Converging

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Friends from two different states come over for dinner.

A rare treat as folks don’t normally plan visits to Cincinnati very often.

But they should.

You should.

It’s nice.

If you’re reading this, you know someone here.

A bright spot

Chili Time Restaurant in St. Bernard.

The day started off a bit icy, but I managed to get out for coffee with Lisa. She loves food and shares her passion freely. And we didn’t meet at the chili parlour, that was across the street. But look at that Helvetica!

This old Long John Silvers seemed to match the dreary looking day. Personally? I love these days. They’re great for productivity. No guilt to be outside!

A mansion in Clifton.

I’ll close this all out with a splash of color. Kroger was selling these bouquets to celebrate the first birthday of Cincinnati Zoo’s famous little hippo. She’s everywhere. On t-shirts and cards and tea towels and books and ice cream labels and mugs and the list goes on. Whenever I get a bit too cynical about the news, I like to think about Fiona. How she pokes her head through walls of gloom and brings joy to so many. I can dig that.

My brother, one year older

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Oh, here’s the photo my mom made.

Looking up in the Globe

Monday, January 22, 2018

PSA Meeting #3

Sunday, January 21, 2018

At the third meeting of the Public Service Artists, we started with open discussion for a bit and then wrapped up by printing shirts.

It was my first time mixing water based inks at the studio and using the infrared dryer.

Not a total fail but definitely room for improvement.

2018 Women’s March

Saturday, January 20, 2018

On January 20th, 2018, this felt like a very good place to be.

But it wasn’t all good.

There was a rift between the march organizers and the Black Lives Cincinnati group.

Best summed up in this piece by Nick Swartsell.

My hope is that in the future, everyone will march together.

Oh there were a lot more photos…

The closing of Macy’s downtown

Friday, January 19, 2018

It might be hard to parse, but there’s a man carrying Macy’s “Everything Now 40% Off” sign.

Macy’s is closing our downtown department store in the shadow of their headquarters just a few blocks north.

I feel like it’s a missed opportunity.

It’s a lovely location in the heart of a city that continues to reinvent itself.

With HQ so close, this could have been a place to experiment.

To ask, what does the future of retail look like?

Is it about making somewhere comfortable to hang out and shop from your phone?

To have a limited selection of items to understand fit, finish and materials?

Is it a place to eat and drink? (I remember the cafeteria at McAlpin’s and Pogue’s fondly.)

Heck, is it co-working?

I don’t know, I’m reaching. But I’m pretty sure shopping is not racks and racks of items.

I’m just lamenting that location would be great place to explore such questions.

The Mockbee

Thursday, January 18, 2018

View of The Mockbee from Central Parkway.

I’ve never been in this building and I have terrible shame about this fact because they host some great events.

It’s on my local bucket list.

Unrelated cherry picker:

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