Friday, October 31, 2008

Human Comic Book Characters and Managers

Cliff Note: This is the third post in a series I originally wrote in late January-early February, 2008. My original intent in writing this was for a walk down memory lane, first watching wrestling on Saturday night with my brother and years later watching on Saturday morning first with my oldest daughter then my son. At those times it was nowhere near the product that is put out nowadays, which is more geared towards adult audiences. What follows is from the original post. Once again I will be providing links to Wikipedia.
In my pre teenage years, I discovered how much I enjoyed getting lost in a good comic book. I was a big DC comics fan, first Batman, then Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, and so on. I was also aware of another comic book company, Marvel. They had Spider-man, Fantastic Four, Captain America, and the incredible Hulk, among others in their stable.

In a way, pro wrestling was that way in the late eighties. WWF was D.C. and NWA/WCW was Marvel. I mainly watched WWF for awhile.

About 1987 I started watching "Superstars of Wrestling" with my oldest daughter. WIXYjr was less than 2 years old at the time. In the next couple of years he started watching it with me, as he was starting to root for "Ho Hogan" and the "Ootil Warrior".

The WWF superstars were good and evil, faces and heels. The one thing that wrestling had impressed upon the audiences was that sometimes cheaters do prosper(which is also true in life).

The faces at the time included, Hogan(of course), Ultimate Warrior, Brutus"the Barber" Beefcake, and Tito Santana.

The heels in most cases had managers. These managers in most cases were "mouthpieces" for the wrestlers, and in some cases spoke for those who didn't have adequate mic skills.The managers were Bobby"the brain" Heenan, Jimmy"the mouth of the south"Hart, Mr. Fuji, and "the doctor of style" Slick.

Bobby Heenan was one of the greatest heel managers of all time. His group was called the "Heenan Family" and included the likes of Rick Rude, Andre the Giant, the Islanders-Haku and Tama, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Hurcules Hernandez, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, King Kong Bundy, and Harley Race. Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon formed one of the best heel-face announcing teams in wrestling. Bobby Heenan said that the two worked so well because they were real good friends.

"The Mouth of The South", Jimmy Hart
was from the Memphis area, and part of the sixties singing group, the Gentrys. In his charge was Brett "the Hitman" Hart(no relation) Jim"the Anvil" Neidhart, referee turned heel wrestler "Dangerous" Danny Davis, Dino Bravo, Honky Tonk Man, Earthquake, The Rougeau Brothers and Nasty Boys, among others.

Slick, real name, Ken Johnson was "the doctor of style". He managed Big Bossman, One Man Gang(also known as Akeem), Rick Martel, Paul Roma, the Warlord, Butch Reed, and the Iron Shiek, as well as others.

Mr. Fuji, the devious one, managed the likes of Killer Kahn, Yokozuna, Demolition, the Powers of Pain, Kamala, and the Berserker.

Next week, I will be reviewing some interesting storylines.

End of Week Notes

First, thanks to everybody who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. I hope to get around and personally thank those whom I haven't yet. The day was quite pleasant. One of the presents I received was an Applebee's gift card. We ate well last night.

No football tonight, so this weekend will be spent raking leaves and doing other yard work as weather permits.

Mrs74 is still not cleared to go back to work, so I hope to get some part time work for the holidays. I have an interview at K-Mart next week. My daughter works there and let me use the intercom last night to hawk some merchandise. The manager on duty was very impressed. My experience in retail should help.

I will be sooo glad when this election is over. I hope those who received the QBQ email from me yesterday took some time to read it. I thought it was enlightening.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies and former Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel on their World Series championship.

Have a great Halloween, and keep a close eye on your young children.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

From the Pressbox-Senior Night 2008

On a cold and rainy fall night at Rittman Stadium, the Rittman Fighting Indians played the Hillsdale Falcons on October 24 for the final contest of the 2008 football season. It was senior night and the participants of fall sports, band, and cheerleaders in their final year of high school were honored before the game began.

Pregame saw the senior band members, play John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" while the rest of the band stood in their usual "R" formation. After this, then the whole band played the national anthem, then it was game time.

With Halloween approaching, the band were all dressed in the costume of their choice as they entertained the cold, but appreciative home crowd for one last time in 2008.

Our senior majorette, Brooke, dressed as a referee, was featured by herself as the band played the Rolling Stone's classic "Paint it Black,"
Despite the cold and wet field conditions, the band gave their usual exceptional performance.
And also despite the weather, the home faithful showed their usual appreciation.

And the freshmen heavy football team ended the season at 0-10. Another character building season. I will be posting a few thoughts about the football team in the very near future.

