Wither Columbus? (Or at least Ohio)

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I am just curious if there are any folks from ILM who are in Columbus or other parts of Ohio... Well?

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 09:03 (eighteen years ago) link

laurence kansas and me can kick hell outta any man in this outfit

weather1ngda1eson (Brian), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 09:07 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought you guys were from CLE...?

I am. I think I asked about a month ago on some thread if we had the bodies for an oHIo FAP....

Dave will do (dave225.3), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 13:16 (eighteen years ago) link

I live in Columbus, and I have to defend Ohio on ILX on an irregular basis.

J (Jay), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 18:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, Dave, cle over here.
No Akronites?

weather1ngda1eson (Brian), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 01:15 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
i am 95% sure i am moving here in august. is it fun or bad?

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Thursday, 30 March 2006 23:47 (eighteen years ago) link

The weather is not so great. Expect hail. But in winter there are big wet snowflakes.

youn, Thursday, 30 March 2006 23:51 (eighteen years ago) link

ok but what about non-weather things? i don't care about weather, i am moving from the world's bad/sad weather capital (rochester, ny)

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Thursday, 30 March 2006 23:53 (eighteen years ago) link

I think there is a nice grad student bar called Larry's.

youn, Thursday, 30 March 2006 23:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Look up the students in the linguistics department. Vanessa and Anna. Don't tell them I sent you.

an anonymous person, Thursday, 30 March 2006 23:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Milkmaid to thread

Holy makkara, Toivo! (OutDatWay), Friday, 31 March 2006 00:02 (eighteen years ago) link

it's not so great. cheap, though.

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 31 March 2006 00:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Did someone say Linguistics AND Ohio in the same breath? The Milkmaid is here.

I'm from Akron. Columbus is very strictly "ok". It looked a lot better from my teenage vantage point than it does now. Time and experience have changed my mind about the sheer awesomeness of Columbus. One more declarative sentence....and...I'm out. Enjoy Columbus.

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Friday, 31 March 2006 00:30 (eighteen years ago) link

The thing that really impressed me in Ohio was the public libraries. They are pretty wonderful!

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Friday, 31 March 2006 01:03 (eighteen years ago) link

yes! libraries! i am not as interested in graduate students/grad student bars as i used to be. i am going to lawyer school, it's going to be full of douchebags, i'm pretty sure. i thrive in that kind of environment though. i like to not fit in, as long as there are 3 or 4 people around that i like.

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Friday, 31 March 2006 01:22 (eighteen years ago) link

If you're going to OSU law school, there's at least one ILXor who works there (me).

J (Jay), Friday, 31 March 2006 02:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Great restaurants too. And art-film theatres. (I hope you like college football, because it's almost unavoidable.. )

Dave AKA Dave (dave225.3), Friday, 31 March 2006 12:00 (eighteen years ago) link

do you have a car? that's pretty important.

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 31 March 2006 13:07 (eighteen years ago) link

J, i am going there! i have a car but i want to get rid of it. i really don't have the money to keep it. is the bus system bad there?

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Friday, 31 March 2006 14:46 (eighteen years ago) link

we both from columbus, pay homage / only cat got rich off beef here was dave thomas

++++, Friday, 31 March 2006 14:52 (eighteen years ago) link

If you live along High street, you can get by without a car. Bus service is not very good, but I know a few nondrivers who get by.

Dave AKA Dave (dave225.3), Friday, 31 March 2006 14:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Say hello to your new overlord.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/47/BobTaft.jpg/200px-BobTaft.jpg

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Friday, 31 March 2006 15:01 (eighteen years ago) link

i have a bicycle...so, if i live along high street (i went to columbus once this summer to visit a friend and i know i was around high street), and the only place i want to go to is school and vicinity, i'll be ok? my friend has gone without a car for nearly 5 years there and doesn't seem too unhappy, i don't know! i don't know where i'm living yet.

xpost, who is this?!

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Friday, 31 March 2006 15:02 (eighteen years ago) link

oh, that guy.

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Friday, 31 March 2006 15:03 (eighteen years ago) link

lower approval rating than Dick Cheney.

Dave AKA Dave (dave225.3), Friday, 31 March 2006 15:04 (eighteen years ago) link

Caitlin -

Bus service is iffy. If you live in the campus residential area, there is a free school-run service that's pretty good; I use it. OSU students get free service on the local COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) buses, but we don't have anything like a metro or subway.

