Thursday, February 28, 2008

Spring is on it's way....

And I...won't back down... As I left the shop this afternoon, I tuned into the first spring training game of 2008: Your Cleveland Indians versus the dreaded Houston Astros. By the time I tuned the game in, it was the top of the 8th inning and the Tribe was ahead 8-1. Not only that, but there were only a few names, if any I recognized. The good news is that the Indians won 12-2. Wahoo! I know, it doesn't count, but it is baseball.

Meanwhile, back at the WIXYranch: We have just now finished digging out from the last blast now the forecast calls for an Alberta Clipper to come our way. I think I will buy that groundhog a blindfold next year. But warmer weather and rain is on it's way. I hope we don't have any flooding problems.

The MrsWIXYmobile was involved in an accident last week. Mrs74WIXYgrad was at fault and sustained a concussion in the wreck. She was treated and released. The car however is considered a total loss so we need to look for a new car for my wife. The man who hit my wife called our house tonight and wanted to know how she was doing, and to tell her that he held no bad feelings towards her and that "Jesus was his friend." You don't hear that from someone who was involved in an accident which wasn't their fault all that often. There still are good people around.

My reposts are getting a favorable response. I won't do this too often, but I do have a few more in mind. The post below this one was the first of a three parter. Part two is posted over at Seek Him First. Part three will also be posted over there.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Repost: Can't we all just get along?

Cliff Note: This was originally posted on October 9, 2006. At the time, I was building my readership and I would place a link on message boards, such as the Radio-Info Contemporary Christian-Religious board. Those people didn't appreciate it when a non pro, such as myself. come on their board and gave an opinion contrary to theirs.

Cliff Note part 2: Recently, Kathy's Klavier had a post titled "Music and Christianity." She has posted several scriptures to go with it. I think that would be a worthwhile read if you haven't already seen it.

This post is directed toward all my Christian friends, and those that I have the privilege of posting with on the national message boards, Radio-Info and Radioinsight.

I have long wondered why one style of music is right and another is wrong when they both are used to glorify God?

A little bit about myself, at least as far as my walk with the Lord is concerned, I accepted Christ as my savior on June 6, 1980. Immediately before that I was going to a Southern Baptist church with my wife and her family. My wife's family is from West Virginia, and their favorite kind of worship music is Southern Gospel. I grew up in the Lutheran church, where they played mainly hymns, or traditional music.

Anyways, when I went to church we heard quartet music, and when the congregation sang, it was in four part harmony. Most were blissfully ignorant, and felt that that was most honoring to God.

Most of the people that went to church there were from the south and came to Northeast Ohio to get jobs at Ford, Chevy, Republic Steel, and the like. They brought their musical tastes with them.

Personally, I am as Northeast Ohio as the day is long. My parents and all my Grandparents were also from this neck of the woods. When I went to broadcast school, I wanted to be a big time rock and roll disc jockey. I had a ton of record albums at my house that you only heard on WMMS.

I met my wife in 1977 and as we were going together if I wanted to be with her on Sunday morning, Sunday night, or Wednesday night, I would be with her in church. The church was the afore mentioned Southern Baptist Church. Like everything else I've taken an interest in, I jumped in with both feet.

At the time there were three Christian radio stations in the immediate area-WSUM/1000AM in Parma, WTOF/98.1, Canton, and WCRF/103.3, Cleveland. WSUM and WTOF were owned by Mortensen Broadcasting. WSUM played contemporary music, WTOF played (Southern)Gospel music. I listened to both these stations when I could, and enjoyed such artists as Petra, Imperials, Cathederal Quartet, Kingsmen, Inspirations, Bill Gaither Trio among others. I was very diverse in my musical tastes. I always respected the people I now went to church with, and for the most part their music of choice was Gospel.

Being a "Buckeye" I've had debates with my father-in-law, who is a very good man, but the whole time I've known him has been very set in his ways. He didn't like contemporary music because it "sounded like rock-n-roll". I said that gospel sounded like country. He then corrected me by saying that country sounded like gospel(BTW, he doesn't own a computer).

Through the years I've been on both ends of the CCM vs. Southern Gospel debate. I can give solid arguments for both styles, and I also like hymns. They are all used to glorify God. If we give glory to the artist, then we've lost our focus.

Fast forward to 1996. WTOF was sold to Salem Broadcasting. They dropped most of the Gospel music, changed the calls to WHK-FM and was mainly a teaching/talk station. There was a minor uprising among church members and singers alike. I was told that station management toldd those that called to voice their displeasure that if they wanted Southern Gospel, start their own station. Salwem later relented, putting their "Solid Gospel" package on WHLO/640, until the station was sold to Clear Channel. In all fairness, a big money format it probably wasn't. The demo was aging and moving back to the south. But those who remain, lost a valuable ministry when the format left. My question, rhetorical as it may be, when should a ministry become a business, and vice versa.

I have adapted, as I mainly listen to WCRF, as their focus is to the adult comtemporary crowd.
Some haven't. You can get Southern Gospel on the internet, but there are some, such as my in-laws, that don't own a computer.

We have to learn how to minister to others, and sometimes that means going outside our own preferences.

This was originally part of a series. The reaction I had gotten over this inspired me to start my Seek Him First blog. Holy War Part 2 is reposted there.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Snowy Day Update

Yes, we now are being hammered in Northeast Ohio with quite a bit of snow. Drive into work was far worse than the drive home tonight. Going in, I wasn't even thinking about doing near the speed limit. Trip home was smooth sailing. For Moose and Moose, serious shysters for frivolous lawsuits. this is 74WIXYgrad.

Couple of friends have some noteworthy material on their blogs.

