Thursday, December 31, 2009

I am now unemployed!

I was given notice this morning that I have been laid off from my job. Kathy, understandably, isn't taking this well at all.

We need your prayers.

This puts a very big exclamation point on two very lousy years.

Message to friends of Jeri Suzanne Horne

I am taking a very quick break from awarding Top Bananas at this point to pass on a message from Jerry White, father of Suzanne Horne, aka Liquid. Amias asked me to post this, as it was from an email she had received.

"One year has passed and I really don't know where to start. We have all had a hard time. I guess Campbell has been the biggest man of all. He accepted his mother's death very well. Isabella on the other hand has had a rough year. To this day she is still somewhat withdrawn from our love and compassion. I think she is afraid of losing us. She is however, very close to Betty. Betty has also had a very hard time and it showed up again as we were putting up the Christmas Tree. Suzanne had always helped."

"We went and spent Christmas with Greg, Ronna and Madelyn. Please pass along to all of the bloggers how much we appreciate their kind words about Suzanne. She was all they said to those that knew her personally."


As we end 2009 and go into 2010 remember Campbell, Isabella, and the Whites in your prayers.

It was also brought to my attention that the family still views Suzanne's online guestbook, so go on over and let them know you are still thinking of them.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More Top Bananas, East Division


When you last left me, I was in North Carolina awarding the last Top Banana. I decided, against my better judgment, to head up I-95 and pass out awards to those deserving in the Eastern United States. Cliff Note: In case you didn't figure it out, I-95 is not my favorite highway, especially between Baltimore and NYC.

Speaking of Baltimore, the "If I give you some steel wool, will you knit me a BMW?" Top Banana goes to Margaret, of Bellathena's Blog fame. Margaret is also an honorary Buckeye Baby Boomer Blogging Buddy(tm), having attended college at the College of Wooster, which is located about 20 minutes away from me. Margaret's blog is about life in suburban Baltimore, Md., her family, dogs and her knitting. She evens manages to make mention of the football team that Baltimore stole from Cleveland on occasion. All in fun, of course. We manage to have some off blog dialogue, as she likes to keep up on things around Wooster, Ohio.

Leaving Baltimore and heading up (yuck)I-95, I stop in NYC to hand the "I hope this makes her list of always excellent gratitudes" Top Banana to Betty Ann, of Me-My Spiritual Journey fame. Betty Ann is also a first time winner. She has this aura of confidence that many wish they could have as she is a member of both Al-Anon and ACOA(Adult Children of Alcoholics). She blogs mainly for herself but is also a very good online friend to have.

I will now head into Pennsylvania to award the "Sarcasm can be your friend" Top Banana to Michelle of House of Lime fame. We don't interact one heck of a whole lot, but I can always go to her blog for a good chuckle every once in a while. I think she could make a good verbal tag team partner for Busy Bee Suz. A good example of Michelle's humor can be found in a post from last week, "The Most Annoying Christmas Meme Ever."

Now to present a couple of awards in Ohio before I head west.

The "Poetry in Motion" Top Banana goes to Diane Vogel Ferri, of Coexist fame. I had the fortune of meeting Diane at a poetry reading in Cleveland this past summer. She is also a first time winner. Diane blogs from the heart and it shows. You need to take plenty of time to read her writings as there is much between the lines of her posts.

Another first timer is Michael Golch. He gets the "Let's add legs to our prayers" Top Banana. His blog is called Rambling Stuff aka Golch Central. Michael is one who jumps on top of prayer requests at other blogs and will either post them on his blog or at the Prayer Hubs. He is a very avid reader of other blogs and goes to those I recommend quite often.

While I'm in Cleveland, I might as well put in a day's work before heading west with my next set of awards.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Top Banana-Back in the USA, going south


The response over my European awards is one important reason I just give the Top Banana once a year. I like keeping the award unique and fresh. I also like keeping my posts somewhat brief and that's the reason I do several during "award season."

I am now back in the United States and this post will be about the winners down south. Y'all in Kentucky are not included in this batch since you both are honorary Buckeyes. And even though the graphic on this post is smaller, you are no less winners than your European counterparts.

I'm going to start today in sunny Florida. The first award is the "Ho Ho Ho Green Blogger " Top Banana, which is a take off on the Green Giant commercials and not a commentary on her personal life. This goes to Busy Bee Suz, of Day by Day With Suz fame. Suz is a guardian of the environment and is very active in blogging about it. Suz also writes about her family and pets, using her loving sarcastic style in her daily musing. The comments she gets, both quantity and quality speaks for itself.

Now on to Texas where we can visit Amias, of The Magic of Integrated Circuits fame, to present her with the "Down to Earth" Top Banana. One of the important things that Amias does for us is upkeep of Liquid Illuzion. This helps to preserve the memory of our dear friend, and Top Banana Hall of Famer, Suzanne Horne. Amias writes about what's important in her life, dishing us a dose of reality and making us think.

Staying in Texas, I give the "Proud to Serve" Top Banana to Don, of Things that Run Through My Mind fame. Don is a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and a former Buckeye. He is also a conservative who isn't afraid to speak his mind in his blogging.

Heading back east, I will stop in Georgia to present the next Top Banana. I will call this award "Referred by a Friend." It goes to Maggie, of Liquid Ice Musing fame. Maggie, who is a very dear friend of Amias, also writes some very deep thoughts in her mostly poetic blogging. And she came my way originally because of Amias kind words regarding me.

While in Georgia, I have to award the "Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans" Top Banana. This goes to Happy Wife, of Happy Wife Happy Life fame. The award is named so due to our mutual like of Dave Ramsey, host of a radio show where he urges us to live on less than we make. She also has told me about her church and the excellent messages that I've been able to get from iTunes.

The One Day at A Time Top Banana goes to Syd, of I'm Just F.I.N.E.--Recovery in Al-Anon fame. Syd hails from South Carolina and is very serious about his involvement in Al-Anon. He is also a great supporter of this blog. Syd, like other recovery bloggers, started coming here a year ago. This is a first time Top Banana for Syd.

Heading to North Carolina, I present another first timer. The "Good Ones Keep Coming Back" Top Banana goes to Annie, of Annie's Antics fame. We first connected some time ago through my faith based Seek Him First blog. We exchanged a couple of emails then and that was about it. Then she kept getting suggestions to add me as a friend to her Facebook account. A few messages and a Facebook chat later, I introduced Annie to my blog readership. And as I was sending my Christmas cards out this past season, Annie mailed me a CD of her Christmas songs. The CD was popular both at home and at work.

Come back as I have plenty of awards left to pass out.

Monday, December 28, 2009

And the WINNERS are-Part 1


For the next several days, I want to end 2009 and begin 2010 with a little fun and put smiles on faces. Yes, it's time for the 2009 Top Banana awards.

This is the 4th year that I've handed out end of year awards. The first year, I called them the Golden Banana and my friends on the message boards were the recipients. The following year, as I was looking for a graphic, I found the first Google reference to "Golden Banana" was a strip club. I then renamed the award the "Top Banana." The origin of the term is headliner in a Vaudeville act. All who participate here are headliners in my book.

You have all been invaluable friends to me in 2009, helping me through a difficult year and these awards are a way to show my appreciation. Your comments here, reaction to comments I've made on your blog, emails, and notes through the USPS, have given me more encouragement than you could imagine.

