NW Columbus ; it is vaguely near the zoo). Much further up the same river as Griggs park borders was another area - the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir park. A small entrance on the west side of a quiet road leads to the lake which itself flows into the river. Even smaller creeks feed into the lake. I walked down a side trail, past a field of purple coneflowers to tiny creek side paths few people wandered. I even saw a parent and baby deer, too!

* Parks (part 3 of 3)

Two pictures of Griggs and one of the field of coneflowers ~

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : good neighbors. randomly finding a $10 gift card to a local pizza place in my bathroom drawer (!). being able to exchange a lawn mower I thought wasn't working (it turns out a plug I have - it's a plug-in mower - may be not working instead) with another one. work's new policy for registers, making it easier to switch from one person on it to the other without having to open a whole new drawer. my sister perhaps being able to share Amazon Prime with me.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Jun 25th, 2015 - 10:42 pm - Days of wine and roses
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been summery.

Here is the Candy Crush of the day :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. I recently found out some good news - an old friend, Jeremy is back in town! J used to live with me years ago, and alas at the time had some problems he was going through. Thankfully he is much better now and is in training to be an assistant manager at a restaurant! Also, he still has his on-the-go energy, heh.
Earlier today I met my friend Brian for some tea & philosophy @ local tea salon Zen Cha, then walked down the street for a free wine / chocolate tasting! 4 samples including a white zinfandel and 3 roses - a "sparkling" rose among them (which was rare). One of the roses matched quite well with a raspberry-infused dark chocolate.

* Camelot Cellars tasting

I had visited CC a few years ago (prior to this '3rd annual' event) with two friends, Scott and Tony, and relaxed in a back room here too!


Earlier this month Columbus had its fun annual (6th year!) event, the World Naked Bike Ride. My current car is alas too small to really hold a bike, so my friend Jeremy nicely dropped me off and another friend, Scott picked me up. Many people! The ride was around 9 miles. Nicely, we had no rain. And yes, I did ride not wearing anything, lol. I certainly wasn't alone - I briefly chatted with a cute boy who just moved into town and was working at A & F corporate, of which I have some experience.
A girl and guy talking : [guy] "I need to get to the next level." [girl] "What's the next level?" " -This- is the next level." "No, I mean what's the level after this one?" "I don't know what level tops riding a bike naked." lol

* Pride

This past weekend was : Pride, woo! My friend Eric came up from Bowling Green for the weekend to see it also. For much of June there was some rain (although indeed, nicely it cleared up before the WNBR above began). For the first time since I myself have seen the festival, it rained! Constantly, lol. However there was such a show of people. It was quite inspiring. E and I watched some of the parade (including Whole Foods, Columbus Libraries, Chipotle, Piada, tanning companies and 3 buses - yes, 3 actual buses), then hiked to a nearby house for a Pride Party which, unbeknownst to us, was in fact happening in the guest house / garage next door. Oh well! Also, I did see a hot guy in a jockstrap, so really, it was a great day, lol.
Parade participants passed out great coupons to Piada and Chipotle, the latter of which almost never has discounts, for 'buy 1 get 1 free'. I was lucky and was able to get a few of each.

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : exploring new paths @ the local park of roses. spinach. the ability to see possible concerns before they actually happen. Yelp's listings of free events in town. our neighbors getting a Roku for their TV, as well!

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
May 25th, 2015 - 10:40 pm - That one time, @ camp
'poison' garden
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been cottony.

Here is today's hosta plant :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. This particular week is an interesting one for work - all of my shifts are 'morning'! I haven't had 9 - 5 (or etc) shifts consistently, by a coincidence in a bit.
This past Saturday I had a short shift. Before work, I headed north to the Hoover Reservoir ( / dam) for a random event I had discovered via Yelp. The local sailing club had their annual open house ('open houseboat', as it were) and offered free rides around the lake! I hopped on board with a 'skipper' and another attendee named James. We had a brief lesson about the boats and their parts. I was reminded of when I was younger ; heading to a boating camp for two summers.

* Sailing

We were fortunate to have nice weather. A good breeze, too!

* The D Train

Courtesy my friend Eric, we were able to recently see this particular film in the movie theatre. Starring Jack Black and James Marsden, DT is the latest project from Mike "Chuck & Buck" White and tells the story of a high school reunion-organizing group who discovers one of their alumni recently got a commercial spot as a sun tan spokesperson. One of their members angles to get him to come to the reunion, despite living out in California. They end up meeting each other, and things get 'weird' after that. Without revealing any plot points, a wonderful character study. Equal parts ha-ha funny and 'unusual' funny. I've never quite seen anything like this, at least in a reasonably-mainstream American film. Worth a look when it comes out on DVD!

* Lofino's - a remembrance

When I was growing up, just a few minutes down the road from my house was a local shopping center called Lofino's (it was even closer to my friend Tony's family's place - the center essentially backed into their housing development). They had everything - seafood, lottery, even a place to sit and eat. I want to say movies could be rented there too - I seem to remember them having a VHS tape section. When we were younger everything was bigger. I remembered walking through each of the sections with my family, and buying a (Totino's or Jeno's, most likely) pizza late one night with my friend Tony there, so we could head back to his place to eat it
The cashier area had an opening workers would send the bagged goods - down a 'conveyer belt' of sorts - and a bagger would be outside to load the car! Alas after many years, the store is finally closing down. It stayed much longer then one may imagine, even with repainting and the addition of a largely-automated gas station nearby. Thanks for the food & drinks!

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : that others have faith in me. green tea infused with mint. that my old friend Jeremy seems to be doing well. my neighbor friend Steve's roommate Jim being free to let Tavin the dog out!. a long narrow bubble wand - it blows some pretty neato bubbles, lol.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
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