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  • in reply to: Fear the Walking Dead #1094662

    Rodgers
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    The show has potential, but it has several issues, in my opinion:

    – Typical of the horror genres, lots of stupid decisions are being made across the board.
    – By this point when watching the Walking Dead, I was becoming attached to characters. In Fear the Walking Dead, I’m having a hard time consistently even liking anyone, let alone become attached to them. I take that back: I was liking the guy from Central America, probably because he’s the only one that doesn’t seem at least half stupid.
    – I was more interested in seeing what happened during the downfall of society than the interpersonal drama, and in the last episode, they moved the timeline ahead nine KEY days! They just skipped a huge chunk of why I was tuning in. I wanted to see a running fight to survive, the increasingly panicky television broadcast, and the general downward spiral of civil authority, but instead…we go from a family on the run to the situation as it currently stands. It’s all about the interpersonal drama, and the zombies feel like nothing more than a MacGuffin.
    – The teen angst. Oh, the teen angst. I repeatedly find myself wondering if I’m the target audience for this series.

    All that said, the series has potential, provided they kill off a few key people (candidates: dad and the female version of Carl; mom has the right stuff and the junkie son could be a real asset, if he can overcome his challenges), make the zombie threat more tangible on an ongoing basis, and strike a balance between interpersonal drama and the struggle to survive.

    in reply to: The Eagle (Former La Fogata Space in The Short North) #1084114

    Rodgers
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    While they are Ohio cities, I don’t consider Cleveland (The Melt) or Cincinnati (Bakersfield and now The Eagle) to be “local.”

    I think this is some pretty gray area when it comes to the local-versus-chain debate.

    If you’re saying that Melt and Bakersfield should be shunned for not being located in Columbus, does that mean that a new Wendy’s or Victoria’s Secret in the Short North would get a pass because they’re locally based, even though they’re much larger companies than Melt or Bakersfield?

    I’m not saying that Melt or Bakersfield should be “shunned” (I’m not that hypocritical, as I have frequented both); I’m just stating that I’m disappointed that the area is gradually being occupied by an increasing number of businesses that are based outside Columbus. I prefer a Short North that showcases the best that Columbus has to offer in terms of arts and entertainment, but that’s just my “druthers”…

    As far as the gray area is concerned, I suppose I can be more specific: I prefer locally-based businesses that further enhance the character of the area. What constitutes “further enhancement” to the area is going to be entirely subjective, but then again, my preference for locally-based businesses is, in large part, subjective, so there’s no point in debating that. :-)

    in reply to: The Eagle (Former La Fogata Space in The Short North) #1084084

    Rodgers
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    Chain? Not quite. It’s a Cincinnati-owned business with fewer locations than most.

    If we’re only going to be okay with mono-facility-businesses, then we’re going to have to eliminate most of the SN storefronts.

    27 locations. I’m not sure that’s fewer locations than most, but without doing further research, I’ll let that pass.

    I’m in no way saying that the Short North should be occupied only by mono-facility-businesses (I’m not sure how you’d take that from what I wrote…), but in my opinion, it would be nice to see it dominated by local players. While they are Ohio cities, I don’t consider Cleveland (The Melt) or Cincinnati (Bakersfield and now The Eagle) to be “local.” This is a road the SN has been creeping down, but change is inevitable as more players from outside the area want a piece of the pie.

    And, before anyone says anything, yeah, there are still quite a few locally-based businesses in the SN, so there’s no need to produce a list. I’m just not a fan of the trend I’m seeing, is all.

    in reply to: The Eagle (Former La Fogata Space in The Short North) #1084059

    Rodgers
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    Meh…another chain from outside Columbus coming in; I’m not too thrilled with that, but that’s the direction the Short North seems to be heading in, so I guess I’ll just shrug and accept it. I had no strong feelings about La Fogata either way, but I’m wondering how secure some of the other bars/restaurants in that area of the Short North are, in light of this.

    in reply to: Fashion Meets Music Festival 2015 #1083809

    Rodgers
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    Just stumbled across this elsewhere.

    FMMF 2015 Line-Up

    in reply to: Game of Thrones #1080744

    Rodgers
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    And…that’s how things were left in the books as well. We’re in complete virgin territory now. FWIW, Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Kit Harington up now that says he’s done with the show. Color me a BIT skeptical about that, because, if Jon is actually dead, that’s just SHIT storytelling. There’s subverting fantasy clichés, and there’s pointless deaths for the sake of pure shock value. This would be the latter. That would mean that the entire storyline at the Wall was literally a 5-season (and 5-book) waste of time, and I refuse to believe that both George R.R. Martin and the showrunners are that horrific at telling a story. Sorry, not buying it.

