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Jun 25th, 2015 - 10:42 pm - Days of wine and roses
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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!

* WNBR

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
pastel
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been silly.

Here are today's exercises :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. I had a productive Monday a few days ago : my next door neighbor Julie spotted a rare lunar moth (cousin to the real-life insect Gandalf catches in the first Lord of the Rings movie while he is imprisoned atop the tower, and a favorite scene of mine) outside their house. I was able to nicely take a few pictures of it.
Later on the day I headed to OSU to do a food tasting - milk, this time! (just regular milk). I tried 3 samples. Instead of what they usually do (which is a $15 Target gift card), we got $20 in cash! How about that.
From there I headed to another part of campus, for...

* OSU archives (part 1 of 2)

Each year, Ohio State University opens up 'rare' parts of campus to the general public for guided tours (ex. the tunnels underneath the campus, etc). One of them was the university's large archival material storage center, which has a number of items (including pieces from North Pole explorer Admiral Byrd's life - a signed pilot license by Orville Wright and another signed letter by Amelia Earhart). Going three stories straight up over four or so rows, I was reminded of the large warehouse of memories seen in one of the later Harry Potter movies. Always neat to see new places!

* OSU archives (part 2 of 2)



Not shown : Voldemort, heh.

* Restaurant 'news'

[] Earlier today I took a day trip to my college town (Bowling Green) to see my friends Eric and Jared. E and I went to the local Starbucks, which was the first I had seen in Ohio to actually have what Starbucks in most other states already have the 'new' Bistro boxes! Things like sandwiches, pre-packaged meals, etc. Always neat to try one.

[] How fun to read of Tallywacker's, an 'adult' themed eatery in Dallas which is going to be a male version of Hooters. A true story!

[] In related Starbucks news, I read another place here in Columbus has a Clover machine added (a brewer which processes rare coffees the company gets in). Slowly but surely we are updating, lol.

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : amusing myself by re-watching Wet Hot American Summer and the 'new' version of Anchorman 2 on Netflix. an ongoing good deal on blueberries ($1 for a 10 oz. bag!). fortunately being able to find some more non-winning Ohio lottery tickets for the points program they have. the pretty weather we are having right now. trying a somewhat expensive, but good new test product from Wendy's - a (customizable) veggie burger.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Apr 17th, 2015 - 09:39 pm - Hot streak
Ohio postcard
Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been invigorating.

Here are the good deeds of the day :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. I'm feeling better after having my gall bladder taken out a while ago. Woo! Earlier today I had off from work, so I decided to do a "campus views", as I call them, and head down to OSU's area. It was a nice day and several students were out.
There is an eventual plan to update / change many of the buildings along the east side of the street (i.e. the "non-campus" side). Although happening in the future, I decided to take some pictures of the existing few places to which I had remembered visiting when first arriving in town. There is always something happening on campus - the shirtless tightrope workers, the temporarily-drained Mirror Lake, the gallery in the art building (a series of 9 photos showed a dollar 'cocoon' hatching into a receipt, heh), the fraternity $2 to "pie" a frat boy fundraiser, etc.

* Tennessee (part 1 of 2)

Not this week but last, I had off from work two days in a row. My neighbor friend Steve was thinking of purchasing some property in the state, and asked me if I wished to drive down with him. I said, sure! (having never been). We left late at night for a 6-hours-one-way drive. The roads were largely rural and increasingly mountainous. Pretty, as well! We checked into a hotel, spending a grand total of literally 6-ish hours in it, heh, before Steve got up to actually drive to the properties and I, after sleeping in about 1 hour more and checking out, explored the area.
The weather was "ahead" by about two weeks there (i.e. 'warmer'), and the blossoms on the trees, which are just happening here now, had already happened there. I took a few pictures and poked around a few places, including a Starbucks with a Clover machine and, randomly, a gay-friendly men's fashion place where I got some nice $6 underwear (, really).

* Tennessee (part 2 of 2)



For two pictures of the blossoms there, plus a nice sunset outside of my work recently (and all of my other 'nature shots'), one may click on the picture :)

* Lottery : a history

(note : not the Shirley Jackson version, lol). In the early days, one could play the lottery by purchasing a ticket for $1 (or etc), and having either a scratch-off version or a daily / weekly draw. Then, the internet came along. Several games, many ad-supported and thus essentially "free", were created. As such, the actual state lottery had to come up with new fun ways to play.
And indeed, they have! Sort of. One can now take one's non-winning tickets and enter them onto the state website for points. One can turn the points in for items and / or unrelated drawings. I myself don't normally play state lotteries, but unwinning tickets are easy to find at various grocery stores. As such, that is what I am doing. It has worked well thus far!

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : my friend Scott being flexible re : his dinner plans, when meeting me earlier. movie The Babadook (any many others, of course too!) now being on Netflix. buy 1, get 1 coupons to various restaurants. my old roomie Graham calling from CA. to say hi. seeing my parents earlier when picking them up from a flight back from seeing my sister in Utah.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
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