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Photo: Ad Breast milk satisifies

I saw this advertisement on a bus shelter on Liberty St.
BreastMilkSatisfies.jpgThat breast milk must be some pretty good stuff, because I don’t think I’ve ever looked this satisfied.

This ad is being run by the Ohio Department of Health.  According to an article in, only three states — Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana — have lower breastfeeding rates than Ohio Ohio Billboard Promotes Breastfeeding, Offends Some

Cincinnati Chad Ochocinco, Cheryl Burke polish tango for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ during visit Chad Ochocinco, Cheryl Burke polish tango for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ during visit

Check the link for a video of their Argentine Tango rehearsal.

OchoCheryl.jpegChad and Cheryl are practicing at Step-N-Out Dance Studio in Covington.  I’ve been there, it’s a nice place to dance.  I also heard that Chad and Cheryl showed up at Havana Martini on Wednesday night! 

Link to more photographs of Chad and Cheryl’s rehearsal.


Photos: Earth Day at Sawyer Point

Kind of stumbled across Earth Day celebrations over the weekend at Sawyer Point.  Here are some photos that I took with my iPhone.

EarthDay1.jpgMaybe I’ve just never noticed, but I didn’t know that flowers will bloom on the trunk of a tree.
Earthday2.jpgHere is a child’s first experience at kayaking.
Earthday3.jpgMascots lining up for a parade.  Not exactly sure what the deal is with the cockroach and the flags.
Earthday4.jpgA giant tank of all sorts of fish that can be found in the Ohio River.
Earthday5.jpgIt’s the Toyota recycling mascot.  Strangely enough, I ended up carrying a paper cup much of the time because I couldn’t find a place to recycle it.


Serpentine Wall from the Purple People Bridge

Cincinnati, Technology

“The future starts today”- or yes, I did buy an iPad

“The future starts today”- or yes, I did buy an iPad.

Here’s a picture of me holding 64 gig iPad at the Kenwood Apple Store after my 2 1/2 hour wait in line.MeandmyiPad.pngWaiting in line was kind of my fault as I could have pre-ordered it and had it sent to my home or had one reserved for me at the store.  For a while, I thought about waiting for the next model, but realistically, that was never an option.  I truly do believe that the iPad is the future of computing so why wait when you can have the future today?

The Apple shopping experience is unlike any other.  First, there’s the line.  You really won’t find a line anywhere of friendlier people.  It really is kind of like a party.  Apple employees had carts with coffee, tea, or bottled water.

appleline1.jpgOnce you get to the front of the line, an Apple employee would come shake your hand, ask your name, and then act as your person concierge for your entire visit to the Apple store.  The Apple employee offered to demo a unit for me and to setup the iPad for me after I purchased it.  No rushing to move to the next customer whatsoever.  For me, I would have been happy with a giant stack of iPads for me to pick up and take to checkout, but for someone new to Apple, this kind of service would make a world of difference.

Cincinnati Sushi … in Cincinnati … at baseball games? You can’t be serious Sushi … in Cincinnati … at baseball games? You can’t be serious

An article like this shows how backwater Cincinnati can be at times to new ideas and change.  Paul Daugherty thinks that selling sushi at Reds Games is somehow a questionable idea because it’s Cincinnati and we don’t do that kind of thing here. 

This is the home office of paid baseball, established 1876. Johnny Bench slept here.  We eat hot dogs and their various kinfolk: Mettwurst, bratwurst, all the wursts. We drink beer. It’s who we are. Buy me some su-shi and char-donnay? I don’t think so.

Wake up Paul, it’s 2010 and times are changing.  What’s wrong with offering customers a choice? It’s not like someone is forcing you to eat sushi when going to the ballpark.  But, Daugherty is thinking like a 10 year old- that somehow what you eat defines you as a fan.

The NFL doesn’t do this, because it doesn’t have to and no meat-eating
NFL fan would be caught dead with a piece of raw mackerel between his
thumb and forefinger. Except maybe in San Francisco.

