Went with my mom, just got back about 30-40 minutes ago. She was very impressed with the fireworks, and with Columbus in general. She sounded like a broken record as she continuously said "This is sooo nice!" about the Arena District/Downtown as we walked through. She was very sold on the city tonight. She also loved the variety of stores along in the Short North. She's a big art fan, so the illuminated galleries were particularly impressive. She was also amused by the store with the female mannequin holding a whip.
On the other hand, the fist fight brawl in front of the Convention Center on the way back was something we could have done without. Waited for it to turn into guys just looking at each other saying "What! What!" a lot with their shirts off, and then we crossed the street to avoid being near them. Also could have done without the guy and girl who SCREAMED profanity at us because we were "holding up traffic" as we crossed one of the side streets (1st Ave?) while we had a walk sign. Sorry you had to wait to make your right turn buddy. I know you'll never get those 5 seconds back. I was with my mom, so I just smiled at the guy and waved instead of giving him an impromptu refresher course on the nature of the pedestrian-vehicle relationship as it pertains to crosswalks.
On a related note: I don't know how I just became aware of this...people swear all the time, but until today I never really noticed the sheer volume of F bombs you'll hear people say (yell really) with no remorse in public. I guess when you're with mother you become more aware of people who need their mouths washed out with soap.
Thankfully, we saw Help is on the Way to bring the Columbus experience to a fun and fitting close.
"Let me show you Derelicte. It is a fashion, a way of life inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique!"