    I don’t believe Kit is done with the show. He was just told his character is dead, and he is, which is rather convenient, since – despite significant downsides at the moment – that frees him of all his vows to the Nights Watch. However, I doubt he’ll stay that way. I suspect Mel will resurrect Jon, and maybe that reveal doesn’t happen next season, which would sincerely suck. I would point out that Kit didn’t receive the usual parting gift that cast members who have previously been done with the show received; while I might be reading too much into that, I suspect that tells us something.

    However, if he doesn’t come back, GRRM’s repeated subversion of tropes has become a trope unto itself, and if Jon Snow isn’t brought back because his ascendency would be too much of a standard fantasy trope for GRRM’s tastes, then we have a case where a writer’s attempt to avoid tropes has trumped good storytelling. (Tropes aren’t evil, Mr. Martin; their overuse is indicative of lazy writing, but tropes are just narrative building blocks…)

    in reply to: Jeni's recall #1080425

    Rodgers
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    So, who at Jeni’s dropped the ball on chasing the listeria contamination up the supply chain to find out where it came from? It’s coming from somewhere, and this repeated contamination in a short period of time would lead me to believe that they didn’t hold their suppliers fully accountable. (Or, are we dealing with a case of spontaneous generation? /s)

    No schadenfreude here, but it will be interesting to see if there are “love notes” and lines around the block when they reopen again.

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1080386

    Rodgers
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    That’s where I and others might think you are making assumptions. Do you have proof that they had to resort to crowdfunding,

    LOL, why do I need proof? That’s just the way things work.

    If you make an extraordinary claim, you have to be able to support that claim with proof. Even if you are engaging in deduction without substantial proof, the fact that there are many other reasons they might want to avoid traditional financing – such as a publicity stunt or keeping with the image of the company as bucking tradition, as I mentioned earlier – that also pass the Occam’s Razor test forestalls the possibility of a conclusion without proof. You even mentioned a possibility: they went the crowdfunding route because they don’t want to be beholden to shareholders/lending institution, something I entirely understand, as shareholders these days are all about quarterly results and are prone to frown on strategic moves that might hurt in the short term yet might have long-term benefits (a consideration that has no direct relationship to their current financial fitness).

    Making a claim about the financial fitness of Brewdog based on their crowdfunding decision without eliminating all other possible reasonable explanations for the choice and without a shred of proof is a guess, nothing more or less. Talking as if your guess is a fact is bound to inspire a little incredulity in others. That’s all I’m saying.

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1080364

    Rodgers
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>DouginCMH wrote:</div>
    Do you have anything to back up the assertion that BrewDog is “trying to make this into a place where people can go on a beer pilgrimage” and that they’re “struggling to raise $4.8 million”?

    1. BREWDOG LAUNCHES £25M CROWDFUNDING BID (April)

    http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/04/brewdog-launches-25m-crowdfunding-bid/

    2. BrewDog raises record £5m in crowdfunding round (May)

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c191c37c-f8b0-11e4-be00-00144feab7de.html#axzz3cm5f0UlB

    If you can’t get money from conventional sources and have to resort to “gofundme” schemes, that means you have the financial strength of Marco Rubio.

    Finance is nothing to laugh at. There is no shortage of people frittering someone else’s money away in the unregulated world of finance. I don’t trust strangers with my money.

    See the portion I bolded? That’s where I and others might think you are making assumptions. Do you have proof that they had to resort to crowdfunding, or is it possible that the funding method they chose was chosen as a publicity stunt and as an attempt to maintain the image of their brand: working outside the established system?

    Just because someone chooses to eat a meal at home does not mean that they couldn’t afford to eat out that night…with all due respect, assuming such is the case without proof is nothing more than baseless speculation.

    in reply to: The View on Fifth – New Mixed-Use Development in 5xNW #1079264

    Rodgers
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    Almost every place you can rent near downtown that isn’t on campus is a new build (unless, once again, you know somebody that knows somebody that…), so that’s a non-starter, but I suspect you are talking about buying rather than renting when I was speaking of renting. Still, let’s go that route. ;-)

    I was talking about both renting and buying. Most of the brand new builds for sale in the inner core of the city are in the $300k-$600k range, so I think the same holds true that you’ve got to look for an older house rather than a new one if you want something more affordable to buy.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    Where can we find affordable older housing stock near the Columbus city core in a relatively safe, interesting neighborhood?

    Well, that’s a very subjective set of parameters, so I’d say it would vary a lot depending on your definition of safety, proximity, and what you find interesting. If you have some very strict/specific guidelines, it might be tougher because the closer you are to the interesting things, the more expensive it gets. If you have a bit of wiggle room, then you can find something affordable. There’s a fixer-upper on our block going for $99k. It’s a 100-year old brick home. 3 bedrooms and 1800 sqft with a garage and small yard.

