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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(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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Bedtime

Just as the sleet started tonight, we were walking out from the Jerusalem movie at the OmniMax.  I love the OmniMax – a good old fashioned light tunnel before the show, cool content, and you get to see the type of people that take the Amtrak out of Union Terminal late at night.  However, as the sleet is continuing it is now time for bed.

Good night.

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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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2015: new rule

We have a newly implemented rule in our household: If we don’t want to do something, we won’t.  Read into that what you will.

On the flip side of that, we’re doing a lot more of actively awesome stuff.  We started off 2015 in this vein by taking a more-awesome-than-usual hike on New Year’s Day at Big Bone Lick state park.  I think cold weather hiking is the best kind, not having to deal with sweat in unlikely places or mosquitoes and such, so the morning’s 18° temperature was welcome.  Nearly four hours of hiking later we’d seen the sites, watched the resident bison, and sniffed as many fumes as we cared to at the salt licks.  I didn’t know the bison or the salt lick/bogs were there, even having driven past the park’s brown interstate sign countless times on 75.

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Sometime between this photo and that photo, I became very glad I’d squirreled away some squares of chocolate in the backpack.  Chocolate is less delicious when frozen, however.  I had to keep my energy up for the main event: BISON.

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I’m not trying to be a complainer, but I think “bison herd” was a little misleading when there were less than a dozen bison on premises… it didn’t damped my enthusiasm too much, though.

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One of the salt marshes/bogs the prehistoric lovelies found so enticing^

And here they are reproduced to scale, leaving you on your own to put a positive spin on this happy scene for your kids:

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