Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Eve loose ends

Belated thank you's go to RichinMedina, CollegeDJ86, and David5258, for all their kind comments since I launched this blog in August. In short, everybody who stopped by, left a comment here or elsewhere have helped me make this blog what it is.

Family notes: My in-laws made it to Florida safely on Friday. Thanks for all your prayers. WIXYjr left to go back to college yesterday. Hopefully I will be able to take a week's vacation within the next month. What would I have planned? Anything that doesn't involve driving 46 miles to work.

Television Note: As I write this the television has GSN on. The show playing is The 100 thousand dollar Pyramid. Bonus prize in the lucky sevens was a VCR. My how times have changed.

Do I have any New Years resolutions? Nope. I just want to be a better person and maybe a lighter person at this time next year. I do have to go to the doctor's sometime in the forseeable future and he probably will tell me I can eat anything I want. Then he will give me a list of things I will want.

Finally: If you drink tonight, don't drive. I will have too many sober friends on the roads tonight.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

New Blog Alert

There were a few people I neglected to thank this week in my first annual thank you list. One of them is going to be the newest link on my list.

Michael Dane, of Sunday Oldies Jukebox fame(9:00PM to Midnight, the request show) has a new blog out called "This Wild World". That makes two blogs from personalities of SOJ. Johnny Morgan has the other.

Mike's first post concerns the reassembling of the AT&T monopoly.

I am honored that Mike e-mailed me concerning the debut of his blog and put this blog on his list of links.

Happy birthday

If you are known on this blog as WIXYjr, today is your 21st birthday. Happy birthday Adam. It's also LeBron James' 22nd birthday. In the unlikely event LBJ is reading this, happy birthday and may you give us a belated birthday present of an NBA championship.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Maybe a change in views...

Newsnomore, you could be right. Earlier this month I commented about the no smoking law being in effect. I said to "leave it to the individual business owner". Last night I took my wife out for supper, as she was very stressed by events of the day. We went to a restaurant in Wadsworth(former Red Barn location). We walked in and were asked, "smoking or non smoking". We then noticed the distinct smell of smoke around the counter seats, which was also next to the cash register. My wife asked our server why they weren't obeying the anti smoking laws, and she replied that the owners would not comply until they absolutely had to. Well, the food was good, but having to go through the smoking section to get to our seats and having to pay in an area that had a strong smell of cigar smoke caused my wife to need a breathing treatment when we got home.

Now I don't care about the civil disobedience, BUT one of the problems with this country is that there are some who feel that they have to violate the rights of others in order to exercise theirs. Next time put on your sign "WE STILL SMOKE HERE".

I will stick up for most of my friends who smoke because they don't violate othr people's air space.

One more thing: Where's my tobacco settlement money? I lost my mother, who never smoked because of other people who smoked.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

More tales from the Parallel Universe(tm)

Some may wonder how I got to posting on various radio forums. We will go back in history to July of 2001. The great frequency swap had taken place. That's where WHK-AM went from 1420 to 1220, WKNR went from 1220 to 850, WRMR went from 850 to 1420, WHK-FM went from 98.1 to 95.5(became the Fish), WCLV went from 95.5 to 104.9, WAKS went from 104.9 to 96.5, and WKDD went from 96.5 to 98.1(whew). By the way I did that by memory.

Aro-10und that time I discovered the Listening Party forum on Cleveland Live. It was being used in leiu of bathroom stall walls by the radio employees and looked at non professionals, including former broadcast school students, like we were intruders. At the time, no one had to register a forum name, so there was alot of nonsense, like "Doncha just love Gary Dee?" or "ffffffffffffffffffun", and alot of insider rumor mongering. Like I said before, my type wasn't appreciated on the board, so after awhile, I did more reading than posting.

Then came the revamping of the forum, and the debut of 74WIXYgrad. I took the name for obvious reasons, but being the insecure person that I am, I still let the pros post.

Around that time, I also discovered Radio-Info.com. For awhile there was no registratione
needed, so I posted there more often. Later they too required registration, and for awhile there
I was WIXYGrad.

