Read the freebies
Favorite thing: Freebie, weekly events papers are easily available from kiosks all around the city. "Alive" is the most useful and there is a really nice glossy mag "614". I also used "Columbus Cuisine" for restaurant info as well "Short North Gazette". "The Other Paper" is a very alternate and may appeal, too. Stop by the OSU Union building on campus to pick up "OSU Weekly", too. There is even an excellent , free "Visitor's Guide" to OSU.
Fondest memory: Sneaking a razor from the Columbus Athletic Club!
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Annual Hempfest - High Hippies on campus
Favorite thing: Every first weekend in June at the South Oval on the OSU campus is the annual Hempfest. You can find this area by following your nose to that sweet aroma of the wacky weed which I am sure people use for 'medical purposes'. it is really pretty cool, with a very laid back, trouble free vibe. If you are a uptight conservative you might want to stay away, or come even to expand your horizons. Great local bands play on four stages. All the usual assortments of vendors selling pipes, bongos, hemp maid jewelry, colorful clothing and the like. Several food booths as well. I like it because of the atmosphere, it is pretty pleasant, without a bunch of drunk and obnoxious fratboy and soriety snobs running around. The leftys won't bite, I promise, because they will be too stoned:) The website is ohiohempfest.com.
Asian Fest, a cultural tradition
Favorite thing: If you happen to wonder into Columbus on Memorial Day weekend, you might want to head out to Franklin Park for the Asianfest. This is a pretty cool festival with an oriental theme. There are many booths displaying Asian artwork, clothes and jewelry. There is also a good selection of food booths, mostly Chinese and Vietnamese food, but also some Indian. There are no beer booths, this is mostly a family affair. There is also a great stage area with Asian talent performing dance rituals and the like. A good way to spend half a day. Free admission. The website is Asian-festival.org.
Outdoor Art in Columbus
Favorite thing: I just learned that Columbus, Ohio has been heralded as one of top 10 cities for art! This is for cities of 500,000 populations at least. It's featured in the June, 2006 "American Style Magazine"
Before I read this "newsflash", I personally was impressed with the Outdoor Art Pieces in Columbus.
As teachers, Jill and I were attracted to the Discovery Park sculptures. This is the 1st Park devoted specifically to honor Ohio's public educators. Jill and I belong to the Illinois State Teachers Retirement System, and we were impressed that it was the "Friends of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (80th anniversary celebration)" that funded this project. "The park has the names of thousands of former and current STRS Ohio members who have helped others DISCOVER the joys and the value of learning."
But, the highlight of this display is the wonderful outdoor sculpture of children climbing with the supervision of teachers. The kids are climbing among the numbers and letters we teach them in America's public schools.
Fondest memory: II.
At 140 Town Center in conjunction with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, another outdoor art display exists. It's the "Ohio Police & Fire Memorial Park" that "honors the memory of the heroes who serve and protect the citizens of Ohio."
The park and monument honors the commitment, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice of these men and women. It was commissioned in 2003 by the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund with many other benefactos who are listed.
The Sculpture depics and fireman and a policeman with a small child. Nearby is a park setting with flowers and benches as well as trees. It's quite a memorial.
These are just two examples of the wonderful art in Columbus, Ohio
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Homeless in Columbus
Favorite thing: In almost any city of good size in the United States, you will see homeless people either begging on the streets, sleeping in the parks, or loitering here and there. We had not seen any of these instances until we journeyed to the Old Deaf School Park on a Saturday morning. We were busy looking at the beautiful park, the architecture of the school and the gift shop, taking photographs galore when suddenly, I notice a body all enfolded in either blankets or a sleeping bag on one of the park benches near the upopened gift shop. I proceed cautiously to check it out, and my first assumption was correct...it was a person with their belongs nearby.
It was a startling realization, that sadness exists even in the most lovely settings. I backed away for some distance before I took a photograph. The entire time we were in the park (at least half an hour), the person continued to sleep. I do so hope that the person was actually sleeping and not hurt or dead!
