1) THIS WINTER SNOPIARY
When winter life gives you lemons, don’t bother with lemonade, make a giant snow elephant. That’s what an anonymous snopiary artist did this past week in Goodale Park, near our Short North and North Market scoop shops.
2) THIS WIRED MAGAZINE FEATURE ON THE PRICES OF BETTER RECORDS
With winter hanging on, there’s no time like now to stay inside and really get into a record. But check out the lengths to which obsessive collector Tom Port goes when he puts on his headphones. Some of Port’s Better Records-approved wax—which comes with listening notes akin to the tasting notes of fine wines—is fetching upwards of $1,000 a platter. Port says that’s a bargain.
3) THIS THROWBACK THURSDAY TWEET
The Arnold Sports Festival has returned for the weekend, which inspired Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman to Tweet this sweet throwback pic of himself and the fest’s namesake. Rumor has it that Mayor Coleman, who recently announced he would not seek reelection next year, is training for his role with Arnold in Commando 2.
4) THIS 4×4 THAT DOESN’T CARE WHAT WINTER HEAVES AT IT
The owner, in Columbus, told me he bought this Toyota 15 years ago at a yard sale. Dig that genius baling wire gas tank fix. I hope he drives it until the beast just molts away its entire exterior.
5) THIS MULTI-MILLIONAIRE BASEBALL MAN IN THE VAN
From ESPN.go.com: “(Daniel Norris) has a consistent 92-mile-an-hour fastball, a $2 million signing bonus, a deal with Nike and a growing fan club, yet he has decided the best way to prepare for the grind of a 162-game season is to live here, in the back of a 1978 Westfalia camper he purchased for $10,000.”