First, Cleveland Classic Media: Tim is starting to put some of his material on YouTube. First item that he is sharing with us is from the WKYC- Channel 3 in Cleveland, the 50th anniversary special end credits. It's worth a look. Tim does well in all his endeavors and I think he will also do well representing my home area on YouTube.

Next, Five Pines: Jessica is back from vacation and sharing some of her many photos with us bloggers and others. Today she has photos of a bald eagle she had the privilege of seeing. Several photos already posted and more on the way. Thank you for sharing your memories with us Jessica.

Everybody have a great week.

Monday, February 25, 2008

I Like Jessica because........

Cliff Note:I originally posted this last week forgetting that Jessica was on vacation. According to my site meter she's back, so I'm moving this back to the top.

Taking a look at my blogroll, I notice that bloggers from the southern states outnumber those from northern states. Jessica is from Michigan and proud of it. Why, I don't know. Keep in mind that I live in Ohio. Jessica loves cold weather and the activities that come with it.

I discovered Jessica from Frasypoo's blogroll. The first thing I discovered was that Jessica is a photography nut. Second thing was that she is a proud band mom, like one of my best friends, Brenda. I first left a comment there when she took some pictures of her daughter Jordan at a band show. It was during marching season and we folks connected with our local marching bands seem to notice those things.

Of course I have to interject here that Jordan's band, the Hartford Indian Emerald Vanguard, is a corps band, as opposed to the Rittman Indians Marching Band, which is a show band.

Jessica loves her dogs and has a blog just for them, Seadra and Zoe. Seadra is an 8 year old boston terrier and Zoe ia a 4 year old pug. You can catch their adventures chronicled in that blog.

As I mentioned before, Jessica is a photography nut and has a blog called Through the Viewfinder, which is mainly dedicated to this hobby.

Jessica's main blog is called Five Pines, and is very much a family oriented blog, where she features herself, her husband, Craig, son Caleb, and afore mentioned daughter Jordan, who by the way has one of the prettiest smiles I have ever seen. The family seems closer to Ozzie and Harriet than Ozzie and Sharon. I will mention again as I have done before the web address, I think most who come here want to do that, and Jessica is a good example of making a difference by blogging. She also makes a difference by being a nurse, as I am sure that she uses the same compassion in her work as she does around all the blogs. And Jessica is also an advocate of wearing her seatbelt;)

You have to read Five Pines for that story. Enjoy your visit.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hey! It's Mr. Announcer Guy!

Our dryer is on the fritz, so I had to take some clothes to the laundromat to dry. I got there and the place was busy. I got my clothes in the dryers and then went to Dollar General to get a few items. When I got back there were people waiting on dryers. So I got into a goofy mood and stating the latest dryer available-"Dryers 1, 3, and 4 are now available for your drying." Someone then come up to me and asked if I was an announcer somewhere. I told him that I announced for the marching band, and he asked me if that was all I announced.

Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I could do that for a living.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Repost:The Home of the Buzzard, W-M-M-S, Cleveland

This post gets me many hits from Google searches. I will add a Cliff Note at the end of this about a book that was written about the station. And to the new readers, the picture to your lower right is me from 1976.

Okay, so I'm a sentimental old fool. But the voice of Len "Boom" Goldberg and that legal ID still resonates within me. I was a faithful listener in my late teens and early twenties after I kicked the WIXY habit. I don't care to discuss what I was doing in those days, however, since I try to maintain a family friendly blog, but I still, to this day remember what their long time lineup sounded like to this day. To your right is a picture of me from 1976. Draw your own conclusion.

I remember Jeff and Flash and the Morning Mind Exercise, Matt the Cat with the Coffee Break Concert, Kid Leo and his playing Bruce Springsteen at the end of his show Friday afternoons leading up to Murray Saul and the weekend salute-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta
GET DOWN! Denny Sanders, who was program director then had his turn. From 10pm to 2am it was one of my instructors at the WIXY School, and a fellow WIXY grad, Steve Lushbaugh. Overnights belonged to Betty Korvan.

The 'mms I listened to "back in the day" was album oriented rock, or AOR. While the top 40 stations would play "Young Americans" by David Bowie, we would hear all the cuts from the album on the Buzzard. In the seventies, you would see the buzzard on clothes more often than Chief Wahoo. And you could call the station any hour of the night and have an actual conversation with the jock, unless, of course if it was Kid Leo, who was a jerk. (Someone on the message boards referred to him as "Kid Ego"). And it seemed that most cars in Northeast Ohio had at least one WMMS bumper sticker.

I haven't listened to 'mms in years, so why am I writing this? The Buzzard has flown the coop and probably won't be coming back. But then again, it's been on life support for years. Another part of my life soundtrack becoming a distant memory. It's now time for some of the good folks that brought us the unique sound that was the buzzard to put together a tribute site. Then our youth is only a mouse click away.

Radio hasn't had a local flavor in quite awhile, and it won't come back as we knew it. Just a fact of life that I have to accept.

Other photos in this post are from top Ed "Flash" Ferenc, present photo, Kid Leo with Bruce Springsteen, 1976 and John Gorman with Murray Saul.

Cliff Note: The program director of WMMS during it's glory days, John Gorman, has written a book called The Buzzard, which details the station much more accurately than my faint memory can.

About Me

Michelle of Crows Feet fame has tagged me for this

The rules are:
Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given (family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like). Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.

The Family: I have many posts about my family. Two of the posts I want to link to is about the birth of my grandson, and my daughter's wedding. So here is *Special Announcement* and A Wedding Fit for one of Daddy's Girls.

Friends: The first of what later would become the Top Banana award would go to one of my best friends and best supporter of this blog, Brenda. Check out Off Blog Friend Award.

