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June, 2014, Hodge-Podge   Leave a comment

My whole family did Ride Cincinnati!
62 miles at @Ride_Cincinnati, the last 10 with my favorite team #WeNeedJerseys #selfie #cycling

Lunchtime writing.
Lunch break with @eatfusian, @retro1951, and @LT1917NYC. #foodcatspens #mechanicalpencil

On a ride, we came across a turtle, which we held across the road. Of course, not before taking a #shellfie.
45 miles Helping a turtle. #shelltie

Map of my Buckeye Bridge Ride.

Hard to believe they are littermates.
Birdwatchers. Hard to believe they're littermates. #cats #catsofinstagram #foodcatspens

Posted 2014-06-30 by Mr. Guilt in Hodge-Podge

94.15 miles. Finished! #wp   Leave a comment

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Posted 2014-06-28 by Mr. Guilt in Uncategorized

82.93 miles Buckeye Bridge Ride Geetinj Bridge #wp   Leave a comment

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75.5 miles Buckeye Bridge Ride Warnke bridge #wp   Leave a comment

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52.39 miles Buckeye Bridge Ride Brubaker Bridge #wp   Leave a comment

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27.49 miles Buckeye Bridge Ride Hueston Woods Bridge #wp   Leave a comment

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17.94 miles Buckeye Bridge Ride Harshman Bridge #wp   Leave a comment

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3.03 Miles Buckeye Bridge Ride First Bridge #wp   Leave a comment

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Posted 2014-06-28 by Mr. Guilt in Uncategorized

Pelikan Hub Cincinnati   3 comments

Pelikan Hub Cincinnati

Pelikan, a German manufacturer of fountain pens, has been making a strong push in social media. Primarily, this has been on Facebook and Instagram. They really do seem committed to reaching out to their fans.

A couple months ago, they announced Pelikan Hubs, an in-real-life meet-up of Pelikan fans. The idea was that, on Friday, June 13, fans would meet up at a designated spot at 7:30 PM local time. There, they would talk about pens, post with the #PelikanHubs hashtag, and generally have a good time. At the initial announcement, they were determining where the Hubs would take place. I signed up, unsure if we’d have one in Cincinnati.

They sent a note out saying that Cincinnati was chosen–one of thirteen cities in the United States to host a Hub. A week later, I got an email–they needed a “Hub Master” to run the hub. The duties were fairly light: select a location, and distribute goodies sent by Pelikan. I made a mental note to talk to my wife about it, to confirm I could commit to that. Over the weekend, I had forgotten about it, but a second email came that Monday.

Perhaps I should have taken that as a bad sign.


Regardless, I agreed, and worked with Pelikan to select a location, and get the word out to the half-dozen Queen City citizens who signed up. I chose one of the larger Starbucks in town, near an Interstate exit, figuring it’d make it relatively convenient for the attendees. Packages and emails were exchanged with Germany. I found my pelican beanie baby to be our mascot (as well as a way to identify me in a crowd). We were set.

The freebies were some post cards, along with a “shiny green” notebook, meant to match their new “shiney green” M205 Duo fountain pen highlighter–I have the original yellow version. The notebook is actually quite nice–a leather-like cover on cork backing hold two spiral notebooks: one of plain paper; the other, graph. The paper is good for fountain pens, with mild show-through.
Shiney Green Notebook

Off to the HubI was good–I kept my notebook sealed until the Thirteenth. On that day, I drove to the Starbucks with the box of goodies and my pelican. I ordered a drink then set up at a table for six. The place was empty, save for a couple of Xavier University students.

Unfortunately, no one showed. I watched patrons as they came in, trying to decide if they were one of my Hub-folks. I generally figured if they weren’t wearing something that could hold pens, they weren’t it. However, after forty minutes, I gave up.

Other hubs seemed to go well, with dinners, give-aways, and other happenings. It was a bit of a bummer that my Hub at an attendance of one. Still, it was quite neat for Pelikan to reach out to their fans and try to connect them in this fashion.

Posted 2014-06-19 by Mr. Guilt in Cincinnati, Fountain Pens

Bouncy Snow Leopard   Leave a comment

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund sponsored Learning is Cool. Cincinnati Public School students who were on the “A” honor role twice were invited to an evening at the zoo, and receive a medal, given by members of a local sports team. Once again, my daughter was on the “A” honor role four times. Of course we would go to the zoo!

John the lion has a new pal, Imani.
John and Hiding Imani

She’s pretty!
Imani

John must think so, too, as he’s trying to look his best.
John's Bath

They do make a cute couple.
John and Imani

Nearby cheetahs were looking like bookends. No runs were scheduled that evening.
Cheetah Bookends

Gizmo, an African white-faced owl, was out. We saw him before. He’s quite cute.
Gizmo!

A red panda was in the tree, grooming.
Firefox Bath

One of the Malayan tigers was demonstrating his camouflage in the tall grass.
Tiger in the Grass

A cougar was relaxing in a less-than-camouflaged fashion.
Lazy Cougar

The highlight for me was Nubo and Renji.
Handsome Nubo

The snow leopard duo were bouncing off the walls!
Bouncing Off the Walls

Who says cheetahs are the only cats who can sprint.
Who Says Cheetahs are the Only Sprinters?

We got to see a baby flamingo.
Flamingo Baby

Later, they paraded by.
Flamingo Parade

Before we left, we said “hi” to Louisiana girl Sayia.
Seyia

It was an enjoyable evening at the zoo.

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