Author of the Queen City Boys books


Back from Ohio. Getting there was hideous. It took twice as long as should have and not just because of grandma driving. Bad accidents. Detoured off the highway, driving back roads in Kentucky after dark. Yep.

K and were repeatedly mistaken for lesbians. In a polite, let me drop in that I know women who’ve had a commitment ceremony type of way. Oy.

I was gonna write this whole thing about how weird and creepily middle American Ohio is, but I’m lazy and tired. High points include T’giving with K’s family, pedicures in awesome massage chairs, and insane shopping/antiquing trip to a quaint little town in which I over heard the follow conversation as a couple was coming out of a store:

Husband: Did I tell you and about what happened to Hodges?
Wife: No.
H: He went out ot his cruiser and it was broken down. So he had to get another on from the station and he checked the oil in that before he went out and it was bone dry!

Apparently police forces in rural/suburban Ohio don’t have mechanics? The poor man appalled at this turn of events.

Mind you this happened in small town where they had Santa at one of the street, for pics with kids and Santa gave each kid a trick or treat type bag and then all the stores on Main St. were giving out holiday candy and toys trick or treat style. Savvy town marketing to get parents in to shop, I guess.

I alos read the local papers while I was there. God save our country if anyone is using the Cinci paper for real news. Eep.

All in all the weather was gorgeous and we had a good time. I have a fabulous new scarf from K’s aunt and am considering knitting as possible fuiture exercise. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

My toes look fabulous. Although the color looked good in the bottle. On my toes? It looks like something my mom would have picked.

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

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  1. Ah, Cincinnati. I have a whole chunk of family that live in that area, on up to just above Columbus. They’re so fervently Republican it’s weird. Except the cousin who is my age, she’s a Dem, but she married a Republican FARMER. It’s like she’s a pod person.

    However, they have good chili and the Montgomery Inn rocks for ribs and beer. I like hanging out in that city in small blocks of time. Like, say, one week a year.

  2. It looks like something my mom would have picked.

    Agggh. I see acetone in your future.

    And to quote my bro once again, “Ah, the Midwest. It’s nice, but it sucks.”

  3. Yes, but did you go to Skyline and have chili on spaghetti? I still don’t get it, but it’s kind of mandatory. That and the cheesy hash brown thingy at…aw, shit, I’ll have to poke Mr. Ten and find out the name of the place.

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