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  1. The first time I saw LeBron James play was on the nationally televised high school game against Oak Hill Academy. Before the game, then-announcer Bill Walton came right out and said that James was 'the best high school player he had ever seen.' In that game, James scored 31, with 13 rebounds and 6 assists; yet, only went 12-25 from the field. There were moments of greatness, but the incredible pressure of national TV had clearly compromised his performance. No longer. "History! LeBron Nets 61, Heat Top Bobcats, 124-107" by Tim Reynolds on abcnews.com In a career-high scoring effort, James shot 22-33 from the field, including his first *eight* 3-point attempts. He scored 25 points in the 3rd quarter alone. James makes greatness look easy - he dominates without looking like he's dominating. Who do you go with right now, James or Durant? It's so nice having both to see, to witness. Career stats
  2. I know relatively little about Dwayne Haskins - I didn't realize he went to Bullis High School in Potomac, and had originally committed to Maryland: May 15, 2015 - "Dwayne Haskins Commits to Maryland, Targets Recruits To Join 'The Movement'" by Tyler Donohue on bleacherreport.com Oct 11, 2015 - "How Will Randy Edsall's Firing Impact Haskins and the Rest of Maryland's 2016 Recruiting Class?" by Brandon Parker on washingtonpost.com Jan 18, 2016 - "4-Star Maryland QB Dwayne Haskins Decommits, Flips Pledge" by Daniel Martin on nbcsports.com Bullis is no Churchill when it comes to athletics, but how does a four-star high-school quarterback throw 54-88 for 793 yards and 9 touchdowns in the first two games of his senior year ... and start the season 0-2?
  3. Stephen Curry: His unique version: Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee Stephen Curry has surprisingly risen to the very upper echelon's of professional basketball. Last year he led his team, the Golden State Warriors to a tremendous regular season record and an NBA championship. He was the league MVP. His play epitomizes the changing nature of the pro game of basketball-> more outside in than inside out. His ascendancy is surprising. While he was a relatively high draft choice, he had been a very slight shooting guard from a small school. He only played point guard in his last year of college so he was not an accomplished ball handler. His father, though, was a noted NBA sharpshooter before him. Curry's improvement is spectacular. He is clearly one of the premier, most important, most valuable players in professional basketball at the moment. With all that Curry is extraordinarily fun to watch. He really seems to float, not run. Its as if his feet and coordinated extraordinary ball control are moving in a different dimension but all in sync and only he knows where he and the ball are going. On top of that he has the deadliest outside shot, with a quick release. He is dangerous. And to top it off, he is a "dancing celebrating athlete in his prime". Watch him play and dance. Entirely different but reminiscent of Mohammed Ali in his fighting, floating, stinging prime. "Best of Steph Curry's Incredible Start" on espn.go.com
  4. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a nice restaurant to try in Cincinnatti on the day after Christmas? We have finally found a family member willing - and able - to babysit. But, unfortunately, they live in Cincinnati. So, we are planning to go out to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday on the day after Christmas. So, if anyone has any recommendations for our first baby-free celebratory meal, they would be gladly appreciated.
  5. For all the Rembrandt fans, should be a good one. Life in the Age of Rembrandt "On view exclusively at CMA, Life in the Age of Rembrandt is the first collaborative project stemming from an ongoing international partnership between CMA and the Dordrecht Museum, The Netherlands. The goal of this partnership is to celebrate the remarkable treasures of both museums while broadening perspectives and cultivating a global view of community. Life in the Age of Rembrandt showcases some 40 masterworks, many paired with a related object such as a print, a coin, Delft ware, or silver. Called the cradle of the Golden Age, Dordrecht is steeped in European Old World traditions, art, and history and is the oldest incorporated port city in Holland. Dordrecht Museum is one of the oldest and most important fine art museums in the country. Spanning over three centuries, Life in the Age of Rembrandt features 17th-century art from the Golden Age of Dutch painting, and concludes with works of The Hague School of the late 19th century. The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of great wealth for the Dutch Republic, including Dordrechts. As international trade blossomed, cities and citizens grew in wealth and prominence. The influence of the Golden Age is still visible in Dordrecht’s many mansions, canals, churches, city walls and harbors. Art and science blossomed during this time as well. The majority of works in Life in the Age of Rembrandt were executed in the 17th century or Northern Baroque period, during which time Dutch painting’s most famous master Rembrandt was active. In Dordrechts and elsewhere, 17th century Dutch art was a mirror of daily life in Holland. The so-called “little masters” specialized in specific types of subjects such as portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes or depictions of everyday life. These paintings were owned by members of Holland’s prosperous middle class, and rarely included overtly religious subjects, since the dominant Calvinist faith in Holland prohibited images of Biblical figures in churches. However, secular paintings were often lled with hidden religious or moralizing meanings."
