Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day morning from Northside…

Later this afternoon, we headed out to Geri’s house for a Fourth of July BBQ. On the way out to the burbs, we stopped at a Walgreens in West Chester. And inside Walgreens, we found a floor stand I designed for Venus featuring Four-Time World Surfing Champion & US Olympic hopeful, Carissa Moore

The floor stand really looked terrific. And the next wave of my Venus displays featuring Carissa Moore are going to be arriving in stores very soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for them. It’s always neat when you see your designs come to life out in the real world. Pretty neat stuff!

When we got to Geri’s house, we grilled up a whole bunch of goodness…

YUM! Stuff always tastes so good on the grill even though I left the burgers on the grill a little too long. You can’t beat a Fourth of July cookout.

And then we were back home. Good evening from Northside…

As we settled in for the evening, we got ready to watch some fireworks from our third-floor bedroom window WyzeCam. We’ve been hearing fireworks around us every night for the last two weeks. So we were expecting quite the show tonight…

And we weren’t disappointed…

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are all the little videos I captured combined into one long video…

 

And then the fireworks we could see out of our windows were done. We could hear all sorts of fireworks going off all around our house until very early in the morning. We just couldn’t see them.

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. 😀🇺🇸❤️

A Celebration of Freedom.

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the formal end of slavery across the United States. Today is a day long-celebrated by African American communities and citizens across the nation known as Juneteenth.

Maybe you’re already familiar with Juneteenth. Maybe you’re not. Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is widely considered to be African-Americans’ independence day. It’s a holiday in 47 states and the District of Columbia. But it’s still not a federally recognized national holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates the reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, Texas was the most remote Confederate slave state with a low presence of Union troops. Enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.

In the wake of nationwide protests, sparked by the death of George Floyd three weeks ago, the date has taken on added meaning. Groups have also called for the day to be recognized as a federal holiday, with New York and Virginia proposing to make it a paid day off for state employees.

This year as businesses examine their policies and social responsibility to combat systemic racism, Juneteenth is looking a bit different. A number of companies have made today a paid holiday. Video game maker Electronic Arts is giving employees a paid day off to volunteer in their community. A host of other companies like Twitter, Square and Vox Media all made announcements declaring Juneteenth a company holiday. And Grey has made a similar announcement…

We encourage everyone to use this day away from the office as a moment of reflection and activation. For many, if not everyone, there is still much to learn about racism in America. You can use this time for education. There are also conversations that should happen with families and among friends so we don’t repeat mistakes from the past. There is also much to do to set forth on a better course that will truly benefit all Americans. You can use this time to plan, to promise, and to begin your journey.

Honoring June 19th in this way may seem like a small step. Perhaps. But, a small
step demonstrates momentum and direction. We need both, right now and for
years to come.

Spend a few minutes today exploring the National Museum of African American History’s online collection.

In Cincinnati, there will be free Juneteenth concerts on local tv and social media June 19, 20, and 21, with a special Father’s Day event on Sunday. You can get more details about Juneteenth events at juneteenthcincinnati.org.

What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year? via Reuters.

And read Why Juneteenth is a celebration of hope at NatGeo.

Celebration!

After work, we stopped by Queen City Radio to celebrate my new job offer…

Celebrating a new job tastes a lot like Whip burgers…

I’ll be accepting the offer tomorrow morning. Thank you to my beautiful wife for helping me think this through. After talking about it, it turned out to be one of the least difficult decisions I’ve had to make. I’m very excited about this opportunity. 😀👍🍺🍔🍟❤️

Brink Brewing’s 2nd anniversary.

This afternoon we hopped on the Metro 17 bus to head up into College Hill…

It was Brink Brewing‘s 2nd-anniversary party

It was pretty busy. A lot of people must like Brink as much as we do…

They had a lot of great beers on tap for their birthday party. We had Mint Oreo Moozie Milk Stout and Business Meeting Oatmeal Stout with raspberry and vanilla…

And we had some lunch from Stellar Street Eats

And there was even some birthday cake!

Happy birthday, Brink! Thanks for 2 great years and here’s to many more to come!
😀🍺🎂❤️

Celebrating 90 years of Deskey.

This year Deskey is celebrating their 90th anniversary. And this afternoon, we kicked off our Deskey 90th anniversary with a little party at the noodle bar, t-shirts and fancy new nameplates…

Throughout the year Deskey will be celebrating the amazing things that have happened in the last 90 years at Deskey Branding. A lot can happen in 90 years—actually, a lot can happen with 90 of anything. We love what we do, and we want to share it with you. And because we know how amazing 90 is, we want to say thanks to you by giving back. We know that we are here because of you, and it’s time to say thank you. Join us this year on this page and on social media to follow all the ways we are celebrating this milestone.

Snazzy new 90th branded nameplates…

Follow Deskey as we celebrate 90 amazing years all year long. 😀🖐️❤️

Our New Years Eve.

Tonight, Genifer and our friend, Tayler co-hosted a little New Years Eve celebration at Chris and Tayler’s house just across Northside…

And we got to see Sabot LOL again

He’s getting so big…

It was a great little low-key celebration with some really good friends…

We hope everyone had a nice & safe New Years Eve, and we wish everyone a great start to their 2019. 😀🎊🎉❤️

Bay Horse Cafe to celebrate 40 years.

This afternoon the office closed a little early to walk down to Bay Horse Cafe

We paused to celebrate our CEO and fearless leader, Doug Studer’s 40th-anniversary of work at Deskey…

Forty years with one company is a very momentous achievement…

SURPRISE!

It was a fun afternoon celebrating an incredible career achievement. And Bay Horse Cafe is a great little place. I can’t wait to head back soon for another beer and maybe grab some lunch from Bay Horse sometime soon. 😀🎂🍻❤️

Fourth of July fireworks.

Once again this year, our neighbors a few streets over from us shot off a bunch of Fourth of July fireworks which we got to enjoy by just looking out of third-floor bedroom window…

We decided to call this their grand finale even though we could still hear fireworks going off around our house until well after midnight…

I think it’s really neat when you don’t even have to leave your house to watch a pretty impressive display of Fourth of July fireworks. 😀🎆❤️

Celebrating Genifer’s birthday.

I met Genifer at Higher Gravity again this evening so we could celebrate her birthday. Our friends Cory and Amy met up with us with their sleepy kiddos…

Higher Gravity was doing a fun little tasting tonight. They were having a side by side tasting of Founder’s KBS and CBS. Chef Josh from Django Western Taco was at Higher Gravity pairing the beers with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Tacos with Maple Pork Belly as well as Django guac and salsa. The tacos were pretty dang awesome and so were the beers. Both were gone before I even thought about taking a photo. Speaking of awesome, we also all shared a huge Chameleon Pizza

Eventually, word got out that it was Genifer’s birthday, and the guys at Higher Gravity gave her a bottle of Southern Tier’s Monstrosus for her special day…

That was super nice of them…

It was another really fun evening! But we always have a really good time at Higher Gravity. 😀🌮🍕🍻🍾❤️

Celebrating big wins.

We celebrated a big win this afternoon at Deskey…

Taken with Instagram. 😀🍾❤️

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