Friday, July 31, 2009

Lessons in internet responsibility

I guess I learned some lessons in internet etiquette this week.

Earlier this week, as I was driving to work, I was listening to Scott and Sue talk about Facebook, which I do, and Twitter, which I don't. These two are a lot like those who are regular readers of this blog, who are in turn a lot like me. We don't like to cause any undue hard feelings. Sue had mentioned that she has "defriended" some from Facebook because they have posted something offensive or other derogatory to her, or have posted unfair to some of her coworkers.

I called them and told them that I would stick to my simple blog, as Facebook and Twitter are too fast moving. Besides none of you want to know when I'm drinking a Coke Zero. But yesterday changed my perception of my "simple blog."

After posting the news about the unfortunate passing of Linda Trivisonno, I noticed that I was getting hits like crazy. I ended up getting 508 hits yesterday, way more than my previous high. I also posted a message of condolence to Mike Trivisonno on the message board I frequent. One of the trolls there decided to take me to task about what I've been posting all week. I then posted that I've been kicking myself because of that. Former Cleveland radio personality, Danny Wright, come on the board and told me not to be hard on myself. I thanked Danny for that and explained that I had taken two posts off my blog, as most of the people checking out my blog were not looking for what would seem to them as a petty, and unfair, dispute.

This was one of these moments that enlightened me as to why bloggers are looked at in a very dim light. I realize that even though I can put whatever I want on this blogspot, I should be responsible for what I post, for the 45-60 hits I on a usual day, or for the times I get a huge spike.

That goes for all social networking. You really have no idea who you are going to effect with your messages.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

After much thought....

I have decided to put two recent posts back in draft. I feel to be getting the hits which I'm getting today and the reason for them that to leave those posts up would be in poor taste.

My condolences to Mike Trivisonno

I just received a call from the HR manager at my company. He had just heard on the radio that Linda Trivisonno, wife of Mike Trivisonno, had passed away.

I just want those to know that I will be in prayer for Mike and his family.

More about this at Ohio Media Watch, a very heartfelt and excellent post.

Here's a link to the WTAM website with more info

Cliff Note: 03/09/10 Here is a link to the Triv page at with information for Triv's benefit show. Proceeds go to the Ireland Cancer Center in Linda's name.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Change in profile photo-Here's why

I am upset because my Cleveland Indians decided to have another fire sale. Mark Shapiro traded Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco for four suspects, err, prospects. This means that the Tribe continues in it's ways of being the farm system for the rest of Major League Baseball. This means that the next major fire sale should occur about 2013.

I decided that I should show my disdain by changing my profile photo. The cap I'm wearing has the number 14 on it. That is Sprint Cup Tony Stewart's number. Tony is one of my favorite drivers and doing much better this year than most had expected.

I've been a fan of NASCAR since 2003 and can now understand why the sport has so many fans. In the past 6 years, I've followed NASCAR closer than baseball, mainly because whenever I turn on a race, I know that my favorite drivers will be competing on the same track.

So...The change in the profile pic shows my discontent in my favorite baseball team, the whimpering wahoos.


From the division of common sense.......

Do we really need a law on the books that outlaws texting while driving? Would seem to me that this should fall under common sense. And lest you misunderstand what I'm saying here, I am all in favor of people getting tickets for this very dangerous act.

And while we are on the topic of cell phones, I really need to know why they are needed by kids nowadays? I'm sure it causes a distraction in schools and makes some kids who don't have one feel inferior to those who do. I feel if the kids can afford to pay for it themselves then they are entitled to it, but they should be taught some responsibility also. In some cases, parents abdicate some of their responsibilities by giving their preteens cell phones.

.....bring back the days when I got detention for chewing gum in algebra class.....

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sleepwalker Parade

Tonight was the 40th annual Rittman Sleepwalkers parade. There was also an appearance in town by one of my favorite morning show hosts, and fellow blogger, Scott Wynn of WQMX and Scott Wynn's Window fame.

