Wednesday, December 31, 2008

An Unexpected Blessing

This afternoon, I received an email that blessed my heart immensely. I may have to warn you to have some kleenex handy. My eyes were very wet and my heart was very happy after reading this.

"Dear Cliff,
Hi my name is Ronna and I'm married to Suzanne's brother Greg. We live in Florida. We just returned from Meridian about an hour ago. First, I want to thank you for posting your thoughts about Suzanne. she really was a dynamic, charming, talented, and loving woman. Unfortunately, she had her issues and some bad "seeds" got ahold of her and tormented her. Anyways, she is at peace now because they can not bother her anymore. My thoughts are running a little askew today and for the past week. I check out your blog from time to time through Suzanne's blog. I usually check her blog everyday waiting for new beautiful pictures or her new poems. I'm not a blogger so I do not leave comments. the service was nice. they played a beautiful song by Sarah Maglaughlin--" In angels arms" or something close to that. Her parents and the kids picked it. Then we proceeded to the cemetery where she will be in peace next to her grandparents. After the funeral, I came back and checked you blog to see if you had posted anything new. I saw the poem about the feathers and the meaning it had for both of you. I knew Suzanne had feathers at her house. I found a red, green, and blue feather down there. My husband took me back to the cemetery that evening after she was officially in place. I placed all 3 feathers by her head and told her they were from you. I figured that she could use the prayers. We are all saddened by this tragedy, but I hope a put a smile on your face for just a minute.
Thank you for being her friend. I know she will be looking down on you and all of us."

Here's the best part: They were from me. I sent Suzanne a card of encouragement last spring and put the feathers in it. It was a real blessing to know she hung onto those and another one knowing someone put them on her final resting place. And my eyes are wet as I type these words, but they are tears of joy.

I feel as if Suzanne was telling me that everything's gonna be all right!

In Rememberance

This was played at Suzanne's funeral yesterday, and her sister in law, Ronna asked me to post it for all.

This is for Jerry, Betty, Greg, Ronna, Campbell, Bella, and the other family members now feeling a loss.

From my heart to yours....

And now, a dedication

Suzanne and I used to send each other videos to pick each other up. I sent her this one once and she told me that she had to take a minute to wipe the tears before she could send me a reply.

To Suzanne, this song means as much now as when I sent it the first time. I lift my glass to you.

And to all my other friends and family who read this blog. Some of you have been with me since the beginning. Others have been following me and decided to start your blogs. And to those who have come here as a result of my friendship to the one we affectionately called Liquid, and those who have decided to follow me in the past week, I lift my glass to you.

God bless you all!

Something is starting to make sense now...

First I want to thank everybody for coming here the past few days. The number of hits I have been receiving has been very humbling. I am also grateful for all the expressions of sympathy that has come this way. I sent a letter(snail mail) to Suzanne's parents yesterday to tell them what she meant to me and the rest of the blogging community. If anybody is reading this from the Meridian area and you are close to the Whites, give them another hug for the rest of us.

Now what's making sense to me now is all the emotions I've been going through in the past week. When I first received the news from Chelle, I was numb. I then went to baffled to angry to very sad(I would catch a tear running down my cheek when I was alone) to embarrassed. The embarrassed part was because of all the expressions of sympathy which had come my way. One of Suzanne's close personal friends told me not to be as every one knew how close the two of us were.
I'm also grateful for those who come here and to other blogs to get to know about this wonderful woman and for those who paid her homage on their blogs.

Enough rambling from me. What I want to bring to light is something that happened to my son about 9 years ago. Adam had just turned 14 at the time and was going through a ton of problems, more than most teenagers were going through. We found out in the past year that he is bipolar. We had joined a new church about two years earlier and he made friends with an elderly lady who was suffering from Alzheimer's. She happened to be in her 80's and was a very devout Christian woman before she was afflicted with it.

Adam would help her to their car as her husband, who was a preacher, would make his way out of the church, and as we all know, preachers do not leave church right away after the service. They have to talk to several people, espcially Brother Perry, who we all considered the cheerleader of our church. So while Mrs. Perry was waiting on her husband, Adam would keep her company. She was very grateful for that and she would tell her family. That would be one of the only lucid comments she would make. She couldn't identify most people, but she knew Adam.

Needless to say, Mrs, Perry was in declining health, from the time we first met her. She would be ill and Adam would be praying hard for her. The time came when she couldn't go on no more. Between Christmas, 1999 and New Years, 2000, Mrs. Perry would be hospitalized with kidney failure, she passed away the Wednesday following New Years day. Adam took it real hard and he cried for days afterward. People called our house asking how he was. Adam didn't feel up to going to the funeral despite the fact the family asked him to come and sit with them. I had gone and was singing in the choir for the service. Since it was a packed house, the choir stayed in the choir pews the whole service and were the first ones dismissed. As I was walking out of the sanctuary, this lady from the church handed me a card and told me to give it to Adam. It was a sympathy card in which she wrote that she wanted to be his special friend now and she also put a twenty dollar bill in it.

