With my wife being from Cleveland, I've spent more time in Ohio than I care to remember. Here is an interesting take on the state. Several of the mgoshirts are a fine approximation as well.
EDIT: Had some time before I went to work, so I decided to make it a little more accurate.
That's more like it
Is in the fridge. Have a good day at work!
...and slick his hair down with saliva before he leaves the house. His co-workers will appreciate and note the gesture. Excellent communication method by the way. He may even pay attention.
Ohio native, living in Columbus. This map is 100% accurate except for Athens county. Don't indulge Ohio University. They are Meth labs and Dollar Generals like the rest of SE Ohio.
Native, I completely agree (though Court St. Is fun).
Surprisingly pretty, especially with all the old brick architechture. Also, Donkey Coffee is a hidden gem. Elite coffee.
Just the memory I needed to add a spark to my day... LOVE Donkey Coffee. I was on campus when it opened and began to rock everyone's world. Chris and Angie (the owners) are such great people and run an awesome business.
Thanks for the pick-me-up
I was a Perks guy, but then again, all my friends worked there so I got free coffee all the time. I think the Donkey showed up my last year or two there. Now I'm craving a trip to Athens! Need my Burrito Buggy, Souflaki's, Pub, Bagel Street, and Casa fix.
Leave Ohio University out of this. After all, it is The original Ohio university. Columbus just likes to pretend its school is with the affectation.
The only bad thing I can say about OU is that Dantonio student taught there. But we all start from somewhere, and OU is OK in that regard.
I think that they're saying that the only thing that separates Athens county from the rest of SE Ohio (my family lives about 15 minutes from Athens) is the party school (true) and hippie oasis (very true).
Easy with the generalizations...Miami University is absolutely gorgeous as well as being a top 75 national university.
As someone who's spend a lot of time in Cleveland, gone to school in Dayton, gone to school and lived in Cincinnati, and live in Columbus... I would say this map is right. Greater Cinci is more like Kentucky than Ohio. Dayton has Pilots. Cincinnati is slum and rust belt. Hearing every single person I work with talk about being from Youngstown, it IS mob central. I'm not sure Chicago ever had anything on what Youngstown has now. One of my best friends went to school at OU and that's pretty much the way he talks about it...
So. You're going to say what about neglecting one school in the vast hinterland of Ohio that even people who live there are agreeing with?
So true. I'll definitely have to pass that on to my friend in Toledo.
between ohio and Michigan regarding Toledo:
"You can have it."
"No, that's okay, you can have it."
"No, I insist, you have it..."
"NO, YOU have it..."
But we got the UP out of the deal, so it's all good.
When the US and Canada played in the last Olympics, there was a billboard somewhere hyping the game with the tagline "Loser gets Bieber".
Well, from Erie, Mi, actually. But it's true. I went to school for all 12 years in toledo and my parents moved from ohio to michigan a couple years before me.
Just over the border in Temperance.
Little Detriot home of ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise & one of the people from M*A*S*H. Oh, and the Mud Hens and Walleye.
From Temperance as well. Why does Ohio have to be so close? I can practically smell it from my house.
Need to be switched, other than that, this is pretty accurate.
Well I guess living in "roller coasters and boats" part of ohio is better then some of the other options.
an argument could be made for chopping "The South" down to just a handful of counties (Hamilton, Butler, Warren) --- and extending "West Virginia" a few counties further to the west. But otherwise it's spot-on.
I like to pretend Ohio stops after Colubus and anything under it is either West Virginia or Kentucky.
I would also say this about those areas, none of them can build a road on time.
Having been born and raised in "lighthouses and beaches" is probably why I don't mind the occasional return home visit.
As a former Ohio resident, I cast another vote for "spot-on". I was surprised at the stark cultural transformation upon venturing south or east of Columbus. You are not in the Midwest anymore. One funny thing I found about Franklin County (or I guess just more the city of Columbus), was that, yes, 90% are die-hard Buckeyes, but the 10% who aren't...hate all things OSU. I am sure that is to be found in many places, but I was surprised by the vehemence with which I heard it expressed in Columbus.
