Old West End Festival 2015

This was the weekend for the Old West End Festival.

Official events include House Tours, The King Wamba Parade, a Juried Art FairEntertainment, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors, OWE Stampede 5k run/walk, Beer Pavillion, Yard Sales, Antique Car Show, and Vendors Alley. The un-official events are front yard grill outs, brunches, porch musicians, street performers, face painting, parties, and curbside local artists to name a few. Come join us this year and enjoy the experience that’s been voted ‘Toledo’s Best Neighborhood’!

I ventured down a little after lunch to visit a friend.  I sat on the stoop and drank beer.  Usually that would seem odd, but in this neighborhood – not so much.  We took a walk, visited some vendors, saw some beautiful houses, met some interesting people, ate some great food, and bought some interesting knick-knacks.

After a few hours, we needed to rest our feet, drink a little, and then out again to the beer garden to see the fire dancers.

Black Cloister Brewing Company & Trivia

pctl-300x300My friends and I started playing organized trivia this week.

Team Snarknado

We’re playing through Sporcle at the Black Cloister Brewing Company, Thursday nights.  Games begin at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

We ended up in third place this week after two games.  This week and next will be “training” events since we are on the downward side for the tournament.



Nerdlesque – T-Town Tassels

Last night I attended Nerdlesque, a night presented by the T-Town Tassels Burlesque Group.

It was a very interesting night – not something I would have seen myself going to in years past, but I’m all about expanding my horizons this year.

It took place at the Collingwood Arts Center, a former college and nunnery turned performing arts center.  Old bones about it, the place has character.

The performers had acts surrounding such “nerd tastic” themes as: Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Pokemon, Star Trek, Nintendo, and Portal.  I was called to the front of the auditorium because of the awesome Tomagatchi tie I chose to wear.

Outdoor Expo – Toledo Metroparks

Today was the Outdoor Adventure Expo put on by the Toledo Metroparks at Secor Park in Maumee.

The expo was “open” from 10am to 4pm and showed off some of the activities the park system sponsored/educated/etc.

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking

There was also a tent from local vendors, showing off and presenting their information.


Wildwood Park – Trail Tour 2015 – Blue and Green Trails

Gray skies are going to clear up, but on a happy face.

When I got to the park this morning, gray skies were all around and I was a little concerned that we may have some rain.  But, in the span of 10 minutes, the clouds dispersed and blue skies and sun for as far as the eyes could see.

We had a sizable group this morning, a lot of new faces.  The meetup group is over 1050 strong at this point.  We walked the blue trail to the green loop and then back onto the blue trail behind the manor house along the river on the boardwalk.  There was a little mud so we didn’t venture onto the yellow trail, but next time we will be sure to walk it.

Pitch Perfect 2 – Review

pitch_perfect_two_ver2Beca: Your sweat smells of cinnamon!

Pitch Perfect 2

This weekend I took a trip with a group of friends to see this movie.  While driving down from Toledo to Cincinnati, we watched the original movie so everyone was caught up for the sequel.

I did get the impression that there were some callbacks to the original movie, and the plot where they had to rediscover “their sound” made sense.  I did like the jokes, and that they were coming quickly.  I felt as though the characters had grown a bit since the last film, and this was a new adventure.  I really enjoyed the music and DAS was a good “villain”.

I’m curious to see if a third movie will be happening and how they are going to handle it.  It seems to be at the end of the film, the Bardon Bellas are down to one member (the new girl).  It would be interesting to see how she handles recruiting and in a leadership roll, or if they follow Fat Amy and Bumper.

I enjoyed the movie, bought the soundtrack the next day and look forward to when it comes out on DVD.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) on IMDb

May contain spoilers…

I went with a group of friends to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to the $1.5 billion movie.

We stopped by Famous Dave’s for a little pre-movie barbecue.

After dinner, we made it to the theater about 30 minutes before showtime.  We were lucky to get seven seats within proximity of one another.  There were three screens showing the movie.  One in 3D, the other in XD sound, and ours.

The original movie is one of my favorite movies.  I think it ties everything together from the separate movies and is a fantastic “team origin” movie that the DC films have failed to do (so far).  This one takes place after the team has trained together and they have a good banter amongst one another.

“Language” – Captain America

I would give this an 8 out of 10.  The original cut was 3-1/2 hours long.  The theatrical cut was 2-1/2 hours.  I’m real curious to see what was cut.  You could tell that there was material cut because a lot of the action scenes seemed to jump about.  And I was curious as to why they made the cuts that they did.  I don’t know if I really needed to see a Black Widow/Hulk love story.  I get it, but it didn’t feel like it needed to be there.

Also – Hawkeye is married with children, and one on the way?  What?!

Hawkeye did play more of the “heart” of the film this time around.  I’ve heard that Jeremy Renner was upset at the last movie where he spent the bulk of the film as a “mind-controlled” and this time around, he stopped the Scarlet Witch from zapping him. He played more of a big brother figure, helping the Scarlet Witch later becoming a hero.

Quicksilver dies?  Didn’t see that coming.

The Vision, interesting origin story.  He seems WAY TOO powerful.  Wondering how he is born of the Soul Gem going to play into the Infinity Gauntlet.

Captain America and Iron Man both added drama for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Thor added background to his new movie.

A Helicarrier is back, so is Nick Fury.  Where’s Coulson?

We have new Avengers: The Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and War Machine.

I really want to see the following Marvel characters show up (in no particular order):  Spider-Man, Black Panther, Daredevil, the Punisher (Tom Hardy?), Doctor Strange, the Wasp, She-Hulk, and Mockingbird.




Toledo Earthquake

Earthquake 2015We had an earthquake in Toledo this afternoon.

USGS recorded a 4.0 with an epicenter in Galesburg, MI, near Kalamazoo, at 12:23 PM.

42.212°N 85.429°W
5.9 km


  1. 2015-05-02 16:23:07 (UTC)
  2. 2015-05-02 12:23:07 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone
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Nearby Cities

  1. 8km (5mi) S of Galesburg, Michigan
  2. 12km (7mi) E of Portage, Michigan
  3. 15km (9mi) SE of Kalamazoo, Michigan
  4. 23km (14mi) WSW of Battle Creek, Michigan
  5. 92km (57mi) SW of Lansing, Michigan

Mudhens vs. Indianapolis Indians

Toledo Mudhens game today.

2:00 p.m. game vs. the Indianapolis Indians.

It was beautiful weather, blue skies, hardly a cloud, the sun shining.  Picked up a new ball cap.  The seats we got were right behind home plate and six rows back.

The beers were cold and the Mudhens played well.

They won 6-0.

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