Fast forward to 2008. Yes I did feel sadness and a great loss as I received the news about Suzanne's passing. To be honest, some of my feelings were a mystery to me until the past couple of days. When I look at my comments and my inbox, I can see most were aware of our friendship and I can see that many want to help take her place. And I now can understand what Adam was going through nine years ago.

As far as people taking Suzanne's place is concerned, she will always be in my heart. We promised each other we would be friends for life. But I have plenty of room for the rest of you.

Next: A dedication to the memory of our fallen friend and to all my other friends.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Feathers...

In late January of this year, Suzanne was not feeling up to posting on her blog. She sent me an email with this poem, asking me to post it as a message to Amias:

Sleeping Under Her Wing
At night when all is quiet
I notice my toes are warm
despite the snow on the ground
beneath me.
I curl into a ball
at the foot of my bed
hiding the hurt
and the tears
from little patters
of feet.
I wail so hard
silently my head
wants to explode.
She with her wing
wipes my tears.
She with her words
sings to me
and twiddles my hair.
I rub a single feather
I plucked from her wing
and stroke my cheek with it.
It soothes me.
I am warm.
I am safe.
I pull it together.
I send her
that same feather.
Although she has tons.
~Liquid

The following was Amias' response in my comment section:

Liquid, Cliff .... You two are so very special ... and as the tears flows from these tired old eyes --- I am remembering the story of the good Samaritan. Bless my soul, can you imagine how I feel with two!

We all hurt from time to time, no matter the reason behind the pain, it's just as painful. It good to know that someone cares.

God bless you both ... and may peace forever be your companion.

Much love, respect, and honor ...
Amias

From that point forward, Suzanne and I would end many of our communications with each other with, Blue Feather, Red Feather or Green Feather. That was code for"I pray the protection of God and His angels on you."

In a few hours, Suzanne's memorial service will take place in Meridian, Mississippi. I pray that Suzanne's parents, Jerry and Betty, Her brother Greg, and her children, Campbell and Isabella, be able to reach out and take a feather. May this feather dry tears, provide comfort, and ease the pain.

There are plenty of feathers to go around. May all those who feel a loss at this time receive a feather. Receive this feather as Suzanne's prayer for blessing and protection.

I also want to say at this point that I've noticed a lot of hits from Meridian on my site meter. If any of Suzanne's family are reading these words and would like to leave a comment please do. Please leave it a nice comment, dedicated to Suzanne's memory.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Dear Suzanne

Dear Suzanne,

The past few days, you have been on my mind quite a bit. I have thought about the first time I discovered your blog and how it made me laugh and smile. I left a comment, then wrote you an email telling you how much I liked your humor and photography. You wrote me back, saying you liked my blogs too.

I then gave your blogs-you had three at the time-a special place on my sidebar. I called it great humor and photos from Mississippi. I also introduced you to the people who read my blog, at that time just people from the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio area. You helped my presence on the internet grow. I now get regular readers from Canada, Europe, and Australia, as well as many states.

We became good blogging friends. You would comment on my blog as well as blogs you discovered from our friendship. Your talent got you many friends in-as you would put it-Bloggeritaville.

We emailed each other quite a bit, with jokes, videos, or just to say hi. You got to know a lot about my family and I got to know a lot about yours.

We even talked on the phone some. My how the time would fly when we talked. I was afraid of a couple of things at first, that you would think I talked funny and I would stutter. I loved your southern accent and you told me I had a great voice. And the stuttering? There were times you wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise. But that didn't matter, as I was talking to one of the most popular bloggers around.

You were there for me when I needed a friend. You told me when my brother passed away that you felt like you lost a member of your family. You and Chelle took his photo from my blog and posted it on your's. You made me glad that I shared him with the rest of "Bloggeritaville."

I just wish I could have been there for you when you needed it the most. I wish I could have said or done something that would have eased your burdens. I hope you appreciate the fact that I become friends with your son and daughter on Facebook this past weekend. I think they will grow up to be fine people, and Isabella is going to be every bit as pretty as her mother.

I hope by now you have met members of my family that have gone on and given them a hug for me. I think you and Ricky have probably have had a good conversation about me by now.

We will someday meet and when we do, we won't have internal struggles or physical ailments to burden ourselves. And we will be eating something way better than fried chicken.

Love you,
Cliff

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Suzanne's obituary

This is taken from the Meridian Star Website

Jeri Suzanne Horne


Jeri Suzanne Horne Services for Jeri Suzanne Horne will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Joseph Hallman, and Dennis Marks officiating. Burial will be in Pine Springs Southern Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Horne, 42, of Meridian, died Wednesday, December 24, 2008, at her residence. She was employed as a hairdresser. Survivors include her parents, Jerry and Betty White of Meridian, daughter, Isabella Horne of Meridian, son, Campbell Horne of Meridian, brother, Greg White and Ronna of Davie, Fla., niece, Madelyn White of Davie. Visitation will be Monday, 5p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Barry Murphy, Mike Grant, David Medlin, Bo Pierce, Richard Daniel, and Bryan Culpepper.