I did warn him when the photo was taken for this blog that the last radio people who were photographed for this blog were Paul Rado and Marty Allen, both currently unemployed. However, Scott works for a better company than Paul and Marty did.

Even though this year's parade was interrupted by some rain, it was the usual nice parade.

In the beginning part of the parade, the best high school marching band around made their appearance. the Rittman Indians Marching Band did their usual fantastic job.

One of my usual mistakes is not having enough power in the WIXYcam and my photos were limited. Like I said before, there was some rain during the parade. Caused me to chuckle looking at the kids in attendance chasing after the candy in the rain. I told Scott that it was ironic that we had kids who were going to catch their death of cold and rot their teeth out the same day the president was in the state promoting his healthcare plan. Cliff Note:The previous sentence was in no means intended to be a political statement.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pray for Karen Jenkins

I know how this feels all too well.

Karen Jenkins lost her brother yesterday. For those who are unfamiliar with Karen, she writes the blog Karen's Korner, which is in hiatus for the summer. Her husband, Pat writes Pat J knows it all.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I like Amelia because...

To the newer readers of this blog, I want to introduce you to Amelia, of Amel's Realm fame. Amelia had the distinction of being my first European blogging buddy. I met Amelia through my semi inactive Terre Haute, Indiana friends. She has a very bubbly personality and it shows through her blogging.

Amelia comes to us from Finland but is a native of Indonesia. She moved to Finland to be with the love of her life Arrtu, or R-2. She does a lot blogging both in English and Finnish. Being one of my facebook friends, I have seen her post both and have teased her about it. Finnish is a language very new to her, but very necessary for her to learn in order to do things as simple as shopping or hold down a job.

Now you recovery bloggers will like this. Amelia writes a periodic post entitled 3BT. That stands for 3 Beautiful Things, but there are always more than three. It's a gratitude list that she shares with all who stop by. And like the recovery bloggers, she always describes the most simple things to be grateful for. She has a very sweet spirit about her.

Of course I want you to go to Amel's Realm and check it out. Leave her a very nice comment. I know she will do the same for you. If you read this in the next few hours(it's 7:34edt) go on over and leave a comment. It's the middle of the night over there. Let's surprise her when she awakens.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Musing: We need a better mousetrap

I live in an area of the United States called the rust belt. At one time blue collar work was abundant and the most secure, best paying jobs around were either in the automobile plants or the steel mills. As we now know, that is no longer the case.

People now are looking at elected officials to make this a prosperous, productive country again. I'm here to tell you that you cannot legislate prosperity. The hard reality is that true prosperity comes from hard work and dedication.

In this age of information, we need to brainstorm and find some better ideas to serve one another. And yes, we need to build a better mousetrap and the world, once again, will beat a path to our door!

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

As the bible verse implies, we should try to build one another's skills and abilities. We all are capable of ideas that can change our lives and lives of others. It's just that we sometimes need someone to prime our pumps. Will one idea alone change the world? Doubtful, but many ideas fit together could make a difference.

The jobs that some of those in the generation before ours, the baby boomers, had, will not be available anymore. Outsourcing and automation has taken care of that. But with new times will come new needs. Some of these needs will call for some of our values, dreams and passions.

And helping each other has it's benefits. Zig Ziglar has said on numerous occasions that you can get what you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

My wish with this week's Sunday Musing, is that I have given some who read this a degree of hope and some ambition ot go out and help their fellow man or woman, and look more within than from those they can't control.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pray for Adam

I have posted a request on the Prayer Hubs on behalf of our son, Adam, who lost his job today. Please pray for him and others who need jobs.

Three pigs in the restaurant

Three pigs went into a restaurant and sat at the counter.

The first pig asked for a cup of coffee and directions to the men's room.

The second pig asked for a cola and directions to the men's room.

The third pig asked for a glass of lemonade. When asked why he didn't ask for directions to the men's room, the pig replied that he was the piggy who went wee wee all the way home.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, we have direction

During my lunch break today, I got to writing in one of my spiral notebooks and going through this, and my Whattville blog. I now have a sense of direction for my book.

