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Slice of Columbus 2012

In my increasing effort to get out and experience more of the really cool events that my hometown has to offer (Why didn’t I make this my New Year’s Resolution?), I hit up the annual “Slice of Columbus” charity event. The best pizza vendors in the city set up booths, and for $12 it’s all you can eat pizza to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Win-win, right?

I was planning on going last year, but a certain controversial R&B singer was doing a show in Cincinnati, and I attended that instead. This year, I made it to Slice, with my brother, and we feasted y’all!

I discovered a number of new pizza places I’d never heard of. I even solicited recommendations, via Twitter, as to what I should check out. There were 15 vendors on hand, and we all know there’s no way I could fit a minimum of 15 slices of pizza in my stomach. There were 2 places I’d already sampled before, so I skipped them. All in all, my Top 3 were:

1. Little Sicily’s
2. Shirky’s Pizza Zone
3. Romeo’s Pizza

We got to vote on which pizza we thought was the best and for the 4th year in a row, Romeo’s won People’s Choice. I can’t complain. It was delicious. I even think I might be able to talk my Dad into trying it. That’s huge! These pizza places will now be added to a list that includes La Rosa’s, from the Greater Cincinnati area. Whenever I’m down there, I make it a point to stop in and enjoy some pizza pie!

The turnout at Slice of Columbus was fantastic! It was a beautiful day with nothing but blue skies over downtown Columbus. In addition to the pizza, there was a live band playing as well as Dairy Queen desserts and adult beverages. They even had some some activities and rides set of for the kids. Smart!

But I think what surprised me the most was the fact they were handing out large pizza boxes and letting folks go through lines and fill them up! Yes, it was all-you-can-eat, but apparently it was also “all you can fit in this box and carry home!” Seriously, if you’re anywhere near Central Ohio in mid-September, put this event on your list!

Check out some of my pictures below!

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Want to Try and See BalletMet’s Nutcracker This Year

I’ve mentioned, a time or two, that I’ve got a dancing background. To be specific, I’m referring to ballet. I broke my leg, at age 3, falling off a Radio Flyer wagon and had to rehab/re-learn how to walk. The doctors told my parents that I needed to do either gymnastics, ballet, or swimming, in order to make sure that I didn’t develop a limp later in life. I chose ballet, and danced, rather happily, for nearly 10 years at Columbus Ohio’s BalletMet.

I remember trying out for the Nutcracker, when I was a student there, and how exciting it all was! I never got selected for any parts (my mom has her own theory about why I never made the roster, but I won’t get into it. Let’s just say that politics played a part.)

Anywho, I’ve been wanting to catch a showing of the annual Nutcracker production for years now, and haven’t been able to make it! I’m not sure this year is the year for that, but I’m certainly going to try! If not, then definitely next year!

Here’s a snippet of this year’s production press release:

The quintessential holiday event, BalletMet Columbus presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 10-26, 2010 at the historic Ohio Theatre. The production is a special experience for both the young and the young at heart with exciting classical ballet performed by a talented cast of more than 100 professional Company and student dancers, larger-than-life characters, and recorded narration by Sir Roger Moore. Plus, this season’s production will feature new sets and costumes for Act I, the Columbus Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s score live, and Hilliard Davidson Madrigals and the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble singing in select performances. New sets have been designed and built for the Stahlbaum family’s holiday party. And 18 new Snowflake costumes have been constructed by the BalletMet Costume Shop for the snow scene at the end of Act I.

BalletMet’s The Nutcracker has enchanted generations in Central Ohio for more than 30 years and continues to be a centerpiece in Columbus’ holiday festivities. This season’s magical production, conceived by BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles and theater artist Robert Post, features BalletMet’s 25 professional Company dancers, five trainees and 138 Dance Academy student dancers. The Company will present 15 public performances and three Morning at the Ballet shows for school groups. BalletMet will also tour the production to Syracuse, N.Y., for its second engagement with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Shoutout to the Hillard Davidson Madrigals 😉 – my old high school, even though I was an orchestra girl, not a choir girl. It’s all about the arts, baby!

