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Long Time No See!

Well, well, well! It sure has been a while! Like A LONG TIME! I’ve been so busy living life that I haven’t been writing about it! So let’s play catch up! We’re gonna move fast, so try to keep up!

Sun 1/13: Purple stuff

Teresa and I took a trip to Jungle Jim’s to pick up some some exotic food items. I picked up a can of “Purple Stuff” which proclaimed itself to be a “relaxation drink”. It tasted like sprite with a bit of rose flavor.

Mon 1/14: Lost Cities

One of my new favorite board games. Mostly cause I am awesome at it.

Tues 1/15: Turkish Delights

Was expecting them to be chocolate-y. Neither myself, nor anyone I worked with liked them all that much. Edmund is a moron.

Weds 1/16: Voluntary dentist appointment

I’ve got a couple secret cavities and a dead tooth that needs pulled. Hooray!

Thurs 1/17: Sugar Cane

I chewed on some raw sugar cane. It was delicious but a crap to n of work. It was, however, the sweetest thing I ever tasted.

Fri 1/18: Squid flavored peanut treats

Really wasn’t expecting the squid flavor. The packaging was all in Japanese and I just thought the squid cartoon was just a fun mascot. Teresa and I found them to be very tasty! Just a hint of squid on the first smell and then a salty, peanut-ty flavor.

Sat 1/19: Chocolate covered ants

I was very disappointed in these. They weren’t disgusting, just the opposite! Aside from a tiny pop here or there, you couldn’t even tell there was anything in the chocolates.

Sun 1/20: Kangaroo jerky

This is my new favorite jerky! I’m not sure what Kangaroo really tastes like, but jerked kangaroo is delicious.

Mon 1/21: Freud’s last session

Went to see this play at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. It’s based on a real conversation between Freud and C.S. Lewis about the existence of God. Thought provoking and very well acted. Plus, the set was beautiful. 

Tues 1/22: New scam

I got taken by a new scam today. While parked at a gas pump, the woman at the gas pump next to me said she just needed a few dollars to get gas to get to work to pick up her paycheck. Feeling altruistic, I handed her a five dollar bill and returned to pumping gas She then got into her car and drove away. A very elaborate way to make $5.

Weds. 1/23: Symphony

Went to the Cincinnati Symphony today to watch my friends Maggie and Charlie perform scenes from Romeo and Juliet while being accompanied by the symphony. It was awesome!

Thurs. 1/24: Resurrect Dead

Teresa and I watched a documentary about the Toynbee Tiles called Resurrect Dead. An incredible story, I highly recommend it.

Friday 1/25: Man Up: 367 Classic Skills for the modern guy

A book I downloaded from Amazon. Some really interesting skills and tidbits I didn’t know! Including, how to shine shoes correctly.

Sat 1/26. Ugly Americans

This cartoon was not at all what I expected! It’s raunchy and weird. It’s also really hilarious! I couldn’t stop watching and I highly recommend it.

Sun 1/27: Kent Rader

Self-described as “America’s cleanest comedian”. As many of you may know, I am not the cleanest minded person. I like my jokes like I like my martinis, DIRTY. That said, Kent was hilarious! He performed at CSC, and we were rolling in the aisles.

Mon 1/28: Doctors appt./Graphic novels

I went to a new doctor, who I LOVE! She was awesome and gave me lots of good advice. My blood work was not so awesome. I’ve got a couple vitamin issues to fix and it’s time to start paying attention to my cholesterol. To reward myself, I bought Batman Earth One and The Sandman Vol. One.

Tues 1/29: Vinyl Night

Went to H.D. Beans with the Dubin’s and it turned out to be “Vinyl Night”. Luckily, it wasn’t some weird sex thing. People had brought albums and were taking turns playing their favorite tracks. It turned out to be awesome and we got to hear some really cool music!

Wed 1/30: The Artist

Yep, it took me this long to see it. I watched it with some guy friends and we were all blown away. This movie is amazing! I wouldn’t recommend you watch it by yourself though. I imagine it would be really trippy.

Thurs 1/31: Fire Safety

At the theatre, we have been having been learning a lot about fire safety thanks to frequent visits from the fire inspectors. So today, I buckled down and studied up on fire safety. I read the Cincinnati Fire Code and I did hours of research on the web. I am now an amateur fire expert!

Fri 2/1: The Sandman

Long story short, this graphic novel is amazing. Read it.

