On Extra Murals

Before riding into the blog sunset, I’ve enjoyed cleaning out my blog closet. Whether pictures sitting in folders waiting for the words, notes waiting for expansion, or ideas waiting to be made real – I smile each time when I finally use something in a post.

Cincinnati’s murals have always caught my eye – but Resa is the one who motivated me to create posts about them. Resa, thank you for your encouragement. There are many murals that I’ve wanted to visit, but never got there. On the other hand, I have a hodge-podge collection of unused photos to share. Well – I don’t think I’ve used any of these.

Some of these are creations by ArtWorks – others not. Any favorites?

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To see more of my posts about the murals of Cincinnati, click here.

Thanks to Resa (Toronto’s leading lady) whose posts about street art in Toronto and Winnipeg, got me interested in outdoor art in my area. I invite readers to visit Resa’s blog (but tell her I sent you).

On a Floodwall

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That’s the Ohio River with a bridge connecting downtown Cincinnati on the right to Covington, Kentucky on the left.

Floodwalls are walls built to prevent water entering an area. Not every town along a river has one – actually – most towns don’t. Cincinnati doesn’t. Covington and Newport Kentucky have them, but this post is about the one in Covington.

Led by artist Robert Dafford, his team of artists created 18 murals on the floodwall illustrating the Covington’s history from 800 BCE to the present. The collection is known as the Roebling Murals because of their location near the Roebling Bridge, a suspension bridge built by the same designer before the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Dafford also created others murals throughout the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys, plus others in France, Belgium, England, and Canada. Enjoy a look at the Roebling Murals of Covington, Kentucky. Any favorites?

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Although these are very traditional, Resa needs to know about them.

On Walktober 2019

It’s time for Walktober, so cheers to Robin for her organizing this annual tradition. If my memory is correct, this is my seventh in the last eight years (missing 2017 – probably due to travels).  Here’s a walk that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, so here goes … but this is a long walk, so I hope you are in walking shape.

That’s downtown Cincinnati from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Such a great view. Access to my destination is a bit easier from this side, plus it gets me more steps. It’s a beautiful morning, but I wonder about the shadows that will be present today because the sun is still low.

 

As I cross on old bridge now known as The Purple People Bridge, oh look … an old friend is working as a lifeguard. That’s Bearcat, the University of Cincinnati mascot. A good one!

 

Cincinnati has a string of wonderful parks along the river. Each is different, plus another one is currently in the planning stage. That’s the popular Serpentine Wall to the west of this bridge ….

 

… but I’m going to the park on the east, Bicentennial Commons. Dedicated in 1988, this 22-acre park honors Cincinnati’s 200 years. Looks like the shadows are pronounced today.

 

Meet our city’s namesake – Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus – a Roman citizen, farmer, warrior, and leader.

 

Who’s over there? Well, well – it’s the infamous Lucius Quinctius Pigasus.

 

With part of the walk close to the river, I always love to look. After all, my hometown is many miles upriver from here.

 

The walk upriver is awesome. The trees, continuous views of the river, historical markers, a geologic timeline on the sidewalk, and the outlooks. The first set historical markers have information about the area’s German and Irish settlers, the Sultana (riverboat), and the Black Brigade of Cincinnati on the Union side of the Civil War. For those who don’t know, Cincinnati and the surrounding area had an important role in the Underground Railroad. Seeing the geologic timeline reminds me that the Creation Museum (promoting 10,000 year old Earth) is less than 30 minutes from here.

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I like the sight of an old pump house that was part of the Cincinnati Water Works. After all, Cincinnati had Ohio’s first publicly owned water system.

 

Oh look – river traffic! Because I grew up in a river town, seeing the barge traffic always reminds me of my youth. Do you see the recreational boat?

 

Given 22 acres, there’s plenty of available activities areas besides walking: tennis courts, kids play area, rollerblade rink, picnicking, and a concert venue.

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There’s another pig. Let’s see who. it’s the Ribs King! Look closer to see the crown.

 

What’s a park without ornamental plants!

