An Evening At A Sports Bar

Wednesday I spent the night in Cincinnati, getting ready for a hearing.  The Buckeyes were playing Penn State at 6:30, and two other lawyers and I decided to go to a bar to watch the game and have something to eat.  We ended up at a place on Fountain Square called Rock Bottom.

Titan Toothpicks

As in many sports bars, this place had an abundance of TV screens with lots of selections.  We asked the waitress to put the Buckeyes game on the large TV immediately to our right and she cheerfully obliged.  Immediately ahead was another big screen showing the Olympics.  While we were there we watched a woman skier crashing into a retaining fence, then a very serious curling showdown between Sweden and Great Britain, and finally an unexpectedly one-sided hockey game between Canada and Russia.  On the far left wall, meanwhile, was a series of TVs showing NBA contests and other college games.  So, without leaving your seat, you could see virtually every sport known to man simply by swiveling your head.  It was almost as good as having unfettered command of the remote control at home.

Some well-brewed IPAs and bar food contributed mightily to the fun atmosphere.  Beer never tastes as good as when it is quaffed from a heavy pint glass, and a hoppy IPA is a good complement to bar food.  After scanning the menu we decided that, rather than getting entrees, we would just get appetizers for the table — and on Wednesday nights, appetizers at Rock Bottom are only $5 each.  We decided to mix healthy stuff with classic bar food, so we picked rare ahi tuna, barbeque chicken pizza, five meat pizza, and an astonishing dish called Titan Toothpicks.  The ahi tuna was quite good, but really isn’t appropriate bar food.  It is simply too light (and, frankly, healthy) to accompany a steady diet of beers.  If you are going to down a few pints, you need to establish a good base, and that means something that is melty, cheesy, meaty, and crunchy.  The two pizzas filled that bill admirably.  The Titan Toothpicks, on the other hand, are as long as your arm and consist of melted cheese and some unspecified meat rolled up in a kind of deep fried tortilla shell.  When you bite through the shell, a warm gooey mixture seeps out.  From that description alone, you can understand that Titan Toothpicks are a prototypical bar food.

It was a very successful evening.  Tasty beers were tipped back, unhealthy food was consumed, the Buckeyes won at Penn State, and the curious sport of curling was thoroughly discussed in a warm, happy, noisy place.  Sports bars can be a good choice when you are on the road.

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I Love My Peas

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When we were young our mom always said eat your vegetables and I really enjoyed mine on Tuesday February 16 at Schottenstein Center for the Black Eyed Peas – The End Tour (end stands for Energy Never Dies). The band is made up of four individuals, Will.i.am, Taboo, Apl.de.ap and Fergie the lone female member. 

My friend Courtney (shown in between Taboo and Apl.de.ap) got us two VIP tickets to the concert and we had a blast. Courtney had seen the band a few days earlier with his family down in Tampa and they all enjoyed the show. I have to admit I really didn’t know much about the Peas, except for the fact that I saw them once on Oprah.

Our VIP ticket consisted of getting to the Schott by 4:30 p.m. to be escorted up to a room with a round bar that had a larger room attached. We were entitled to an open bar and a nice food spread while listening to tunes spun by Poet (he’s the d j that handles backup for the band while they are performing).

The pitch was that a member of the band would come and join our party which consists of approximately thirty males and females most whom were wearing black (glad I wore my black sweater and dark jeans). Much to our surprise, not only did one member show up, but the three male members of the band arrived on Segways. Will.i.am stayed just a brief time while the other two stayed long enough for pictures with anyone who wanted one.

We had to wonder how many were going to be there for the show as Columbus had a ton of snow the day before, but the place was packed and people stood up from beginning to end. I was surprised to find out that I already knew three of their songs, Let’s Get it Started, Boom Boom Pow and I Got a Feeling (check it out below)

So if your not eating enough vegetables and you get the chance I highly recommend going to see the peas because they were throughly entertaining. I will definitely go see them again, hopefully soon.

Goodbye To Good Shoes

I am sorry to say that my favorite walking shoes are starting to give out.  They are black Reebok walking shoes, and I think they are the single best pair of shoes I’ve ever owned.

My Reebok walking shoes

I bought the shoes seven years ago, before we left on our family trip to Italy.  I wanted some comfortable walking shoes, and they filled the bill admirably.  They have trod the dust of the Roman ruins and stepped quietly through the marbled halls of the Vatican; they have strolled the grounds of Chichen Itza and walked boldly across the plaza facing Mount Rushmore.  Most importantly, they have accompanied me on my morning walks in New Albany, over snow and ice, through rain and muck, in frigid climes and baking summer heat, for years and years and years.

Now, however, they are starting to fail.  I’ve tried to ignore it, but the signs are there.  The toes are frayed, the heels and soles are worn down, and occasionally I feel telltale moisture indicating that they have sprung a leak.  Soon the shoes will need to be put in semi-retirement, perhaps to be worn only on dry, warm days, and then finally to be retired altogether.  It will be a sad day.