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 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."