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Ornamental plants are always nice, but looking up is something that not enough people do – therefore, they miss a lot. I know, one may miss something near when looking up, so balance is necessary.

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Here’s the official entrance into Bicentennial Commons. When first proposed, those four flying pigs created quite the ruckus. In time, the citizens embraced them – even naming a successful race after them – The Flying Pig Marathon.

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Thanks for walking along with me through Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Common. I’ve got over 9,000 already for my day!

 

Robin, a good lady and Ohioan now living in Maryland, is the host. Click here for her Walktober post that will have links to others participating as pingbacks in the Comments. (I hope to visit all of them). I invite my readers to visit other participants – plus hey – if you are interested in participating, Robin is a gracious and welcoming host.

To see my past walks, either click Walktober in the Categories sidebar or click here. Happy Walktober!

Because this (most likely) will be my last Walktober, a special thanks to Robin. For hosting, for visiting and commenting here, for wonderful posts, for our collaborations, and for anything else that I missed.

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Happy October! I recently learned that from the beginning of the month to the end, Cincinnati will lose 1 hour 13 minutes of daylight. On the other hand, Cincinnatian ushered in October with a heat wave resembling July/August!

The Weekend Concert Series returns this weekend featuring Prince. Concert time is this Saturday at 1:00 AM (Eastern US). FYI: This will be the last concert until November.

After its initial appearance two years ago, BLINK Cincinnati returns next week. The Thursday-to-Sunday light extravadanza was over-the-top outstanding.

 

The Navy commissions a new combat ship this weekend – the USS Cincinnati. It definitely looks different from what many of us imagine. See a short video here.

Not to be outdone by the US Navy, Glade (the air freshener) develops an aerial spray. Click here for a great visual.

I know this request is contradictory to my plans, but it is an important question to ask. Do you have any ideas/requests for future beach walks? If so, let me know.

Notre Dame may score 100 this weekend when they play one of the worst teams in college football – my alma mater.

Our first ushering assign gave us a musical treat – Once On This Island, which one a 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

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Instead of addressing important issues to the country (and its people) as a whole, interesting how Congressional Democrats continue to help President Trump’s fundraising efforts.

I recently heard Kellyanne Conway defending President Trump from impeachment by saying, “Read the Constitution.” I did, and did some research including reading Federalist Papers 65 and 66. It was enlightening, but not worth writing because too many can’t get beyond their partisan lens. Simply put, Kellyanne Conway continues to do what she does best – plea to the ignorant, the misinformed, the stupid, and the partisans.

Although impeachment is not necessary about common law and related offenses, In the impeachment process, think of the House as the Grand Jury issuing an indictment. Think of the Senate as the jury members at a trial. However, in this case, the jury is already weighing in their opinion without hearing the evidence. In conclusion, Senators present the best interest of their respective political party, not the best interest of the country or the thoughts and desires of the people they serve.

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion explains the impeachment process in 5 easy steps.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Chameleon wishes environment would occasionally adapt to him
Birthday card secretly passed around office like secret CIA covert operation
Quiet nerdy kid lies in wait for perfect moment to unleash freestyle rap abilities on classmates
Waitress parades choice of pie slices in front of man like madam in high-class brothel
Nutritionists report they wouldn’t have to figure out which foods were bad for you if Americans just ate normal for once

Interesting Reads

The slowing down of tech innovation
The Hollywood sign
Mathematics and nature
Educational progress: an oxymoron?
The world and coffee
(Graphic) Countries with the map sustainable energy policies
(Photos) 2018 Smithsonian photo contest winners
(Video)  Oil production by country 1966-2017 (45-sec)

To send you into the weekend, here’s an oldie I recent heard that would be good here. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Three Exhibits

Click for excellent background music for this post from The Piano Guys.

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Typically, I take pictures at a museum exhibit with hopes of creating a post. Well, I never got around to writing these, so while cleaning out my blog closet, I decided to give a synopsis of them in one post. Sort of a Pictures at an Exhibition. Hope you enjoy the walk through the gallery

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Unknown until 1974, this archaeological discovery is about the legion (over 8,000 life-sized figures) guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor. Not only multiple warriors, the exhibit included arms, armor, ornaments, ceramics, jewelry, and excellent information about this early civilization. The Cincinnati Art Museum hosted this fascinating exhibit.

