Thursday, December 29, 2011

50 Rules to live your life by.....

1. Focus on what really counts 2. You can’t please everyone 3. Choose friends wisely 4. Tell people what you’re really thinking. People are not mind readers. 5. Understand that you can only control yourself 6. Learn a new skill this weekend. Repeat! 7. Identify your preferred form of expression 8. Self-motivation is not optional. Get some! 9. Find great ideas then change the context 10. Wake up claiming the best day ever 11. Ditch the TV for more time 12. Do what’s in front of you 13. Set a limit for having unfinished tasks 14. Speak your truth 15. Spend more time with the right people 16. Set short deadlines for decisions 17. Consider your appearance and proper grooming 18. Reward yourself 19. Take ownership don’t blame others for your situation 20. Let the little things go 21. Learn how to negotiate a better deal on everything 22. Know your top 5 values 23. Simplify by eliminating anything that’s not essential 24. Start meaningful conversations 25. Know what you want 26. Limit what you borrow 27. Get the important work done first 28. Never be dissatisfied with what you have 29. Lay the groundwork for some future fun 30. Honor your commitments 31. Don’t settle for anything less than excellence 32. Create a routine and stick to it 33. Ignore the unimportant 34. Make it manageable 35. Be careful when you make comparisons 36. Character counts! 37. Never say, that’s not my job 38. Get organized 39. Schedule small tasks for a given time of the day 40. Don’t underestimate the power of support 41. Don’t browse online as soon as you get home 42. Get enough sleep 43. Speak less. Listen more. 44. Find gym and start going regularly 45. Pay attention to what you’re putting off for tomorrow 46. Stop caring about mistakes, learn from them 47. Get your financial house in order 48. No Cheating! 49. Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do 50. Know the difference between affirmation and information and be careful receiving too much of either

Officially stolen from Kurt Harden.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

From the Secret List.............

From the Secret List:
Here is an update from FDNY on the Firefighters seriosly injured in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Dec. 19. As you know, Firefighter Robert Wiedmann, 38, from Rescue 2 received second- and third- degree burns on more than 50 percent of his body - including his face, hands and head - while fighting that two-alarm fire on Prospect Place. Firefighter James Gersbeck, 52, from Rescue 2 also was seriously injured in the fire."Everyone's working to get Rob back to his regular self," said his brother, Douglas Wiedmann. "He's an excellent firefighter and certainly is our hero."Dr. Roger Yurt, Director of the Burn Center, said he expects Firefighter Wiedmann to be in the hospital for about six to eight weeks, having approximately one surgery a week with a long road to recovery after sustaining burns to over 40 percent of his body - including his head, face and back.Doctors are providing a positive outlook saying that while most people in a similar situation would need to be put in a medically inducted coma, Wiedmann remains psychologically and physically strong. "He's very strong," he said of the 14-year veteran of the FDNY. "We've seen his psychological strength and his ability to deal with this." He is alert and communicative and he mouths words or spells out words using a board."He's always asking how we are; he's more worried about us than himself," he said.Dr. Yurt said he does not expect Firefighter Gersbeck, a 25-year veteran of the FDNY, to have a long hospital stay, noting that he has second and third degree burns that will probably heal on their own with the proper care.
Speaking of both Firefighters Wiedmann and Gersbeck, he said, "They are truly the bravest and two of the best firefighters I know."Both men also acknowledged the generosity and kindness of the members of Rescue 2, who have visited the hospital and supported the family since the fire."We can't express what your support means to us," Mr. Wiedmann said. The members of Rescue 2 are hosting several blood drives throughout the five boroughs over the coming weeks and more information will be posted here and on our home page as soon as it's available.
The Secret List 12-22-11 / 1722 Hours

Friday, December 23, 2011

Spending what you do not have...................

I look forward to D.C.'s journals posted by Kurt Harden. This portion was written on December 20, 1931 and indicates to me not a whole lot is different from 80 years ago. Click here to read 77 of D.C.'s journal entries, may be the best book you read this weekend.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa and technology & dancing......................

Stolen from Kurt Harden

I have only had a couple of chances during my adult life to dance to Christmas Music.
This is the first song I would choose.

Stolen from Steve Layman.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Licking County TweetUp at Velvet Ice Cream....

Last Thursday, I attended what I would consider one of my top three social events of 2011. On my way home, several photos in my phone I kept thinking about the great blog post I could write.

Master blogger and good friend Sean Carpenter the next morning posted what I consider a masterpiece of reporting the event.

Great job to @VelvetIceCream for being such a great host and @seancarp for your blog.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Perfect gift for your dog..............

The Pet Tracker, which uses advanced GPS location technology to track and find your pet. If he/she escapes or strays from the home, use your mobile device or computer to find him/her and bring your pet home safely.

Can you imagine strapping this to your child at the State Fair, OSU Football game or other large venues?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shopping made easy, my official gift suggestions for Christmas 2011. Click on the item and order: Perfect Meatloaf (already purchased one), Gift for her, Gift for him, Gift for your pet, Gift for Mail person, Gift for office assistant, Gift for secret affair partner, Gift for boss, Gift for me.

Order today, have plenty of time to wrap and deliver. Check out for such a large selection of practical and useful gifts that you can not usually find in our local stores.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Ways to slash holiday stress.........

