Friday, 25 March 2011

Things That Make You Go Yum - Columbus Edition

It is mighty hard for me to take anything seriously these days.  The world has taken a turn into extreme chaos on all fronts, and I think my life and cares seem miniscule in comparison.  However, they are my miniscule triumphs, foibles, heartbreaks, pleasures and I have no one else's to live.  We all get tested; we all have our turn with disaster and emergency.  Luckily, this moment is not mine.

WOWps was a huge experience and very very tough for me in a lot of ways - some random, some stupid, and some possibly important.  I'm always a reluctant slammer, and often feel like the whole thing is a prolonged version of picking teams for gym in 7th grade.  And I'm always the short one.

Finals night was pretty gorgeous, and as has been known about me and certain events, I cried a lot.  Then we partied more.  I think the DJ's were guys (ok, tequila haze - I don't actually remember), but they made sure to play lots of empowering women.  There was something about a basement full of poet women divas dancing when suddenly Beyonce's Single Ladies came on ---- it was a funny kind of explosion and liberation.

It's true - I didn't see much of Columbus - there wasn't really time - but our hotel was close to some great things, thankfully, so what I did get was super yummy.



An indoor farmer's/food market.

From fantastic Indian to Polish, Middle Eastern to Sushi, Boba to smoothies - what a GREAT place!

It was about a 2-minute walk from the hotel, which meant I basically ate every meal here (okay, there was really only time for 1 meal a day).

Highlight/standout would have to be Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.  

Holla if you want to try the Cherry Lambic sorbet or the Goat Cheese Fig Cointreau ice cream.

I think my favorite might have been the Olive Oil with Roasted Pepitas.

We are all going through major withdrawal from Jeni's and would go back to Columbus in a flash for more!


The organizers placed us in this revitalized arts district which was really great.  Lots of restaurants and shops and stuff to walk to.  It was so windy my hat blew off, but the sun was shining and it felt really nice to be outside.

Blink Davies was the shop I had the mostest fun in.  Lots of cool gifts that you want to buy your friends and yourself.

A somewhat humungous brunch was had at Betty's, which was decorated like an altar to Bettie Page.

The Lincoln Theatre

Finals were held at this gorgeous old theatre.

Inside, the decorations were all Egyptian-themed - it reminded me of the Egyptian in Park City.

I suddenly thought what a long, strange trip it had been from watching Slam at Sundance at that theatre when it premiered, to being at Finals Night for WOWps in this theatre.

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