Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I like Michelle Frost because.....

From Great Britain, Scotland to be exact, comes Michelle, of Crow's Feet fame. Due to the five hour time difference, there have been some occasions when I have been on at 3:00am getting ready for work, checking my blogs and email and Michelle has been leaving a comment. At that time, it's 8:00am where Michelle is in Scotland. There was one time that we used a comment section on this blog as sort of an IM service. That morning I had introduced her to Amias. Michelle and Amias have become good internet friends since that morning.

I met Michelle via Amelia, of Amel's Realm fame. Michelle moved from South Africa to Scotland when she got married. But in today's internet world, we all get around quite quickly and easily as we can all boast some inter-continental fame. But through her eyes we can all see Scotland and Michelle gives us all a good view.

Michelle is also a published author and recently released a book titled "First Light." A science fiction story and it's available through Amazon.

Michelle also writes poetry and tries to keep her blog upbeat. She also has chronicled one of her friends from the animal kingdom as Baby Bun, a rabbit took up residence in her yard last summer and has very recently returned. We also heard about the mouse who was hitching a ride in her car last fall.

Michelle's latest post as of this writing is called We Are Legend, about all the Michelle Frosts she has been aware of including one who is in the Guiness Book of World Records for completing a marathon on stilts.

Our Michelle is a fascinating person who writes a great blog, along with other things. Go on over there and check out the great writing. And while you're at it, check out her First Light book blog.

Real life in the way

Okay, here's what's happening:I am working on my latest "I like...Because" post. It's incomplete and in draft. The photo I want to load on it are in the laptop and I'm writing this post on my desktop as I prepare to go to work.

I couldn't think of another post to write now. It's more being a grandparent than writer's block. We were babysitting the grandchildren, so I was busy playing with them. I will send you around to other blogs to see what I've been impressed with lately.

Brenda, tells us about a story that shows us that even smaller towns have moments that moms like her don't like to hear about in a post at Snicker*Snicker*Snort called Panic Attack for Mom.

When is it appropriate to send thank you notes? Leesa gives us her thoughts about that subject at her blog, Leesa's Stories.

Clean and Crazy gives me props and sends readers to a cancer survivor's blog from a post in My Recovery, called caring, sharing, and having hope.

Sue reflects on the saddest day of her life on her blog Sue Wilson's Voiceover. Read her latest post called Fig Newton Moments.

In I'm Just F.I.N.E., Syd tells of a memorial service he recently attended for a profoundly retarded brother of a friend of his in a post titled We are Each Handicapped.

Check out all of these great blogs and have a great day.

Oh,I almost forgot that I wrote a new poem at Whattville is on the Other Side of the Tracks, called Where Can You Blog?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lawson's Chip Dip

On a couple of occasions I have written posts dedicated to Lawson's, a convenience store chain that was located in Ohio for close to 50 years. In the late 1980's the chain was bought out by Dairy Mart, of Engfield Ct.

Dairy Mart was then purchased by Alimentation Couche-Tard, and most stored were rebranded Circle K.

Something that has survived the years since Lawson's has left the landscape is Lawson's Chip Dip.

I get many hits on this blog from people out of Ohio, I'm thinking former Buckeyes, looking for availability of this chip dip. I had gotten an email from a former resident of Cleveland looking for it.

I emailed Circle K about this sometime ago asking if it was possible to send the dip out to those out of state, they said because of quality issues that it was not possible.

My only suggestion would be to get in touch with Circle K in your home area and ask them to start stocking this very popular item that seems to make every get-together complete.

Now we will hear from all of you telling why you like(or not) Lawson's Chip Dip, and maybe some suggestions for those finding this post via search engines.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Chain of Love-Clay Walker

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I was inspired by Sue's comment on the previous post to put this up.

Whether or not you are a fan of country music, give take the four plus minutes to listen to the words of the song and the lesson it teaches all of us.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 NASB

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Be extraordinary in doing the ordinary; Be a Fred

The comments from my last post got me to thinking about this audiobook I've listened to time and again called "The Fred Factor." The author, Mark Sanborn, is a former resident of Ohio and an alumnis of The Ohio State University. He is also a friend of this blog.

