DIANA BOSSE’S TAKE FROM HER ADVENTURES AROUND THE TRI-STATE AREA

By Diana Bosse for Loveland Beacon

LOVELAND, OH and beyond (January 4, 2024) – This bucket list of mine and eating my way through diners, drive-ins and dives over the past several months has been about so much more than stuffing my chops with unhealthy food.

Diana Bosse (Photo Diana Bosse)

Don’t Stop the Music

This bucket list of mine and eating my way through diners, drive-ins and dives over the past several months has been about so much more than stuffing my chops with unhealthy food. I’ve been feeding my soul by sharing meals with friends and family. Never was the importance of doing this more evident than the past few days.

I’d spent the last three weeks in Hilton Head, taking down our last load before the final move the first week of January. On Thursday evening as we approached the cut in the hill on I75 North, I couldn’t help but tear up at the beautifully lit Cincinnati skyline – the city I’ve called home for more than six decades. 

I know that in the no-so-distant future the reason for my return will be holidays and important occasions like weddings, but also for funerals. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons I returned on Thursday was I knew the father of one of my oldest and dearest friends was dying. Unfortunately, he passed on Friday before I was able to see him, but it was a blessing. He was ready to go, although everyone who loved and knew him was ready not quite ready to let him.

I was also returning to attend not one, but two Celebrations of Life.

The first event was for my former boss’s son, who I used to nanny 40 years ago. As his sister shared stories and photos of her brother, I was transported back to Cooperwoods Court where at times I wondered who was caring for who! It was the early years of MTV when MTV actually played music videos 24/7 and boy did Josh love his music. I couldn’t help but tear up when the lyrics of Boston’s More Than a Feeling filled the room:

So many people have come and gone
Their faces fade as the years go by
Yet I still recall as I wander on
As clear as the sun in the summer sky

Godspeed, Joshua. You’ve closed your eyes and slipped away…

Dont Stop the Music.Poker Chip (Diana Bosse)

The sun rose clear in the sky yesterday as I met another old boss for a Celebration of Life of a dear Alzheimer’s advocate and friend taken too soon by cancer. Instead of prayer cards, his wife had purple poker chips printed with Daryl’s name, birth and death date, which couldn’t have been more appropriate. The man loved poker and had been a dealer for years. As we walked in, the DJ began playing a song Peggy had picked out that neither Annemarie nor I had heard before. If you have the need to crawl into a fetal position and sob for no less than 30 minutes, try listening to Jealous of the Angels by Donna Taggert. I dare you. You cannot help by tear up when the lyrics fill the room:

I didn’t know today would be our last
Or that I’d have to say goodbye to you so fast
I’m so numb, I can’t feel anymore
Prayin’ you’d just walk back through that door

Godspeed, Daryl. We’re all jealous of the angels around the throne tonight…

I’m not sure what lyrics will bring me to tears this week when I attend Marianne’s dad’s funeral, but I know there will be at least one if not two at Mass. And of course at the reception afterward when we all swing our mugs of beers singing “Ein Prosit”, toasting to a man who was good German stock.

I guess what I’m saying is don’t wait until the music stops. Toast your friends and family now. Share a meal at Thanksgiving, Christmas and for the New Year, but not JUST those holidays. Make every day a holiday. Every day should be a celebration of life:

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit [a toast, a toast]
der Gemütlichkeit [to cheer and good times]
Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit [a toast, a toast]
der Gemütlichkeit [to cheer and good times]
Oans! Zwoa! Drie! [One! Two! Three!]
G’suffa! [Drink Up!]

Diana Bosse grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and did what few West-siders ever do – she crossed Vine Street and moved to Loveland in 1990, where she lived for 31 glorious years.  (Editor’s Note: Also where Diana fought and survived cancer.)

Diana and her husband Steve are realizing thier retirement dream moving to South Carolina this first week of January 2024.  One morning, about a year prior to THE.BIG.MOVE.SOUTH, she had a panic attack when she realized there were many places in Tri-State area she had yet to explore.  Thus, her gastronomical and intriguing adventures began.

JOIN us again next time here on Loveland Beacon for DIANA’S Destination2Di4 next adventure Thursday, January 4th. 

Thanks for traveling  along with Diana on her journey through diners, drive-ins, dives, quirky museums and off-the-beaten path destinations in our beautiful town and beyond. Buckle up your seat belt, undo your trouser belt, and enjoy Destinations2Di4!