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I dare someone to post something positive, double dog dare!

Cause I am so sick of the people that bitch bitch bitch and won't move move move!

I will help with the U-Haul, for real.

created by Ryan on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:26:04 pm     Comments: 41

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hey ryan! have you checked out this blog yet?

some of us actually love living here! :)

posted by upso on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:46:31 pm     #  

Saturday afternoon is the first Saturday of (3) Three Saturdays of Artomatic 419!

Arts and entertainment FREE and open to the public!

In the building next door to the Oliver House, Downtown, Warehouse District.

Check the schedule here:

... for poetry, acoustic music, folk music, rockabilly, dance, a flute solo, performance art, experimental noise, rock, and hip hop.

Close to 200 area artists showing works in a huge building that was completely transformed by volunteers working countless hours to clean the building and build walls upon to hang work.

100% volunteer-driven. 100% FREE. And 100% awesome and positive.

posted by toledolen on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:49:39 pm     #  

Also, there is a parking lot on the east side of the building for those of you who are parking-challenged. All of the Oliver House restaurants will be open for lunch, coffee and dinner. Did I mention it's free?

posted by toledolen on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:56:51 pm     #  

Wal-Mart is going out off business

posted by toledobellows on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:06:12 pm     #  

Visit the Toledo Botanical Gardens this spring for the spring bloom. End of April to the end of June is a constant show of spring annuals and perennials. It's free, peaceful and the walking is wonderful exercise. It's a jewel of a facility. Open the same hours as the Metroparks.

posted by holland on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:16:58 pm     #  

I heard Fresh Market is closing. Doh, Damn it... that doesn't fall under the positive tag. Yet, it's not negative either.

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:23:52 pm     #  

Why? Cause they didn't carry "never frozen" sea bass? LMAO!

Be gone.

posted by Ryan on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:28:12 pm     #  

You're really still hooked on losing that argument. Wow. Get over it.

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:29:11 pm     #  

Whatever makes you sleep on frozen fish at night.

posted by Ryan on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:32:21 pm     #  

Wow. LOL. You're really still angry about getting whooped around by me? LOL. That's hilarious. I had already forgotten.

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:36:27 pm     #  

WELL! This thread certainly hit it's potential, hasn't it.

posted by toledolen on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:54:23 pm     #  

have you seen the improvements out at Oak Openings?? It's awesomely beautiful!!! I never realized how much I hated all those pine trees. Even the Northern bluebirds are going out of their way to see it! and no, this is not sarcasm, it actually pleases me very much. I've spent my life in that park and never knew the forest was so beautiful behind all those trees!

posted by nana on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:58:04 pm     #  

man alive you guys turned this thread into a bummer quick

posted by upso on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:58:33 pm     #  

but i agree with nana. the local metro parks are truly amazing!

posted by upso on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:59:07 pm     #  

Yes, I do apologize to the others. I didn't understand why the angst from a thread that happened like a month ago was being carried over to my comment about Fresh Market.
Apologies all.

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:01:13 pm     #  

Thanks, JJ. I think your work here is done.

posted by toledolen on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:03:32 pm     #  

upso. Thanks for that link to Enjoying Toledo! I pulled up the page and the first thing on it was Gus's burgers! I have an obscene obsession with burgers and eating a local dives. This is just what I've been looking for.

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:09:09 pm     #  

you'll love Gus's

posted by upso on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:11:03 pm     #  

I've found quite a few places on that page that I haven't visited and didn't know about. It's like Diner, Drive Ins and Dives -- The Toledo Version.
Very excited about this find

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:13:23 pm     #  

Where is Mercado San Pedro Taco Bar? I saw it on someone's top 5 places to eat list, but I haven't been able to find any other information on it.

posted by JJFad on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:20:21 pm     #  


