The happiest hour in Northside.

After work this evening, we stopped at Second Place on the way home…

Second Place has some amazing burgers. They’re not anything super fancy. They’re just a really good, solid burger And during their happy hour, they’re half-price. A single burger is only $3 and just $5 for a double burger with bacon

We add a basket of fries for $4. And boom, instant dinner. Second Place also had a really incredible Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout from March First on tap. And the drafts were also $1 off. It was a really good happy hour. I think it might just be the best happy hour in Northside. And I could see this becoming a weekly tradition. 😀🍔🍟❤️

One year ago today.

On October 10, 2017, USMNT lost 2-1 away to Trinidad & Tobago and as a result, they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986…

Today on the one year anniversary of the darkest day in U.S. Soccer history, the US Soccer Federation released this statement… 

“Today we look forward. With the march towards 2022 underway and the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America as our guidepost, the U.S. Men’s National Team has embarked on a new journey. The hallmarks of the culture remain, with perseverance, grit and dogged determination fueled by the pride to represent the United States and each and every one of you. We take nothing for granted. The path ahead will be paved with successes and informed by setbacks. We will build strength through commitment and character, accepting challenges and rising every time we fall. We will be aggressive and play without fear, for history demonstrates that fortune favors the bold.

“Like any grand project, ours is a work in progress. We cannot do it alone. Pioneering a new path forward takes the will of a generation full of optimism and hope, bound by the belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve if we are united in the cause. This is the American spirit, from which is born the American dream. It is time to take our destiny in our own hands and turn that dream into a reality. And do it together. The future is US.”

Blah. Blah. Blah. The National Team has a whole bunch of bright talented youngsters that are starting to emerge from the ranks. But they still haven’t even hired a new coach for the National Team. I hope things start to get better soon for our team, and they can get thing s back to where they were and then start figuring out how to take things to the next level. But they sure are taking their sweet time. 😀🇺🇸⚽️❤️

Sunday Funday.

This afternoon we walked down to Second Place for the second half of the Manchester City versus Liverpool match. there was a pretty good crowd on hand for the match…

Truth be told, we were at Second Place more for the cheeseburgers than the match…

They have some pretty amazing burgers at Second Place. The ManCity-Liverpool match ended in a 0-0 draw. We hung out to watch most of the Bengals game. And they actually won again. After the Bengals game, we walked to Higher Gravity. There weren’t very many people in Higher Gravity after the Bengals game this afternoon…

We watched the end of the Chiefs game with our friends Chris and Tayler. After they left, we met FC Cincinnati midfielder Corben Bone and his family. They stopped into Higher Gravity for a beer and a slice of pizza from Chameleon. We talked to them for a bit before they headed out. They live in Northside as well. Actually, they live just around the corner from us. And they were super nice. It was really neat to get to meet Corben Bone and get to talk soccer with him for a few minutes. We hope we run into them again sometime.

It was another really fun afternoon in Northside. 😀⚽️🍻❤️

World Cup fever.

It’s official. We have World Cup fever. Today, we made our way to Second Place to watch the second half of the France versus Uruguay quarterfinal match…

We wanted France to win. But more than that, we wanted Second Place cheeseburgers….

I don’t know how widespread the knowledge is, but it’s an established fact that Second Place has some of the best cheeseburgers in Northside if not all of Cincinnati….

After France advanced 2-0, we pulled the Change of venue card and made our way to Higher Gravity for today’s other quarterfinal match, Brasil versus Belgium…

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Genifer was cheering for Belgium and they won 2-1. She was very happy…

After the soccer was finished, we came home to hang out in our backyard with Mack…

And my very pretty wife…

It’s very sad that the World Cup in winding down. But it was a really, really great Friday. 😀⚽️🏆🍔🍻❤️

The World Cup at Second Place.

