Monday, January 30, 2012

What I'm liking right now...

Our seat for Corey Smith in July 2011

These are a few of the things I'm liking on January 30, 2012.

Sports:
- Russia boys basketball. Two classics over the weekend against Botkins and Versailles, and another huge one this Tuesday night against Jackson Center.  As fun as it gets in one week.
- Snowmobile front flip landed at WXG, the first in history.
LeBron's dunk over John Lucas Sunday. You can't replicate this in a slam dunk contest.

Songs:
- Maybe Next Year by Corey Smith. Saw him live at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach.
- Home by Dierks Bentley. Patriotic and cool.
- Ours by Taylor Swift. Same reason as Home (watch the video and don't miss the end).

Food:
- The Filling Station in Troy - Fun sports bar & grill kind of hidden over by the Clopay plant.  Humongous video game room the kids can run around in while you're waiting for your food.

On the Web:
- Ferris is back for a Super Bowl commercial.  I'd like to live one day in his shoes!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Urbana Spoon...

The front entrance to Fusion 40.83

Any restaurant that requires driving 45 miles through sleet and snow on ice covered roads better be worth it.  And that's exactly what happened last Friday night when our small group from Russia braved a winter storm and took a road trip to Urbana for dinner.  The real reason for our trip was to celebrate a birthday with some good friends from West Liberty, so after we surprised them at their home with our arrival, we headed south down State Route 68 to one of their favorite eateries.  Fusion 40.83 was where our reservations were at and if you need directions look no further than their name.  As it was explained to me entering Urbana, 40.83 are the GPS coordinates of the city.  The other part of their name, Fusion, describes the global menu they offer.  I have to admit I'm not really a restaurant critic or a food connoisseur, but I know the difference between a good and bad atmosphere, and I also know a great meal from an average one.  So here's my review of the experience:

The entrance to Fusion was a wall of windows and unlike something I would expect in downtown Urbana.  It seemed contemporary at first appearance and more like something I would see in downtown Columbus.  The restaurant is basically a single room with high ceilings, a cool bar, and a corner fireplace that gives the place a cozy feel on a winter's night.  Our reservations for eight were at the Chef's Table in the front window.  Unlike rectangular tables that can make talking with everyone difficult, this square table with high chairs was perfect for our group.  The restaurant was busy, but not crowded, and our service was excellent.  When we ordered our meals the waitress didn't ask anyone for their choice of salad dressing and I found this odd.  After tasting the salad we understood why...it was absolutely delicious and any other dressing would have only lessened the experience.  Our orders of entrees included asiago chicken, pad thai, steak, and my order of crab cakes.  I've eaten crab cakes many times before at some very nice restaurants and these were easily the best I've ever had.  Everyone else in our party seemed to enjoy their entrees as well.  The only unfortunate part of the dinner was that we were all so full that everyone passed on desert.  By the way, the prices were pleasantly reasonable and what you would expect for a nice meal in this part of Ohio.

If I was a restaurant critic or a food connoisseur I'd give Fusion 40.83 two thumbs up, four stars, whatever...simply put, it was great.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I'm liking right now...

I like the 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Team

These are a few of the things I'm liking on January 18, 2012

Sports:
Watching the Olympic Marathon Trials on TV
Anna girls basketball and a likely perfect season
Tom Brady showing the NFL he's still the best

Songs:
Good Feeling - Flo Rida
Reality - Kenny Chesney
Never Take Me Alive - Mark Cantwil

Food:
Smallsmash Classic with Smash fries from Smashburger
Fruit Medley pie from Market Day
Spark Energy Drink from Advocare

On the Web:

Friday, January 13, 2012

Raider fans, I hope you go tonight...


If you're a Russia Raider fan, I hope you go tonight.  I hope you go to Russia's Clair C. Naveau Gymnasium and witness the ceremony between the JV and Varsity basketball games.  It will be the last chance Raider fans get, for a long while, to celebrate a magical day that happened last spring and brought a lot of pride to Russia School. Raider alums Luke Pohlman and Katie Borchers will be honored for two state titles each won at the State Track Meet last June.  Luke won in the 1600 meter run and Katie in the 800 meter run.  It was the first state titles of any kind that Russia brought home since their state baseball title in 1971.  I wasn't born yet for that one.  The students that will be on both ends of the home bleachers tonight weren't born yet either.  It should mean a lot to those students seeing the first state champions of their lifetime.  And I know it will mean a lot to all those adults in the middle bleachers that haven't seen a state champion in 40 years.

This west central Ohio area is blessed.  We're blessed to have so many good local athletes that come from great families.  Every year there are multiple schools just 5, 10, 20 miles from Russia that win state championships.  In a way Russia is lucky, because I'm positive that if the Raiders did this every year tonight's ceremony wouldn't be quite as special.  So, if you can't make tonight's celebration and if history repeats itself, there should be another one of these nights in the year 2052.  I'll be 80 years old then.  I know I'm going tonight.  Well done Luke and Katie, and congratulations Raider fans.

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