Click here to go to online guest book

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Could I have done something?

The past couple of days I have gotten emails from all of you. The messages range from "What happened" to "I wonder if I could have done something," to "I'm sorry you lost a good friend." I want everybody to know that I appreciate all the messages I received, as I'm sure Chelle has also.

I received a phone call from Amias yesterday. We talked for 20 minutes. She told me that Christmas will never be the same for her. I don't think that's the answer. I think Suzanne would like us to remember the reason for Christmas, and if we are to remember her, it would be in the loving way in which she always treated us.

I had others email me, wondering if there would have been anything they could have done to maybe prevent it. I don't think there was anything we could have done. I wish there was, as she was there for me on a couple of occasions when I needed a friend. She apologized to me because she was out of town and away from a computer when my brother died. Suzanne made me feel good a lot by some of our email contact. I would send her a joke and if she hadn't seen it before and she thought it was a good one, she would post it.

I would have her on the list to send Turning Point devotions out to. If we hadn't had other communication in awhile, she would tell me that she always looked forward to the devotions. Or one time I was getting a ton of jokes from others at work and I would forward them to her. She sent me a reply to one that simply said, "You're cracking me up!"

Suzanne made me feel good about myself. She told me once if she would have a chance to meet me that I would probably levitate. I was always afraid if we ever met, she would be disappointed in what she saw.

I miss her already...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Why?

What I'm posting now is with the blessing of Chelle. Chelle is the cousin of Suzanne's husband, Richard. I had gotten the impression from both of them that they were about as close as sisters.

Suzanne had been a friend of mine since I had discovered one of her blogs in July, 2006. We would make reference to each other on our blogs and would have dialogue via email quite a bit. It was no surprise to me that she was friends to many other bloggers as well. I felt it was quite an honor to be held in as high esteem as I was. We even talked to each other on the phone on occasion. I felt as we had known each other for a long time.

I also knew that Suzanne was having some personal problems, much of which had to do with a very troubled marriage. I would let her bounce things off me, and I would send her some encouragement.

While she was going through some of her marital problems, she made herself available to give me a lift when I needed it. My son was having some problems of his own and she gave me assurance everything would be fine. When my brother died, she downloaded his photo from my blog and posted it on hers. I felt almost as close to my blogging family at that time as I was to my own.

I’ve been learning that Suzanne had some problems coping with some demons in her life. She had told me that she was bipolar and I’m sure that would have a lot to do with what has happened in the recent past.

As loving as Suzanne was to others, she was very destructive to herself. I always wonder why someone that God has given so much to, would want to destroy the package it came in?

Since my post yesterday, I’ve learned a couple of things. On Christmas Eve, Suzanne sent several emails out wishing the recipients a Merry Christmas. Sometime after she did that, she took her own life.

One of her most used phrases was, “I love you.” She ended many emails to me that way, as I’m sure she did for others. I wish she could had done that for herself.

Why Suzanne?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Very Sad News

I just received an email from Chelle. Suzanne aka Liquid passed away Christmas Eve.

Most of the bloggers who have been with me most of the time know that she and I were very good friends and as close as any two people 800 miles from each other could be. Most of the people that I blog with come here, and I come to them as a result of my online friendship with Suzanne.

This is not news I want to hear on Christmas, but I do believe that she is with the very person whose birth we celebrate today.

Pray for Suzanne's parents, her brother, her children, and her many friends.

Thank you for your friendship, Suzanne.

Rest in peace.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Smiles for Christmas

Christmas time is now here
I feel it from you all the year
Blogging here with all my friends
Your gift of kindness doesn't end

I have my friends on the net
Doing things I can't forget
Bringing me a ton of smiles
Some deliver from many miles

Smiles come wrapped in a tale
Sent by post or email
They come from photos of frogs
Or from houses of logs

Stories sometimes are spun
Of a daughter or son
We'll tell one another
Of our sister or brother

I would ask you to pray
And you would, you say
Your prayer would touch my life
And take ease on my strife

Now I pray that next year
We can all meet right here
Friends from all of the miles
Giving plenty of smiles

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY
Cliff





Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Here's your assignment

Those of you who aren't too busy, check out Scott Wynn's Window, and check out his picks for top five Christmas movies of all time. Put your two cents in and tell him your personal favorite(s).

And if you're burned out from all this Christmas stuff, go over to Sue Wilson's Voice Over and read her thoughts about Common Sense Economics. Once again, let her know yourt thoughts.

My assignment? I'll be back sometime tomorrow morning with a special poem.

