Some thoughts after spending a week in Dayton/Cincinnati. I will most likely be back to visit Joyce again, so thanks to rodtrent and ajoyk for some comments! It definitely wasn't as bad as when I first got here and was shocked 🙂 In fact, it was actually quite relaxing and enjoyable.
- People are extremely friendly. While Joyce was at work, I spent time hanging out at Panera Bread (free Wifi) and just doing other random things; every where I met people greeted me with a smiling face and we had 2 - 5 minute conversations about almost anything under the sun. It was pretty neat.
- The new development neighborhoods in Dayton are very nice. We went to the Greene (or something like that) and it reminded me of Downtown Bellevue (which is where I live). In Cincinnati, we went to Hyde Park, this area (I forgot the name) where Johnny D's (steak restaurant was), and some other cool posh neighborhoods that almost felt surreal - we especially liked Hyde Park.
- We watched the fireworks at the Ohio river in Cincinnati - wow! Those were some of the best fireworks I've ever seen! And the crowd was huge! It was totally cool. The whole RiverFest was really cool.
The not so good:
- Almost every restaurant we went to the servers made a mistake. But since the servers were so nice (see "the good") it wasn't that bad. We had everything from the "eager-beaver" waitress who couldn't wait to take plates away, to mistakes made in placing orders, to waiters forgetting to give us the packed left-overs after they packed it.
- Hard to find Starbucks - there was only one in downtown Cincinnati? And in Dayton, we could only find two; one across the street from Dayton mall and one in the Fairfield mall.
- The speed limit through most of the core areas is 55; but most people drive at least 70. Even big 18 wheelers go 65+. And I had a tiny weak rental car!
- What in the world is Bob Evans? There are so many around! Now I see that it's some chain restaurant, and we had thought that it was, but seriously, almost everywhere you went, there was a Bob Evans. It was more populous than McDonalds.
- There are so few Asian people there that every time I saw one (in Dayton, we saw perhaps 4 or 5 Asian couples) I had to make a comment to Joyce: "look look! An Asian couple!" I think she was embarrassed.