He gets points for the USB Jesus Fish!
(Wondering if the car has Rich Corinthian Leather.)
The polling place, in a quiet moment.
Whilst in the vicinity of Downtown Cincinnati for this exhibit opening, I snapped a few pictures with the cam-phone. (Phone-cam? Cell-cam? Smart-phone-cam? Camshaft? Gesellschaft?)
Some time ago I lamented the closing of Su Casa, a Mexican restaurant in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati. Its successor, Blue Agave, has opened, and I'm happy to report I'll be eating there regularly. On my most recent visit I devoured a Burro de la Roqueta lunch special with pork tenderloin, a helping of spicy pico de gallo, and rice with a drizzling of cheese (Chihuahua, I think). Excellent. I've also been impressed with the fried burrito and huevos rancheros lunch specials. The chips are fresh, the soft drinks are generous, and the spicy salsa is nicely garlic-heavy (although they seem to have toned it down a bit since they opened). The decor is bright and clean, initially striking me as a bit sterile compared to Su Casa, but welcome in its own way. So check it out if you're near Springdale. It's good.
You've likely seen the occasional spray-painted or stickered addendum to a stop sign: "Stop Bush," "Stop This War," "Stop Smoking," whatever.
Well, occasionally I drive by the one below, and I am always impressed by the imagination and intellectual depth of the true graffiti artists who created it.
Swaim Park, Montgomery.
We went over to Blue Ash Airport Days last weekend (September 23rd). Here’s some of the stuff we heard and saw. (The images are stored at 1024 x 768 if you want to click through for more detail.)
A parachutist with the E Team from Mason (Ohio) dropping with a 5,000-square-foot, 70-pound flag.
Audio of bagpipers during military tribute and presentation of the flag. I’m a sucker for bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace.” Actually, I’m a sucker for bagpipes in general. Also “Amazing Grace.” (As for the completely useless video: you’re welcome.)
The aerobatics begin as The Firebirds swing into action.
Video of a fly-by. (The resolution sucks because a small someone had apparently been fiddling with the settings…)
The scene on the ground…
Stunt cyclists. Don’t try this at home!
Really. Don’t try this at home.
I mean it. Trying this at home is a bad idea.
Really. Seriously. Do not try this at home. Ever.
Panchito, a B-25J Mitchell Bomber presented by the Disabled American Veterans. Great guttural engine sound! It’s taxiing here; the fast shutter speed has frozen the props mid-spin.
J Merlo's Su Casa was tucked unobtrusively in an older shopping center—Princeton Plaza—in Springdale.
Su Casa quickly became one of my favorite Mexican places. Fresh salsa—oniony, tangy, not overly spicy, free of the gloppy stewed texture of cheap chain salsa. Moist, tender rice that had an almost eggy quality, the perfect complement for the rich ranchero sauce. Soft, melty, white chihuahua cheese instead of the usual Tex-Mex varieties. Fantastic lunch specials, with $5.95 buying a large meal indeed. Among my favorites: huevos rancheros, beef enchiladas, and the dense, compact chicken chimichanga.
I showed up for lunch one day and bam, they were closed. I must have been away for a couple of weeks and missed the announcement. Still hungry for Mexican, I went to Don Pablo's. The less said about that the better.
The good news: a place called Blue Agave is moving in. I'm hungrily awaiting its debut.