I will also be posting photos and short descriptions about some of the performances I missed.

My how times have changed....

This morning as I was going to work, I stopped at the Marathon station at the rt. 94 intersection of I-76 in Wadsworth. I was getting my morning paper. I parked in front of the store and I saw this young lady go in before me. I was getting a paper. She was getting a cup of coffee and a donut. As I was getting ready to leave, I noticed her unlocking her car. I bring this up because I remember when I was young and when I would go to Lawson's with one of my parents for bread and milk we would go in and leave the car running with the door unlocked and not think about it. Now people stop in Wadsworth, of all places and they don't feel safe enough to leave their car unlocked when they go into a convenience store and their car is within sight while their in the store.

Sad when you think about it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rolling Acres Memories Revised

Cliff Note: I am rewriting this, originally posted in November, 2006, because I read in this morning's Akron Beacon Journal that the 8 remaining non-anchor stores will have to close since FirstEnergy is due to cut the power off in the mall due to non payment. Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio has been, for years, a "white elephant." when the mall was in it's planning stages, it was to be built in a more affluent area, but an outcry of the residents in that area caused a change in plans. It's location is in between one of the poorer areas of Akron, and Barberton, which has been for years a depressed community. Also take into account that there is a lack of access roads to the mall and it's no wonder the mall has been dying for years. What now follows is from the original post.

I have some memories of my own.

December 1, 1977 was a somewhat chilly Saturday night. It was the night which I took my future wife on our first date. We saw the movie "Heroes", starring Henry Winkler and Sally Field. It was playing that night at the Rolling Acres Cinema. The movie ended after the mall was closed, and we had to walk around the mall to get to my car(It was a 75 Gremlin. Not a chick magnet by any means.) I must have left a good first impression. We were married fifteen months later.

Two weeks after that first date we were back at the mall, Christmas shopping at Montgomery Ward.

The tuxes for our wedding came from a tux shop at the mall. Gifts for the wedding party also came from the mall.

Walking through the mall one afternoon, I was greeted by Bob Devine, who at the time was morning show host at WCRF, and he was asking questions of a spiritual nature. The feature on the air was called Sidewalk Chats.

As we were raising our family, we spent many evenings just walking through Rolling Acres. When I needed extra money, I got a job at Montgomery Ward. When that store closed in 1986, I took my part time endeavor to the Sears store. Later on I tried my hand at full time sales working at the Fretter Superstore next to the mall.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

From a "Battleground State"

I am going to make this one short and sweet. I live in Ohio, in this election season, one of the so called "Battleground states," a state crucial for any candidate presidential hopes. Of course we have had many visits from presidential and vice presidential candidates. Other blogs have dissected both campaigns so I will not. The only questions I have is will the promises made by either of these candidates exclusive to these states be fulfilled, or will they prove only to be hot air?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What You Gonna Do Brutha-Second of a series

Cliff Note:This is part of a series I originally posted in January-February, 2007. This post first ran without links. This time I am adding links to what Wikipedia had about them. Evidently some of the contributors to Wikipedia are wrasslin' fans.

An interesting thing about pro wrestling is that many watch but fewer admit to it. My guess is that it's always been that way.

As a teenager, I used to listen to Pete Franklin on the radio at night, as most young men in the Cleveland area did. For those who are unfamiliar with "Sweet Pete", he had a sports talk show on WWWE/1100. One of the quickest ways to get "cut off" from his program was to ask a question about pro wrestling or roller derby, as they weren't accepted sports. Wrestling and roller derby are what is considered "sports entertainment".

Cliff Note:There are two types of people I find disturbing. The first is one who thinks that all of wrestling is real. The second is the type who thinks he's done something the equivalent of finding the cure for cancer, by proclaiming to the world that wrestling is fake.

For the record, wrestling is not fake. The outcome of matches is predetermined, but the moves, for the most part, are real. the referees are out there to control the action, and nowadays they are wired to hear directions from the back.

Anyway, when we last left you, we were discussing pro wrestling in the seventies. I graduated high school in 1974, and sort of pursued other interests, such as broadcasting school, working, dating, and other things I will not admit to since my children read this blog.

Fast forward to about the mid eighties. Vincent Kennedy McMahon has taken over his father's wrestling promotion, the World Wide Wrestling Federation or WWWF, later to be shortened to the World Wrestling Federation or WWF(not to be confused to the World Wildlife Fund).

I started watching again when Hulk Hogan was world champion of the WWF, Ric Flair was champion of the National Wrestling Alliance, or NWA. I was more a WWF viewer than NWA. Anyway it was basically good versus evil. The "faces" were the good guys, the "heels" bad guys.
Funny story: Ric Flair was recently interviewed. He was asked what he enjoyed more, being a heel or being a face. He replied by saying that those were insider terms and that the reporter had no right to use them.