Fred is a real person. Fred Shea is a postman who was delivering mail in the neighborhood that Mark Sanborn was living in when he first moved to Denver. Fred wanted to know about Mark, about his schedule and what kind of arrangements he wanted to be made with his mail when he was out of town. Fred wanted to make sure that there were no signs that Mark wasn't home when he was out of town, so not to attract burgulars. Fred did his job and then some, even bringing over a package another delivery service had accidently dropped off at the wrong house.

Using the example set by Fred Shea, Mark Sanborn tells us how we can be a "Fred." Being a Fred means we are doing an ordinary job in an extraordinary way. We can also be leaders by following the guidlines set in this book.

Mark shows us other examples of "Freds", people from all walks of life. If more people were to follow these, we could improve our lives drastically. We could lead by example, maybe improve customer service where we shop.

Mark Sanborn is a leadership guru. In addition to The Fred Factor, he has also written, You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader, and The Encore Effect. All three are good books and all three also have editions which can be used in church training.

Service with a smile.....

And I have figured out how to get it.

I wrote about this idea about 1-1/2 years ago. I think real good customer service is becoming a dying art. Between retailers having to cut hours, the employees having to be there when they don't want to be, and boorish customers who think it's their duty to lay into cashiers who get paid minimum wage for something they have no control over, I think the hearty "thank you for shopping at...." has fallen out of sight as part of the language.

Enter this crazy guy who likes to give reasons for people to smile. In my lifetime, I have worked more than my share of retail jobs and for the most part, enjoyed dealing with the customers. I explained in my last post about using the PA at Wal*Mart. People would come over to the electronics department where I worked on Friday evening and Saturdays and say they enjoyed coming in and hearing my announcements because it made the store seem upbeat. In all my time operating a cash register in retail, I never for got to say "Have a super day, and thank you for shopping at ....." Most customers like to hear that. Question is why aren't they hearing this nowadays? They may get a cashier grunting a thank you, but very seldom is it heartfelt and sounding like they really want your repeat business.

I started something that sometimes embarrasses my wife. When I'm checking out, and I'm handed my change and receipt, I say"Have a super evening and thank you for WORKING at......"
That gets smiles from all in earshot, some laughs, and a cashier that may say, "No, thank you for SHOPPING at..." All in improving the world within my personal space.

I think if others would join me in this effort, we might improve the attitude of people where we conduct our business, and they may be happier to see us than our money. May be not, but you can't put a price on a good smile.

Oh, and by the way, thank you for reading WIXY's Gone Bananas.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Passion to Communicate

As all can see, I try to update this blog on a daily basis. I've come a long way since August of 2006 when I didn't know what to write about, then posting some of my interests. Some stuck and others, well, I knew either not to write about them again or post them elsewhere.

It all has to do with a lifelong passion I've had to communicate. As I was growing up I remember wanting to either become an attorney or a disc jockey. Both jobs require good communication skills. At the age of 17, I realized at the time that I lacked the ambition to go to college, let alone law school. So I got myself enrolled in broadcasting school. This was against the advice of those around me(except my parents) and the naysayers were in full force. As one who always been insecure, I've always been a SNIOP-Subject to the Negative Influence of Other People. That and a natural laziness caused me to lay that dream to rest.

But the passion remained. It seemed that I was looking for ways at the job to get on the public address and make announcements. I also had the desire at one time to become a minister(but not the calling) but would get up and speak in church whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Then came the part time job at Wal*Mart. The district manager enjoyed hearing me on the PA hawking their products. Two days a week, I was in my glory "And as always, thank you for shopping your Wooster Wal Mart."

Then come halftime announcing, followed by blogging. The passion continues to this day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It does come back

Today I was going through some email and saw a website that I thought would be a neat one for my favorite morning show to feature on their page as maybe a website of the day. I sent a link to both Sue and Scott about it. Scott Wynn sent me a reply, thanking me for the post I wrote about Sue. Here, with Scott's permission, is an excerpt from the letter:

"Very nice blog on Sue. It really meant a lot. Your perceptions of her are correct, Sue is a very caring soul that I am proud to know, and work with. As great as a talent as she is on the air, she's just as good of a person off the air. Really, really nice stuff Cliff. You made many people's day with that one, including Sue's and mine."

Most of the time, I get a personal message from the one I blog about and those are always special. Very rare that I get this from a coworker. I was also touched that Sue's daughter, Laura, after spending the day traveling cross country(as I heard this morning)took the time to read the post and left me a comment.

I do these posts, one because I do like everyone on my blogroll. The other reason is I like to promote everybody I read.

