Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I carry three keys: car, office front door and one for the door to my personal office. I keep a couple of keys that are needed once a year or so in my car, unmarked and kind of hidden.
It would be interesting to find out the national average weight of key rings carried by Americans. I imagine it would end up in the quarter of a pound range. Several times over the years I have had prospects while showing homes, visiting my office or home walk in and set down a quarter pounder key ring. After the showing, they have forgotten their keys on the counter top and we have had to go back to the home to find the ring. Personally, I have no rear pocket bulge created by a quarter pounder ring, but maybe a bulge from too many quarter pounders. If your key ring is so large and heavy they can not be carried comfortably in your rear pant pocket or jacket pocket, get rid of some keys.
Then there are the discount plastic cards with a bar code on key rings. Bent, faded, smeared or stuck together. I never have the cards with me, Mrs. G. is in possession of most, so I have to borrow a card before shopping.
As of today, I have never heard of someone making it to Heaven because they carried a quarter pound of keys throughout their life on earth. So I am sticking to three.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I searched two Duke Stations and one Speedway, no string (the only opened for business). Talked to Sister Robin on the phone and she said my father had string. On my way to pick it up, I thought of a large commercial size spool of string our family had while I was growing up. The spool I picked up was a small, a kite flying size spool.
When Dan (Dad) came to our Christmas dinner event, he walked in with the "spool" a little dusty, but with at least a half mile of string. It has to be slightly over 50 years old. I always thought it came from Richardson Bakery where my grandmother worked. Richardson's was located on South 2nd Street where the parking garage is now in Downtown Newark, Ohio. Dan said he had bought it.
Of all the investments my father has made over the years, I have to think the spool of string has paid off very well and will for for another half mile or so.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
HOWEVER-on that day, Feb. 14, 1962, it was (now) Commissioner Hoff's father, Battalion Chief Thomas Hoff and Chief Robert O'Brien, head of fire safety for the department, who were the ones who gave their lives when they were buried in rubble. That LODD was the general basis for the movie "BACKDRAFT" when the 2 Brothers lost their Dad in the Line of Duty.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
For the first 10 years or so of my life, we lived next door to Bill and Jeff. I hated visiting the dentist and did not like our neighbor because of it. I remember one time after a visit, revenge was needed. As you can see in the photo above, in 1959 I had several dental visits. Between our homes was a line of tulip trees, extremely tall when your ten years old, but in fact were probably four feet or so.
I waited for Dr. Dayhuff to come home from the office, as he walked from his detached garage to the home, I tossed my Louisville Slugger (wooden baseball bat) over the trees. As I watched my target, I heard the bat hit the asphalt, I missed. Now I had a mad dentist, who I would be visiting again with all his non-hydraulic belt driven drills, old magazines, two foot long needles and grumpy dentist's father.
The only results of the murder attempt was for the first time in my life I heard fowl language, words I did not even know. I also learned from this experience, that tall men can jump a four foot hedge in one leap.
Last week's appointment brought a comment I have heard often by Dr. Jeff Dayhuff: "You still have fillings from the mid 1960s that are in good shape, my father was really good". Jeff still uses the hand written card that his father began in 1959, but charges more for his services.
It has been a very good relationship.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
1. Having a goal does not guarantee success. But it ups your chances considerably. Try doing archery with no bullseye.
2. We try harder with a goal.
3. With a goal we have measurable feedback.
4. With goal we commit more fully.
5. Setting a goal moves us from implicit ('I want to be wealthy') to explicit ('I want to have assets of ...by...')
6. It's a notable characteristic of those who get the lIfe they seek.
7. Setting a goal seriously clarifies whether you really want it or just think you want it.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Last night late, there was a short story on the news of how ABC decided to announce his death on the air during a football game, Howard Cosell did the duty.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Uniforms for the Newark City Schools: listened to many parents talk about it prior to the November 29th start date, but not too many since the program started for students in the middle schools & high school.
Quote from today's Newark Advocate: "I think it should just be started (early)," said Prior, the mother of a high school senior, a fifth-grader and twin fourth-graders. "I think it will be easier when they get to sixth grade."
The world is in someways starting to make sense to me.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
This is how bad Mrs. G. wants a new bathroom floor, she let me bring the wheelbarrow in the house to handle the demolition of the sub floor.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
NOW, my reason for visiting Licking Memorial Hospital was to stop for a Dobio Espresso. At the entrance to the Resource Center is the best coffee shop in West Newark. It is well worth the extra steps to park in the parking lot to purchase and enjoy Starbucks Coffee and one of the high end quality pastries. Every time I have stopped, there are quest in the Resource Center and a small line at the coffee shop's counter.
Another good move to make if you have time: purchase your coffee on the main floor and then proceed to the cafeteria for a piece of delicious pie.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
My next problem: January 1, I will not have the impressions to know where the furniture exactly needs to be placed after the tree is packed away. Should have taken a photo first.
