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  • in reply to: my weird electric bill #249683


    Ohio is still ranked in the lower half of the US in terms of electric rates (~20% below the national avg.).


    Also, AEP has the lowest rates in Ohio, so you’ve got that going for you too.

    Average Electric Bill (1,000 kWh of usage 1/1/08)
    From Page 32: http://www.aep.com/investors/present/documents/2008EEI-Fact-Book.pdf
    AEP Ohio Power : $80.61
    AEP Columbus Southern: $93.78
    Dayton Power and Light: $98.54
    Duke Energy Ohio: $107.25
    FirstEnergy (CEI): $109.90
    FirstEnergy (Ohio Edison): $116.35
    FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison): $125.27

    in reply to: Phoenix Light Rail News #213816


    Columbusite wrote
    I’m not out to make friends

    Well at least you qualified your posts with this.

    I don’t think advocates in Portland started out in the 70’s and 80’s by calling people ignorant dumbasses — but I wasn’t here back then, so who knows?

    I’m not letting myself get roped into this mess of a discussion though. With apologies to Core…

    “The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him”


    in reply to: Master’s Degree in the Dumpster #238830


    So I couldn’t read through 19 pages of Cyclist justifying how he wallows around in peoples’ filth.

    Did we ever find out whose degree it was? Smart money was on Joyce Beatty.

    in reply to: 10 Healthiest Grocery Stores. Columbus Doesn’t Do too Well #240964


    Cyclist wrote To further make the case of one of America’s fattest cities…


    We have some Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but they remain the realm of suburban shopping.

    Nice…I’ve got three of the top four within a dozen or so blocks!

    in reply to: Ugh. Worst Meal Ever. Should I Review or No? #235970


    Coremodels wrote If you had a bad meal at the Florentine, you’ve joined a group of everyone who’s ever eaten there.

    The place is awful.

    Ha! I was about to type the same thing! :lol:

    in reply to: Fruit and Veggies #226660


    Walker – Did you guys follow through on this tradition?

    New Harrison West house going on the market

    We did pretty well up until life got crazy a few weeks back.

    Tenzo – The $20/week plan works out really well. It gives you an excuse to go and make an event out of it. It’ll also keep your fridge stocked with really fresh produce.

    in reply to: The Perfect Steak #226068


    lisathewaitress wrote Grading refers to the marbling and fat content in meat, so grass fed beef is not graded because it has very little marbling. Grading isn’t always a good indicator of flavor, only fat content. The flavor of beef will vary greatly depending on the diet of the cow, and so, even though usually fat=flavor, in this case, if the cow has been fattened quickly on a feedlot, the flavor just won’t be there compared to a cow who was fattened up more slowly.

    Yep. I tried to make both points, but was in a little bit of a rush.

    I’ve had beef that was “grass finished” at least once that I know of, and really liked it. It was super beefy, even a little on the gamey side. My wife didn’t care for it at all though, so I’d say that it’s a matter of preference.

    On the other hand…everyone loves a well marbled prime steak.

    in reply to: The Perfect Steak #226066


    My biggest tip is to buy good steak. You really do get what you pay for.

    There are generally 3 grades of steak that you’ll find:

    1) Select – Kroger cuts. They’re ok, although a little light on the marbling, and can be on the tough side.

    2) Choice – What you’ll find at butcher’s shops. Better marbling and more tender than select. A Choice Ribeye is my go-to for home cookery.

    3) Prime – Usually reserved for the restaurant industry. Only a couple percent of beef are given the choice label. Pricey.

    “You are what you eat” also applies to beef. You can really taste the difference between grass fed and grain fed beef. Grass fed beef just has a “beefier” flavor.

    in reply to: Via Colori comes back to Goodale Park! CD101 sponsors. #216914


    Be sure to throw all of your Via Colori images into Flickr’s Indie Art Capital Group.

    Food Photography Commercial Food Bar in Columbus Ohio S&G Cafe

    Same goes for Urban Scrawl and Independents’ Day!

    in reply to: How to keep neighbor from walking their dog in my front yard #225666


    Mercurius wrote Decorate it!



    Although I was pretty upset at the title of this one…

    How could they miss iPood?

    in reply to: Best Jazz club? #225003


    After 5 occasionally has a band there on weekends…can’t remember the name though. They’re a little eclectic, but mostly play R&B and jazz

    in reply to: Living Car-Free in Columbus #224777


    lifeontwowheels wrote It’s all about choice.


    While we’re not car-free, one of the reasons we decided to live in the BD was that we could sell one of our cars. Being less than 1 mile from work, across the street from a grocery store, and having close access to parks, bars, and restaurants makes it painless.

    Now if you expect to be able to do that AND own a 1/2 acre with a free standing 3,000 sq. ft. house and an attached garage, you’re going to be in trouble.

    It’s all about choice.

    in reply to: Opposite of Gentrification? #220641


    Yeah…I meant “interesting” fun…not “hooray for people living in poverty because they made the decision where to live based on the belief that energy will be cheap forever just because it has been for the last 50 years” fun.

    in reply to: Opposite of Gentrification? #220639


    Walker wrote The End of Suburbia is a bit of an extremist documentary, so you have to take most of it with a grain of salt, but worth watching IMHO.

    Very worth watching. It’s also fun watching the documentary play out in real life…


    Poverty extends to outskirts

    Need rises beyond urban core, as poor grow in Delaware, Fairfield and Licking counties

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 3:04 AM

    By Sherri Williams


    Three weeks ago, Amber Browning of Delaware left her housekeeping job when her child-care arrangements fell through. Without employment, the single mother of four turned to a nonprofit agency to get her children shoes and supplies for the coming school year.

    Delaware County is Ohio’s fastest-growing, but pockets of poverty exist there and are increasing, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last week.

    There were 1,428 more people in the county living below the poverty line last year than the year before, reflecting an increase from 3.7 percent of the population in 2006 to 4.5 percent in 2007, according to U.S. Census estimates.

    It’s not the 16.3 percent in Franklin County, or the 11.8 percent in Licking or the 9.6 percent in Fairfield.

    The federal poverty threshold for a family of four was $21,203 last year and $20,614 in 2006.

    Although the rest of central Ohio might consider Delaware County — population 161,000, with its booming growth and large-tract homes — an affluent place, not all of its residents are prosperous, said Jim Cesa, executive director of the Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison & Union Counties Inc.

    “We still have a population that is significant that is living below the poverty line,” he said. “That translates to 6,000 to 7,000 people, and that’s not a good thing. It also costs more to live in Delaware County.”

    Generations of Delaware County families are coping with tough economic choices by “doubling and tripling up (in homes) and sharing expenses,” Crowley said.

    Higher gasoline prices are a barrier for needy families to get the help they need in Delaware County, he said. “We’re getting calls from folks calling for food but (who) don’t have the gas to come pick it up.”

    In the past two years, more than half of the people who have sought emergency food at the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency are new clients, said Kellie Ailes, executive director.

    “Most of the people who come here are employed,” she said. “They have lower-than-self-sufficient wages and benefits and need to depend on community resources to stabilize their families.”

    in reply to: Palin says 17-year-old daughter is pregnant #223361


    I vote for “rightly” joev. When a political party takes such firm stances on social issues like abstinence-only education and family values…their house better be clean.

    I do feel sorry for the girl involved. She just made a mistake like many teens have done, and will continue to do — no matter how many times they’re told not to do it.

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