The most epic Saturday.

This afternoon we bus the Cincinnati Metro 17 bus downtown to celebrate my birthday. First stop on our adventure was one of most favorite bars from when we used to live downtown, Igby’s

From Igby’s, we walked down to The Banks

We were planning to eat at Moerlein Lager House

But even after being open all this time, it was still packed on a Saturday night…

So instead, we walked back up to the new Galla Park where the old Crave used to be…

I’ve been on a White Russian kick since we went to Northside Distilling

As is our new custom, we shared Galla Park’s giant soft pretzel…

It was pretty terrific. Their mustard was outstanding. And we also shared Galla Park’s Cuban sammich…

It was very good as well. It’s good to see that something new is now in the space the Crave used to occupy. We have a lot of fun memories in that space. From Galla Park, we headed down the block to US Bank Arena

Ealier, we bought tickets to tonight’s Cyclones hockey game against Tulsa Oilers…

In the new ECHL app, you can purchase Cyclones tickets through your phone…

And that means, we don’t have to wait in line to buy Cyclones tickets anymore…

It was a pretty full house tonight at US Bank Arena…

Cheers! It’s good to be back ‘Clones!

The Cyclones were already up 2-0 by the time we were in our seats…

And it was pink the rink night tonight…

At the end of the second period, it was 6-1…

And then there was chuck-a-puck…

CYCLONES WIN!

The Cyclones thumped the Oilers 7-1! Seven Cyclones goals and four fights makes for one heck of a hockey game. It was great to finally be back at US Bank Arena watching our Cyclones play hockey again. And soon we’ll be back at GABP too!

From US Bank Arena, we walked over to catch the Streetcar Cincinnati Connector

We rode it up into Over-the-Rhine and got off at Twelfth and Vine Streets…

We walked back down Twelfth Street to Main to the new Platform Beer taproom that just opened for the very first time tonight…

We found this little private room where we could hang out and drink our beers…

I don’t normally dig wallpaper in bathrooms but this wallpaper is just wow…

Platform’s taprom is such a fun place and an incredible additon to Main Street…

From Platform, we walked up Main Street to The Pony for a nightcap…

And from The Pony we hopped in an Uber and headed home. And it brought to an end a pretty epic Saturday. 😀🥃🏒🍺❤️

Timehopping.

One year ago today, we got this awesome Twister selfie at the Cyclones game

Thanks for remembering, Timehop! We haven’t made it to one Cyclones hockey game yet this season. We’re hoping to get to at least one game in March now that I’m actually able to walk a better. And we definitely can’t wait to get back our normal schedule of Cyclones hockey games next season once my hips are good again. 😀👇📷🏒❤️

Cyclones hockey game #11.

No foolin’ around. Today was our 11th Cyclones hockey game of the season. And it was also the final home game for the Cyclones 2016-17 regular season…

It was fan appreciation weekend and that meant there was a really big crowd on hand for today’s game, almost 8,600. Even the upper bowl of US Bank Arena was open…

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

At the end of the first period, the Cyclones were leading 2-0 over the Toledo Walleye…

❤❤❤During today’s hockey game, we were on Kiss Cam at US Bank Arena!❤❤❤

And the end of the second period, the game was all knotted at two…

In between the second and third periods, there was Full Throttle go-kart racing on the ice of US Bank Arena…

The Cyclones jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the third period…

Make that 5-2!

Now they just had to hang in there for a little over three minutes…

Because with the win, their five goals tonight would mean free pizza for everybody!

AND THE CYCLONES WON 5-3!!! FREE PIZZA!!!

We stuck around for a post-game warmup jersey auction but the prices were insane…

What a great note to end the Cyclones regular season on at US Bank Arena; getting the big 5-3 win, and getting everyone free pizza to boot. It was our second game of the season where the Cyclones were able to get us free pizzas. And that’s two more free pizzas than we got from the 15 Reds games we went to all of last baseball season.

The Cyclones still have a pretty good chance of making the ECHL playoffs. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to see our Cyclones a couple more times yet this season. But if not, it was another great season of Cyclones hockey, and we definitely look forward to seeing them play again in October.