  6. I just saw "Cool Hand Luke" for the second time - it is a fantastic film, difficult to watch due to its cruelty. Rod Steiger won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1968 - Sidney Poitier deserved it more within the same film ("In the Heat of the Night"), and Newman deserved it more still for "Cool Hand Luke." Newman's 1987 Best Actor Award for "The Color of Money" was a make-up call for past transgressions, plain and simple - that movie was pedestrian, and handing Newman the Oscar was something akin to a "Lifetime Achievement Award."
  7. The title alone should ruffle some feathers. "At 100, the Cleveland Orchestra May (Quietly) Be America's Best" by James R. Oestreich on nytimes.com
  8. I just saw one of the best episodes of Route 66 in the series so far: Season 1, Episode 29: "Welcome to Amity." This episode was filmed in the tiny town of Kinsman, OH, and I found an interesting web page dealing with the filming: "Welcome to Amity - Kinsman, OH" on ohio66.com - a website dedicated to the Route 66 episodes filmed in NE Ohio (!) - the author spent an enormous amount of time ferreting out the actual locations in Kinship where the episode was filmed: the background, the buildings, etc. Did anyone ever use to watch "Hee-Haw?" donrockwell.com salutes Kinsman, OH - population 616. "Saaaa-LUTE!" The guest star in this episode was Susan Oliver, famous for being "The Green Girl" on "Star Trek" - this was the most extensive acting performance I've ever seen her give, and she handled it very well.
  9. Drew Kaser kicked one of the greatest punts I've ever seen - 69 *beautiful* yards in the air, bouncing at a perfect angle on the 1/2-yard line, and grabbed by his own player right by the goal line. Watch it here - it's a thing of magnificence. When Kaser was a sophomore at Texas A&M, he kicked a 76-yard punt against Rice - from the point of contact, to where the ball bounced, it was over 80 yards in the air:
  10. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist (born 1928) known for her interest in psychedelic color, repetition, and patterns, especially the polka-dot. Her best known works are mirrored rooms which explore infinite space, the rooms are typically cube shaped, clad with mirrors, water on the floor and flickering lights, and repeated objects (notably a polka-dot encrusted pumpkin). In 1977, Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and still lives and works today. In 2017, the Hirshhorn will be holding a major retrospective of her work, including 6 mirrored rooms (although their website doesn't currently have much info posted). More info from The City Paper. Kusama has a huge following and this will be a major, lines-around-the-block exhibition, which will garner international press coverage. Photo from the Kusama show at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
  11. http://www.nola.com/...ef_anne_ke.html is an absolutely inspirational story about a great American chef, Anne Kearney. She won the Beard Award for the Southeast in 2002 and then because of a brain aneurisym, walked away from what was then, New Orleans best restaurant, Peristyle. Returning to Dayton, Ohio she took two years off and then eased her way back into the kitchen. Now, she is nominated for a new James Beard Award for best chef in the Great Lakes Region. Incredible story. I sincerely hope she beats out the four Chicago restaurants she is running against in her category.
  12. C-bus, yes that's what the "kids" call it these days. Anyway in keeping with Don's request and since it's fun to add a new topic, I'll describe my 3 recent MEALS here in the great Buckeye city as I'm home for the month... Sedeo Cafe (Is also reviewed in the May issue of Columbus Monthly for those that care). 45 seat restaurant with a little bar off to the side, warm and modern decor, top-notch service by an endearing young man who hails from Germany, and our wonderful chef (my sister's fiance) was alas only around for a few nights filling in until the "real/new" chef takes over, our temporary chef was a substitute since the "old chef" was gone...yet "old chef's" picture was still on every tables 'postcard.' On to food and wine... A round of procesco for the 3 ladies, compliments of the house, and a mixture of brioche, breadsticks, crisp pita? and somthing else... (could have ordered some tapenades but didn't). Amuse Bouche - tropical gazpacho on silver spoons, a perfect start Small Plate - 2-3 oz of seared Halibut, Haricot Vert citrus salad, lemon caper beurre blanc (didn't remeber many capers, which is good), with the spark of the dish, french lentils, which were braised with bacon or something similar...the halibut just melted with the sauce. This was paired with a California chard, "Artesa" from Carneros Vinyard, C. Valley. Greens Truffled Beef Tartare (2) with Blue Cheese and date stuffed belguim endive (2), the tartare was over watermelon, and the balsamic drizzle was light - there's not much they could have done wrong here, and everything was just right. Paired with "Vina Borgia,Grenache, Spain DOC"Our regularly scheduled 3 courses was interupted by the following: A large shared plate of sesme seared rare ahi tuna - this fish was FREEESSSHH! simple yet stunning; to look at and to eat. And then again with a plate each of 'port wine gastrique duck breast', braised scallions, mango and endive, the duck was stellar and as