I started watching in about 1987 on Saturday mornings. The show was called "Superstars of Wrestling" with Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura as announcers. Wrestlemania that year featured Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant as the main event. Andre had turned on the Hulkster during an episode of "Piper's Pit" an interview segment hosted by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Hot Rod" had just turned face a short time earlier himself.(At the time, Andre was nearing the end of his career and was definitely on the downside.)
Hulk had attempted to body slam the giant during the early part of the match and the unplanned happened. Andre fell on the Hulkster and the referee, Joey Marella(BTW the son of Gorilla Monsoon) had to give it a long count for Hogan to get up out of it.

The Hulkster won that match, only to lose the strap to Andre the following winter in a "controversal" match, where Ted Dibiase-The Million Dollar Man evidently paid the referee, Dave Hebner, off. Dave Hebner's twin brother Earl was involved in this angle. (Irony about this was Earl Hebner would also be involved years later in the Montreal Screw Job.) Andre immediately surrendered the title to DiBiase, only to have it stripped by WWF president Jack Tunney. That set up a tournament at Wrestlemania, won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Back in those days, the title was usually lost during a major event, most usually a pay per view.

Other superstars back then were people such as Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake-His gimmick was to cut his opponent's hair after he won his match, always by sleeper hold. "Ravishing" Rick Rude-his finishing move was called the "rude awakening", also his move on a lady in the audience. The Honky Tonk Man was an Elvis rip off, managed by "the mouth of the south" Jimmy Hart. His finishing move was called the "shake, rattle, and roll".

More to come...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bottle of pop @ 25%APR

Yesterday morning, I stopped at the Evil Big Box Store(tm) to pick up a few items for my lunch. On my way out I stopped at the soft drink-up here, we call it pop- machine to get a Diet Pepsi. I was wanting my morning caffeine cold. Anyhow when I got to the machine, I noticed a new apparatus connected to it. It was a credit card scanner. The thud you just heard was Sam Walton turning over in his grave.

Seeing that I don't want to pay interest on my guilty pleasures, I put this stuff, called money, in the machine and made my selection. I pushed the button for Diet Pepsi. Out comes...regular Pepsi. Well I figured I could give this to someone else at the shop, so I put some more money in. I pressed the other Diet Pepsi button and out comes....Mountain Dew. At this point I go back into the store and register my complaint to the cashier who just a few minutes ago rung up my purchase. She let me exchange the two bottles of the wrong stuff for two bottles of Diet Pepsi from the cooler. Customer satisfaction, but you would think with the backing of the evil credit card companies, they could afford good help who could stock the machines correctly.

Save Money-maybe. Live Better-I doubt it. I prefer price 'em low and stack 'em high.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

From the Pressbox-18th Indian Band Revue

Cliff Note: I apologize in advance for the lack of photos. since the pressbox windows were closed, I could not get any decent shots.

On October 18, 2008, eight bands met at Rittman Stadium to entertain fans, friends, and family, and exhibiting the fruits of many hours of preparation. On this cold night, we were treated to an awesome performance, by all participants of the 18th annual Rittman Indian Band Revue.

At 7:00pm, the audience was welcomed by Jon Ritchie, superintendent of the Rittman and Orrville School Districts.

The Rittman Indians Marching Band kicked off the show with the playing of the national anthem. Once our hosts marched off the field, it was time to be entertained by the guest bands.
Mogadore was the first guest band to take the field. The Marching Wildcats, although small in number, were big on sound. It was their sixteenth time playing at our show.

Making an encore appearance, from Akron, was the Kenmore High School Fighting Cardinal Marching Band. For their second appearance in Rittman they entertained the cold audience with an eighties show.

The Manchester Marching Band was next with a show from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Cliff Note: When they completed their program, I accidentally called them the "cougars."

After a short intermission, where the audience enjoyed concessions served by our very own Worlds Greatest Band Boosters(tm), it was time to continue the evening of entertainment.

The second part of the program was kicked off by the appearance of the East Canton High School Hornet Marching Band. Their fantastic show featured hits from the Blues Brothers.
Crestview was next. The Marching Cougars took us down the yellow brick road with tunes from the Wizard of Oz.

From Portage County, the Rootstown Rovers Marching band ended the second part of the show. Their hits included Blitzkreig Bop.

The third part of the night's festivities were commenced by the always entertaining performance of the Garfield High School Marching Rams, coming from Akron. Their announcer, all around good guy Dan Camburn, started their awesome program with a hearty "Welcome to the shoooowwww!" Once the Rams were done, Dan thanked Ed Sims, the director of the ROOTSTOWN Marching band, thewn corrected himself and said Rittman.

Next band to make the long journey to participate in the show was the Orrville Band of Style, our partners in the Rittman Orrville Compact. The band put on a great show, and the student musicians of Orrville was supportive of all the other guest bands. Cliff Note: I have observed at most band shows that the bands pretty much support one another, more proof that band is not a sport.

Closing the show this evening was my favorite, to thunderous applause, the Rittman Indians Marching Band. The extended show tonight featured "Prime Time," "You Can't Stop the Beat"(Majorette Feature). "Sweet Child O' Mine," came next then our percussion section showed their massive talent with "Ode to a Refuse Container." The marching routine written by senior student musician Caleb Conley was performed with the playing of "Soul Bossa Nova." The show came to an end to the tune of the Steppenwolf classic, "Born to be Wild." A prolonged standing ovation from a great crowd who endured falling temperatures all night.

This wasn't a competition, but all the bands were winners Saturday night. All bands received awards for their performance.

Of course awards should also be handed out to others. To Ed Sims, Rittman band director, for his year round dedication to the instrumental music program which made this program possible. Becky Cline, majorette advisor, showing patience year in and year out working with the majorettes.

Brett Lanz, Rittman high school principal, for his leadership and making sure all things were running smoothly. Jon Ritchie, Rittman superintendant has shown that he will be a friend to the fine arts programs at Rittman.

The World's Greatest Band Boosters(tm) worked tirelessly, as they have done for years, to ensure the band(and announcer) were well taken care of.

Most important were the families of all the studenty musicians. Obviously the parents have all done something right with the rearing of their sons and daughters, as they all are well mannered and disciplined.

One more week of football and my job is done for the season. It always ends too soon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Book Review- The Encore Effect.

I first heard of Mark Sanborn one day as I was listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio. He was talking about Mark's book, "The Fred Factor." The book gave examples of ordinary people performing ordinary jobs in an extraordinary way.

The next time I heard about Mark was when I attended a Maximum Impact simulcast, when he had introduced his next best seller called "You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader." I was impressed by what I heard. A short time later, I got an audio download of "The Fred Factor." I lost count of how many times I listened to Mark's reading of the book. I was sad when that mp3 player bit the dust.

In January, I recommended "The Fred Factor" to those who read my blog. Imagine my surprise when Mark thanked me in my comment section. We have exchanged emails a few times since, and he even sent me a book by another author. Mark practices what he teaches.

The latest book by Mark Sanborn is called "The Encore Effect." In this book a plan is layed out for you to leave those you serve wanting more. You see that practice does make perfect, how to hone your skills to do the best job possible. In these days of uncertainty, it is vital that you do the job you have to the best of your abilities. This will help prepare you for what could come up in the future.

"The Encore Effect" explains how passion in what you do will go a long way in what you do, be it in your work, or your hobbies. You will read how to cultivate passion.

Whether you want to improve your performance in your work, your studies, or even your worship, it would worth your while to buy a copy of "The Encore Effect." better yet, buy two and give one as a present, or donate it to your local library(right Daisy?)

Another thing I almost forgot to write about Mark Sanborn, and this should appeal to my Buckeye blogger friends: Mark is originally from Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He's even been through Rittman on occasion. I don't know if he's ever eaten at Milich's Village Inn, in Barberton though. Melanie would like the fact that he's a Starbucks kind of guy and currently resides in Colorado.

Click here to order The Encore Effect.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Some quick takes-Coming attractions

First, I am several "From the Pressboxes" short, but I will catch up. The Rittman band show was this past Saturday and it was a great success. I just have some things to do before I post it.

Next, as I have gotten some good response from the pro wrestling post from early last year, I will repost the other three from that "series." that will be once a week for the next three.

I also plan on ranting about the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, here in the great state of Ohio.

I have a book review that has been too long in coming in the next few days.

And I still wish to keep this blog a safe haven from politics, as I have blogging friends who support different candidates. Cliff Note: I will be so glad when this election is over. As a Christian, it will be my duty to pray for whomever wins the election. I may review another book that deals with that.

Lastly, my latest post over at Seek Him First, my faith based blog, is about gossip. It links to Terry Pluto's latest "Faith and You" column.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Big Time Wrestling, and a Tribute

For those who like the history of this post, I have put in many links. Enjoy your trip in the time machine. And in this revision I fixed all the links.

