Monday, December 22, 2008

Cube Chronicles: Sightings

Present time: 8:36 a.m.
Arrival time: 8:07 a.m.
Xmas sweater sightings: 3
People sightings: 4
Ratio of Xmas sweater to people: 1 sweater to 1.3 persons
State of Affairs: Sad

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cube Chronicles: Soap Opera

OK Folks, you asked for it. The return of the Cube Chronicles. If I get fired, I hope you'll give me housing and feed me. Enjoy and know that this is all true. Nothing has been altered except the names of the Soap Ladies (of course, they would insist on anonymity). This is a long post, but worth reading because it is so freaking unbelievable.

One of the first emails regarding soap collection from December 2007:

To the 105 women who share the 6th Floor Restroom:
It's time again to collect for restroom supplies for the 6th floor women's restroom. The collection envelope will be on the OHDAP door all week. Last month we collected $37.00; which didn't carry us through the entire month as we ran out of soap around the 3rd week of the month. If everyone would try to donate at least .50 cents it will allow us to provide hand soap for the entire month. Thanks to everyone who was so generous last month.
Soap lady #1

My environmentally conscious reply:
HI Soap Lady #1,

I appreciate all the work you all are doing to keep the restroom in a fresher state, and I have one suggestion for you. With thoughts of the environment and waste in mind, would you consider buying liquid soap in bulk and refilling the plastic containers? The soap refills would probably be cheaper than always buying individual bottles. I am not sure you can get refills for the brands you are buying right now, but I know you can get bags of refills at Target with their Method line (they have nice scents like lavender, etc.) If you consider that idea and want help with the refilling, I would be happy to take on that role.

Anyway, that’s my two cents.
Have a good day and thanks again for organizing this effort,
(After Note: I got no response back and have been given the cold shoulder by these lovely ladies ever since)

The Soap Collection Saga Begins Again (on November 4, 2008 mind you, the date of one of the most important elections in history) :
Hello everyone it is that time again, to collect money or soap for the 6th floor women’s restroom; the envelope will be taped to the OHDAP door near the elevators and the soap box will be at the entrance of the door. Thanks to everyone who contributes. So far we have only collected $9.00 and no soap at all; just a friendly reminder we are only collecting until Friday.

Reply from XXXX:
Since everyone is sharing their sentiments on the bathroom soaps, I’d like to share mine.
Firstly, I’d like to personally Thank Soap Lady #1 and Soap Lady #2 for even TRYING to make our bathroom experience a pleasant one. For I’ve gone in there to many times and had to just turn around in disgust for the odor, or just the plain uncleanliness of the place. Soiled toilet seats, paper towels on the floor, sanitary napkins behind the toilet seats, and often wonder if WOMEN are using this bathroom. Because women are mostly more clean then men.

Now, I’m not trying to offend anyone, BUT if you don’t want to contribute, then don’t. If you don’t want to use the products, don’t. If you don’t want to use the bathroom on this floor period, then don’t. BUT, I’d like to go in there and NOT have to hold my breath or search out another bathroom.

Once again, for those of us who appreciate your efforts, THANK YOU Soap Lady #2 and Soap Lady # 1!!

Reply from Soap Lady #2
Soap Lady # 1 and I initially thought of the idea to supply the women’s bathroom with hand soap and other items, simply because of the daily condition of the 6th floor bathroom. There were many a day that one or both of us walked in to the bathroom only to have to turn right around and seek out another one on a different floor. The odor was appalling. Women leave their tampons on the back of the toilet seats, urinate on the toilet seat as well as the surrounding floor area and leave it for the next person to clean up. When we tried adding a few baskets of potpourri to the bathroom, we found them on the floor, potpourri scattered. I refuse to have to hold my breath to use the bathroom!! At last count, there were 105 women on the 6th floor……that’s a lot of women using one bathroom. Just do your part to help keep it in a sanitary condition. Have some respect.

I thank Soap Lady # 1 for taking the time and energy to collect for the bathroom soaps, drive to the store to buy the soap (many times using her own money to be able to buy the amount of soaps that we need for the month) and carry 30 - 40 bottles of soap and renuzits to ODH once a month. The only goal in mind here was to make the 6th floor women’s bathroom a little more presentable and fresh.

So, to those of you who do not wish to participate in the soap collection…….don’t. Don’t use the soft soap, don’t give any money, don’t use the 6th floor bathroom and most of all, don’t thank Soap Lady #1 for trying to make your work day a more pleasant one!

Response from XXX:
Good morning everyone,
I think it is important to say that those of us who were satisfied just to use the soap provided by ODH were in no way implying that we don’t appreciate the efforts of others to make things nice. At least I can say that in my own behalf, and feel certain that others agree. If there is a need regarding that bathroom, perhaps we should take it up with whomever is the appropriate person or persons in the building & deal with it at the dept. level instead of trying to solve it among ourselves. No one need feel unappreciated as I’m sure that was not the intent.

Response from XYX:
I would agree with XXX. You cannot please everyone and just because a two people disagree on an action doesn’t imply any level of disrespect. It is what it is – and that is a choice.

I use the ODH provided soap and that is my choice. I use my own lotion and when the bathroom is terrible I go somewhere else.

I wish that some would be more responsible while using the public bathroom, but I realize that everyone wasn’t raised to do the right thing or to behave like a lady (have respect for themselves and others).

In closing, please remove my name from your distribution list and thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Response from Me (again, remember this was all happening on November 4th):
Soap Lady #1 and Soap Lady # 2,

You can take my name off the list too. Not because I don’t appreciate your efforts, but because all of these emails make me feel like I am in high school. This is more drama concerning our restroom than I care to hear about.

Thank you for everything you do and thank you for removing my name from the list.

What I really wanted to say was: “You freaks, try worrying about something more important that hand soap. How about collecting money for the homeless or a domestic violence shelter? JESUS.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Hey crew, Lisa and I designed a shirt for the election this year. Check us out!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New stuff

Not surprisingly, DJ Tickles had a fan club before he dropped the first beat.
Lucky boy.

PS For the squinty-eyed, the shirts read 'DJ Tickles'


It's me going solo this week.
Sneak peeks include: Bell X1, Bon Iver and Melissa (California).

Thursday, July 24, 2008

DJ School

So 'Fresh at Liquid' is becoming a little bit of a DJ school.

Last night we had DJ Curious spinning hot tunes by the likes of Ben Harper, Nina Simone, The Brazilian Girls, etc.

Check her out:

Next week it's another mystery DJ, followed by this winner on August 6th.

Don't miss's sure to be SIZZLIN'

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


They say 'third time is a charm.'

We'll see.

Perhaps these three signal something.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Best venue ever to see Shelby Lynne channel Dusty Springfield.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Wright Neighorhood

Dayton, Ohio neighborhood where Orville and Wilbur Wright had their bicycle shop. Ohio license plates call it the "Birthplace of Aviation."

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Apple City, USA

Like Mr. Cash, I went to Jackson.
Some of what I saw.

Patriotic Parfait

This fine display of perfect patriotic parfaitness spotted at Ponderosa in Jackson, Ohio. Yummy in the tummy, too.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Generation Gap

Overheard at a Columbus, Ohio ('As goes Ohio, so goes the nation') Donato's Pizzeria.

Sixty something white male says to twenty something black female:

"Did you hear the one about Chelsea Clinton...?"

(proceeds to tell sexist joke)

Young woman ignores joke entirely and says:

"Did you vote for her?" (meaning Hillary, of course)

He scoffs:

"No, are you kidding me?"

She queries:

"So you voted for Barack?"

"No," he huffs.

"Oh," it all becomes clear to her now, "you didn't vote."

Post Script: Of course he voted, but for McCain.

Thursday, March 06, 2008


We were there!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


OMG the energy in that room was ELECTRIC.

Enough said.

Head, Face, Shoulder

John Glenn
Good ole Chels

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Old Fashioned

It's a big day in Ohio and I have never felt so freaking old fashioned. The average age of the folks I know who are supporting Hillary is easily 60+. The only friends I know of who are voting for Hillary besides me are Johnny and Robin and they are just as old fashioned as me, so that still leaves me feeling like an old fogey. Hmmm, it will be interesting to see what happens. This old feminist is sticking with Hil for now though.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Push play.

Can't get enough of this song. See the movie ASAP if you haven't already (thanks to Sarah and Lisa for the tip). By far one of the best 'music movies' I have seen in years. PS They are will be in Cleveland on May 11th, anyone up for a road trip?

Friday, February 22, 2008

Let's Go Sailing

I dig this song. Love the strings.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lost In Middle America

That's how the townies refer to Lima, Ohio.

Look right, look left, then look right again.

irony in action.


I'll be off on another secret agent gig next weekend.

Destination: Rome, Italy
Mission: EGLSF Conference

So sad that I will have to stay in such a shoddy hotel.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Music for Winter

Before the amazing Shelby Lynne CD, this was my favorite song of the moment. Gotta love a Sarah spin-off.

Thursday, February 07, 2008


As I told Joyce, I keep rewinding every time I listen to this cd, I can not get past the first 4 tracks. 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' is my fav so far, particularly at 2:30 into the song.

And, yes, I am old school.

BTW, this photo is gorgeous.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Chez 2673

The Lezzies can dance!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


75 Minutes:Mansfield

I have still not purchased my new camera, though I am decided on the Canon EOS 30D. In any case, I am on a quest to document my travels around the state while attending meetings/events for my job. I took the easy way out and made this video in iphoto, so it's nothing fancy, but I want to post things as they happen, so here it is.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cube Chronicles:Toes

So, shoot me if you are sick of me sharing the gory details of cube life, but I just can't resist because the shit I hear behind this wall cracks me up!
This morning it is my neighbor with the legs talking about how she can suck her own toes (if she were the yoga type this might not seem remarkable, but she doesn't quite fit that description).
I searched yahoo images for 'sucking toes' but got the warning that I might see 'adult images,' so consider yourself spared from graphic details.

Gotta love the chatter at the state HEALTH department!!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Tilt-a-Whirl:Americana Style

I couldn't seen anything but a Tilt-A-Whirl in this image.


I have still not decided what camera to get, but it is looking like the Canon EOS 30D. Liv shocked me with a gift of my Race St. photos on a calendar and it reminded me that I have gotten lazy about taking pictures. Anyway, I went out today and played around with the Canon.

So, shots from my 'hood.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Cube Chronicles:Tattoo

Oh my god, now she is talking about how her friend was getting a tattoo and that there are "reasons" people get them, though "I wouldn't do it," but that there are some interesting ones out there. Wonder if this one would qualify as "interesting?"

Will someone please rescue me from this creative blackhole?

Cube Chronicles:Blubber

I wish I could share with all of you how joyous it is to listen to my cube neighbor talk about how fat her legs are and how wearing heels isn't going to help.

Maybe if she took off her Christmas sweater, she would feel better.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Years Madness

Raving HARD on New Years Eve!



Clearly, Becky and I couldn't hang with the big dogs.