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  • in reply to: Working at Scammy Local Marketing Firms #1049695

    Columbusneon
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    That is exactly what they are. About 7 years ago I was looking for a better job (I was delivering pizzas at the time) and saw one of their ads through one of the headhunter/job search sites I was on at the time (like Monster). While I had submitted maybe 25 resumes in the previous month with not even a hint of a reply, the resume I’d submitted to this company was replied to and had an interview scheduled within an hour. I don’t even remember the name of the “company”, but it sold itself as a Sports Marketing and consulting firm. Cool. Well I went to the interview with the OWNER of this company, a supposed former NFL football player. The “interview” was some very brief glossing over my resume, work history, and education. Brief as in maybe 5 minutes, tops. Then I was scheduled for a second, working interview the next day. Weird, but ok. I also noticed that the lobby had at least 10 other well dressed people there for interviews. Weird, still, but, ok. I wanted out of pizza delivery and wanted to finally use my degree for the first time in years. So I went to this interview..this is where it got fun. I was dressed up, as were about 20 other new hires. About 14-15 of these new hires were taken outside and told to go home. I was not one. I stuck around for a few minutes and was told by a “manager” that I would be working with 2 guys for the day. I left my car in the parking lot near Schrock Road, and got into this old beater that had no AC with the two guys. Seemed like nice guys, and dressed up in full suit and tie, even though it was about 105 degrees with 100% humidity out. We talked VERY briefly about my work history, and then we drove out to a very new cookie cutter development near Canal Winchester. At this point, I was a bit nervous and wondered if I had remembered those karate moves I learned as a kid. Anyway..they had a map, and told me to see these outrageously priced packages for Blue Jackets tickets and food coupons. Door to door. I was lke, wtf I am OUT..but they would not leave until the day was done. I guess for each commission, we would get $6. The stories they told of making hundreds..even thousands a week doing this made me LOL for real, even though, I was stifling hot and wanted to either punch someone, or cry. So after about 11 hours, one sale, and 3 threats of law enforcement involvement, I was taken back to the Schrock office, where, congrats! I was hired! LOL..needless to say, I went back to my pizza job the next day. It took me about another year and a half, but I eventually did get a better, legit job. So yes…these ARE scams and the way it was explained to me, was a barely legal pyramid/Ponzi scheme. Avoid.

    in reply to: Downtown's first (public) bowling alley #1046091

    Columbusneon
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    I have no info on this, but there have been several bowling alleys in downtown Columbus. Most closed before the 1950s and many much earlier. Too bad the CAC is not a “public” center. I bowled once at the Cleveland Athletic Club years ago..was in pristine shape though it looked like a scene out of 1955. Loved it.

    A downtown bowling center would be great. Even better if it had candlepin and/or duckpin.

    in reply to: What is going on at Spaghetti Warehouse? #1027658

    Columbusneon
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    I wish there was a Maggiano around here if we are talking chain Italian. Same company owns Macaroni Grill, which is “okay” I guess, but Maggiano is probably the best chain Italian I have ever had personally, definitely a step above Macaroni or Olive Garden. I haven’t had Spaghetti Warehouse in years, but I enjoy the elevator, traffic light, and the trolleycar. Oh, and the meatball I had there was pretty good.

    in reply to: Red Sox bars #291191

    Columbusneon
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    We meet at Buffalo Wild Wings on Bethel Road at 5240 Bethel Center Mall from time to time. We started on meetup.com way way way back in 2007 and now we are on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/buckeyesoxfans/. We don’t meet up nearly as often as we used to but I think some of us are planning for Saturday night game 3. Should be plenty busy with game 3 and the OSU game on at the same time (For me, this is called, heaven). Go Sox!

    in reply to: Spicetacular! #551801

    Columbusneon
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    Yummo! Hotter the better. Any wing sauce samplings?

    in reply to: Where were you on 9/11/01? #302385

    Columbusneon
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    I was 24 and had been married about a year. I was working a FT job at a medical equipment company and PT for Donatos Pizza, but that Tuesday was an off day for both jobs. I slept in a little as my now ex wife took her son/my stepson to school and she went to work. I got up, went to the bathroom, started a pot of coffee, and was preparing on enjoying a beautiful, sunny day off. I had just flipped the coffee on when my now ex wife called, crying, telling me to turn the TV on. I thought this was very odd, because she rarely, if ever, cried, especially on the phone. I asked why, and she said the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes, and the Pentagon. Still trying to make sense of what she was saying, I turned the TV on, channel 4 already on, and saw the image of the two WTC towers on fire with gaping holes, and an inset of the Pentagon on fire. I had a VHS tape with blank space on, so I threw it in the VCR and started recording. I spent the next several hours watching the coverage, then drove to my parent’s house (I lived on the north end at the time, they lived in Whitehall). On the way there, I passed Port Columbus and took a picture (with a disposable camera..no cameraphones or digital cams yet) of the dozens of grounded planes. Picked my stepson up from school later that afternoon, went home, and when my ex wife came home I was called into work at Donatos. It was busy as people didn’t want to go out. I was a delivery driver and I actually made really good tips. People were just giving away money, as if they felt maybe it would soon be worthless. My car needed gas, so not thinking anything of it, I went to stop at one of the stations in the area, when I noticed that traffic was backed up at least half a mile. I was listening to the radio when reports came in that there was a run on gasoline and prices were going to be $5, $10 a gallon by the next day. I got a few gallons at $3.97 a gallon (today, would just be a small bump, but in 2001, that kind of price was never before seen..I think about $1.50 was the average then) A couple local stations reported looting (likely made up or inaccurate/incorrect, as I don’t remember seeing anything like that). Other than the gas stations, businesses appeared to be empty and deserted. Restaurants and stores were already closed by 5-6pm, like a warped version of Christmas maybe. I worked my few extra hours, went home, and watched more news. It was really the only time since the Cold War 80s that I really felt like the end was possibly nigh. Sad and surreal day all around.