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Chocolate: The Exhibition

Although it’s not true for everyone, but many people enjoy chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate milk, chocolate ice cream, brownies, fudge, and many more items. As a kid, I sprinkled cocoa powder onto my Rice Krispies, plus enjoyed Bosco! I still like an occasional gulp of straight Hershey Chocolate Syrup. So, I had to attend the exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

When first entering the exhibit, the smell of chocolate grabbed your attention. Yum! A large section of the exhibit focused on chocolate’s history. The German or Belgians come to mind, but hey – chocolate goes back to the Aztecs in Central America – so it made way to Europe from there! Uses, products, and production completed the exhibit. At the end, a local chocolatier provided samples. Yes – it was a good day.

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Guitars: Instruments that Rocked the World

Guitars have a fascinating history – and one much longer than many people may think. But did you know there is a National Guitar Museum? Yep – but it is a travelling exhibit without a permanent home!

Besides displaying some famous guitars, the exhibit included over 70 guitars of different styles, ages, and historical value (including one from 3000 BCE). Besides guitars, visitors can learn more about sound through numerous interactives. Toss in posters, graphics, banners, and the World’s Largest Playable Guitar, this exhibit is a winner for music lovers. Yes – I enjoyed this exhibit!

Click here to learn more about the National Guitar Museum and it’s exhibition schedule. I wonder if the museum will find a permanent home.

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It’s time for the King of Pop – Michael Jackson takes the Weekend Concert Series stage. Concert time is this Saturday, 1:00 AM (Eastern US). Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer to many Americans. Oddly, Cincinnati celebrates with a gigantic fireworks display on the river. What started as a 10th birthday celebration of a radio station in 1977, the event continues today. The synchronization to music was the best ever! If you have 25-30 minutes, watch it here. (Save yourself time by starting at 5:45)

We met many interesting and nice people on the recent river cruise. One Australian couple are prolific travellers, so I asked them something to is important to me. “I believe the majority of people in the world are good. Do your experiences support that?” …. Without hesitation, they unquestionably agreed.

As baseball season winds down and my Reds fade into the setting sun, cheers to the arrival of college football.

Readers may recall my love for the Flora-Bama, a legendary bar and musical venue on the Florida side of the Florida-Alabama border. (past post) During our recent travels, this article appeared in many local papers throughout the country.

Regarding my announcement, I never stated that writing was a chore – that came from comments! For my approach to blogging, writing and posting is the easy part of blogging.

Looking for suggestions. Being out-of-the-loop for most of August, have any good movies recently opened in theaters?

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I laughed at our cruise director’s explanation of politics: Poli is a Latin prefix for many – Ticks are blood sucking creatures.

During my 2+ weeks in Europe, nothing much seems to have changed in American politics. President Trump continue to be a pathetic person and even worse leader who brings the majority of problems on himself.

Shortly after Joe Biden entered the race last April, I mentioned factors in Biden’s Dilemma – and they continue to unfold.

While cruising, I didn’t encounter (have or hear) one discussion about politics between Americans. However, non-Americans want to talk about American politics with Americans.

Foreign policy and trade policy are like three-dimensional chess – complicated. President Trump’s approach is like playing tic-tac-do with sidewalk chalk.

Still having missed all the Democratic debates, I will miss the one in September because I have a long-scheduled event of watching 2 people fish that night.

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for enduring long layovers at airports.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Nation’s nonfiction writers announce plans to keep writing things down that happened
Woman thinks she’s being discreet about fishing stray hair out of bra
What you just said reminds man of thing he’s rather talk about
Centipede tearing ass across floor must be late for something
Hardcore Weezer fan hates everything band has released since forming
Virgin saving himself for kinky couple in need of a third

(My Combo) Kinky virgin saving bra for Weezer

Interesting Reads

 

To send you into the weekend,  here’s an oldie from the ‘90s that I’ve recently heard on a commercial for South Carolina. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 398

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Greetings. Last week was one of those rare weeks without an OITS. I was behind on the writing and replying to comments on the previous post – so I decided to pass.