New friend from the snowbelt

I always enjoy adding bloggers to my friends list. This one is a result of Jessica, of Five Pines fame, and her Christmas card exchange. Thanks to Jessica, I have picked up three friends this year, the other two being Jen and Shellmo.

Introducing Tales From the Pigeon. Pigeon comes from Chesterland, Ohio, an area that some of us in Northeast Ohio refer to as the snowbelt. The area has a higher elevation and is a straight shot off Lake Erie, meaning when we get wind currents from Canada, the moist air from the lake forms a ton more snow than others of us get. In comparison, I live in the Chippewa Valley and am more fortunate most of the time. We get an inch and a half of snow, the snowbelt gets a foot and a half.

Anyway back to my post. Pigeon has a blog that features her photography and family. She is also a participant of Weird Object Friday, a weekly post where she will find an unusual object and feature this on her blog.

Today Pigeon is showing off the photos she is able to take with her new camera, which was an early Christmas present.

To those who haven't visited, go on and do so. Check it out and leave a message to say how much you enjoy Tales From the Pigeon.

Santa Claus Is Watchin You - Ray Stevens

Two days until the big one. Some of my friends are tired of grandma being run over by a reindeer and others don't want a hippopotamus for Christmas. So I send this out to all of you!

Monday, December 22, 2008

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks...

My friend Tim Lones has a video posted on his Cleveland Classic Media blog of Bob Hope introducing the Christmas Classic "Silver Bells." Go on over there, check out the video, and wish Tim a Merry Christmas.

Christmas With Ricky

Cliff Note: To those who are new to my blog, Ricky is my brother who passed away this past March 4. He was one who had many challenges in life, due to a medical condition he inherited. Although Ricky had some developmental problems, he had a heart of gold.

As I have mentioned before, my brother Ricky was a sports fan. The reason he became a sports fan was because I was. Ricky worshiped the ground I walked on. I don't think I deserved such an honor.

Ricky and I went to several sporting events together and a couple of years in a row, I took him to the Richfield Coliseum to see the Cleveland Cavaliers as his Christmas present from me.

We had some good seats for these. The game in 1975, the Cavs were playing the New Orleans Jazz, not a great team, but their best player was "Pistol" Pete Maravich. Pete was chasing a loose ball out of bounds in front of the section where we were sitting. We were in the second row and he was close enough to hear us. Ricky said, "GO PETE." I was the one who usually behaved myself at these games(yeah right) and I looked Maravich straight in the eye and said "You hot dog!" If looks could kill, I would have never made it past 1975. Imagine that, I insulted one of the greatest basketball players of all time to his face. Needless to say, Ricky was telling me on our way home how I embarassed him.

The next year we went back to the Coliseum to see the Cavs play the Los Angeles Lakers. The game was on a Sunday afternoon and was originally going to be televised. We were able to get tickets two rows behind the basket for the unspeakable sum of *gasp* $12.50 per ticket. As we were waiting to get in, I told some people who were standing with us where we were sitting. He offered me $1000 if I kicked Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his private area. I would probably just be getting out of prison now if I took him up on that.

The game was originally supposed to be televised, but CBS decided against that at the last minute, as the Cavs were off to a slow start. But I will tell you this was a good game. Ricky and I both got into the game and we were yelling and hooping it up when someone sitting near us told us that they paid good money for their tickets and they would appreciate it if we would not cheer as loud as we were. I don't think he appreciated us at all that afternoon.

Because of the fact this was to be the first nationwide telecast ever of the Cleveland Cavaliers, all fans were given a Cavs pennant upon entering. The seats looked like a sea of white towards the end of the game. The final score was Cavaliers 99-Lakers 98. The real loser that day was CBS.

Ricky and I would talk about that game often.

Cliff Note #2: I hope you enjoyed the story. It's one of my favorite gift giving memories.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bronchitis and a Bomb Threat

Friday afternoon after I got home from working and other things, I had to turn around and take Mrs74 to the urgent care center. She could have gotten an appointment with our PCP, but the road conditions Friday morning weren't conducive to me being comfortable with my sick wife driving to the doctor by herself.

Nice thing about the urgent care center we are currently going to is that we can get in and get out rather quickly. This time we were charged for an office visit, which saved us ten dollars. Doctor checked her heart and lungs, gave her a prescription and sent us on our way.

Now as all of us in HMO's know, you cannot go to the nearest pharmacy to get the prescription filled. We went to Buehlers on Forest Meadows Drive, in Medina. We come in there through the back way, so we had no idea what was happening at the shopping center across the street. We got the prescription filled and wanted to get us a bite to eat, only we couldn't go the direction we had planned on going. There were emergency vehicles everywhere, not allowing anybody to go in the area of the shopping center. We turned in the other direction and ate at Arby's. After we were done eating Mrs74 got nosy and wanted to see what was happening. We traveled in the area around the shopping center and saw emergency vehicles all over that side of the center. We still could not find out what was happening.

