In the big city of Cincinnati this week, and with nothing to do?
I know that sounds hard to believe with Cincinnati listed as a major city.
Wife Holly and I were there as guests of our good friend Chris Wheeler, who had an advanced screening of his upcoming documentary that will be featured next month on PBS stations across the country — Civil War-The Untold Story.
Chris got his start at WLIO-TV way back in 1981.
We have been best friends since.
Wheel and his wife invited us to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati on Monday night where Chris was showcasing his documentary.
After the show, we met for dinner and tried to figure out what we would do the following morning.
It was a tough task.
We asked the waitress at the restaurant her suggestions on what the four of us could do for a few hours in the Queen City. Well, the waitress hesitated for a few seconds and said she would get back to us.
Then Wheel’s wife, Kelly, Googled a “bucket list for Cincinnati.”
That has got to be the answer, right?
The number one thing to do in Cincinnati, according to WLWT-TV, was eat a three way and cheese Coney at Skyline Chili.
We have Skyline Chili in Lima.
And that is the number one item on a bucket list for Cincinnati?
Well, think about it.
No Reds just yet.
No Bengals till late summer.
No Kings Island till Memorial Day, right.
So maybe Skyline is the number one thing to do in Cincinnati.
What did we do?
We ended up driving around downtown Cincinnati and continued through Covington and Newport Kentucky.
Just taking our own personal tour, I guess.
We did finish up at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, which is only No. 20 on the WLWT-TV’s bucket list, but hey we did it anyway and really enjoyed it.
Finally, it was time for the Wheelers to head to their next advanced screening and for the Kozas to head back home to Lima.
And yes, we thought about heading to Skyline when we got back.
Sure is nice that we have the number one bucket list item for Cincinnati right here in Lima.
OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:
• Congrats to Lima Central Catholic and Crestview for bringing back two more boys’ state basketball championships to Limaland. The T-Birds were pegged for Columbus from the beginning of the season. The Knights were supposed to be good, but a regular season win over LCC showed everyone else just how good they really were. And Jeremy Best’s team went the entire season — 29 and oh — only the sixth Ohio boys’ basketball team to go undefeated in a season this century and only the third since 2008. The last Limaland team to go undefeated in boys’ hoops was New Knoxville in ’08.
• I am ready for the start of baseball’s regular season, for sure. Technically it began last week with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks playing a two-game series in Australia. To me, the season begins with the Reds at home. That was the tradition for many, many years, and still is, to many. That means next Monday is opening day with the Reds at home versus rival St. Louis, while the Indians open Monday night on the road at Oakland.
Many of the so-called experts are picking the Indians to fall back from last year’s 92 win season, but I am optimistic that they will contend for another playoff berth.
And the Reds look really strong again, but injuries have hit them hard so far this spring. Right now, it is important for the back end of the bullpen to step up with the loss of their closer Aroldis Chapman for the next two months. Baseball, here we come!