Things We Love: Picks from Michael Kent

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Michael Kent makes his living as a comedian and magician, performing everywhere from colleges and cruise ships to corporate events and military bases. You can catch him alongside actress Alyson Hannigan and world-famous magicians Penn & Teller on the season premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," which airs on the CW at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Here are a few things he loves.

Pocket knives

There used to be a time when just about every gentleman carried a pocket knife. From opening boxes to slicing an apple at lunch, I use a pocket knife just about every day. My grandfather has been passing down his pocket knife collection to me and I've fallen in love with them. My favorites are made by W.R. Case in Bradford, Pennsylvania. They're made by hand and it takes 160 steps to complete each knife.

Hayden Run Falls

My wife and I recently took some friends here and I'm embarrassed to admit it was our first time seeing it! I have no idea how I've lived in Columbus for almost 20 years without visiting this place. I can remember living in the UA area in the early 2000s when it was common to see rescue equipment and ambulances along Hayden Run Drive at the falls. The city built the current boardwalk and overlook in 2006 and made it a true Columbus "hidden gem."

Katzinger's Delicatessen

Katzinger's isn't new to anyone in town. But how lucky are we to have such a great deli in Columbus? I underappreciated this place for far too long and I've taken it from one extreme to the other. Now I can't get enough. Three words: free garlic pickles.

Learning all the words to a favorite song

My wife always corrects me when I sing the wrong lyrics to a song. It's funny how we can have a song that's been our favorite for our whole lives without knowing the real words to it. Every once in a while on a long car drive I'll play a song over and over, learning the lyrics to it little by little. After that- and for the rest of your life - it's like a little happy moment you have in your pocket ready to go any time that song comes on. Also, you don't need to use the screen at karaoke, which means you can totally play to the crowd and rock out.

Pocket notebooks

I've taken flak from people for actually using a paper notebook in the digital age. "Don't you have a smart phone for that?" they ask. There is something that just feels right about putting a pen or pencil to paper. When I write a to-do list by hand, it feels like more of an accomplishment to draw a line through an item than to check a box on my phone. And there's something that feels great about filling a book and starting a new one.