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For the sixth consecutive year, I covered the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Upper West Side by the talent trailers, starting my morning with a Starbucks hot chocolate on 82 and Columbus and ending with a photo of Santa before returning to my apartment for video editing.

But for the first time, that trip to-and-from my perch involved more than a walk two avenues over. Sure, the commute time from the Financial District to my old hood affected my alarm clock, but it didn’t stop me from feeling the holiday spirit and enjoying the time-honored tradition of the parade.

The origin of this trip traces back to the summer. I was at my favorite bar in my neighborhood and the cocktail waitress was telling me that she is from Cincinnati. Something Cincy is known for: having one of the (and this year, the) largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country.

I had never been to Cincinnati nor neighboring Kentucky and boy do I love me a seasonal beer.

So that night I went home and cross-checked the city’s Oktoberfest with the Reds schedule. Turns out the Pirates were in town. So I’d get to visit a new city, a new state, a new ballpark and take part in a huge Oktoberfest.

I added another new experience to my plate that summer night: the first time I booked a flight after a few drinks.

Eventually I scored a nice deal on a hotel downtown through Hotwire and before you know it, the weekend of September 17 was here. I flew in to Cincy’s airport on Saturday morning. Fun fact: the airport is across the river in Kentucky; about a 15 minute drive from downtown. After checking in, I went for a three-and-a-half mile jog around the city. I really enjoy the way Cincy is set-up: Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Bengals), Great American Ballpark (Reds) and the city’s arena are all on the river. Cincinnati uses these centerpieces to develop both commercial and otherwise: there’s also a beautiful park with a couple of playgrounds right on the water.

Whenever I stay in a city for multiple nights I usually try and grocery shop. Even if I can’t buy perishables (my hotel room had a fridge but it wouldn’t get cold enough to keep anything from spoiling), I want bottled water and snacks because buying these from a store as opposed to a “market” downstairs usually will save you some money. I also enjoy checking out new grocery stores and my Cincy trip marked the first-ever visit to a Kroeger’s.

But on my way to Kroeger’s, I walked through Washington Park. Apparently every Saturday they hold an outdoor flea market there; tons of different merchants plus food and alcohol vendors. It was a pleasant and unexpected break in my schedule. I picked up a sweet vintage “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati” t-shirt, cracked open my first Rhinegeist Truth IPA and took a minute to enjoy the weather before continuing on with my trip to the store.


It’s tough for me to judge all of Kroger’s based on this particular visit because the store wasn’t in the best part of town (something my Uber driver warned me about but again, I like new experiences). That said, I still picked up a couple of items and headed back to my hotel.

I hit up Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday. It was good and I’m glad I attended but probably wouldn’t go out of my way to return. Samuel Adams is the title sponsor so the brewery’s Oktoberfest beer is plentiful. I tried a few other brews as well before retiring to my room for a quick nap.

Right before I left the city, I checked Pollstar’s concert schedule to see if there was anything happening in the area that weekend. Puff Daddy and the Bad Boy Reunion Tour was in town. And across the river in Newport, Kentucky, Jon McLaughlin was performing with supporting act Marc Scibilia.

Marc Scibilia?! I know him!

Marc and I grew up together in Western New York. I hadn’t seen him in about a year, but that changed last weekend. I attended his performance at The Southgate House Revival, which looks like a renovated church-turned-venue. It’s a very unique place to catch a show.

After his solo set, Marc and I decided to do something more unique: we grabbed Mexican food in Northern Kentucky. The spicy tacos were surprisingly delicious and seemed like a good idea at the time.


A little later in the night I flip-flopped on that decision.

Anyways, Sunday brought about another three-mile-plus run before I walked over to Great American Ballpark. I bought a ticket on StubHub, two rows off the field right by third base, for $30. It was a hot and humid day in the city, and coincidentally enough, former Yankee stars Ivan Nova and Francisco Cervelli were starting for the Pirates.

