Looking east at sunset from Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio.
I first became aware of Chip Midnight (real last name, folks) through posts on Columbus-based music blog, donewaiting.com, where Chip’s genuine, irony-free enthusiasm for the unhip side of hair metal is just really refreshing. In his own words, Chip “fell in love” with Rock’n’Roll around the same time kids have their first grade school crushes and has been interviewing bands since 1991…so I think it’s pretty cute that his young daughter and her friend have picked up the torch and set out to interview as many bands as possible as they pass through the state of Ohio. Here are the girls interviewing Dick Valentine of Electric Six.
Check out their website, kidsinterviewbands.com and have a look at some of Chip’s posts:
I have a Tweeter to thank for posting this link about the old North Graveyard (Est. 1813) a few days ago. I’d heard about the most recent excavations near the North Market in the early aughts but never investigated it much further. Particularly interesting: the man with drop-seat pants and extra shoulder bones who seemed to beckon rain every time the crew tried to move him!
Photo: High Street looking north, 1975.
Okay, so I have no clue what I’m doing with social media, but every once in a while I’m reminded that I’m doing it juuust right…according to my own interests! Being a habitual rabbit chaser, I decided to explore the feed of a recent Twitter follower, and this much I gathered: he was checked in at “Clown Cone”. What the? I had to know what in the world this thing was. Next thing you know I was google mapping it up to north Linden. Waaaay in the back of a strip mall I’ve been thrifting at before (but always kind of zipped in and out of fast) sits Clown Cone & Confections, a family-owned business for three decades. I couldn’t find much information on the place but sure enough, there was an old Dispatch article framed on the wall near a cluster of (gulp) clown dolls. Throughout the ten minutes I spent in the shop, school kids of all ages dropped in for ice cream and old-fashioned candy. And I found my favorite yet elusive Bubblicious flavor—Blue Blowout—so, score, I’ll take five packs. A far cry from the carefully designed, brand savvy ice creamists we are spoiled with today, Clown Cone truly did remind me of a place I’d have visited in Anywhere, America back when I was a kid; when walking to the dime store near Grandma’s house was a real treat. This is a surprisingly bright spot in a community that’s otherwise working towards revitalization.
In addition to the candy and ice cream, there are puzzles and whimsical salt & pepper shakers for sale…hence the quirk factor.
3431 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH
Mon:10:00 am - 8:00 pmTue - Sun:1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
I know this place has a nice selection of hot soups and sandwiches but sometimes you just want a couple of good old fashioned deviled eggs for a midday snack.
The Brown Bag Deli, 898 Mohawk St., Columbus, Ohio.
The Bull Pen, home of the Toros Motorcycle Club. 574 E 5th Ave, Columbus, O.
I WISH this were true. :-|
*Screen cap courtesy of Columbus Alive’s bespectacled, bald and dimpled “Web Producer”, Brad Keefe, who was recently featured on Reddit and is also having a birthday party this Saturday. Rob Delaney is easily one of the funniest comedians on Twitter; follow him if you like fun.
“The world’s most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship”…also available to rent for parties and events, ha-ayyyyy.