The Involvement Fair

Today Andrew and I passed out Bread Club flyers on the Oval from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  By the time we were done I had some pretty solid lines, my favorite being “Stop loafing around, join Bread Club! Come for the puns, stay for the bread!” It was hilarious to see whenever I’d make a pun, get someone to crack a smile and then take a flyer. I’d say it was a pretty huge success. We managed to pass out 140 flyers in the period we were there. Even if 10% show up we should be operating at mass capacity for the semester.

This semester was also interesting, since for the first time I was passing out flyers, not picking them up! I still took the chance to walk around through and grab some of the free things other places had to offer. Most importantly I secured a key chain to put my apartment key on. I also got some free dinner–which is a much bigger deal when you start to live off campus.

If anyone is interested in Bread Club, here is the flyer!

Baking Bread

IMG_3765[1]My Mother and I got together and made some Asiago Cheese Bread! I’d say it’s going to be some good training for Bread Club in the fall. Surprisingly it turned out pretty well, and wasn’t hard at all! Unfortunately I don’t think it will be a recipe I will be able to duplicate seeing as it requires a dutch oven to cook evenly.

Rafting in West Virginia!

This weekend my parents and I took on the New River down in West Virginia! It was boat loads of fun… Okay enough puns. For real though! We had a great guide. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how sadistic you are) nobody fell out of the boat. If we purchase any pictures I will be sure to add them!

We also went to see Star Trek Beyond. I thought it was a pretty good movie but the plot could have been fleshed out a bit more. The end makes sense, but also leaves you with a lot of questions.

Last Day at MGP!


Last Day!

Well it has been a wild ride. I am very grateful for the experience I was given this summer–learning all about how alcohol was made, stored, and shipped from the Lawrenceburg plant. We had some side projects along the way, but in the end we were able to complete our to main ones: updating drawings, labeling pipes, and writing SOP’s for both the Wine Room and Building 88. This past week we also gave our final presentation to some of the staff at MGP.

Each area had a different labeling system based on its needs. In the end I don’t really think one style was better then the other. Each both had their inherit benefits. In the Wine Room, our labels matched the AMSE 2007 Standard in both size and color. The pipes also contained a lot of information–where they were coming from and going to. In Building 88, the wrap around labels met neither of the AMSE requirements–however– the colors matched the most updated drawing, making reading what was in the lines significantly easier.  Building 88 also took more of a common names approach–which made it much easier for the operators to match up the lines with their screens out in the field.

I will definitely take this experience forward with me as I continue my education at Ohio State. MGP is a great company, and for anyone looking to internship there I highly recommend you check it out! I leave you with my favorite picture of my time here.



Last Piano Lesson!

It seems like my summer experiences are coming to a close. Today I had my last piano lesson with Connie. She has been nothing short of a wonderful teacher. Our lesson ran a little over, but she gave me the next book in line to continue my practice at school (regarding this, I will try to update when I can, but no promises).


We talked about a lot of stuff I will see in the future books like the sustain pedal, triplets, and many other things. It felt like I was preparing for a journey! All and all it has been a great experience thus far, and I hope to continue to improve as my STEP project draws to a close.

Week 10 ( Lesson 8/2/16)

This week things are really picking up. I am working on two songs that I could not get to last week due to my return to Ohio. They are “Careless Love” and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.” If I have time over the next week I will try to get a video up! Now the songs become fewer but are definitely getting more involved, especially in the right hand. The repetitive cords in the right make it a little easier to time out when to play, but at the same time this sheet music introduces a couple progressions I haven’t seen before. Also! This week we concentrated a little bit on piano theory. My teacher introduced the circle of fifths, which basically explains a lot of the inter-relationships between the cords. I’ve attached a picture below!


MGP Internship Update #4

Hello everyone! This will most likely be the last update to our project over the summer!

The colored wrap around labels finally came in this week! Let me tell you–when you are writing down potential label positions everything seems a lot more doable. Mike and I looked up at some of the pipes we were going to place labels on and collectively said “oh boy…” But! With an insanely long ladder and a teammate to hold it down, we made quick work.

The labeling process in Building 88 was a bit different then the Wine Room (if you read the last update post you probably already have a firm idea). We used color to denote what kind of product is in the pipe. Another nice thing about Building 88 was that a lot of the lines already had common names. They weren’t marked in the field that well–but the lines were shown on the operator screens. Thus after the project was done the operators could physically see what was on their screens matched to the field.