GO CYCLONES! 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #10.

Tonight, we went to our 10th Cyclones hockey game of the season. It seemed like it had been forever since we’d been to a hockey game

They were giving away Cyclones socks tonight…

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

The Cyclones were taking on the Brampton Beast from Ontario. And the Beast opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game…

And they added another one just over a minute later…

Oops… Make that 3-0…

The Best jumped out to a 4-0 lead near the end of the first period…

GOAL! Cyclones finally got on the board…

4-2!

And at the end of the second period, it was still 4-2…

And the Beast ended up winning 5-2

We have tickets to this Saturday’s final home Cyclones game of the regular season. Hopefully, the ‘Clones can end the home regular season on a high note. 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #9.

It was a gorgeous evening in Cincinnati…

For Cyclones hockey game #9 of the season

We got there early enough to see the pregame warm-ups…

Because we wanted to get our free Cyclones coffee tumbler from Dunkin Donuts…

And we finally got the Cyclones bottomless tub of popcorn…

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

We got to see a team we’ve never seen before, Wichita Thunder. And the Thunder scored just 36 seconds into the game. It was kind of a shocker, and it took us a minute to figure out just what the heck happened…

At the end of the first period, it was all tied at one…

And the Thunder scored just 12 seconds into the second period…

And at the end of the second, the game was getting from the Cyclones at 3-1…

But at least our photo made the scoreboard again…

The Cyclones lost 5-1. Hopefully, the Cyclones will do better next time. But at least we got to eat a bunch of popcorn and we got our coffee tumblers! 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #8.

This afternoon we went down to US Bank Arena for the rare Cyclones Sunday kids matinee hockey game. This was our eighth Cyclones hockey game of the season

When we got inside, we found the upper bowl of US Bank Arena was open. And that’s sweet! Because we had a whole section to ourselves!

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

And then they made us move to the lower bowl. :/

At the end of the first period, the Cyclones were up 1-0 on the Fort Wayne Komets…

Halfway through the second period, the ‘Clones were up 4-0…

And at the end of the second, it was 4-2 Cyclones…

Daniel Tiger was at the game this afternoon…

4-3…

And there it is…

And once again, our photo made the scoreboard…

The Cyclones blew a 4-0 lead halfway through the second period to force overtime with Komets. Thankfully, they were able to cling to the tie throughout the extra hockey. The game went to shoot-outs and somehow the Cyclones finally prevailed 5-4. 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #7.

Tonight, we went to our seventh Cyclones hockey game of the season

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

At the end of the first, the Cyclones were trailing the Quad City Mallards 1-0…

HOCKEY NACHOS!

At the end of the second, the ‘Clones still trailed but now it 3-1…

The Cyclones pulled their goalie to try to tie up the game…

But that’s the way it would end, 3-2 to the Mallards…

🙂

Cyclones hockey game #6.

Cyclones hockey game #6 of the season! Let’s gooooo…

The Rapid City Rush took the lead just 1:09 into the game…

At the end of the first period, it the Rush were leading the Cyclones 1-0…

The Cyclones pulled one back…

But then the Rush grabbed the empty netter in the closing seconds…

And that’s how the game would end, 3-1 to the Rush…

We love our Cyclones hockey. 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #5.

Tonight, we went to our fifth Cyclones hockey game of the season

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

It was FC Cincinnati night at tonight’s Cyclones game. So we were all decked out in some of FC Cincinnati cold weather gear…

At the end of the first period, the Quad City Mallards had a 1-0 lead over the Cyclones…

Goal Cyclones!

At the end of two, it was all tied at one…

3-1 CYCLONES!

And photo made the big board again for the third straight game

And this one belongs to the Cyclones, 3-2

Cyclones are always so much fun, especially when they win! 🙂

Cyclones hockey game #4.

Tonight, we went to our fourth Cyclones hockey game of the season

 

At the end of the first, it was 1-0 Cyclones…

2-0 Cyclones!!

Our selfie made the big screen for the second straight game…

And the Cyclones held on to win 3-1!

The Cyclones hockey games are always fun. Especially when they win. 🙂