But, he’s wrong here too.  A simple Googling shows that at least the Houston Texans of the NFL has sushi available.  I’m sure there are others too, I’m just not bothering to do more research, just like Paul Daugherty. 

Real baseball fans don’t come to the yard to eat ahi and slurp cuba libres. They just don’t. Problem is, there aren’t enough real baseball fans. You should see the cynical, smirky grins I provoke when I walk to my seat with my scorebook and pencil. All I need is a hat with a propeller.

There definitely aren’t enough of the fans that Daugherty describes, because well, they’re mostly dead.  But, there are plenty of other fans, just not as many as the Reds would like.  The Reds averaged 21,579 last year, 14th out of 16 National League teams.  It seems like the strategy for catering to just “real fans” is a losing one.  Speaking of “real fans”, I drove by Miller Park in Milwaukee one weekend day after they were out of the race, and there were a lot of people tailgating for a Brewers game.  It’s time to stop talking about how great the fans of Cincinnati are.  We have dedicated fans and we have fair-weather fans, just like any city. 

The Reds need more fans, not less fans.  So, what is wrong with the Reds trying to appeal to more people and create new fans?  Will “real fans” not show up because there’s someone eating sushi next them?

Isn’t being a fan, about loving the sport and loving the team?  I love Baseball, the Reds, and sushi.  I also love hot dogs, just not the cadaver-like ones they sell at the stadium.  (I like Nathan’s hot dogs).

It’s nice to see the Reds offer choice.  Now, maybe the Reds can get some decent Mexican food, and no those day-glo nachos don’t count.


Photos: Shepard Fairey Outdoor Art Installations in Cincinnati

Here are some photos that I’ve taken of Shepard Fairey’s outdoor art installations with their locations in Cincinnati.  I’ll update these as I photograph them.

High Street Design Studio and Lifestyle Store
Google Maps Location: 1401 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

HighStreet1.jpgShepard Fairey’s outdoor art installations are colleges created from a mix of small prints, patterns, and larger pieces.  The prints are a on thinner paper called “pasters” that are glued to the wall using wheat paste.  These art installations could last a year. HighStreet2.jpgThe large image on the right is the Nubian Sign.  The pattern behind the Nubian Sign is a Japanese Fabric Pattern like this Black on Red.  The left of the pattern is Peace Fingers Red.HighStreet3.jpgThe large print is Obey Eye, smaller prints on the right from top to bottom: Jasper Johns, Kiss Me Deadly Red, Eye Alert RedHighStreet5.jpgThe image on the left is one of my favorites, Mujer Fatal.  The prints starting from the right, top to bottom are: Cincinnati CAC Print, M16 vs AK47, Rise Above Cop, and Stay Up Girl.HighStreet6.jpgHere’s a close up of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Print.

Make sure you check around the corner in the alley for another of my favorites, Commanda.HighStreet4.jpg

13th and Main Street
Google Maps Location: 13th and Main Street
MainStreet.jpgThe large image on the right is Afrocentric (Black).  Smaller images from top to bottom, Writing on the Wall Red, Kiss Me
Deadly Red
, Eye Alert Red, Peace Fingers Red, and Rise Above Fist.  

Lightborne Communications
Google Maps Location: 212 E 14th St, Cincinnati, OH‎ 45202

Lightborne.jpgThe image is Eye Alert Cream.

Google Maps Location: Blue Rock and Hamilton

Aung-San-Suu-Kyi.jpgLarge images Aung San Suu Kyi and Peace Fingers.  The smaller images are from top to bottom: Propaganda Engineering, Factory, Stay
Up Girl
, Rise Above
, Commanda, M16 vs AK47, and Mujer Fatal.

Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Google Maps Location: 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2104

Arnolds.jpgLarge image Global Warning.  Smaller images from top to bottom: Rise Above
, Jasper
, Your Eyes Here, M16 vs AK47, Eye Alert
, and Propaganda