Yelp hat

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Kudos to J. Humphrey for their classic beer mural that now resides in the OTR Aladdin’s Eatery. It was probably painted for a previous tenant and smartly retained for a new location of this Lebanese restaurant. (Which was my mom’s favorite.)

Joseph and I came here after whittling down the options, and man it was good. Everything was spot on; the cocktails (unique to this location), the hummus (like no other), and everything for dinner was just tip top. Okay, Yelp hat off. I liked it. I felt mom’s spirit with me. It was good. Five stars.

As we walked back to the car we popped in Wodka bar for an after dinner drink and stars aligned. I had a flight of infused vodka and Joseph had some mixed concoction. Everything was tasty or interesting.

I guess I didn’t take the Yelp hat off after all.

Rainy days

Monday, July 15, 2019

We’ve been having a lot of them.

This was also a Monday.

Lots of things

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Started off Sunday with a matinee of the new Spiderman flick with my nephews. Mental note: Take time when an opportunity presents itself and set up the photo and be patient, not quick. 📸 Blurry proof

The movie? It was delightful in that way superhero movies can be. Weaving this character into the Marvel Universe brings some lightness and heart.

Crossed the bridge into Covington and met up with friends for Guatemalan food, drinks and conversation in the evening.

Almost a full moon tucked up there.

Mi Tierra Supermercado y Taqueria

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I’ve long lamented restaurant choices in Springdale, it seems like there’s just fast casual food chains. Who knew that all these years driving to Costco I was passing one of the best Mexican groceries and taquerias in the city?

Mi Tierra Supermercado y Taqueria

The produce, the meat counter, the bakery goods, the selection of everything was INCREDIBLE. And that was all before sitting down at the restaurant! Everything was super fresh and delicious. I’d say this was my new go to when in Springdale but frankly? It’s worth the drive for the whole place.

(Hat tip to Kathryn for the heads up)

Hats, jackets and cat grass

Friday, July 12, 2019

green hat, brown jacket, brown hat, green jacket

cat grass on window sill in sunlight

Inaugural 360° Sketch

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Saw this 360 post of Catedral Nuevo by Christoph Niemann and immediately began to wonder.

I had recently dusted off a 360° camera I bought some years ago, curious if photos could be experienced in VR. (It is totally possible.) BTW, the camera is a Ricoh Theta S.

Part two: Wanting to learn drawing tools on an iPad. I tried Adobe Sketch for this one, but it left me wanting—the resolution felt low. After getting far into the drawing, feeling dissatisfied, I fired up Procreate and immediately felt better. The brushes had finer controls and the resolution felt better.

Anyway, here’s the initial sketch in 360°. Swipe around!

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: