Break Breakdown/Introducing…Columbus

So over winter break, I went back to Michigan to spend the holidays with family and friends.  It was a relaxing and much needed break, as I’m sure everyone would agree.  It is always nice to see family during the holidays as we have never been very close in general so the holidays are the only times I get to see many of my aunts and uncles.  My sister also recently gave birth to my nephew, so I got to see him for the first time.

Break also gave me tons of time to do some pleasure reading and music searching.  I have felt a bit of music withdrawal since starting classes.  One of my favorite things to do is dig up new music and collect records, as well as dabbling in songwriting and playing guitar.  I decided to leave my guitar in Michigan when I moved to Columbus, and I have missed almost all things music since I’ve been here.

It was great to have time to spend with an amazing group of friends.  Since I was in Michigan for so much time we were able to get back into some of the things we did before I left.  We had a regular schedule; wallyball on Tuesday nights, trivia at one of the local bars on Thursdays, skiing normal once a month through the winter.  Being here in Columbus I miss those friends and activities.

While I was there, I started planning to have some of them down here one weekend soon.  However, since I spent so much time on classes, internship hunting, and all of the things that go into surviving grad school, I didn’t have too many opportunities to explore Columbus last quarter.  Because of that, I am a bit at a loss for the best way to introduce visitors to Columbus.

As much as I’m sure many of you would rather not have a group of Michiganders down here in Buckeye territory, I wonder how someone from Columbus would welcome visitors to the city.  Do you take them to a game, Schmidt’s, somewhere in the Short North?

Please feel free to comment and let me know how you would introduce visitors to Columbus and OSU.

On a side note, some of you may have heard about the Beard Competition that took place at Fisher after the break.  The way it worked was, if you wanted to participate, you grow your beard all through break and at the end there would be judges over the course of three days.  The first day was the full beard, the second day was facial hair design, and the final day was the mustache.  I decided to give it a shot.  I had to trim my beard a couple weeks before the end of break, but even with the mid-growth set-back, I’m proud to say I took Third Place.  No prizes, just man/beard pride.