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May 2009

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NYTimes.com: Chinese City Is Chilly to a Sex Theme Park

From NYTimes.com: Chinese City Is Chilly to a Sex Theme Park

Sex in China has a long and varied history, as evidenced by accounts of carnal excess in “The Plum in the Golden Vase,” a Ming-era classic, and more recent tales of Mao’s insatiable appetite.

But an attempt to open the first sex theme park in China was quashed by local officials over the weekend, well before construction was completed.

I can’t imagine a sex theme park going up anywhere in the United States outside of Las Vegas.  I had to blog about this because of this picture.
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ESPN.com: Gruden joins ‘Monday Night Football’

From ESPN.com: Gruden joins ‘Monday Night Football’

Gruden will join play-by-play man Mike Tirico and analyst Ron Jaworski in September, replacing Tony Kornheiser.

Kornheiser decided to step down after three years of MNF, citing his fear of flying.

“I am totally grateful for the MNF opportunity that I truly enjoyed the last three seasons,” he said. “I feel we got better each year. My fear of planes is legendary and sadly true. When I looked at the upcoming schedule it was the perfect storm that would’ve frequently moved me from the bus to the air. I kept looking at the schedule the past month and wanted to find a way to quietly extricate myself.”

Kornheiser actually stepped down voluntarily? For fear of flying?  Couldn’t they have picked up John Madden’s bus on the cheap now that he isn’t using it anymore?

When I first heard this story, I thought ESPN had canned Kornheiser because he sucked on MNF.  Kornheiser is fine on his show PTI, but added nothing worthwhile on MNF.

Cincinnati

Photos: Maifest 2009 Covington, KY

I crossed the river into Covington, KY for Maifest on Sunday. 

What is Maifest?  From the Covington, KY website:

“Maifest
is to celebrate the first spring wine, theoretically, and Oktoberfest
is in honor of the first Oktoberfest, which was King Ludwig’s wedding,
in the 1800s, in Bavaria. But for our purposes, they’re basically the
same.”

I didn’t see a lot of wine being served there, definitely not a wine festival.  It is pretty much as they say, Oktoberfest in Mai, or May as we like to call it.  But, it is a nice festival and it was a beautiful sunny day to walk around MainStrasse to people watch and to look at booths.  The vendor booths are interesting, but really, how many Redneck Windchimes does one need?

Surprisingly the MainStrasse area wasn’t too crowded Sunday afternoon and much of Main Street was pretty empty.  But, I love walking around there.  Main Street is so quaint, so much character, one of the nicer areas in greater Cincinnati.

We discovered that a new place called Europa is opening up on Main Street in a couple of weeks.  They were open, handing out free sample cones of their tasty Gelato.  In addition to Gelato, they’ll be serving High Tea and baked goods.  I spoke to the owner and she said that they’re planning to be open until 1AM on Friday and Saturday.  Sounds like a great place to pick up a late night snack.

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Europa3.jpgHere are some photos that I took:

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NYTimes.com: Tracking Down Auto Warranty Callers

From NYTimes.com: Tracking Down Auto Warranty Callers

On Sunday, Senator Charles E. Schumer held a news conference to complain about car warranty telemarketing calls.

Mr. Schumer said he had received several of these warranty renewal robo calls — the latest taking place last Wednesday.

“I’ve had enough,” Mr. Schumer said. “These are scam artists.”

I haven’t received one of these calls but I know a lot of people who have.  But, now that politicians are annoyed things will probably get done to stop them.

UPDATE 5/15/09
NYTimes.com: F.T.C. Cracks Down on Car-Warranty Robocalls

The seller took in more than $10 million as a result of the calls, as well as related mailings, according to the commission.

Scams work, that’s why they do them until they’re caught.

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Icee Float

IceeFloat.jpgSaw this concoction at the Sharon Woods park concession stand.  I have always had a fondness for Icees.  When I was a child I would get a coupon from my doctor for a free Icee after each of my frequent allergy shots.  So, now and then I still indulge in a traditional Icee after a long run.

I’m not sure about this Icee Float though.  The white stuff on top is soft serve ice cream.  I asked if the ice cream was just on top and was told that it’s actually layered throughout with the Icee mix.  That doesn’t really sound good to me as the textures are really different.