The law school is a little world unto itself. I actually went to school here a long while back, and I don't think I ever went into another academic building for a class. Still, I think you'll be able to find some people you'll click with. I went into law school with similar expectations, and one guy I met on the first day ended up becoming my best friend in the world, bar none.

If you need any info or help, I'd be happy to talk to you. Email me at my ilxor address, minus spam protection exclamation points.

Oh, and Bob Taft's going to be out as guv in January. Our new governor is almost certain to be Democrat Ted Strickland:
http://www.tedstrickland.com/

- J

J (Jay), Friday, 31 March 2006 16:25 (eighteen years ago) link

The thing that really impressed me in Ohio was the public libraries. They are pretty wonderful!

My favorite thing about CLE is the downtown library. It's to their credit that the voters passed tax increases in order to fully fund them.

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Friday, 31 March 2006 16:40 (eighteen years ago) link

The Columbus Public Library is rated the top library in the country:
http://www.haplr-index.com/HAPLR100.htm

J (Jay), Friday, 31 March 2006 16:49 (eighteen years ago) link

Nice. CLE at number 4.

http://robertpence.com/cleve_ssp_meet/159_library.jpg

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Friday, 31 March 2006 16:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Wither Columbus? Yes! ASAP!

Aimless (Aimless), Friday, 31 March 2006 17:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I work for/with the former exec director of the CLE library... She's a great person. (I've never been to the CLE library though...) Columbus has an outstanding library - whenever I tell people to find things in a library, I have to remind myself that their library might not be as good. 8*(

Dave AKA Dave (dave225.3), Friday, 31 March 2006 17:19 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
So who in Columbus wants to get together for beer? Or, for you non-alcoholics, coffee?

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 21:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Sure - name a time & place.. Something down the Magnolia way would be fine with me.

dave vire think (dave225.3), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 23:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh yes Columbus libraries are wonderful. The downtown one is a work of art. The part of my childhood spent in Columbus was heaven!
Shoutouts to Buckeye Village, Indianola and Windsor elementary schools, the Whetstone library branch and Tuttle Park swimming pool

Dan I. (Dan I.), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 23:32 (eighteen years ago) link

so, FAP at the library?

dave vire think (dave225.3), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 23:37 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
So, I am moving to Columbus at the end of July (starting school in September). I've visited once and dug it at first glance - nice and flat! - but wasn't able to really sink my teeth into much outside of the university and its immediate surroundings, which are a little bit fratty/student-bookstore-bar-y. Can I hope to find attractive hipsters who will fall for my rambling nerdiness and keyboard open-mic shows?

Also, where are there pinball machines in town? I got absolutely nowhere in my admittedly sort of abortive search when I was there for a visit.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 18 June 2006 03:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Columbus is completely overrun with hipsters. You'll have no problems.

J (Jay), Monday, 19 June 2006 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Well, no problems finding hipsters anyway. In fact, Columbus is the original home of hipster bingo, since the propietor of catbirdseat.org resides there.

http://www.catbirdseat.org/catbirdseat/bingo.html

J (Jay), Monday, 19 June 2006 00:03 (eighteen years ago) link

By coincidence, I just found out about this place today when looking for info about Scrawl.

www.surlygirlsaloon.com

co-owned by Marcy Mays!

Zwan (miccio), Monday, 19 June 2006 00:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Hey, that place actually looks pretty cool! I like the sound of these punkerobics. Thanks.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Monday, 19 June 2006 04:18 (eighteen years ago) link

The Surly Girl is really awesome, as is its more restaurant-y sister Betty's. My friend Davey is the head food wizard and occasional DJ at the SG, and he makes the good stuff. And for you scrawlheads, yes, Marcy is there all the time.

J (Jay), Monday, 19 June 2006 12:06 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
i am moving july 31, i think (maybe a week or so earlier). i found a tiny cheap apartment in the victorian village. excited/scared!!!! what if it's lonely!?!?

doctor casino, what are you doing there? (i'm not an attractive hipster but i did see a bunch when i was there last week)

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 23:16 (eighteen years ago) link

bummmmp. talk about ohio please

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 15:49 (eighteen years ago) link

If you visit cleveland I will show you things you've never imagined in your wildest dreams. Buildings taller than a horse standing on end! Bread shaped into a disc and covered with tomato sauce and cheese!