About Yourself: That's a hard one,and requires some thought. For now I will link to the third post I made, I GOTTA BE ME. Bear in mind I was looking for a font that worked for me at the time. Here's another about me called Hair Guy Memories.

Your Loves: Here is a post I wrote last March called An Unplanned Week From Blogging. I mentioned about mine and Kathy's 28th wedding anniversary.

Anything you like:In this post I stepped out of character, as I was sorta miffed when an afternoon radio personality in Cleveland dissed me when I got on the air and tried to explain why I didn't use my real name when I posted on area message boards. The post was called Voice of Cleveland was Rude to Me. The comments I had gotten from some of the folks working at the Clear Channel headquarters in Independence, Ohio were quite humorous. Well at least to me. I do want to add that I know shock radio is an act, and that post was an act on my part.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Knowing Me, Knowing You

Sindi tagged me to do this and Brenda sent me a similar e mail not long ago, so I'm killing 2 birds with one stone.

Copy this entire list of questions and change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then tag and pass it along to other blogging friends. Let’s see how well we can get to know one another!

1. What is your occupation? A quality Assurance inspector
2. What color are your socks right now? None

3. What are you listening to right now? The fan on my computer

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Cheese Curls

5. Can you drive a stick shift? yes

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? yellow

7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My wife

8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes I like both of them

9. Favorite drink? Diet Pepsi

10. What is your favorite sport to watch? Nascar Racing

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? No! I prefer to be premature gray and not immature blue

12. Pets? cat

13. Favorite food? Fried chicken from Milich's Village Inn, Barberton, Ohio

14. Last movie you watched? Larry the Cable Guy, Health Inspector

15. Favorite Day of the year? Any day I don't have to get up at 3:00am and drive 46 miles to work

16. What do you do to vent anger? Think of smart alec answers to give on memes.

17. What was your favorite toy as a child? Trying to remember if I was ever a child.

18. What is your favorite, fall or spring? Spring because the days are still getting longer

19. Hugs or kisses?Depends on who is doing the hugging and kissing.

20. What kind of pie? Apple pie made by my mother in law

21. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes

22. Who is most likely to respond? my friends

23. Who is least likely to respond? That guy from Nicaragua who keeps promising me millions of dollars.

24. Living arrangements? Whoever gets mail here.

25. When was the last time you cried? Today

26. What is on the floor of your closet? You don't want to know.

27. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? I am not sending it to anybody

28. The friend you have known the shortest amount of time that you are sending this to? See number 27.

29. Favorite smell? New Car

30. What inspires you? Making people laugh

31. What are you afraid of? Prefer not to answer

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? cheese

33. Favorite car? 1965 Ford Mustang

34. Favorite cat breed? Strays

35. Number of keys on your key ring? ??? Probably about 20

36. How many years at your current job? 15

37. Favorite day of the week? Sunday

38. How many states have you lived in? 2-Ohio and Pennsylvania

39. How many countries have you been to? only one United States

I am not going to tag anyone. If you want to do this, go ahead.

A Good Reason to Go Bananas-Courtesy of Mel Kaye

Mel Kaye of Attitude the Ultimate Power fame sent me this article he got in his email, thought it would perfect for this site. After you read this you will find you may want to go bananas.
A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

This is interesting.

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try e ating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar le vels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. <>
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

According to research in The New En gland Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

I like Stacy because......

Stacy is a member of the world renown Terre Haute gang, the second of which to comment on my blogs. Lately Stacy hasn't blogged a lot because of life's demands on her, but when she does she specializes in humorous and thought provoking posts.

Stacy also comments on several blogs, seasoning her comments with some laughs(he he he). she looks for things on other blogs that will help her. I like it when we help out each other. This group is all about that and Stacy is no exception. She is mentioned often on Sindi's blog, Life is a Roller Coaster, as the two are good friends.

Stacy most importantly is very dedicated to her family. She wrote a post last fall about her daughter, Kelcy, and the social problems she was having, all due to weight struggles. Stacy did this to show her support. She also posted lately p[osted about Kelcy's 13th birthday party.

Stacy's blog is simply titled My Thoughts. Check it out.

PS I also like Stacy because she is a NASCAR fan-Boogity Boogity Boogity!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My day in court

I'll tell you, going to downtown the Justice Center in Cleveland in February is not the thing I want to do the most. The temperature was announced at 23 degrees and with the wind coming off the lake it made the wind chill very cold. Two things I didn't have to worry about being this close to the Justice Center under these circumstances. That was the presence of pan handlers and brass monkeys.

So I park my car and go into the building and have to pass through the metal detectors. They're not as much fun since my artificial knee quit setting them off. No problem, I must not have the magnetic personality I thought I had.

I go upstairs and wait...and wait...Then we now are allowed into the courtroom. The cases are progressing somewhat alphabetically and I was number 59 on the list.

As we were being seated, I saw a sign that said that court costs would be $120.00. I got to thinking that for that much I could get a room at the Holiday Inn Express for 2 nights. But then again if I had slept at a Holiday Inn Express, I might not be sitting in traffic court.

The Magistrate comes in and explains all the options. By some of the arguments I heard while I was waiting for my case to be heard, the judge's explanations should have been closed captioned for the intellectually impaired.

My turn came and the magistrate read my charge and I produced my insurance card and my receipt for repairs. She asked me what my plea was and I said "no contest". At one point I said "yes, ma'am" instead of "yes, your honor." think that showed three things. One, I was nervous, two, I don't spend a whole lot of time in court rooms, and three, I am a gentleman.

After I entered my plea she said I find you not guilty and you are free to leave. I thanked her and left.

So let's review this:
Cost of two hours missed wages-$28.00 before taxes


ATM Charge-$2.50

Being found not guilty-PRICELESS

The prayers of all my blogging family-

Not as severe as Liquid


But severe enough. But it's a good severe!