This is a revision of a post I wrote in early 2007. I actually wrote it as I had a request from Struke when we first became friends through the internet, before he started his own blog. The reason I am rewriting this today is because I have gotten many more hits than usual, and they all were from a Google search pointing to this post.

I figure the reason for all the hits were due to the passing of legendary wrestling announcer, Jack Reynolds. He was a long time broadcaster in the Cleveland area, but I remember him first as the host of Championship Wrestling on WUAB channel 43 in Cleveland. He is also a member of the Broadcast Hall of Fame. From all I've from the local media, Jack was a real pro and a gentleman. He will be missed. My condolences go to his son, FOX 8 sports anchor Tony Rizzo and the rest of the family. Click here for the obituary of Joseph "Jack Reynolds" Rizzo.

Update 10/18/08-Article in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer about the life of Jack Reynolds.

Pro wrestling has been a significant part of television since at least the 1950's. ESPN Classic used to show some bouts from the 50's with wrestlers like Gorgeous George, Sailor Art Thomas, and Angelo Poffo(father of "Macho Man" Randy Savage).

When I was in high school in the early seventies, my brother and I watched "Championship Wrestling" on WUAB/43. The announcer was Jack Reynolds, veteran radio personality in the Cleveland area. The North American Champion at the time was Johnny Powers. Every Saturday night at 7:00 we would hear the refrain from Mason Williams' "Classical Gas", along with the announcement, Championship Wrestling with Johnny Powers, and yours truly Jack Reynolds". At one time Johnny's chief rival was Waldo von Erich, who hailed fron Stuttgart, Germany. Other wrestlers who come to the channel 43 studios Lil Abner Osborne, The Love Brothers, Haystacks Calhoun, Beautiful Bruce Swayze, and a multitude of others.

Johnny Powers would later win the World championship, then lose it to von Erich.

Some things I remember from that time: Abdullah the Butcher made his debut, with Bruce Swaze as his manager, when he went into the ring at the conclusion of a Lil Abner match by throwing fire in Abner's face.

Pampiro Firpo, the wild bull of the Pampas, had long, stringy hair which would hang in his face. When he was being interviewed, he would be what appeared to be a shrunken head. He would say, holding the "head" towards the camera, "You know what this is? This is my inspiration".

Back in those days you also had Bruno Sammartino, who was a long time champion making frequent appearance in C-town. Dominic Denucci, the Sicilian Cannonball would thrill everyone with his moves off the top rope. Sitting next at times to announcer Ron Martinez harassing him as he was trying to call a match(He would refer to Martinez as "Mr. TV announcer") was ErnieLadd "Big Cat" , former NFL player.

Those days there was some believability in the matches, and if you had the ability but not a way with words, you could still wrestle. Your "promos" were just handled by a manager.

The good guys, or "faces"(short for baby face), were good guys for a long time. The "heels", or bad guys, were those you loved to hate. A "face turn" or "heel turn" didn't happen often, and it was treated as a big event. I remember when Johnny Powers turned "heel" after years of being a "face" he started carrying around a bugle, because he was now "blowing his own horn". I also remember when Ernie Ladd turned face.

The wrestlers were at times retired football players, and none were the steroid enhanced human cartoons we see on WWE nowadays. Any women were there because they could wrestle, not because they looked good in silicone.

Ringo schmingo

My two latest posts on Whattville is on the Other Side of the Tracks, my poetry blog, is an anti tribute to the ugly Beatle, Ringo Starr, who decided this week to no longer answer fan mail.

That's right, Ringo. Forgot about who got you to the dance.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Urgent prayer request from fellow blogger...

Chelle, who writes the Thoughts from My World blog, as well as Liquid's cousin in law, has an urgent prayer request. Her sister was in a near fatal car wreck in Mississippi last Wednesday morning. By the grace of God, she has come through and is now on the mend. Chelle's sister, Dawn, also has a young son. She lost her husband three years ago to cancer and has had it rough since.

Chelle's latest post is a tribute to her sister. I ask my readers, many of you prayed for me when I lost my brother earlier this year, to go over there and give Chelle some words of encouragement. Also pray for Dawn, that her recovery be swift and that she walks close to the Lord during this time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A shot in the arm-2 ways

Mrs74 and I had doctor appointments this afternoon, so I left work early. I got home and we took the (new)WIXYmobile for the appointments. Hers was at the orthopedic specialist and his office was across the street from my appointment, which was with the primary care physician.

First, I offered to leave the (new)WIXYmobile with Mrs74 and I was going to walk across the street to my appointment. Hers was earlier than mine, but she said she would walk to me, which was probably at least 1/8mile.

