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Living Out Loud: : That Cincinnati Vibe

When outsiders come to visit

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I don't want any of you thinking I spend all my time hanging out at Madonna's on Seventh Street downtown. Maybe I do, but I don't want you thinking it. There I was again on a Friday afternoon, sho  

Living Out Loud: : A Tale from the Hood

Examining a life in OTR

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2007
It was another depressing night.  Once again, I was stuck at home changing another dirty diaper. I stared out of my cracked bedroom window and watched my life pass through the night. I live wit  

Living Out Loud: : Hiding Behind the Mask

Being Human

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I got news of her death through an e-mail. On a Thursday afternoon, a friend of a friend let me know she had died of cancer. I knew she was sick, but I didn't think she would ever die. I thought he  

Living Out Loud: : Fall of the Toy Soldiers

Understanding our troops

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I saw the faceless names as they appeared in the daily newspapers. They read: Bryan Taylor, Tyler Swisher, Gregory Rogers and Nicholas Erdy. These are the names of warriors who made the ultimate s  

Living Out Loud: : He Thinks I'm Doing Coke

First Date moments

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Why is it that when we enter the realm of the "first date moments," all sense of maturity and grace evaporates? I'm not talking about teenagers at the movies. I'm talking about grownups -- 30, 40 an  

Living Out Loud: : Jail Bait

Dying in Jail Alley

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
It seemed like any other early morning in Over-the-Rhine. I was headed to my office on a warm, sticky Thursday while thinking about the upcoming weekend. As I got out of my car, I was greeted by th  

Living Out Loud: : Cubicles and Co-Workers

Welcome to my white collar zoo

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2007
If you're employed as an office worker, I'm sure you have experienced the pleasures of working with many different personalities. I've spent nearly 10 years of my life stuck in a cubicle. As with a  

Living Out Loud: : Pretty in Pink

Crazy eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2007
It's a hot August morning. I'm waiting at the bus stop where Warsaw Avenue meets St. Lawrence Avenue in Price Hill. A young girl walks up to me and pulls up her low-cut blouse to show me the rest   

Living Out Loud: : The Privileged Athlete

They are not better people

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Earlier in the year I saw an interesting sports headline. It claimed that the game was over for Pacman Jones of the Tennessee Titans. I guess after so many of its players being arrested last year t  

Living Out Loud: : The Thunder Rolls

A writer's life

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I'm working on a story when I receive an e-mail from my daughter canceling lunch plans again. Feeling frustrated, I don't respond back. At my writing desk, heavy rain, lighting and thunder make me   

Living Out Loud: : Sunday Morning Coming Down

Sobbing into a cell phone

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Fairly early on a Sunday morning I was heading back downtown from the Alpine Laundry in Price Hill. I have this Sunday morning routine down perfectly now. I can get to Price Hill, get two loads of   

Living Out Loud: : Todd's From E-Town

The Breakfast

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This kid with a Mohawk haircut starts talking to me as I'm standing outside Sophia's Restaurant on Main Street downtown finishing a cigarette. I'm not paying much attention to him as it's early mor  

Living Out Loud: : Laundry, Groceries and $20 Hookers

Mornings at the Alpine

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Downtown living is fine. Despite some surprises with electrical problems and miscellaneous other shit at the beginning of my move, I can't complain too much about my living space. If I had an apartm  

Living Out Loud: : I Don't Need an Exorcism

Dealing with bipolar stigma

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2007
When I get home from work, I sometimes morph into a couch potato. Particularly, I like CSI: New York. I keep hoping that Stella and Mac will get it on. They never do, but those bastard writers have  

Living Out Loud: : Going Cold Turkey

A weekend without my computer

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
The week was a bit of a surprise. We all, including my landlord, thought that my new apartment downtown was in move-in condition. We thought that until we turned on my computer and window air-condi