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  • in reply to: Noisy poor kids in Bicentennial Park Fountain #1074013

    Coach Rich
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    This guy will get plenty of sympathy from the Harrison West contingent who bought a house close to Zeno’s and now vocally complain that there are loud drunks leaving the bar.

    Maybe I’ll buy a house close to port Columbus and start complaining that airplanes are flying over my house. Maybe buy a condo next to Skully’s and then complain that loud rock concerts seem to be going on almost every night. HA!

    in reply to: Jeni's recall #1073199

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    The conspiracy nut inside me is running wild with all types of speculation. Does this have anything to do with Jeni selling a substancial portion of her business to a large NY based private equity firm?

    Like is this firm demanding lower standards for higher profits which could have caused this to happen? Is some of the ice cream (of ice milk as it may be as Jeni is using milk rather than cream to make her ice creams) production being farmed out to other larger ice cream producers, perhaps Blue Bell, to further reduce costs?

    Just wild speculation.

    in reply to: Miller's Ale House #554735

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    osulew said:
    That corner looks like “Little Pickerington” or something.

    Agreed. Put that down in the negative column.

    in reply to: Miller's Ale House #554733

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    I’ve been about 4 times. Frankly, the food isn’t that good. I had higher hopes than the food delivered.With that said, I still consider this place a win for me.

    1. I can walk there easily from my residence in Harrison West. Always nice to have another drinking option where I don’t have to worry about finding a cab to get home safely.

    2. They offer a huge selection of beer. Even had core beer snobs will at least find one or two beer pleasing to their pallets.

    3. It’s large so when I’m looking for a quick place to have dinner that won’t screw up my plans for the evening, I’m fairly confident I can get in and out of this place without the half hour or longer wait I typically seem to find at many area restaurants on a Friday or Saturday night.

    4. All the big screen TVs. When looking for a place to have a beer and watch the game, many times I find BW3, Champs, and King Ave 5 are over crowded. With those options still in play along with a restaurant the size of Miller’s, I think it will be much easier to find a seat for dinner.

    5. Yet another smoking patio! Yes I know that we smokers are now considered sub-human and even dogs get more consideration than we tend to get these days. Regardless, we have a smoking patio with fireplaces and a big screen TV. Well at least for the time being until the rest of you decide that smoking in the open air away from everyone else is just too much of an inconvenience for you.

    in reply to: Highway Panhandling #546626

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    I have zero problems with those who stand at the side of the road or even at the side of a sidewalk with a sign or cup. I have problems with those that walk up and ask. The worst of all are those who step into your path and ask for money. This pisses me off to no end. Of course I feel the exact same way about those handing out literature, asking for signatures for petitions, etc. When I’m out trying to get somewhere, get something done, or even worse, simply trying to enjoy my free time away from work, the last thing in the world I want is someone interrupting me. It’s not just an annoyance, it’s rude. But again, if someone wants to stand off to the side (not being pushy or interupting others) with a sign, cup, table or whatever needed to raise funds/awareness/signatures or whatever, more power to them.

    in reply to: Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment #543588

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    Screw this idea! I don’t want to start paying taxes on my drugs!

    in reply to: Columbus Woman Sues For $500 Billion After Her Car Is Towed, Sold #499465

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    I’m also a proud Saturn owner. But 500 billion? That must be the nicest Saturn you’ve ever seen.

    in reply to: The Biggest / Most Successful Bands / Musicians from Columbus? #391298

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    Has anyone mentioned Rick Deringer?

    in reply to: The Biggest / Most Successful Bands / Musicians from Columbus? #391297

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    Has anyone mentioned Rick Deringer?

    in reply to: Where to Live for 23 year old business professional moving to town? #400757

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    You want to be in the Short North (Victorian Village, Italian Village, Harrison West, ect.). There are some nice places on campus, but also some sketchy places. Lifestyles Communities have nice facilitates. But aren’t most of those places out in the burbs? The burbs are fine and all once you start breeding, but they absolutely suck if you’re single.

