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Gem City Gems

Dayton, Ohio.  Love it or hate it, but, of course, every city has its gems, and Gem City is no different.  These are a few of my favorite places around town:

1.  Ghostlight Coffee: Comfortable atmosphere, great coffee, good music on the weekends.  You pay on an iPad.  I dropped a credit card on the floor there once and received a Facebook message from the owner before I even realized it was listing.  In the summer, their iced blueberry rooibos tea is amazing (and this coming from a die-hard coffee drinker)!

2.  Press Coffee: Voted one of the hippest coffeehouses in America (really, top 10 list).  Has a bad rap for being “too hipster” and that the baristas aren’t friendly, but I disagree from my experiences.  The last time  I was there, I realized I forgot to bring cash (and it’s cash only).  I counted all the quarters I could come up with, and found I had about a buck 25.  I asked how much an iced coffee cost (it was at least in the upper 90s that day) and found out it was $2.50.  As I didn’t have enough, I said, “Oh, I’ll just have a cup of coffee then” (which is only a dollar).  The barista responded, “Oh, well, we’re having a one-day sale on iced coffee, and right now it’s only $1.25.”

3.  Trolley Stop: Good beer, great outdoor patio, live music.  What more do you need?

4.  Oregon Express:  Although Trolley Stop seems to have a larger selection of beers on tap, I prefer Oregon Express because of their second-story patio.  You can sit upstairs outside and watch people walking by on the street, see a bit of downtown, and watch as the train goes by on the nearby bridge.

5. Peace on Fifth: The only Slave-Free store in the world!  The owner of the store graciously came to speak to my class just this week, despite the students’ (high schoolers from Argentina and Peru) being only mildly interested.   Scarves are one of my downfalls so I’m going to have to get one before I leave town, knowing that I’ll be both supporting a local business and NOT paying for slave labor (learn more here) with my purchase.  If you find yourself in the Oregon District, definitely stop in; if you’re not near by, it’s worth the trip.


*What Does Your Stuff Say About You?

Although I feel like this is a fairly popular topic in magazines and online today (in fact, a new book was published on this topic back in May), I have to admit I’ve never actually read any of the articles.  However, as I’ve been preparing to move into a new, much smaller, apartment, and as I’ve been looking at my stuff and trying to figure out what things I need to get rid of to save space and what essential things I need to get, I’ve realized that maybe the stuff you own really does say something about you!

For example, while taking inventory of my kitchen stuff, I realized that I have:

  • zero forks
  • zero knifes
  • zero spoons
  • one pot
  • one pan
  • two bowls
  • two plates
  • four plastic cups


  • eleven coffee mugs!
The newest mug in the collection, this was a recent gift from one of my students.

The newest mug in the collection, this was a recent gift from one of my students.

I don’t think it takes a Ph.D. in psychology to see that I love coffee!

Tully’s, etc.

I don’t know why anyone living in Seattle would go to Starbuck’s when they could go to Tully’s for their chain-coffee fix. Not only does Tully’s have free wireless (Starbuck’s does not), they also give you unlimited free refills on drip coffee. (I don’t know of any other coffeehouse anywhere that does that. You can imagine the look of shock on my face when I asked to go ahead and pay for a refill when I paid for my first cup with a card and the barista responded that I could drink as many cups of coffee as I wanted for the price of one. Amazing).


Okay, that’s my pro-Tully’s pitch, I’m obviously sitting in one right now for the first time. That being said, however, Michelle and Chasity flew up from South Carolina last weekend, and we visited the original Starbuck’s in Pike Place Market while they were here:


It was great to have the girls in town for a few days. We went to the Market and were invited to go back behind the counter with the guys who throw fish to have our picture taken with them, we went to the top of the Space Needle, rode the Monorail, watched the Gamecocks beat Chapel Hill (woohoo!) at a sport’s bar downtown, took a cheesy (but fun) land/water Duck tour, went to a great Italian restaurant that reminded us all of traveling together in Italy (and, according to Andrea, is one of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle), went out for Eritrean food one night, and, of course, drank a lot of coffee.

Chas and Michelle left Seattle late Saturday night. Since then I’ve been busy nannying and catching up on schoolwork. Last night I went to one of the Blue Sky small groups. Turns out that this particular group just became an all-guys group instead of co-ed like the others, and I was the only girl. Haha, whooops! (The guy leading the group had totally forgotten to tell me about the switch since I hadn’t actually come before). Anyway, the guys were super nice and recommended another group that meets at the same time that I’m planning on checking out next week, so all’s well that ends well.

Now, it’s time for a free refill of coffee and to get to work on my Arabic homework- writing backwards in another alphabet takes a lot of concentration!

PS- Pictures from Chas & Michelle’s trip are from Michelle!