When I got home, I went online to see if any of the local news services had anything about it, but no one did.

Saturday morning I bought a copy of the Medina Gazette and read that there was an evacuation, due to a box being underneath a government vehicle, parked near the Armed Forces recruiting center. The box was empty. Click here for the story.

I think the authorities were right in evacuating the area, as you don't know if someone was targeting a recruiter. It just was very inconvenient for some of the shoppers and managers of the retail establishments, this happening the Friday before Christmas.

I worked in situations where we had to evacuate our building due to bomb threats. When I was in high school, I remember when the school had to be evacuated because of someone calling in a threat. I was changing out of my gym clothes when the announcement was made.

It's good to know that our safety forces were on the job no matter what this was. It's also good to know that this story didn't have a tragic ending.

Quick Update

I was very busy yesterday, as I imagine everybody else was, and I had intended to post this update on my father in law.

Eddie came home from the hospital yesterday. He and his wife still need our prayers. My wife's youngest sister, along with her son has come up from Ashville, Ohio-2 hours away, to help her parents.

Cliff Note: This is unrelated, but am I the only one who has several posts running through my mind when I can't spend much time at my keyboard? I'll be back later today with at least one of those.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Unintentional Tribute, I'm sure.


I was driving this week to work and listening to my new most favorite morning program, Wynn and Wilson in the Morning on WQMX/94.9-"your station-your country." Anyway during the first half hour, they have their Micky D's coffee klatch, and Sue has been declaring the "fruit of the day." The past couple of days the fruit has been banana. Yesterday I didn't think anything about it, but today I had to email Scott and Sue and tell them I appreciated this because of the name of this blog. Sue emailed me back and let me know I made her smile, which is one of the intents of my blogging. To your upper left is a photo of Sue Wilson. It had been awhile since I had posted any photos here, so I thought I would improve the looks of my blog and get this one off the WQMX website. Besides, she looks too young to have two college age daughters, dontcha think?

Traffic word of the day

The word is "yuck!"

I was driving on icy interstate 77 with more freezing rain coming down. Once I passed I-480, the rain became snow. It took me an extra 25 minutes to get to work this morning.

For Moose and Moose, serious shysters for frivolous lawsuits, I'm 74WIXYgrad.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Things are looking up...

Okay, my last post was written before I left for work this morning. Things at that time didn't look as though they would be all that peachy when I got there. Walking through the parking lot, I slipped on the ice and fell. I landed on my left knee, which I had replaced in February, 2001. Although it is stiff now, I can attest to the fact that Dr. Gradisar did good work.

Anyway we had our Christmas luncheon at work with enough food to have another one tomorrow.

I love my blogger friends. Happy Wife emailed me this afternoon with the intention of picking up mine and Kathy's spirits, with a link to some of her dog videos. It worked.

Father in Law update. Eddie is still in the hospital. His doctor will try to adjust his medication again. Kathy took her mother to Applebees, then shopping. Her youngest sister is coming up to do some caretaking this weekend and into next week. I want to thank everybody for their prayers. Please keep all of us in your prayers.

Another good thing about blogging is sometimes you reach some who wouldn't ordinarily reach. I got an email from Gray and Company publishers. I am going to get a free copy of a book about long time Cleveland television personality Chuck Schodowski, or Big Chuck. And I will be doing a review of the book right here.

Need Prayers as FIL in Hospital Again

Seems like the prevailing story for the past little bit for us, but my father in law was taken to the hospital again last night. His defibrillator went off three times in succession. I got word of this as I was driving home on Rt. 57 yesterday afternoon. My wife, daughter and I went right to the hospital as I got home. Once we got there and I was sure things were stabilized, I had to go gas up my car. Along the way I stopped and picked some double cheeseburgers, fries, and apple pies, since I was sure that my wife and mother in law hadn't eaten yet. Important thing in my mind was to make sure that Kathy(my wife) and Ella Jean(mother in law) were taken care of. The medical staff would take care of Eddie, my father in law.

Eddie and Ella Jean are understandably very frustrated. They are very grateful that Kathy and I are there for them, but I wouldn't have it any other way. They have been there for us over the years and now it's time for us to try to return the favor. And if nothing else, the Bible commands it.

Pray that God's will be done and for us all to have grace through this.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Midweek Musings

First, a big thank you to those who went and made a comment on Scott Wynn's blog. I hope you enjoyed the story as much as I did. I never heard of a monogrammed jock strap as a gift before. If that has anyone else's curiosity aroused, click on the link in the post below.

8 days to go and I still haven't gotten Mrs74's gift. I know what I'm getting, I just haven't gone out and bought it. Everybody else has been bought for.

There is supposed to be a winter weather advisory here in Northeast Ohio, but as I went out to get my paper this morning i only noticed a light dusting. I haven't heard any news, so I don't know what the secondary snow belt has gotten. I suppose if Pigeon would be reading this, we might find out what the primary snow belt received. I know about 5:30 yesterday evening, Medina was getting some snow and the roads were getting slick.