  • Job market here isn't bad, better than most places I've lived and I make 3x here what I made in 3 other states non union.
  • Parks, parks, parks! The parks here are absolutely wonderful and well kept, and so many of them :)
  • Fishing: walleye run, close to Lake Erie
  • Marble Head light house
  • Glass and Art Museum
  • Tony Packo's (if we needed anything else :) )
  • Mudnens/Walleyes
  • Can go to another Country in about 1.5 hours. Canada is fun.
  • Reasonable cost of living.
  • Overall nice people around
  • One of the best library systems around, top 10 in the nation I believe.
  • Ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Many festivals for the various cultures.
  • Rib Off
  • Strong Art following in the area, with many great local artists
  • Multiple college opportunities: Owens is cheap and decent, UT is a very good school with one of the best Photovoltaic departments in the world.
  • Many clubs and organizations to keep you occupied. Interested in pottery, glass blowing, gardening or ham radio? There is a club or organization willing to teach you at a decent price if not free.
  • Toledo Zoo is one of my favorites. On par with the national museum or the one in Pittsburgh (anxious to see the one in Columbus though)
  • Frozen Tozen
  • Lights Before Christmas
  • The lights on the 280 bridge. (not a deal breaker but still neat and original to Toledo)
  • Strong local History
  • Beaches and Wildlife Reserves
  • Jeeps rock :)

Should I keep going?

posted by INeedCoffee on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:21:42 pm     #  

Should have said National Zoo not Museum, but you get my drift I hope.

posted by INeedCoffee on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:22:59 pm     #  

Something positive? I like Carty and think he is doing a good job as mayor.

posted by ilovetoledo on Apr 17, 2009 at 07:23:46 am     #  

Spring is finally here...summer is around the corner.

Professional Hockey will be back in Toledo this fall.

The Mudhens kicked off their season.

There might be a dog park in my neighborhood soon.

Things are good in Toledo.

posted by transcom on Apr 17, 2009 at 07:35:08 am     #  

Also you can take photography classes too, i beleive there is a photo club at the botanical gardens. The spring bloom is an awsome place to take pictures.

Plus don't forget that place before you get to crane creek beech. (i can't think of the name out on route 2, they have a tower to bird watch or whatever. I've gotten some nice shots from up there too. 8-)

posted by tm2 on Apr 17, 2009 at 07:50:25 am     #  

Not really Toledo, but that would be Magee Marsh, path of the annual warbler migration starting up in a few weeks.

posted by prairieson on Apr 17, 2009 at 09:08:50 am     #  

Sorry all that I went there, just don’t understand why people go out of their way to post something negative when asked for the opposite. Not my problem I suppose.

Let’s not forget how awesome it is to have lunch at The Docks in the summer. A normal 1 hour lunch usually turns into a 3 hour social fest complete with great views, food and drink.

posted by Ryan on Apr 17, 2009 at 09:35:11 am     #  

Hey Ryan, don't forget there is free parking at the docks for those that like to bitch about paying to park.LOL!I like the summer nights at the Navy Bistro patio listening to my favorite tunes spun by the sounds of music.
(Jim Lieber)

posted by buckeye278 on Apr 17, 2009 at 10:20:56 am     #  

Hey upso, I see you're having a little to-do at Lickity Split. Another reason to enjoy Toledo. I lived above Wixey's for 6-7 years and Lickity Split was my go-to place for ice cream and burgers. I will definitely bring the fam on the 26th!

posted by daddyg on Apr 17, 2009 at 10:49:03 am     #  

tm2: it doesn't surprise me, do you have more info though? I enjoy photography, especially wildlife. If there's a club I'd be interested in joining.

posted by INeedCoffee on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:07:48 am     #  

Hey, whose site is enjoyingtoledo? That thing is awesome.

posted by Ryan on Apr 17, 2009 at 01:24:17 pm     #  

daddyg, yes indeed we're having an icecream social next weekend!

ryan, it's my wife's blog. it chronicles our adventures around the city! we love it here.

posted by upso on Apr 17, 2009 at 02:42:17 pm     #  

Well tell the wife good job. I had seen that before awhile back and read EVERY single post while at work, lol.

You guys seem very active, good on ya.

posted by Ryan on Apr 17, 2009 at 03:02:15 pm     #  

Something positive?

