On the First Monday of Fall

Fall arrived in Cincinnati Saturday morning, and brought the sunny, crisp days of the season for the weekend. We even got some much needed rain in the overnight hours. Meanwhile, let’s get some relief to those in Southern California!

What a weekend! The pride of the city (baseball’s Reds) clinched the division title, so it’s on to the playoffs! Downtown streets were buzzing Octoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Octoberfest outside of Munich. There’s plenty of sausages, desserts, beer, oompah, people wearing chicken hats, and more for all attendees over the three days! We went for a jumbo creampuff from Schmidt’s (a German restaurant in Columbus).

Besides Octoberfest, we saw a movie (Hope Springs) (and enjoyed it), worked in the yard, hit the ballroom dance floor, took my in-laws to dinner, attended a delightful outdoor local art show, and even enjoyed a quiet few hours at home as the two of us enjoyed a delightful bottle of wine.

Now that you envy my weekend, how was yours? Please share if you wish!

Hope you have a wonderful week to come, but I do wonder who will provide the 15,000th comment. 🙂 Enjoy this video (from 3 years ago) of a Cincinnati tradition that occurred again this weekend.

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49 thoughts on “On the First Monday of Fall

  1. Funny, my German hat doesn’t have a chicken. It DOES have an eagle, clutching some kind of weird cockeyed cross….. 😉
    Praise be for the cooler weather! Now starts the fall scramble – gutters to mend, a driveway to patch, mowers to decommission, garden tools to clean, etc. And this year, some bunch of goofs, led by some yahoo from Cleveland, now has me stuck doing some cockamamie blog! 😀
    Happy Monday!

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  2. Had the grand kids over for a sleepover, and it takes a whole day to recover from their magnificent energy stream.

    CinCin weekend sounds like Milwaukee, Wis. Beer, brats, creme puffs, etc., all happen here for the annual State Fair in August.

    This must really be hard for someone on the West Coast to understand. All you can say is you have to do it once. Woops, ending sentences with “once” is a Milwaukee-ism.

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    • Randel,
      I know how the Cards can be … and as we know, anything can happen in a short series! But it appears that the Cards should make the wild card game. Good luck … and thanks for commenting.

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  3. Boy! Cinci gets the party started early, Oktoberfest here is a couple weeks away.

    Congrats to the Red’s. We Jay fans are watching with bated breath as our team fights hard for bottom place with Boston.

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    • Howl,
      Yep – this time ever year. Fortunately, the Reds had a night game and the Bengals were on the road … otherwise, those events ramp up the crowd! Sadly, a tough year for the Jays … Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I want that creampuff! Good on the Reds—this playoff season should be very interesting with that additional wild card in the works. I’m not sure I like it, but it will certainly liven things up, anyway.

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    • Weebs,
      Schmidt’s cream puffs are legendary in these parts. If you are ever in the Columbus, OH area – visit their restaurant. Fortunately, and to the delight of many, they come to Cincinnati for Octoberfest! Regarding baseball, I don’t like the new wild card format … or as I like to say, just another reason for me to dislike Bud Selig! Meanwhile, we long-time and loyal Reds fans relish our accomplishment! Thanks for commenting.

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    • Spiced,
      Interestingly, there was an occasion in Washington state that thinks there 127 people owns the record for most people doing the chicken dance. Ha ha … I don’t think the record is here, but this Washington group needs to get in touch with the world. … That cream puff is a good one – gotta love the cream! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. It does sound like you had a lovely weekend over these first days of fall. I noticed some rat-sized silhouettes behind my blinds that nearly made me suffer a coronary, but before I needed to call an ambulance, I realized that it was just a few autumn leaves that blew into my open window and landed at odd angles. Life crisis averted.

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    • Paradise,
      Interestingly, the weekend wasn’t rushed! A little time at this … a bit at that. Springtime beach walks sounds …. ah …. difficult! 😉 Thus summer is on the way! Thanks for sharing your weekend.

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  6. Remember that chicken dance – it was like plague all over Europe – it was terrible – impossible to avoid. Yes, Octoberfest is something very special and I think it’s really the only time a year that the German’s really let their hair down.
    The Germans are such a hard working people and so determent – very correct people too. You don’t get anything for free in Germany, you have to work hard. So when Octoberfest comes they party for a week. Wonderful. Looking forward to see “Hot Spring” too .. brilliant actors. It seams you had a great weekend.

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    • Viveka,
      Thanks for your portrayal of Germans as it puts Octoberfest in context. Thankfully, the chicken dance is basically only associated with this event … well, and beer. 😉 Thanks for sharing.

      PS: Hope Springs was a pleasant and simple … and yes, good actors. Interestingly, outside of extras, it was a very small cast.

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  7. Frank,
    A few years back, we had the pleasure of enjoying the Oktoberfest in Cleveland… Can’t say I remember much of it, though… It’s a fuzzy happy memory.
    Le Clown

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  8. Slow weekend here highlighted by some salted chilli king prawns at a local Chinese establishment. Very good it was too. Spent part of Sunday reading a great piece by a favorite writer of mine Matt Tiabbi @ Rolling Stone. It’s all about they guy you are voting for as runner-up. It’s a long article but well worth a read for any politicos if you haven’t seen it already.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829

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  9. I get an online art newsletter and there was a nice tidbit about the Cincinnati Art Museum. They seem to be having a banner year. More than 300,000 visitors this year so far. So, a toast to all things “Cincy”.

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    • Mobius,
      It was a banner year for Cincy. Hosting the World Choir Games was huge … had a few good traveling exhibits come through town … then the local stuff on top of that … we can’t complain about the events of 2012. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Why am I tucking my arms and flapping them like wings and clapping? It’s the chicken dance of course! SOunds like you guys had a great weekend and yes I’m a little green with envy. Glad it was fun and busy. We went to get wood and We fixed two plumbing problems so all in all it was a good weekend. :+)

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  11. The creampuff – ummmmm, looks great.

    Chicken dance? I’ll pass. As a musician who played far too many wedding receptions before I retired in that arena, I must say that I have a particular dislike for both the song and the dance. An instance of being a musical “curmudgeon” – hazard of the job 🙂

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  12. I think your weekend was even busier than mine, Frank, but I would have enjoyed every activity you mentioned. The Oktoberfest celebration sounds really fun! And fall weather is surely welcome. Thanks so much for kind considerations for poor Southern California. It was slightly cooler today. I think we have had the weather you had at the beginning of summer when we were still cool! I am thankful for air conditioning! 🙂 I think the chicken dance is ridiculous, but I laugh every time! 🙂

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      • In the video you posted – Art is a guy in the video who won (at least three) medals for (I think) the chicken dance. Homer Simpson is one of the guys/girls onstage in a costume who looks very uncomfortable! 🙂

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        • I see … heck, I had to watch the video again to get the big OIC. 🙂 Then again, I was watching Norm and Tricia, the short-haired blonde who is a local news anchor. 😉 Nonetheless, glad you stopped by and thanks for clarifying.

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