Radio-Info had all the pros posting there, or so it seemed. They also had a real live moderator on each board, so nonsense didn't last too long. Only problem was for awhile I was out of my league over there, as I never learned the fine art of faking people out. I would post something on a thread and for the longest time there the thread would die. I learned alot from those who would post there. The cast of characters included OldAkronite, nate81, JohnnyMorgan, BigWoody(now known as VODood), and others. Those that I haven't introduced to my non-forum friends are Nate81, who is a twenty-five year old broadcast student, who has a broadcast encyclopedia crammed into his young head, and VODood, program director of a radio station in Toledo, and owner of a thriving voiceover business.

OldAkronite in June of 2005 started his now very popular blog "Ohio Media Watch". It was partially based on his many posts at Radio-Info.

I was keeping one eye on the listening party forum. It seemed that there would be some real spirited discussions on the board, sometimes causing the board to "flame". It was after one of these "flamings", caused by spirited discussions about the last Super Bowl, that I started posting with any regularity. Of course I was among those taking pot shots at JimOhio123(it was like shooting fish in a barrel). As I said in my last post, Jim is the ultimate talk radio fan.

I found out this past spring that the listening party was taken over by baby boomers, so I joined in. It was after one of Jim's very annoying posts that Lynn had remarked that he was one of those that hadn't worked in radio. I then responded that I was never in the business, and Lynn told me that I wasn't an idiot either. Danny Wright then posted that he was surprised about that. And that started my current life as a forum poster. I've also made friends through e-mail and phone calls. Hopefully I know my limits, and don't post when I don't know.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

1st Annual "WIXY's Gone Bananas" thank you list

We are now at years end, and everywhere you look there are lists to end the year. This morning's Akron Beacon Journal had the "Bobbys" awarded by columnist Bob Dyer, who, in my opinion, had
the last good column on happenings of radio in the area. I also sold him two televisions when I worked at Fretter.

I could give out "Golden Bananas", but I feel that's waaaay too hokey.

So I'm just going to shoot from the heart and give out my thank you list. List is in no particular order, as all the people on the list are important.

First, I will start at the message boards that I participated in; Cleveland.com Listening Party and television boards, Radio-info.com, and radioinsight.com.

OMW/Old Akronite-Thanks for on board support, off board info, and the mention on your Mighty Blog of Fun(tm). Also thank you for watching my back on the religion board at radio-info.

BoredOp0930-Danny, you were the first buddy I made on the boards, and we spent hours chatting the phone. Hopefully I will get up there with that pizza, so you can show me around, and we can shoot the breeze.

Lynnpuskas-Lynn, you put up with alot, and also dished out alot, and sometimes posted before me in the morning. Thanks for your kind comments.

JimOhio123- Jim, you reminded us all what the definition of the word fan, as in "fanatic", is.

newsnomore- Thanks for showing me a very human side of one who has made it in a very competitive business.

Danny Wright- Thanks for showing how not to give up.

Johnny Morgan- Thanks for showing how to have a good time, and for sometimes adding some reason to discussion.

RIPJoelRose/WZZP-As one whom I once saw as a threat on the board, you've become one of the best supporters of this blog, and a good friend through e-mail. Thanks for your comments and support.

Tim Lones- Thanks for your comments, your knowledge of classic television, and your love for media. you give us "radio geeks" a good name. I hope you get a BBN station in the Canton area.

And to the others I've not mentioned, Nate81, VODood, MisterFact, and others(I will probably do an update later) a heartfelt thank you!

Now on to the personal friends and family who have checked this blog out.

Brenda of the WGBB(tm)-You and the rest of the band boosters have a way of making me feel like a million bucks in the fall, during football season. And telling me that this blog is one of the first things you look at in the morning makes me work harder at my efforts.

Mary Ann: Benefits coordinator at my work, your mention of checking my blog reminds me of what my mother would have done had I been blogging whan she was alive.

"The Other" Cliff Feightner- You are absolutely correct, we are both blessed.