I was a few glasses of wine in, I tried to save up for the main course... Land Rack of Lamb with Spinach and & Roasted Tomatoes wrapped in puff pastry. Now I normally do not like lamb and had substituted the filet (or so I thought - because my sister took the last one of the night when she ordered.) but the future brother in-law wisely took the helm and split the last plate of lamb (4 pieces of which we ate a total 1 and ½) and I decided I actually do like lamb (apparently if you prep lamb a certain way it doesn't get that offish flavor?.. anyway) and of course my sister was thrilled, she loves the stuff. That was paired with “Wynn’s Cabernet Savignon” from Australia. Satisfied out of our mind, we were trying to forgo any dessert, but a small plate of fried plantains made its way out, and while I passed, and my sister was enjoying them, I had a lovely glass of Merryvale Antigua Muskat from Napa Valley, liquid dessert for me... Obviously, there will be a different chef when you go but if you ever find yourself in Columbus make a trip up, for a $55 3 course meal with wine pairing, you’ll forget you're in the cornfields, and will enjoy the excellent atmosphere, service, food and wine. Website is www.sedeocafe.com, but no menu, pretty sure it changes a lot. Martini's This really is a great place for light food and wine before the “big night out” in the Arena District of Columbus. The bartenders were great and very friendly guys, but pros (when one friend spilled the last ¼ of her 1st glass of red trying to get her lip gloss, it was refilled to the top immediately). I'd so rather eat at the bar then at tables, and luckily tables weren't available so no arguing with the girlfriends, who haven't gotten the “eat at the bar” thing yet. Anyway it really is about the atmosphere here, but the $5 salads were good, filling, if not amazing, but good. One was an Italian wedge (sun-dried tomato gorgz dress, egg, pancetta, red onion, toms.) I had the “Martini” salad, sun dried toms, gorgz, pine nuts, and balsamic dress.) Our friend had a side of mashed for her dinner (don't ask.) I also had figs wrapped with pancetta with gorgz and port wine reduction. Honestly I've made better myself, but I also stuffed the figs with the cheese and it was on the side here. I would not get it again, but wasn't a total loss. The wine was appropriate, “mashed pot dinner friend” ordered a (few) sweet Rieslings, I had a Pine Fin (stoli doli essent.) and Sterling merlot (tried to sell me the A-Z Pinot with the figs, but no go for me.) And while the bartender didn't second my recommendation of the Nebiollo, because it didn't offer much flavor, my friend really liked it, sometimes you just know your friends, and light was they way to go. I would go back in a heartbeat, and that's probably why not only this restaurant but all the Cameron Mitchell's do well, great friendly, professional service, with reliable food and the right atmosphere can be a good thing. They aren't the best of the culinary world, but they aren't the Olive Garden either (yeah “mashed pot dinner friend” did suggest that, love her, love her). Wildflower Cafe Little Diner off of Indianola near "The Ohio State University" and Clintonville neighborhood. Cute little place with maybe 20 tables and the line was going all morning but only took 15mins to sit. Wonderful Sunday brunch the eggs benedict had one of the fluffiest hollandaise sauces I've had, and must have been made in house properly. If you are in Columbus and need to recharge, stop in here for a local favorite that beats "Bob Evans" the unfortunate other local favorite out of the park! This was my first time there but a fav of my Dad's who lives near by. I'm hoping to get to the Refectory the oldest and "fanciest" spot in columbus before I leave so look for more soon...
  13. Please don't remember John Glenn only for his partisan politics - the man was, is, and always will be a great American Hero - just look at those tags in this thread, and there could have been more. I have total respect for this great American, and I hope everyone else does, too. Senator Glenn left us earlier today at the age of 95 - we lost a giant today: What a great man.
  14. "Ohio Officer Gives Speeding Motorist a 100-Mile Ride after Hearing Sad Story" on cbsnews.com
  15. Earlier this year, my friends Ryan Irvine and Stephanie Jansky launched Full Measure Bitters, a Cleveland-based purveyor of small-batch cocktail bitters (and Ohio's first legal bitters company!). They recently finished production on Batch 4 and have had great local success. They just started selling their product on Amazon and I couldn't be happier for them. Until they get approved for Prime, they're offering free shipping to anywhere in the Continental US. It makes for an excellent Old Fashioned; the recipe is on the label.
  16. [ Cleveland ] My wife and I are going there this weekend, and we're pretty unfamiliary with the town. We'd appreciate recommendations for: 1) Road food along the way (traveling from D.C. - I70 to I76 to I80). 2) Any "must eats" while there, preferably of the "non-haute" variety. We'll be there for a big family get-together, so culinary/gastronomic diversions will have to be kept to the quick and cheap variety. I'd be particularly interested in any stereotypical food for the Cleveland area, as off the top of my head, I cannot think of anything. Thanks for the help!