Sat 2/2: Igby’s

While visiting Arnold’s (the best and oldest bar in Cincinnati), my friend Zach said he was gonna run over and say hi to some friends at a bar named Igby’s. So, I said I’d walk over with him and check it out. It says a lot about a bar when you have a bouncer outside and a cop standing inside. The place was packed. I was there for 3 minutes. During which time, a guy tried to pick a fight with me and another guys covertly pinched a girls butt in such a way as to make it seem like I did it. It was more or less a bar you find in the movie Porky’s only with more cologne and collared shirts.

That does it for today! I promise to be caught up by the end of the weekend! Stay tuned!

Holiday Wrap Up part 2

Tues. Jan. 1st: 13: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious Superstition (Book). Did you know that if thirteen people sit down to a table ONE OF THEM WILL DIE. Possibly before the end of the meal. Also, you should research the “Thirteen Club” it sounds really awesome.

Wed. Jan. 2nd: I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang straight through. I don’t know if I have ever seen the end of it before. It is an insane movie.

Thurs. Jan. 3rd: Maria Bamford: Plan B. Maria is one of my favorite comedians, and also super nice. Check out her one person show, it’s hilarious.

Fri. Jan. 4th: Alice Cooper. I’ve never listened to an Alice Cooper album before so I listened to his “best of”. I was shocked by how few songs I recognized. They were good, but not really my tastes.

Mon. Jan. 7th: Ted Talks. Teresa and I watched a couple of these, they’re are very funny and smart!

Tues. Jan. 8th: Walk the Moon. I downloaded their album and then I fell in love with it! I have listened to this album straight through 20 times since.

Weds. Jan. 9th: Ke$ha: Warrior. Yeah, I’m not above it. I love Ke$ha. My future in law bought be this album for Christmas. It is awesome! Don’t you judge me.

Thurs. Jan. 10th: The Art of Manliness. Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. Every man should read this book. It is both really practical and cleverly written! Check it out.

Fri. Jan. 11th: Sea Urchin Roe. Every time CincyShakes opens a show, Teresa and I go out to dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant Ichiban. Our waitress recommended the Sea Urchin roe and she was right!

Sat. Jan. 12th: Safety Razor. Having read The Art of Manliness, I decided to shave with a safety razor. This may sound like some kind of disposable razor, but look it up. I don’t usually go with the whole idea of something being “manly”. But this is, and I am manlier than you because I do it, and you don’t.

Stay tuned for part 3!

Hey there stranger!

Oh hello! Been a while, I know. How were your holidays? Good, good. What have I been up to? I’ll tell you!

Wed. Dec. 19th: I watched a remarkably interesting documentary called “After Porn Ends”. It chronicles the lives of porn stars before, during and after their careers. It’s on Netflix and I highly recommend it. Warning, there is occasional nudity. Also, there are parts that are down right heart breaking.

Thurs. Dec. 20th: Watched a documentary called “Happy” about what makes humans happy, also on Netflix. It’s good, watch it if you like that kind of thing.

Fri. Dec. 21st: I found my new haircut home! It’s a salon in Knickers XY in Cincinnati. The woman who cut my hair was awesome and the environment was very manly and professional. Not only did she do a good job, but she was reasonably priced, very knowledgeable and we held a steady conversation the whole time. I left feeling very handsome and satisfied. If you’re in the market and in Cincinnati, tell them I sent you.

Sat. Dec. 22nd: My friends and I had a bar crawl night and I tried a “Colorado Bulldog”. It’s like a White Russian only you add cola. It was delicious. I also had a drink called “Pig in the City” with bacon and maple syrup in it.

Sun. Dec. 23rd: Teresa and I spent the evening learning the basics of various cooking techniques for “How to Cook Everything”.

Mon. Dec. 24th: Teresa listened to Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants” as we drove home for Christmas. It was heeeeee-larious. It’s also a great insight into the entertainment from a woman’s point of view.

Tues. Dec. 25th: After a lot of trial and error, I learned how to deep fry chocolate: you have to freeze it for 3 hours or so first.

Wed. Dec. 26th: Griffin took us to the Backyard Grille in Huntington. Our friend Drew opened the restaurant not too long ago and the food is amazing. Best wood-fired pizza I’ve ever had. Hands down.

Thurs. Dec. 27th: Went to Nicholson’s in Cincinnati and had Pork Butter. It is what is left over from rendering lard and then blended with Olive Oil and stuff. It’s awesome. Like melt in your mouth pure pork flavor.