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 15:59 (eighteen years ago) link

also, your car will be burned during the Ohio State/Michigan football game so bring two

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:01 (eighteen years ago) link

those buildings sound tall

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:10 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah, seriously... cars, sofas, drunks sitting in one place for too long - it's all fair game for osu/mich post-game arson.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:24 (eighteen years ago) link

go to the day-glo factory in cleveland and post pictures

lf (lfam), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:27 (eighteen years ago) link

hahahah, the best part is that even in Athens, Georgia (not exactly a major metropolis) we would get people staying at the hotel where I worked carrying on about the "big city lights" and so forth. Exactly which wonders of the modern metropolis had them so dazzled I never exactly worked out...

caitlin: I'm moving into the Short North/Victorian Village August 2nd, to start grad school at OSU at the beginning of September. At that point I will probably cease to exist. In between, let's be ILX pen pals! We can fill this thread with minutia-stuffed reports on anything worth doing that we find in town. What are you doing in the "Big Columbo"? (New project: coming up with insider-sounding nicknames for things before I even move there. Does anyone call Victorian Village 'The Vic'?)

Funnily, Laurence (Lawrence?) KS was the home of another school to which someone tried to convince me to apply. I didn't....

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:28 (eighteen years ago) link

i already found TACO NINJA. $1 tacos on mondays! they are small though, i ate 4.

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Currently 100% humidity. Bring gills.

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 13:32 (eighteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
i am here now. it's too hot to leave my house!

where are the least douchey, non-chain places to have coffee? i asked my friend and she seemed indecisive.

nazi bikini (harbl), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 17:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Grandview - Stauf's
German Village - Cup O' Joe
Clintonville - Cup O' Joe
Victorian Village - Victorian's Midnight Cafe (coffee's not the greatest, but it's the most indieseque in town if that's your bag)

There is, in fact, a coffee shop *in* the College of Law.

J (Jay), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:38 (seventeen years ago) link

(plz note that "non-douchey" and "coffee shop" are kinda not-quite-but-almost mutually exclusive criteria. I've done my best)

J (Jay), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 19:39 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah i totally knew that but i hoped it would be understood, thanks!

nazi bikini (harbl), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 20:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Rolling blackouts in Clevo last night. Thank god Rolling Rock is 9.99 an 18-pack.

welcome to Ohio, btw

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 20:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Haven't been there in a while, but my favorite things in Columbus not yet mentioned are:
Used Kids Records (ever-changing selection, priced to move)
Wexner Center for the Arts (classic cinema plus some music events - Boredoms played there in June!)
Studio 35 (double features, cult classics, and they have beer and pizza!)

Also - what's the deal with nacho platters being so freakin' huge in Columbus? It's not like that everywhere!

Also - if you like roller coasters, you MUST make the drive up to Cedar Point.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 21:44 (seventeen years ago) link

How could I forget?
HOUND DOGS PIZZA!! Especially the Smokin' Joe's crust! Open 24 hours!

BTW, Doctor Casino: that might be a good place to check for pinball machines.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 21:52 (seventeen years ago) link

IT IS DISGUSTINGLY HOT IN COLUMBUS TODAY.

J (Jay), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 22:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Is the Flying Tomato on High street still open? I loved their pizza as a kid.

Dan I. (Dan I.), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 22:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Long gone. Flying PIZZA (aka "Pizza by the Slice"), however, still exists, and remains awesome.

J (Jay), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 22:50 (seventeen years ago) link

i went to victorian's midnight (it is very close to my apartment). it was ok, i kind of liked it (it was better than my old coffee shop in rochester). except for the guy doing like a one hour soundcheck to prepare for open mic night. he was really bad. but i think i will go there sometimes.

nazi bikini (harbl), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 23:10 (seventeen years ago) link

might be here for Xmas wtf

does it snow? i have no idea

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 3 August 2006 08:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Woooooooo! I'm here now too! And it's hot as a mug! Oh well, that just gives me an excuse to hole up and get unpacked, I guess...

I ended up having breakfast at Victorian's Midnight the other day (it's right around the corner from me too). Pretty damn decent. My dad was raving about the home fries and Lotus also stands by them. The French toast I had was satisfying, although they're one of those places that only serves sugar-free syrup but doesn't tell you that in advance. Oh well! I'll be going for open-mic on an annoyingly regular basis probably, starting next week? We'll see...

Ate dinner the other night at North Star (High Street & 2nd, across the side street from the White Castle) - VERY delicious basil/pesto chicken burrito. Prices sorta high but it's a huge burrito (I took half home), and they refuse tips since it's counter service and they (supposedly?) pay fair wages. The staff seemed fine with the arrangement and I loved the chocolate truffle cookie.