And speaking of Scott Wynn, he has written a post that's very insightful. It's titled ScottyBurger. I recommend you read it as it may cause you to reflect on similar things. If you go there, leave a comment. We all like feedback.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I like Sue Wilson because.......

There are basically two types of radio personalities. Those who think they are there for the listeners, and those who know they are there because of the listeners.

Because of all the deregulation that has happened in the past 10 or so years, there are very few radio stations that are locally owned. I happen to listen to three stations in Akron, Ohio that are owned locally by the Rubber City Radio Group. They are WONE/97.5, WAKR/1590, and WQMX/94.9. Sue Wilson is the program director of WQMX. Sue is also one who connects well with her listeners.

Sue Wilson is a very young veteran of Northeast Ohio radio. I first heard of her when she was program director of WFHM-The Fish in Cleveland. From all I have read about her on the message boards, she seemed to be one of the most respected radio personalities in the area. I had won a prize from The Fish a few years back and had to go to the station to pick it up, which was on my way home from work. I had emailed Sue and asked if I could have a tour of the facilities. Being a radio geek, I like to see that kind of stuff. Sue had asked the receptionist to show me around, which she gladly did.

Sometime later in the future, Sue got to see one of my negative sides. I was being my message board alter ego, 74WIXYgrad. Normally there isn't much of a difference, but I was venting my spleen, just in the wrong place. I took her employer(at that time) to task because they(Salem Communications) could not reach an agreement to continue carrying the Dave Ramsey Show. I locked horns with one of Sue's good friends who proceeded to chew me up and spit me out. Despite all this, Sue didn't regard me as a wacko when we started communicating as bloggers.

Another admirable thing about Sue is that she leads a busy life and still takes time to make the world around her a better place. Currently she is program director at WQMX as well as morning show cohost. Sue is also program director at WVIC/94.1 in Lansing Michigan. Another thing on her plate is she owns Sue Wilson Creative, a voiceover service. You can hear her voice all over the country. All the while she has done this for the past several years as a single parent, having lost her husband, radio personality Phil Cordle, to cancer.

Sue is a great supporter of this blog and has found other blogs through it that she likes to visit on a regular basis. Her blog, Sue Wilson's Voiceover, is a journal of some of Sue's thought on her career and her life. I have found from our communication that she has a very sweet spirit about her and is a "people person."

Go on over and check out Sue's blog. Unlike personalities from other broadcast companies, who are required to write blogs and their writing shows that attitude, the people over at Rubber City actually show some enthusiasm in their blogging. Sue Wilson and her on air partner, Scott Wynn, are two bloggers who take pride in their writing.

"Open your mouth wide and I will fill it."

I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10KJV

I was thinking about the above verse while in church this morning. I once heard evangelist Curtis Hutson preach on this very verse. He said one of the biggest problems is that there are too many "sucker mouth Christians."

I've also noticed quite a few of my friends write about needs they have, waiting for the government to improve things. Problem is if we don't put our faith in God to guide the leaders and supply us our needs, then all the rhetoric we hear from our political leaders will be hot air and will not solve much of anything in the long run.

The same Higher Power that my recovery blogger friends depend on to help them with their day by day living can help those in authority, and those are people we are commanded to pray for.

Pray with a childlike faith and a wide open mouth. God is willing to supply your needs in some way. Chances are that it won't be a check from the Publisher's Clearing House, but it might be overtime at work, or even a new job that pays better than the one you have. Give your needs to God and he will fill it in His time.

Cliff Note: I normally write these type post on my "faith based" blog, Seek Him First. I just felt a leading to post this one here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Passionate Blogger Award

Fellow Northeast Ohio resident, Mike Golch of Rambling Stuff fame, has awarded me with the Passionate Blogger Award. As a matter of fact I was the first one awarded. I guess the passion that I show while blogging is the passion to communicate with others in a non confrontational way. So in my style of passing along the award, I will tell you what I perceive is the passion(s) of the recipients of this award from me.

Struke of Media Matters fame: Struke shows a passion in electronic media and telling us, the readers, the changes he feels could be made to improve the product. He also has become a passionate political blogger in the past year.

Tim of Cleveland Classic Media fame: Tim shows a lot of passion in his blogging and wanting to do his part in preserving the history of media in my home area. Check Tim out as he will post things of national interest at times.

