Just random links.

While the world has a little collective think about its behavior, there have been a bunch of links and content that I’d really like to check out while I’m staying safe at home and practicing my social distancing.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance because I have so much darn work to do.

So I’m just going to collect all the links, I want to check out here. Our normal posts will continue under this one which I’m pinning to the top of our blog. And here we go…

I’d like to check out YouTube #WithMe and help those who can’t #StayHome.

Also on YouTube, Some Good News  (Ep.1 & Ep.2) with John Krasinski looks wonderful.

I want to watch the penguins, jellyfish, and more via the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s free live streams.

And here are 10 more free wildlife livestreams I want to watch 24/7.

Wavelength compiled a half dozen free online surf flicks I want to watch.

SXSW’s 2020 shorts can be watched online for free.

That’s all I have for now.
But I’m going to keep updating this post as I come across more links. 😀💻🔗❤️

Just hanging out on the sofa.

Oscar loves sitting on the sofa while I’m working in our office…

He just hung out on the sofa all day. 😀🐾❤️

Pause for paws.

This afternoon while I was working in our office, Oscar hopped up on the arm of the sofa so he could look out of the window at our backyard…

He started barking at some squirrels in the trees…

And Mack came over to see what all the fuss was about…

We did pretty well again all hanging out together in the office all day. 😀🐾❤️

Good morning from Northside.

Good morning from Northside. It looks sounds like we’re going to be staying home for all of April now. 😀🌄❤️

Four years ago OR Why I’m over FC|C.

Four years ago, our first FC Cincinnati booklet of season tickets arrived in the mail…

We reserved our season tickets on forty-five minutes after it was announced that USL soccer was coming to Cincinnati.

To me, these were the FC|C glory days, back when they were in USL. They were just this little upstart second division club from Cincinnati that drew 25,000+ fans to their home games. They were competitive on the pitch. They had friendlies with major European squads like Crystal Palace, Valencia, and Espanyol. It was all so exciting and soooo much fun. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, we didn’t miss one home match. Every friendly, every scrimmage, every single match, we were there. The 2018 season we missed three matches because of my hip surgeries and one match because of a family vacation. The 2019 MLS season started off well but by the end we skipped some of the  matches during the week because the team was so bad.

And before each season started, we would go out and each buy the new FC|C home jersey for the season and sweatshirts so we had new gear for each new season.

We were all in on FC Cincinnati. Until now.

Here comes the diatribe…

Fast forward four years, FC Cincinnati is the worst club in MLS. I mean, it’s not even close. in 2019, they earned just 24 points from 34 matches, and finished with a goal difference of -44. NEGATIVE FORTY-FOUR. They currently find themselves without a head coach. Again. Before the start of this season, they eliminated general admission tickets. And that drove the ticket prices up. Again. Every year it keeps getting more and more expensive just to watch a team that’s terrible. We decided at the end of last season that we were not going to be renewing our season tickets.

And we have YouTubeTV. On YouTubeTV, you can’t stream any of the FC|C matches…

We also subscribe to ESPN+. MLS enforces strict black-outs of even the on-demand replays of ALL FC Cincy matches…

The only way for us to watch any of the FC Cincinnati matches, home or away, is by using an over-air antenna.

And to top it off, I think their 2020 home kit is an absolute mess. But to be fair, their away kit is pretty sweet. Over the last four years, FC Cincinnati’s home kit has gone from horizontal blocks to hoops to stripes to halves. It’s ridiculous. I’ve watched a lot of soccer throughout the years and I can’t recall another side that has varied the overall design for their kit so dramatically. Usually just little details change.

With the rising ticket prices and the TV black-outs, what FC|C and MLS are telling me is this… we don’t care if you watch Cincinnati soccer matches. And I’m fine with that. I’ll wear the gear I have. But I’m not dropping another dime on this team.

I’ve really fallen in love with Minnesota United in MLS. They are a competitive side. I like their coach. Love their logo and kit. And I can watch all their matches on ESPN+. I’ve also begun really supporting Louisville City in USL. I can also watch all of their matches through ESPN+. As soon as the COVID-19 crisis is behind us, we’re planning weekend trips to both Minneapolis and Louisville to see their stadiums and watch matches. And to me, that seems like a much better use of my money.

I’m not saying I’m done with FC Cincinnati for ever. But I’m definitely over them for right now and into the foreseeable future. #AllForCincy 😐⚽️❤️

Seen and noted.

Nowadays you really have to appreciate the little things. 😀🤗🌞❤️

It was almost like being on vacation.

This morning we walked the four blocks to Sidewinder to get coffee…

Waking up early on a sunny, warm, beautiful morning and walking to get coffee, It felt like being on vacation. It was a wonderful way to start a Sunday at home. 😀☕️❤️

It’s a sign.

Not surprisingly, Western Bowl is closed. Because everything is closed…

We ran out to the Westside to pick up our taxes this morning. We’re getting money back from both state and federal. 😀💰🎳❤️

Morning coffee during a pandemic.

One by one, all of our favorite coffee shops have been closing until after the COVID-19 crisis begins to subside. Thankfully, our favorite Northside coffee shop, Sidewinder is still open for business for the time being.

This morning we went to get coffee from Sidewinder…

We got our coffees without any regerts…

We’re very happy and thankful that Sidewinder is still open.

I’m sure we’re not alone when we say we can’t wait for things to start to slowly return to normal. Whatever that new normal will be. 😀☕️❤️

#OpeningDayAtHome.

Today would have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball. But like everything else, the start of the baseball season has been postponed due to COVID-19. MLB and the Reds came up with the awesome idea of #OpeningDayAtHome. They’re going to replay old Reds game on their social media and Fox Sports Ohio. And I think it’s a great idea because it’s a lot better than nothing…

As we all continue to follow the proper precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy during these unprecedented times, we still have the opportunity to celebrate one of the aspects of our lives that brings us together – Reds Baseball!

Fans throughout Reds Country have thrown the best Opening Day celebration in baseball for more than 100 years, and we will continue that tradition this year as well. Tomorrow, join the Reds and all of Major League Baseball for a special #OpeningDayAtHome celebration.

I wore all my Reds gear all day today. And I enjoyed the replay of the Reds’ dramatic 2019 Opening Day win over the Pirates on FOX Sports Ohio…

We also watched the Reds final game of the series sweep against the Astros from last season. It was extra sweet to watch that game because it’s always fun to see cheaters take the loss.

And I just discovered the MLB Vault YouTube channel where they replay classic MLB games in their entirety. I was also watching the incredible game 7 of the 2016 Cubs-Indians World Series in all it’s glory.

Dang. How did I not know about MLB Vault? Welcome to the party, pal. 😀⚾️❤️

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