    Of course, there’s no breweries too close and you’ve got to drive to get to some things. But that’s part of the trade off.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    That’s not just a rhetorical question, as I’m in a position to consider buying and have looked recently, and everything that’s near Short North, Grandview, German Village, Clintonville, Olde Towne East, Franklinton, or King Lincoln District that isn’t right on the border with some really bad turf crime-wise doesn’t fall into the category of being that much more affordable than renting in a new build.

    I don’t know too much about your price range, but a quick scan of for-sale properties shows a lot in the central city sub-$200k:

    http://www.trulia.com/for_sale/Columbus,OH/13_zm/39.934701149636595,39.9966688720691,-83.07937388427735,-82.93071513183594_xy/0-200000_price/map_v

    Of course, that’s without looking at sizes, bedrooms and conditions. Just a quick search.

    A quick scan of sub $1000/mo rentals turns up a lot in the central city too…

    http://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Columbus,OH/13_zm/39.935927269637794,39.9978938811832,-83.07865072021485,-82.92999196777345_xy/0-1000_price/map_v

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    So, from my perspective, renting or buying, if you need more room than a one bedroom but are single, don’t or can’t have roommates, and aren’t making significantly far above median income, you are still in the position of having to rent/buy right at the edge of the hood or in the burbs.

    I’d recommend finding a realtor who might be able to help navigate options since it sounds like you have a very specific set of conditions that you’re filtering things with. I highly recommend talking to Joe Peffer. Really knowledgable guy:

    http://deliciousrealestate.com/columbus-real-estate-agents/

    While I appreciate the searches (and acknowledge you concede not narrowing the search by number of bedrooms available), I did narrow the sub-$1,000 rentals to 2+bedrooms, and that put a big dent into what was available outside more crime-prone areas. And the houses listed…yeah, they are one bedroom for the most part if they are even remotely outside a higher-crime area; when filtered for 2+ bedrooms, unless I want to move into an area where I’m substantially more likely to get mugged or be a victim of burglary, there’s not a lot to choose from. So, if anything, I feel that your searches have inadvertently reinforced my position that there’s not a lot of hope for a single middle class person or a single parent who needs more than one bedroom of finding something that’s not in the hood or the burbs.

    As far as the $99k house on your block, my question would be how much an owner would need to invest in it? If the house would demand $100k in renovations, then we are back at square one in terms of affordability.

    My personal filters aren’t as stringent as they might seem: something reasonably affordable for a single above-average (but not independently wealthy) income in an area with a low rate of assault or burglary that has at least a couple of attractions within walking distance.

    Do keep in mind that I’m not just looking at this through my own eyes or applying my filters, though. Let’s take a hypothetical single mom of two kids, a mom with a slightly above median income job downtown. With housing as it is, she has two choices: live in the burbs and commute (I thought we were all about moving away from that model of living) or live the hood. If the goal is to combat sprawl, the burbs aren’t a good option. That leaves…the hood? A single mom in the hood…nothing could go wrong with the kids being forced to be surrounded by poverty and the culture of poverty. No, I don’t think that’s a good option either, and while I don’t necessarily like rent controls (I understand – perhaps incorrectly – that they cause more problems than they solve), perhaps we could incentivize developers to develop some middle-class high density living closer to the urban core.

    In closing, I’m not trying to be a Debbie-Downer. I genuinely love the revitalization that’s happening in Columbus and – believe it or not – overall I feel that gentrification is a positive force. However, it has to happen smartly, and we can’t achieve smart development by failing to recognize when certain segments are going underserved. Problems are never solved by ignoring them or denying their existence. :-)

    in reply to: The View on Fifth – New Mixed-Use Development in 5xNW #1079193

    Rodgers
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Walker Evans wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div><br>
    My question is: when are we going to start addressing segments outside the 20-somethings living with a group of friends or well-to-do married couples that doesn’t involve financially encouraging them to live somewhere in the vicinity of the outerbelt or having to know someone who can get them a deal?

    A good place to start might be looking at older housing stock and not brand-new buildings. ;)

    Maybe this part of what he said “get thee henceforth to the burbs or the hood of your choosing.” indicates that the quality older housing stock in the better safer neighborhoods in either taken or also too expensive? Especially for someone with a child? Not speaking for him, just sayin’ and all….

    Pretty much nailed it. There’s also the situation where the older housing stock is in a decent neighborhood but needs so much rehab that, overall, it would be an unaffordable choice overall.

    in reply to: The View on Fifth – New Mixed-Use Development in 5xNW #1079190

    Rodgers
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rodgers wrote:</div>
    My question is: when are we going to start addressing segments outside the 20-somethings living with a group of friends or well-to-do married couples that doesn’t involve financially encouraging them to live somewhere in the vicinity of the outerbelt or having to know someone who can get them a deal?

