Monday, December 31, 2007
I thought I would count down the top 9 posts that I have had the most fun writing over the past year. Of course there were more than 9 posts that I enjoyed writing, but I though 9 was a nice odd number to choose from.
and away they go...
9-Truck Crashes Into Wall
8-Another Great Opening Day Pitch
7-What was BET Thinking?
6-Quills Up For Qualls
5-Mother of a Teenage Boy Accused of Having Sex With Her Son's Classmate
4-Jazz In Covington
3-Are Black Youth Charged As Adults More Often Than White Youth?
2-4th Year of the War....and what have we accomplished?
1-Pride Is Alive In The Nati!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I made my famed garlic cheese mashed potatoes and tried my hand at my grandmother's sage and onion stuffing. A number of other family members chipped in by bringing a dish or two.
Here are some pics from that happy occasion.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Last year, I started developing a business model to open a resume/cover letter writing service and the end product has evolved into ION Consultants.
In addition to ION, I have been working on another project. The result is 15 West Publishing which will launch Jan 2008. I am in the process of finishing the website and it will launch in January as well.
The following is the press release I fashioned to announce BookMark Enterprises' latest venture.
Publishing Group Becomes Bookmark's New Page In 2008
Saturday, December 15, 2007, icanwriteit.blogspot.com
Bookmark Enterprises, ION Consultants' parent company is announcing its plans to try its hand in books.
15 West Publishing is scheduled to launch the beginning of 2008. In addition to publishing fiction and non-fiction titles, 15 West will provide proofreading and editing services, replacing those offered by ION Consultants.
With several titles already "ear marked" for
publication, 15 West will remain in the realm of BookMark's mission and
strive to bring quality publishing services to both the new and experienced
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Last night, after a whirl wind shopping spree for Pendleton's annual Children's Holiday Party, I decided to wind down for the evening at one of downtown Cincinnati's newest eateries, NADA.
Stepping through the doors, I was immediately transported from the cold rainy streets of Cincinnati into a hip, metropolitan oasis, more commonly found in downtown Chicago or uptown Manhattan rather than on the backs of the Ohio.
With no wait, and feeling a bit under dressed for the establishment, I was whisked away to the main dinning area, which appeal is added to by its elevation from the rest of the down stairs space. Which, incidentally, is broken up nicely by a railed staircase that swirls from the second floor, cascading down to the first.
After an appetizer of chips, salsa and guacamole, and half way completing my meal of chicken tacos, I noticed that the all of the wait-staff were sporting tops that I saw being sold at Park & Vine. But the shirts that I saw expressed love for "the nati" and the shirts that I saw last night expressed its love for "the nada".
Nada, being a Mexican restaurant, the real test of its longevity can only be found in the quality of its margarita...
I think this place is going to do just fine....
Monday, December 10, 2007
After the snow we experienced last week, the weather was not cold enough to turn the torrential down pour that we experienced all weekend into snow.
I tried to make the most of it though.
Saturday, I taught my first Microsoft Excel class since I added this service to my business. It went well. i used to teach an entire host of Microsoft classes to the general public at a local library here in town, but it has been years since I have conducted 1-on-1 training, which is much easier.
later on that night, I attended a dinner party in Northside, where some of the other attendees were selling some of their wares. From eclectic jewelery to an assorted group of hand made purses and hats and artwork.
I had forgotten that this dinner party was doubling as a "selling" party and neglected to bring cash with me.
Check out one of the artist's who was selling her wares at this party. She is one of the most talented jewelery makers here in town and has been a featured artist at the Hyde Park Art Show and will be selling some items on Dec 15th at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Sunday was a a very low key day. I spent most of my day doing research at two local libraries. I was searching for pictures of my grandmother's elementary and high schools that she attended, Lincoln Grant and South Street schools, historically African American schools in Newport and Covington KY. I was only able to find a few shots of Lincoln Grant so I will have to travel across the river again to take a few pictures of South Street school.
While I was at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, I stopped to take a few shots of the their annual train display.
That was my weekend in a nutshell...how was yours?
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The way that they were taking last night, i was hunkering down and preparing to hibernate in my apartment for the next several days.
This morning, as it turned out, there was minimal traffic problems. Most of the the trouble came from drivers being extra cautious.
I guess that s a good thing, but I was 15mins late getting to work this morning.
Monday, December 03, 2007
As I mentioned in my last post, Saturday night I had a bunch of friends over to have Korean food. It was the second of our annual themed dinners, this one being the theme of Korea.
The night started off around 7pm.
The dish that I was supposed to make was bibimbap, which literally means "mixed rice dish". Basically its meat and vegetables, sauteed with sesame seed oil and served in a hot stone bowl with one egg cracked on topped just before it is served.
