Archive for November, 2014

Bulwark Of Grain

Posted in Photography with tags , , on November 24, 2014 by Aaron

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Grandpa’s Cheese Barn

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by Aaron

Next time you are in North East Ohio, there is a roadside attraction that you should make sure to see. Just off of highway I71 in Ashland Ohio you will find the amazing:

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I am a big fan of cheese and when I saw the sign for this place I knew I had to stop and see what it was all about. It surely did not disappoint. When I first went there was a big parking lot and an old barn that had a ground floor full of nick nacks. The real magic was when you went upstairs. Glorious amounts of cheese all around, taste tests galore, pickled everything, jellies, honey, pretzels, and more.

Ever since then I make sure that I drive that way when I head West, even if it means tacking on more time to the trip. They are continually expanding too. There is now a chocolate shop, and what look like some cottages, a lake, and even a gazebo. I even got to meet Grandpa once when I was there.

One time I even bought some Limburger. I had never had it before and was pretty much daring myself to try it. I brought it home and left it in the fridge while I got enough guts to try it. Finally, weeks later I was ready. Inspecting the package I learned that Limburger cheese ages and gets stinkier and more intense the longer you wait… Doing the math it would seem that I had waited just long enough to make the cheese enter the “for limburger lovers ONLY” category.

— If you are going to do something, you might as well do it right. —

I got some crackers ready, braced myself, and opened up the package. What happened next can only be described as my body refusing to follow the commands of my mind. I couldn’t bring myself to put it in my mouth. I love stinky cheese, but this smelled like feces. I wrapped it in two sealed plastic bags and threw it in the trash. Don’t get me wrong, I am a little upset about this. I still haven’t tried it. But … I will be driving past Grandpa’s Cheese Barn on Monday …………

— I’ve always said I will try anything twice. Once to see if I like it and a second time to make sure…. —

Couchsurfing

Posted in Travel with tags , on November 20, 2014 by Aaron

Here is another post out of my dark and dusty drafts folder. Years ago I wanted to plug the website couchsurfing. If you are traveling and a bit adventurous, it is a great way to explore new places and meet new people. You can see the people who have signed up and I they might be up for having a cup of coffee with you, or even letting you sleep over.

I have had people stay over my house. One was a guy from Taiwan who was riding his bicycle around the USA, from Chicago to Maine to Florida to California to Washington. I also met up with some people who were living in the same small town I lived in to try to make some friends. I have stayed at people’s houses and learned all about the best things to do in their city.

I travelled to Scotland and stayed with a Brazilian woman who was going to school in Edinburgh. We sat around and talked a bunch and gave my sore feet a well needed break, and my brain ideas of things to do in the city.

If you are traveling, it is worth checking out!

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Worms In Your Pockets

Posted in Random Musings with tags , on November 17, 2014 by Aaron

Worms and I go way back. My mom tells me a story about how I used to put all kinds of things in my pockets as a kid. Totally a typical thing for kids to do. The grossest, in her opinion, was a pocket full of worms. I guess I can’t totally empathize with her as I don’t remember ever finding a mushed up pile of worms in a pocket.

Every time I walk in the rain I am brought back to being 7 years old. I vividly remember walking to the bus stop looking at all the worms wiggling around on the pavement. I had a strong connection to those wiggling worms in the way my big socks were creased under my foot. My imagination turned those creases into real live wiggling worms inside my shoes. I had no idea how they got there but I was sure they were there. I would stop at least three times to check to convince myself that I didn’t have worms in my socks.

And now it comes full circle. The other day I was at the pet store and thought I would like to get a treat for my chickens. I asked the woman for some meal worms and she asked me if I wanted the small ones or the big ones. Once again my curiosity got the best of me so I asked how big are the big ones? She spread her fingers and showed me a size that isn’t as big as an earthworm, but were big enough.

Now those big ones are living in my fridge waiting to meet Ana, Olaf, and Sally.

Barns Are Red

Posted in Photography, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by Aaron

IMG_6533Did you ever wonder why barns are traditionally painted red? I was wondering this one road trip as we passed them along the highway. Since we live in the future I asked my wife to look it up.

The internet told us that barns are red because farmers are very pragmatic and resourceful people. There is a lot of rust on and around a farm and they were looking for something to do with it. By mixing the rust into cheap paint it acts as a preservative making it last longer, and incidentally also dyes it red and gets rid of that rusty stuff.

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Posted in Photography on November 14, 2014 by Aaron

I love this time of year. A moment and a reminder of change, the end, and even the beginning. IMG_5836

Taunting The Cat

Posted in Photography with tags , on November 10, 2014 by Aaron

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