My daughter, Martha aka, WIXYette jr. the 1st. You juggle two children(with a third on the way), a home, and college and still make the dean's list. And you still have time to check the old man's ramblings.

My other daughter, Sylva- thanks for being the official WIXY's Gone Bananas photographer.

My son Adam, also known as WIXYjr.-Thanks for hanging in there, and giving me plenty to write about.

Most importantly, my wife Kathy, who keeps it all together, including helping to take care of my handicapped brother and sister.

I also want to thank Bruce Trogdan and the staff at the Post Newspapers for publishing two of my posts.

My 100th official post-It's all thanks to you!

Special note: My in-laws will be leaving for Florida early tomorrow(Wednesday), and not today as I originally reported.

I was looking for something special for something special for number 100. Had I not deleted a couple of posts, posted some in draft that I later dumped, and included the five in my other blog, then this one would be about 110.

After about 100 posts I'm closer to be heading in some direction with my blog. I enjoy talking about my home town, and my family. And above all, I like to write about good news, something which more often than not, does not make the front page.

I'm proud of the accomplishments of all my children. All three are in their twenties, and realize life isn't going to be easy. All three are attending college. My oldest daughter and her husband both made the dean's list last semester. We're now talking about parents of two, one of which is special needs(she's deaf).

I enjoy reading comments on this blog, lets me know people care. I also like it when people stop me and tell me that they read something on my blog. I hope that I can encourage other baby boomers to put their observations in blog form. Just be true to yourself. Everybody has a story they can tell to others.

When I started doing this in August, I wondered if I would stay with it. With much thanks to those who read these words, I have made it to 100 posts. And utilizing the constructive criticism I've received, I've started a second blog. And I hope to have my wife blogging in the near future. and no, it will not be called "Mrs. WIXY's gone Bananas".

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Another Byline

In this morning's(December 24) edition of the Rittman Post, on page two, is the story I wrote last Tuesday about the Rittman Bands Winter show. I do have the byline. Thanks goes to Bruce Trogdan, for not only giving me an ego boost by printing it, but most importantly helping to give credit to Ed Sims and the Rittman 7th grade and High School Bands for the hard work they put into the show.

A quick reminder: PANomonen, the Rittman High steel drum band will be having a concert at the high school on Tuesday, January 9, at 7:00pm.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Weekend

Ahh. Three days that I can sleep until I wake up. Yes I can do that on Christmas Day, as all my kids are adults now, and they value their sleep more than I.

Do I need to get some last minute gifts? Some.

Any special activities planned? Yep, Christmas Eve at the in-laws. I'm bringing the chicken, KFC, finger lickin good. As I mentioned in my other blog, they leave for Florida Tuesday. Pray they have a safe trip. Pray for my wife and her two sisters, that they don't go nuts worrying about their parents. They are traveling in tandem with another couple, Dave and Mary Alice. Both Dave and Mary Alice drive, so there will be relief drivers if needed.

Got plenty to do, presents to wrap, some places to go, alot of relaxing to do.

Have a great weekend and a blessed CHRISTMAS.

Coming next week: My first annual WIXY's Gone Bananas thank you list.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Treasure Chest Reminder

Remember, the Rittman Treasure Chest will be open until 8:00pm tonight. You can look for treasures and help out the community for an extra two hours this evening. Terri and Joni hope to see you today, as the Treasure chest will be closed Saturday, Sunday(as usual), and Monday, so they can spend the Christmas weekend with their families.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

And now, some cross promotion

As we all know, I debuted my new blog, Seek Him First, two days ago. As I am going to attempt to make that my "Christian Blog", it is now on the blog roll of Christian Bloggers. Those of you looking for my more innermost thoughts, and want to debate on a spiritual nature, check that blog out. If you may be looking for some answers, I may have links up over there in the near future that might help.

Over there I will try to be more Cliff and less 74WIXYgrad.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

From the Bleachers: Rittman Bands Winter Concert

Tonight, December 19, 2006, The Rittman Bands had their 2006 Winter concert. This show I was simply a spectator. The concert included the 7th Grade Band, the steel drum band PANomenon, and the High School Band. Conducting the bands, with his exceptional grace, as always was Ed Sims.