Today, on The People's Court

Yes, today is my day in court. And what law did I break? Well, I'm glad I asked that question. Here courtesy of Cleveland City Codified Ordinances is the violation:

473.20 Muffler; Muffler Cutout; Excessive Smoke, Gas, or Noise.

This in a part of the city where you stop at a light and sometimes you can hear what's playing on the stereo in the car next to yours than what's on your own.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Have fun for your money and save......

The Ohio readers of this blog will recognize that slogan. One of my friends here has even worked for them. It's a chain of deep discount stores called Marc's. I was shopping at one recently and it reminded me why I don't do it more often.

Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against saving money. If I did, I wouldn't be going to the Evil Big Box Store(tm) as often as I do. but at least Wally World has some hint of organization.

I had to buy some items for WIXYjr. A bottle of body wash and a bottle of shampoo. I walked into the store and got me a cart. First thing I saw was some pens 35 for $1.00. These were assorted pens with advertising for many out of town businesses. I went through the display and got 14 different ones for Mrs74WIXYgrad as she likes those type of pens. I then went to look for the needed items. The shampoo was easy to find once you understood the layout of the store. Marc's stores are like snowflakes, there are no two alike. Now you would think the soap would be nearby. zzzzzt! Wrong answer. I saw this sign in the far corner, front of the store that said men's toiletries. I go there, no body wash. I go to this aisle that had dish soap, laundry detergent and that had bar soap, but no body wash. I was about to admit defeat when I accidentally stumbled upon the aisle with the body wash and it had what WIXYjr wanted.

Now to the checkout. Seeing that I had just 6 different items after getting 2 bottles of pop and 1 bottle of tea, I decided to go to the express register. That leads me to my next question. Why do they always put the slowest cashiers in the express line???? I think my cashier was Grandma Molasses!

Lady in front of me, when Grandma finally got to her(I think they do a time study of her work, using a sundial) her purchase came to $7.02. Customer hands her a $10. Grandma asks if she has 2 pennies. The customer doesn't. My turn at the register(I was in line so long, I thought I was going to have to start paying rent!)My purchase comes to $12.07. I handed her a $20. I was asked if I had the 7 cents. I didn't. To whomever makes the coffee in the breakroom there:after you clean the coffee maker, do not use vinegar water to make coffee. Grandma is not happy with me because she has to make change. She hands me my change and gives me a look that would freeze alcohol. No thank you, no nothing. And no, I did not thank her for working at Marcs. To those new here click here for the inside story on that.

I won't tell you where the store was, but I will gladly give you three clues. One is Struke is from there. The second is this was the hometown of legendary football coach Paul Brown. The third is that good Catholics go to Mass unless they are ill on Sunday.

I like Pat J. because....

Alright now! This is the post everybody's been waiting for.... Well, some of you.... Uh Pat, here's your post.

Pat Jenkins
is one of the political bloggers on my blog roll. A conservative, he is the Rush Limbaugh of posters here. He comes to us from Springfield, Ohio via the golden EIB(Excellence In Blogging) keyboard. He also secretly hopes that Hillary is elected president. That way Pat won't run out of anything to blog about for at least four years.

The two of us kid each other, usually on the comment page. His other targets from this "family" are Frasypoo, who he refers to as Miss Poo, and Melanie of Monday Through Sunday fame. He calls her Miss Monday, which is what most of us would like to do. The day, that is.

Pat keeps up on the issues of the day and will most of the time post his light hearted take on them. If you check his blog daily, it will give you the urge to keep up on important issues this election year.

The name of his blog is Pat J.(at least in my mind)Knows it All. Check it out. Leave some comments and show him some love. He's very insecure.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Some thoughts escaping my head

Happy Presidents Day: Only thing I can say about that is I could use some more pictures of dead ones in my wallet.

I will try to get the WIXYcam out in the next couple of days as there is a flood warning for the County in which I reside. There is a creek about 1000 feet from my house that gets pretty high in those circumstances. In case you are interested in knowing about the news in my area, click on the Wooster Daily Record link located on the WIXY News Stand block on my sidebar.

New friend, Chelle is doing a great job in posting a letter a day and a picture corresponding to it on her Life is What You Make it blog. If you've not been over there, why not? Today is "F" for Family. In this post, Chelle also reveals that she has a masters degree in psychology so if nothing else, she understands us.

Legacy of Laughs: Those who have been with me for awhile know I like my iTunes and I get podcasts all the time. You also know I like mine free(if it's free, it's for me!) The podcast I am enjoying most nowadays is called Legacy of Laughs. It's a collection of old time radio programs, featuring such people as Bob Hope, Martin and Lewis, George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Red Skelton. The link I've given goes directly to a podcast of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. You can get a new podcast every week from iTunes. As the website states, "A good joke is timeless." And as I say a good new joke is usually a recycled good old joke.

Now I'm off to look for websites devoted to businesses from days gone by.

When the Hungrys hit....

One of the first WIXYcam assignments was on the end of May last year. I was on vacation and went around and snapped some pictures of former Red Barn restaurants. I sent them in to the site and webmaster, Rich Perrot posted them on his site, where he has several "Barns Gone Bye" pages. On the next page, one of my friends, Scott Miller, took a pic of one of the fromer Barns, which he sent to me, and I in turn sent it to Rich.

Not to be outdone, Mike Dane aka the Danemeister, sent pics of two former locations along with some history and information of the current use of the buildings.

