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Sports Ball Anyone?

So I find myself considering opening day today as the Cincinnati Reds are preparing to take the field and Major League Baseball kicks off for 2015. In all honesty, it’s been years since this kind of thing even came close to my radar. During that time, I could barely tell you what season of sport we were in...

Let’s Talk Privacy (Revisited)

Yesterday’s Charlie Tonic Hour was a particularly fun episode and if you listen, I think you will see how that rings through. During the hour, Ginny Tonic and I get into a discussion of Google Glass that led to a further exploration of privacy in the modern (and quickly technologically evolving) world. Back...

Dutch’s Bar, Bottle Shop, & Larder

  After hearing many good things about Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop from both our beer friends and from our foodie friends, Charlie and I decided to finally stop by for dinner and a beer last Friday night. It was quite an experience and took some getting used to but in the end I was so impressed...

Azur Restaurant & Patio

On Episode 63 of The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I spent a good deal of time raving about a hamburger that is just possibly the best one we’ve ever had. In fact it led to a discussion of flavors, social class, and life experiences that led us far beyond a quick review of a restaurant and it was...

Why I Hate Hating Hipsters

If you listened to Episode 62 you would hear Charlie and I discussing the currently oh so common pastime of hating hipsters and how annoying I find it. Blogs, books, t-shirts, and even Che Guevara all proclaim their deep and abiding hatred of hipsters. But what exactly is a hipster? Hipsters seem to be the...

Know Your Whiskey

  From The Bearings Guide comes this handy and aesthetically pleasing  graphic to help you better understand the different branches of that wonderful tree known as whiskey. The Bearings Guide describes itself as a guide to help the modern gentleman navigate life. I had not heard of this site until this...

Equal Education Unequal Pay

    This week on Episode 55 of the The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I discuss fact that women still tend to make less money than men for working similar jobs with similar education. And this despite the fact women are increasingly out numbering men in higher education, as well as getting higher GPAs...

What Was Your Favorite TV Show Growing Up?

There is a fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends. I thought it would be a fun thing to take some of those questions and answer them with you here from time to time. This is the...

Changing What You Eat: Food Rules

I have a long history of tinkering with myself. I became a vegetarian and animal rights activist around the age of 11 and then around 16 I gave up trying to change the world and had a cheeseburger. Since then I’ve gone through periods of eating meat and not, eating organic and not, eating local and...

The President of the United States Supports Gay Marriage

In 1986 the Supreme Court upheld the state’s right to prosecute a man for having consensual sex with another man in the privacy of his own home. Yesterday the President of the United States stated unequivocally that he believes that same-sex couples should have the right to marry. Despite allegations...

What You Can Learn from St Patrick’s Day

On Episode Eleven I told Charlie a little about the history of Saint Patrick’s Day. The holiday has evolved from a day where a persecuted minority celebrated their national heritage to a day where everyone is “Irish for the day” and every bar tries to sell you some green beer and Guinness. As a nation we...

Tattooed Love

Charlie here and I’m writing today to say, “I love tattoo art”. There, I said it. When I see it on others it not only intrigues me but I find it sexy and often comment on designs I really like. Quality art and the commitment to place it on your body for life (or at least until you face a fairly painful...

You are Where You Eat: The Rookwood Bar and Restaurant

Sometimes it can be hard to show off Cincinnati to people who are visiting from out of town. There are so few nationally known landmarks or culturally important areas. When my British friends are visiting us, the people they meet here always seem mystified as to why on Earth anyone would choose to visit...

Valentine’s Day Advice

On Episode Seven Charlie and I give some of our thoughts and advice for Valentine’s Day but unfortunately that episode doesn’t go live until tomorrow and you need to get laid tonight. Therefore before all of our horny listeners head out for their Valentine’s Date let me pass on this little...

Newt Gingrich, Open Marriages and Writing about Sex in America

As you may have noticed here at The Charlie Tonic Hour we are all about good drinks and good conversation. Some of the most engaging conversations we’ve had on the podcast so far have had to do with my experience of sexuality and America’s complicated relationship with this subject, as in this post and in...
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