First up was the youngest band, our present and future stars, the 7th Grade Band. The selections played by the 7th grade was Ritmico!, Dragonfly(featuring the kazoo section), and The Tempest.

Next the High School Band began their first set of the night with the very familiar sound of Maurice Ravel's Bolero. Next was Sinfonia No. 4, by Timothy Broege. The three parts of this selection included Broadcast Memories, Romance, and On the Corner.

PANonenom was next. The steel drum band started with the Latin dance tune, Yumbambe. then it became Christmas Caribbean style, as they played, O Holy Night, and Sleigh Ride. Lastly we were treated to a taste of their upcoming concert, as PANomenon performed Steelband Paradise.

The 7th graders came back with sounds of the season, and gave us Yo Christmas Tree and jingle Bell Rock.

The High School Band was a little bit classical, and a little bit festive, as they performed A Merry Mozart Christmas. What we think was Jingle Bells(arranged by Sarah Bellum) was next. Ending the concert was an arrangement that Leroy Anderson wrote for Arthur Feidler over 50 years ago, called A Christmas Festival.

Of Note: Both the seventh graders, and the high schoolers were visited by the old flu bug and both bands had sections affected, but nonetheless put on an exceptional show.

Oh, and by the way

This is a picture of my grandchildren. Enjoy!

I now have a second blog

That's right I have a new blog, to be a companion to this one. It's called "Seek Him First" That blog will be more faith oriented than WGB. Does that mean that I will stop talking about my faith here? Not on your life. I do know that I have several people who love the Lord who stop here, so the prayer requests won't stop, nor will the news I share about my church. I will just expound about it more there.

Tonight: Rittman Band Holiday Concert

That's right! Tonight at Rittman High School there will be a concert given by the Rittman bands-7th grade through high school. I plan to be there as your WIXY's Gone Bananas correspondent. Why don't you come too? If you're in the Rittman area, come to the high school. The fun starts at 7:00pm.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

From the heart:Christmas is for families

As we all know, Christmas is coming fast, so now is a time for families to get together. It is also the time that folks, such as myself get to missing family members who have gone on. My mother passed away in 2004, my father in 2000. So it is nice to have a strong marriage and be able to spend it with the in-laws.

Making lemonade from lemons: As the regular readers of this blog know, my father-in-law suffered a stroke last month, which at the very least delayed their annual migration to Florida this year. Thanks in a large part to everyones prayers, and the God given abilities of several doctors, Eddie is doing better, and got clearance to drive this past week. Anyways, today we had a Christmas get together today that we wouldn't have had had the stroke not happened.

Today was a day to thank God for a strong family. My in-laws celebrated their 50th anniversary this past year. They are the parents to three girls who are all married to their first husbands. One of the daughters could not make it this day, but nonetheless the house was full with the extended family. Being a nice day we could also spend time in the breezeway. We realize today the blessings which are to come. I will get a third grandchild from one daughter and a new son-in-law from my other daughter next year. My nephew brought his fiance', who is a very nice, very smart young lady(they both also check this blog on occasion) and my niece came with her husband, who is a great young man and a good provider.

We had a good meal this afternoon, opened presents, and had a great time of family fellowship. After awhile, my future niece, Torri, asked my Eddie, Ella Jean, and my sister-in-law, Donna (her future mother-in-law) to sing. They sang in churches back in the seventies and eighties. They hesitated, but once they got started, the only time that they stopped was when it was time to go. We then got in a circle, joined hands, and had prayer before we all went our separate ways.

Now most of the folks who read this have strong family values, and I hope you all have some good quality family time in the next couple of weeks. Just keep it going year round.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

A googling we shall go

Special note: Rittman Treasure Chest will be closed tomorrow(Sunday) They will be opened next week Monday thru Thursday 9am to 6pm, Friday next week they will be opened till 8pm.

Now back to the subject at hand.
I was showing my wife how to set up a blog this evening, and I was telling her about my readership. I had made mention this morning that my readership was well into double figures now(and a loyal group you are!)

