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  • in reply to: Welcome New Poster – Say Hello & Introduce Yourself #419818

    cadillackid
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    I suppose i should post here.. I have posted a few times on thos board but never made a formal intro post…

    I was born in columbus and grew up in westerville till I was 14.. lived in dayton then marion area till i was 20 and back here in C-bus since late 1990…

    im with the post above me.. there is a lot of things to do in columbus.. granted ill admit the cold long winters are tough to take.. esp when we have so many neat warm-weather parks, patio dining, and places to bicycle and walk…

    I travel lots for work.. I spend lots of time with my macbook pro in coffee shops here and in other cities.. some are better some are worse.. however when you really dig down past the fluff that other cities post on their websites, newspapers and TV ads.. its easy to see that columbus has quite a bit of real MEAT to it compared to many other cities….

    currently i live in a near burb.. halfway between southwest columbus and grove city… my mail comes from GC yet my services and taxes are columbus… however at some point i look forward to being back in the heart of town…

    in reply to: Electronics/circuit bending for all ages – Build a Bending Buddy (9/26/11) #461193

    cadillackid
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    this looks like a blast… being someone that has had no formal electronics training.. yet have managed to build micro controllers and controls for most all of my HVAC system in my house. . i am stoked about the idea of showing people how much fun it can be to experiment with electronics….

    though circuit bending in and of itself isnt something i do.. its a great way to play and experiment.. sound and lights always excite people!!!!

    I surely hop this gets a huge attendance!
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Piada Italian Street Food #397211

    cadillackid
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    Piada is great… I regularly attend the Lane ave and the Bexley stores.. my fear is that they are growing too quickly and not able to properly manage the stores.. the Bexley store esp (and to some extent lane ave) it seems as they have started to go Light on the toppings unless I really primp and prod…

    it used to be when I asked for a little mozzarella and a lot of parmesan on my bowl that I would get just that.. now i have to keep prodding to get anywhere close.. as well as the alfredo sauce.. i used to get 3 full scoops ona large pasta bowl.. and now only 2 unless again I prod.. I also notice that in busy times.. quite a bit of mixing of the ingredients on the board

    this isnt a BIG deal other than it shows a bit of sloppiness on the part of the staff.. and unfortunately in an environment like that where people see the kitchen, their items, and pick what the want.. this translates to people beginning to question the restaraunt’s mission and cleanliness…

    I go to bexley several times per week on average.. and its usually the same lunchtime staff.. one guy remembers me and will jump in and make sure i get the cheese i want and the sauce right.. however being one that has a strong dislike for vegetables.. im not happy when I get a couple black olives or tomato cubes in my food.. something that 2 months ago NEVER occuured…

    I hope they dont let these stores get away from them because the concept and the food are ingenious and delicious… as well as the atmosphere.. and the high efficiency green LED lighting and HVAC systems the stores use…

    if anyone from PIADA reads this.. dont take it as a slam just as an observation.. because if tomorrow werent slice of columbus.. id be dining there for lunch….(instead it will be thursday).
    -Christopher

    in reply to: What Indy can learn from two cities that created great neighborhoods #433511

    cadillackid
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    and dont forget all of the residents of columbus that enjoy and talk-up areas like the SN and GV, OTE to their friends, people in other towns as they travel, etc.. it all helps…

    there are lots that like to Rag on columbus as a “big ole cow-town” or any other number of names we see given to the city…

    but I do travel lots.. for both work and pleasure.. and sure like anyone stuck in the burbs that wishes to be urban there is a part of me that enjoys the chicagos, new yorks, SF’s, etc.. all very walkable cities.. but for a city our sieze.. other towns just dont have what we have.. even if we toss easton into the mix (and I know there seems to be easton haters because its in the burbs).. regardless it is also something that many cities just dont have.. and it works…. we have our issues like any other city.. However ive seen a lot of other towns arts districts fall apart completely during this economic downtown.. yet the occupancy rate in the SN seems pretty good to me.. seems when a business dies, there is another right behind it to take the space and open…
    -Christopher

