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Gay Bingo with The Cabaret in Cincinnati

On Episode Five I told Charlie about the fun and fabulous night I had at Gay Bingo with The Cabaret here in Cincinnati. My Thursday night happy hour group decided to meet there for two reasons. One: the show that night was raising money for Walnut Hills Instrumentalists Parents (W.H.I.P.) and  Two: because...

Can a Book that Turns you on Still be Great Literature? In Defense of Trashy Books

On Episode Five, Charlie and I gave our review of the best romance novel ever written: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. I also explain a little bit about why I have come to not only love the genre but also publicly defend it. It’s not easy for a woman who considers herself intelligent, well read, and...

Pandoracon: Leave Your Real World Far Behind!

On Episode Four this week Charlie talked about a website he was building for Pandora Promotions latest big venture, a weekend long science fiction convention in Cincinnati Ohio, Pandoracon. The website is great and I encourage you to check it out but I wanted to talk a little bit about why Pandoracon is...

Cure for the Common Cold Discovered in Cincinnati

  Producing episode four is going to be a bit of a challenge this week because we have a lot of coughs and sniffles to edit out. As you will hear, Charlie and I were fighting a nasty cold during this week’s show. I was the one during the recording who was coughing and hacking but now it’s Charlie’s...

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...

Buckeye Vodka: Ohio’s Gift to the World

I am sitting here at my computer, having just finished recording episode three of The Charlie Tonic Hour where we reviewed the locally distilled vodka, Buckeye Vodka. I am still a little tipsy from the tasting and I am feeling such a pleasant buzz that I thought I better record my thoughts before this...

Always, Patsy Cline

It is unnecessarily dramatic for me to point out that I was the first person in my family to go to college. It would be exaggeration to say that by moving to the city and getting involved in bizarre things like steampunk, liberal activism and imported beer I’ve created a gap between my family and...

How Many Steampunks Can You Fit into a Bathtub? The Weekend in Review

The January salon of the League of Cincinnati Steampunks was one for the record books. Forty people filled three rooms at Arnold’s in Cincinnati Ohio on the evening of January 7th, the largest number we’d ever had. Everyone had recovered enough from New Year’s and was once again ready to get into corsets...

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale: God’s Spit in a Cup

Have you ever been torn between two equally good choices? Two different options that are each so good that it pains you not be able to experience both at once? On episode two of The Charlie Tonic Hour we review a drink that can solve that problem for you, at least as far as having to choose between bourbon...

Tip the Hat for Tipitina’s

I had the opportunity to spend the better part of a week in New Orleans toward the middle of May, 2005. Just a little more then ninety days later hurricane Katrina devastated the region and erased many of the sites and culture I enjoyed. During this visit I had a chance to wander and really explore the...

Will Technology Be the Destruction or the Salvation of our Social Lives?

On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour’s last podcast of the year Glen Weldon named 2011 the beginning of “The Age of Indolence.” This was the year that he was most able to get his entertainment “…sitting like a pasha on my sofa…” Music, books, movies, TV, and comics all came streaming to him with a snap of his...

Everyone On Facebook Has Seen My Panties

  Let me start off by saying that I don’t necessarily consider myself sexy, especially not in the hyped-up femme fatale kind of way. Objectively viewed, I am firmly in the average to above average range, depending on lighting and how kind my skin is being to me on any given day. I also don’t consider...

Hot Shots

In addition to trying Applejack Charlie and I started off the tasting with a few shots. We stumbled across the recipe and happened to have all the ingredients and it turned out to be pretty good, in that good and disgusting at the same time way that shots are supposed to be. Ladies and gentleman I give you:...

Meet Applejack

Want to read ahead a bit in advance of our first episode?  I have strong expectation that the beverage know as Applejack will be discussed in episode #1.  Ginny Tonic bumped into the beverage while reading this article on Salon.com, a regular reading stop for both of us. Borrowing heavily from Wikipedia,...

The December Salon of The League of Cincinnati Steampunks

I’ve always loved the idea of a salon in the historical sense of a regular social gathering of eminent people at the house of a woman prominent in high society. Although I can’t claim to be the host, or even the organizer, of our local Steampunk salons I like to think that I can count myself among the...
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