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Delaware, OH (via West Lafayette, OH)

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2006 The Game, 2011 Sugar Bowl, 2011 Wisconsin game, 2015 Sugar Bowl
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Les - Vic - Hopalong - Archie - Eddie - Troy
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 31 Aug 2015

My wedding was last year in Central Ohio so I can't speak for NJ, but to me $7100 for flowers is nowhere near reasonable.  We spent around $1300 and that included my bouquet, 7 bridesmaids bouquets, umpteen boutonnieres and corsages, 8 centerpieces (only 1/3 of our tables), and 2 alter pieces.   We used The Flowerman in Columbus. 

We had 225 people and I wouldn't change a thing about it.  My goal during the entire planning process was to make it fun, to make it something people enjoyed attending.

A few things we did to save some money:
-Ordered custom invites on Etsy and then had them printed locally.  Had to buy envelopes separately.  It was more steps but easily saved $400.
-Bought a video camera and had a relative video the wedding and reception.  The camera (which I still have) was $350-$400, videography would have been at least $1500.  I didn't need fancy editing, I just wanted a simple recording to rewatch every couple of years.
-Ordered our cake in January, got a 10% off discount because they're slow that time of year.  Wedding was in May.
-Had the guys buy suits for $115 from Jos. A. Bank rather than rent tuxes for more than that.  Shirts and ties were their gifts.
-I made our wedding cake topper.  I found one of Etsy I wanted but it was $200 so I bought the stuff for about $15 and did it myself.
-I made a lot of our decorations.  It was partially because we had a very specific theme that made it hard to buy exactly what I wanted so I went the DIY route on some centerpieces, table runners, etc.  I'm a fairly crafty person though so this isn't difficult for me.  Saves a ton, but you put in a lot of labor hours.

Comment 28 Aug 2015

I'll be at the game in Blacksburg next Monday.  I have no doubt the place will be rocking, but I also have no doubt that the Hokie's won't believe how many Buckeyes show up.

I'll just leave this here but I was at this "home" game, 2437 miles away from Columbus, OH.

Comment 28 Aug 2015

I was going to wait for Huntin to post the link but I thought google might turn up results... and bingo.

My nieces need this for Christmas.

Comment 28 Aug 2015

I would highly recommend the Hyatt Place in Grandview.  It's a great location, free (and ample) parking, good breakfast and overall what you expect from Hyatt.

Comment 28 Aug 2015

To be fair, it's probably a lot harder coming up with poster ideas for B1G teams that OSU has already played since he has been doing the posters.  The Sugar Bowl/ NC were brand new teams for his poster creating.  I'd guess creating an awesome Bama poster is easier than creating a Hoosier one for the forth time.

Comment 25 Aug 2015

I'll second Navy here.  I recently read it too, it's incredibly interesting and I knew nothing about rowing before reading the book.  It's not as well known of a story, but Jesse Owens wasn't the only American to give a metaphorical middle finger to Hitler and the Germans at the Berlin Olympics.   

Comment 20 Aug 2015

Impressive.  Congratulations on the all the success and happy birthday!

Comment 12 Aug 2015

In art class in about the 8th grade, we had to do a project where we used a three letter word and then mirrored that image on the other side of the page.  My initials were TRA, so backwards they spelled ART.  Everyone thought I was sucking up to the teacher.  Sometime in the next few days, I had to decide on a name for this fancy ICQ thing I had just downloaded so artbkward it was.  It's kinda dumb but it's never taken and I've been using it for the better part of 20 years now.

My avatar is me and Urban.   Hanging out, you know, we're friends and all.....                  Actually it was at the Women's Clinic a couple of years ago.   It's hard to tell but I'm wearing one of the old 11W T-shirts in the picture too.

Comment 11 Aug 2015

There is also a Son of Thurman in Delaware if you're coming in from the north.  It would be an easy stop on your way in or out of Columbus.  The burgers are the same, the wait is a lot less.

Comment 11 Aug 2015

As someone who spends a solid portion of my summer making funnel cakes and other fried treats as part of my in-laws business, I assure you that's not true.  Rarely do any of us eat a funnel cake, elephant ear, sugar waffles or fried oreos.  If I never eat any of them again, I wouldn't be sad about it.  You think you love them until you've made thousands upon thousands of them.

Comment 10 Aug 2015

This isn't a surprise, the fair had absolutely ideal weather.  Rainy days or excessive heat can really hurt a fair.
I'm glad to see it though.  Ohio does a great job with their state fair.

I'd guess those calories were several billion.  One funnel cake alone can push 1000 calories.

Comment 05 Aug 2015

We are all just prisoners here, of our own device.

Yep, you nailed it.