    in reply to: The Joseph – Pizzuti Short North Hotel – News & Updates #390378

    cadillackid
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    I agree with the post about Not wasting high street frontage space with a parking garage…

    valet is great in theory but reality is that people’s minds are “short sited”.. ok so a couple is going to drive from hilliard to the SN for a dinner out.. we all know that the dining experience is likely not going to be cheap.. but when they see that $10 or $15 valet charge(plus tip) they freak… even though reality is that they will likely spend $50 or more for a nice dinner with apps, entrees, dessert and some wine…

    $5 to park at a meter or a low cost garage space wont phase them one bit…

    again its all PERCEPTION.. and the PERCEPTION is that the SN is tough to park in to outsiders.. its means nothing that those that liver or go there all the time know about the sweet spot tucked on a side street or the 3 hr parking along buttles, etc….

    and YES i agree to yet another post that states businesses fail for any number of 1000 reasons….

    suburbanites are typically fickle.. lets see.. how quick did the city center bite the big one after polaris, easton, and tuttle were built? sure didnt take long till it was on its way down…

    and yes a point i will make about that failure is that there was $1.00 parking for 3 hours in the underground garages… so yes I agree with tigertree and others that parking isnt the ONLY thing to draw people.. but it surely helps…

    this is columbus.. people like their cars… im an avid cyclist and like to walk 5+ miles per day.. but when its cold or rainy or traffic is bad my bicycle stays in the garage.. and im not the only one who feels this way in columbus…

    -Christopher

    in reply to: The Joseph – Pizzuti Short North Hotel – News & Updates #390357

    cadillackid
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    when the streets are PACKED and you can still find a place to park within the area.. thats ample parking… and thats what I find in many other cities..

    However, I will say there are other places i have travelled where the same issue exists.. and am then reluctant to park as being an outsider to those cities I dont know the “ins” and “outs” of where to park.. so most often I drive away.. or because im an avid walker I will park a mile or more away and walk… But not everyone is an avid walker.. at least not that will walk a mile or more in an unfamiliar area at night..

    -Christopher

    in reply to: Jim Tressel – NCAA Violations / Suspension / Resignation #432579

    cadillackid
    Participant

    im not on here for a grammar lesson.. i failed that long ago..

    im a computer programmer….
    -Christopher

    in reply to: The Joseph – Pizzuti Short North Hotel – News & Updates #390355

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I find parking because I *HAVE* been coming all the years.. I know when to arrive, where to go to park and not get towed, ticketed, or the like.. but seeing as how I live in the burbs, many people here say “oh I love the short north but by gosh its just near impossible to find a place to park.. esp in the summer”…

    people staying away is lost revenue for an already stressed Boutique market… which the area clearly caters to… donatos and whitecastle are about the only major national chains you see.. and notice?? most of the time are empty..

    sure there is no one single event going to kill the area… but there should be more concern than there seems to be about it..

    other cities that i frequent with similar arts-districts have a lot more parking.. and consequently a lot more people spending money at the businesses in those districts too…

    sure on a rainy snowy february tuesday night? there is more than ample parking in the short north…

    but on a sunny 80 degree evening (even weekday) that pretty much goes by the wayside…

    just notice the shamrock and camcar trucks up and down high street with the unsuspecting cars hooked on the tow line.. – obviously means people drove around the area looking for parking and pulled into a place they didnt know was illegal….
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Jim Tressel – NCAA Violations / Suspension / Resignation #432577

    cadillackid
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    its all about the MONEY!!!

    of course tressel wasnt going to inform the school or the NCAA… last spring OSU was noted to be a top 5 preseason pick for a national championship.. likely top 1 or for the preseason polls…

    then yank 2 of his star players and muddle the rest of the team into it?