    in reply to: Creating a language group #547345

    Columbusneon
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    I was in a meetup.com group for Boston Red Sox fans that started around 2007. That worked until we had to start paying an annual fee, then the whole group migrated to Facebook around 2010. Works great and we always welcome new members. You should probably create a group on Facebook. I have been involved in a few Spanish speaking language groups, but people rarely stuck to the rules and revert to English speaking. That bored me. Good luck with your group!

    Just as a side note, I speak fluent Spanish and Portuguese, but can understand quite a bit of Italian. Took one class while a student at OSU. Beautiful language and culture. I can also tell you that Columbus does have a sizable Italian heritage and community. But like with most cultural/ethnic groups in Columbus, it is not really confined to specific geographic areas these days, like in larger east coast cities. I think Grandview has historically had an large Italian community. As did Flytown before it was razed. Italian Village too of course.

    in reply to: La Bamba Closed – Qdoba Opens In Their Place #499907

    Columbusneon
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    Weird, I was just thinking about La Bamba the other day and considered going there to get a 3 tacos meal with chorizo. I can’t say how many times I went there as a student 1995-99, both sober and other times not so much. It’s true their food (which was pretty authentic if I remember correctly) is much easier to find now than a decade or more ago. Sad day though.


    Columbusneon
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    There’s an amazing map room at the Franklin County Engineer’s office. I was there recently to meet County Engineer Dean Ringle, and got a brief tour. It’s a local historic map nerd’s wet dream.

    I will definitely have to check that out sometime.

    I like using the compare (slide/disolve) feature of historiaerials. Just look at the density of downtown in 1957 and 1971 compared to the 21st century images. Imagine downtown with both the height of today and the density of the bygone years. Wow.


    Columbusneon
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    Expanding, refurbishing, and reopening the bridge (along with the now overgrown Mound/Whittier Streets) is part of the Brewery District plan completed by the City of Columbus planning division back in 1992. While the plan was implemented, this of course hasn’t taken place. I googled around and it looks like the bridge was closed sometime around 1989. The old entrance/exit ramps to the then new I-70 were torn out in the early 70s. Looking at historicaerials.com you can see how sharp those entrance/exit turns were, which is why they tore them out, even though it may have helped spur Whittier Peninsula development before the 21st century

    in reply to: Tuttle Mall – News & Updates #495996

    Columbusneon
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    Westland will redevelop into “Weston” and will run Tuttle into the ground. What goes around, I guess..
    That being said I prefer Tuttle over Polaris and most definitely over Easton, though really, I actually do not buy much at malls in general.

    in reply to: Dining options in South Columbus? #494993

    Columbusneon
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    China City Buffet next to the Mexican restaurant is actually pretty good, and clean. I also recommend Ohio Deli, Dan’s, Rice Bowl. I haven’t eaten at a Ponderosa in probably 13-14 years. Not sure if it’s as good as it was then, but they used to have excellent chicken wings.

    in reply to: NBA in Columbus ? #429114

    Columbusneon
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    Columbus metro population is larger I believe than Charlotte, but not by much. I think Charlotte is a regional hub however of the entire state of NC as well as SC..an, while Columbus is in a state with 2 other very large metros and a region with several other larger metros including Chicago. I would compare media markets between Columbus and Charlotte before I compare simple populations. I think Charlotte may actually be bigger in terms of TV/radio..and Charlotte, like I said, is a regional metro, with no other large cities in the immediate area (while Columbus has Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indy, Detroit, and Pittsburgh all in driving distance). I myself wasn’t even comparing the two, but contrasting. They are similar in some respects. But way too many differences.


    Columbusneon
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    Boston is number 3 and that sounds about right. One can easily live in an inner ring suburb like Quincy and not to drive on a daily basis. Now would I want to on most days, especially before the Big Dig. You would never guess that when talking to fellow Bostonians, however. People deride the T there in a way similar to the way most people here talk about COTA. The MBTA has 3 heavy rail subway lines, 2 light rail lines with several branches, an extensive commuter rail system which covers half the state of Massachusetts and extends into Rhode Island, and a bus network which dwarfs COTA. Oh, and several boat lines. Granted, Boston’s metro is about 4x as large as Columbus, but I have friends and relatives back “home” who are amazed by how poor the transit system is in Columbus for it’s size.


    Columbusneon
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    I have lived in many different neighborhoods of Columbus and vicinity. COTA was great when I lived in Whitehall and went to OSU. Was fine for going about anywhere within about 270 when I lived in German Village (I never drove downtown when I lived there of course). I now live out by Rome Hilliard Road and Feder. There is a Park and Ride COTA stop at W. Broad near Galloway. I used a trip planner, and for me to walk to that and take the bus to my current place of employment on Sinclair Road, the entire one way trip would take over 2 hours and 2 bus transfers. I wouldn’t mind that, but with having to take anywhere between 1 and 3 kids to school/daycare, I am sadly, a slave to my automobile on workdays.

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