The title, for now, will be Welcome to Whattville. So far I have picked out about a dozen of my poems, some of which will be edited. I plan on giving some background as I introduce the poems. There may be some of my other posts in the upcoming book also.

I think I had been going about things the wrong way as I was looking at my posts from the beginning, August 26, 2006. Today I looked at yesterday on back. That's the direction I needed.

So soon be on the lookout for Welcome to Whattville, or whatever I decide to call it...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Impression You Leave

Put your hand in a bucket of water
Pull it out, what do you have?
You find more of an impression
Left on your hand than in the water

Walking barefoot in the sand
You leave behind a set of footprints
The footprints will soon be gone
But the sand will still be there

The wind blows and it howls
It will often cause destruction
Strong enough, it can knock you down
But you can do nothing to stop it

God created the forces of nature
He also formed man from dust
Before long we return to dust
As nature still rolls on.....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Please answer me this

Before I started getting ready for bed this evening, I was watching the first few minutes of America's Got Talent. I was treated to a great performance by a trio called the Texas Tenors. Then as the show was going to commercial, I saw some of the things coming up, which included someone getting $100 bills stapled to his face. And a few weeks ago one of the people featured was someone who ate light bulbs.

Are we reaching the bottom of the talent barrel and have to scrape it to get anyone to showcase?

I then decided that I could better spend my time blogging then studying the inside of my eyelids.

I gotta visit some of y'all. It's your talent that I appreciate.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The RAREST All in the Family Clip on YouTube - their Salute to the Family Viewing Hour, 1975!!

I was looking for a video to post when it occurred to me to find one posted by Videoholic aka Ray Glasser. In case you don't know, Ray is the webmaster of the WIXY/1260 tribute site. You can check it out on my sidebar. If you are a radio fan, especially one from the Cleveland area, you'll love this site.
Ray also has several channels on YouTube, videoholic50sthru70s, videoholic80s, and videoholic90s. He has found a great collection of shows to share.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Introducing a new friend who reached out in a time of need

It's probably no secret that most of my posting this past week has been more out of a sense of responsibility than out of my love of communication. You have all reached out to me a lot more than I've reached out to you, and for that I'm grateful.

I have also picked up three new followers, one of which has been back several times to check up on me. And the part of this which is becoming the norm here is this person is a recovery blogger. I love all my friends, but the recovery bloggers are building a very special place with me and making me believe that we all need to find a twelve step program tailor made for just us. Cliff Note: I do carry around a copy of the "Big Book" which I bought at the AA headquarters in Akron, Ohio, where AA began.

Introducing All's Fair in Love and Alcohol. It's written by Gin, and yes I did think that was rather amusing and ironic. Gin, like others, is a member of Al-Anon. She has quite a broad readership, so I do feel flattered that she has decided to not only list me as a follower, but put me on her side bar.

Some of her posts are quite humorous but all are insightful. As I normally do on these type post, I will tell you to check out All's Fair in Love and Alcohol, especially her latest post, titled Dear Angry Salad Bar Lady. This is one instance where you cannot have too much Gin.

No Sunday Musing today

I have not been in the mood this past week to get my thoughts together for my Sunday Musing. I apologize for that, but Lord willing the Sunday Musing will be back next week.

I do hope to post later today and introduce a new friend.

Friday, July 10, 2009

RIP Oscar Meyer

During this cookout season, let us pause and reflect on the passing of Oscar Meyer at age 95. Yes, that Oscar Meyer.

A semi humorous side note is that Oscar specified that he did not want the Oscar Mayer(the company spelled the last name differently) Weinermobile at his funeral, as he did not want to draw too much attention.

My condolences to the family of Oscar Meyer.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Quick read books for those on the run

We are now in the busy part of the Summer, but you should be keeping your mind sharp and try to read some books. We here at WIXY's Gone Bananas have some books that are guaranteed quick reads:

"Tasteful Michael Jackson Jokes"

"How to Leave a Good Impression," by Kim Jong Ill

"People I Have Made Rich" by Bernie Madoff

"Coherent Words Actually Spoken by Ozzie Osbourne"

"Things I Have Taught the Bullpen This Season," by Carl Willis, Cleveland Indians pitching coach

"The FDA Guide of Foods not Harmful to Eat"

Happy reading everybody.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Thoughts from my head....