    With OSU starting classes soon, you couldn’t have picked a worse time to look in the campus or Short North areas. But I’d look into perhaps renting one side of a duplex or something like that from an individual owner. that can come with a whole different set of problems, but rents tend to be a little more favorable.

    in reply to: Comfest 2010 #383100

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    This was one of my best Comfests in memory. All of my fears and anxieties going into the festival this year were unfounded and all hype. I didn’t notice an increase in police presence. Of course, I tend to avoid the food fair and street fair areas only stopping by when I need a beer and spend the vast majority of time around the stages. Didn’t see hardly and cops around there.

    I’m always one of the first to criticize or condemn the actions of police when I see video taped brutality or read/hear of overhanded tactics or enforcement. So it only seems fair to pay a compliment when they behave in the exact opposite manner such as I observed over the weekend. Many of the cops I did see seemed happy and were talking and laughing with Comfest goers. My wife and I stopped a couple of times to talk to police later on during the festival to thank them for being cool and not acting in a manner which would have been a realization of our biggest fears. They just chuckled every time and shook hands with us. One cop noted “we’re not the same police of the 60s and 70s”. Abbie Hoffman wrote “underneath every police uniform is a naked human being.” I’m especially happy that the police were as mellow and laid back as they always are at Comfest.

    What seemed to make this Comfest extra great was the amazing performances this year. There are amazing performances every year. As there are mediocre and crappy performances every year. It kind of just happens to depend on the luck of the draw at the stage you’re at. Or it depends on the strength of the performance of the artist you’ve yet to see and decide to check them out. Lydia Loveless, Flex Crew, Shaolin Funk, and New Polution were the bands I saw for the first time this year and they were all great. Willie Pheonix, The Spike Drivers, and Megan Palmer and the Hopefulls were as good as expected. Max Power, The Floorwalkers, and Mojoflo all took it to another level and were incredible. The energy of the crowds packing the stages certainly were fueling the performers. Maybe Jesse should wear a dress for every performance from here on out.

    But Mike Perkins stole the festival for me. That had to be the rock-n-rollest thing I’ve every seen. He played a few songs and there were plenty of people pushed up to the front of the stage dancing. It was hot and we were praying for the rain which seemed emanate. Then the rain broke and everyone was cheering. It appeared they were trying to get Mike to give up the stage and clear the crowd between songs. But Mike looked out from underneath the gazebo and declared that the rain had stopped and went into his next song. This caused the crowd to go nuts. After that song, an organizer stepped up to the mic and announced that there was a rain delay. Of course this generated all kinds of boos and chanting. So Mike and his band unplugged their instruments and stepped down into the crowd and started playing “Sick of the Blues”. Everyone crowded around and were singing along. About halfway through, an organizer told Mike that the cell broke and he could continue. The band jumped back on stage and plugged in without missing a beat and the crowd went crazy. I hope Mike doesn’t get any shit from Comfest or is banned because of this.

    in reply to: Comfest 2010 #382997

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    Thus far, my fear about greater police presence and greater enforcement have been unfounded. I didn’t notice a police presence (other than the tower) which seems larger than before. And as for the enforcement, I noticed a very similar participation in the illegal activities that the police were supposed to be cracking down on. As always at Comfest, the people engaging in these activities weren’t bothering anyone or endangering other’s safety and the cops were leaving them alone. Of course this is just what I saw, cops could have been cracking down on all kinds of people, just not where I was, at the time I was there.

    Max Power was incredible last night. Really looking forward to The Floorwalkers tonight.

    in reply to: Comfest 2010 #382894

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    I have to admit that I’m on pins and needles this year. Typically, I’m counting down the hours. Comfest is my favorite weekend of the year. But I’m concerned that the unnecessary and unrequested (at least from Comfest) added police presence could be a damper on the whole festival. But the more people I speak with, its looking like it will amount to allot of nothing. Here’s hoping (fingers crossed)!

    I’ll be there open to close all three days. My volunteer shift this year is Friday at the archives museum. This will be the first time for me volunteering to help this group so I’m pretty excited. I try to volunteer for something different every year.

    My must see performances are The Floorwalkers, Mojoflo, Mike Perkins, Max Power, and The Spike Drivers.

    in reply to: I remember when… (photos of Columbus ghettos) #155677

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>
    I can’t believe some OSU alumni still cry out for the days before South Campus Gateway. I mean look at those photos… would any self-respecting 30+ year old alumni seriously considering hanging out in or around those buildings or businesses?