  17. This isn't inside of Cedar Point, but many people going to the amusement park will be having dinner elsewhere, and believe it or not, I found a good restaurant in Sandusky. I can't imagine there's a much better place to have dinner here than Crush Wine Bar (warning: the website is brashly noisy, and there doesn't even seem to be anything to click on, other than the Facebook logo). Website aside, the food here was surprisingly good - although my memory is sketchy (I went here on July 1st), I remember very well how delighted we were to have found this diamante in the Ruffino. I had a two three drafts of The Wright Pils ($5) from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana are wonderful states for beer lovers - there's almost always something local and good, and many of the beers don't make it this far east. Ordering a bunch of small plates, we split Bacon Wrapped Dates ($6), Beets ($5), Brussels Sprouts ($6) a Watermelon Salad ($6), and Chicken Wings ($10), all of which were worth ordering. The only miss of the evening was a Margherita Pizza ($13) which came after the other items, and bordered on being gluttonous (well, we did have a long day riding Top Thrill Dragster (the second-tallest and second-fastest roller coaster in the world (*), and yes, I did get peer-pressured into riding it - my "rite of passage into manhood," quoth he), Millennium Force (the absolute bestest roller coaster ever - ask anyone who's ridden it), and then driving around in a thunderstorm looking for somewhere to buy Advil). (*) Looking from the launching point up to the top of the 420-foot hill (the Washington Monument is only 555 feet tall), it seems almost against the laws of physics that you get there as quickly as you do - it accelerates you from 0 to 120 mph in *4 seconds*. People's tongues have been known to pierce the back of their neck, fervently licking the headrest as they're catapulted up the hill.
  18. i fear that i may get a talking to for this, but can you really have road food on an interstate? two things immediately pop into mind- 1) "feasting on asphalt" pretty much tried to emphasize this point, to find "road food" you have to get off the interstates, and drive the backroads, i mean, can you find brain sandwiches on the interstate (digression- the best chicken fried steak i had in texas was in a restaurant somewhere west of austin and I-10 on a 2 lane highway); 2) i am reminded of charles kuralt's quote- "The interstate highway system is a wonderful thing. It makes it possible to go from coast to coast without seeing anything or meeting anybody." now, i realize that most of us don't have the time to simply traverse and lazily drive the backroads to get to our destination, and i certainly do not mean to be mean on this point. i'm just raising the greater issue of where to find "road food" in this country. (i've told my wife that one thing i would like to do is drive u.s. 50 all the way from sacto to ocean city. . .just to do it, you know?) all that being said, you can always pop on in to pittsburgh and sample their cuisine (pierogies and french fry-topped sammiches, among others).
  19. If you are driving on I-70, between Columbus and Dayton (or between Indy and Wheeling...), consider a short detour south on highway 68 if you need food, exercise, entertainment, beer and/or a dose of hippie love. Yellow Springs, home of notoriously liberal and subversive Antioch University, is about 6 miles off of I-70. When you exit on 68S, the first thing you see is a massive auto salvage yard and you will suspect you should have stayed on the highway. Keep going. Young's Jersey Dairy will appear on the left...a complex of barns, shops, restaurants, miniature golf, batting cages, pumpkin patch and corn maze. It's all very sweet and earnest. No flashing signs, neon lights or giant inflated characters. The ice cream is good, and you can walk around or take a few swings in the batting cages. Then, drive a bit farther south where there is a farm store down a winding driveway, complete with lots of dried gourds, pumpkins, bushels of apples, local honey and jams, local handicrafts. We buy our popcorn here and store it in airtight containers for the entire year. In two more minutes you are in Yellow Springs. Hippies never left here, and old hippies return here. There is a world class restaurant, The Winds. I am not kidding. It is lovingly prepared, locally sourced food at very low prices. A new brewery, Yellow Springs Brewery, makes surprisingly good beer in a concrete block building overlooking the bike trail. Peaches is a biker hangout with a good beer selection and passable bar food. The Trail Tavern has been on the main drag as long as anyone can remember. You can stock up on incense, Indian print bed spreads, simple children's toys, hand-dyed silk scarves... The town sits at the connection between two of the scenic stretches of the rails to trails conservancy paths, great for biking or walking. You can head toward Xenia (site of one of the most devastating tornadoes in Ohio history), past a horse farm and over streams, or toward Springfield, through fields and past farm houses. The paths are flat and shaded, with benches along the way for resting, and a clean public bathroom/info center in town where the two trails meet. Lots of free parking. It is especially lovely here in spring and fall, but definitely worth a stop at any time. You might happen upon a craft fair, a biker meet-up, artists working outside, an impromptu celebration or protest...it's always festive and lively. so, if you find yourself heading east from Dayton, or west from Columbus, think about a stop, especially if you can get in at The Winds.
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