As I have noted earlier in this post, these awards are given out in fun and I hope you can have fun along with me.

This post will start out with the international awards. These are good people who are kind enough to communicate with me at times when it might be inconvenient for them to be at the keyboard. A couple of Fridays ago, I was on Facebook chat with Leesa from France. It was 7pm in Ohio, 1am in France. She had to get up at 7:30 her time the next day. Our chat lasted about 1/2 hour.

The European bloggers have one thing in common and that's they aren't originally from Europe. They moved there for one reason and that's love. They went there to marry the love of their lives.

First Top Banana is the "When in France, stop here for cupcakes" award. This goes to Leesa, of News From France fame. Leesa has one of the tastiest blogs around. She also shares much of Europe with her readers. Leesa is originally from San Diego, California, and is also a good prayer partner.

Next is the "3BT" Top Banana. This goes to Amelia, of Amel's Realm fame. 3BT is a list of gratitudes that Amelia periodically posts. She currently lives in Finland but originally hails fron Indonesia.

Next is the "Bananas are good for your health" Top Banana. This goes to Michelle of Crow's Feet fame. Michelle has had some health issues this past year and I hope that this might make her smile, which would help her feel better. Michelle is one who does what she can to make me feel better as we are good friends off the blog and on Facebook, as well as exchanging emails. Michelle lives in Scotland. She moved there from South Africa. She is also a published author.

Come back here often the next several days, as I will be awarding more Top Bananas, but also check out the winners blogs as one of my aims for the Top Banana awards is to promote my friends and their blogs.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

In the past year.......

It seems that I got away from some of my passions in writing this blog. Like some of you, I've been in Facebook more than I really should be and some of my best thoughts have stayed inside of me, going stale.

I take a look at my sidebar and it reveals that I'm at 311(as of this writing) posts for the year. Last year I wrote 427 posts. Yeah, in some cases, life has happened. Some of it has choked off my creative juices.

I noticed in the past couple of weeks that my life is somewhat a mess and I have nobody to blame but the one currently at the keyboard. One of my goals for the coming year is to get more organized. Maybe with that, my other goals might fall in place. Maybe the book will finally break out of me. If my laptop was waterproof, I would probably have written a chapter in the shower this morning.

I don't know if I want to surpass my 2008 total of posts in 2010, but I do want to have some good quality reading for all of you who stop by.

Friday, December 25, 2009

"This is for Pa-Paw"

Last night my daughter was at church with her kids, attending Christmas Eve services. As they were leaving, her youngest child, age 2, handed her a blue feather and said that "This is for Pa-paw". Martha didn't know where it come from.

The following is a poem written almost two years ago by Suzanne Horne. This will be the third time I have posted it here:
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

Merry Christmas everybody!

To your house from the WIXYranch, I wish you a very merry Christmas.

Enjoy Mark Lowry's version of "Mary Did You Know?"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas is a craft.....

Most Dave Ramsey listeners are familiar with that phrase. Dave tells that to those who call him and tell him about being deep in debt. Or specifically:
"Beans and rice, rice and beans. Christmas is a craft, anniversary is a card. You don't see the inside of a restaurant unless you are working there."

Anyway, since things have been very tight at my home this year, I decided to take this somewhat to heart. A friend at work always gives me something for special occasions, not expecting anything in return. I had told Charlie I was going to do this for others, and I decided also to do it for him.

Thanks to the digital age, it's easy for someone like me to craft a gift for someone else. And since it's podcasts from iTunes which I get for free, I am not doing anything illegal. And I did make two CD's of the Dave Ramsey show.

Another thing I got for Charlie, who happens to be an avid NASCAR fan, was a Dale Earnhardt hat, which I found on clearance at Kmart.

Charlie is a real good guy. I think I will also look for some Gunsmoke on iTunes.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Almost a year......

Last year about 1:30 Christmas afternoon, I was checking my email when I got a message that had numbed me. Chelle wrote to tell me that Liquid had passed away the day before. I then posted the news here, then went to my in laws as my grand kids had more gifts to open.

When I returned home that day, I called Chelle to get the details, she told me what had happened. Over time, I had heard from other friends and family. I found that some of her family had been reading my tribute posts, even before Amias took charge of having people link their posts on Suzanne's blog.

The past week or so, I've been in contact with other bloggers and former bloggers who have been thinking a lot of her lately. Leesa left a message in the online guest book last week. Amias just left one today. Suzanne is still missed.

Michelle had asked me to send out a prayer request for Suzanne's family and I'm using this post for that. Suzanne left behind her parents, Jerry and Betty White, her son Campbell, daughter, Isabella, brother Greg, sister in law Ronna, and niece Maddy. Pray that they will have peace as they deal with this loss during the holiday season.

Campbell pops up on my Facebook page every now and again. It about tore my heart out this past Mother's Day when he simply posted "Mother's Day sucks for me this year." I had a rough time on the first Mother's day without my mom and I was 48.

And if you weren't familiar with Liquid Illusion, go on over and see the work of the one many of us miss terribly.

This is also posted at the Prayer Hubs.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas house, a labor of love

For many years, the Kobilarcik's have transformed their house in Wooster, Ohio to a Christmas wonderland. Their home, located on Milltown Road, between Melrose Rd. and Cleveland Rd, state route 3, is a fantastic display of their Christmas spirit. We took out kids there when they were young and have returned many times. Last night I took my grandson, Ben, there for the first time.
There is space for plenty of parking, as the public is welcome free of charge. The sign pictured above, is behind the soldier on the left. This is the walkway to the house.
As we walked towards the house, we were welcomed by an array of Disney characters, all in their Christmas finest.


As you get closer to the house, you will see displays of dolls and stuffed toys, all in the spirit of the season.


The front and side of the house fully contain displays that took years to come together. Some of these brings to mind department store windows from years past.


And yes, there are displays that show the reason for the season.

The final photo is my grandson Ben with Santa Claus. I gave Santa my card and invited him to see what I wrote about the house.

If you live in this area and haven't seen the house, check it out. I think you will enjoy what you see.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Twas a week before Christmas

The year has gone so quick I say
It's just one week till Christmas Day
I hope you all have love to share
And wrap it all with so much care

This whole weekend will be so hazy
Christmas shoppers all going crazy
To me it really seems so funny
I won't be there, I have no money

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sometimes you miss something....

I haven't been doing much serious writing in the past several days and my last two posts were from YouTube. This means I have also not seen my dashboard lately. I missed a comment made 6 days ago until this morning during my coffee break.

This comment was made on the classic post about my brother that I had reposted last week. It was from one of my high school friends. Gary had reminisced about the days when we attended Highland High and brought back some good memories and reintroduced me to some of his humor. He also made mention of some old classmates he has seen over the years.

One of the good things about writing on the Internet and not being anonymous is that you can catch the attention of folks you haven't seen in over 30 years. However, I sometimes wish that they would click on my profile and drop me a line.

I will have to tell Beth about this. Maybe she will start reading my blog.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Congrats to Genesis

Genesis is one of the next induction class in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They go in with ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, the Stooges and the Hollies.

Enjoy my favorite Genesis hit, Invisible Touch.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blue Collar Chrismas

Here is Larry the Cable Guy reading a politically correct version of "The Night Before Christmas."

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Saving money and maybe living better

Yes, you can probably tell by the title, this is a post about my latest adventure at the Evil Big Box Store(tm).