We're not Flint, MI or Gary, IN.

posted by Postal on Apr 17, 2009 at 03:07:42 pm     #  

Hey upso, nice Toledo blog. Is "Gus's Yum Yum" the place that used to be "Carol's?"
Haven't been there in 20 years, but I'm gonna hit it soon, largely because of your blog entry.

posted by SavageFred on Apr 17, 2009 at 04:49:32 pm     #  

Wal-Mart and Fresh Market!!!! Two of the very best things that ever happened to Toledo. Representing the very best in overall value to the consumer is Wal-Mart and the very best in upscale gourmet and fine dining groceries, gifts etc. is Fresh Market!!! How fortunate is Toledo and all its great people... (you would have to be some kinda union freako to dispute that) These great stores are what make Toledo a pleasant place to live.

posted by michiganbluecollar on Apr 17, 2009 at 05:12:59 pm     #  

Yikes, dude. Wal-Mart?

If we could possibly get a Trader Joes in the downtown/OWE are that would be freaking something to talk about.

posted by toledolen on Apr 17, 2009 at 05:24:20 pm     #  

savagefred. i'm pretty sure gus's has been gus's for forever, but I could be wrong. it's on north summit street inbetween downtown and point place

posted by upso on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:36:29 pm     #  

I do love me some Trader Joes! Dropped plenty of coin up there last week. And as much as I love their "no sales, no coupons, just fresh wholesome products at everyday good prices" business philosophy, Traders Joe's does have a dirty little secret: It's owned by a private trust managed by German billionaire Theo Albrecht, AKA the guy who started/owns ALDI.

Doesn't bother me a bit, but dropping this fact in mixed company has prompted more than a few poseur/alterna/gastronome-snobs to choke on their organic goat cheese jalapeno popper.

Regardless, T-Town can't get one soon enough.

posted by SavageFred on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:49:25 pm     #  

Here's a couple of positives:

1) The Mud Hens home opener last night was a lot of fun. (Even if they lost the game.) It was nice to see a large crowd of Toledoans enjoying themselves at the game. Felt a strong sense of community spirit.

2) The Toledo Rockets spring game tonight was fun as well. The players signed autographs for the kids after the game - my kids now have a poster that was signed by the whole team. The players were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to socialize with all the kids waiting for autographs. My kids had a great time, and best of all it was free. :)

posted by mom2 on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:58:29 pm     #  

nana, tm2, and prairieson already touched on a couple of my favorite reasons for living in this region: Magee Marsh (and other lake shore birding spots) and the Oak Openings Region.

The bluebird that is attracting birdwatchers from hours away is currently hanging out on the Toledo Express Airport fence at Wilkins and 295 near Oak Openings Metropark. It's a Mountain Bluebird, and it normally exists in the Rocky Mountain states, but obviously this bird's navigation system got a little mixed up. This is only the second official record of a Mountain Bluebird in Ohio.

Mountain Bluebird thread at the Toledo Naturalists message board.

Apr 13, 2009 Toledo Blade story titled Rare bluebird sighting in Oak Openings inspires migration of enthusiasts

The Oak Openings Region is special, and it's under-appreciated and under-valued. The Oak Openings Region: A Natural Wonder Disappearing Near You

The spring bird migration through northwest Ohio began back in early to mid-February and it will continue until early June. The month of May is the main time when visitors from around the United States come to Magee Marsh for the warblers.

I'm positive that if you spend some time on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh in May, you will enjoy observing tiny, colorful songsters that winter in Central and South America. Any time in May is good, but I'd day the best period for warblers and other birds is May 8-21.

Bird migration boosts local economy
Spring Songbird Migration Summary - general guidelines from now through May

International Migratory Bird Day is Saturday May 9, and it's celebrated at multiple places along the lake shore in northwest Ohio. Magee Marsh is crowded that day, but several activities will be available.

Related sites:

Birding the Toledo Area
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of Magee Marsh
Black Swamp Bird Observatory

posted by jr on Apr 18, 2009 at 07:14:10 am     #