You have to click on the photo to see because it is so far away.
Fondest memory: This situation is, by no means, my fondest memory of Columbus. It is a rare moment in time that puts me back into the realm of reality, which I sometimes lose as I vacation.
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Imposing Edifice of Beauty
Favorite thing: While staying at the Hyatt on Capitol Square, both Jill and I were intrigued by the imposing edifice across the street; thus, we went to investigate. It turns out that this huge building is the Trinity Episcopal Church. Now, this is an old building. As the plaque indicates, it was organized in 1817, incorporated in 1832, and the present building was erected in 1869.
It's a Gothic Revival period building that takes up about one block of Broad and Third Streets. It's designated Historic Landmark, which we are thankful for...it cannot be destroyed by encroaching development.
On one side of the church, we noticed a door that was designated for free meals; therefore, we assume that they have a program for the homeless and the poor. (I sure to approve of that).
We kind of "giggled" when we saw another sign for the very lowest area (down some steps to a basement-like area) that indicated a PUB CRAWL. I have no idea what a Pub Crawl has to do with a church, but it appears that they serve Beer, and it is part of going from spot to spot to try different beers. Just when I think that I have heard it all, something new comes up to surprise me.
Fondest memory: If anyone knows about this Pub Crawl situation, let me hear from you.
I will tell you that as a lover of old buildings and beautiful architecture, I was simply fascinated by this incredible Trinity Episcopal Church structure..
125 East Broad Street
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Ohio State University
Favorite thing: Ohio State University is not only the largest school in Ohio, it also has one of the highest enrollments of any university in the United States. OSU is a dominant part of the Columbus community and in all of Ohio, although most people outside of academia know the school best for their football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, who play their home games in the stadium pictured.
Fondest memory: Our youngest daughter, Jennifer, attended OSU for five years and graduated with honors, recieving her B.S. and M.S. degrees in physical therapy. The commencement speaker for her graduation was President George W. Bush. In this photo Jennifer is in line to receive her hard earned and much deserved diploma.
Ohio State University
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2003-04 Selected Race Skis/Dynastar, Atomic ..
Favorite thing: Dynastar Speed Course (GS)
The Dynastar Speed Course is for big turns at high speed. Designed for racers and excellent skiers looking for the perfect turn shape, this screamer GS from Dynastar boasts a side cut of 104 tip, 66 mid, and 91 tail. It is offered in lengths of 172, 178, 184, and 189, with the 178 and 184 being tested. Radius is 21meters at all lengths. Edge hold was ?absolutely unreal?, ?fantastic?, ?rock solid?. The Dynastar Speed Course is what for Butch Reber said was had the ?best hold of a carved turn so far?. Mount the Look P14 with the racing lifter and you are ready for take-off.
Dynastar Speed Omeglass (Slalom)
Capturing the Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympics was great , and owning a pair or two made believers out of many on the Columbus Ski Club Race Team. The Speed Omeglass has oversized sidewalls, with Autodrive technology , giving superior edge grip. The Rhino Tip Protector is stainless steel with built-in gate protection on the sides of the tip to keep ?em looking goood. Offered are 152cm for the ladies, and 157 or 165 for the gentleman. The turn radius? are 11mm, 12mm, and 13mm respectively The side cut at 157cm is 112-64-102. If you are a racer or expert skier, and into short, precise turns, that has an explosive rebounding tail, then the Dynastar Speed Omeglass is for you. Testers comments included from Jon Reber,? Pay attention!! It?s a Slalom ski. ?. No Jon, it?s a Dynastar Slalom ski.
Dynastar Speed Omecarve 10 (expert to recreational racer)
For Technical, performance-carving skiers who love to link perfect carved turns.
