while the sun played hide and seek

Monday, November 23, 2020

Man wearing mask

Tom popped by and put a battery in a smoke detector, dropped off some packages and filled some orders.

It’s always nice to see him, even if I only see the top half of his head.

We caught up on the patio while the sun played hide and seek.

Stuff’s the same, but then again, it’s not.

Bright spots are starting to emerge.

There are like three promising vaccines around the corner.

It’s a long corner, but I’m already scheming an exotic respite.

Also in the good column? The morning after this photo was taken The General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process.

(insert small sigh of relief)

Big Daddy’s Liquor

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Big Daddy's Liquor

I know I’ve taken a photo of that little Big Daddy’s Liquor sign before. For the life of me I can’t find it.

A new music venue has been built around that classic sign while the pandemic has been rolling along.

I sure hope they preserve it in place or move to the Sign Museum.

This and the photo below are thanks to a detour caused by the temporary(?) closing of the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Ohio to Kentucky. It’s a horrible bridge that needed replaced decades ago.

BAD NOTE: The Brent Spence Bridge was No. 2 on a Trump administration list of 50 transportation priorities, but nothing ever came of it.

GOOD NOTE: You can now search the entire American Sign Museum collection online.

Ohio River

Actively seek joy

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Christmas ornaments in a wine box

Saw a few posts on the social media, that I regard with suspect side eye.

(I’m looking at you Instagram with your Reels and your Shop icon replacing the post icon, and Twitter with your Fleets.)


Friends were decorating for Christmas already.

This seemed like a really good idea to me.

I went on a tear and packed up a lot of stuff that had been piling up around my main living space,

6 boxes of cruft was appropriately labeled and moved to another location.

The tree? It needs ornaments, but the foundation is there.

While writing this I was wondering if this was too soon.

It wasn’t.

It’s always the right time to actively seek joy.

The type of marketing that gets me to buy a shirt

Friday, November 20, 2020

On September 1st I read that Old Navy was going to pay employees to work the polls.

This is the type of marketing that gets me to buy a shirt.

Turns out? It’s a fantastic shirt with a wonderfully tactile fabric (and tall sized to boot)!

I wore it today and it matched my lunch.

A sunset, the moon

Thursday, November 19, 2020

This Is sunset. This is the moon.

It’s becoming clear I would benefit from a new morning routine.

I acknowledge the opportunity while regarding this sunset.

There are things you do not need to know

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel with pink icing

But you somehow get subjected to knowing them anyway.

One of my friends posted a picture of these Toaster Strudels™ and I thought, THAT IS RIDICULOUS.

Hand holding a box of Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Strawberry Mean Girls Edition

And then I saw them in our grocery up the street and thought, I AM GOING TO SUPPORT MY GROCERY and put them in my cart.

Then, as I ate one with extreme joy (while also noticing I did not burn the top of my mouth as had done previously in the past), I thought…

What other varieties of Toaster Strudel™ existed?

The fall 2020 varieties of Pillsbury Toaster Strudels

Middle Top. The title says Boston Cream Pie but the box says Boston Cream and pictures a donut and NOT the aforementioned PIE.

This is a huge error.

And now you know.

Board presentation

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Man with socks and sandals at a desk with computer regards cat

Today I was at my desk earlier than usual to help (virtually) present a concept to a Board of Directors.

It was just like real life public speaking:

  • Butterflies
  • Thoughts of passing out
  • Wondering how to string together words

And I just had to do the demo, which was easy!

My friend did all the heavy lifting, and she was GREAT.

Anyway it went by in a blur and I think it went well.

(insert fingers crossed emoji)

Later I conferred with Edie and she’s wondering why I have a pair of shoes on the floor.

I’m wondering about the socks and sandals… also thinking it’s important to address cord management solutions.

The current exhibition of things underneath my monitor

Monday, November 16, 2020

A Live Better pin by Andrew Neyer, a Child toy figure from the Mandarin, a mandala by Dean Sabatino

Days are fluid jumps from clients to coworkers, projects and unloading, sharing screens and in some instances, taking over control over someone else’s computer.

I’m getting better at key commands on Windows, but invariably flub things up every time.

The current exhibition of things underneath my monitor include:

  • These fantastic (blue) Microfiber Cleaning Cloths that I swear by for cleaning glasses and screens
  • A sun pin by Andrew Neyer
  • Toy Child from the Mandalorian
  • A Bubba patch
  • A hand drawn mandala by Dean Sabatino (website, instagram) — I owe Dean a little something in return and finally have an idea. His piece of art needs framed and hung on the wall. The Child can find some place else to stand.
  • There’s also some twine back there, a remnant of packing up Wire & Twine orders. Which reminds me, I need to send out an email for our final days of ordering. I haven’t mentioned it in the album here, but we’re winding it down so we can give ourselves a moment to think about what’s next with a clean sheet of paper. We’re excited, not sad.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

I once drew the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio building for a series of releases from the Shake-It Records label.

My non-sexual partner* Tom did the record series design. See: Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 !

Anyway, I’m out having a walk today, getting Edie some wet food from the local gardening and pet store.  I passed this building and was like, is this the place where Cher, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs and Bob Seger recorded music?

Is there where Paul Simon recorded Kodachrome?

No. It’s not, but it looks a lot like that building!

Anyway, I got some steps in, Edith got her wet food and I snapped this photo.

* If I think you’re solid, I refer to Tom this way because it is funny. If you don’t think it’s funny I would probably refrain from using this descriptor.

Getting in some steps

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Allegro Urban Walls detail

Above? A glimpse of a favorite Cincinnati mural: Allegro. (A better view from a previous snapshot.)

Hopped in the car with no plans other than find a good place to walk around, then get some takeout food.

Drove through downtown and saw The Chong, Inc. building was sold and the business was gone. It had been pretty much been going out of business for 30 years (according my memory and folks on Reddit). Lots of places were gone. I always marveled at what they had on display. So did Ronny Salermo and he took some snapshots back in 2018.

The Chong Inc. Cincinnati

We Stand Together Landor

Kinley (a new hotel in Cincinnati)

New hotel, the Kinley. Stared longingly through the windows at the lobby and restaurant. The latter on a list of “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020 (Citybeat article). I will reserve my dubious feelings about lists because I want restaurants to weather this storm.

Never Be Afraid

Dollar General, downtown Cincinnati

Jolly Shop Walgreens Cincinnati

Batsakes Hat Shop

Yum Yum

Alright. Now let’s switch to the angled section of photos.

Fascinating rehab of the building below. It’s going to be a Towneplace Suites by Marriot when complete. Yep, another hotel.

Future Towneplace Suites, by Marriot

House of Adam Men's Wear Cincinnati

House of Adam

Scotti's Italian Restaurant

Scotti’s Italian Restaurant

Black Lives Matter

Black lives still matter.

Crazy Cat, Crazy Quilt Edie Harper Mural

Crazy Cat, Crazy Quilt mural by Edie Harper.