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Local Jingle Ball Leaves Much to be Desired

I’d like to take you back. Way back. Back into time. Remember when radio station Jingle Balls used to be good? I’m talking really loaded lineups full of artists people were dying to see. And in cities other than LA & NY; they still get the headliners. Those days are long gone.

Look what local Columbus (OH) radio station WNCI is advertising for their Jingle Ball this year.

Yay? I remember traveling to Philly for one of these back in the day. I even attended one in St. Louis. With lineups like this, I’ll be staying home!

*sigh*

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10TV Needs to Get Their Priorities Straight

10TV Fail

This wouldn’t happen if this were a live Nascar race. And it certainly wouldn’t be an issue if a Golf tourney were on, but since we’re talking about Grand Slam tennis, it’s become an issue.

The 2010 US Open Men’s Final was rained out yesterday and rescheduled for today at 4PM. I’m sure many local Columbus folks were bummed they had to wait another day, but were glad to see it would air at 4PM on Monday.

So, come 4PM, you turn to CBS/10TV and what do you see? Oprah. Great…

Now, I know this is Oprah’s final season and there’s a lot of hooplah around this premiere, but for her show will be on every. single. weekday. until Spring! The US Open is a once a year event and this is the freaking FINAL!

Where did 10TV put this match? On channel 10.2, which is one of the analog digital channels that you can only get if you’re using a digital tv/converter box or happen to have Insight or WOW cable. Everyone else? You’re SOL. Fair? Hardly.

In the release, which is dated 11:05 AM today, WBNS says the following:

Our digital channel, 10.2, can be seen on WOW and Insight cable. If you don’t have either cable system, call your cable company.

Really, 10TV? Really? The event is TODAY, and you want me to call my cable company? What do you think that’s going to to accomplish? Think they’re just going to flip a switch and immediately all Time Warner Cable customers will suddenly have your channel 10.2? It doesn’t work like that. This is a major, major fail on your part, and will keep me watching NBC4 for my local news fix.

I’m sure many are thinking “why is this chick so angry? She can watch it online, right?” Yes, I can. But that’s not the point. And let me share a story as to why.

Before the Big Ten Network came into existence, 10TV was the local station that aired the vast majority of Ohio State Men’s Basketball games. They came on during primetime and what did 10TV do?

THEY BUMPED ALL THAT HIGHLY RATED CBS PROGRAMMING AND RE-AIRED THEM AFTER MIDNIGHT!

And it wasn’t just once in a while. It was weekly for the duration of the college basketball season. So, here we have a one-time sports program on, 10TV isn’t obliging its local viewers by bumping Oprah. (They’re too scared, I guess) Instead, they’ve relegated this sports program to a channel that a very small percentage of local viewers can even get. (Other local cable providers include AT&T, Time Warner, DirecTV, & I’m sure others) And that, my friends, is bullshit.

When things piss me off, like this, the first thing I do is blog. People are going to know how I feel. That’s why I have a blog.

So, in closing, 10TV, you really need to get your priorities straight. And while you’re at it, kiss my black ass. That is all.

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Registration Open for Columbus Komen Race

I lamented last year about missing the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” 5k here in Columbus. Last year, I didn’t even start the Couch to 5k plan until the month after the race took place.

I hope to be ready this year, and registration is open for the race, taking place on May 16th in downtown C-Bus.

The major obstacle this year will be readiness, but for a different reason. Since I’m currently doing the ChaLEAN Extreme program, that will occupy my workout time until the very beginning of May. That leaves me with just a couple of weeks to get up-to-speed; pun intended.

I’m not so sure about doubling up the CE workouts with a refresher c25k course in order to be ready. I don’t want to overdo things and risk an injury. But at the same time, I should be in tip top shape; just not running shape. I wonder if it’s even going to make that much of a difference.

Local station 10TV’s Commit to be Fit 5k race is May 2 downtown. I’m thinking I might do that just to gauge my fitness and then I can decide how to train for the next couple of weeks leading up to the Komen Race on the 16th. I like to be ready on race day!

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