Everything Everywhere All At Once

First trip back to a theater since 1917… The movie 1917, not the year! The date was January 17, 2020 in the wonderful Envision Cinema, now sadly closed (but up for auction.)

These lines in the sand of time form shapes.

I look forward to the day when I’m not counting. (But for the record, it was 1,186,560 minutes since my last time inside a movie theater.)

What made this comfortable was the ability to rent the whole dang place. I’d missed opportunities to see a few shows last year this way, but things were more nebulous then…

I’d heard enough praise from friends about Everything Everywhere All At Once that I knew I wanted to see it on a big screen.

It is so, so good.

Starts off slow (like Severance) and then tumbles gloriously and rapidly in many directions.

Even better than the movie? Seeing friends IRL that I hadn’t seen for an embarrassing number of days that I do not wish to count.

Nicole Kidman framed by movie projector light in a theater projected onto a movie theater screen
Nicole Kidman framed by movie projector light in a theater projected onto a movie theater screen

Boomless box

Intended as a gift for a friend, I thought it prudent to install batteries and test out this boombox. Good thing I did as this thing was absolute trash, with awful feeling knobs and absolutely no boom. Carefully packed it back up and returned.

If you’ve any recommendations for a modern cassette player of any variety, I’d love to know!

Battery powered

We waited long enough—it was time to get a lawnmower. Went to the hardware store and picked up this EGO number and much to my delight, it required zero assembly—just had to wait for the battery to charge.

It’s been a long time since I pushed around one of these things. I think my least favorite part back in the day was the whole throttle and pulling on the starter rope. With that replaced by a button coupled with quiet operation? I think this might turn out to be something I actually enjoy.

Other household improvements today included purchasing a ladder and hanging up solar lights across the back patio.

The Flag of Oakley

In 2019 I was lucky to be part of a project to design flags for all 52 neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

I partnered up with DJ and tackled seven neighborhoods, doing community outreach, research, concepts, refinement and production. It was an awesome experience and I was reminded of it when walking through the square this afternoon and spied the work of Lacey Haslam and her Oakley flag.

If you’d like to see more about our involvement, here’s a project page with a few insights and here’s the official CincyFlags website.

52 flags for neighborhoods of Cincinnati
CincyFlags – one for each of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods.

Japanese flowering Crabapple

Thanks to the app Pl@ntNet I can find out what is popping out for spring around the lawn just by taking a photo. It’s a free app, not to be confused with others that have you sign up for a subscription before you can try them out.

This is our single tree on the property and what a delightful hello it is. It’s a Japanese flowering Crabapple.

Gas powered mail truck

Thought I’d capture this before the next gas powered mail trucks by Oshkosh Defense roll out. The new fleet will achieve 8.6 miles per gallon when the air conditioner is running.

A squat looking mail truck for the USPS
Next Generation Delivery Vehicle