I was showing her some of my entries and comments. We were discussing my other self who lives in Florida, who came across my blog about a month or so ago. I figure that Cliff had googled himself and saw OMW's reference to my blog, which is the ninth reference to "Cliff Feightner". Yes, the "other Cliff" has had a more remarkable life than myself.

Now a "googling" of "WIXY's Gone Bananas" gives you seven results; six are about this blog, and the other one is about the radio station promo that this blog is named after. Now my fragile ego gets a boost.

Now if my wife would start a blog I would make sure that she would get some publicity from this corner of the blogosphere.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sale at Rittman Treasure Chest

Today, and possibly tomorrow at the Rittman Treasure chest is a buy one get one half price sale. That's right. You can help the Rittman community and save money too. If you're in Rittman tonight till 5, or Tomorrow 9am to 6pm go to South Main St, next to the VFW hall and save money on your treasures.

Update 6:17pm-See comment section for customer testimony.

Update 2 Friday 9:45pm-Joni at the Treasure Chest tells me that the sale will continue through next week. Hours are as follows

Saturday December 16- 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday-Closed

Monday thru Thursday-9-6
Friday, December 22-9-8:00pm

Saturday, December 23-Christmas day-Closed.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

My wish for a tribute site

This past spring saw the unveiling of a new tribute site the WHK Color Channel 14 site. Those of us on the message boards started thinking of other possibilities. One of the things on our collective wish list was a "Big 1220 WGAR site. I had noticed recently in the guest book section of the WHK tribute site that someone had airchecks to some of the "big 1220" personalities. Seeing that I spent a good portion of my early twenties listening to Lanigan in the Morning, Joe Mayer, Fig "Music" Newton, and "The Real" Bob James, I for one would get a real kick out of seeing that kind of a tribute site.

WHK Good guy Don Williams, webmaster of the WHK site, is also preparing a WHLO tribute site. I know that one is being eagerly awaited.

After all that is done maybe some of us who contribute to the Listening Party can see if "Dancin" Danny Wright can get some of his pals from the old G-98(WGCL) to put together a G-98 tribute site.

I think we all have fond memories of "our radio stations".

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

News from WIXYland

First: Good news for WKRP in Cincinnati fans. I was looking at the classic television board at Radio-info.com and saw that the long awaited DVD set of the CBS series will be released around April. Alot of radio geeks, myself included, enjoyed the show during it's run in the late seventies, early eighties. What has kept the show from being released on DVD for so long has been rights to music played during the show. It's understood that Fox has worked out deals whenever possible, but when it's not possible some "generic" selections will be put in the original's place. I, for one, am looking foreward to the release. Had to ask for something new for my family to get me for father's day since the final season of MASH will be one of my Christmas presents.

Good guy given due credit: WTAM/1100, this week renamed their morning show on their website "Wills and Snyder" Mike Snyder(seated in the picture to the right), of course, is replacing the late Casey Coleman on the morning show. Snyder has been a part of 1100AM for the past twenty years, first WWWE and now WTAM. I remember first hearing him as he was a replacement for Pete Franklin, when "Sweet Pete" was recovering from open heart surgery in 1987. During that time, I was a frequent caller to Sportsline, and my topic always was wanting Indians manager Pat Corrales fired. I think, even after meeting him on a couple of occasions(see photo above; I'm the one wearing the Indians jacket) Mike Snyder is too nice a guy to be a regular talk show host. I'm glad that "Snites" has gotten the billing he deserves.

Lastly: I was invited to join the Christian Bloggers. What does that mean for this blog. Nothing. Very little will change, I am a Christian with a blog. I'm not necessarily writing a Christian blog. I will have a link to Christian-Bloggers.com on my link list shortly. Their blog roll is in alphabetical order so it would take someone awhile to get to mine.

The one thing I will say is that I feel blessed that my efforts are being recognized by the right people.

Monday, December 11, 2006

My memories of a good man

I have enjoyed the postings in both the comments section of Ohio Media Watch and the cleveland.com Listening Party board of those who remember Jaybird Drennan. It's sad that we lost a good man, but it's been a real blessing to read about all the good he did for the broadcasting industry.