Pat of Pat J Knows it All
fame. What can I say? I already gave an award to a passionate Democrat(Struke) so as part of the WIXY's Gone Bananas fairness doctrine(tm), I have to give one to Pat, a passionate Republican. Pat gives his own unique view of world affaris, adding his own brand of sarcasm to it. I also wanted to remind him that Cleveland State beat Wake Forest.

Karen of Karen's Korner fame:I didn't want to cause any bickering at the Jenkins' home. Karen has only been blogging for a few weeks but she has made her presence known throughout the blogosphere.

And finally, seeing that I have unintentionally started a pattern of awarding Buckeye bloggers, I will award the last one to another resident of Ohio:

Daisy, of Dancing With Daisy fame: Daisy shows us her world and always give us a reason to dance along with providing the music. Her blog is a mixture of prose and poetry, photos and videos, and sometimes she will read the post to us.

Friday, March 20, 2009

End of Week Notes

Followup on last post: We went to the fish fry this evening, my father-in-law driving to, and me driving from. This is the first time in five months that he has driven anywhere. His health continues to improve and this was good for his and his wife's mental health. This is good before the garage and yard sale season begins. They always like to check them out.

My favorite morning radio show personalities have written interconnecting posts on their respective blogs. Earlier this week, Sue Wilson gave her list of gratitudes, giving credit to our own MsHen aka Betty Ann.

Scott Wynn noted on his blog that Sue's post inspired him to write a list of "Springtime Renewelutions." He also encourages all readers to email him a list of their own.

It's me again, Margaret: A blog that I've been following a little bit closer of late is called Bellathena's Blog. Margaret is the keeper of this blog, named after her dogs, Bella, and Athena. In it she spins yarns about her life, yarns about her dogs, and yarns about...yarn. I met Margaret through Pigeon and Jen, as she participates in A-Z Mondays and Weird Object Friday. She also attended the College of Wooster. But that brings up something I've been curious about for years: Wooster, Ohio has two instutions of higher education, the College of Wooster and an extension of THE Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, or OARDC. But guess which place offers wearing apparel that says "COW?" One clue, it's not the agricultural center.

Have a happy first day of Spring.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I am going to have a GREAT day!

I have decided today to follow the lead of other bloggers today and post some gratitudes.

I am grateful for the day off yesterday. Kathy and I had a real nice relaxing day. I took her to the doctor, then we went for a nice lunch. I'm grateful for the extra money we had to be able to eat out.

I am grateful for thrift shops. In Barberton, Ohio, there's a store called New Destinations Thrift shop. Yesterday they were clearing out some winter merchandise. We were able to get coats for two of our grandchildren and a light jacket for Kathy for $1.00 apiece. For two dollars I got a tape series by motivational speaker Ed Foreman called "Happy, Healthy, and Terrific." This is a great edition to Automobile University.

Kathy's dad's health continues to improve. He's talking about taking us to a fish fry tomorrow. Maybe I will have him drive part of the way.

I am grateful for all you bloggers who continue to put out a fantastic product. If you are reading this and you blog, this means you.

I am grateful that my blood glucose level is going down. I'm also grateful for a family that cares enough to watch out for me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From the WIXY newsroom....Pigeon has a birthday...

......Today is Pigeon's birthday.......Go on over and wish her the best on this day..........She deserves it....

I like Shellmo because....

400 miles from my home in Rittman, Ohio sits a log cabin in Gaylord, Michigan. That cabin is the weekend and vacation home of Shelley. She has mentioned that I have good taste in blogging friends. She should know because she's one of them.

Shelley is another friend I met through Jessica. Her first visits to me were over at my poetry blog, Whattville is on the Other Side of the Tracks. Cliff Note:That was a selfish plug. I found out after a brief investigation that "Shellmo" has three blogs: Building a Log Cabin, Birding in Michigan, and Northern Michigan Experience.
All three blogs tell the stories of her many interests and are loaded with excellent photos. All three blogs are also very popular, as evidenced by the comments she gets on all her posts. I hang out mainly at the log cabin.

As I mentioned when I introduced her to the bunch several months ago, Shelley and her husband, Greg are not only cabin dwellers, they are also cabin sellers. They can help you as authorized Hiawatha Log Homes representatives(unpaid plug) to own the log home of your dreams.

