First Cigar In A Blue Moon

IMG_4952It was a fine day — one that needed to be capped off with a fine cigar, an H. Upmann, courtesy of Burning Leaf Cigar Shop on South High, and a few Blue Moon Wheat Ales, as I finish the last few pages of Stephen King’s It.

Blue Moon.  An interesting name.  The title of a great rock and roll song from my childhood (bop-a-bop-bop-a-dang-a-dang-dang-Blue Moon), and the name of a diner that Kish and the boys and I used to frequent when we visited Mom and Dad’s condo in Stuart, Florida, years ago.  An odd coincidence, perhaps.  But then, life often seems like a circle.  Perhaps it’s not so odd that I like an adult beverage called Blue Moon, too.

It’s a memorable occasion when you enjoy your first cigar in your new place, on a bright, crisp spring day when your dogs are lolling in the grass.

Xs And Os

There are football fans . . . and then there are football fans.

The casual fans watch the games, read the news coverage, and even pay attention to things like recruiting and spring practice.  The really serious fans do all of that, of course, but do much, much more.  They memorize three-deep depth charts for each position.  They go to high school games to watch kids who have given verbal commitments to their teams.  And, they get heavily into the Xs and Os — the diagrams of plays and that special language that only football coaches, players, and stone-cold football fans can speak.

Over the years, I’ve tried to get into the Xs and Os.  I tried again after Ohio State’s improbable run to the National Championship two months ago.  But I just don’t get it.

Consider this article from the website Eleven Warriors, one of many good websites for Ohio State fans.  It’s about a great topic — how the flexibility of Ohio State’s approach to the running game helped produce the National Championship run.  But once the Xs and Os start flowing, I just can’t follow along.  Consider this sentence from the article:  “Meyer generally uses a bash tag with inside zone.”  Or this one:  “In the first half, the Buckeyes used a form of split zone — a wham block.”

I recognize that those are words from the English language.  I recognize that they have some clear meaning.  Nevertheless, my puny lawyerly brain just can’t grasp it.

For years, football players were depicted as brawny, barely literate apes, strong but hopelessly stupid.  I’m not sure that was ever true, but it certainly is true no longer.  I tip my cap to anyone who not only can understand the Xs and Os, but who can remember them and execute them, too.  And I do the same to any football fans who can follow along.

From Main To Parsons

A few days I got an email advising that the Main Library is going to be closing during its renovation after all.  So, I’ll need to bid farewell to the Main building, with its great historic features and interesting artwork, and find a new library branch.

IMG_4669The plan was to keep the original Main library building open while work proceeded on the newer building, but the email from the Columbus Metropolitan Library said that for “budget, safety, and scheduling reasons,” they will need to close the Main Library entirely effective April 13. According to a local TV station, library officials cited lower than expected usage since the partial closure and the cost of keeping the older building open during the construction project.  In my recent visits, I’ve noticed an apparent drop-off in patrons.

So, I need to find a new branch, and although the Main Library closure won’t take effect until April 13, there’s no time like the present.  The Columbus Metropolitan Library website has a helpful locations page that shows that the next nearest branch to us is on Parsons Avenue, to the east and south but well within walking distance — so that’s what I’ll start using.  Unfortunately, the information for the Parsons branch indicates that it is closed on Sunday, which is pretty inconvenient for us working stiffs who reserve Saturday for chores around the house and think Sunday is a great day for a library visit.  We’ll just have to adjust our thinking, and our schedules, until the Main Library comes back on-line.

One other thing about the closure of Main — it means I’ll be seeing a part of Columbus I really haven’t seen before.  I don’t think I’ve ever been on Parsons Avenue south of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and given the explosion of building in the Children’s Hospital area it will be interesting to see if the construction projects are changing the neighborhood where the Parsons branch is located.  If only it were open on Sunday!