If any one reading this knows of former locations still with original buildings that haven't been sent to the site, I'm sure Rich would appreciate the input. And he will give you due credit for the contribution. Email information is available at the site,

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Special Announcement-Disco Duck Gone

I apologize to anyone who was annoyed when they came here and was subjected to "Disco Duck" on my music player. It was annoying to me, so I reached into my music player, yanked the record out, and used it as a Frisbee. Then I picked it up, threw it like a clay pigeon, and SHOT IT.

"Disco Duck" is out of it's misery. And so are we.

I then tried to have as the first song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." That wouldn't even play.

Enjoy Kermit the Frog.

One New Friend, Two New Blogs

Best friend to everybody, Liquid, has sent some friends my way this week and they have left some very kind comments along with the promise of prayer for my family(BTW,WIXYjr is improving by the day).

One of the friends I want to introduce to those who don't know her is Chelle. She is another Mississippi product who now lives in Tennessee. Want to know why Ohio only has four letters? One is we have small signs. The other is the OSU marching band would kill themselves doing "script Mississippi." Where was I before I so rudely interrupted myself? Oh yeah., Chelle has been doing this blogging thing for a little more than 6 months. Like the rest of us though, she does have a passion for communicating. Other than that she's a horseback riding, biker chick thats likes to fish while listening to country music. Note to Chelle: I enjoyed "Wild Hogs" too.

As I implied in my post title, Chelle has two blogs. That's right we give you two for the price of one. But wait! There's more! Currently at Chelle's first blog, "Life is What you Make it," she's going through the alphabet posting a picture a day corresponding with a letter. Today she has posted about the letter "C". Her word is "creativity," but I think it should have been "Cliff." No special reason though, but I could at least help her find a picture for that. Update:Chelle has now added "Cliff" and placed my pic there. Who knows, that may be good virus protection.

But not to worry. Chelle has this blogging thing figured out. She has used her word, creativity, in order to shamelessly promote her newest blog, "Thoughts From My World," a blog in which you can be a charter reader. She has one post, written this past Thursday. The post is about love, something we show a lot of to each other.

Welcome to my corner of the blogosphere Chelle!

Friday, February 15, 2008

I've got Friday on my mind.

I am so glad this week is over: Last night I finally had a decent night's sleep and it was restful. WIXYjr is doing better and is looking forward to a more productive life.

Cliff Note: Some of my closer friends know the circumstances, but out of respect to my son, I will not post the specifics. someone he grew up with once printed out WIXYjr's MySpace page and put it anonomously in our pastor's door. I guess this young man thought he was doing God a favor.

Getting new friends: I will be posting welcome messages in the days to come. It now looks like " I Like...Because" will become an ongoing feature.

I am now kicking around reposting some of my earlier work. That is if I can stomach reading some of my earlier work. I had thought about that as I was looking around some other websites. there's sopme of my earlier stuff that would be useful reposted.

And a big thank you goes to those who posted about me on their blogs as we were going through our struggles this past week. I had a problem reading them as I kept having to wipe the tears from my eyes.
Liquid was first and Pilgrim soon followed on Tuesday. Amias posted about my faith and character yesterday.

...and again, I thank everybody for their prayers.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I like Struke because.....

Struke is another one of my message board friends. We became friends because he was once employed in radio and television, and he thought that I was, by the way I was conducting myself on the radio and television boards. We had one thing in common: a former employer of his is a marching band announcer for an area high school. We started communicating via email and that's when I found out that he was a teacher in an area high school and that he taught classes on electronic media. It was over a year ago when Struke started visiting my blog and has always had something positive to say about what I had to write about.

The blog Media Matters soon followed, and Struke's aim was to use it as an educational tool for his classes. Struke had the same Northeast Ohio audience as I and a mutual friend who is a former radio and television newsman who identifies himself as Newsnomore would stop by to give moral support, which to all of us Cleveland area message board posters turned bloggers means a lot. Newsnomore is an Ohio TV and radio broadcast hall of famer.

We also caused some controversy on the pro wrestling board. Actually I was causing the problem. Struke was just giving facts. This occurred right after the Chris Benoit tragedy and we posted about the problems in the WWE caused by steroids. We both think the product was better in the 80's when it was marketed for children.

Struke is a well rounded person, also being a music fan and a sports fan. But if he has any vice, it's being a news junkie. His biggest pet peeve is the way news is written today. He is not a fan of tabloid style newscasts, and he thinks some news copywriters should have some more schooling. Recently I had heard this on the news on the radio-"Ted Kennedy will give his endorsement today for Barack Obama. He is the second member of the clan to give his support to Obama...The Kennedy clan." I thought it was a funny blooper and emailed this to Struke. He used this as a teaching tool as a bad example of news writing.

What I've liked lately is my friend is becoming a friend to most of you. I see Media Matters on sidebars of other blogs. Struke and Amias have sort have formed themselves a mutual admiration society. I am also glad when those linked here go Struke's blog and leave comments about his students' efforts, all of which are positive.

We hope to meet for the first time soon over a Barberton chicken dinner.

Cliff Note: It felt great to be able to post again.


While emotionally, I'm not yet at 100%, I do want to get back posting some. I've noticed in leaving comments at other blogs, I've got to tame the inner snark.

I feel blessed at the support I have gotten from my blog friends, not only from the comments, but from my email also.

A friend like Liquid is a treasure that can't be bought. She is an expert on giving a hug from 800 miles away and was a great help when I was doubting my ability as a father and husband.

Pilgrim and Frasypoo got right on the ball when it came to offering up prayers for me. They were among the first I contacted.

Amias gave me support just with her continuious visits to see if anything new was written.

I didn't feel much like writing many emails. I would just forward my Turning Point devotionals as I got them. I hope they were a blessing. thank you for the emails I got from those saying they were praying for my family.

