Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: last weekend my wife Anne and I attended the third annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, where I immersed myself in the wonderful world of comic book creators and the associated arts. In our typical entertainment “comic con” experiences we usually try to find a balance between the world of comics — totally my thing — and the experience of greeting actors from films and TV shows we’ve enjoyed, which has been her thing a bit longer than it’s been my thing, but now it’s our thing. Either of us gets self-conscious whenever a given event is lopsided more in favor of our interests than in the other’s. Given our eighteen-year road trip history together, comics and celebs aren’t our only interests when we’re away from home.
Partly as a cheerful concession to Anne, but mostly out of a shared mood to explore, after lunch we took a break from CXC and took a half-mile walk westward to see a bit more of that Ohio state capital.
The destination for our one-hour afternoon getaway: the Ohio Statehouse, center of the Buckeye State’s government and home to a number of monuments as well as a small museum. Ohio’s is among the few American capitol buildings without a standard dome. The architects, working in the Greek Revival style, opted instead for a two-story cupola with a conical topper barely visible from street level.
Past a security checkpoint is the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, which provides snapshots of insight into Ohio history and culture. Admission is free. Their gift shop has souvenirs and snacks, including variations on their beloved buckeyes.
The displays and lessons held a certain level of fascination, but Anne had a primary objective: checking out their smashed penny machine. Longtime MCC readers may recall those are her thing. She’s filled a few smashed-penny books with dozens of keepsakes from our adventures in various states as well as from sites here in town. They’re cheap, they’re fun, and if you pick your pennies well, they can also be really shiny.
The Ohio Statehouse grounds has memorials and statues everywhere you turn. We didn’t catch it all, but we walked a full lap around and captured some highlights.
By the time we finished our lap around and retraced our half-mile of steps back to CXC, my mildly sprained foot became more bothersome as we went. Two Q&As later, we took our leave of Columbus, satisfied with the visit and hopeful that we’ll find opportunities for future visits. I understand they have two other smashed penny machines in town if you know where to look.
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To learn more about American state capitol domes, be sure to visit your local Wikipedia, or check out the photos of the capitols we’ve visited so far, or at least glimpsed in passing. Thanks for reading!
* Indianapolis, IN (our very own hometown, of course)
* Washington, DC (2003 — sadly from a post-9/11 distance)
* Harrisburg, PA (2011, on or way to Manhattan)
* Denver, CO (2012 — the highest dome we’ve seen, elevation-wise)
* Hartford, CT (2013, on our way out of a not-great neighborhood)
* Boston, MA (2013, as part of the Freedom Trail)
* Madison, WI (2014, with an art fair in full swing all around)
* St. Paul, MN (2014, one of the few times we’ve taken a guided tour of a Statehouse)
* Montgomery, AL (2015 — the summertime walk to it was miserable)
* Nashville, TN (2015, our last stop that year, up on a high hill)
* Charleston, WV (2008 — not yet reposted on MCC, but we’ll get to it in the months ahead…)