Oooooh, I need to track down this Hound Dogs' Pizza - I was DYING for a good slice of cheese yesterday but ended up at an extremely mediocre Chinese joint called Yau's. Not recommended.

The heat aside, I'm finding this town wonderfully bike-able and my vibes are positive. Hither, Columbus!

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Friday, 4 August 2006 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Update on Hound Dog's pizza - they don't serve it by the slice! :( Way to make a guy feel like he just moved to town and has no friends, guys. It was kind of worth it though for this dialogue:

Me: (looking at menu) "Y'all don't serve pizza by the slice, do you?"
Server: (apologetically) "No...no, we don't... what exactly were you looking for?"
Me: "A slice of pizza, mainly."
Server: "Sorry..."
Me: "Do you know anywhere around here where I could get such a thing?"
Server: "No - I just moved here."

Oh well. The pinball (Lord of the Rings - hadn't played that before) was worth it, even if the junior funk ensemble was kind of distracting. I then went to the "Dube" for a milkshake and fries. I don't recommend either of these things there. What I do recommend is The Other Paper, which I'm finding to be markedly more useful than the other paper(s) I've found so far. At least this one actually has a music listing and shit.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 5 August 2006 05:29 (seventeen years ago) link

I think columbus was supposed to be a pretty good ("good") jazz town too.

Dan I. (Dan I.), Saturday, 5 August 2006 06:41 (seventeen years ago) link

The Other Paper and Alive both suck equally in different ways, but they're the best we've got. Pizza by the slice (awesome pizza by the slice) can be found at Flying Pizza on High Street just south of 15th Ave.

Columbus has a great jazz rep, but the reality mostly fails to live up. There are a few acts that are always worth checking out, and there's a venerable open stage at the Dolphin Lounge (which is in a *highly* sketchy area). Dick's Den (just south of the Dube) often has decent jazz as well. Beyond that it's a bit of a crap shoot.

J (Jay), Saturday, 5 August 2006 11:36 (seventeen years ago) link

why is ambrose going to be in columbus, oh, at christmas?

-- (688), Saturday, 5 August 2006 11:41 (seventeen years ago) link

good used bookstores (non-textbook, i mean) other than the book loft (this is kind of far away from me)?

nazi bikini (harbl), Saturday, 5 August 2006 16:13 (seventeen years ago) link

wait i guess maybe the book loft is a new bookstore, i thought it was both new/used

anyway flying pizza is great, esp. how i think they make mushroom pizza slices by plopping a handful of canned mushrooms on top of an already cooked cheese slice AND you get a free drink with 2 slices of pizza during lunchtime!!!! eeeee i love pizza

nazi bikini (harbl), Saturday, 5 August 2006 18:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I checked out Flying Pizza today - J and nazi bikini OTM! Very good slice, crispy on the bottom which is something I'd sort of forgotten about during my Athens years. My second slice got a little cool by the time I finished #1, but whatever, the free drink thing really does make it a great deal.

Books - I went to SBX today (right next door to Flying Pizza) which is very textbooky and prices are generally high. There's a pretty decent sale table, but I second n.b's clamor for a good book shop. I'm going to go check out a couple around the corner right now...

Next open query for the collective wisdom: good veggie places? I'm not vegetarian myself but I'd like to know where to take my friends if they come visit me someday. The aforementioned North Star can do tofu in pretty much everything which is cool, although I didn't try it to see if it was any good.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 5 August 2006 19:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Used Bookstores: Closest non-academic to campus/Victorian Village is Half-Price Books on Lane Avenue. It's pretty great, actually. There's also this fantastic place called the Village Book Store that's in an old church, but it's a ways off from that area.

Vegitarian stuff: Dragonfly on King Ave. in Victorian Village, Whole World Cafe/Pizza on High Street in Clintonville. Northstar's vegan food is pretty tasty. Dragonfly's really pricey.

J (Jay), Saturday, 5 August 2006 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

i wonder if we were there at the same time xpost

nazi bikini (harbl), Saturday, 5 August 2006 21:10 (seventeen years ago) link

nazi: Hmmm, it's possible! Did you notice a disoriented-looking scruffy guy attempting unsuccessfully to photograph his pizza and reading this surprisingly enjoyable book?