I also thank all my local friends, Scott, Struke, and Brenda. Brenda is always there to give me support, as most of you know. She checks on me if she doesn't hear from me. Scott had shot me an email minutes after I wrote the last post. Struke, who is fast becoming a friend of many on my blog roll asked me to keep him updated.

Thank you all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I may be away from blogging for the next couple of days as my wife and I tend to a personal matter. Please pray for my family.

I like Ohio Media Watch because..........

Some of my first posting on message boards was on There was a cast of characters there who went by the forum names of TimL, JohnnyMorgan, david5258, and others. One of the most knowledgable was a gentleman who went by the name of oldakronite. He was originally from Akron, Ohio and had the desire to be in radio. OA had realized his dream outside of the area for awhile, but is now back in Northeast Ohio. In June of 2005, OA took the information he used on his posting and started blog called Ohio Media Watch.

Ohio Media Watch went from it's humble beginnings and now has over 1200 unique hits a day. The reason that his blog does so well is that he has more credibility than most local news outlets when it comes to media coverage in Ohio. OMW started as a report of radio and television for Northeast Ohio but has quickly become a reliable source for the whole state, which includes the Dayton/Springfield area, which may interest Pat Jenkins. Happy now Pat?

The reason I give him credit here is that OMW was my first exposure to blogging and the two of us communicated back and forth for a time via email, first about the possibility of me getting into radio part time, then me giving him information from Dave Ramsey's people about Dave not continuing on the Salem Radio network. Eventually I started getting more and more curious about blogging and started this one with the encouragement of OMW, among others. Matter of fact, he welcomed me into the blogosphere with a post.

OMW doesn't do too much on the message boards and especially not because of some of the abuse he has taken, but did not deserve.

I have liked Ohio Media Watch in the past, the last time being in connection of the Asa Coon school shooting incident last fall, in Cleveland. Last time we actually communicated was on the Listening Party board when he sent me a message of encouragement as a side note to a post he was making the week following my hospitalization last year.

If you're a radio geek like myself, or if you're curious of the workings in radio and television, give Ohio Media Watch a read.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Living on the Edge

Sometimes living on the edge can have it's downfalls. I had to go into work early this morning because I had to be with my brother at the doctor's office. By early I mean 5:00am, Eastern. That's 4 am, Central, 3am, Mountain. The reason I had to be at the doctor's with my brother is because he's mentally and physically disabled and my wife and I have custody of him.

Back to my story. As I left home, I forgot the WIXY-at&t/phonecam. I thought no biggie even though it was a whopping 2 degrees(that's farenheit for those outside of the U.S.). Well I get to work and my fuel gage was about at the empty mark.

About 9:00 I leave the shop and I know the first stop I have to make is for gas, and for reasons I blogged about last week, I don't want to spend any money inside of Cleveland city limits. So the second exit outside of Cleveland, which would be Harvard Ave in Newburgh Hts., I stop at the BP. The WIXYmobile has an 8 gallon tank and it took 8.6 gallons. I go in, get a cup of cofee and I'm on my way. So far so good.

Going south on I-77, I notice that the northbound traffic was at a crawl(for Moose and Moose, serious shiesters for frivilous lawsuits, this is 74WIXYgrad), so I was glad I wasn't going that way.

The appointment was at 10:00 and because of the traffic, I was about 5 minutes late in getting there. I get there and forget which doctor littleWIXY had his appointment with, so I borrow the phone at the reception desk and find out that enroute to the doctor, littleWIXY had gotten a nose bleed which caused the ambulet driver to freak out and return him to the nursing home. Cliff Note: littleWIXY is three years younger than I. However he is about three inches taller and weighs more. the home tried to get ahold of me, but I was on Route 8 and the WIXY-at&t/phonecam was at home. Had this happened this past Friday, I may have gone postal, but seeing that I had some frozen brain cells, I laughed it off.

So let's review this:
Tank of gas-$24.50
Cup of coffee-$.99
Turnpike toll-$1.00
2 hours pay missed $28+
Having something to blog about-Priceless

One more thing about Michelle

One more thing that I like about Michelle is that she is gainfully employed at the Evil Big Box Store(tm), otherwise known as Wal-Mart Supercenter. She has a sense of humor and hasn't gotten offended at my reference to it. Of course the EBBS designation is tongue in cheek and she knows that. She has even used the term in her blog.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I like Michelle, of the Terre Haute gang, because...

Lazy Sunday afternoon. I'm going around the blogs adding links to mine when I get to this fairly new blog called Rusin Reviews, when suddenly I'm surprised by seeing...MY PICTURE. Michelle was giving a plug for both of my blogs.

I enjoy the fellowship that we have here around these blogs, and Michelle does her part to encourage it. Her other blog is called Rusin Roundup. There last week she presented me with the "Toadally Awesome" award. Michelle is very generous in giving out rewards.

There are several other blogs originating from Terre Haute, Indiana, so I may make an official proclaimation for Terre Haute to be called the Blogging Capitol of the Midwest.

As a lot of us know, Michelle likes a good joke too. She will post some on her blog or she sends them to us via email. Sometimes it brightens my day to get some good jokes. She has been a friend of Sindi's since kindegarten, and was introduced to my blogs through her. If you haven't visited her blogs, please do so. But please, don't flag Rusin Reviews because my pic is there.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

More Notes

Liquid's Photo Gallery: At the top of my sidebar is a link to the photo gallery of Suzanne Horne, aka Liquid. Suzanne is one of the most talented photographers around, and has quickly become one of my dearest friends. The link takes you to a collection of her photos, copies of which you can purchase.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Melanie at Monday Through Sunday has started doing something similar to my I Like....Because..posts. Melanie featured a blog called Loop de Loops in La La Land(I love that title!) It's a blog somewhat like Monday Through Sunday, which features a post about rain. I commented there and Kay come here to comment on the video I posted this afternoon and to thank me for my visit.