The funny thing is, I did not get to serve it because there was so much food that had already been served. So I will be having bibimbap for dinner for the next couple of days.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
If the the two entrepreneurs only could have imagined that one day their company, who began to see the fruits of its labor when the company secured a lucrative contract with the US military during the Civil War, would open centers all across the world. Including its newest one in Geneva.
They sure have come a long way...baby!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I made a valiant effort to work the day after Thanksgiving, but with family and friends coming into town, it got a bit too over whelming, so Wednesday afternoon I informed my supervisor that I would be taking Friday off.
I spent the Friday with family and found some great bargains at some of the stores that we hit up. The best one being the 4 GB flash drive that I found at Staples. Usually this mega memory stick runs for a cool $80, but Friday morning I was able to pick it up for only $20!
Can't beat that.
In the evening, I took in the Light Up The Square Celebration that officially rings in the Holiday season here in the Queen City. The following are a few pics for the evening.
It was great to see Fountain Square so packed with people, but the proceeding of events could have been changed up a bit.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
There have been many credible scientist who have tried to disqualify the fact that human consumption is leading to the rise in temperatures world wide, some stating that spikes in temperatures are nothing new. I agree, there definitely is a pattern of warming than cooling over the millions of years that earth has been in existence, but tell me when was the last time it hit 70 degrees here in the Queen City days before Turkey Day?
Since this green thing is taking hold around the county, I thought I would give a little insight as to what I am trying to do (although small) to decrease my footprint in the world.
Having a car is sooo suburban...
I live downtown so there is not too many spaces to park. I have decided to forgo having a car and take public transportation to and from work. I don't suggest this to those who already have a 40 min + commute to and from work, but for those downtowner who live and work in the city should look into getting rid of the gas guzzler. If not completely doing away with it, just drive it on the weekends.
Paper is as paper does...
When at restaurants or other public places, I opt to letting my hands air dry instead of using one or two pieces of those paper towels after I wash my hands. There is nothing more wasteful than using something for less than a second or two and having the remnants last considerably longer.
and last but not least,
Those are just a few things that I have opted for....look for more to come.
Anyone else have any ideas?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Some may be asking of all the places to visit for the weekend, why would I choose Philly?
Well, despite the vibrant night life, cultural history and fabulous shopping, I was there for a job interview.
So this Cincinnati NAMjA may become Philadelphia NAMjA
I have to say, I did enjoy the four days that I spent in the city. Though I stayed at a hotel near the airport (not my first choice), via public transportation I was only a few short minutes from downtown. The city's layout was very easy to follow, causing me only to get lost once, which is not bad.
Unfortunately, I was not able to see historical Philadelphia. On the day that I planned to sight see that part, it rained.
Well, if I get the position, I will have all the time in the world to see it.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I was sitting in my hotel room waiting for the Bengals game when I saw this story on CNN's Headline news.
I tell you, I go out of town for one weekend and hell breaks loose.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I have decided to give my commentary (albeit a bit bias) about some of the ramifications of the election results.
Verdict #1: Cincinnati City Council (I guess no change is good)
In yesterday's election, all 9 incumbent city council members were re-elected. This seemed to be a good idea. All incumbent council members have had a great record on working together and tyring to get things accomplished (such as cutting down on crime and moving along The Banks Project).
Verdict #2: Issue 27 (The Jail Tax gets stuffed, for the second time)
For the second consecutive election year, the tax that would allow for a larger, better equipped rehabilitation facility that would replace several of the outdated facilities here in Hamilton county was defeated. Not unlike last year, approval seemed to be based on racial lines, meaning, the only districts where the tax was approved were predominately white.
It seems to me to be a bunch of lip service on the part of constituents here in Greater Cincinnati. There is an over whelming support of more police patrols in order to cut down on crime, but when it comes time for the citizens to actually pay for it, everyone runs and hides. Case, in point, the non-approval of The Jail Tax.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Today I striated the Ohio River and spent an afternoon in Covington, Ky, the city that I grew up. Thought it is just across the river, I seldom get a chance to make it back over here.
At Baker Hunt, located in Covington, the Clay Alliance held an event benefiting children where each of their members are asked to make 10 clay bowls. We pay $25 and we get one of the bowls and a bowl of soup. During the day, you can watch several people throwing clay.
It was a wonderful afternoon for this event. Here is a picture of the second clay thrower that I snapped on my way out.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Here is a pic of the American Building on the corner of Central and Walnut.
Just across the street is this beautiful building, The Emory building. The basement is where you can find my favorite coffee shop, Coffee Emporium.