We list this ski here because it is so versatile, and is a great candidate for a ?one ski does it all? for the owner. Race with it, free ski with it, travel with it. This is the one, that eliminates extra ski bags for Slalom, GS, free ski, mud and rock continued next section : - )
Fondest memory: skis(huh?). The Omecarve 10 is offered in lengths of 152(10m turning radius), 158(11m), 165(12m), and 172(13m). Its side cut is 115mm(tip), 65mm(waist), and 104mm(tail). It weighs 2050 g. Enough with the numbers, testers thought Edge hold was; fantastic, incredible. Turn initiation; very exact, right on. Exit from turn; snappy, very smooth, snappy. Carveability; beautiful on hard pack and powder(we got dumped on at Boyne this year). Quickness; very, very, very.
Terrain suited for; ALL. ?Race it , Run it, Love it?. The Dynastar Omeglass 10, designed so you can leave those other 30 pounds of skis at home.
Atomic SL:9 (Slalom)
Slalom technology for the next generation. The radical side cut, super wide tip, and extreme torsional rigidity guarantee instant edge bite, and rock-solid stability for aggressive carvers. The SL:9 was designed by Atomic with The Race Carve system for amateur racers with a passion for speed. That said, it is offered in lengths of 150, 160, and 170. The radius for 160cm is 11meters. The top sheet is what is called aerospeed, which has golf ball dimple like properties to provide smoother skiing with high speed control. Heavier Skismith testers thought it washed out a little, but the SL:9 is designed for light to medium weight skiers who are attaining the perfect carve. And with the bright yellow top sheet, it?s good for at least at tenth of a second. The SL:9 was a blast to ski, and with it?s radical side cut ( not avail from Atomic), liveliness, edge hold, and quickness, testers ripped short turns down the fall line. The only minus of this ski is versatility at higher speeds.
Look for Deb's complete women's ski article elsewhere on huberskiteam's pages.
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Central Ohio is very liveable and very clean
Favorite thing: Columbus,Ohio is one of the most liveable cities in the country...maybe even the most liveable here is why...
CLEAN: COLUMBUS,OHIO IS SO CLEAN YOUR FEET STREAK ON THE SIDE-WALK..IT IS THE CLEANEST CITY IN THE US
Location: 70 minutes from Cincinnati theme parks, 90 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati (which is very impressive, especially the 7th and walnut library), 2 hours from Cleveland's flats district and ethnic neighborhoods, 2 and a quarter outside of Pittsburgh's strip district, carson street Italian food and 90 something ethnic neighborhoods
Employment: Columbus,Ohio is a major employment center from health care, insurance, blue-collar management and small mom and pop operation (many,many of those) the unemployment is like 4% right now, it used to be like 1 3/4% before the recession, wages are very high.
Cost of Living: Is very,very low especially on the south central and south near west side of Columbus a 3 bedroom duplex can be had for $350 a month...grocreys are dirt cheap...A motel room thats decent can be had in South Granville or Olentangy for $125 a week....thats value
Good Bus service: Buses on some routes run every 5 minutes....service starts at 4:30am and ends at midnight
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Columbus, Ohio- best city in america undebatable!!
Favorite thing: Being away from Columbus, Ohio for 3 weeks has really made me realized what a beautiful(roses, perenenials everywhere) clean (impeccably cleaned every night to a kings content from the skyscraper windows of downtown to the entertaining and bustling streets of Clintonville) Entertaining (from the german village bookstores, brewery districts bars,Short North coffeehouses,Northside cheap ethnic resturants)safe for the most part(the murder rate is about a quarter of Kansas City and Omaha,NE and a sixth of Detroit and Saint Louis)
Quite frankly, The United States is a nasty problem infested country with the exception of two cities Pittsburgh and my hometown of Columbus,OHIO
I would urge everybody to visit the "best city in america, undebatable" Columbus, Ohio
Fondest memory: Everything in Columbus,Ohio is wonderful and you would run out of paper going through the fond memories I have of this excellent, affordable, safe, cleaner than a hospital operating room city
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The Ohio State University
Favorite thing: Take in an OSU game (football, basketball, etc.). I used to live here, and although not an OSU fan, you felt the energy of being close to the action
Fondest memory: Softball. I think that this city has more softball teams than anyplace else in the country.
