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Weekend Review

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After a LONG week of being sick, practicing for an oral argument, and dealing with a blizzard, I was ready for a fun weekend with Ryan.


Practicing for oral argument in the bathroom. Fantastic acoustics.


Clearing a ton of snow off my car during a blizzard on Friday morning,
only to find that classes were canceled for the day.

Unfortunately, with all the snow that we had, my car was completely stuck in my parking space. Half an hour of shoveling later, I was still stuck and Ryan was here. He ended up taking a cab back (~$20 with tip from downtown to Cleveland Heights – not bad considering the mileage) and spent about 40 minutes digging my car out while I heated up his favorite buffalo chicken dip (recipe here) and opened up a bottle of Bordeaux to let it breathe while I hung out upstairs.

So, not only did I get some free-ish labor, I also got my belated Valentine’s Day present.


Tiffany “Bean” bracelet.

(But seriously, I am SO incredibly thankful for the shoveling. If it took him 40 minutes, it probably would have taken me two days.)

The next day, we spent an entire afternoon at Home Depot. Most people probably like to go to the movies for fun, but Home Depot is like a grown-up amusement park for us. A few things we picked up:

1. Paint chips: Martha Stewart “Ladybug” and “Glass of Milk.” Ryan is planning on painting his loft sometime in the near future, and his favorite color is red. After debating between ten shades of red, we settled on this one. I’m surprised we decided on the off-white soon after, because there are SO many more shades of that.

2. Succulents! These cute little guys were sitting on a shelf, and I knew I had to get them because they remind me of home. I chose four that I liked, and Ryan did the planting. Unlike regular cacti, they do need to be watered regularly – hopefully I can keep them alive!

3. Bathroom light fixture. We found one on clearance for $20, similar to the one above, marked down from $90. We actually had to have one of the guys pull it down from the wall display because it was the very last one. It ended up being a great deal because it was exactly what Ryan was looking for, plus the store associate gave us the light bulbs for free. I think it will be a nice addition to Ryan’s bathroom, which needs to be upgraded soon.

4. Makeshift golf weights. Ryan wanted to create two weights for strength training. One is just a heavy pipe with some grip tape to simulate a weighted golf club. This helps to increase swing speed.

Another is a dowel with a rope attached to the middle of the dowel on one side, and a weight attached to the other side. You hold the dowel straight out in front of you and turn it length-wise to roll the weight up. This works out forearm muscles, which are really key for a solid swing.

We also tried out a few new places this weekend. To give you a quick recap:

Table 45 (“cosmopolitan” restaurant and bar) – thumbs down

La Cave du Vin (25th in “Best Beer Bars” on RateBeer.com) – thumbs up

Corky and Lenny’s (new to Ryan, deli famous for its corned beef sandwiches) – thumbs up

I think Ryan is going to make some sort of insane college football prediction for his next post, so stay tuned!

Written by ryanandjocelyn

February 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Seven Wants

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A preliminary note: This list has been generated by me and is germane to me. That is, I’m leaving out all the stuff that anybody would say. For example, there will be no lottery pleas or yearning for the fountain of youth. Also, I’m not going to talk about peace in the Middle East or curing world hunger. Of course I want those things too, but in my opinion this should be fun.

1. A job would be nice. I know, I’m starting small, boring and universal, but right now, I spend more time thinking/worrying about the next few years and my ability to pay my debts than almost anything else. I’m reading the journals and the blogs in my industry, but very few attractive prospects pop up and I’m getting skerrred. Okay. Everything else will be fun.

2. A new Big Dog Mastiff. I really shouldn’t have to explain this. Just look at this thing. It’s just about the most beautiful piece of machinery I’ve ever seen, behind my girlfriend and my nieces.* Big Dog Motorcycles has found a way to sculpt metal into pure magical grace while at the same time retaining the lamest company name in the business.

3. A 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS (Preferably Midnight Blue with White Racing Stripes and Black Vinyl Interior). This is another no-brainer. I know that there are a lot of Ford guys out there that will say, “If you’re gonna put a muscle car on the list from that era it HAS to be the 1964 ‘stang!” Yeah, yeah… I respect the history as much as the next guy and I appreciate the value of breaking new ground, but the ’67 Camaro just catches my eye the right way. Nothing against the Ford lovers or the MOPAR crew, but this is one helluva beautiful piece of Americana.

4. A National Championship for The Ohio State University’s football and men’s basketball teams in the same year. I know, I’m getting pretty greedy with this one, but what the hell; it’s a WISHLIST.

5. A condo in Vail, Colorado. I love to ski. If there were some way that I could ski more frequently, that would make me happy. I’m not talking about needing a giant ski villa, but if someday I can get my family and myself a condo in Vail, Keystone or Breckenridge, I would be a happy camper.

6. A 2009 Harley Davidson FXSTB Night Train in Black Denim. “Two motorcycles on one list?!?” you say? Yeah. What can I tell you? I’m a bit of a gear-head. Plus, a Big Dog Mastiff really isn’t much of a practical bike. It’s more of a weekend cruiser while this Harley is a bike that’s made to be ridden every day.

7. A country club membership in the town where I eventually live. My girlfriend and I are both golfers. We’re pretty much SUPER into it. She’s a little better than I am and thus more competitive about it, but still, we love to get out there and play. Having enough money to be a member of a club where we could play whenever we want would be awesome.

* I asked him if we were really pieces of machinery, and he said yes. -_-“

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February 10, 2011 at 7:48 PM