Kathy come in to the waiting room while I was still waiting for my appointment. She told me that her doctor was very pleased with her progress, but told her not to run any marathons or play tackle football, neither of which she don't do anyhow.

Kathy went in with me for my appointment, which was a followup, checking on my diabetes. All looked well and he also checked my neck, which is arthritic. We also both got our flu shots.

I said in the title that there was 2 ways I got a shot in the arm. The other "shot in the arm" was when I was weighed. I lost 12 pounds since my last appointment! This could be the inspiration I need. The doctor told me that if I continue with the weight loss, he may be able to take me off some of my prescriptions.

That, my friends, is motivation.

Shellmo-Cabin Dweller, Cabin Seller

I would like to introduce those that haven't been there to "Building a Log Cabin." It's written by Shelley, otherwise known as "Shellmo." Like Jen, she's a cabin dweller. Also like Jen, she comes to me via Jessica's blog. Another thing the two have in common is they both first visited me at my "Whattville" blog. Cliff Note: I will be active in Whattville again shortly. Football season ends in two weeks.

Anyway, Shelley lives in northern Michigan and is currently setting up housekeeping in her and husband Greg's log cabin. They liked their cabin so much, they now sell for the company they bought their cabin from.

Anyway the blog is very interesting, telling the story of building and furnishing their cabin. It also has some very good pictures representing northern Michigan. It's worth a visit, or two. Aw, heck, make it a part of your regular routine. I have.

I'm proud to make Shelley the latest link on my blog roll.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Love Canal is Back!

The Remember Love Canal Blog is back up and running. The editor happens to be a good friend and fellow chicken connoisseur. Pay him a visit and let him know you're glad he's back.

Tell him WIXY sent you!

Politicians Promising Change

Politicians promising change is nothing new, although some feel that they are pioneers of change.The guy above promised us "change in our pockets" back in the seventies. This could be the change the politicians are promising us.

Investigation Complete

The investigation into the campaign of the Famous Chicken is complete. The following damaging information has been uncovered in the case:

"It's not a bad calling for (Ted) Giannoulas, a former student dishwasher and immigrant from London, Ontario, Canada."

Ted Giannoulas is the birth name of the Famous Chicken. No problem there, but seeing that he was not hatched in the good ole' U. S. of A., according to the constitution, he is not eligible to be president.

Upon hearing the news, both John McCain and Barack Obama were heard to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

The WIXY Party will not nominate anyone at this late date, concentrating it's efforts on the 2012 race for the White House. There has been rumors abounding from the camp of Miss Piggy and her possible bid to become the first female president and also a representative of "the other white meat."

A candidate the party had to turn down was J. Wellington Wimpy. Mr. Wimpy has been known to have credit problems, as he's always known to be saying "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today." He would also not be popular around the red meat crowd.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chicken's campaign under investigagtion.

The WIXY Party has been notified by the law firm of Sam and Ella that there is an investigation into the campaign of the Famous Chicken. The firm has been studying documents in their conference room. There are so many papers that Sam had to extend his oak conference table with a maple leaf. But the firm has promised to study all these documents until they get tothe bottom of this.

Party heads have been promised that they will be notified promptly of any development in the investigation.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

From the Pressbox:Dalton

Last night the Rittman Fighting Indians took on the Dalton Bulldogs. Dalton took the opening kickoff down the field for a touchdown and that set the football pace for the evening.

The Rittman Indians Marching band took a fairly new show into halftime, starting with a song made famous by Enrique Martin Morales, also known as Ricky Martin. Of course in an attempt to throw off the announcer , it was mentioned in the script that he played the lead in "Les Miserables". Okay, do I look like a Broadway buff to anyone? I didn't think so, but I didn't butcher it too bad, at least people were less miserable about the way I said it.

"You Can't Stop the Beat," our majorette feature, was next. The last number for the evening was another new song for the season, "Sweet Child O' Mine," a song originally done by Guns N' Roses which was done as filler on an album, but became their only number one hit.

You now have less than a week to make plans to come to this years Indian Band Revue. Our guests will include Akron Kenmore, Akron Garfield, Crestview, East Canton, Manchester, Mogadore, LOrrville, and Rootstown.

Cliff note: I left the house Friday evening and forgot to put my memory card in the WIXYcam, soI was unable totake any pictures of the action. Oh, and the Rittman football team is now 0-8.

Cliff Note II: Congrats to my alma mater, Medina Highland's football team. The Hornets pulled out a victory against the Wadsworth Grizzlies with a touchdown pass with .4 seconds remaining in the game. The Hornets are now 8-0.


An attempt to make Bozo The Clown the next vice president has failed, reports the WIXY Party. Mr. Clown, in semi retirement since 2001, has no desire at this time to be in the political arena, the Quicken Loans Arena, or even doing the macarena.

