Mr. Roebling’s Bridge

I took this shot Sunday just before the fireworks started. It’s made up of 42 images stitched together. This is really pretty close to how it looked when I was there. The sky was beautiful and the lighting on the bridge was – as always – wonderful.

If you’re not familiar with the bridges of Cincinnati (all 7 of them), this is the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It was designed and built by John A. Roebling and is often considered the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. You can see that they have some similar styling cues. It’s still in use; in fact, it has recently reopened after an extensive refurbishing.

Photo by ChrisIrmo

Happy 4th of July!

I went out and shot a few more fireworks last night. I think that should be enough to hold me over for a while!

I’m looking forward to a nice, relaxing day off and spending some time with Ava. I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well.

Photo by ChrisIrmo

And the rocket’s red glare

Last night I went out and shot the fireworks for Cincinnati’s All American Birthday Party. I scouted out the location a few hours in advance and picked the perfect spot to shoot from, but it was all for naught because they shot the fireworks from a different spot than usual. I had to think on my feet and make a quick move because the fireworks ended up directly behind the bridge support.

I was surprised at how few people were there last night. I’m used to the atmosphere from the WEBN Labor Day fireworks, where there’s not a single unoccupied stretch of land or water for miles up and down the river. Last night I saw probably 15 or 20 people on the Covington side of the river, and the Sawyer Point area didn’t look too much busier. Too bad, because they missed a great show!

I also took a few shots to create a sunset panorama (or two), but it’ll take me a few days to process those shots. I’ll post them once they’re done.

Photo by ChrisIrmo


Cincinnati Fireworks (by ChrisIrmo)

Last night we went down to Devou Park to shoot the fireworks after the Reds game. Unfortunately that put us in line with the fireworks, so they all look like they went straight up in the same spot. Oh well, it was a lot of fun.

The Transformation is Almost Complete

total-county-small.jpgIt’s been almost four years since I moved from South Carolina to Ohio. Today I realized that I’m starting to lose one of the last vestiges of my Southern upbringing when I called the Coke machine at work a “pop machine.” Normally, I would only say something like that to help others around me understand what I was saying; it’s something that’s usually painful for me to do. Today, however, it just rolled right off my tongue, and only later did I realize what I’d done. (I love this map that shows the divisions around the US of what people call a soft drink, from Coke, to pop to soda.)

I’ve never had an accent to speak of, so I hold onto the South’s little colloquialisms like “y’all,” “fixin’ to” and “Coke” as one last bit of rebelliousness against the Northern culture. I find that the longer I’m here, though, the more those things slip away; and that seemingly little thing has been one of the hardest parts of making the move up here.

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U-Turns ARE Legal in Ohio

[Katrina] No U-Turn (by Goombay)If you’re from Ohio and you’re like me, you’ve probably had it drilled into your head that U-Turns are illegal in the state of Ohio. They say they’re legal in Kentucky and Indiana, but not Ohio. This is simply not true.

A friend of mine was recently ticketed for making a U-Turn on a local street. He protested to the officer that the maneuver was perfectly legal, but was ticketed anyway. When he told me the story, I was a little incredulous, but I agreed to help him do some research to see what the law actually said. The offense he was ticketed for was ORC (Ohio Revised Code) 4511.37A. Here’s the text:

4511.37 Turning in roadway prohibited – exceptions.

(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, no vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, if the vehicle cannot be seen within five hundred feet by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction.

When you filter through the legal jargon of this, it basically says that you are not allowed to make a U-Turn on a curve, at the top of a hill or when you can’t be seen from 500 feet away. Section B simply says that emergency vehicles can turn wherever they please (thank you very much) and Section C says it’s a misdemeanor to violate Section A. Nowhere in the ORC does it say that U-Turns are illegal anywhere else. In fact, here’s how the Ohio Responsible Driver’s Handbook says to make a U-Turn (which comes right after they tell you how to make left turns and right turns):

To make a proper U-turn, follow these instructions:

  • Use your turn signal at least 100 feet prior to turning
  • Check traffic ahead, behind and beside you before turning
  • If there’s traffic in the area, don’t make the U-turn; instead make other turns to reverse your direction
  • Check traffic again before completing final half of turn
  • Turn into the lane closest to the center line or median

NOTE: It is illegal to make a U-turn on a curve, near the top of a hill, if your vehicle cannot be seen within five hundred feet by the driver of another vehicle approaching from either direction or when a sign prohibiting U-turns is posted

Again, making a U-Turn seems to be a perfectly legal maneuver unless one of the restrictions applies. Why would the driver’s handbook tell you how to make a U-Turn if it were illegal?

With the law on his side, my friend went to court today. The officer obviously realized he was wrong because he asked to have the case dropped before my friend even had the opportunity to enter a plea.

Remember this the next time you hear someone say that “U-Turns are illegal in Ohio,” because it’s simply not the case.

NOTE: I am not a lawyer and my knowledge of the law extends no further than reading the parts of the code and handbook I have quoted above. Basically, if you get a ticket, it’s not my fault. Also, local municipalities may have their own restrictions on U-Turns.

Photo by Goombay.

Favorite Childhood Recipe: BBQ Chicken

A Grill at Adams Morgan Day (by ohad*)Tonight I decided to try one of my favorite meals from when I was younger. I always begged my late grandfather to fix his BBQ chicken whenever we went to visit them in Tennessee. It was a recipe he used when grilling for the 4H Club at the Midsouth Fair in Memphis. It’s easy to scale up so you can make a lot of chicken at once, but I scaled it down tonight and it worked perfectly for three chicken breasts.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 5 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix all the ingredients in a plastic spray bottle (I use the cheap ones from the pharmacy department). Spray the chicken liberally while it is grilling, flipping and re-spraying often.

The chicken comes out moist and has lots of flavor, but it’s not too spicy.

What’s your favorite childhood recipe? Tell us about it in the comments.

Photo by Ohad*. I meant to take my own, but it smelled so good I couldn’t wait to eat it!