Update Part Deux

18 Oct

I actually just returned from a five-day conference in Cincinnati.  I have been to Cleveland – and not to knock it -but Cincy rocks.  We stayed downtown in the Hilton Netherland where everything is within walking distance.  If you are bored and have nothing to do, just walk to the square and have lunch or watch sports on a giant screen. Almost everyone was wearing a Bengals or Reds outfit because the two teams were playing the same weekend we arrived.  We enjoyed ice cream from Graeters, only because my boss insisted and because Oprah apparently loooooves the place.  (I see Oprah now has a big white male following).

Dining in downtown cincy is such an adventure.  We steered clear of the Brazilian Steakhouse where each person could have easily spent $80 and eventually dined at a really great seafood place called McCormick and Schmicks.  We also ate at a steak and ribs place called The Waterfront, that was located at – well – the waterfront.  (Any wonder I gained 5 pounds?)

We visited the museum of modern art…also known as the tidiest garage sale I have ever seen.  I could not understand what most of the pieces meant.  Take this Ernsto Neto thing for instance…balloons that looked like giant condoms or penises.  I almost wanted to yell out to our group, “okay, whip em out boys, let’s see if your shape and size is represented.”

It was not until someone pointed out to me that some of the art was supposed to signify HOMELESSNESS that a bunch of stacked cardboard boxes started to make sense to me.  Someone actually took a piece of cardbox and framed it.  Framed IT!  Whatever happened to real art? Shooooot…in that case, I think I can also call myself an artist.  After all, I drew mickey mouse’s face with my toothpaste this morning.  In my opinion, Modern Art = Crap.  Yeah, I said it. Seems like our generation lacks creativity and imagination.

Anyhue – we visited the Newport Aquarium which was just over the river in Kentucky – where I finally found NEMO!

And a new friend found me…

It was nice but I think the Georgia Aquarium wins hands down.   We have Beluga whales and bigger sharks….he he he…

I got bored and wandered off into the shopping center where I browsed through an art gallery and discovered Sadie Collins’ work. That woman is such an wonderful photographer.   I found myself in a Sports Memorabilia shop and got Turtle a Giants freezable pint glass.  Now he can have his warm beer chilled to perfection while watching a Giants game. After that I headed to Hofbrauhaus, a German pub where the rest of the conference folks were hanging out.  I heard there is one in Munich as well.  Germans know how to party, I tell you. Oh, good times!

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25 Responses to “Update Part Deux”

  1. taynement October 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    The best friend lives in Cinci. Graeters is over rated if I may say so myself. The usually long line of people may disagree with me sha.

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

      I wanted to try the coconut ice cream but they were out. Out! Imagine…

  2. Mamuje October 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    If you decide to visit Germany for the Ocktoberfest..please take me with you 🙂

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

      he he he…
      my co-workers sent a text to my boss who left a day before we did:
      “We upgraded our rooms, ordered room service. By the way LL is in jail and we are rustling up bail money.”
      Are you sure you wanna STILL go to Oktoberfest with me?

  3. Nice Anon October 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Repping with the pint! Cool

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

      Oh yeah.
      Actually, I think that is a Litre. Yikes….another reason I gained 5 pounds.

  4. Joxy October 19, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    Nice to see (read) you having fun. Take care of you girl.

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

      Thanks dear.

  5. anoda phase October 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    lol @ drawing mickey mouse with your toothpaste…I agree with you to some extent that many of the so-called modern art are just pure crap…imagine framing a piece of cardboard and calling it art…hmph!

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

      You should have seem some of the juvenile crap they had on display…give me good old-fashioned paintings anyday.

  6. Ms.O October 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Aww sounds like y’all are having fun

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

      Oh yes we did. And company footed the bill. Yay for professional development.

  7. nogoblogs October 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    ROFL
    Loved the condoms kind of pretty… 🙂
    The ribs look soo good. Could do with some of that right about now… *Sigh

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

      Pretty Condoms.
      Bad sign.
      Good times?

  8. mpb October 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    You came to my hood!
    Wish I had met you in Cincy 🙂
    I do like the city and I am still discovering lots of cool places.

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

      Oh no! Too bad…we could have had dinner somewhere.

  9. Ginger October 20, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Modern art is over-rated jare. Did you ever see that artist who photographed her bed on a bad day? The pix is worth tens of thousands. Shuo! Good to see you’re having fun.

    • lucidlilith October 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

      abeg gimme the name of the artist …maybe I can send her shots of my own bed…lol.

  10. Myne Whitman October 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    That was one giant glass of beer, lol…That sounded like a lot of fun. I have heard a lot about the Georgia aquarium. Next time, let’s see your face..

    • lucidlilith October 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

      he he he…no….I can’t show my face oh.

  11. Caramel Delight October 22, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    LOL @ your colleage’s email! Too funny.

    • lucidlilith October 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

      The thing is that our boss did not reply – highly unusual. I think for a moment, he actually panicked.

  12. Reverence October 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    yes! modern art is crap! the museum here has this “exhibition” its pretty much a runner with candy arranged on it. not just any candy…remember the “sweet” from naija days? (the ones with the clear wrap usually some really bright color) the good part of it, you are allowed to take one as you leave. Smh!

    btw, i tried the bacon wrapped tilapia, loved it and so did my “guinea pigs” its going in my recipe box!

    • lucidlilith October 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

      Aww … am so glad you like it!

  13. Adanne November 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    You came around my way!

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