Thursday, December 31, 2009

I am now unemployed!

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

We need your prayers.

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

Message to friends of Jeri Suzanne Horne

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

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 To this day she is still somewhat withdrawn from our love and compassion.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

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


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

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More Top Bananas, East Division


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Top Banana-Back in the USA, going south


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 28, 2009

And the WINNERS are-Part 1


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 27, 2009

In the past year.......

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 25, 2009

"This is for Pa-Paw"

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

The following is a poem written almost two years ago by Suzanne Horne. This will be the third time I have posted it here:
Sleeping Under Her Wing
At night when all is quiet
I notice my toes are warm
despite the snow on the ground
beneath me.
I curl into a ball
at the foot of my bed
hiding the hurt
and the tears
from little patters
of feet.
I wail so hard
silently my head
wants to explode.
She with her wing
wipes my tears.
She with her words
sings to me
and twiddles my hair.
I rub a single feather
I plucked from her wing
and stroke my cheek with it.
It soothes me.
I am warm.
I am safe.
I pull it together.
I send her
that same feather.
Although she has tons.
~Liquid

Merry Christmas everybody!

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

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas is a craft.....

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Almost a year......

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is also posted at the Prayer Hubs.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas house, a labor of love

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


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


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


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

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

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

Friday, December 18, 2009

Twas a week before Christmas

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

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sometimes you miss something....

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Congrats to Genesis

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

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

Enjoy my favorite Genesis hit, Invisible Touch.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blue Collar Chrismas

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

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Saving money and maybe living better

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drug Tests at Work

This morning there were random drug tests at my work.

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

You see, I know very little about drugs.

Monday, December 07, 2009

God is still in the miracle business....

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Another Birthday Shout Out

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

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

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

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Shelley!

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Brenda gave me a prayer request

And I have posted it over at the Prayer Hubs.

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

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Classic post: Ricky-My Shadow

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What brings you here?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blogging is a blessing.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Some thoughts from me

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

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

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

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

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