We walked down to Second Place to watch the third and final World Cup match of the day: Germany versus Sweden

The ending of the match was crazy. Everyone in the stadium knew exactly what they were going to try to do. But then to actually be able to go out and actually execute it, that’s the truly amazing part to me. It was a really good game. And another really good time at Second Place. 😀🏆❤️

Back and better than ever!

This afternoon we walked down to Second Place to watch the Reds game. And they had a brand new shiny popcorn maker!

The last time we stopped into Second Place for Cinco de Derby (Derby de Mayo?), Second Place’s popcorn maker was broken and they had just ordered a new one. When Genifer walked in and noticed the popcorn machine was missing, I thought she was going to have a full-blown panic. We ran into a bunch of friends at Second Place who were just on their way back from Taste of Cincinnati…

We watched the end of the Reds game at Second Place and then walked with them up the street to Higher Gravity for a beer…

It was another pretty fun evening in Northside. 😀🏆🍿🍻❤️

Cinco de Derby.

We dodged the raindrops and walked down to Second Place for their Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby pregame

They were having special one-day-only Margarita and Mint Julep slushies

Those Mint Julep slushes were out of this world! We hung out and had some slushes and watched some the ridiculously extensive NBC pre-Derby coverage. About an hour or so before the Derby was ready to actually start, we caught an Uber to Mac’s Pizza Pub on campus. We watched Justify win the Derby from Mac’s. What a fun way to pre-game to the FC Cincinnati match! 😀🥃🐴❤️

Second Place Sunday.

This afternoon we walked down to Second Place to watch the FC Cincinnati match…

They were playing away to Bethlehem Steel…

And FC|C tied Bethlehem Steel 1-1 in what turned out to be a pretty boring match. But the bourbon slushes were great as always. And once again, it’s really great to finally be able to walk places again. 😀2⃣🏆⚽️🍹❤️

A Second Place celebration.

This evening we stopped at Second Place to catch the end of happy hour to celebrate my being done with my physical therapy…

It’s been a little while since we were last at Second Place. It was just too far for us to walk in the cold for the most of the winter…

Second Place’s happy hour includes $1 off slushes…

Second Place has a new menu

And happy hour included half-price burgers as well!

The burgers were really delicious and the fries were outstanding!

It was great to get back to Second Place. It had been way too long since our last bourbon slushies. And I see many more of their terrific burgers in our future as the weather starts getting warmer and warmer. 😀🥃🍔🍟❤️

Northside Sunday.

This afternoon we walked down Hamilton Avenue to go check out the FC Cincinnati Fan Appreciation Tour which was making a stop at Second Place…

We thought there would be a representative on-hand promoting or representing the club. Maybe trying to sign people up for season tickets, answering questions about FC Cincy’s possible promotion to MLS or the latest on FC|C’s plans for a soccer-specific stadium or even just shaking some hands. Maybe if we were really lucky, there’d be a player or two on-hand. But nothing. The FC Cincinnati Far Appreciation Tour meant you could get a Moerlein FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA just $3 from 11am to 2pm. That’s it. Boy, do I feel appreciated. 😶 It was also the Manchester Derby: City versus United so Second Place was pretty crowded what with it being the Cincinnati hub of all things City and all…

We’ve watched a couple of big Manchester City matches at Second Place. There’s this one guy who’s a City supporter who is very vocal and very loud and his voice is so annoying that it makes it really difficult for me to watch City matches at Second Place. I’m just happy Second Place isn’t an Arsenal supporters hang out. Because that guy… whoa. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Second Place just not during Manchester City matches. But that’s just me.

We stayed until just before halftime and then broke camp to watch the second half at Higher Gravity. And in walking the block from Second Place to Higher Gravity, we missed two goals. The first forty-plus minutes, nothing. The last three minutes of the half, two goals. It figures. We watched City knock off United 2-1. Higher Gravity still had Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap…

That beer was pretty amazing. We hung out and watched the Bengals get thumped by the Bears and then just came home. It was yet another really fun afternoon in Northside. 😀⚽️🍺🏈❤️