Fri. Dec. 28th: While he was in town, Griffin introduced us to Bob’s Burgers. I then proceeded to watch every episode of the first season in one day.

Sat. Dec. 29th: On Teresa’s urging, I began using my iPad to learn Italian. It is difficult to practice Italian with out making your S.O. giggle.

Sun. Dec. 30th: After listening to Bossy Pants again, I realized that Tina Fey is my new hero. Now I want to write for SNL. Like, for real.

Mon. Dec. 31st: Before beginning our New Years festivities, my friends and I went to a bar/coffee shop called H.D. Beans. It is a really cool place with a really terrifying basement. It looks like the devil lives there.

Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2 of my holiday wrap up!

To prepare for the impending Mayan apocalypse, I attempted to watch a couple documentaries on the subject. I say attempt because I was only able to get about half way though each one before having to try the next. They are, quite possibly, the worst documentaries I have ever seen. They are chock to the brim with psuedoscience and gibberish explanations. They fail to ever actually offer an explanation and instead rely on scary stock footage and computer graphics of solar flares.
After 3 different documentaries I was left with the same feeling I had before I started. There is just as good a chance that the world will end today or Saturday as there is that it will end on the 21st. Mankind will end someday, but I think we are foolish to think that we can predict when.
Plus, if you keep predicting that the world when the world will end eventually you will be correct. Frankly, that proves nothing. Enjoy the time you have left and be sure that IF something happens, you regret nothing.

To prepare for the impending Mayan apocalypse, I attempted to watch a couple documentaries on the subject. I say attempt because I was only able to get about half way though each one before having to try the next. They are, quite possibly, the worst documentaries I have ever seen. They are chock to the brim with psuedoscience and gibberish explanations. They fail to ever actually offer an explanation and instead rely on scary stock footage and computer graphics of solar flares.

After 3 different documentaries I was left with the same feeling I had before I started. There is just as good a chance that the world will end today or Saturday as there is that it will end on the 21st. Mankind will end someday, but I think we are foolish to think that we can predict when.

Plus, if you keep predicting that the world when the world will end eventually you will be correct. Frankly, that proves nothing. Enjoy the time you have left and be sure that IF something happens, you regret nothing.

On the recommendation of a friend, I watched Zeitgeist the movie. It is more or less a conspiracy theory movie that looks at Christianity, 9/11 and Banks. On the positive, it is really well written, well edited and very thought provoking.
On the negative, it is full of lies. I am not saying that as a knee jerk reaction or because it upset me, I am saying that because I did independent research while I was watching. I am not saying that every claim made in the movie is untrue, but I couldn’t find support for any of the shocking statements the movie made that I looked up.
This is, I feel, a shame. I believe that there are probably some amazing revelations through out the movie, but how is one supposed to know which are true and which aren’t?
Also, it is bad science to make a claim and then pick and choose evidence that supports it and ignore anything that refutes it.
It is a very interesting movie, but I don’t really know that I would recommend it to anyone unless they were in the right frame of mind.

On the recommendation of a friend, I watched Zeitgeist the movie. It is more or less a conspiracy theory movie that looks at Christianity, 9/11 and Banks. On the positive, it is really well written, well edited and very thought provoking.

On the negative, it is full of lies. I am not saying that as a knee jerk reaction or because it upset me, I am saying that because I did independent research while I was watching. I am not saying that every claim made in the movie is untrue, but I couldn’t find support for any of the shocking statements the movie made that I looked up.

This is, I feel, a shame. I believe that there are probably some amazing revelations through out the movie, but how is one supposed to know which are true and which aren’t?

Also, it is bad science to make a claim and then pick and choose evidence that supports it and ignore anything that refutes it.

It is a very interesting movie, but I don’t really know that I would recommend it to anyone unless they were in the right frame of mind.

Are you my Jesus?

I had a really intense conversation Sunday night about religion and Jesus. It started off from one question from my friend about how her 4 year old son had started asking about who Jesus was. It was great! I was able to be really honest with them and myself about where I’m at as far as religion is concerned.

However, I’m going to keep it to myself because I don’t want it to be a point of contention between me and anyone. It is my personal views and not something that I want to throw around just to start arguments.