I had to go there after work to pick up some things for my lunch for the rest of the week. I also got some Reeses bells and Crunch and Munch for Kathy.

I finally got everything I went in for and headed for the register. I decided to use the self check out. I went towards one and noticed the lady about to use it either couldn't read or was unable to count above 20. The signs say 20 items or less. I went another register where I had to wait almost the same amount of time that I would have had I been behind Miss 20 items or whatever.

The lady two spaces in front of me was taking forever ringing up her few items, seemingly in a trance as she was scanning her items. I finally got my turn and took it and left.

I did hope as I was exiting the parking lot that the customer who was mesmerized by the self checkout wasn't going my way. Actually, I was hoping that the BMV didn't issue her a license. I could just imagine behind her at a traffic light.

I have seen some people using the self check out that shouldn't be allowed to use a shopping cart. And I get behind the majority of them.

Drug Tests at Work

This morning there were random drug tests at my work.

That always worries me. I'm afraid I won't pass one.

You see, I know very little about drugs.

Monday, December 07, 2009

God is still in the miracle business....

....And there are times I need reminded of that.

Brenda left this comment on the prayer request post from this past Thursday:

"Thanks for posting for me Cliff. We got news that yesterday (Sunday) she(Sonja) finally woke up, and so far seems to be clear headed.

Thanks to all that visited the hub and said prayers for them!!"

And yes, I needed this news today, as I was feeling sorry for myself. Brenda didn't know this, but once again she has provided me a big pick me up.

I also want to thank everybody for their prayers. Let's all pray for each other.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Another Birthday Shout Out

Today's birthday shout out goes to fellow media geek and baby boomer. Tim Lones, of Cleveland Classic Media fame, is 52 today.

Tim is one of my original internet friends, as we have interacted on the media boards since before we became bloggers. Although we live within a half hour(Cliff Note: Always proofread before posting!) of each other, we have never met. Hopefully someday that will change.

Tim works hard at something he really loves and his blog is one that is both entertaining and informative. His latest post is about Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Check it out and while you're there wish him the best on his day.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Shelley!

Today's birthday girl is Shelley aka Shellmo, of Building a Log Cabin fame. Our cabin dweller and cabin seller told me via Facebook chat yesterday that she's already visualizing a multi layered cake.

You can either head to Michigan or click on the link above to wish her all the best on her special day.

I'll send this poem as your treat
I hope your birthday's really sweet
I hope your dog and cat and man
Have a real special birthday plan

I hope your cake tastes so grand
No other like it in the land
So sweet so light and so fluffy
No calories to make you puffy

To the state that's north if me
I write this with a lot of glee
A poem where I want to say
I wish you a very blessed day.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Brenda gave me a prayer request

And I have posted it over at the Prayer Hubs.

Hey, My friend Deb's sister Sonja is really in a bad way. She went in hosp. last week, she had scar tissue blocking her colon, and now they have found blood clots in her brain, they fear she's had mini strokes and possible damage to her brain. Things aren't looking so good for her, she's not coming out of her drug induced coma, been off the meds for 3 days now.

Please remember Sonja in your prayers and go over there and link up to it and show Brenda your support for her friend.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Classic post: Ricky-My Shadow

Cliff Note: My earlier post today got me to thinking about a series of posts I wrote in March, 2008 about my younger brother, Richard, who had passed away at the age of 49 on March 4, 2008. Ricky never had a fair shake at life in my opinion. In my own fashion, I had posted that I may not be posting in the days following the phone call I received at 3:07am from the nursing home where Ricky had been living for the 4-1/2 years prior to that. I ended posting about him for the next several days and the comments I received, along with what my friends told me after they read the posts were very touching. The following was posted March 7, 2008, which by the way, would have been our mother's 80th birthday.


Most folks knew him as Richard, Rich, or Richie. We had a cousin named Ricky, so some of the relatives called him "Little Ricky" even though he was 4 months older than his cousin. But when my dad first called him "Dick," my mom put her foot down(in her words) so the only one who got away with that was the high school basketball coach, Mr. Keating.

My brother practically worshiped the ground I walked on, and sometimes that was very annoying, as he was my shadow as we were growing up. I look back and realize that that is the greatest tribute someone could give another person. I could predict what he would become interested in, because it would what I had most recently become interested in. Only thing is he would become more fanatical about it. I got interested in baseball and a year later you would think Ricky swallowed the record book, he would know so much. I would get Batman and Superman comic books, next thing you know Ricky would have his own collection of comics. And he would laugh at my jokes no matter how bad they were.

But it was noticed when he started school that he wasn't as intelligent as the others, and in many cases he was passed from grade to grade as a matter of courtesy. The others knew that he couldn't take teasing and took teasing to a new level. They noticed tan blotches all over his body and started calling him "Spot." Children can be so cruel, but I've always been told that it's a reflection on the parents. There would be other, just as cruel, things done. But the fact is, if Ricky was still around, he wouldn't even think about it. The things he remembered was when some of the upper class students got together and bought him a sports record book. He remembered some of his classmates that stuck up for them, people such as Roger Chaffee, now Dr. Roger Chaffee MD, one of the top cardiologists in Akron, Ohio, and Jim Ritcher, who had won the Outland Trophy, given to the top offensive lineman in college football. Oh, and Jim Ritcher also played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills. Do you see a trend here?

While I was still in high school, Ricky wanted to be on the football team like his brother. He played 8th grade and freshman football, both years the team was undefeated, but Ricky sat on the bench, as he was one of the most uncoordinated kids around. But to be fair, I wasn't too good either and if Highland High School would have cut players, we would have both been cut. They gave everybody a chance. Mr. Cranston, the athletic director, took a liking to him and talked him into being a manager. Ricky was baseball manager his freshman year and would sing(badly) the national anthem before all the games. Ricky earned 2 letters for managing. I didn't earn any.

Oh, those dark splotches? Those were the sign of an inherited condition, called neurofibromatosis. The condition led to epileptic seizures. Ricky started having seizures during his sophomore season. One of the football coaches called our house and said he noticed brief episodes where Ricky would seem to zone out, and suspected petit mal seizures. They gradually got worse and Ricky spent a week at Akron Children's Hospital. while in the hospital there were no seizures noticed and My mom was going to bring him home. While walking toward the entrance of the hospital, she had her purse snatched. Mom was shaken up over it and told Ricky about it. At this point, he went into the first seizure noticed at the hospital, so they kept him another day, with still no definite diagnosis.

As time went on, the seizures started getting worse and so was the cruelty of the other students. My dad thought they were fake and told us as much. The following year, after I graduated from school, Richard and our younger sister Deirdre were getting ready for school. Ricky went into a seizure and my dad punched him in the face. Dear old dad told him that he was tired of his fake f**king seizures, and if he didn't stop this, he(Ricky) would end up in an institution.

When mom couldn't take any more, she talked to our pastor, who went with my dad and Rick to the neurologist. After reading the results of the EEG, the neurologist said it looked like there were electrical storms going on and while he was talikng to the three of them, Ricky then went into a seizure. Ricky was then admitted into the hospital for observation. My dad became a believer, and started treating Ricky better when he thought he had only a little while to live. Ricky would be around for another 33 years.

What brings you here?

I was blogging about 10 months when I put the current site meter on this blog. Since then, I have had some fun with it, and I have also been able to see what some come here for.

