Just a quick visit.

Good morning from Northside…

This afternoon my very favoritest soccer team, Arsenal played the second leg of their Europa League tie against Slavia Prague in Prague.

The match was the first game since Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudula was found guilty of racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara last month and was duly banned for 10 matches by UEFA.

The official statement said they decided “to suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Ondrej Kudela, for the next 10 UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behavior.”

Ahead of the match, Slavia Prague players refused to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Arsenal striker and match captain, Alexander Lacazette chose to move a number of steps ahead of his teammates to stare down his opponents while taking the knee…

Given the situation, Lacazette’s stance was particularly poignant. And it’s very a powerful image. There is no place for racism in football nor wider society.

Arsenal scored three goals in an astonishing six-minute flurry. The Gunners ended up winning the match 4-0 with Lacazette netting a brace to knock Slavia Prague out of the tournament 5-1 on aggregate.

Later, we saw another patch of weeds that looked like a stylized little mini forest…

Good evening from Northside…

My parents stopped in town for the evening on their way home from a long road trip out west. We went to Taft’s Brewpourium for dinner…

Genifer just had her nails down earlier in the day…

Taft’s had a jumbo shrimp special tonight. We shared those and loaded tots. And we brought a large Taft’s pizza home with us…

It was wonderful to get to see my parents, even if it was just for a quick visit this evening. 😀🌄⚽️🌲🍕❤️

It was a great Saturday.

This morning started with some coffees from Biggby Coffee

YUM! Biggby has terrific hot chocolate. I love mine with some butterscotch added to it.

After we had our drinks in hand, we stopped at JackRabbit in Obryanville

At last year’s Higher Gravity Spring Grove Beer Gallop, Genifer won a $125  gift certificate towards a brand new running shoes from JackRabbit. And with this year’s Spring Grove Beer Gallop right around the corner, Genifer thought she’d better get some new running shoes…

Genifer got these Brooks running shoes…

These terrific running shoes only cost her $25. And that’s pretty awesome.

Later, we ran out to get lunch at Freddy’s Steakburgers

Ohmigosh. I love Freddy’s Steakburgers….

I think I’ve finally zeroed in on my go-to Freddy’s order. I think it’s going to be the original double. This is the original double with bacon…

But next time and into the future, my order will be just the original double with fries…

I used to get the triple steakburger. Sometimes I could do it. But sometimes, it was a real struggle and it was too much. Freddy’s also has a patty melt that is really good. But it’s not like a traditional patty melt. But it’s still really good.

On our way home for Freddy’s, we stopped in College Hill at Brink Brewing. Brink is one of my favorite Cincinnati breweries…

They have such great beers. Our big beer was a King Cake beer. It was awesome. Brink always has something really interesting on tap.

And that was pretty much our Saturday. We were pretty happy that we actually got out and did something on a Saturday…

And it was a great Saturday.

S’mores Night at Higher Gravity.

You have to hand it to Higher Gravity. Every Thursday night, they do something really interesting. Whether it’s a rare keg or Meet the Brewery, it’s almost always something we feel like we don’t want to miss. Tonight was no exception. It was Grateful Grahams S’mores Night with Braxton Brewing’s Dark Charge Imperial Stout

It was such a fun night. The Grateful Graham graham crackers were out of this world and made such amazing s’mores that really complimented Braxton’s delicious Dark Charge. Next Thursday’s event is Candy & Beer featuring the beers from Jackie O’s and Streetside paired with different Halloween candy…

And more than likely, we’ll see you there! 😀🍻❤️

ps. You can follow Genifer and Thadd on Untappd, if you’re into that sort of thing.

5 year anniversary.

Yesterday marked my 5-year anniversary at Deskey. When I got up to my office on the sixth floor this morning, I found this on my desk…

I have it pretty good. Thanks to Deskey for a great first five years! Cheers to the next five being even better! 😀🖐️5⃣🍺❤️