Cliff Note: I appreciate what Melanie has done and she has given me credit for the idea. I'm of the school of thought that there is no original ideas, just recycled ideas used in different applications. I encourage anybody to do this, as not only do you give your friends a real nice tribute, but you also add possible quality traffic to their blogs. Since I have started doing the posts, my daily hits have gradually gone up, so it works both ways. And I also don't have exclusive rights to the "I like....Because" name. This is something I got from-You Mississippi folks will like this-Zig Ziglar.

Pat J. This is for you

Press pause on music player!

I like Tim Lones because.....

It's now time for me to pay tribute to one in my own backyard. Tim Lones writes a blog called Cleveland Classic Media. It's an extension of one of his hobbies and that's old television and radio. Tim and I are very much alike but the main difference in our blogs is he puts a lot of research into his.

Even though we consider each other very good friends, we have never met face to face. Our virtual meeting was on, where we were posting with media professionals. We both have posted on the Cleveland, classic television, and religious(sometimes referred to in the back of my mind as the holier than thou)boards. I was very impressed with Tim's knowledge of TV that we both watch as we were growing up. And the both of us have impressed the professionals for our knowledge of the mediums.

Tim works hard in the writing of his blog and has the respect of many industry people for his work. He has a collection of old TV Guides and sometimes will post schedules from the past. You go over to his blog and you might see what was on 40-50 years ago. Even though he has respect of professionals, he credits me for a lot of his inspiration. The feeling from me is mutual since if he didn't give me an example to follow posting on the message boards I may have never started blogging.

I urge everybody to go to Cleveland Classic Media and check out his hard work. Even if you don't live in the area, I think you will see why I admire his efforts.

Friday, February 08, 2008

End of week wrap up(whatever that means)

I sometimes feel like a celebrity: I had a new visitor here this week, sent here by Amias. Her name is Maggie, and Suzanne tells me that she and Amias are long time friends. I thought I would check out her blogs, Southern Women With Backbones and Liquid Ice Musing. I got there and what do you know? This blog was already on her list of links at both. WOW! I am flattered, but I am humbled as well. Her links are not on the spot formerly known as Great Photos and Humor from Mississippi. It's now called "All Liquid All the Time."

My post from this morning may have been ill timed. I wrote a post this morning titled "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" which involved my distaste with the Cleveland, Ohio police department. I even posted a link on a couple of message boards at On my way home this morning, I hear Mike Trivisonno talking to some people about an incident concerning the SWAT team and a friend of Triv's. The SWAT team stormed into the man's residence and shot him in the face. He had a few bags of marijuana and $9000.00 at his residence. As I type this, I'm attempting to get to on another browser to find the story. I will post a link after I find that.

Anyway, Trivisonno is a great supporter of area police and will mention on air any benefits given for police officers. He said that today's show would not be a police bashing show, and I respect him for that.

The Cleveland police yesterday were really only doing their jobs in ticketing me yesterday. They did no wrong. The big thing I was questioning was the ticket instead of a warning and the fine connected to it. That's a city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County thing. Selfishness on my part.

Pray for those involved in the shooting. Also, if you're interested, click here for Triv on demand and you can hear podcasts from today's show. All four broadcast hours(about 34 minutes per hour) pertain with the SWAT team incident.

Student Rants over at Media Matters

My good teacher friend, Struke, has decided to go where no man or woman has ventured before and has let one of his students take over his blog for one post, which he has titled Student Rants.

Check out the first of what looks to be a promising series.

I like Frasypoo because......

It is lunchtime and as promised I am posting another of my I Like...posts.

Frasypoo, of This and That fame, is one of the most unique on my blog roll. Born in India, she came to this country to meet her husband. Being from a line of Christian missionaries, it's fitting that I regard her as a missionary from India to the United States, as this country has come to the point where we need some.

When I was giving my Top Banana awards late last year, Frasypoo got the God and Country award. She come here, feet running and got very vocally inviolved with Republican Party politics. Those of us born here should follow her example.

I also hear that she is a very good cook. Makes me want to go to Georgia and stop at her house for supper. But not to worry about her gaining too much because Frasypoo is also a runner and is training to run a half marathon.

I have saved the best thing for last. I feel very confident in her relationship with the Lord, as I do many of my blog friends. Frasypoo has been one of the first I will email a prayer request to. She normally will send back a response that she will do it. Frasypoo is very unselfish. Today is the anniversary of her father's passing and in between her time of reflection(please read todays post on her blog, she was very close to her father) she found time to come here and leave messages of encouragement for me.

Cliff Note: I just realized that the theme song of The Dukes of Hazzard was the first song on my music player and I am blogging about a friend from Georgia. Just a coincidence. The song and the one afterward are still meant to be a slam against the Cleveland Police Department.

I am trying to get into a better mood

First, yesterday I had a record number of hits here. Thank you to all my friends, as you help make this happen.

The WIXYmobile is now at the muffler shop, and my problem will be fixed today. I will call municipal court to see if they will throw this out with proof of repair. Anyway this will give the Cleveland police time to do more important things, like looking for real criminals. I drove the MrsWIXYmobile to work today, costing my wife a day's pay.

If I can't get this thrown out, I will go in person to pay the fine, and will keep copies of the receipt, as I have to renew my drivers license this year. I will go to renew in plenty of time, just in case a warrent block is again placed on my license.

I promise that I will be back at lunch time to post another "I like...because" post. still have some steam to let off.

Thursday, February 07, 2008


Cliff Note: We interrupt this normally upbeat blog to do some venting. The postive 74WIXYgrad will return to this space tomorrow.

