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Not Open Sunday Night? I Keel You

Whatta ya mean you're not a MyMetroToledo member yet? 

I keel you!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Sunday I went with wife and friends to the Jeff Dunham show at the Huntington Center. Very funny stuff. Dunham is famous for his talent as a ventriloquist. 

Jeff's characters, Walter, Peanut and Jose Jalapeno (on a stick) are the stars, but Dunham is a great story teller and stand up comic independent of the Dummies. And Achmed The Dead Terrorist is just wrong; good wrong, edgy wrong, push the envelope wrong but kinda patriotic wrong. Good stuff.

So the show was great and The Huntington looked about 95% full for the Sunday afternoon show. I have heard that the Hunt is grabbing these top shows by accommodating the schedules of major touring artists and "fitting in" their travel schedules. Hence a 5PM Sunday gig. 

We'll take it.

My only complaint was when we left the show at about 7:30. We we walked the block to Pizzapapalis and had some dinner. They were packed - try the flatbread pizza. But too many downtown, destination restaurants were closed. The Blaney had a sign in the window stating, "Open Sundays for special events". I think the Dunham concert qualified. 

I'm not blaming the businesses that are trying to make a go of downtown Metro Toledo. I know it's a balance, and you need bodies to make a business work profitably. But until we can have more after-event options open to visitors downtown, the draw will be limited. I think the Blarney, and others, missed an opportunity Sunday.


Deer Hunting and Cardinal Shooting Season

Today is opening day for gun Deer hunting in Michigan. Ohio archery deer season started in September and main white-tailed gun season opens November 28. 600,000 hunters are expected to take part in the Michigan hunt. I don't have numbers for Ohio, but the count will be high.

There is no shortage of white-tailed deer in either state. If you walk the Toledo area Metro Parks, as I do, you know there's no shortage in the heart of Metro Toledo either. It's a rare day when I don't see deer at Wildwood Preserve or Side Cut Park

The easy, close access to wildlife makes for great photo opps. That cardinal in the pic was very cooperative last March. So was a red fox on that same day, though the picture I took didn't turn out well.

Anyway, take advantage of your Metro Toledo hunting opportunities. Choose your weapon.