Unfortunately, my higest traffic days come when someone passes away. But when I've done tribute posts, I get some first time visitors. Thanks for the links on Liquid Illuzion, I am still getting people coming here to read the tribute posts I wrote for Suzanne 11 months ago. Although it's been months since I've heard from the family, I get the impression by the traffic I get here that my writing made some difference.

I also get hits for people wanting to read about my brother Richard, who passed away March 4 of last year.

On a lighter note, I get hits every day for those looking for Lawson's Chip Dip. It's only available at Ohio Circle K stores. I also think Circle K owes me some advertising money for as often as people come to this blog to read about one of their products.

Then there are those who want to read about professional wrestling from the 1970's. I get a lot of traffic regarding that.

I am blessed by those who come here several times a week and leave comments. I am sometimes amused by some of the search engine terms that bring strangers here.

Blogging is a blessing.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Some thoughts from me

I thought I would weigh in on some issues of an entertainment nature. Some things that have gotten my morals wondering.

First, Adam Lambert: I really don't care about his sexual orientation and I didn't see the awards show where he performed his acts lately. But I do understand that it was a very suggestive, sexual nature. If it was a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man with a man, this display, or anything that suggests anything that should be performed in a private setting only, should not be performed on free TV.

Next: Recently, I was flipping around the channels and a Miley Cirus video, "Party in the USA" caught my eye. Keep in mind that I am a grandfather of three, and my four year old granddaughter loves Hannah Montana. I also realize that Miley is only 16, which is ten years older than my oldest grandchild. I am shocked by the way she was dressed in this music video. I would like to kick Billy Ray Cirus in the butt for allowing his underage daughter to be dressed this way in the video. But this is just my opinion.

And now: Shame on you Grady Sizemore. The Cleveland Indians centerfielder had some seminude photos taken of himself, which he emailed to his girlfriend. Someone was able to obtain the photos and post them on the web. Shame on them too. Now Grady wants Major League Baseball to step in and investigate, and take appropriate action. Sizemore should have taken the appropriate action in the first place by not emailing the photos. Just another example as to why you have to be careful what you put on the internet.

One last thing: I am about to reintroduce word verification to my comments, as I've been getting spammed lately there. All but one has been by a gaming site. The other was by an escort service. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I need a battery

I belong to a Yahoo! group called Wayne County Free Cycle. It's a group where you can offer things you no longer want. Kathy has gotten many books and clothes from those who have offered. I have had her give away some things, a television, VCR, and a composter. We have also given away books and clothing.

This past Saturday, I went into my email and found someone was giving away a couple of VHS camcorders. I got one of them, an RCA, model CC414.

For the most part, people get tired of camcorders before the thing wears out. Biggest problem is with the batteries, especially if they are lead acid batteries. If you don't charge your battery every 6 months, the battery dies. The advantage lead acid has over ni-cad batteries is that they don't develop a memory.

Well, I've been checking online for that and other accessories. I was able to power it up with my AC cord from my laptop. Cliff Note: Please pray for my laptop as it died on Saturday. Good news is that it's still under warranty. Actually pray for me. That's my favorite toy.

I just wonder if I should get another lead acid battery or a nickel cadmium battery?

Also remember that grandfathers and camcorders can have much fun.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Another intercontental birthday


Two days, two birthdays. Today the special one celebrating their personal holiday is Amelia, of Amel's Realm fame.

Amelia comes to us from Finland, but like yesterday's birthday girl, Leesa, she's originally from somewhere else. She moved from Indonesia to be with her one true love "R2".

Amelia has a very sweet spirit when it comes to blogging and is good to visit many blogs in different languages.

So, go on over and wish her a happy birthday.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Almost missed this one. Happy Birthday Leesa!


Today is Leesa's, of News From France fame, birthday. Leesa has been a good friend to many of us who visit on the internet. She is also our very own cupcake queen.

Originally from San Diego, she moved across the pond and now teaches in France. Also an avid traveler of Europe, she shares many of her adventures with those who visits her blogs.

I won't reveal her age, but she does on her blog. I will say that she looks good for her age.

But go on over and give Leesa some good wishes for today.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Things to be thankful for

Today in the United States, we are celebrating Thanksgiving. This is the holiday where the Pilgrims got off the Mayflower, stuffed themselves full of turkey, dressing, rolls, and pumpkin pie. All these were provided by the native colonists up the street.

While all the womenfolk were cleaning after the feast, the native and Pilgrim men retired into the living room and watched an afternoon of football. This was long ago, so I guess there wasn't cable television. TV must have had rabbit ears.

But fast forward to 2009. In a few hours, we will be going over the creek(fitting that the creek is Chippewa Creek) and up state route 57 to the inlaws house for some turkey, stuffing, pie, and other goodies. After this we will watch some football.

Here are some things, I can be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The first one is an update: Our son, Adam, started at the workshop this week. He now has things to occupy his time. Since he was taken off the medicine which caused his suicidal thoughts last month, he is doing much better. I am thankful that the Lord has provided for him and seen him through all of this.

I am thankful for being able to get a full night sleep in a warm house. And although I complain about it quite a bit, how early I have to get up and how far I travel, I am thankful I have a job.

I am thankful for the protection the police provide, even though some municipalities utilize them in the wrong ways at times.

I am thankful for my family, especially my wife, Kathy. She's been through a lot, but is there for me all the time.

I am thankful for being allowed to be the "voice" of the Rittman Indians Marching band. During the two months that I'm involved, I get to see some great student musicians mature into some great young adults.

I am thankful for modern medicine. It's helping me keep a handle on some of my problems, and has helped others I know see another Thanksgiving.

I am thankful that I was able to mend fences with my brother, Allen, before he passed away this past July. There was one point where we hadn't seen each other in over 10 years.

I'm thankful that in a few minutes I will be able to make a breakfast of waffles and bacon for my family.

I'm also thankful for everybody who has visited my blog, and especially those who have left comments. I'm thankful that my comments are always over 90% positive, and that I can count on one hand, and have fingers left over, those I have felt the need to delete.

I am also thankful for Facebook. Those bloggers who have fallen by the wayside keep up with me via their Facebook pages. I'm thankful for the most part these are kept clean.

Have a great turkey day everybody!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Update: Jeremy's Mom

I just received an email from Jeremy, as many of you did, telling me that his mother is home from the hospital.

Quoting from the email
They did an angioplasty this morning at 0945 and found 2 blockages. However, they are less than 70 percent and as such do NOT currently require stents. We are monitoring her closely to watch for signs she's bleeding out of her leg. Hopefully she won't - the blood thinners will be out of her system fairly soon.

Jeremy wants us to keep praying for them, as they need it. Go on over and offer up some support.

He has another reason to be thankful tomorrow. Praise God!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pray for Jeremy's Mom

Jeremy has posted on his Personl Thoughts blog that his mother has been hospitalized. It's been confirmed that she has some heart problems and will be hospitalized during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Please pray for Jeremy and his mom, as well as the rest of his family. Also go on over and offer up some words of encouragement, as Jeremy has been having some medical issues of his own lately.

Thank you.

I still can't kick someone when I think they're down!

Yesterday, it was revealed that one of the talk show hosts in my area, Maxwell from WMMS/100.7, was gone from his show. This got the message boards in motion. Of course, I got in on the action, as it had to do with radio. And then I got pulled into the action, as I got a mention on one of the chat boards. Someone had posted that I (WIXY) should have the show on WMMS from 3-7, as I get under Triv's skin more than any other poster.

