Windchill

I’ve recently discovered that the news’ weather forecasts’ percentages don’t mean what I thought they meant.  They don’t mean that there is a 40% chance of rain on Wednesday.  They mean that 40% of their viewers should experience rain on Wednesday…I think.

Windchill calculations are also apparently just as confusing.  Each country gets to set their own version of the windchill factor, based on cold it “feels” outside, and it all started with some folks seeing how fast water bottles would freeze in Antarctica before WW2.  Regardless, it was COLD this morning with a “windchill of -1.”  Cold.  So cold that Jack Frost made a visit recently, and  I love finding his designs on old windows – graphic, dendritic, and blooming all at the same time:

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Beer University

Hello?  Ma’am, are you still with us?

…PRESENT.

 

A class on the finer distinctions of beer types and 80+ degree weather brought me out and about on a weeknight.

Where: Halfcut, OTR

Why: Style Me Right (the first class of Halfcut University; click here to sign up)

Who: Beer Mumbo

What: Beer education and beer tasting!

This was really a good time – free flowing conversation about beer and excellent tastings, accompanied by the always knowledgeable Beer Mumbo.  Supplies were assembled, and then we sniffed, swirled, and sipped our way through the evening:

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Cincinnati Auto Expo

If I’ve learned anything over the last few years, when my life has started to finally form some patterns, it is that it will rain Labor Day weekend for our friends’ backyard palooza and fireworks, and there will be snow on the ground the third weekend in February.  The Cincinnati Auto Expo is always the third weekend in February and it is always frigid; this year we had more snow on the ground than I can ever remember in Cincinnati.  This poses a particular challenge to dress appropriately without freezing on the way from the car into the convention center (I’m a product of the suburbs and hate to pay for parking, so there is always a walk involved) while simultaneously not having a huge furry winter coat to carry around once you make it inside.  We survived without sweating to death inside this year, and I took some pictures to prove it:

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The Volkswagen display was an early hit this year.  VW brought a lineup of only white cars, leaving you to play with a slick interactive spray paint display to see their variety of colors.  They also stumped us with their weird looking spare stashed in the back of the Touareg.  Apparently, the newest fad is not a full size spare, not a doughnut, not a patch kit, not run flats, but a full size un-inflated spare (to save on space, naturally) – it comes with an electric air pump.  Good luck.

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Everybody loves dancing hamsters.

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If the shoe matches the paint color, it is clearly the car for you.  Speaking of electric colors, BMW brought their newest plug-in:

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I think our group spent the most time with the F-150’s.  That truck cab got a very thorough review from all three of my favorite men.

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^We finally found what I will call the “alpaca mover.”

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Lastly, no auto expo would be complete without a fully researched souvenir purchase.  He made an excellent, classic choice.

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Enquirer tour

Some days, great opportunities do seem to seek you out – you have to simply clear your afternoon calendar, dress in layers, and absolutely take them up on their fun offers.  Recently I was given the chance to take part in a tour of the iconic and historic Cincinnati Enquirer building.  The building was largely finished in 1926 and housed the paper’s printing until about 1979.  It is currently being sensitively renovated into hotels.  The HGC tour was given under the guise of being an instructional how-to social media tour for the industry, though once the PowerPoint slides started rolling it became obvious only a handful of the 40 or so attendees had any idea what Instagram was…they came for the sights only, obviously.  The presentation was one of my favorite parts, though.  With an engaging expert at the helm of the projector, architectural photography via phone camera never seemed so engaging.  That 20 minute presentation in the third sub-basement of the old building really reminded me how much I like classroom settings…nicely complementing my goal for 2015 to seek out opportunities to learn new things (cheese making class is still a couple of weeks out!).

Here is a pile of unedited phone photos from the tour, which started in the basement and headed up.  As the building is under construction, most of the body of the building is currently white walled and wasn’t overly exciting to me.  The basement held a lot of original messy features, as you’ll see.  The visit to the roof was probably the second most anticipated stop on the tour.  The very most anticipated stop on the tour was clearly the building’s historic, terribly ornate lobby.  Unfortunately, once I’d been handed my hardhat and eye protection, the first question out of my mouth was, “Are any areas off limits for photos?”…which was immediately met by, “Yes, the lobby.” I can’t really blame them, but it was dirty trick to play on a bunch of bloggers.  Once completely renovated, the lobby will again be the building’s gem, and they want to keep it under wraps until the grand opening later this year.  After having walked through it straining my neck at the already glam details, I can’t wait for the finished product to be unveiled.

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Click this one to open full size in a new tab^

 

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(I liked looking all the way down the river valley from the roof – in person, with only a small mental leap, it had a slight Smoky Mountains vibe.)

 

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(Squint! You can see Union Terminal just to the right of City Hall.)

 

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(Asking for just a little HDR, no?)

 

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Complete despair

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.  So many choices, so much despair.  Bed Bath & Beyond is the worst.

 

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