What I Learned This Week #5


Sunday, June 10 – Saturday, June 17


This Week in Hangovers: The week started with a freakin’ hangover. The thing is, while I enjoy adult beverages on a regular basis, I am, by and large, past my over-indulging days. I know better than, for example, to end the evening by drinking a shot. Let me say that first part again: I know better. Still, I enthusiastically said yes to shot of some brown beverage that I did not need and on Sunday I had a real hangover for the first time in years. (The last one involved an unfortunate decision to switch to Grapefruit Sculpin IPA late in the evening.) Oh well. I’ll do better next time.

This Week in False Advertising: I finally made it up to what my apartment building touts as the Roof Top Deck. Look at this view:

Fifth Floor Deck, not roof top as advertised
The marketing meaning of “roof top” deck and reality do not match.

Clearly, “roof top” is a stretch. And in this second picture, my sinister shadow contemplates being lied to…

5th Floor deck creep.JPG
Practicing my menacing foreshadowing shots, in case I have to direct a horror movie some day.


This Week In Salad: The Carriage House Salad at Panino, mixed greens, sliced apples, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, house-made salami and a fried egg for $11 is hands down the best salad on Vine Street in OTR.

House Carriage Salad at Panino
This salad is good looking and good tasting!

This Week in Opera: I’ve only been an opera fan for the last 5 or so years so I’m still in the early phase of seeing all the standard/classics that true opera fans “have” to see. I checked one off the list on Thursday when I saw the Cincinnati Opera’s production of La Bohème, one of the most beloved operas of all time. It’s an easy one with high drama including my favorite trope of the dying character in the final moments of the play rallying to belt out one last aria.  Opera is high drama and I’m a crier. Opera’s death arias kill me. The staging,  emotional singing, and the swaggering debut of CSO conductor Louis Langrée in the pit made for a great evening.

This Week in Old Sports: I had a hometown sports double-header on Saturday starting with Cincinnati’s oldest team, the Reds, as they unveiled (should be hall-of-famer) Pete Rose’s new statue at the ball park. After Pete spoke on the field before the game, he stepped up to the plate to take a pitch from some kid. I swear, even though every one in the stadium knew that kid probably wouldn’t be able to throw a hitable ball, the entire crowd wanted Pete to hit one for old times. A woman standing in front of me turned to her friend as Pete was at the plate and said, “I got chills.” Yep, pretty much the whole town is in the bag for Pete.

This Week in New Sports: The slumping Reds held my attention until the 5th inning and then my group headed uptown to watch Cincinnati’s news team, FC Cincinnati in a soccer match versus the Charleston Battery. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. FCC is drawing surprising large and enthusiastic crowds. A great way to cap off the day and the week.

FC Cincinnati presses Charleston Battery

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