"The problem is,we have a problem"-Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland, Ohio- Population 478,000. The mistake on the lake. No major sports championships since 1964. Current mayor would look more at home at the city mission instead of city hall. Last mayor had a great idea for revenue-adopting trash cans. Mayor before that said prior to leaving office that the city had a 12 million dollar surplus, however when his predecessor took office, she found that the city didn't have a surplus and was in debt. Another former mayor, now a U.S. Congressman took the city in default. The only major US city to go into default since the depression. And this guy thought that people would actually vote for him for president? Quick question: What does Charlie McCarthy and Dennis Kucinich have in common? They are both dummies.

Your next question probably is, what happened to you Cliff? I'll tell you. On my way home tonight, the WIXYmobile was running loud. I was driving on Central Avenue, a street more known for hookers and dope dealers than anything else. That's where the plant I work at is. Well the Hazzard, I mean Cleveland police, decided to go into pursuit of a scofflaw, me. I was pulled over and two police had to leave the cruiser to investigate me, a nearsighted, overweight, somewhat disabled 52 year old man in broad daylight. They took my information and come back and gave me a ticket. I called the municipal court and found out that this ticket will cost me 180.00.

Excuse me but where were the Cleveland police when I had my car broken into in front of the shop? They wouldn't come over there to take a report. Hot sign must have come on at the donut shop. Where were they when I had inherited my parents house and someone broke in? It took them 4 hours to respond to my call. But municipal court wasted no time to call me in for building code violations when I owned the house for only 5 months. Then these incompetents can't even keep track of their fines or when they were paid. I had to find out when I went to renew my tags and found out there was a warrant block put on my license.

You wonder why people won't come into downtown Cleveland? I'll tell you why. There are incompetent people running things there. Where I live, and for reasons of clarity, we shall call this the civilized world, you need police, the response time is minutes, not hours. People who own property have rights since they are also taxpayers. The mayor looks like an intelligent person. And the police take care of the important things.

City of Cleveland, you wonder why your education system is a mess? Look at your leaders.

This isn't 180 dollars worth, but I do feel a little better.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I like Bella because......

When I think of Bella, I think of the time I had to get some boiled peanuts at the convenience store in Florida. Bella had written a post about the peanut festival in her home town. I was told by my wife and her parents that I wouldn't like them. when I tried them, I found out they were okay, that they tasted like chick peas.

Bella is an ob-gyn nurse in Alabama. As such many children come into the world and the first thing they may see is her face. After this, they are in for a major disappointment when they start seeing other people. But Bella is more than just another pretty face, she is a very interesting person.

She posted that her first job was at Hardees. I'm still trying to picture her wearing one of those polyester uniforms, complete with the ugly hat over all that hair. Also, I can now see why she made the decision to join PETA. And she went from Hardees to health care. Go figure.

Bella is also green, meaning she drives a hybrid and eats organic food. One of the first posts of hers I read was about having an organic pizza for lunch.

Her blog is called "It is what it is." check it out.

Showing some love and other notes

First, by request: My brother Buckeye, Pat Jenkins, is feeling unloved, so I am going to give his blog a plug. It's called Pat J. thinks he knows it all, and it's a personal/political blog. Check out his short and not so sweet review of Super Tuesday.

Much thanks to those who went over to wish Diamond a happy birthday yesterday. She has written a thank you post and gave out awards. I received the Biggest Heart Award. Thank you Diamond. May you be at your target weight before your next birthday.

I hope everybody is enjoying the I like......because posts. I do this not only to brag on my blog roll, but to hopefully increase traffic to them since not all of our blog rolls are identical. My aim is not only to work everybody in, but to make everybody proud of their efforts. I have a great blog roll.

I want everybody to have a SUPER day.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Birthday alert!

Diamond, of A Day in the Zone fame, turns 32 today. By official proclaimation of WIXY's Gone Bananas, all birthday cake consumed by Diamond has all calories, fat, and carbs removed. Happy birthday Diamond.

Go on over and wish Diamond well on her special day.

I like Kathy, of Kathy's Klavier, because...

Kathy shares her first name with my wife. When I was first mentioning this Kathy in this blog, I would make the notation (not Mrs74WIXYgrad.) That was to avoid any confusion to those who had been with me for a long time.

Kathy is a devoted Christian who uses her talents for the Lord. She also encourages her children to do the same, as her son is the drummer for the Christian band A Plea for Purging. Like mine, her children are now adults trying to make it in today's world.

Among the group on my blog roll, Kathy is probably the closest to me in age. She and her husband recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. My Kathy and I will be celebrating our 29th next month.

Kathy's blog, Kathy's Klavier, reads like a devotional, which is one more way she uses her talents for the Lord. At the end of every post she always adds scripture. I also have emailed Kathy with prayer requests, as I am confident of her devotion to prayer.

Oh, and Kathy, in your honor check out the first song on my music player.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Celebrate good times, C'MON!

Jessica, of Five Pines fame, is celebrating her 200th post. Go over and congratulate her for the milestone. One of the many things I like about her blog is the web address: You have Jessica. For many people.

I like Sindi because...

Sindi was my introduction to the Terre Haute gang. She came to Seek Him First via Kathy's Klavier. Sindi is always upbeat and puts a lot of "He He He's" in her blogging, responses and emails. Sindi once read in a post that I was fighting depression and sent me an email with a poem which she wrote herself. She also forwards many jokes on to others, including me. Sindi knows how to put a smile on our faces.

I understand that Sindi makes a mean pot of potato soup. She takes pride in cooking for her family and posts about it quite often. Her blog, Life is a Roller Coaster, is a good reflection on her life and home. If I read the other Terre Haute bloggers correctly, Sindi is also a good friend.

She is a good blogging friend too...

Sunday, February 03, 2008