Hey hey hey – 2 to go to #400! Visit #400,000 may happen during the upcoming week – but maybe not.

FYI: I’m aiming for the next concert to be on Saturday, June 8th.

My Quickstep routine is in the books. Good news: We didn’t crash and burn. (FYI: Quickstep is not an easy dance.) We successful got through it and my partner was thrilled! For me, we did well – but I’m a tough critic on myself, so I only get a C. My partner and I have the same instructor, who choreographed a routine around this scene from An American in Paris – but we danced to this Bobby Darin version of I Got Rhythm that is definitely aerobic.

We recently wrapped up another season of handbells and ushering.

  • The last handbell piece was Shalom Chaverim. An interesting piece that you can watch a large choir in Japan play. Click here
  • The last play was Tiny House, a new play as a joint effort between the Cincinnati and Cleveland theaters. A fun play – and the building of the tiny house was interesting to witness. Thumbs up if it ever comes to your area. Here are two reviews (one from each city): Cincinnati and Cleveland
  • Of the personalities who died this week, I’m connected with two. Doris Day was born and raised in Cincinnati. Comedian Tim Conway and I graduated from the same university (Bowling Green).

If you like rich and creamy, Graeter’s (of Cincinnati) is a fabulous ice cream (past post). They recently introduced a new summer flavor – Malted Pretzel Ball – so, I’ll be trying very soon.

Some may recall that John Roebling built Cincinnati’s suspension bridge before the more famous Brooklyn Bridge. Click here for a short (less than 2 minute) video of the bridge done by a local TV station.

As a viewer of the CBS Evening News, I already miss anchor Jeff Glor – but look forward to Norah O’Donnell anchoring later this year.

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The Democratic field of presidential candidates continues to grow. Now at 24, let’s go for 30! On the other hand, I wonder about the end game of the majority of the field.

This week the Alabama state government passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. Although their intent is to challenge Roe v Wade in the Supreme Court, I simply say patriotism, morality, and civic duty cannot be legislated.

I have long been a critic of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Her recent comment about AG Barr lying made me wince. On the other hand, I acknowledge the difficult task she has with her current caucus, and she has been done well during this difficult time.

To describe the current situation in Washington, while some proclaim Constitutional crisis – but I prefer institutional crisis.

Here’s an example of the goofy far right of Republicans. My state senator wants to ban insurance coverage of abortions except for re-implanting an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus. Interestingly, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the procedure doesn’t exist. The senator disagrees.

According to President Trump, Hungarian authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is doing “a tremendous job” and “respect all over Europe”. Sorry to say, that comment is not a surprise and follows praise of other authoritarian leaders from Russia, North Korea, and Turkey.

I grew up in the portion of Ohio that mined coal. Being along the Ohio River, multiple coal-burning power are still located nearby. Because we know President Trump vowed to revive the coal industry, here’s an interesting article about the source of energy for Ohioans.

To lead you into the weekly dose of satire, The Onion provides tips for going through a divorce.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Man starting to think only reason people hanging out with him because they are on same jury
Dress that would have forever altered course of woman’s life patted, placed back on rack
Dissatisfied Taco Bell customer goes rogue
Unsettling study finds two cousins technically fair game
Charity pairs naughty hags with children who taste good in stew
New blender changes guy’s life

Interesting Reads

How much of the Internet is fake
Ancient humans
Nazi looted painting
A camel festival in Mongolia
Enduring McCarthyism
(Graphic) Countries with the worst bad loan ratio
(Photos) Food photography
(Photos) Bikers in Hanoi

To send you into the weekend and as a tribute to Cincinnati treasure Doris Day, it’s time for a Sentimental Journey. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.(NOTE; The video will NOT play embedded here. After you click the video below, then click Watch this video on YouTube.)