I politely declined, saying that they have to find another screwball moron, Triv's term of endearment for me.

For those out of the area and the loop, Triv is Mike Trivisonno, afternoon personality at WTAM/1100. He also recently lost his wife to cancer. Mike and Linda had been married almost 40 years. Cliff Note: Someone please correct me on this if I'm wrong.

Anyway, I think fun is fun, but I still wouldn't enter in that opening. I also don't believe in kicking someone when they're down, as I would think somebody who is recently widowed would be right before the holidays.

I'm proud to say that I was raised better than that.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Let's rock and roll!

I thought that I would bring out my inner rocker with this classic by the J. Geils Band.

For us in the US of A, this is a short week, and I want to start it off with a bang!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Sunday Special

I thought I would share one of my favorite quartets ever, the Cathedral Quartet. They originated in my home area, northeast Ohio, singing for Rex Humbard at the Cathedral of Tomorrow.

From this video, Glen Payne, George Younce, and Roger Bennett have already moved up to gloryland.

Enjoy one of the all time classic hits from one of the all time classic quartets.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blogging Around

As I've been going around to the other blogs on my list, I am finding some places that need recognition.

First, a double shout out. Shelly of Building a Log Cabin fame was the first to bring this to light, and Suz of Day by Day fame is following suit. Send your used special occasion cards to St. Jude's Ranch. Click on either, or both, links for details.

Sue, of Sue Wilson's Voiceover fame, has posted her musings of an article she read. Check out her post, Top 10 Things the Internet has Killed (or at least changed). Good for exercising your thinking muscle.

Clean and Crazy ,
of My Recovery fame,has given me the Dragon's Loyalty Award. Here's what she has to say about the honor:" Cliff of 'WIXY' fame. Cliff is a wonderful person who always takes the time to use his blog to introduce us to so many new bloggers, he is a great piece in the blogger community as he connects so many people to each other. it is an amazing gift when he gives you a shout out. it was his shout out to me that got me some of my readers, so thank you Cliff for all you do."
Suzie also has a touching story about her father in this post. Cliff Note: Any links pertaining to me here just bring you back to this blog, just click on the Clean and Crazy link.

Keep Jeremy in your prayers. He is going through some issues. He mentioned in his Tri-State Media Watch blog that he has to take some time to clear his head, and he also commented on my Sunday Musing post that he reached his breaking point.

One last note: Thanks to all for your prayers and well wishes. As I posted in Facebook, I am going to take a proactive stance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Declaration from Me!

This week I decided to listen to more music than usual, and I was given some Gold City CD's a few weeks ago. I downloaded these into my laptop and put them on my mp3 player. This happens to be one of my favorite Gold City songs. And for those unaware Gold City is a southern gospel quartet.

Listen to the words and let the song bless you as it's done me this week.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Musing:When do you reach your breaking point?

I guess I officially hit my breaking point these past few days, when Murphy's law was in full force. I knew that I hit it yesterday when I wrote a post where I struck some nerves of some reading between the lines and read something I never intended to infer. I meant what you could read in black and white, but my anger was never directed towards anyone I didn't identify.

Normally the public relations person in my will not write several posts in a row about myself. I usually like to write about others, especially other bloggers. With more and more going to Facebook and Twitter to post their feelings, the blogs are getting read by less folks.

Back to the breaking point. I took a vacation three weeks ago, thinking I was going to get some rest and maybe get some things done around the house. Our son, Adam went into the hospital the first day of the vacation and became our focal point. We were both really stressed, Kathy more than I, and any quality rest time became impossible. The day I returned to work, I did so on three hours sleep. We figured out, we without any medical degrees, that Adam's medication was causing his problems that had sent him to the hospital.

Then I worked the next couple of weeks without a paycheck since I took my vacation pay in advance. That also played into the debacle I described in the last post.

Things have been real rough on us in the last couple of years. I lost both of my brothers, and our daughter got divorced. Top that with the fact that Kathy can't work due to arthritis in her legs and severe panic attacks. And we all know that one paycheck doesn't go far nowadays, and we had to get an attorney in order to try to get her disability. So yes I view a speeding ticket and overdraft charges as being devastating. When I have had to pay so much lately for things I had no control over, things of my own doing have sent me to tears.

Kathy said it best. She told me that we should go to church this morning and be prayed over. She feels that the devil is trying to get between the two of us and knows how he can do it. Cliff Note:Keep in mind we are Pentecostal. He has gotten to me over financial situations and her over the problems Adam had.

This is just a reminder that none of us lead perfect lives. And we need to be praying for one another.

I also realize that I'm not the only one in the world with problems and I hate writing so many posts "about me." But on the same token, I want you to either avoid reaching your breaking point or ask for prayer when it happens. Under these circumstances, I'm embarrassed asking for prayer, but I feel I need it real bad at this point, as my wife needs me to be at my best in order to be an effective head of household.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Enough already!

This past Thursday should have been my first payday in two weeks. I got my vacation pay in advance. That was a mistake. I now think I should have taken the week's vacation pay but worked the week. Because of the holiday on Wednesday, my check wasn't direct deposited on Thursday.

Then came the drive between the plants that got me caught in Boss Hogg's speed trap. That relieved me of about two day's pay.

Then yesterday, Kathy was checking out our account at the bank. Because of the @&#%*##!! federal reserve and not transferring funds at the right time for us, we had to incur some overdraft charges. Once again me being stupid has been costly.

Once again the harder I work the behinder I get.

Too bad I didn't work harder when I graduated from high school. I woudn't be a loser QA inspector in a factory in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Cleveland.

But some pay more in stupid tax than others. I happen to be a regular payer of stupid tax.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

And now a little vitriol

Today I was given the option of adding $190.00 to the Cleveland city coffers. I was driving between the two plants and was clocked in a 25MPH zone doing 37. I will now add that I was guilty as charged, but I also feel that this was more for fund raising than law enforcement. Especially when, as I didn't produce my insurance card, but they checked the box that I did. the officer also told me that they were controlling traffic under the direction of the mayor. There were also speed traps on another road I drove on.

Now comes the vitriol. Where are these officers when I'm driving to work and there are hookers on several street corners flashing motorists? Where are they when there are panhandlers on the busy corners since panhandling is illegal in Cleveland?

Were these speed traps set up because the city has to pay a ton of overtime to those having to do all this forensic work due to the ongoing investigation on Imperial Ave., where that piece of scum sexual predator had, at last count 11 bodies in his house? He will probably spend the rest of his life being fed, clothed, and housed on the taxpayer's dime. When you take a look at the severity of the crime, he will get off comparatively easier than those who happen to be driving past the speed limit. Especially since the driving scofflaws more than likely have families to support. I don't know about others, but 190 dollars puts a huge dent in my budget.

Where I live, when you get caught speeding, and have a recent record as clean as mine, the police usually let you off with a warning.

Know when to laugh, know when to cry

There are times when I get my paper in the morning that I'm glad that I have a flexible work schedule. This morning was one of them. Yes, I had a conversation with Beth this morning. The main part of this was when I mentioned my "great head of hair". Beth replied that I always had pretty hair. I said yeah, unruly, but pretty. She told me about this guy she dated in high school who had great eye lashes and made her jealous.

