I spent 20 hours in Columbus Ohio and I'm delighted to report that it's beautiful. Blame my northeastern liberal elitist bias, but I expected a lot more grit and blight. The place is almost spotless.
All I know about Ohio is this:
But what I found was this:
Everyone in Columbus is friendly and wears a shirt that says "Ohio State" or "Cleveland Indians" on it. Restaurant prices are pretty fair and everyone seems to be commited to fitness even if their waistlines don't show it. Really, look:
Columbus is full of beautiful architecture, both old and new. Look at the juxtaposition of the art deco building behind the tower of black glass!
And the beautiful skyline!
And the historical information!
And the beautiful sculpture garden celebrating Ohio's public primary schools!
And the empty pack of Dorals and the used tube of Vagisil thrown into the flowers around the beautiful sculpture garden celebrating Ohio's public primary schools!
I bet you're probably saying to yourself "Who smokes Dorals?!?"
This isn't how I intended my photo essay to end. I honestly was struck by the beauty and cleanliness of Columbus and decided to take a bunch of pictures as I strolled to pass the time, arranging the photos with short one-liners exactly as set out above. In fact, the place is so beautiful and clean that the used Vagisil tube stuck out like a sore ... thumb, that's why I noticed it. And that's when I decided to stop taking pictures. Otherwise I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the city.
That said ... who uses Vagisil in public, in a sculpture garden, and throws the tube into the landscaping?! While smoking 20 cigarettes!? I've seen lots of disgusting stuff in New York and Boston -- syringes, dead rats, live rats, used condoms, gangrenous homeless people, vomit, people passed out in vomit, people vomitting, Don King, stalactites of snotty mold driping from subway ceilings, fat girls in spandex, my own reflection in the mirror as I get out of the shower -- but nothing that made my stomach flop like this discarded Vagisil tube. Only in Ohio, I guess.