J: Ooh, those are some promising tips. I think I'll check out Half-Price Books soon - I've been wanting to make an expedition into the unknown lands west of the Olentangy, but haven't had much of a destination to draw me thither. Where is the Village Book Store? Google isn't proving too useful and my curiousity is aroused, ways off or no ways off.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 5 August 2006 21:40 (seventeen years ago) link

haha holy shit, i was right behind you. i was like why is that dude taking pictures of his pizza. small world.

nazi bikini (harbl), Saturday, 5 August 2006 22:53 (seventeen years ago) link

OMG, that's amazing! the power of ILX lives. wow!!

for the record, i was trying to get some sort of sequel to a previous pizza photo in athens, and also some sort of suitable photo to kick off the columbus years in my photo albums, as i haven't really shot anything since i've been here (need to get on that) and what better way to symbolize a new town than the shift from little italy to flying pizza? i dunno...the light in there was pretty green and i suspect we're going to end up with a fairly gross looking photo....oh well. keep your eyes peeled for my next freaky synchronistic appearance i guess.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 5 August 2006 23:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Village Bookshop: 2424 W Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 889-2674

J (Jay), Saturday, 5 August 2006 23:30 (seventeen years ago) link

(sorry, I had the name a little off)

J (Jay), Saturday, 5 August 2006 23:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Thanks a lot! Oof, that's definitely a commute. I'll talk Lotus into it, though, she's a sucker for a previously unvisited bookstore....

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 5 August 2006 23:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Half-Price Books (on Lane Ave, some ways west of campus) turned out to be great! Looked kind of ehh from outside, but it's one of those places that's bigger inside than out, and they have good, robust sections for pretty much everything. Prices were all fair if not mind-blowing, the exception being LPs, which are either perfectly reasonable or really overpriced. (DVDs didn't look like a bargain either.) I got a couple of really good books out of the $1 clearance section...overall, definitely worth the trip, and I'll go again next time I feel like a little bit of a workout...

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 6 August 2006 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes, that Half-Price Books is one of the biggest/best in the chain.

While you're at that HPB, go a bit west on Lane and check out Liberty Books & News -- best magazine selection in Ohio. And they've got free wireless. And there's a Graeter's across the street. We're getting a LBN in Cleveland (Rocky River actually) this fall and I'm psyched.

Jeff Wright (JeffW1858), Monday, 7 August 2006 02:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Graeter's, eh? That does look like some pretty delicious ice cream...

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Monday, 7 August 2006 03:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Columbus is actually filthy with free wireless. All of the Cup o'Joe locations have free wireless, as do Kafe Kerouac and Shi-Sha on North High Street. There's always free wireless at Panera Bread, the *entire* Easton Town Center has free wireless, and there's a huge free wireless zone on Long Street downtown. I think the North Market also has free wireless, although I've never used it.

J (Jay), Monday, 7 August 2006 12:21 (seventeen years ago) link

other ice creamses - Denise's on High in Clintonville, Jenny's (Jeni's?) in the North Market.

DAVE's secret to fortu-Oh look! Shiny! (dave225.3), Monday, 7 August 2006 12:55 (seventeen years ago) link

i LOVE udf because they have "wow cow." and it reminds me of stewart's in eastern ny/vermont, a convenience store with ice cream in it!

i rode my bike to the library yesterday and it was fun

nazi bikini (harbl), Monday, 7 August 2006 13:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Jeni's Ice Cream, particularly the Salty Caramel flavor, is AWESOME.

J (Jay), Monday, 7 August 2006 14:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Ongoing explorations and overtures have netted me one new acquaintance (along with a crew with whom to watch Project Runway!) and several new physical discoveries....

For records: Lost Weekend, at High and Crestview. Pretty good selection on anything older than 1990, spotty after that, but wonderful basement rummaging ambience, and the owner/operator guy was very good-natured and conversational. Turns out he's also from Georgia and we swapped thoughts on a few regional topics, very good vibes. Also picked up Talking Book at a fair price, so I was happy that day.

Camera stuff: The guys at Midwest Photo Exchange (High Street, a little bit below Broadway) were pretty helpful and I got what I needed, but for sheer ambience they couldn't touch Columbus Camera Group, located in an old church on the corner of Blake and East Avenues. What can I say - I'm a sucker for businesses in old churches, and it really does a lot for a mess of tripods and lenses and bellows and things to be piled up in the shadows and crannies of a space lit primarily by stained-glass-window-light.