Her blogging takes us on many virtual tours of their dream home. There we get to see the love they put into the home and the love they have for nature. In the photo above is Shelley and her cabin cat, Marvin. She is also one of many on my list who fancies her feathered friends and has written a blog dedicated to them. But check out all the photos she has there as there is some excellent photography there. Shelley also has periodic giveaways for those who visit. Check back often

And if you go over there and leave a comment she promises to return the favor. She has made several new friends from those on my list.

But Wait! There's more! Before you complete your visit you have to go to Shelley's Nature Store. Check out the merchandise as you may find something you want to take home with you to show others that like Shelley, you have a love of nature. (That was another unpaid plug.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Metropolitan Dailies-Shrinking in Number

Cliff Note: I will get back to my regular posting tomorrow. I will be taking a vacation day tomorrow as my wife wants me to go to her doctor's appointment with her.

I saw on line and saw on television that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is going to digital only after today. The daily paper in the major metrolpolitan areas is becoming an endangered species. With all the television news outlets and the internet, by the time you read it in the latest newspaper, it's history.

With the ability to post free classified ads online, the necessity for that service is declining.

The daily paper is needed for less and less. I still like to read the funnies but I can also get that online.

Letters to the editor? This is where blogs come in handy. Besides, most areas have a weekly paper for that and other services.

Seeing that I can't take my laptop everywhere and get access to the web, newspapers won't become entirely extinct any time soon, but they will not exist as we have come to know them.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Mixed Bag of Emotions

As you know by reading my wife's blog, her grandmother passed away early yesterday morning. She was 94 and was treated for Alzheimers for the last 13 years of her life. I didn't get to know her all that well, but from what everybody has told me, she was a good woman. She raised 10 kids, was always a gracious hostess when we went to Burnsville, West Virginia to visit, which wasn't often enough, and most important, she loved the Lord.

The good news is that Iva Ramsey is now back with her husband, Clarence, who left this life in January, 1977. I never got to meet him since I first met Kathy in November of that year. Those I met told me that he was a real good man and a licensed minister. Kathy told me several times that she wishes I could have met him, and someday I will.

The mixed bag of emotions I mentioned in the title is this: I feel sad for my wife since she has lost another part of her life, one who had a good influence as she was growing up. Ditto for my mother in law. She lost her mother, that's hard to take at any age. I feel bad for my father in law since he can't travel to WVa for the funeral. We will be staying with him, so that's another reason to feel sad for Kathy.

The eight surviving children hopefully will be able to talk about some good memories about their mother, who no longer has to suffer and is now walking with those who went before her.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Just Checking in......

I want everybody to know that I've not become lazy or disinterested the past couple of days. Some things have come up that have kept me away from the keyboard.

Kathy and I are doing quite well. We were able to go out and have a nice quiet evening to commemorate our anniversary. We may be tied up and away from internet access for a couple of days.

I will be working on some ideas and hopefully putting them on a Word document, then I can do the old cut and paste when I'm online.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I Like Jeremy Moses because.....

This past November, I was reading my favorite source for media news, Ohio Media Watch. OMW had announced a new media blog, Tri-State Media Watch, a blog dedicated to covering the Greater Cincinnati area. Tim at Cleveland Classic Media also welcomed TSMW to the blogosphere. I decided to give it a look and also read the profile of the author, Jeremy Moses. Much to my surprise, listed among the blogs he was following, was WIXY's Gone Bananas. I then figured this dude had some good taste.

I also introduced Jeremy to my readers as I have a couple on my list who lived in the coverage area of the Cincinnati media outlets. Others from the bunch then took a liking to Jeremy, and why not? He's a very likable young man. Pretty much like most of us, Jeremy has this desire to communicate and is an internet disc jockey.

Soon afterward Jeremy launched a second blog called Personal Thoughts/Observations From N Ky. This was a blog for those who weren't media geeks. Through this Jeremy revealed to us that he is a young man who has had some challenges in life and has taken them head on.

Physical problems, including spina bifida has limited Jeremy's mobility, but has not limited his desire. The way he gets around really puts the rest of us to shame. He has taken a liking to all of us and is active in the comment section of many blogs. He is also good about promoting other's blogs.

Jeremy is also a fan of meteorology. One morning early in the winter as I was getting ready for work, I looked around the blogs and saw that Jeremy had posted a weather report on TSMW for Medina and Wayne counties. Nothing like having my own personal weatherman. He later mentioned why he was interested in meteorology.

