Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Licking County Chamber's Biz Fest

display at the Licking County Chamber's Biz Fest this Thursday from 4-8pm at Granville's
Bryn Du Mansion.

Friday, April 24, 2009

GQ Magazine

Late February, 2009 WPDGNEWARK Fashion Department predicted the come back as "big time" for the more than famous Baracuta Jacket/G-9 style. GQ Magazine one of North America's better publications was a little behind with their endorsement offering their backing within the May 2009 issue.

GQ, May 2009
The Golf Jacket
Used to be that a golf jacket was essential gear: something every guy needed in his closet, regardless of his love for the game. It’s getting that way again, now that they can be found at nearly any store and at any price. New versions—by brands like Gant, Lacoste, Banana Republic, and American Apparel—as well as this updated classic, by Baracuta, cut a lean profile and look cool with pretty much everything. Many feature a water-and-wind-resistant shell, and the flipped-up high collar makes you look like a pro, whether you’re on the course or off.
Jacket, by Baracuda, $275. At J.Crew Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store, N.Y.C.
Price and availability at time of press. GQ cannot guarantee current availability for archived entries.
Text: Jim Moore; Photo: Eric Ray Davidson
I can not think Gant, Lacoste, Banana Republic etc. will be able to promote a good enough knock off to compete and last in style for the next 50 years like Baracuta.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Yesterday afternoon was exciting for me. The exciting part was, State Farm's Regional Office cares enough about the Newark Schools and the other Schools in our county and designed a meeting for their employees to listen about how important education is to a community.

Ever since I received the call from Kim Lust of the Regional Office's Public Affairs Division inviting me to be part of a panel with Judge Hoover, NPD Capt. Cochrane, Chamber President Cheri Hottinger, NCS's Keith Richards and NCHS Coach Bill Franks, I felt like it was a honor. State Farm's leader and long time faithful servant to Licking County Eschol Curl was responsible for designing the meeting and made many great comments to all in attendance.

The message, it is time to vote for a levy. The only way I thought to convey my message was to explain how our community has an addiction problem against school levies and it was the positive citizen's responsibility to take the addicts through detoxification, clean up their mind and make them understand the importance of education.

I am very proud of every one's presentation and of State Farm.

On a fashion note: Eschol Curl is one of the best dressed men in Newark. I noted yesterday he wore a short break charcoal trouser with Alden's Original Tassel Dress Moccasin, my favorite pair of shoes I personally own.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Thank you to Jim Lewis, for this photo and the many others.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Always looking for a party.....

My mother-in-law passed away this past Wednesday morning. I really never knew what she really thought of me, her main comment to me was always " I never know what you are going to say or do". She was always worried if I would become a "millionaire", I would tell her that is not enough today.
Her last 18 months or so was great living at Sharon Brooke, enjoying Santa at Christmas time, Happy Hour on Fridays, the Coffee Shop, Spa baths or just knowing she was being cared for.
It was a hard decision to move from a long time home, but it worked. The staff at Sharon Brooke was fantastic, the facilities were excellent and made life a little easier on Mrs. Guanciale during her mother's ending senior years.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Good luck to Bob on your new career!


Send in guys over 60! I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. Well........................

You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys . You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical SOB.

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however.. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any push ups after completing basic training. Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way. Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists.

The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

If nothing else, put us on border patrol....we will have it secured on the first night of duty!

Article submitted by: Judy Pierce, not written by Mrs. Pierce, she would never swear!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


This has been a long Lenten Season.
This morning, 7:00am, I traveled to the Duke and enjoyed my traditional Hostess Cupcakes.
Why has it been a long Lenten Season? Vicky Christ offering me a tasting of chocolate cake, Carol Sherman bringing to the office her award winning brownies, sitting at a restaurant and watching a lady scoop up faster than a race car a triple chocolate fudge serving of cake. (she did not need the cake)
I may be able to have cooked chocolate as in chips, icing, ice cream, donuts and candy bars, but nothing taste a like a Easter morning Hostess Cupcake.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Thank you, Bill "Scoop" Clifford for the recommendation!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Newark, Ohio was featured by the media worldwide last week, because one our citizens wrecking his motorized bar stool. This is not the way our community needs to be portrayed, but sh.. happens.
My good friend Robin Pierce of Cornell Clothing Store in Downtown Newark now stocks the only T-shirt attributed to the last week's mass media event.
For $20, you can have your own collectors item. I am sure Robin will ship the shirt out for a nominal shipping charge. Call him at 740-345-8410.
I have always been fascinated with the "As Seen on TV" products, click here for last year's Holiday shopping list.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Collelongo, Italy is okay

L'Aquila, Italy is about 90 miles from Collelongo, our family's "hometown". My cousin Mark Guanciale of North Carolina, was checking up on our family's situation yesterday, here is a portion of his email:

"It sounds as though Collelongo is okay and that most of the damage was concentrated north of that immediate area. Through Facebook I have met Rocco Cerone which lives in Canada with his family. He father is Anita Casciere’s brother (Rocco and Anita Casciere). His first cousin Domenic has three sons that attend the University in L’Aquila and luckily they made it out of their dorm rooms alive. They still have friends that are unaccounted for so they are glad to be safe and alive. They are back in Collelongo with Domenic and their family."

Mark is the son of Frank Guanciale, read my October 2008 post about Frank Guanciale here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


For any critics: head hoods were not used for this exercise to help keep body temperatures down.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

1983 VERSUS 2009

Every day, I get the same questions: Is business really bad? Are you wearing cardboard in your shoes yet? Probably can not afford to get away?
I always have the same answer: The real estate business is not as bad as the media thinks or tries to scare people into thinking how bad it must be. The next statement I informed the person with is Andrew, Lisa & I had 118 closings last year. This is excellent since we do not specialize in foreclosed homes, like many agents. This year so far our closings are tied with 2008 and we have 18 contract pendings preparing to close.
This photo was found by Tim Cocanour, from 1983 when interest rates were hitting 14-16%. It really shows the difference between the economy of 1983 versus 2009. Today, you do not see many signs like this up and down the streets, but this time around people could just be waiting for their stimulus checks instead.

April 1st not for playing games on others....

To most folks April 1st is a day to play tricks on your friends and enemies. To me, the beginning of April has an entire different reason.

Click here. to see what April means in my personal rule book.

1. Always wear socks while wearing a tie, tuxedo pumps do not require socks
2. Always keep a clean pair of socks in the office & car, just in case "no socks" would be inappropriate for an unexpected meeting or appointment
3. Make sure to take the socks once in a while thrown under your desk home
4. #3 applies to under your car seat also
5. Do not allow your ankles to become tan, this makes you look like you are out in the sun too often and not working.
6. Minimum no sock temperature is 60 degrees.
7. Hope October 1st does not arrive too quickly