The Ohio State Fair is unbelievably huge. I didn't see anything close to all of it, but I learned some surprising facts about maple production in Ohio (like, the fact that it happens) and finally got around to trying a fried Snickers bar. The midway is the main attraction - if you get any kick at all out of garishly-illustrated carnival ripoff rides it's worth the visit. Unfortunately I didn't realize until I had already shot half a roll of film that my camera batteries were dead :(

Rag-o-Rama was pretty all right and I was pleased to see that there were plenty of good-looking under-$10 items around. Unfortunately nothing, at all, fits me right now...

The Clintonville Coin Laundry (next to the bicycle shop - by the way, are there any other decent bicycle shops around? I didn't really love the vibe in there) has an Attack From Mars pinball machine! Not to be confused with the vastly inferior Revenge From Mars, this is a genuine classic in excellent working order, and marred only by the 50 cents for 3 balls pricing scheme, which seems worrisomely common in Columbus so far...

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 12 August 2006 01:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Cycle shops: Baer Wheels is a little farther north on High Street, on the opposite side. You might try there.

J (Jay), Saturday, 12 August 2006 13:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Athens:

http://static.flickr.com/82/219452044_3638ba6f8a.jpg

Columbus:

http://static.flickr.com/89/219473247_7b69f8fb27.jpg

It's a step down, but I'll live.

(More of the same here.)

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 24 August 2006 22:50 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...

ONE YEAR(ish) LATER: I still live in Columbus, tho I'm on the road right now cramming in some friend/family visits before school starts. It's an all right town. School kept me so busy this year that I've really only scratched the surface, but for anyone else doing this kind of research I figured I should up my favorite lurking spot, CAFE BOURBON STREET, an out-of-the-way joint at Summit and Oakland. Real hole-in-the-wall operation, in fact containing within it other hole-in-the-wall businesses, formerly the late Taco Ninja, now something called Mr. Peeper's Pizzas. Anyway: they have karaoke every Sunday night and it's really good. One time I went and instead of karaoke Thurston Moore was playing for $5.

Also, the MONDAY NIGHT RIDE: every Monday, between 9:30 and 10:00 PM, meet on High outside the Wexner Center. 50-75 amateur bicyclist types venture off on a rambling, insane path through town and country. Only a few are serious "bike people" - mostly indie, nerd and dirty punk types - so the pace is fairly relaxed and it's already proved a good way to meet people aside from getting my workout in for the week. Finishes up around 1ish? at a bar called High Beck that is unremarkable except it has free "pizza" with purchase of drink. The pizza is really, really bad but it's a good scene for consolidating the cameraderie of the ride.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 10 September 2007 03:58 (sixteen years ago) link

My OSU friends just came out (to Portland) to visit. I am hoping to be able to visit them later this year. Who knows.

Casuistry, Monday, 10 September 2007 04:44 (sixteen years ago) link

i haven't read any of this thread but i was in columbus for the cheater slicks show and i thought columbus was a great city. go see the grave blankets.

chicago kevin, Monday, 10 September 2007 06:40 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

I am hoping to finally, permanently escape Columbus this year. Fuck this place, man!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 March 2012 07:53 (twelve years ago) link

Every time I go to Columbus I dig it.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 3 March 2012 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

Ehh, I mean it's not the worst place I could imagine living by any means, but it's just kind of gray and faceless, physically. Everything is really strung out along a very narrow corridor...the material is here for a really lively city or at least a few really great neighborhoods but it gets dissipated where in a tighter kind of grid or something it would be concentrated. That's an architecture nerd's response of course but I really do think these things have an impact. Also, Yankees are mean. :-(

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 March 2012 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

anyone live here? just moved here for a year for a postdoc at ohio state

flopson, Sunday, 7 July 2024 16:31 (one week ago) link

left a few months after that sort of discouraging post above. it ain't as bad as i painted it, I'm sure!

the last visible dot (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 7 July 2024 17:40 (one week ago) link

i didn’t have high expectations (and the other postdoc i got to the final round interview for was in milan, so there was some disappointment) but.. it seems pretty alright so far? i’m moving from canada so even like basic people watching is fascinating to me. but it’s lively, and there’s plenty of amenities (parks, book/record stores, bars, cinemas). i don’t drive but i’m living in victorian village/short north and it’s very walkable

flopson, Sunday, 7 July 2024 17:58 (one week ago) link

yeah that area is super lovely. short north has been rapidly gentrified over the past 10-15 years but I'm sure still has some old and special things. and the residential blocks of CV are absolutely lovely. Clintonville was where I spent the most time, but I started out on the South Campus/VV border and really enjoyed it as a place for strolling or bike-riding when time gave me time.

the last visible dot (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 7 July 2024 21:31 (one week ago) link


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