Parker Flats Friday

Parker Flats
Parker Flats
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Pont au Double

We did the usual (for us on this vacation), zipping through stations with exotic names like Les Halles, Gare du Nord and Nation, names that are meaningless to me but after 2 days of riding the subways took on mythical proportions as reference points, before we jumped out into the sunlight near Notre Dame.
I'm still amazed that the image I've always had of Paris is of people sitting or strolling and eating. The city of cafe's I guess. It was infinately amussing to me to stroll a block or two off the main street and grab sandwiches and coffee at a p√Ętisserie and then do the exact thing I always pictured in Paris. Two sandwiches and two drinks for 7€ usually. I can say I didn't eat one thing there that wasn't outstanding.
So it was we found ourselves under the Pont au Double eating ham sandwiches and watching cruises go by on the river Seine.
Does throwing around French words make you feel supercilious too or is it just me?

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we're busy people. very busy, but we always have time for ice cream

I think by now everyone knows that visiting my parents is a thinly disguised excuse to hit Jeni's Ice Creams. just kidding Mom
Still it breaks up the drive and really, who doesn't want an ice cream cone?

Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream

bwahahahaha, even people I don't love don't want a sweater for Christmas
Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream

funny smear mark on the iPhone that everyone has. years from now I wonder if my finger will poke through the worn down glass?
Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream
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look at you twirling your moustache and laughing diabolically

Ah those wacky coaster fan-boys, they ran out of logic and so have to resort to this. Tough luck that I can have a good laugh at myself.
Actually I kind of like it. maybe a little jealous I didn't think of it first.

5chw4r7z-Opus


Are they happy yet that all language pertaining to the streetcar is gone from the budget next year?
Don't miss all the wackyness of the anti-anti-streetcar supporters at Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone, Stupid! (BANANAS)

YOU"LL GET SHOT!!!
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5 last laughs

A Very Orchard Christmas

The party season is winding down now, still have a few to go but then this will be it until what? St. Pats day?
No wonder winter is so bleak, all the cheer runs out just as as grey clouds start cranking up and the artic clippers cruise down from the north.
Orchard St on the other hand was warm and cheerful the other night, I hope this turns into another holiday tradition, a great space and company.

A Very Orchard Christmas
A Very Orchard Christmas

Picked up a wide angle lens extension and held it in front of my lens to see what it would do. Nothing that I could tell, I put it down and walked away, stopped went back and held it over my lens backwards.
How cool is that?
A Very Orchard Christmas
A Very Orchard Christmas
A Very Orchard Christmas
A Very Orchard Christmas

the story of John's life?
Very Orchad Christmas
A Very Orchard Christmas
Very Orchard Christmas
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I still believe in Santa Claus

Christmas 2009


...the message there is that faith in something that is not true, as long as it is faith in goodness, is worth the huge cover-up, while disbelieving leads to all types of evil behavior such as scooping pennies off the poor, scaring little children, and being a general stick in the mud.

- - Zulieka
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Merry Christmas


ZRobertPaula1267

Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I've got a feeling
This year's for me and you
So happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true

~ The Pogues Fairytale of New York
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over the river.....

Safe travels to everyone heading home to visit friends and family, have a very Merry Christmas.

Clifton gas light
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Graeter's Ice Cream featured on Food Network's 'Food Feuds'

fountain square

Food Feuds, will feature Cincinnati-based ice cream maker Graeter’s in a taste-off competition airing Thursday, December 30, at 10 p.m. EST. The showdown becomes a family affair when the fourth generation of the Graeter’s family takes on the third generation of the Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream.

Hosted by Michael Symon of Iron Chef America, Food Feuds visits two new cities each week to decide a winner between rival food institutions that each claim the best dish.

Sneak Peak

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its holiday party time, know what i'm sayin?

three guys on bus blah blah blah know wut i'm sayin? they're all saying that, i don't know what the hell any of them are saying

how come every time someone asks me "do you know what i'm saying" i have no idea what the f#@k they're talking about?
i shake my head no, but it doesn't slow them down
They keep talking and randomly asking me "do you know what i'm saying" so then I end up smiling and nodding. a lot.
explains why I never know what the hell is going on around me.
Powerhouse
Powerhouse
Powerhouse
Good thing for me i have facebook and twitter to clue me in on whats happening around cincy, only the coolest parties in downtown appearing in the stream with me frantically clicking yes on each and every one of them.