Jeremy has also had his ups and downs in life and is not too proud to ask for prayer when he needs to. I forward a devotional to many of you who read my blog, including Jeremy. The other day, Jeremy had enough confidence in those I send the devotionals to to give a detailed prayer request, and according to Jeremy, the response was awesome. Keep on praying for and encouraging him.

Those who haven't been to Personal Thoughts/Observations From N KY, check it out and leave Jeremy a comment to let him know you've been there. Or, if you're interested in media happenings in the Greater Cincinnati area, check out Tri-State Media Watch.

Survey Question

As most people who stop here know, I'm all about helping friends. Now the task at hand is to the one who's been my best friend since Christmas time, 1977, my wife Kathy.

You all know that she writes a blog called Bipolar Supporters Unite, a blog that deals with the care and services she manages to obtain for our son, Adam.

Kathy has told me at times that there isn't much she can write about. I told her that sometimes she can get off the beaten path and write about her life and other thoughts as that would give some insight about a caregiver of one who's bipolar.

I thought I could give her some coaching and she can utilize the WIXYcam on occasion.

At the upper left, I have posted a poll. The question just concerns whether or not Kathy should just post about bipolar.

Please cast your vote.

Cliff Note: Results will be non-binding, but very helpful.

Thank You

Today I'm taking the lazy way out. Instead of going to the previous post, addressing each in the comment section, I just want to say thank you everybody for your kind comments and well wishes on our special day. You all made it all that much better.

Kathy was overwhelmed with all the comments. I'm grateful of all the comments about her as Kathy has been having some emotional issues of late. She has always taken on more than what she should and many times she doesn't get the thanks she deserves.

The thanks we do get is from her parents. And they are the ones we should be taking care of when they need it. They helped us more often than necessary in the past 30 years and, like I've told them, it's time for us to give back. I see the way others do their parents and I think to myself "What part of 'Honor thy father and thy mother' is confusing to them?" Kathy has always been there for her parents.

As some know, she also makes sure our son Adam, who is bipolar, gets the services he is entitled to. And she also assists with my younger sister, who is mentally challenged and lives with us. We sometimes envy those with empty nests.

Once again, thank you!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

30 Years Ago Today........

Kathy and I said "I do." Through better and worse, rich and poor, in sickness and in health, we have been together. I love her as much now as I did March 10, 1979.

What follows is a classic post from a year ago. As my long time readers know, my brother Richard passed away last year on March 4. He had spent the last 20 years of his life in a wheelchair and the last 8 living in nursing homes. Kathy had become Ricky's guardian angel after my dad passed away and my mother's health had started deteriorating. On April 4, 2004, Kathy went to the nursing home where Ricky had resided at 5:30am to tell him that our mother had passed away. Here's what I had wrote a year ago:

"Ricky liked her first and foremost, because she was my wife. Kathy would take time to listen to what Ricky had to say when others were too busy for him.

Ricky knew that Kathy liked iced tea. One time when he knew that we were coming up for a holiday cookout, he made 27 gallons of sun tea. I guess he was concerned we would run out. Ricky always made Kathy feel welcome when we come up.

In Ricky's later years, Kathy would look out for Ricky's needs and sometimes go to the nursing home and take him to Wal-Mart for whatever he would want or need. There were times after we were legal guardians that one of us would have to go to an appointment for him or on occasion, go to the emergency room to meet the ambulance. One time Kathy got to the hospital, back to Ricky's room and he told the nurse "This is my sister in law, Kathy. She's 46."

Kathy arranged the transfer of Ricky from one nursing home to another when I moved my mother closer to us so we could attend to her needs. She also pulled strings to get him into sheltered workshop. When Ricky was asked a question about himself that he could not answer, his response would always be, "Ask Kathy."

If Ricky would have heroes in the last few years of his life, Kathy would definitely be one of them."

Cliff Note:Thank you for putting up with me for 30 years. I love you Kathy.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

I like Busy Bee Suz because....

From sunny south Florida comes our friend Suz of Day by Day...My life as a Busy Bee fame.
Suz describes herself as "My Official title is: Supreme Commander of Domestic Affairs; I am a wife; mother; daughter; friend; I have endless knowledge of useless information; I try to live a green life, I love laughing, fun times with family and friends and I am going to save this earth if it kills me. And it just may."