Our conversation soon evolved to people we graduated with and some of the choices they made in life. Beth mentioned one that she had saw a few years ago who was paying the price of some very poor choices(drugs and booze). I had mentioned one who I met several years ago who had recognized me, but I didn't her. I could guess that she had spent a good amount of time since high school on bar stools.

Beth is one who has aged very gracefully, and if not for God's bleach job, I could probably pass for being younger myself. We could attribute some of this to one thing: neither one of us have been big party types. Beth became a mother shortly after high school and she wisely kept off the party circuit. Me, I only smoked marijuana. That's far as my drug use went. My "wild spell" lasted from age 19 to shortly past my 22nd birthday. This included some drinking and that was mostly 3.2 beer. I drank some hard stuff between 21 and 22, but gave it up when I met my very religious future wife.

Beth mentioned that although I have a full head of gray hair, my facial features are free of wrinkles. I told her that over the years I knew when to laugh and when to cry. She agreed that this something she knew too.

Yeah we both have our aches and pains, but this is something that goes with the territory when you are over 50. Beth's come from being active in sports and mine are a result of the joints having to support too much Cliff over the years.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No more suffering for these

Many good people come to this blog and read these words. Many of you have been praying for my family, as we have been going through some very rough times lately. These prayers have come from very unselfish hearts. I'm sure that if I knew what some were going through, I wouldn't fault you for not thinking of my troubles. And a couple of you lost some folks dear to your hearts.

HappyWife replied to an email I sent the other day. She had told me that the good news I sent "Lifts my spirits from the sad news that I shared on my blog last night." The news she was referring to was a blogging friend of hers had passed away after suffering from end stage cystic fibrosis. The good news is that he is now with the Lord. And he now breathes with no trouble at all. Deron was also a blogger with assistance from his wife. Read about his struggles and his love of the Lord by clicking here.

Annie shared with me personally and all her Facebook friends that her father in law passed away yesterday morning. This was at the end of a long battle. The family was around, and his home going was very peaceful. He is now in God's presence and with those who went on before him.

Although I rejoice for those who have gone on as they suffer no more, I also ask for prayer for these families, especially with the holidays coming. I'm sure that there will be an empty place at the table as well as an empty spot in many hearts.

Monday, November 09, 2009

A Day of Bonuses


Today has been a good day so far.....

As I was driving to work, I was listening to Scott and Sue. Sue had asked Scott to read the poem I wrote especially for her birthday. Unfortunately, I got to work before I heard it, but to show my appreciation, I left another poem on the Wynn and Wilson website, pertaining to a contest being run on WQMX.

Shortly after 8 o'clock, the plant manager walked into my office and handed me a book, called "The Best of Hal Lebovitz." Hal was a sports-writing legend in this area for many years. And John, my plant manager, thought I'd appreciate this book that he picked up at a yard sale.

The book contains many of Hal's columns he wrote over the years, many of which I remember reading as I looked for the previous days scores in the Cleveland Plain Dealer during the 1970's. I started reading this book during my lunch break(after writing the poem at wynnandwilson.com) and already can say that any Cleveland sports fan would enjoy the book. So if you are interested in this book go to the Gray and Company website for a great deal on this and other books about Northeast Ohio. Cliff note to Jane Lassar: I hope you like the free plug. There will be more in the coming weeks.

Happy birthday to a friend...




Yes it's that time again. Time to wish a very happy birthday to a blogging, Facebook, and Twitter buddy. And today, the birthday girl is Sue Wilson, of Voiceover fame. Sue is also program director and morning show cohost at WQMX-Medina, Akron, Canton. So, to commemorate this special occasion, here is a poem:

She's a friend to all the cats and dogs
And to all of us who write our blogs
The radio folks speak of her well
One of the nicest, we all can tell

Programming all the country hits
Country stars love her to bits
Taylor, Reba, Toby, and Brad
All the tunes that make us glad

This special day, November nine
I have no time to paint a sign
So poem on this blog should do
Happy birthday to our sweet Sue!

So everyone now go to Sue Wilson's Voiceover and wish her a happy birthday!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I'm lovin' Facebook

This week has been a Facebook week for me. And because of this, I have to introduce a new, old friend.

Eric is the author of Speedcat Hollydale Page. He has a unique sense of humor and also shares a bunch of blogger friends with me. Another thing "Speedy" shares with me is a love of chicken.

Also check out Leesa from France. She is posting photos of her vacation. I asked her how things were in France and she corrected me. She was in Italy at the time. Leesa also sent me a link to her vacation photos. Enjoy the view.

I've also contacted others of my friends and have had good chats with them. I just need to get some creativity back so I can update here on a more regular basis.

And once again, a huge thank you to all that have prayed for my son, Adam.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I like Anne Haley because....


One of the best things about Facebook is connecting with people. Among my friends are relatives, Rittman band members, band parents, coworkers, and fellow bloggers.

One of these bloggers is Anne Haley. Annie originally contacted me through my Seek Him First blog, telling me about her ministries. Among her many endeavors, Anne is a Christian/folk singer.

We had emailed each other several times in the past but didn't continue contact. this past July, Annie sent out a friend request to me. I knew who she was(Cliff Note:My friends number 67, she has 463, so I would have a better chance of remembering) and she thought she remembered me. A few messages later, she then remembered.

Annie is from "Beautiful North Carolina" and proud of it. She has taken the past year off from her music because she needed to just sit back and collect her thoughts and spend time with her extended family, which includes dogs, cats, and all sorts of livestock.

Annie writes about her life in her blog called Annie's Antics. She would love for everybody to stop by and say "hey!"

Jet lag from a "staycation"

It's my second day back to work from vacation. Even though I only left my area code once, I am suffering from the results of jet lag.

For those who don't know, I usually wake up between 3 and 4 am during the work week. During my vacation time, I was rising between 7 and 9 am, and one night I went to bed at 3am.

I had designs on getting much done, but didn't accomplish much. At least the leaves are on the treelawn.

Oh well, in 3 weeks many of us will be looking at a 4 day weekend.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Sunday Musing at Seek Him First

I felt the latest Sunday Musing was better suited for my faith based blog, Seek Him First, as I started thinking about it in church this morning. The subtitle is "If My People."

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Notes for a Saturday

Last night was the final game of the season for the Rittman Fighting Indians, losing 56-14 to the Hillsdale Falcons. Due to tending to an emergency yesterday, I didn't have time to get the WIXYcam. Too bad, as the band was in costumes for their performance.

The band opened with Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music". The second Song was Abba's "Mama Mia" The band closed with "And All That Jazz" from the musical "Chicago."

After I made my final announcement-"The Rittman Indians Maarrrching Band!" The band replied by shouting in unison "Happy birthday Cliff!"

And speaking of birthday greetings, I want to thank everybody who wished me a happy birthday, both on this blog and on Facebook. Many of you know that I've been having a very trying week and the greetings helped make it better.

I will be playing catch-up in posting band photos from this all too short season.

Friday, October 30, 2009

On this date in 1955....

I was born!

Happy birthday to me!

And one of my best friends, personal as well blogging, Brenda of Snicker*Snicker*Snort fame, has posted a happy birthday greeting to me as well as a photo of her daughter from the homecomecoming game from a few weeks ago. check it out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

From the Pressbox-Smithville







This past Friday night, the Rittman Indians faced the Smithville Smithies at a very waterlogged Rittman Stadium. This is the last home game for the varsity this year and the field has had more than it's share of use this season. Couple that with the very rainy October we've had and it gives the traditionalists high school football at it's finest.