    A good place to start might be looking at older housing stock and not brand-new buildings. ;)

    Almost every place you can rent near downtown that isn’t on campus is a new build (unless, once again, you know somebody that knows somebody that…), so that’s a non-starter, but I suspect you are talking about buying rather than renting when I was speaking of renting. Still, let’s go that route. ;-)

    Where can we find affordable older housing stock near the Columbus city core in a relatively safe, interesting neighborhood? That’s not just a rhetorical question, as I’m in a position to consider buying and have looked recently, and everything that’s near Short North, Grandview, German Village, Clintonville, Olde Towne East, Franklinton, or King Lincoln District that isn’t right on the border with some really bad turf crime-wise doesn’t fall into the category of being that much more affordable than renting in a new build. So, from my perspective, renting or buying, if you need more room than a one bedroom but are single, don’t or can’t have roommates, and aren’t making significantly far above median income, you are still in the position of having to rent/buy right at the edge of the hood or in the burbs. However, I’m definitely open to having my perspective corrected by carefully targeted drops of knowledge. :-)

    in reply to: The View on Fifth – New Mixed-Use Development in 5xNW #1079168

    Rodgers
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    The View on Fifth: Fifth Avenue Studio and One Bedroom $900:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/urbanliving/property/the-view-on-fifth-fifth-avenue-studio-and-one-bedroom/

    The View on Fifth: Fifth Avenue Two Bedroom $1,605:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/urbanliving/property/the-view-on-fifth-fifth-avenue-two-bedroom/

    The View on Fifth: Fifth Avenue Three Bedroom $1,800:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/urbanliving/property/the-view-on-fifth-fifth-avenue-three-bedroom/

    The View on Fifth: Fifth Avenue Four Bedroom $2,925:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/urbanliving/property/the-view-on-fifth-fifth-avenue-four-bedroom/

    I have a dream that one day someone that is single, needs two bedrooms, and doesn’t want a roommate will be able to find affordable housing in a relatively safe, lively neighborhood close to the city core, a Columbus in which they aren’t cast either to the hood or the suburbs…

    All joking aside, if you limit your rent to 25% of what you earn, here’s what you need to make annually to afford these units:

    One bedroom: $43,200 – That’s not awful and pretty close to the median household (not individual) income here in Columbus, but it’s only one bedroom. If you are a single parent or otherwise legitimately need more space, we need to look at the next category…)

    Two bedrooms: $77,040 ($38,520 needed to be earned per room) – That’s quite a leap in income. Sure, it’s not warbucks cash, but it’s also out of reach for most of the people in the metro area…on their own. So if you are that aforementioned single parent or other person in need of two bedrooms whom isn’t quite pulling in that kind of cash (and don’t want or can’t have a roommate), well…get thee henceforth to the burbs or the hood of your choosing.

    Three bedrooms: $86,400 ($28,800 needed to be earned per room) – I see that the curve is flattening a bit here, as the jump isn’t nearly as high as it was moving from one bedroom to two bedrooms. (Also, this is your best deal, if you don’t mind roommates.)

    Four bedrooms: $140,400 ($35,100 needed to be earned per room) – Another large jump, just when I thought the curve was flattening. These are going to either rather well-to do couples or roomies who will split the cost.

    My question is: when are we going to start addressing segments outside the 20-somethings living with a group of friends or well-to-do married couples that doesn’t involve financially encouraging them to live somewhere in the vicinity of the outerbelt or having to know someone who can get them a deal? Are we heading towards being another Austin (which might sound like a good thing, until you check out how much the cost of living has gone up in Austin)?

    in reply to: Jeni's recall #1077372

    Rodgers
    Participant

    Everyone who’s so excited for Jeni’s to be back should read those FDA reports. Absolutely disgusting (like most other food/ice cream companies, you could say).

    At least the rodent droppings were ethically sourced from free-range rodents, so they have that going for them.

    in reply to: Apartment Utility Costs #1075744

    Rodgers
    Participant

    When I move, I’m avoiding all-electric, if possible, because I’ve found that electric heating in the winter is insanely expensive when compared to gas heat. I have a small, two-bedroom apartment that is currently all-electric, and during the coldest months this past winter, my bill peaked at around $280 in one month. When I compare that to what I paid last month, which was about $125…yeah, gas heating would have likely been cheaper in my case.

    Water is included under the lease, so I can’t really comment on that.

    Overall, when you do start shopping, I think a key point is to ask if the utilities are submetered. This is an arrangement where you don’t pay service providers directly but instead, the landlord has a middleman managing utilities, to whom you render payment. In some cases, the landlord might even hold a stake in the submetering company they have contracted to use to manage the utilities on the site. (There’s no potential for that to be abused, is there?) Long story short: submetering is great way for you, the renter, to pay more for utilities than you would if you were dealing directly with utility service providers. So, if you ask if utilities are submetered, and the answer is, “Yes,” cross that property off your list.

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