Word from Bozo World Headquarters reports that after extensive deliberation, soul searching, and consultation with the circus bearded lady, Boze, as he's known to his closest friends, has released this statement through his spokesperson:

"Ladies and gentlemen, step right up. Mr. Bozo T. Clown has declined the vice presidential nomination of the WIXY Party, stating that something funny is happening with the campaign of the fowl one."

On a related note, there is now an investigation into the campaign of the Famous Chicken.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Still another turn down

The search committee looking for a suitable running mate for the Famous Chicken has decided to look to another mascot, Billy the Marlin, of the Florida Marlins for the nod. A spokesperson for Mr. Marlin said the wet one could not, with a clear conscience, accept the nomination, as he thinks that something smells fishy about the whole thing. Stay tuned.

Another Rejection!

Representatives for the Famous Chicken, in an effort to coax Charlie McCarthy out of retirement, offered him the number 2 spot on the WIXY Party ticket.

Mr. McCarthy turned down this once in a lifetime opportunity, saying "There is too much of a stigma with the job of vice president. Too many people perceive them as dummies."

In a related note, some representatives are trying to pull some strings in order to talk to Howdy Doody.

Cliff Note: I think I am in agreement with Suz and her latest post.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Another asked, another declined.

The WIXY Party candidate for president, The Famous Chicken, after being turned down by Kermit the Frog to be his running mate, decided to approach fellow fowl Donald Duck and offer him the vice presidential nomination.Mr. Duck respectfully turned him down saying, "I don't want to be in government as I already work for a Mickey Mouse organization. Besides the only difference between Washington and Disney World is that in Washington everyone is goofy."

The search continues...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Choice for running mate declines

If you recall, last week the WIXY party nominated The Famous Chicken for president in the coming elections. The Chicken thought long and hard about his choice as running mate. His final decision was to pick Mississippi native Kermit the Frog for the number two office.

But Mr. Frog turned it down. When reached at his pad, Kermit was asked why? His response was that he did not want to be considered a puppet of the administration.

I guess

Using word verification is no longer a deterrent to spammers. I had a spam comment on one of my posts this morning. I don't want to go to moderation, so what do I do?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

And while I'm introducing blogs...

Michelle Dawn, of Rusin Roundup fame, has introduced us to her husband, Randy. He has re-started a blog called The Way I See It.

Michelle and Randy are currently working out some difficulties in their marriage. They both have mentioned it in their blogs, which is one of the only reasons I have mentioned it here. The other reason I mention it is because I know my blogging friends have good hearts and will go over there and give them both encouragement.

I am also honored that Randy put me on his list of links.

Welcoming Another Friend

Suz and I have crossed paths before. She is a blogging buddy of both Bella and Frasypoo. Suz comes from Florida and has a blog called Day by day.....My life as a busy bee. She chronicles about her life and her family and does a very good job at it.

Go pay her a visit especially get to know her 12 year old who greeted her mother with a pocket full of sunshine. I hope you are as blessed as I was.

Also check this one out. Some things to make you think and some to make you chuckle.

Thanks for brightening my day, Suz.

Why me?

I spent most of the past three days in a funk. It even affected my health.

It started Friday afternoon. My wife had spent the prior 36 hours staying with her dad so her mom could go to West Virginia and visiti her mother in the nursing home. As most should know, my father in law has health issues and felt he couldn't make the trip. She returned home about 3:30 Friday.

Shortly afterward, I got a call on my cell phone. It was Kathy. She was driving home, swerved to miss an animal, lost control of the car and ended up in a field, the right quarter panel hitting a utility pole. Kathy was bruised from her seat belt, which kept her from being ejected from her vehicle, but otherwise fine. The car was banged up, but drivable.

My first concern was to make sure my wife was fine, but on my way to the scene of the accident, I was letting out steam to make sure I got it all out. I was upset over the car, but grateful my wife was not injured.

Kathy was worried that I would hold this against her and I wanted to assure her I didn't. I also wondered why all these things were happening to us this year. I was also sinking into a depression. I was just glad that someone didn't come up to me and tell me that it was obvious that my relationship with the Lord wasn't what it should be. I think that person probably would have walked away thinking I lost my salvation altogether.

I was upset, not at the person, but at the circumstance. On top of the acident, Kathy was also cited for failure to control the vehicle, which we waived. It cost us $154.00. I believe that the judicial system is corrupt when they can charge over 100 dollars for court costs.

So this really put me in a funk, that I couldn't really express because I didn't want to hurt my wife any more than she was.

