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TBT: (614) Magazine celebrates 10 years

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Where were you ten years ago? If you’re anything like me, looking back that far gives you a serious case of the cringes. I’ll spare you the details, but if I had to do it all over again, there’s more than one thing I’d do differently (no, former me. I don’t care how hungover you are, Four Loko is not an acceptable breakfast beverage).

While most of us are subject to the follies of youth, that’s simply not the case for (614) Magazine, which turns 10 as of this year’s April issue (on newsracks now!).

Since the beginning, (614) has strived (striven?) to showcase the best that our fair city has to offer. It’s a mission that continues to this day, a decade later, and it’s something that we tackle with the same sense of wonder and optimism that has carried this publication from the beginning.

OK, so maybe there have been some growing pains. We’ve fiddled with the format and bid fond farewells to an editor or two. But, that’s nothing compared to the changes this city has experienced since 2009.

For this week’s edition of TBT, we’ll take a look back at the first issue of the magazine that you graciously embraced as part of the fabric of the city a full decade ago.

Events

Our events calendar remains the go-to spot to keep up to date with what’s hip and happening in the city. The first-ever event in the first-ever issue screams “2009” louder than a Black Eyed Peas playlist blaring from an I-Phone 3G:

Democrats in office? Stimulus package? The promise of booze on the statehouse lawn? This event somehow makes us long for the time of one of the worst recessions in US history. (We could take or leave The Crash Test Dummies, though. Talk about a blast from the past!)

For a time, (614) rocked a separate calendar featuring upcoming concerts. Looking back on this first edition suggests that while much has changed since 2009, when it comes to our collective musical tastes, much remains the same.

The likes of Morrissey and The Black Keys are still actively touring in 2019, and Dr. Dog and The Spikedrivers continue to delight the local scene. If it came right down to it, this calendar might not look out of place in a 2019 issue of the mag. One thing’s for sure, if Diplo came to town today, he’d probably have to upgrade to a larger venue than Skully’s.

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Our approach to restaurant previews hasn’t changed all that much since the beginning. We’ve always tried to give you the scoop on the latest and greatest eateries from across central Ohio. Columbus food and drink is a constantly morphing landscape, and nothing highlights that more than a quick glance at our food section. The past ten years have seen some great concepts open in our city, and we’ve said goodbye to some favorites as well (RIP Barrio).

It’s all fun and games until somebody fills in that crossword puzzle you were saving for your lunch break. The puzzles section is one recurring feature that’s fallen by the wayside in the years since 2009. Would you like to see it resurrected?

The People

Like the city itself, we’ve seen many faces come and go over the years at (614). However, many of the contributors who were with us for this first issue are still part of the team to this day! Talk about commitment.

More than anything, we want to take the time to thank you, our dear readers, on the occasion of the magazine’s tenth anniversary. What we do would not be possible without you! We may not be perfect, but we’ve come a long way in the past ten years. Thanks for taking this journey with us—here’s to the next ten!

What are some of your favorite memories of Columbus and (614) Magazine from the past decade? Any old features you would like to see revived? Let us know in the comments!

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Organize Your Life: Bullet Journaling

Julian Foglietti

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After three months of isolation, and the general productivity lull it created, I began searching for a way to bring some structure back into my life. After a week of stumbling through various self-help forums, I came across the world of Bullet Journaling.  Originally developed by Ryder Carroll, a NYC Product Designer.

Bullet Journaling works by allowing the rapid listing of thoughts, tasks, and events. In its simplest form, it allows you to organize the quick, fleeting ideas we have and go back through, organizing them at the end of the day. As the name suggests, Bullet Journaling relies on bullet points as the main method of organizing information. Each point acts as a reference to a thought. However, unlike other task management methods, one of the biggest aspects of Bullet Journaling is reflecting on what was written over the course of the day, and transferring what's essential to the next day. It’s this aspect of reflection that has proven to be so effective for me.

As a journalist I often find myself juggling multiple stories at different stages of progress. Bullet Journaling has allowed me to prioritize each of these stories and their deadlines. Where I once had pages of random scribbles, I now have a system to easily find and reflect upon all the information I’m constantly intaking.

How to make your own Bullet Journal:

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Former OSU Linebacker partners with local CBD Company

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Former Ohio State University All-American linebacker, and NFL Fox analyst, Chris Spielman has announced a partnership with CBD Health Collection. Speilman was first introduced to the company while looking for solutions to his “nagging pain”, the result of injuries sustained throughout his football career. CBD Health Collection was founded in 2017 by Rick Bauer in conjunction with his son and daughter who run production and marketing respectively.

In conjunction with the new partnership, CBD Health Collection will be launching a Spielman branded line of CBD products targeted at former athletes and weekend warriors experiencing residual pain from sports. The new products will initially be available online as the company finalizes their retail distribution plans. 

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It’s no longer necessary to do squats outside of your gym, for now

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Gym rats rejoice! Those who’ve been missing the arduousness of wiping down salty equipment after each use or hoping that they come across some top-secret CIA information on the lockerroom floor are in luck.

Since the closing of all non-essential business on March 24, gyms have been void of protein shakes and Affliction t-shirts. Following a court order on Tuesday, workout facilities are now allowed to open their doors earlier than the previous May 26 ruling. Those who were adamant about getting leg day in while also exercising their first amendment rights will no longer have to do so outside of gym complexes.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ruled on Tuesday that state and county health officials, including Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District, won’t be able to take any action against fitness facilities violating the original reopening date. This comes following a complaint filed by The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of 35 Ohio gyms, including Columbus’ Ohio Strength.

The general public would be harmed if an injunction was not granted. There would be a diminishment of public morale and a feeling that one unelected individual could exercise such unfettered power to force everyone to obey," Lucci wrote in the injunction

"The public would be left with feelings that their government is not accountable to them. Prolonged lockdowns have deleterious effects upon the public psyche."

When Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several opening days this past Thursday, guidelines that gyms would have to follow to remain open were also outlined. Gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios must keep employees and clients six feet apart, which also includes equipment. Upon entering these facilities, everyone will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. 

Fitness facilities will not be asked to close if they follow these guidelines.

This doesn’t mark the end of the lawsuit, though. Restrictions placed on fitness centers are being temporality lifted while the case makes its way through the court system. A successful lawsuit, however, could mean that gyms could sue the state for lost income.

“The ruling by Judge Eugene Lucci of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas explains that private property rights are fundamental rights in Ohio, and that the Ohio Department of Health has both violated those rights and exceeded its own authority,” according to a statement from Cincinnati-based Finney Law Firm.

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