Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: last Saturday Anne and I attended the eighth annual Cincinnati Comic Expo in the heart of their downtown. Once we finished up at the show, the urge for exploration hadn’t faded yet. Last year we’d checked out a few of the local tourist attractions but had to leave some possibilities behind for future years. Our time was short, but we wanted to cross at least one objective off the outtake list.
Hence our lead photo: “Toy Heritage”.
Created by Jonathan Queen of ArtWorks Cincinnati, the mural is a tribute to Kenner Toys, international purveyors of fantastic childhood memories. Kenner was founded in Cincinnati and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016, when the mural was completed. Many of you can name more than half the personalities and objects in the scene.
Unfortunately our vantage options weren’t great. The mural is on one of three buildings surrounding a small parking lot across the street from some bars. We couldn’t step back any farther because the building behind us was in our way. This shot was the best I could do with my Galaxy S6, which has the widest scope of any camera we own. Here’s the far right end of the image that I cut off:
Alternatively, Anne tried a phone-video approach, something neither of us ever think to do for any occasion, and created her own scrolling photo, as it were:
It’s not exactly in the best neighborhood, but it was harmless on a sweltering Saturday afternoon. We ignored the aspiring drunkards filing out of the bar across the street and buying a ride on one of those newfangled pedal-powered pubs that combine the disparate hobbies of bicycling and alcohol. We have one back home in Indianapolis, operated by a different company. Every time I see one, it brings out my judgmental side.
Unlike the rest of downtown Cincinnati, by and large. “Toy Heritage” is a healthy six-block walk from the Duke Energy Convention Center. Nearly any path you choose from A to B will take you past other art installations in the area. We located a few of the city’s 45 murals (at least) as well as a few pieces crafted in other media. Fueled by a round of ice cream from the nearest Graeter’s, we did our best to catch what we could before time and energy ran out.
All things considered, the jaunt was delightful despite the 90-degree heat bearing down on us and refusing to make way for autumn. Also, our two-part CCE writeup neglected to mention that I’d sprained my foot the previous Monday and refused to let it limit us for as long as I could. It wasn’t fully healed that day — still isn’t quite as of today, in fact. That’s why we don’t have enough 2017 Cincinnati pics for a five-part series, but I like to think I did well under the circumstances. Blame Cincinnati for giving us reasons to want to see more of it.