Where The Weather is Wacky and the Forecasts Don’t Matter

Yes, Comedian/Host Drew Carey knows Ohio weather well I\’ve been in the Midwest long enough to get the joke about Ohio (and other surrounding states) having eleven or twelve seasons rather than the traditional four. This year proved to be no different, starting off with a (way) early Spring in early January, which was quickly displaced by brief spell of Polar Vortex, and then followed … Continue reading Where The Weather is Wacky and the Forecasts Don’t Matter

From Zane’s Trace to Outer Space: A Journey into Muskingum County

An original and somewhat worse-for-wear mileage marker located outside the National Road and Zane Grey Museum in Norwich, OH The long road trip test isn’t always recommended for potential relationship testing, but it will almost always give you a definitive answer about viability of a partnership after a single experience. Our first road trip together covered at least 500 miles over a several day period. … Continue reading From Zane’s Trace to Outer Space: A Journey into Muskingum County

Triple-Hopped: On The Ohio Summer Brewery Prowl

Despite signs of slowing growth, craft breweries are most certainly still a thing. According to an article in USA Today, the craft beer industry surpassed the 7,000 operating breweries by the end of 2018, according to the Brewers Association. Furthermore, the Association expects another thousand or so breweries will join the fray by the end of 2019. And while Ohio may not match the sheer … Continue reading Triple-Hopped: On The Ohio Summer Brewery Prowl

Give Me Broccoli Rabe, or Give Me Death: 48 Hours in Philly

City Center Philadelphia around lunch time, with a Halal Pakistani-owned Halal food carts on the left Granted, I have not visited all the big metro cities on the East Coast yet. But in terms of feel and bustling energy that only a big city has, Philadelphia feels the most like San Francisco to me, with a little more age and space added in, not to … Continue reading Give Me Broccoli Rabe, or Give Me Death: 48 Hours in Philly

Stuck in the Middle With You: Keystone State Travels

As Abe Lincoln famously said, “Go Explore, Young Man” Leaving Pittsburgh and traveling eastward through Pennsylvania, we firmly had several National Parks in our sights as our main destinations. When it comes to the United States, the amount of and virtual age of this history tends to grow as you trek toward the Atlantic Ocean. On this trip, we ended up spanning the historical timeline, … Continue reading Stuck in the Middle With You: Keystone State Travels

Three Days in the Land of Three Rivers

The Point State Park Fountain, located at the confluence of rivers that gave Pittsburgh’s former Three Rivers Stadium its name. Heinz Field, current home of the NFL’s Steelers, lies across the Allegheny River in the background Pittsburgh, like many Midwest cities, finds itself in the long-term quest of reinventing itself A city traditionally known for its bustling steel industry and a blue-collar reputation, Pittsburgh has … Continue reading Three Days in the Land of Three Rivers

The Untimeliest of Sunsets

A sunset can be beautiful, even spectacular. Unless this big blue marble we reside on gets flipped off its orbit by some large celestial object, this planet’s inhabitants can expect this phenomenon to occur at dusk for the foreseeable future. Human beings might wish that sunsets on our life on this earth were equally as timely and regular. But mix in luck and circumstance with … Continue reading The Untimeliest of Sunsets

Two Thousand Miles and Two and a Half Years Later

(This is the original post from The 614ortyNiner Blog started more than 7 years before its evolution into Critical Rice Theory.  If nothing else, it gives you an idea of what the original idea was at the time, but as alluded to in this blog’s introduction post, the thrust behind the original blog no longer exists.) This blog was nearly started two and one-half years … Continue reading Two Thousand Miles and Two and a Half Years Later