Sunday in church, I was not my usual animated self. One of the ladies asked us to come up to the front of the church and then had us anointed. It made me feel a little better, but Kathy then went to the pulpit, took the mike and started testifying. That was unusual because she had suffered from panic attacks for the past three years and would not go anywhere without me.

My depression lasted about another day. I didn't want to write anything here because I didn't want to unleash any venom on my blog that would cause irreparable damage, something I have also cautioned others about when writing their blogs. Funny thing about unvented emotions is that they have a negative effect on your health. I didn't vent and I couldn't vent because I didn't know what, or how, to vent. Ever feel that way?

I was on my lap top last night purchasing a download. Kathy thought for sure I was blasting her on my blog. I assured her that I wasn't. If you can't tell, we both have insecurity issues.

You know, accidents happen. They are called accidents because they weren't planned. Are they preventable? Most of the time they are, but hindsight is always 20/20.

I am glad that when I got saved in 1980, the Lord took a bad temper away from me. It's not easy to show restraint, but trusting in the Lord has kept me out of trouble many times over the years.

I feel bad about the car, but it was a gift from God. My great uncle gave it to us about a month before he died this past spring. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and if need be He could sell some steaks to supply our needs. He will be there to provide us another car if we need it.

I have had several cars, but only one wife, the mother of our children. We have been married now for almost 30 years. We have frustrated each other many times, but we couldn't live without each other. What God has brought together, let no man tear asunder. I love my wife.

If you have read this far, thank you.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Frasypoo is back!

If you read my comment section over the weekend, you will know that our favorite Georgia peach from India, none other than Frasypoo, is back. She had retired from blogging a few months back, but found that once blogging enters the blood stream it is incurable.

Frasypoo had stayed in touch over the past few months, either by email or the comments section, but it's great that we can again go to This and That and see what's on her mind.

Sorry I missed posting this during the weekend, but I was busy feeling sorry for myself.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

From the Pressbox: Chippewa

Friday night was the annual contest for the "Big Chief" trophy, pitting the Rittman Fighting Indians versus the Chippewa Chipps. The game was Chippewa's homecoming played at Doylestown Memorial Park. Our Indians were trying to put an end to their 23 game winless streak.

As Rittman and Chippewa has had a fierce rivalry over the years, there was tight security at the game to prevent any possible incidents from either student body.

During halftime the Rittman Indians Marching Band rocked the house! The band once again demonstrated the level of excellence the audience has come to expect. The Chippewa faithful was also appreciative of the performance of what's becoming the premiere marching band of Wayne County. Although the weather was very cool, our band was red hot as they performed "Prime Time," "You Can't Stop The Beat," and "Soul Bossa Nova."

The game didn't turn out the way the Rittman faithful would have liked, as our team's streak is now at 24.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Some rhetorical musings

Pay Liquid a visit this month. She has gone pink for October, which is breast cancer awareness month. She also has a link there where you can educate yourself and contribute to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

We stayed at the in laws house last night. My MiL went to see her mother, who's in a nursing home in West Virginia. Kathy and I stayed with her dad, who is improving. On my way there, I stopped for gas in Medina. The price was $3.14 a gallon. What a difference two years makes. When the price first went up over $3 a gallon, we were outraged. But now that we've seen $4 a gallon gas, $3.14 is a great bargain. Seeing that I remember paying 28 cents a gallon in the early seventies, I think anything over $1.50 a gallon stinks.

I remember when gas went over 50 cents a gallon. Car sales went down, the auto industry was laying off, and the world as we knew it was coming to an end. Then people got used to it.

Later gas went to over $1.00 a gallon. Sales of cars went down, the auto industry starting laying off workers, and the world as we knew it was coming to an end.

This year the price of gas went to over $4.00 a gallon. Car sales have fallen, the auto industry is laying off... You get the picture.

Just remember this: God has things in control and He wants you to trust Him.

Cliff Note: I am praying for my friends in the southern states that your gas shortage soon ends.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

I now nominate...

The Famous Chicken for president. He's the perfect candidate for the WIXY Party. The only forseeable problem would be one with his past. He worked for KGB. That was the call letters of the radio station in San Diego that gave him his break.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A true hall of famer

Here is a repeat of a photo of me with Cleveland Indians mascot, Slider. The reason I'm running this photo again is because I heard that Slider has been elected to the Mascot Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to one who has been with the Tribe through thick and thin.

Common Sense Fix

Radio talk show host and financial counselor, Dave Ramsey has a proposal for the current financial crisis the United States is in. It's called "The Common Sense Fix." I feel it's a good idea and should be considered. Please follow the link and review it for yourselves.