I remember back in 1974, while I was going to broadcasting school, I was working evenings mopping floors at a nursing home in Brunswick. I was your typical eighteen year old guy, not alot of respect for my elders and would say almost anything simply for shock value. I had mentioned to a nurses aide at the facility the name of an Elton John song(I have since become more respectful of others and I also realize that I have some ladies reading this and some who read this have teenage children. I will not mention the name of the song.) She asked me who wrote the song, and I told her"Bernie Taupin". She then asked me what his address was. Her next statement was that you wouldn't hear that song if you were listening to Jaybird because he would refuse to play it.

I listened to Jaybird in the early eighties when he was the morning disc jockey at WSLR/1350. Back in those days all you needed on the air was a DJ and a newsman. Jaybird was always able to entertain and inform his audience very well. He did not need a "morning zoo" to do his show. His jokes were somewhat corny, but they were clean. He made you feel like a friend. I also remember when he was voted radio personality of the year by the readers of the Beacon Journal, competition consisting of personalities from both the Akron and Cleveland Markets.

There is a personal irony in this for me. I met the 'Ole Jaybird one time only, and that was September 9, 1995. I was walking through the Wayne County Fair with my family. It was the day after the Indians clinched the Central Division for the first time and I was wearing an Indians t-shirt. Jaybird saw the shirt and asked me if I had saw the game the evening before. I answered in the affirmative, then turned around and told my kids that he was one of the finest country music disc jockeys of all time. I say that this is ironic because I got my e-mail from Sports Time Ohio and on the schedule for the week is a replay of that very game, Indians versus Baltimore Orioles September 8, 1995.

God bless you Jaybird. I will see you around the throne.

Sad news for area country radio fans

Some of my readers know that my efforts here were partly inspired from another blog called Ohio Media Watch. To those who aren't familiar with the blog click here to read the well written story of the passing of legendary country music personality Jaybird Drennan .

Only other comment I will make in this space is he will be missed. Rest in peace Jaybird.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The ghost of Christmas past.

I have made mention on message boards that I used to work in retail sales. It was both comission(Sears, Fretter, Montgomery Ward) and non commission(Wal-Mart, K-Mart). I will tell you that from that side of the cash register, I always had more fun as non commission when feeding my family wasn't as dependant on my performance.

I was full time commission when I worked for Fretter, from 1988-1992. It was also when I was introduced to prozac. Anyway as a commission salesperson the holiday season(between the week before Thanksgiving to the week after New Years Day) was supposed to be the time that we made the majority of our years income. It's also the time when people can show how really cheap they are when it comes to buying presents for the ones they love.(You all know how to make comments on this blog, and all comments are welcome)

It's also the time when most scammers are at their worst. Credit cards and merchandise are stolen at a greater rate during this period. Of course we have all heard about the current gift card scammers. Just one more thing to worry about this year.

I was working at the Rolling Acres Fretter store in 1991 during Christmas shopping season. It was, by the way my last Christmas season as a full time commission sales person. My area of responsibility in the store was the VCR display. Another salesperson was trying to sell a big screen television to this seemingly disabled person, who was in a wheelchair. This salesman had taken a credit application to the desk to try to get approval on 90 days same as cash(cash same as cash is always best). Well the salesman came back with the bad news that he was not approved. He apologized for taking the sales professional's time and left the store. I later found one of the display VCR's missing(VCR wall was next to the big screen television display). We later figured that this seemingly disabled person had taken the VCR out of the display, put it on the seat of his wheelchair, sat on it and left the store. Store personnel later found out that this same person had been stealing from other stores in the neighborhood in the same manner.

It's a shame when we can't trust each other when we are getting ready to celebrate our saviour's birth.