    lets see top 5 teams typically have every game televised.. many of them on National TV.. a mere top 20 team (likely where OSU mightve been) has half that… fall out of the top 25 and your hope for national TV is if you play a top 5 team….

    he squeals in april or september and kiss a possible perfect season (and the associated dough) goodbye.. as well as the dough from being good enough to reach a BCS bowl game…

    tressel knew that the 2011 team would not be one of the top 5 in the country anyway due to a lot of seniors leaving on both sides of the ball..

    convenient how the tattoo story broke to the media soon after the regular season ended…..

    no wonder Ghee never considered firing coach T.. who out there is available that can step in and win football games like tressel does..

    in my opinion??? he should be fired.. the team Looks UP to their coach.. after all these are KIDS.. they arent even old enough to go drink a beer but they are old enough to hold up the structure of a money making entity that sees more money in a season than many of them will ever see in their lifetime…

    thats a LOT of pressure.. college sports has gone WAAYYY too commercial….

    and I guess that full ride to school that some of them get isnt “being payed” or “being compensated” for their efforts as an AMATEUR football player????

    -Christopher

    in reply to: Natural Gas Drilling / Fracking in Ohio #426096

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I wish my tap water would catch on fire…id seriously design a heat exchanger for that, filter the water and have free heat!!

    where do i sign up???

    sure solar panels and windmills are nice. but really has anyone noticed how many sunny days we have in columbus????

    and how windy is it really? that car dealer with the wind turbine up on 270.. that thing doesnt seem to spin that fast very often….

    so I say Drill Baby Drill.. lets keep the furnaces and lights on! without having to spend half our paycheck to keep the house at 72
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Anyone use WOW Internet and Cable? #272624

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I just have a backup DNS of 4.2.2.1 and 4.2.2.2 and never have DNS issues since…

    I use a little embedded VIA C7 box running a custom spin of Linux, Asterisk, and Arno-firewall…
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Short North shared office space #433161

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I love that building above Torso.. always wished I couldve had an apartment with those big windows overlooking high street!!

    -Christopher

    in reply to: Anyone use WOW Internet and Cable? #272616

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I currently have WOW and an ATT DSL Line running failover for each other…

    down here in an area sandwiched between columbus and grove city it seems im at the end of the line.. I have had TW, WOW, and ATT internet..

    the picture quality on TW was better than WOW but the internet on WOW is better.. and because im a computer Geek I choose the better internet..

    I have to be able to turn the heater on in my house on my way home or im cranky.. so internet is important!
    (sorry roomate – my internet trumps your TV.. ha!)..

    in reply to: The Joseph – Pizzuti Short North Hotel – News & Updates #390351

    cadillackid
    Participant

    im a recent addition to this forum… though ive been a lurker and a reader for quite a while.. no i dont live downtown or in any “village” or “park”.. im justy an “outsider” in SW columbus.. but part of what brings me to the short north every day.. (and I did live there from 1991 to 2000) is the MIX!.. the MIX of modern and old has Long been a favorite of mine and many others.. the short north (im not a purist I consider the short north from goodale to 9th).. is just that.. and has been that ever since the first renovations began taking place in the 80s….

    this project lest we forget brings one thing we seriously need in the short north MORE PARKING… yes i agree the “bare” concrete and “mesh” can be dressed up but honestly I like the building, i like the statement it makes.. my *ONLY* beef could be that it is a bit tall for that part of the short north.. but we do have the old-folks tower that sits up tall and isnt so bothersome…

    I know most of the city-goers in downtown / short north like to be idealistic and think everyone attending the short north rides a bicycle or a Bus to get there.. braving wind / cold / rain / snow to do so.. but reality says different….

    there are many many people like myself that love the area but must make use of the “evil” car to get there.. and we too DO spend money at coffee shops, restaraunts, retail stores there….

    in my opinion the whole area will fail if one of these projects that includes lots of parking doesnt get off the ground and soon!
    -Christopher

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