Very Clean, People could be nicer though
Favorite thing: Ive lived in Columbus about a year and its okay.
Columbus is very, very clean and very, very gentrified looking from the time you enter Frankin County.
Greyhound travelers: If on a lay over go to the center city mall or High street there lots of places too eat and Downtown is some-what safe (not nearly as safe as Denver though)
Drivers: having lived in Denver, Omaha and gone through Chicago at rush hour many times, Columbus has very, very poor roads and very, very clogged up interstates (they are freakin 2 lanes in each direction, compared to 4 in denver, 6 in omaha and about 8 in chicago)
Safety: Columbus is very clean, but that deceptive because Columbus is actually a moderate to somewhat high crime city so stay out of east columbus from Grant to Bexley. Also avoid north-east Columbus
People: people arent very approachable compared to my hometown Denver or Omaha so I wouldnt ask a regular joe off the street for direction, go to the convience store they all have maps (One is like 1.99 and very precise)
Shopping, Dining, and Strolling
Favorite thing: Columbus and surrounding areas are growing at a rapid pace. The plus side to this is that greater demand has meant fantastic shopping and even more good places to dine. It also means that one has to deal with more traffic. My favorite things to do here since we moved here to the Polaris Parkway area two years ago are:
--The Short North has a great Gallery hop, which is held the first Saturday of each month. This is a fun area in general and there is an interesting tea place I like called ZenCha.
--Polaris and Easton are great for shopping. The Polaris area is well laid out and is a nice upscale area. Additionally, shopping ranges from Saks Fifth to Target so there is something for everyone's wallet. There is also a wonderful art store called Prizm down the road from Polaris. Easton is another newer area to shop and it is particularly nice to enjoy this area when the weather is nicer. There is also a good comedy club there.
--Some of the better restaurants include Anna's (greek food near Sawmill), Gordon Biersch (eccletic dishes with an Asian flair & microbrewery located downtown), First Watch (breakfast/lunch only in Hilliard), Elevator (American dishes located downtown), Schmidt's (German food in of course, German Village), California Pizza Kitchen (Polaris, fun pizzas and great hummus) and Molly Woo's (Polaris, by Saks Fifth, Chinese Cusine).
--There are a lot of great spas around Polaris and I like Ruehle's and Selby Salon in particular. Ruehle's is known for their oxygen baths and massages.
--The Book Loft in German Village is wonderful and I enjoy this whole part of Columbus in general as it is an interesting area to walk in when the weather is nice.
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- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Cosi is a Science center full...
Favorite thing: Cosi is a Science center full of fun for adults and children.
Fondest memory: It can take two days to actually cover this place. There are many on hand experiences here. Imax theaters, a trapeeze cycle to ride, stick your hand in a tornado maker, pretend you are a rock star, be a drummer, guitarist, run the stage lights etc....
Travel the entire length of...
Favorite thing: Travel the entire length of High Street to get your bearings Columbus has two main streets that divide the city into quadrants: Broad Street (east-west) and High Street (north-south).
The north-south axis of Columbus is the more interesting of the two. Beginning a few miles south of downtown and driving north, one travels through the westernmost portion of German Village- known as 'the Brewery District', through downtown, past the Statehouse, past the Arena Distict, the incongruous Peter Eiesmann designed Convention Center, the Short North, the Ohio State University, Clintonville, The Whetstone 'Park of Roses' and then, after a few miles of commercial blight, to charming Worthington; all of which are worth a look. If one were to keep going North, on and out of the city, one would eventually pass Perkins Observatory, and run into Delaware, Ohio.
Fondest memory: Hanging out with friends from all over the world brought to Columbus by Ohio State university or Columbus's service economy.
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