I will say this - in all the times we've taken I-75 south to the Cincinnati area to visit some of my wife's extended family (the bulk of them being in Chicago), the drive from just south of Toledo to the Dayton area or thereabouts is one of the most hypnotizingly dull stretches of road ever conceived by man. There is, almost literally, nothing to look at. It's almost as if people forgot about this part of Ohio.
I drove down to the AF Museum at Wright-Pat earlier this year, and agree 100%. Thank God I was with a friend so I had someone to talk to.
FOR EIGHT YEARS! (Yes, I meant to shout, in a virtual sense). It was painful beyond all measure.
I worked on a project in Dayton and drove down each Monday morning and back each Thursday evening or Friday morning. I lived - to the extent that downtown Dayton can be called "living" - near the U of D campus.
Ever see that California Dairy commercial where the grandma cow has nightmares about growing up in the snow and cold of Wisconsin? Yeah, it's like that, but with less California.
I've been doing the Cincinnati to Detroit drive about 6 times a year for 10 years now (since 2004). It is a very un-enjoyable drive. I-75 in Downtown Dayton is especially painful: it has never NOT been under construction during that time! And it still looks like they're several years from completing whatever it is they're doing. Just horrible.
And most of the rest of the state, as well. Exit and entrance ramps to the right AND left, orange barrels planted like trees for miles without any sign of construction activity, and a speed limit that fluctuates up and down for no apparent reason. Forget about Texas; Ohio's the state most like a whole other
And it still looks like they're several years from completing whatever it is they're doing.
Good god, this makes me laugh. I used to bitch about this all the time when I lived in Dayton . . . in the 1980's. When I went back for occasional visits in the '90's and '00's, it was still the same. I have not been there in a decade, but it sounds like it is still the same.
That means it has been a mess for 30+ years straight. Somebody is getting some kind of payoff.
Yes, the drive from Dayton to A2 is miserable. This used to be the drive I would do for every Michigan home game for years. When I finally saw the "Ann Arbor" signs, it wa like reaching an oasis in the desert.
I drive up from Atlanta usually twice a year and have been doing it for the last 5 years. The trip isn't bad till you get to Cincinatti. Then it just spirals into boredome and stupidity. I usually don't fly because having a kid now just exponentially increases cost and I don't feel it's worth it. That and how much it costs to board a dog... It's getting to the point that I now feel it's worth it JUST to not have to deal with Ohio. The construction starts just north of Dayton and stops right before the baseball stadium in Cincinatti. I dated a girl in Florence KY for a while and driving down there 10 years ago it was the same.
All of that to say the state sucks and the construction hasn't changed in at least 10 years. If you've not drove it in a decade, then I picked up where you left off and that means it has been a disaster for 30+ years.
That extends from western Ohio through the entire states of Indiana and Illinois.
I did this drive 5 or 6x/year for about 15 years thanks to visits to in-laws in Mason, OH. Add the excruciating leg from GR to AA (no joyride in itself) and that's my trip. For 15 years. At least 5 or six times. Per Year.
I don't condone driving stoned. But Lima, OH would look a hell of a lot better if I was.
I grew up in Atlanta, so the drive between Atlanta and AA took me up 75 through Tennessee and Kentucky, which are gorgeous to driver through, and then through Ohio. Once you're past Cincy, the state gets pretty lame pretty fast. Out past Dayton, it's frightfully dull. Can't agree more with other upthread on this point.
Heading to Atlanta next weekend for 3 days from north east Ohio. Not looking forward to the drive at all. My wife is all excited because she's never made the drive and I tried to tell her there is literally nothing to look at for hours. And you're only on 2 roads the entire trip which makes it even worse.
but you should give Kansas a try sometime. Wow.