Here is an example of one of the labels:IMG_3769[1]

As you can see, the line’s common name was S-GIN (which actually stands for Seagrams Gin). Fun fact, back in the day they used to barrel their gin in old whiskey barrels to give it a specific flavor and color. Anyway, the pipe is marked with the common name, the green tells you what product is in it, and the arrow denotes the direction of flow.

Wisdom Teeth Removed!

Hey all! Just wanted to let you know there won’t be any video of piano practice this past week. I went home from my Aunt and Uncles Thursday night to get my Wisdom Teeth removed on Friday. Needless to say the operation went really well, but I spent the weekend recuperating in Ohio… sans digital piano. Keep a lookout for next week though!

Format Changes

Now that I am finished with my Scholars program at Ohio State I am going to be adapting this site to my Ohio State experience. One of the first major changes to the site this year has been the “STEP” category, which tracks my progress through the Second Year Transformational Experience Program–learning to play piano!

I have also decided to convert the “Artifacts” category that you will see a lot of students have to a “Blog.” The point of the Artifacts category was to highlight items throughout my Ohio State career and identify how it, or the event it was tied to, helped push me creatively, professionally, or intellectually. By calling it a blog, I will be able to still update readers on these events and will now also share any big news or articles that I think are worth checking out. Basically, it will better incapsulate what I intend to do under the category, and allow me to share broader range of ideas.

Eventually I also plan to phase out the G.O.A.L.S. Tab with research or another key experience to my time here at Ohio State. I am currently impartial to the Year in Review Tab.. it might be cool to keep.


Over the Rhine

After the plant tour and the Red’s game my parents, Uncle, Cousin, and I all took a tour of Over the Rhine in downtown Cincinnati. First we stopped at Holtman’s donuts–a local shop that has been the area since 1960. Needless to say they were both very pricey and very delicious. After that, we began our tour!001391_OvertheRhine

I never really put two and two together, but “Over the Rhine” literally means Over the River. Back when barge traffic was a large means of transportation in the mid 1800’s, the Rhine was used to transport materials from Northern Ohio and beyond. In this area of Cincinnati, a large German settlement established itself. When anyone wanted to get a good beer, or food to drink, people headed “Over the Rhine” to this ethnically riche area to get some authentic German beer and food.


Hoftman’s donuts

The two main things that I was surprised to learn about the area were just how much the German way of life depended on beer in the area–and not in a vulgar sense.  In Over the Rhine, safe drinking water was hard to come by. With many breweries creating beer, however, a sustainable clean source of liquid was available. Beer itself is also a pretty low proof alcoholic drink. Workers were able to drink and stay hydrated throughout the day while still maintaining the ability to carry out the daily duties their jobs required. Beer also served as a catalyst for restaurants in the area as well.

Often times restaurants would provide a free buffet to those who had a running tab at their location. With a large influx of immigrants into the area, it wasn’t unnatural for family’s to head down to one of the many restaurants,  order a few beers, and then eat at the buffet for dinner. The cheap price of beer made the buffet easily accessible to families, while the breweries were able to retain customers and gradually promote their products. Needless to say at it’s height, over the Rhine had over 160 different craft breweries operating in the area.

However, many familiar with this area know of its current past. Unfortunately during the early 1920’s prohibition came into effect. This greatly disturbed the area who over half of the residences work was somehow being tied to the beer produced there–whether it be performing in the theater, cooking food, or making the barrels for beer to be aged in. As the law took its effect many found themselves without a job, and gradually many moved out of the area. Even though Prohibition was later repealed in 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, 13 years without business was able to dry up many of the breweries reserves. This, coupled with the falling apart of the big political machine, and later the Anti-German sediment of World War 2 were enough to indefinitely cripple the area.

Going into this tour I had no expectations. I didn’t know anything about the area… not even that it used to be a large German settlement of Cincinnati. It was interesting to learn about how their IMG_3689lifestyle was so actively  changed when a key part of their societal structure was removed by the government. There is good news though. Over the past couple of years the city, and many non-profit organizations have been working together to restore this area. It is the biggest historical location in the United States–with many buildings needing structural rework and re-bricking. A lot of money is going to not only building up new business, but maintaining the members of old families who live there. It was an interesting experience for sure!