Hugs and Kisses,

Travis

Oh, hello magi!
On Saturday night, I slew a dragon! Yon electronic dragon did best me many a time, but I refused to be defeated by the scoundrel!
So, basically, I went with my brother Justin and his little sister-in-law Rileigh to MagiQuest at our local Great Wolf Lodge. If you don’t know anything about it, it is AWESOME! It’s a fully interactive adventure game spread through out the hotel. Google it and find out all about it.
Unfortunately, it is mostly for kids and I fear that if I were to visit without my little sister-in-law in tow then I would probably be viewed as a “weirdo”. So, we began the quest to defeat the red dragon and gosh was it fun. Until I actually got to the fight itself. That dragon kicked my ass about 8 times. Even better, I had a line of little kids standing next to the battle area screaming at me all the things I was doing wrong. Even more frustrating, the little turds were right.
Finally, I succeeded in defeating the dragon and I’d be lying to you if I said it didn’t mean anything. It made me feel pretty bad ass. I came away pretty elated. If you get a chance to play, don’t let the fact that it’s “for kids” stop you. You know, as long as you have a kid with you.

Oh, hello magi!

On Saturday night, I slew a dragon! Yon electronic dragon did best me many a time, but I refused to be defeated by the scoundrel!

So, basically, I went with my brother Justin and his little sister-in-law Rileigh to MagiQuest at our local Great Wolf Lodge. If you don’t know anything about it, it is AWESOME! It’s a fully interactive adventure game spread through out the hotel. Google it and find out all about it.

Unfortunately, it is mostly for kids and I fear that if I were to visit without my little sister-in-law in tow then I would probably be viewed as a “weirdo”. So, we began the quest to defeat the red dragon and gosh was it fun. Until I actually got to the fight itself. That dragon kicked my ass about 8 times. Even better, I had a line of little kids standing next to the battle area screaming at me all the things I was doing wrong. Even more frustrating, the little turds were right.

Finally, I succeeded in defeating the dragon and I’d be lying to you if I said it didn’t mean anything. It made me feel pretty bad ass. I came away pretty elated. If you get a chance to play, don’t let the fact that it’s “for kids” stop you. You know, as long as you have a kid with you.

Friday night, I went out with some people and did two things: I made new friends and I wingman-ed for two people at the same time. The new friends, John and Chris are great guys. They’re friends with my friend Zach and they do film work. They are hilarious and it was great hanging out with them.

The double wingmanning started really well I thought. I started a conversation between two women and two friends that were with us. They talked for about two hours and even came with us to a second bar. They seemed like very nice girls, but after accepting a bunch of drinks and joining us at a second bar they shot my friends down with out even a phone number.

But all in all, It was a great night and I think all my friends ended up having a great time!

I was at work today and asked aloud: “What new thing should I do today?”
My friend Kelly asked “Have you ever washed your hair with beer?”
"Excuse me?"
"It’s an old school trick for washing your hair. You should do that. And a hair mask. And a facial mask."
And so that’s what I did! I stopped my the local Walgreen’s and picked up some supplies.
1. Vo5 Hot oil treatment
OK, first off, at MOST you could call this warm oil treatment. You heat it by floating it in a cup of warm water for goodness sake. Also, if it runs down your face, don’t let it get in your mouth.  It tastes awful. You’re supposed to leave it in your hair for only a minute which is really difficult to gauge with out a clock or anything. It is also difficult to be sure whether or not you’ve rinsed it completely.
Result: Hair felt oily, not really sure how this one helped.
2. Mane and Tail Shampoo
Michael Bradbury used to swear by this one and maybe he still does. From what I understand, it’s supposed to make your hair strong and help it grow faster. However, I might be making that up. That said, it made my hair feel awesome! And for horse shampoo, it smelled great!
Result: My hair was silky smooth and horse-erific!
3. Beer
If you learn nothing else from me, if you dump a beer on your head DON’T USE COLD BEER! I had let it sit out and open for a couple hours to let it flatten out, but it was still WAY colder than the shower water. It also smelled so strongly, I was getting drunk off the fumes. Which explains why, when I searched “how to wash your hair with beer”, all the pictures showed someone doing it over a sink and not an enclosed shower. I started to worry that it would leave me smelling like a brewery, but it washed out pretty cleanly.
Result: God help me, my hair felt awesome! Possibly because it was drunk.
4. Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask
I always hate when directions tell you to “use generously”. First, it seems like a way to get people to use up the product faster. Secondly, what does that mean? A healthy scoop? A hand full? Half the jar? However, the stuff smelled AMAZING! It was the kind of thing you put in and leave for 10 minutes. So, while I waited, I did a body wash/loofa routine. Then I washed the stuff out.
Result: My hair was surely the hair of the gods. You could run your hand through and mistake it for the breeze.
5. Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask
I have done a clay mask before, but never a peel off one. Also, the clay mask was minty and had sulfur in it which irritated my skin so I thought I’d try this version. When I squeezed it out on my palm, I was surprised to find that it was clear. I also couldn’t find anything on the package about beards, so I decided to be safe and not risk it. It took a little while to dry so I did a full-body lotion-ing. Which, let’s be honest, made me feel very beautiful and sexy. Over all, the whole routine start to finish made me feel attractive. No jokes and its not about masculine or feminine. It just made me feel good about myself. Then I peeled off the mask and it was like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The kind where I guy looks in a mirror and notices something strange on his face. He starts picking at it and before long, he’s peeling his face off.
Result: Surely, I had achieved a level few people even dream about. I was unable to judge my beauty in the mirror because I was simply shining too bright.