I used to have to do this drive a lot since our manufacturing facility was just south of Dayton. I was always really happy when the rental car had XM radio because otherwise there were only two types of radio stations for about 2.5 hours of the drive (conservative talk and Christian- no politics or religion). The fall time at least had some changing colors. Mostly it was just put the car and my mind on cruise control at a paltry 67 mph.
Another thing I hated about the drive was you had to leave by a certain time. If you left to late, you hit Dayton lunch traffic, Toledo afternoon traffic and Detroit afternoon traffic, adding a couple hours to the drive.
They also have ice storms when we have blizzards. As much as I hate driving in a blizzard, I'll take it any day over driving through an ice storm.
My, the corn sure is tall this year.
but if you like to watch trains...Fostoria is the place to go....
The Shawnee Indians (under chiefs Blue Jacket and Tecumseh) fought like heck in the 1790's to keep Ohio...That was some nasty business, with whites burned at the stake, dismembered alive, etc.
Here is a great book about it: The Frontiersmen by Allen Eckert
I gave most of this topic a dismissive wank or two, but you're right about that book. That whole series is fantastic for those interested in the history of the upper Midwest- OH, MI, IN, IL, etc.
Eckert died several years ago, and his one of his last books was That Dark and Bloody River (about the Ohio River), and it was very good as well.
12-year resident of Columbus here.
For purposes of rivalry fandom, the local populace breaks down like so:
Group A - about 20% of the population. These are the mouthbreathers who didn't play school, who wear Buckeye gear to church and whose go-to move in bed is miming 'O-H-I-O' with his hands when he fingerbangs his sister. Will spit a skoal-infested loogie at your Michigan shirt but the missing teeth will throw off his aim. Probably has 'FUCK MICHIGAN' tattooed on his abs, but it's obscured by rolls of Natty Ice-fueled belly fat.
Group B - about 45% of the population. The socially acceptable portion of the OSU fan base. Probably came from some random small Ohio town, went to Ohio State and stayed in Columbus because there is literally nowhere else worth living within a 1.5 hour radius. These comprise most of your co-workers. Might give you a friendly albeit condescending 'Go Bucks!' if they see your Michigan shirt. Probably has a brother-in-law from Group B
Group C - about 10% of the population. These are your blood brothers who hate Ohio State with a bitter vehemence. A slight dichotomy between the blessed (Michigan grads) and the oppressed (the poor souls who grew up in rebellion against OSU's shadow) and who will give you a 'Go Blue' when they see your Michigan shirt.
Group D - the remaining 25% of the population. They are guilty of the greatest sin of all in the eyes of Group A in that they flat out don't care about OSU football period. Won't even notice your Michigan shirt.
with my hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 o'clock. Those bastards are itching to give anybody with MI plates a ticket.
To quote the Pure Michigan parody of Ohio: "the police will give you a ticket for farting while driving".
Good God my wife is also from the Cleveland area (Canton, to be exact) and that is totally accurate. To call her relatives hillbillies would be the understatement of the century. Her aunt was visiting a few years ago and she said something to me along the lines of "oh yes, the University of Ann Arbor? Aren't they Ohio's big rival or something?"
She evidently meant The University of Ohio State.
I'm from the the Canton area (the county directly south of Stark county) and there is a huge difference between Canton and Cleveland. Cleveland has its own pros and cons, but Canton and everything south of it is definitely hillbilly alley.
may be Little Detroit, but it does have two redeeming items, Tony Packo's and the Mud Hens.
The zoo's fantastic.
As a native Ohioan, I've got to say that map is pretty accurate. I'm from a corn county just west of Columbus/Franklin county and now am in Cleveland/Cuyahoga county. I can definitely confirm both of those 2 are correct. The only correction is that the eat, sleep, breath OSU should actually be overlaid on a much wider portion (nearly all) of the state.
This map is hysterically accurate. I currently fall in a hillbilly county and, well, it's pretty darn accurate. Funny stuff
Can confirm, everyone there is a pilot.
First of all, I was totally convinced that flint was little Detroit. Maybe people don't think as poorly of my hometown as I do. Also.....Florence y'all.