The ballpark was a real treat: great sightlines, lots of cool places to stand and watch the game, plenty of food and beverage options. The staff and the fans were both pleasant, despite the abysmal season that the Reds have had.

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Cincy salvaged the final game of the series and I made my way back to the hotel, through Oktoberfest one more time. There was a big TV set-up so Bengals fans could catch the end of the game against the team’s archrival the Steelers. The Bengals lost and I think between that, the heat and Oktoberfest – the wind was taken from the sails of the city.

I did end up at the casino (small donation via the Blackjack tables) and Nick Lachey’s sports bar (aptly named “Lachey’s” – good food, excellent Bloody Mary) before essentially retiring to my room for the evening. I wanted to relax and I also came to the realization that I definitely did not need 48 hours to experience all that Cincy had to offer.

I also probably don’t need to book travel after a night of drinking but something tells me I haven’t quite learned that lesson yet.

“Dads” is a new comedy on FOX that premieres Tuesday night at 8. It is a Seth MacFarlane creation, and stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two best friends who find their lives turned upside down when their fathers, actors Peter Riegert and Martin Mull respectfully, decide to move in with them.

Vanessa Lachey plays Camila, Ribisi’s wife. When asked if she could ever picture her real life husband, singer Nick, as an overbearing father who meant well, she laughed.

“Nick is not an overbearing guy,” she told “The Ralphie Show” at FOX’s radio junket for its new fall lineup. “But I could see, to that point, how moms become overbearing because I swore to my son, who is now 11 months old, I would never be that mom.”

Camden is now one year old, and despite Vanessa claiming she would never make his friends or potential girlfriends feel uncomfortable, she admits that may be easier said than done.

“Already, I’m like, ‘Are you flirting with her?’” Lachey said, half-kidding, we think. She painted her husband in a softer light. “Nick is just like his father, which is over loving in such a sweet way. Nick said the one thing that hurt him the most growing up was his dad saying, ‘I’m disappointed son.’”

The actress can only hope now that it’s the audience, already with high expectations given MacFarlane’s creator and executive producer credit, that isn’t disappointed.

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Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest edition on details regarding the divorce of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Nick Lachey and Jon Gosselin on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”


02.17.09 : Nick Lachey – Patience
Nick Calls The Ralphie Radio Show!
On “Patience” & Coming Up For Air:


(Old School: Ralphie & sister Raquela w/ Nick & Jess; Buffalo, 2003)
On Valentine’s Day & The Paparazzi:

i am a diehard yankees fan, and while in studio last night, throughly enjoyed watching derek jeter squeak out a game-winning hit for the my bronx bombers.

but apparently, clutch-hits isn’t the only thing the yankee captain distributes.

(l to r: minillo, jeter, biel)

according to laragmag.com – derek jeter gave jessica alba herpes.

(alba: this month’s cosmo cover girl)
still undecided on who i feel bad for.

anywho – jeter is known as “serial celebrity dater.” mariah carey, vanessa minillo, jessica biel, maybe now gabrielle union.

and i’m sure that is just scratching the surface.

but think of the ramifactions. justin timberlake and nick lachey – you may be infected too.

could you imagine – derek jeter goes from endorsing nike and ford to valtrex?

i am a diehard yankees fan, and while in studio last night, throughly enjoyed watching derek jeter squeak out a game-winning hit for the my bronx bombers.

but apparently, clutch-hits isn’t the only thing the yankee captain distributes.

(l to r: minillo, jeter, biel)

according to laragmag.com – derek jeter gave jessica alba herpes.

(alba: this month’s cosmo cover girl)
still undecided on who i feel bad for.

anywho – jeter is known as “serial celebrity dater.” mariah carey, vanessa minillo, jessica biel, maybe now gabrielle union.

and i’m sure that is just scratching the surface.

but think of the ramifactions. justin timberlake and nick lachey – you may be infected too.

could you imagine – derek jeter goes from endorsing nike and ford to valtrex?