I was at work today and asked aloud: “What new thing should I do today?”

My friend Kelly asked “Have you ever washed your hair with beer?”

"Excuse me?"

"It’s an old school trick for washing your hair. You should do that. And a hair mask. And a facial mask."

And so that’s what I did! I stopped my the local Walgreen’s and picked up some supplies.

1. Vo5 Hot oil treatment

OK, first off, at MOST you could call this warm oil treatment. You heat it by floating it in a cup of warm water for goodness sake. Also, if it runs down your face, don’t let it get in your mouth.  It tastes awful. You’re supposed to leave it in your hair for only a minute which is really difficult to gauge with out a clock or anything. It is also difficult to be sure whether or not you’ve rinsed it completely.

Result: Hair felt oily, not really sure how this one helped.

2. Mane and Tail Shampoo

Michael Bradbury used to swear by this one and maybe he still does. From what I understand, it’s supposed to make your hair strong and help it grow faster. However, I might be making that up. That said, it made my hair feel awesome! And for horse shampoo, it smelled great!

Result: My hair was silky smooth and horse-erific!

3. Beer

If you learn nothing else from me, if you dump a beer on your head DON’T USE COLD BEER! I had let it sit out and open for a couple hours to let it flatten out, but it was still WAY colder than the shower water. It also smelled so strongly, I was getting drunk off the fumes. Which explains why, when I searched “how to wash your hair with beer”, all the pictures showed someone doing it over a sink and not an enclosed shower. I started to worry that it would leave me smelling like a brewery, but it washed out pretty cleanly.

Result: God help me, my hair felt awesome! Possibly because it was drunk.

4. Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask

I always hate when directions tell you to “use generously”. First, it seems like a way to get people to use up the product faster. Secondly, what does that mean? A healthy scoop? A hand full? Half the jar? However, the stuff smelled AMAZING! It was the kind of thing you put in and leave for 10 minutes. So, while I waited, I did a body wash/loofa routine. Then I washed the stuff out.

Result: My hair was surely the hair of the gods. You could run your hand through and mistake it for the breeze.

5. Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask

I have done a clay mask before, but never a peel off one. Also, the clay mask was minty and had sulfur in it which irritated my skin so I thought I’d try this version. When I squeezed it out on my palm, I was surprised to find that it was clear. I also couldn’t find anything on the package about beards, so I decided to be safe and not risk it. It took a little while to dry so I did a full-body lotion-ing. Which, let’s be honest, made me feel very beautiful and sexy. Over all, the whole routine start to finish made me feel attractive. No jokes and its not about masculine or feminine. It just made me feel good about myself. Then I peeled off the mask and it was like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The kind where I guy looks in a mirror and notices something strange on his face. He starts picking at it and before long, he’s peeling his face off.

Result: Surely, I had achieved a level few people even dream about. I was unable to judge my beauty in the mirror because I was simply shining too bright.

Don’t worry baby, it’s just crepes…

There’s a restaurant in down town Cincinnati called It’s Just Crepes. They specialize, as you might imagine, in crepes loaded up with ingredients. I’ve never been before, but yesterday my friend Alice and I were looking for a place for lunch and ended up there. I ordered two, because… well, that’s what I normally do when I go to a restaurant. I ordered a spinach and artichoke with turkey and an “Elvis” (banana and peanut butter). The first was very good and incredibly filling. The second was pure heaven.

I don’t think it’s a chain, but if it is you should check it out. If it’s not, you should come visit Cincinnati. They have a varied menu, and plenty of options in both the savory and the sweet categories. It was so good, I stopped by again this morning and got breakfast. Also, another Elvis.