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Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The Heath, Ohio Christmas Day fire was started by a turkey fryer on the patio, a light snow was falling just enough to over boil the fryer when the lid was open. Two thirds of the home was destroyed. Be careful and enjoy your turkey.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The hard part is a strong fact: this will not be constructed for many years to come. But at least the drawings are complete, the properties identified for land acquisition and people know what is going to take place.
I am a proponent of roundabout intersections because of their safety features. It is to shame the interchange will not be constructed immediately. The use of roundabouts for this project would show how effective they are for intersections and perhaps set an example on more roundabouts in the cities, villages and other areas of the county to be constructed.
If ODOT would like to place some icing on the cake, the entire highway from 270 in Franklin County, through Licking County and further east should be re-numbered as St. Rt. 161. How simple would it be to give directions for someone coming from the west to Licking County or for our 911 Center to identify addresses for emergencies. We need to work on this and say goodbye to a confusing mess.
Click here to read Rick Platt's comments posted this past March.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Plus: With the holiday season upon us, it's worth a reminder to all to shop in Licking County whenever possible. We know the allure of easy online shopping or a special trip to Columbus can be tempting, but it's important to remember that every dollar you spend locally ends up in the bank account of an employee who then might shop at your company or business. These transactions in turn create local tax revenue, which supports our communities and provides for a better place for all of us to live and shop. With the growth of the retail outlets in Licking County, there's plenty of places to find nice gifts right here at home.
Please keep this in mind, click here to read the entire editorial.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Last week I reported on the 11/11 Corduroy Event with the 11/11 date most resembling corduroy, I was not sure if it was a internet spoof or not. Sunday morning watching the CBS News prior to a commercial break, "next an unusual club meeting once a year will be next" I did not think much about it. But sure enough after the break appeared the Corduroy Club. There guest speaker was PUT THIS ON.
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is for home phones also. REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls..... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone or home phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.
HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds.
Thank you to Dick Bixler for passing this along.
Friday, November 12, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
8:30 Sunday morning, the first person I spoke to was while paying at the McDonalds drive up pay window, the young lady made me feel good with a thank you, then a short drive to the pick up window with next young lady offering me a thank you, once again.
Friday night I tended bar for my good friends of the Newark, Ohio Fire Department at the Firefighter's Ball (17.5 cases of beer) and then last night tending bar once again at the Licking County Chamber's Brew & Wine Fest (could not count the bottles of wine & cases of beer served, only have 20 digits to work with).
Both evenings there was a tip jar at the bar (firefighters do not use a jar, it is a fire boot), tips were always given by customers with all the additional funds given back to the organization. I wonder if a part of the generous tips was because of saying "Thank You" time after time.
To all my readers, if you are not in the habit, get into one. This will make your day better, your business better and my mother happy.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Who is Sean Carpenter and what is so important about him? Sean is the training director for Coldwell Banker King Thompson, a full time job, not an agent or broker dabbling in training, but an experience trainer. (Click here to listen to Sean for 3 minutes and you will find out why!) Sean has become a noted speaker, not just in Ohio, but throughout the nation. He is the best recruiting tool NRT, Reology & Coldwell Banker has in their arsenal. His positive attitude and his ability to make you feel like you are the only one in the room is unbelievable. Yesterday's Social Media class was of excellent caliber and a learning experience for everyone in the room.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
HILFIGER: I was in upstate New York. We were opening stores on college campuses. My partners and I were also partying it up at Studio 54 and Max's Kansas City and hanging out in the city and not really paying attention to the business. So that was a lesson learned.
HILFIGER: Who am I jealous of? Every time I pass a Ralph Lauren store, I think, I know he's been in business for more than 40 years and I've only been in business for 25, but, boy, do I ever want what he's got.
HILFIGER: I think it's dangerous to think that you're successful, because then you become complacent. I think you've got to stay humble. In this business, you have to look over your shoulder at all times because you can lose it all with the snap of a finger.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Lucy the Fire Dog spent a morning at the salon and came home with her
seasonal bow for Halloween.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
One time he mentioned "God only made the perfect clothing" he continued "we were born and we are buried with it on, it mends itself when torn, stretches with us as we grow and shrinks when we shrink".
This morning as I sat at my desk loosening my tie to get comfortable and attack the work at hand, the collar button broke in half. I was reminded of Mr. Pierce and that God even made the only button we were born with perfect, I have never heard of a broken "belly button".
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sometimes our dispatch information is limited. Last winter I was riding shotgun in the pumper as we searched for an address based on two pieces of information: The fire was in the chimney, and the house was owned by an Amish family. We were fruitlessly scanning houses when we spotted a bearded man in overalls and a wide-brimmed hat dancing and waving from a rooftop. That pretty much narrowed it down.