The past couple of days, as I have been mourning the passing of my older brother, Allen, I have come to the realization that I'm one of an extremely small group of people who care. If Allen could communicate now, he would say that he's not proud of some of the things he did in his life, especially to those closest to him. As I have stated in my previous post, there are some who oppose having a memorial service because of some of the things done in his life.

A memorial service is given for those who are still here to give them closure. We could all see from the memorial service of note yesterday, that there are those who want to honor how the departed touched their lives. Cliff Note: I did not mention specifics in this paragraph because I did not want the hits from google searches on this topic.

Those who read this blog last March remember when my younger brother, Richard, had passed away. Kathy and I had scheduled the memorial service on March 8, which in retrospect was not a good decision. March 8, 1997 was when my older sister had passed away. My neice was upset that we had scheduled Ricky's memorial service for that date for that reason. I scheduled it on the 8th because it was Saturday that week and I had thought it would also honor our sister's memory. A blizzard made this a moot point and I honered Ricky's memory with two weeks worth of posts on this blog. I was amazed with those whose lives were touched by Ricky.

I didn't know Allen as well as I did Ricky. Allen had spent his life fending for himself and burning bridges as he went along. He enjoyed working on cars and the last time I visited him at his home, he helped me with a problem I had with the window of my wife's car. His daughter in law told me that it tickled him to be able to do that for me. He also talked NASCAR with me, especially when he could razz me about one of my favorite drivers having a bad race. It was fitting that one of his favorites, Tony Stewart, won the race 7 hours before he passed on.

Allen also showed on rare occasion that he cared. He provided the tickets for me and Ricky to go to opening day in 1982. Click here for the post I wrote about that game. If he could have shown that side more often, the decision for a memorial service would be a no brainer.

Just remember that no matter what we do, we are always touching others, either for good or for bad.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Once again, I'm amazed

In the past 36 hours, several things have surprised me....

First, my reaction when Kathy gave me the news of Allen's passing. If you would have told me even a year ago that I would have been sobbing when I heard that news, I would have replied that you were crazy. I give Allen credit for reaching out to me.

The response to my post of two sentences. As of the time I started writing this post, there were 19 comments all in support of me. I thank everyone for all your kind words and prayers.

I also want to thank Mike, Jeremy, and Suzie for the prayer request for me and my family on their blogs. And Suzie, aka Clean and Crazy wrote a very nice post for me. I just checked Jeremy's blog and he just reposted one he did in my honor several months ago. I'm very flattered by the prayer requests and also that CNC and Jeremy in posting the tribute posts made it a point to use a tiny bit of my blog language in writing these. Cliff Note, no they don't use the term "Cliff Note".

I also thank those who came over here at the urging of others to offer your support and your compliments of this blog. I've checked some of you out already and think you have some good blogs too.

I also thank those who left messages for me on Facebook and those who have emailed me. I can't say enough about my internet family. Ditto for those who read this, don't comment here, but will tell me. Mary Ann at work is a very faithful reader of this blog. She always tells me that maybe blogging is my calling. Brenda is another one. She reminded me via email that marching season will soon be upon us. She will always send me a message to lift me up.

Allen's daughter in law, Lynn is doing a wonderful job of tying up some loose ends. She wishes to have a memorial service for him in the near future, but is facing some opposition from some who have no business opposing anything. I have a post in draft that dealt with that issue. Posts like that, I leave in draft until I'm over the feeling. Then they're deleted. Doesn't do anyone any good, unless the aim is to hurt feelings. Not part of my mechanics.

Those who come here in the past couple of days, please visit again. I change direction here about as often as I change my socks so there's no telling what you might find here when you return.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Update for my friends

I just received word that my brother, Allen, passed away at 6:00am.