    None. But a better question is do a bunch of college kids want to hang out in places populated by a bunch of 30 year olds?

    In all honesty, I have very mixed feelings about the changes to the South Campus area. Like many others who have contributed to this thread, I have fond memories of Mean Mr. Mustards, Purity’s, Jousters, Papa Joe’s, ect. But when I think about it now, if there were a time machine, I’d never step one foot in any of those establishments without being current on all of my vaccines and only after the place got a giant shot of penicillin. But at the time, I didn’t think that way. I was just happy to have a place to drink.

    Without question, the new development in this area is much more aesthetically pleasing, cleaner, generates greater tax revenues, and repels the bad element that was so frequent previously. But there is a down side.

    When I was a college student, there was absolutely no way in hell I could have afforded to spend much time in the Gateway area. Six dollar juice drinks at Inta Juice, five dollar pints of Guinness, four dollar coffee at Starbuck’s, no way. When I was of college age, it was typically 3 bucks to get into any of the previously mentioned bars, and 3-5 dollar buckets of Old Milwaukee beer. Easily affordable to the typical college student making minimum wage which was $3.35 an hour during this time. When ever I’m at Gateway, I always wonder how college kids can afford to do stuff. Even stranger is the fact that I don’t feel out of place there at 38 years of age. When I look around, there are lots of people my age around. I have few if any doubts that the college kids would much prefer to hang out in places populated by those their own age rather than half the people at or close to the age of their parents. This wasn’t the case when I was younger. The only people 30 or older were the business owners/managers, and the cops.

    Without a doubt, something needed to change. Calling the area gritty isn’t fair. It was filthy. There was urine pouring from the overflowing toilets into the rest of the bar. This is unhealthy. But I think the changes could have been a little more friendly to the college kids. Couldn’t the place have been cleaned up and renovated but attract businesses more compatible with the college student budget? The type of businesses that don’t need the thirtysomething dollars to thrive.

    This seems a common theme with generation Xers. Previous generations had fun during their youth with things and then left it to the next generation to enjoy. Not us. As we age, we’re not willing to give those things to the next generation. We change it to suite our slowing energy level and changing tastes. Then we jack the price up so the kids can’t afford it. We did this with music. We are the first generation that, by and large, hasn’t quit listening to new music. Previous generations stopped listening to new music and attending concerts. You can tell when they were students. Kids of the 70s tend to primarily only listen to 70s music. Same can be said of the kids of the 50s and 60s. Not Xers. What happened around the time many Xers started reaching the age when previous generations started losing interest in new music and attending concerts? Ticketmaster came out. No longer would we have to camp out in front of Buzzard’s Nest records to get our concert tickets. There was a Ticketmaster lottery at every location that did not open until 9:00a.m. And the ticket prices jumped from 12 bucks to 40, 50, maybe even 100 per ticket. That will help discourage the younger kids from going to the concerts we want to see. And if we don’t get a good lottery number, no problem. The system is designed to give ticket agents certain priority to buy many of the good seats. In many ways, I feel we have done the same to south campus.

    in reply to: Boycott Skully’s; Forget BP #378565

    Coach Rich
    Participant

    I have to take up for drinky. I witnessed similar treatment from Skully’s staff recently. We were at a Floorwalkers show several weeks ago. After the band finished, they announced “last call”. We immediately went up to the bar and ordered drinks. There was no line and we got our drinks relatively quickly. I barely had a sip of my beer when the bouncers started yelling “Get the fuck out!” to the crowd in general. Our group moved towards the front and gathered in a corner quietly finishing our drinks. The screams and taunts from the bouncers continued at the crowd in general. “Yall look too comfortable, time to go the fuck home!”

    I can understand and appreciate the need for a club like Skully’s to get the bar cleared out so they can clean and complete their closing duties to go home themselves. But every bar has this need. This was the first time I’ve ever witnessed a bar treating their customers this way. At least all of their customers and not just a few belligerent drunks. And I’ve certainly been to quite a few bars. I sent them an email explaining my complaint and received a polite professional response apologizing for the staff’s behavior with an assurance that the problem was being addressed. I was at the Mojo Flo show last Saturday and didn’t see any of the same.

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