Don't you hate going to Kmart, Walmart*, or Target this time of year? I had to go to the Medina Walmart*(soon to become Evil Big Box Store#1894) to pick up a prescription for my father in law. The parking was a potential demolition derby, and once you get inside the store you think people are having their Christmas gathering there. If you are going to visit in the store, go somewhere where it isn't busy, like in the patio.

Check around the other blogs. I have seen some pretty good posts related to the season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's the thought that counts

Going around the blogs, I've been noticing some interesting Christmas gift stories. Shellmo had a contest about the worst gift. I would like to congratulate Jen, as she was the winner with her "granny panties."

One of our newest friends, WQMX morning show host Scott Wynn, has a very interesting story on his blog about his step grandmother and her gift giving habits. It's called "Do You Know a Hazel Marie?" I think you should go over there, as the story is quite humorous.

Tell Scott how much you enjoy the story, and tell him WIXY sent you.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Poem at Seek Him First

Last night I read the poem I wrote for the talent show a week early. It was our Food for Christmas singing at the church last night and I felt led to read it then. I posted it over on my Seek Him First blog. I hope you get a blessing from it.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Pleasant Surprise

This afternoon Mrs 74 and I were on our way to pick up a prescription when my cell phone had rung. Mrs74 answered it and the other end was our nephew Bryan. Bryan had called me with a surprise. Once I had got on the phone, I was asked by Bryan how I was doing and then he handed his phone to someone he said wanted to say "Hi". Next thing I heard was "Hi Cliff, this is John Gorman." Bryan had seen Mr. Gorman in a mall where he was signing books. He had then asked me what blog I wrote and when I told him, he remembered that he emailed me once before. Now that's impressive that he remembered me when he probably comes into contact with many people all the time.

John Gorman wrote a book called The Buzzard, which tells the story of the glory days of radio station WMMS/100.7, one of the premier radio stations of the 70's and 80's.

Bryan also told me that he got me an autographed copy of "The Buzzard."

Read my review of The Buzzard.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I need to make a correction

I just heard from Scott Wynn a few minutes ago. He pointed that I made a mistake in the post about him. I mentioned that in 1997, he won the CMT award as radio personality of the year. It should have been CMA, as in Country Music Association. Another correction I would like to make is that he has been in radio for over 28 years.

The important thing is that Scott Wynn and Sue Wilson "get it" as far as blogging is concerned.

Again, pay them a visit and get to know them.

Scott Wynn's Window

Sue Wilson's Voice Over

Cliff Note: Speaking of awards, keep in mind that the 2008 Top Banana awards will be coming out soon.

A good day in the blogosphere

This morning did not start the way I would have liked. I turned off my alarm and slept for an extra 48 minutes. However, while I was brewing my coffee, I looked at my email and got a nice message from Sue Wilson, morning show host and program director of WQMX/94.9. She liked the post I wrote about her. The message didn't surprise me, as I get the impression from the radio message boards that Sue is a very well respected person. But I haven't met anybody out of the Akron Radio Center yet that wasn't nice to me, and the Rubber City Radio Group is also respected on the boards. I may write a poem about the morning show.

Speaking of nice people, Barb, of Skittles Place fame, has proclaimed me the winner of her latest "Caption This " contest. I would like to thank those who went over there and voted for my caption. And I also want you go there and look at the fabulous prize Barb has picked out for me.

Cliff Note: who is responsible for the word verification in order to post?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Listening on my way to work

My radio listening on my way to work in the morning is varied, depending on the circumstances. The past few days going into work, I've been listening to WQMX/94.9 from Akron. When the 5:30am news is over the Wynn and Wilson morning show begins. This is a show that really connects with the listeners, and the hosts take turns being the other's foil. Since I can only listen to the first 25 minutes, I get the opening segments and the show usually starts off with some chuckles. Sue Wilson gave me some chuckles the past couple of days.

Yesterday the topic of discussion was the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. Sue asked "how do you pronounce his name? I think I'll just call him 'badonkadonk.'"

This morning, she gave a tutorial on playing "Jingle Bells" on her cell phone. Hardly compelling radio, but a good way to get a laugh on a too long drive to work. But then again there was a full moon this morning. In short this program is very enjoyable listening, an oasis among so much shock radio. And the two personalities who make this morning program are also bloggers.

Scott Wynn, the male part if this show, has a blog called, Scott Wynn's Window. Out of the two, Scott is the more active blogger.Scott has been in radio for over 20 years and in 1997 was the CMT personality of the year.

Sue Wilson is not only co-host, but also WQMX program director. Her resume also includes being PD of WFHM/95.5 the Fish, in Cleveland. Sue has only recently become co-host, but there is definitely a good chemistry between the two. Her blog is called Sue Wilson's Voice Over.