This was also the 4th straight halftime of no marching for the marching bands, though both bands brought their share of entertainment.

The Smithville Band included in their show a tribute to Michael Jackson and their rendition of "Thriller".

Being senior night, the Rittman band featured their seniors in their show, with a trumpet solo on "Espana Cani,". Senior feature twirler, Aimee was next on Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock N Roll." all senior band members stepped out front as the cheerleaders and majorettes performed a dance routine to Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk." The show closed with the Abba hit "Mama Mia."

Back to the game. Final score Smithville 35, Rittman 7. I guess this is another character building season.

I will be back in the next day or so to write about the band show that took place Saturday night and was a huge success.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What Color are Your Glasses?

If someone is hopelessly optimistic, or a pollyanna type, they are described as looking at the world through "rose colored glasses." Nowadays we don't have an overabundance of these people.

Now there are no shortage of another type. They see nothing right with the world and it's always someone else' fault. They can never see much good in most people, and if they do acknowledge any good, "there's always an ulterior motive." These people are the type who brighten up a room by leaving it. These are the type of folks, whom I describe as those "looking at the world through crap colored glasses."

I like to think I wear glasses with a small tint of rose coloring, otherwise clear. Realistically, I've been wearing glasses since I was 11 years old, so they are a little dirty most of the time.

What color glasses do you view the world through?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Let your conscience be your guide

I had some running around to do this afternoon and I stopped at Evil Big Box Store(tm)1812 to pick up a few items. After picking up a few items, I went to the register to pay for them. The cashier asked me how I was and I told her that I was fantastic and improving. She rung me up. I paid her and after she gave me my change, I gave her my now customary "thank you for working at Walmart." As I was leaving the store, I realized I was thirsty and went to the pop machine to get a can of Coke Zero. I put a dollar in, made my selection, took my quarter change, and reached down for my product. There were two cans there.

On my way to the WIXYmobile, I was thinking about how I was going to blog about getting this deal from, of all places, the Evil Big Box Store(tm). Then in the back of my mind, I was reading the comments that I would potentially get:"Why didn't you return the other can, WIXY?" "Do you think this was the honest thing to do WIXY?" "Cliff, you are the fault that Walmart's prices are going up!"

I turned around, went back into the store, and gave the extra can to the people greeter, explaining to her that I only paid for one can. She was a bit surprised, but I was satisified that I did the right thing.

The irony of this thing was that I left one bag at the register and had to return to the store after I realized it, which was when I got home. I had to go back, otherwise our cats would be going on strike as this can contained several cans of cat food.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Have times changed that much?

Watching the latest Rittman football game, led me to wonder if the players on the sidline were told it was respectful to be quiet. How come when I was on the Highland football team in the early seventies(I won't say I played, as I spent most of my time on the sidelines) if we weren't supporting our teammates we would be getting our helmets slapped by an upperclassman and the headache my be gone before we caught the bus...on Monday morning. How come the coaches cannot instruct the upperclassmen to be leaders.

Okay, the Rittman team is now 1-7 after the 47-6 drubbing from Dalton. The one good thing was that they treat visiting announcers well in the pressbox. They also treated the visiting announcer's grandson well. Ben and I both got pizza.

For the third week in a row there wasn't marching, but I would put Rittman's band not marching against other bands marching anyday. Hopefully the Rittman field will be in good enough shape next Saturday for the band show.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

And why do I need to upgrade?

On Fridays I work at a different location. The QA lab at that plant doesn't have a radio, so I usually take my MP3 player and have an amplified speaker. I also have my earbuds, as I sometimes listen to things I want to pay extra attention to, or if another radio is playing. Problem is my MP3 player doesn't have an FM tuner. Yesterday I had my Sony Walkman AM-FM cassette player with me. My supervisor walked into the lab and told me that I needed to upgrade. I asked him why, as my Walkman still works fine. I'm also assembling myself a neat collection of cassettes from thrift shops.

I also found a new reason as I looked around the Salvation Army thrift shop in Barberton today. I was looking for something else when I came across this 20 cassette set called "The Pros Speak About Success." The collection of tapes was $1.99. I looked at the speakers in the collection and there were a few I recognized. One of note to long time readers of this blog is Mark Sanborn. Mark is a leadership expert and the author of "The Fred Factor," "You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader," and "The Encore Effect." Mark has also commented on this blog in the past when I recommended, and still do, to read "The Fred Factor." Cliff Note: Click here for my review of "The Encore Effect."

Another reason I like Mark is that he is a transplanted Buckeye. He currently lives in Denver, but had to endure "the drive " and "the fumble" along with the rest of us. He even gives an account of dealing with management at a McDonald's which I've eaten at on several occasions.

There are other speakers in the collection which I've heard of, such as Jim Cathcart, Cavett Robert, and Brian Tracy. No Zig Ziglar, so I will have to rely on iTunes for Zig.

So with my find, my Walkman is good enough and no upgrades are necessary.

Friday, October 16, 2009

I like Tim Lones because.....

One of my oldest online friends is Tim Lones. Tim and I first got acquainted with each other through the media message boards. He is one who can be really called a media geek, which in his case is a compliment.

Tim writes a blog called Cleveland Classic Media. In it he relives the old days of television. You see, we were both in our infancy during the inancy of television. He also posts a bit about radio.

As I have wrote before, Tim puts a lot of effort in his blogs. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Canton, Ohio and due to physical problems doesn't drive. But he will take the bus to Cleveland and Youngstown in order to do research for his blog, which for him is a labor of love. He has an extensive collection of TV guide magazines and also goes into microfilm files at the library to get material for his blog. In fact the newspaper article in my last post was gleaned from his blog.

Another thing Tim keeps up on, is events happening around the area pertaining to television history. He posted October 5 about a special airing later this month on PBS 45/49 called, Turn Blue:The short life of Ghoulardi. He also has some info about the upcoming Ghoulardifest.

If you haven't yet read Cleveland Classic Media, give yourself plenty of time to go over and read it. Even if you aren't from the area, there will be something of interest to you.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

WTAM-1100 The Big One

Seeing that this is post 1100, I thought I would do something fun with this post and write about an 1100 that has had a presence in most of my life. At night it can be heard in 38 states and half of Canada(in the right conditions). Now currently doing business as Newsradio WTAM/1100.

It started out in 1923 as WTAM. It was said that the call letters meant "Where The Artists Meet" and the original owner was the Willard Battery Storage Company. NBC eventually became owner of the station and shortly after I was born, NBC coerced Westinghouse to trade with them their Philadelphia AM, FM, and television stations. WTAM-AM& FM became KYW AM & FM(105.7) and WNBK-TV3 became KYW-3. This was in 1956.

As I was getting ready for elementary school in the morning, we would listen to the morning show on KYW, hosted by Harry Martin and Specs Howard. I remember some of the skits played during my wait for the school bus, such as Congo Kirk(takeoff on Tarzan) and Sponsor Place.

