When I first moved to Clifton, almost right across the street from me was New World Books, an independent bookstore. I loved it. The service was always cheery and helpful and if they didn’t have the book I wanted—and they often didn’t as it was a pretty tiny bookstore—they would always order it for me.
I would always go there, because I figured they needed the business. I always tried to avoid the “chains” as they are driving small bookstores out of business.
I’m no longer in Clifton and neither is New World Books. I guess I knew it all along, but they couldn’t compete with those large, massive booksellers.
I was thinking of New World Books this morning as I read this article by novelist Ann Patchett and her love for a little bookstore in Petoskey, Michigan. Here I go sharing again.
(Photo from the New York Times)
If you’re a man living here in Cincinnati, you’re no doubt aware that you’re not a real man if you stop and ask for directions. Here in Cincinnati, men will drive around for hours even when hopelessly lost. It’s a matter of pride.
However, dogs in Cincinnati who have been able to obtain a driver’s license (since 2008, intelligent dogs, if they can pass the driving test, can get a license) aren’t that proud. When lost, commonsense takes over. They ask for directions.
Take a look.
Does this mean that dogs are smarter than men?
(Photo from lazyrevolution.com)
Make fun of me if you like, but I really like the Red Lobster on Glenway Avenue. It’s been there for a long time—15 or 20 years—something like that.
I went there for dinner on Sunday night with my pals Jan and Jim. I can’t remember the name of our waitress but she was a little cold and not much into my tomfoolery, so I mostly kept my foolishness to myself.
Have you ever heard of lobster pizza? Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but this was new to me so I tried it. Really, really good. I was so impressed; I went online and found a recipe for it.
Yes, here I go sharing again.
(Image from poorgirleatswell.com)
I suppose this is news or maybe I’ll act like it is.
The Dish network is dropping The Weather Channel in favor of yet another 24-hour weather channel. Is the weather going to be different on this other channel?
I’ve never watched The Weather Channel and don’t understand people who do. When it comes to getting the weather, I just go online to see if I need to bring along an umbrella or need to wear a sweater or coat. Maybe this takes a minute out of my day—probably not even that.
I have a friend who watches The Weather Channel because he has a thing for one of their weather reporters, Stehpanie Abrams. Sure she’s cute, but that’s not enough for me to stay home and watch weather on television. I’d rather be out in it.
(Photo of Stehpanie Abrams from monkeycube.com)
Graeter’s Ice Cream is buying out its Columbus/Dayton Franchisee. I’ll link to the story, but this isn’t what’s on my mind.
Every notice when you go into a Grater’s Ice Cream, most of the customers inside eating that ice cream are coughing? Really, take notice of it next time. Hell, maybe you’re also coughing.
Will someone please tell me why eating Grater’s Ice Cream and coughing go hand in hand?
(Photo found on Google)
→ And I thought Sarah Palin was an idiot. I admit I haven’t been paying much attention to Rand Paul, the newly nominated Republican candidate for the senate in Kentucky, but that needs to change. His views on civil rights would set this country back 40 years. Rachel Maddow has an interesting take on Paul. Go to Crooks and Liars to get to the video.
→ I don’t think Cincinnati is really a baseball town anymore and not even a football town—but maybe a hockey town? The Cincinnati Nation reports on the Cyclones winning season.
→ If you’ve read me over the years, you know I’ve had a few negative thoughts on Cincinnati. Maybe being negative is just my nature so let me say right now that there are a lot of great things about this city and now, finally, we’re going to get a little help to make things even better. The Cincinnati Man reports that Chuck Norris is coming in to save our town.
→ Sadly, I’m beginning to think one of our best local blogs here has folded. I think it’s time to say goodbye to The Daily Bellwether who hasn’t had an update since March 24.
→ What does one do when one cheats on Sandra Bullock—one of America’s sweethearts? You go on the teevee and cry about it. Go to Gawker to see an emotional Jesse James. Sorry, Jesse, you’re still a lying, cheating asshole.
→ Another one of America’s sweethearts, Jennifer Aniston, likes to pose almost nude for a lot of magazine covers which The Huffington Post has taken notice of. They want to know which one of these covers is your favorite. It seems rather silly to me, but, of course, I looked at every single one of them.
(Photo of Rand Paul from Woodpress)
I’ve been back and living in Westwood for over two years now and I’ve said here before and also in CityBeat’s Living Out Loud column how I love the neighborhood and the diversity here.
And Westwood is a proud community. That’s why residents won’t put up with a slumlord.
Three years ago, Abe Messer purchased three apartment buildings in Westwood. Since that purchase and around those three apartment buildings, crime has increased as well as litter. One resident has even had her life threatened. Basically Messer isn’t paying any attention or taking care of his property.
Recently, some Westwood residents paid a visit to Mr. Messer’s rather expensive home in Symmes Township to let him know they don’t appreciate what he’s doing to the community of Westwood.
Here in Westwood, residents appreciate real landlords—not the likes of Abe Messer.
(Photo of a portion of the community of Westwood found on photobucket.com)