I met Suz through another "green" blogger, Bella(now inactive as a blogger). I liked reading about her life with her husband "Coach" and two daughters, their love of the Miami Dolphins(don't worry, someday Cleveland will have a football team of their own) and the fact that she's about five foot one inches of pure dynamite.

Some of Suz' stories are quite humorous and other's are touching. Some couple of the posts she has written lately have dealt with things like the cereal isle in the grocery store, as a child following her older brother's lead and ordering a "girl cheese sandwich," and her grandmother's 96th birthday.

Suz has also become active with several of us midwestern bloggers, being a very valuable part of the comment sections. And as the case has been with others, Suz intorduced me to Happy Wife.

As a wife and mother, Suz is no June Cleaver. She is also no Peg Bundy. However she is a lot of fun. If you haven't given Day by Day, My Life as a Busy Bee a read yet, why not? you are missing out on a real good read.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Different from last year.

Above was the scene in my driveway this weekend last year. We had gotten a blizzard and I had to cancel the memorial service that I had planned for my brother, Richard.

Today I had been going around wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Such is life here in Ohio.

I went around to some thrift shops looking for some things I could put in the now spare bedroom in my house. I found a treadmill at Goodwill for 10 dollars. I want to get rid of this extra poundage and I also want to set up this room as an office. So for the time being, it will be used as a combination home office and exercise room.

Good news is that we spring forward tonight and will be getting an extra hour of daylight at the other end. Kathy and I will be able to get out and do some walking, which has been good for the emotions and the sugar level. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us, but if it doesn't the treadmill will come into play.

Friday, March 06, 2009

To expand upon my last post......

First I would like to say that I have never been a paid employee of any media outlet. I was getting the impression in the comments that some thought I was.

I had learned today that the Connecticut School of Broadcasting shut their doors right before the current class was to graduate. That stinks on many fronts. There were some who had put some faith in being able to get a piece of paper that stated that they took the classes. Some had their bubbles burst very abruptly. Egos are very fragile and broadcast students have some rather large ones. Hopefully when stimulus packages get handed out, these students will be able to get some consideration towards college classes, either in credits or tuition.

I told Leesa, of Leesa's Stories fame, in her comment section last week that I went to broadcast school and she got a real education. That was in part teasing, as I feel that I did get an education from this and use much of what I learned. I think that the money's wasted if you didn't learn anything you could use.

I feel that I'm just as well off as those who went deep into higher education and got nothing out of it.

Another thing: Don't worry about a name change. This one's good for the site meter. I get hits from people looking for WIXY/1260 and country station WIXY/100.3, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. And as long as I'm on the subject, Ray Glasser is the webmaster for the WIXY/1260 tribute site. It's an excellent website where you can learn much about the legendary top 40 stationAnd just in case my favorite morning show hosts feel slighted, click on the image at the top of my sidebar.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

My not so secret identity

To further dwell on the identity issue, I will add this about myself:

I have never tried to keep my identity a secret. The 74WIXYgrad "handle" I use is more of a branding than anything else. I used the name on message boards just to get attention at first.

To those who don't know, I went to broadcasting school after I graduated high school in 1974. The school was called the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique and they offered an 8 week broadcast-announcer course. I completed the course, so that's where the 74WIXYgrad name come from.

"WIXY's Gone Bananas" was a promotion of WIXY/1260 during the fall months of 1973. WIXY/1260 was considered one of the legendary top 40 radio stations and always brings back some good memories from baby boomers who lived in Northeast Ohio while going through their teenage years.

I started this blog in August, 2006 after being bit by the communications bug for the umpteenth time. My first target audience was those whom I participated with on the message boards, hoping they would follow me as I presented them with my view on things. As I would tell my personal friends about my blog and they would come there as I would do my "From the Pressbox" feature during marching band season and other things from my hometown, I expanded my audience slowl, but surely.

I never had any desire to hide my identity as I have always been honest with myself. I also learned early on not to use my blogs as weapons and that has made things easy to keep myself visable.

Why do I still use the 74WIXYgrad name? As I have stated above, it has become a branding for me. I tried to tell a local talk show host this when he mentioned on the air that people don't use their real names on the message boards. I told him that I use my WIXYgrad name because nobody really knows who Cliff Feightner is. He told me to grow(a set) and use my own name. Two members of his show, whom I had met before, told him I was a nice guy. He said I wasn't nice because I didn't use my own name, then hung up on me. I then decided to have some fun with that and posted on the Cleveland.com Listening Party what he had done and wrote a post here about it also.