Last day for raffle

Today is the last day to participate in the Raffle for Chloe. Drawing will be at 8:00pm EST tonight.
Click here for information. There are links about chloe at that blog where you can get to know her and other contact information.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

End of a busy week

First WIXYjr made it home. It was his first trip of that length by himself. When asked where he wanted to eat, his response was Milich's. As I said on the Listening Party yesterday, I feel that they are the best Barberton "chicken house". You just don't eat there too often without knowledge of a good cardiologist. My suggestion would be Dr. Roger Chaffee out of City Hospital in Akron. Good doctor, also one of my high school friends.

Next a correction. I mentioned two weeks ago that the Rittman Treasure Chest was run by the All Sports Boosters in Rittman. That was incorrect. They contribute to the all sports boosters. They have also given coats to kids in Rittman whose families couldn't afford them. If you are in Rittman and have an affection for thrift shops give them a visit. Their prices are better than Goodwill. Rittman Treasure Chest is located on South Main Street, next to the VFW hall.

Country Breakfast was this morning at the South Main Street Church of God. All went well today, and I delivered 29 breakfasts, with two going to my in-laws in Medina. The breakfast went remarkedly well when you consider that the fire department was also serving a pancake breakfast today.

And to those who leave comments, send e-mails, and tell me in person about their views about what I like and wonder why I didn't blog so much week, thank you for looking for me.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Back at the keyboard

Away from blogging the past few days as an audit at work has taken alot of my attention. To blow off steam I had made a few appearances on message boards. This will be a few odds and ends, and will be done in "pieces parts" today.

First, the audit: The worst that happened was that I was yelled at. Good audit. Definitely not worth me being "strung tighter than a violin", however. Don't have to worry again for another 13 months, Lord willing.

First "good" snow of season coming, so we will see how much we all have forgotten how to drive in it. I guess we are now paying for the indian summer/global warming or whatever you want to call it. Hopefully it will all be over by Friday, as WIXYjr is coming home from college. He's doing well, by the way. My computer at work will be busy looking at the school closings.

I am looking foreward to the next couple of weeks, as we all get ready for Christmas, our church is going caroling this weekend. Remember, it's Merry Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

I have the news on as I type this, and I'm hearing about the Garfield Hts. Wal-Mart having to close because of methane gas. Seems that this shopping center was built on a landfill. Well so was Cleveland Browns Stadium. Maybe that's also why the Browns stink this year.

Now some comments about the upcoming smoking ban. I smoked my last cigarette over nine years ago. My mother died from COPD, primarily from second hand smoke. Alot of my father-in-law's health problems can be associated with his tobacco habit. But I feel that "big brother" has no right telling us where we can or cannot smoke. Leave it up to the individual business owners. And if there is a smoking ban, quit using tax money garnered from the sale of tobacco products to build sports venues which you cannot smoke in. Rant off.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Saturday Night Special

I am writing this while listening to Soup du Jour on WCRF/103.3. Once again Andre Bernier has put together a very entertaining show to kick off the Christmas season. Hopefully WCRF will rebroadcast it in another week. Actually I was hoping for a podcast, but you can't have everything.

The very strange nature of the listening party has caused me to want to blog here more. At least I know who I am.

Final season of MASH is now available in the stores on DVD, has been for about a month. I will have to ask for something else for Father's Day and Christmas after this.

Several editions of The Post in Medina County, Medina, Wadsworth, Southwest Medina County, and Highland editions have a Medina county restaurant survey. When you fill them out you can receive a twenty dollar gift certificate to "a fine dining establishment in Medina, no strings attached". Check Bruce Trogdon's "Publisher's Notebook" on the editorial page for details.

It was mentioned to me in one of the forums which I post in that there should be a Rittman Board for me to use, and to be honest I wish there was. Perhaps city administrators could use this as a barometer for what they should do to improve services in town, that is if a forum could be used and moderated properly.

There is a Wayne County Forum at Ohio.com, which is the site for the Akron Beacon Journal. The Daily Record also has discussion forums, but one person does most of the posting and that is alot of copy and paste.

Special note

As a favor to my oldest daughter, I have added for the next several days, a new link for a special internet raffle. It is called "Raffle for Chloe". Chloe David is a very young girl who has been recently diagnosed with leukemia. Click on the link for further details.