One thing I can say clearly, it was fun hanging out with the guys from Powerhouse Studio and Higher Level Art.
I just wish some of that dopeness would rub off on me.
know what I'm sayin?
Powerhouse
Powerhouse
Powerhouse

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Christmas polaroids

I love this stuff, Ms.5chw4r7z has boxes (and not small ones either) of old pictures. It always feels like a treasure hunt going through them. One thing young kids will get to experience less and less in the future, that thrill of digging through yellowed old pictures.
Or maybe they won't even care and its something only I get a kick out of, but I don't think so.
she still looks exactly like this

Ms. 5chw4r7z at Christmas
Ms. 5chw4r7z at Christmas
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trimming the tree. or not

Christmas is all about tradition yes, but we changed it up a bit this year. Ms 5chw4r7z was worried about Sid getting into the tree so we drapped pine roping around and hung the decorations there.
You know what? I like it better, all the ornaments are visible now.
The best part of decorating for me was always the act of pulling stuff out of the box, lift an ornament and look at it, practically each one has a story, "that was mine when I was young, this one belonged to your mother" kind of cool.

ornaments
ornaments
ornaments
ornaments
ornaments
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Watch This

The last movie on the Watch This list and AFI's #1, the official greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane. Another movie I've never seen and I had high expectations and it didn't disappoint. From writing to acting and cinematography is was mind blowing.
Of course we all know Orson Wells was genius, and when he dropped the bomb, in 1941 mind you, that news runs 24hrs a day he had me hooked. I mean really, all these kids think they're inventing new worlds and chit! No, not really, its just we can actually put all these abstracts in practice with the internet.
I think he also foretold blogging when Kane wrote his manifest for the front page of his new newspaper and one of the editors told him he couldn't write in the 1st person.
Being the last Watch This event the Al & Al show pulled out all the stops, a screening at the Esquire and lunch at Virgil's Cafe.

Watch This: LAST MOVIE
Watch This: LAST MOVIE

really fat ties and super skinny knots. the exact opposite of how i rock them
Watch This: LAST MOVIE

we all knew how it would end, but not how we would get there. Charles Kane struggled through the whole movie, he would not let anyone define him, he defined himself no matter the cost and it cost dearly.
Watch This: LAST MOVIE
Watch This: LAST MOVIE

Thanks you guys, what an incredible idea. My appreciation for and the way I watch movies has changed, I do not sit and watch quiet as passively as I used to.
Same with friends I've made along the way, it was your project, I just held tight to your coattails and was pulled along.
We laughed. A lot. We cried a few times and sat in awe often, because of its imagination and ingenuity, sometimes in horror at the movies atrociousness.
What a year long trip its been.
Watch This: LAST MOVIE

After that a drive to NKY for good eats at Virgil's. Seems like we packed a whole weekend into last Saturday morning.
Watch This: LAST MOVIE
Watch This: LAST MOVIE
Watch This: LAST MOVIE
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Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

One of my favorite quotes;

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
~ Mother Teresa

By this standard I am very rich indeed, I’ve met and became friends with the most intelligent and interesting Cincinnati bloggers, the best gift anyone could wish for. And not just bloggers, this blog has introduced me to all kids of cool people I may have never met otherwise.
We were all going to meet up at Mayday last Thursday, that is until the snow hit and scared everyone off. But those that did show, we had some incredible hot dogs, beer and conversations. next time people, I want to see everyone.
Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

epi/ventures If you could get a present from anyone who would it be? Oprah

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

Small Girl Adventures If you could give a present to anyone who would it be? If I could give anyone a present: it would have to be my grandpa John Lacey since he died four days before christmas in '06 and I was never able to give him his present plus he's my biggest hero. Other than him, i'd enjoy going to childrens hospital and giving the gift of christmas cheer to all the families and children there since my family and I know what it's like to be there during the holidays. I think that would be it. Thanks and hope your day is lovely!

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

classicgrrl If you could give one gift what would it be? Real gift or pie in the sky? Real gift is Cincinnati Subway book by Jake Mecklenborg. I'm giving it to my dad. Pie in the sky is rail for OH

CincyDee If you could receive one present what would you want? I think I would want to ability to time travel. Forward or backward, with unlimited passengers.

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

getinmahbelly If you could give a present to anyone who would it be? I would give Liu xiaobo his Nobel prize. I know this is the nerdiest response ever but I just think the whole thing is messed up

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

Girlfriendology If you could give one gift what would it be? I'd give jobs to people who want them.

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

Don't Call Me Mrs. If you could receive one present what would you want? My wish is always the same: time with my mom & dad & grandparents.

amyinohio If you could get a present from anyone who would it be? Definitely my mother who passed away in 97

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

shannanb If you could give a present to anyone who would it be? I'd like to give my Dad the gift of retirement. He's worked so hard and he's still working.

Tri-State Bloggers Holiday Happy Hour

Cincinnati Nomerati If you could receive one present what would you want? I would like guy fieri to stop wearing his sunglasses on the back of his head. And world peace.

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3 Christmas wishes