The next day I had a record number of hits(for the time), some of them coming from the "kool aid drinkers" working at the broadcasting company that owned that station. Some of my regulars had fun with this too.

I have considered changing the name of the blog and my "handle," But have decided to keep it. All my life I have wanted to have a career in radio, but I have been able to turn one passion n a hobby that I'm told I'm good at.

Cliff Note:I know that there are people who use different names to identify themselves on blogger, facebook, or various emails. I am sometimes taken aback an the email addresses some people use. Some don't realize the possible consequences of questionable email addresses. How many HR people at companies would give a second look at someone sending a resume with an email address of "wildthing", or "janethedrunk"?

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

On being anonomyous

I had something else in draft that I was working on, but this thought come to mind as I was surfing the blogs at lunchtime.

I respect the privacy of other bloggers. I am not anonomyous for the simple reason that I am a relative nobody, this blog being my only claim to fame. I am also not anonomyous because I want people to know that I'm a overweight middle aged male who has no desire whatsoever to use my internet presence to cause anyone any harm.

That being said, I realize that some want to remain anonomyous. I understand why the recovery bloggers need to be anonomyous. One of our friends Jenn, of J-Online fame, is shutting down her blog because someone from her life discovered it. Jenn, I respect your decision and though we were online friends for a short time, I will miss your presence.

There was a blog on my list about a year ago called Life of a Valley Girl. The writer "Val" wrote about her personal life in very personal terms. She kept her identity a very closely guarded secret. Someone was working hard to find out who she really was. Val then felt the need to shut it down as this person meant her harm. Not cool.

If you like someone's blog, just enjoy their writing. Don't play detective with their identity. What good does that do you to do that?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I like Pat J. because............

During the past election season, I read blogs by many angry political bloggers from both sides of the aisle. I'm sure these folks had their followers, most being as passionate as themselves.

During the same time, I had folks coming here whose views were both conservative and liberal, hopefully, as Struke put it in the comments of my last post, "to stop at the rest area on the information superhighway."

The blogger I'm going to tell you about is Pat Jenkins. He's a conservative republican, but he states his views in a humorous way, tongue in cheek if you may. He also uses his pet snark to tease all of us who make regular visits to his blog, called Pat J.(at least in my mind) Knows it all.

I call Pat the Rush Limbaugh of my blogroll. I also awarded him the "Excellence in Blogging" top banana this past January. I have also teased him about posting from his golden EIB keyboard.

Aside from his political views, Pat blogs about his family, wife Karen and daughter MacKenzie. Karen has recently started writing her own blog, Karens Korner and is proving to be an excellent blogger. MacKenzie is a champion in tennis, with a little coaching help from the old man.

Pat makes his daily trips to all the blogs, offering his sometimes twisted insight, but also his support when needed. He is also a Buckeye blogger, coming from Springfield, near Dayton, Ohio.
Check him out, but be nice. He believes in just recompense.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Post #900-Glad you're here!

I posted number 800 on December 6, 2008 and much has happened since then, both in our world and in our family of bloggers. For those of you who have just started reading my words lately, I have been writing this blog since August 26, 2006.

Since post number 800, I have gained many good friends to go along with the friends I had already and you are all winners in my book. Of course we had to deal with the loss of our good friend, Liquid, but I was blessed in seeing so many heartfelt tributes from those whose lives she touched, even those who only discovered her blog after her passing.

Among the new friends here in the past 100 posts, I now have two teachers. I even had the guts to write poems in their comment sections.

I also have friends from the recovery blogs who have been teaching me things about their struggles. I have some new friends from my home area, two of which I listen to as I'm driving to work in the morning. All have come here to read what I may have to say and have left great comments, always helping my day to go along much smoother.

To those who just stop by to read my words and not comment, I thank you too. I know sometimes you may not have time to go through what's needed to leave a comment, or you're afraid of what someone else might think. Been there.

At this rate, I should be posting #1000 sometime around Memorial Day. I hope you all are still coming here and I will try to make a better habit of visiting other blogs.

Hopefully I will be introducing more friends, and doing many more "I like... Because..." posts, and there will be some "Classic" posts coming too, possibly a couple this week.