Really extra try

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

In other news, I went to my dentist. We’re trying to get a handle on some issues with my gums. It’s terribly frustrating because I’m trying to do All The Things, but they don’t seem to be enough. So I need to double down and Really Extra Try.

The good news? My dental hygienist is supportive and gives advice and tools to do better, without making me feel worse.

Eminent domain

Parachuter with American flag

I was enjoying a salad (not laughing) and looking at my stupid phone while folks were jumping out of airplanes with American flags attached to their bodies.

Ran across the parking lot to get this shoddy shot.

I figure this parachuting exercise was a test run for a soccer game that FC Cincinnati would be playing at the University of Cincinnati stadium—a field that they brought to life before they were accepted into the MLS and would start building a new stadium downtown.

A stadium that is displacing a community and likely going to disrupt performances at Music Hall—all because MLS doesn’t allow soccer and (American) football to share event space.

So messed up.

Update: Just saw this on the ground a few days later:

The concert on the porch

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Larry and Tom had friends over for an inaugural concert on their porch, an idea hatched by their neighbors.

Folks convened, some had instruments, some had bottles of wine, some had both.

The music came together so nicely, a feat I consider magical as these folks were strangers beforehand. But then again, most all music creation is magical in my book.

Even Cody enjoyed it.


Monday, July 8, 2019

1940 Chevrolet, 1984 Renault Alliance

I don’t use my first car as a challenge question for authentication, so I think it’s safe to say it was a Renault Alliance. (Public Service Message: Never share your hint answers to remember a password.)

There’s my Renault in this old photograph. It’s parked behind a 1940 Chevrolet dad restored for mom as a surprise gift.

The Renault turned out to be a piece of garbage, but I was lured in by the simple lines, gray exterior, tan interior and no nonsense dashboard. The headliner eventually drooped into the main cabin and spray adhesive didn’t work so I pinned it up. I put in a radio with a cassette deck and strung the wires myself to the speakers in the trunk. Those went out intermittently.

Eventually more important pieces started to fail so I bought another Alliance from my friend’s sister for parts. It turned out to be the better ride so it eventually took over.

(It was also a stick shift, so way way more fun to drive.)

There was a leak of some sort somewhere in this one, so you had to crack the windows so the smell of exhaust didn’t overpower the occupants.

Even though these cars were less than ideal, I cared for them like a proud dad—making sure they were washed and vacuumed even if they didn’t run very well.

This has all been a long winded way of getting around to today’s photo: Another Car Wash.

Keen observers might realize this is not the VW Rabbit I used to drive (and spent a long time comparison shopping). I reluctantly let the ol’ Rabbit go and replaced it with a newer version that has a much bigger trunk last year. (It’s a station wagon.)

I figure this will be the last car where I row my own gears. The next one will likely be even more automated and drive me around. Maybe I won’t even own a car then, and simply invoke a ride by app when needed.

I hope they let us wash these rental cars of the future, for old time’s sake—and maybe a free ride.

Car wash from interior of car


Sunday, July 7, 2019

baby doll in pool

Gracious tip of the hat to Heather & Andrew for providing respite from the 90° heat we’ve been experiencing of late.

Bonus 📸 Baby and 📸 pyramid of hot dog

Casey, Andrew and Heather with a patriotic cup

Folks enjoying the pool

pool water

The Art of Burning Man

Saturday, July 6, 2019

One of my favorite parts of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Cincinnati Art Museum? How everything is scattered around the museum instead of being in a single area. This encourages exploration and helps ease congestion.

I sometimes wonder if I would survive an actual Burning Man event. Gut says: Probably not.

But it sure is nice to see some of the artifacts.

Above: Shrumen Lumen (2016) Foldhaus Art Collective

Thorax, Ambassador of the Insects – Tyler FuQua

Will Roger Peterson’s patch jacket

Works by HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu)

Capitol Theater (2018) – Five Ton Crane

Nagana Brass Gown (2014) Gelareh Alam with metal work by Jungle Tribe

Ready to Love (2016) Manish Arora

Comfort Station

Friday, July 5, 2019

Comfort Station, bar patio

Former bathhouse, now a supernice bar with solid cocktails in Walnut Hills.

Comfort Station, bar interior

Cheez curls

Big fan of the curls growing up (and the swash for that matter). Like Cap’n Crunch, this foodstuff lives better as a memory.