Please pray for our family...

Sunday Musing: Are you a SNIOP?

You see it all the time: Someone aspires to do something better with their lives and that brings out the "experts." The meanest man in town goes to a revival and accepts Christ. The armchair quarterbacks say that "this won't last."

Someone struggling with weight problems announces that they are trying to lose some weight and are asked how many times have they dieted so far? Somebody switches jobs and others predict that this is a decision that they will regret.

We hear these predictions all the time. Some don't listen and do fine. Others make the predictors look like Nostradamus. These folks are SNIOP's or Susceptible to the Negative Influence of Other People.

I don't know why people want to prevent others of higher accomplishments by making negative accomplishments. Usually these comments are made without any suggestions of how to do it better. If the negative predictions are correct then they are around sometimes to offer up other negative comments, such as "I would have told you, but you wouldn't listen."

I wonder how much I've lost over the years by letting the "negatrons" get the best of my ambitions?

Some of the folks I would classify as anti-SNIOPs would be the special folks, the 12 steppers. I have come to admire my recovery blogger friends, as they have not only come public with their struggles, but have shared much of their wisdom with the rest of us. I'm sure that they get much negativity around them, but the fact that they have sponsors and others to lean on helps them in their SNIOP-proofing.

Another group of anti-SNIOPs would be the teachers that come here. The job don't pay a lot in relation to the education that's required for the job, but for the most part, these folks are very dedicated. Two other bloggers and my daughter are special education teachers. They have the daunting task of trying to help students, who have developmental problems, overcome problems caused by others, both adult and children, who speak without thinking.

Let's lift each other up above the negative people.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Here's a little SAX appeal

This is one of my most favorite songs from the eighties. As you enjoy your holiday weekend I want you all to remember that you are ALL friends of mine!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Did it have to come to this?

Sixteen months ago, March 4, 2008, was one of the saddest days in my life. 3:07am that day as I was getting ready for work, I received a phone call informing me that my younger brother had just passed away. For the next two weeks afterward, I let all those who read my blog all about my brother Ricky, someone who made the most out of life despite the fact he had physical and developmental disabilities.

This afternoon when I left work, I went over to the Hospice of the Western Reserve to visit my older brother, Allen. I was there for about 10 minutes and I'm sure he didn't realize I was there.
Allen is one who was provided many tools from God, but spent his life using them improperly. I remember my parents telling me that Allen had a higher than average IQ and he was also a very good mechanic. Through the years Allen worked on my car many times as I'm the complete opposite as a mechanic.

I think Allen's worst enemy was himself. He dropped out of school with an 8th grade education and was in and out of jail. He was also married at least 5 times. He and I started following separate paths about 1978 as I was preparing to get married. We'd see each other at our mom's house(we had different fathers) every once in awhile, but as the years passed we saw each other less and less. I would hear from him when he was having trouble. He didn't know my dad, who helped raise him, died until months later. We didn't know where he was at the time. When our mom was under hospice care, the only reason they spoke was because I called him and handed my cell phone to her. The next time we had pleasant words was a few years later. To his credit, Allen reached out to me. We also found out we both liked NASCAR, and we were both fans of Tony Stewart.

I wonder why it had to come to a terminal disease to get back together with my brother? I also wonder how many siblings have the same question as I?

PLEASE, if you have a strained relationship with another family member don't wait for something like this to happen. You might not be able to make peace like Allen and I did. But in the interim, too many years were wasted.

End of short week-even shorter for me

As I'm writing this post, I'm doing two things I couldn't do 24 hours ago-eat breakfast and get ready for work. As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, yesterday I was knocked flat by an intestinal virus. I'm still not 100%, but I also don't want to burn another day of vacation time.

Another thing I also want to share is that my brother isn't doing very good. I received a call from his daughter in law yesterday morning and she told me that he was not responsive at all and his body is starting to shut down. If I'm not here posting in the next few days, this may be the reason.

And if you don't hear from me, I wish those in the United States a great holiday weekend. Those who stop by from other places on the globe have a great weekend.