In 1964, my family moved to Brienigsburg PA. The station we listened to before going to school was WKAP "in the Lehigh Valley". One of the TV stations we watched was from Philadelphia, WRCV, channel 3. One Saturday morning in 1965, I had noticed that channel 3 was now KYW. In my nine year old mind I wondered why this was so. Fact of the matter was that the FCC had ordered the swap of 10 years prior to be reversed.

In August 1965, we moved back to Ohio. What was KYW/1100 became WKYC. The format was top 40, and it was on in our home most of the time when we listened to radio. My favorite DJ during that time was Big Jack(Your leeeeaaader!). In Cleveland, John Larsch was originally on WIXY as Jack Armstrong, and could not use that name on WKYC(radio 11).

In Cleveland, the top 40 airwaves was eventually ruled by WIXY/1260, so KY-11 switched to a more adult oriented format. The airwaves in my home were ruled by my mom, so WKYC remained a fixture on our home radio. But I would have more reasons in the future to listen to 1100.

In September, 1972, 1100 became WWWE, or 3WE. Along with the change of calls, came play by play of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers. Also one of the greatest sports talk shows of all time moved to the "Midwest Sports Giant"-Pete Franklin's Sportsline. Sweet Pete was very knowledgeable in sports and the show was a ratings giant. Although many swore that they didn't listen to the show, many others knew who the regular callers were. Callers who called themselves "The Swami", "The Prosecutor," and one who Pete had sarcastically named "Mr. Know it All". More about the last one later. Pete Franklin left 3WE to go to WFAN in New York in 1987.

In the late eighties, WWWE nearly lost their broadcast license due to the antics of shock jock Gary Dee. He was one of the original personalities to push the envelope and the station almost payed the price for his transgressions.

The nineties brought change and deregulation. For years WWWE was an also ran in the ratings and ownership in the attempt to shake things up decided to change the call letters. They wanted to let their position as AM 1100 known and to their surprise the original calls of WTAM were available. Mike Trivisonno, the afore mentioned Mr. Know It All, was now doing a sports talk show in the evening. His show was changed to issues oriented talk and he became the afternoon drive time host. Triv has also mentioned me on his show, not always complimentary...Well not ever complimentary.

I still listen. The station has the Indians, Browns, and the Cavaliers. I get my news there driving home in the afternoon. I don't depend on it for traffic reports though.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sometimes email can be my best friend

Normally at this time, I'm brushing my teeth and getting ready for my almost hour on the road to work. This morning I've been given permission to arrive an hour later as I was doing computer work for the plant manager on my laptop at home last night and then emailed it to several people at the shop. Sometimes having a five year old "Linux box" at work can be a blessing, but those are rare occasions.

A small progress report: I got home from work last night and checked my blood glucose and it was 99. That's the first time in quite awhile that it's been below 100. We were also able to treat ourselves last night and went out for supper. I got the soup and salad bar and behaved myself as I didn't make myself a "lettuce sundae." I also stayed away from some of the other goodies, such as rice pudding.

Sue Wilson's latest post on her Voiceover blog is called "Can't We all Just TRY to Get Along?" In this post, Sue muses about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize and some of the political overtones from it. She also urges all of us and the politicians of this country to work together and support one another. It's more a post about cooperation than politics and a compelling read.

And finally: Leesa, our teacher friend from France, sent me a prayer request the other day concerning her friend, Mira. Mira is in her 20's and has been afflicted with cancer for the second time. Click here for Mira's account of her affliction and details of her latest treatment. Please, please, pray for Mira. And may God bless you Leesa for sharing this with us.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another one's getting older. Happy Birthday Scott!

Scott Wynn of Wynn and Wilson Morning Show and Scott Wynn's Window fame is celebrating his birthday today.

Go on over and wish him the best on his special day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

She says it's her birthday!

I hope she has a good time!

My blogging friend from the Keystone State, Michelle of House of Lime fame, is celebrating her birthday and her bloggerversary today.

Go on over, wish her a happy birthday and drool over the photo of the red velvet cake her mother made for her.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Musing: All my friends online are super!

I was reading Terry Pluto's latest Faith and You column. It was concerning online friends. As usual, Terry's column was designed to hit home, as he writes with the person on the street in mind.

I have found in the 38 months since I have had an online presence that I have made many friends. A few who live in Northeast Ohio, I have met. A couple, I have had dinner with. There are several who exchanged Christmas cards with me last year.

I receive emails from many of you on a regular basis and many of you I forward a devotional I receive, sometimes I add a Cliff Note to them. I find in most cases, these are well received. I think we all like hearing from each other.

We are from diverse backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common; we like to communicate with each other.

I communicate with some online who are very popular while others keep to themselves. Those who keep to themselves are sometimes comfortable in that. I don't hold that against anybody, but I have been described as a "people person". While I do well with my online presence, I do my best at times as part of a group. I don't think we are made to be loners.

Now to all those who don't get out a lot I think you should do this: Go out and make conversation wherever you may go. Find some catchphrase to use as you communicate. It could be something as simple as "Have a super day." Something to get one's attention. Nothing Earth shattering. Then after you get enough smiles, tell them about all your fantastic online friends.

Come back and let us all know about your great day. Tell us about all your face to face friends.
And seeing it's the middle of October, start working on your Christmas Card lists.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Rainy Fridays in the Fall...

A rainy Friday in October is a real bummer for me. It stinks worse when it's the night of the homecoming game. There probably won't be much marching tonight, but the game will be against rival Chippewa, so maybe the Rittman Fighting Indians will be able to turn it up a notch.

Going through Wadsworth this afternoon, I noticed that I need to fuel up the WIXYmobile. I also decided to get Kathy a peanut buster parfait from the Dairy Queen inside the store. And of course, I stopped at the BellStores Marathon station on High Street. The world's greatest convenience store manager(tm), aka Beth, runs the store. We had a conversation, like we usually do, talking about life in the seventies, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Also about school days. Although most of our conversations in school occurred during the seventh and eighth grades, I had a respect for her all during our school years. She was one who had followed the golden rule, not the one that stated "those that had the gold rules, but the one that paraphrased said, treat others the same way you want to be treated.

While I was there, I was paying for a couple of Powerades, and told the cashier have a great day and thank you for working BellStores. Beth asked me if I wanted a part time job. That's not the first time a retail manager offered me a job after I said that. What I would love to do is be a customer service coach, as I feel that excellent customer service is fast becoming a lost art. I had sent an email to the corporate office of Bellstores, telling them how much I enjoy shopping there. This is mainly for the way they treat me when I come in there, no matter when it is I come there. And this has been ongoing for years. Part of that was to get some kudos in for Beth, but there has been good people working at that location for years. A former BellStores employee is Brenda of Snicker*Snicker*Snort fame.

Enough rambling from me. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

You have to watch those made up numbers

Bob Dyer wrote in his Akron Beacon Journal column about this man who bought his daughter a souvenir of a cross country meet that she had just run. It had a saying on the back:"How's my running? Call 1-800-EAT-DUST." This is sort of a takeoff on a somewhat popular bumper sticker.

It seems that this number is already in use as a transvestite porn line.

Brings to mind the movie "The Santa Clause," when Tim Allen quipped that his ex-wife's husband, a psychologist, could be reached at "1-800 SPANK ME." That number was also actually in use as a porn line.

You have to be careful about seemingly innocent jokes with today's technology.

Cliff Note: If you click on the link, the story will be halfway down in the column, but read the whole column as Bob Dyer is one of the more talented writers in this area.