Check out both blogs as both personalities give their account of the "Tree of lights," the recent campaign to help the Haven of Rest, a faith based rescue mission in Akron, Ohio. Total gifts for this was over $40, 000.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

On Newsstands Now!!

Okay, so I messed up

Now it's time to man up.

Yesterday I posted about a contest WMJI/105.7 was having today. An anonomyous commenter informed me that the contest is limited to those who are in the stations survey area. That also would mean that I would be ineligible as I live outside the survey area by TWO MILES. Oh well....

I did see the Eagles in concert in 1975 at the Richfield Coliseum. I keep forgetting about that because it was the worst date I was ever on. It turned out to be a double date and the other three on the date with me suffered from terminal snobbery. Only satisfaction I had was that my two toned(green and rust) 1968 Mustang was sitting in her driveway driving down property values.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

An announcement and a request

The Announcement: The Eagles will be near my neck of the woods this coming March 25, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. I'm sure that there are some who read these words who like this news. WMJI/105.7 will be giving away tickets for this event tomorrow, December 10. Listen between 9:00AM and 5:00PM for your chance to win. Out of the area? Go to WMJI.com and click on "listen live". Good luck Eagles fans. I'm sure that Cleveland wouldn't be a real long drive from, say Dearborn, Michigan, would it Shelley?

The Request: There is a blog I go to every once in awhile called Skittles Place. I participated in a contest called caption this late last week. Skittles, aka Barb put all the best captions to a vote. I am currently leading in the voting. Go on over and cast your vote. Also check out Barb's blog, which is another blog written by a fifty something blogger. Barb does a good job posting questions and also heads up a weekly meme called "Heads or Tails.

Last but certainly not least remember Jeremy on your prayers.

Prayers for Jeremy

Please keep Jeremy in your prayers he is currently having some health issues, which has included fainting spells.

In the past couple of weeks, Jeremy has become a good friend of several of our blogs and you have become good friends of Jeremy's.

And if you are reading these words Jeremy, be assured that I'll be praying for you.

Monday, December 08, 2008

I want to rant awhile

As most who stop here know, I write a poetry blog, called Whattville is on the Other Side of the Tracks, I started writing this when I realized that I had a talent to rhyme words. To my surprise, the blog has been well received and as a result I have gained a few more blogging friends, thanks in a big way to Jessica.

My aim for this blog is to be light hearted in my poetry and I had promised not to be dark in my posts there. So far I have succeeded and I enjoy writing it. All the comments for the poems on my three blogs have been positive. I appreciate that as well as all the support you all give me writing about my blogs on your blogs.

My rant starts here. I got an email from Michelle, of Crows Feet fame. Michelle and I exchange emails quite frequently. Before I started blogging I never dreamed of being able to communicate with someone who lives in Europe much less becoming friends with several people overseas. Anyway Michelle had told me of a poetry blog written by a gentleman named James. The blog is called A Life of Rhyme. It contains James' insights, a look into his being and family. He gives his views on issues, such as global warming.

Michelle told me that the unfortunate circumstance in which she discovered this blog. Another blogger happened to be ridiculing James' poems and laughing at him. I don't think that's cool.

Part of my unwritten mission statement as a blogger is to support other bloggers and to overlook any writing styles different from my own. Most of my poems will not be in a serious vein, but I won't knock others whose poems are. Michelle told me that James will not be Shakespeare and I told her that Shakespeare will not be James. Cliff Note: High school English Lit students would probably rather read James than Shakespeare.

In my opinion, this unnamed blogger more than likely got his jollys off, but probably impressed very few readers. I know I don't have any desire to go to this blog. But I did go to James blog and liked what I read.

They say it's her birthday!

Today I want to wish Frasypoo of This and That fame a very happy birthday. Frasypoo is friend to many in the blogosphere. She is someone who loves God, her adopted country, and running, to name a few things. She is also a prayer partner of mine.

If you haven't already, go over to This and That and wish Frasypoo all the best on her special day.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Another milestone for another blogger

I guess this is a weekend of milestones. My friend from the windy city, Curmudgeon, of Second Effort fame, is celebrating his third bloggerversary today.

Check out his blog. Curmudgeon is a very intelligent person, though long winded. But what do you expect from someone who has a background in law?

But seriously, pay Second Effort a visit. He posts some very interesting views and sometimes he will tickle your funny bone.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Post 800: Time to chat

Hi Guys,

It's hard to believe that this is post number 800 for this blog. I started this blog out of my desire to communicate. Since radio and television is becoming more and more automated and less and less personal, I'm glad I made the decision to go in this direction as it has given me many blessings.

When I first decided to write my musings, a friend from the radio and television boards who goes by the name of newsnomore, told me not to be discouraged if I didn't get any readers. The fact that I did in the early going made me surprised and grateful that anyone was enjoying what I wrote.

I've had people tell me that maybe it wasn't meant for me to ever be in radio, that maybe my calling was blogging. Nowadays I think blogging makes for better two way conversation than terrestrial radio, especially the way I do it, non confrontational. The closest I come from any confrontation is the innocent digs that Pat and I shoot at each other.

On an average day I get between 60 and 100 hits on this blog. Sometimes I look at the referring page. I get amused at some of the search engine searches that lead people here, but there have been some that have flattered me, such as the time someone was wanting to start a blog(he emailed me) and the search was "Cliff, highly recommended blog." If someone is reading this that recommended my blog to this young man, thank you. A large number of hits come from a post I did in October of last year when the Cleveland Indians knocked the Yankees out of the American League playoffs(sorry Diamond). It was from an email I received. I have given thought to removing it, but then again someone might stay and like what they see. It's all in the marketing.

But also when my brother passed away in March, there were many hits here from people looking in Google for "Richard Feightner." But I also had gotten much support from those reading this blog, both my regular readers and others just stopping by for the moment. This being the first Christmas season since Ricky passed, it may be tough on me and my family, but knowing I had the support of my internet family made a great difference for me.

Most of the time, I like to put a degree of thought in my blog posts, even if it's a repost. Those I will edit and add a "Cliff Note" or two to it. I feel that these 800 posts are very legitimate posts. I don't try to use my blog to specifically attack people, unless it's tongue in cheek. The time I did use it to attack, I turned around and apologized.

I am very grateful for those who have stopped here and read my posts. I also have gratitude for those who link me on their blogs and those who follow me. I hope you can come back many times and get something you like.

Have a great day,
Cliff

Another Birthday. This one's a Classic!

Today is the birthday of one of the original followers of this blog. Tim Lones of Cleveland Classic Media fame is 51 today.

To you newer friends here, Tim's blog is dedicated to the history of electronic media, mainly television, of the Northeast Ohio region. He puts a lot of research into his blog and I've said on occasion that he should be paid for his efforts.

Go over and wish Tim a happy birthday. While you're over there, check out his work.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Happy Birthday to Shellmo

Today, December 5, is the --nd birthday of Shelley, of Building a Log Cabin fame. In the last few months, she has become a good friend of my blogs and she has an blogs of her own. Go over to Building a Log Cabin and check out how she is preparing for Christmas and the coming winter months. Leave a comment or two. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

Cliff Note: What she might not appreciate is me stealing this photo from her log home website, but I've got to make my blog look a little better. To your right is Shelley and her main squeeze, husband Greg. They are independent authorized representatives of Hiawatha Log Homes.

Shelly is a blogging friend of mine
Her log home I think is mighty fine
To walk outside and breathe fresh air
Experiences with us she'll share.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Appropriate Plate Spotting

I was traveling on I-71 Tuesday afternoon, going toward Medina. The snow was starting to fall. This was a time when I wish I had the WIXYcam with me as I saw a car with the license plate "IMISS FL." I was going to the hospital to take my mother in law home. Yeah, my father in law is back there, but should be home by the weekend. Anyway she told me that they weren't used to this weather, as the past 6 winters were spent in Florida. I had to tell her about the plate and she got a laugh out of it.

My daughter is going to help them put their Christmas tree up this weekend. It helps relieve stress when you can do that and my MiL is looking forward to it.

I don't know if I will be making the rounds today as I'm dead tired today and I already have tomorrows post in auto publish. Come back here tomorrow morning as it's a very special post. It's scheduled to post at 1:00am EST.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Dick Goddard AMS Seal #45

Jen of Unglazed fame stated that Cleveland needed meteorologists. We have Dick Goddard, who was the first in Cleveland television history. Click here to read an excellent post written by my friend Tim Lones, of Cleveland Classic Media fame.

Dick Goddard is also a fan of high school marching bands and I have shared the pressbox with him several times at band shows. Here is a photo of the two of us at a band show in October, 2007.

Now that I got my bragging in, go visit Tim.

Expected more than we got

I am sitting at my desk at work, typing this during my morning break. We were expecting 1-3 inches of snow overnight, but got just a dusting. One of the hardest jobs in Northeast Ohio has to be a weather forecaster. Dick Goddard, the dean of weather forcasters in this area once got a letter from one of his viewers stating he was shoveling 6 inches of partly cloudy from his driveway.

But the weather here also changes with the locale. It could be sunny in downtown Cleveland and snow squalls could be in one of the eastern suburbs. Such was the case several years ago when a traffic reporter for what's now WTAM/1100. Cliff Note: back then it was WWWE, but since I have a couple of readers from the Atlanta area, I did not want to confuse them as WWWE/1100 is now a Spanish speaking station in that area. Back to the story. The reporter and his pilot was killed when the traffic plane crashed into a cell phone tower that they evidently couldn't see because of the snow. Downtown and the western suburbs was partly sunny at the time.

Come to think about it, I wouldn't want to be an airborne traffic reporter either.