1. Get Out from Behind the Camera

2. Knock Out the Greed

3. Simplify Your Shopping

4. Find a Gift that Earns You Sex

5. Write a Brag-Free Family Letter

6. Stay Sane Traveling by Plane

7. Survive Annoying Relatives

8. Sidestep the Holiday Blues

9. Don't Watch "It's a Wonderful Life"

10. Dodge the Holiday Weight Gain

11. Hit All the Parties (Politely)

12. Catch the Bowl Games that Count

Sunday, December 11, 2011

14 Ways to win over your in-laws.........

1. Be an Anthropologist

2. Never say "Estate Planning"

3. Decide to be Devoted

4. Laugh at their Jokes

5. Subdue the Yelling

6. Inquire about their People

7. Take their Names

8. Go to Med School

9. Remember your Gender

10. Be their Defense Attorney

11. Remember your Spine

12. Tell your Story

13. Don't let them see you Lying Down

14. The Greats don't loose Focus

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey........

Fitting for my 700th post:

Thank you to Tim Fitterer for passing this along!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas tree fires........

The video belows shows the difference of keeping the moisture content of your live Christmas Tree at 100% and below 50% as most people do. Please make sure to turn up the volume and watch the timer. You will hear the glass ornaments exploding, kind of sounds alike another holiday and the use of firecrackers.

This video was produced by NFPA.

Friday, December 2, 2011



Friday 4-8pm, stroll around the Court House Square with Santa Claus, entertainment throughout the evening, buy a ticket and pick up your cookies at many of the participating merchants and organizations.

Saturday 1-9pm, the Village Business District is ready for your family to tour the many shops, enjoy the entertainment throughout the day and evening indoors and out. You will enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Handle being out of your depth.........

Great advice from the Art of Manliness:

How to Handle Being Out of Your Depth: 6 Tips from a Con Man

1. Relax and Project Confidence
The feeling of being out of place consumes your thoughts. As you look around the room, it feels like your inner dialogue is being broadcasted from your forehead, and that everyone else is focusing in on you.
2. Look the Part
While not every job and situation calls for an actual uniform, every event does have a standard of dress, and by adhering to it, you’ll automatically seem more like a guy who knows what’s he’s doing.
3. Play Catch-Up Like a Mad Man
If you’ve been thrown into a situation where you don’t have the skills or knowledge to perform up to par, then you’re going to need to play catch-up every spare second you get.
4. Take Notes
No matter how much direct or indirect research you do, don’t rely on your memory alone to store all that information. Instead, jot down notes that might prove useful down the line.
5. Turn on the Charm
If you’re an irritating boor who’s messing up all the time, you’re going to get the boot. But if you’re polite and good-humored, people will give you the benefit of the doubt and lots of second-chances.
6. Close Your Yap and Observe
The best thing you can do when you’re in a situation where you’re out of your depth is to be extremely conservative with both your actions and your words. Say little and listen a lot.

Click here to read the complete blog post, I needed this and within five minutes of reading, I learned a lot.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Make cents to me..................

"Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. The first copper you save is the seed from which your tree of wealth shall grow. The sooner you plant that seed the sooner shall the tree grow. And the more faithfully you nourish and water that tree with consistent savings, the sooner may you bask in contentment beneath its shade."-George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon

Stolen from Steve Layman, click here to check out Steve's blog.

Monday, November 28, 2011

RIP Frederik Meijer

Frederik Meijer, the Grand Rapids billionaire credited with inventing the supercenter store format in 1962 that made his Meijer chain a successful Midwest retailer and was copied by Sam Walton for his chain Wal-Mart, died Friday at age 91.

"As the chain grew, it caught the attention of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton who tried to meet with Mr. Meijer in the 1970s to talk about buying the Meijer business. Not wanting to offend Walton by saying no, Mr. Meijer said he was too busy.

Had Walton succeeded in buying the Meijer chain, it would have dramatically altered the course of Grand Rapids’ economy, which grew over the following decades with Meijer and other major local companies.

Even if its founder was irritated, Wal-Mart never hid the fact the one-stop-shopping center format that catapulted it into retail dominance was based on Meijer’s innovative concept."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Santa is coming to town...........

Santa Clause will help everyone in Licking County light up the Court House in

Downtown Newark, Ohio Friday November 25th at 6:00pm.

Still one of the best reasons why to live and work in Licking County, Ohio.

Small Business Saturday, 11/26/11

Pledge your support for Small Business Saturday®The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is
a day dedicated to supporting small businesses
on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
On November 26, we’re asking millions of Americans to Shop Smallsm at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Behind the voice of airports and subways..........

You’ve heard her voice across the world, but you’ve probably never acknowledged that there’s a face to go with it. Carolyn Hopkins is the soothing yet authoritative disembodied voice in the sky, booming from public address systems in airports and train stations in dozens of countries.

She delivers words of welcome, safety advice, and sometimes even that dreaded message that your flight is delayed or canceled. And surprisingly, the message isn’t concocted in some faceless laboratory with robotic voices. Instead, Hopkins works the magic of her voiceovers from a modest office in northern Maine.Read more:

“Traveling can be such a bummer these days that people need a friendly voice,” Hopkins tells CBS. And more than 200 airports around the world, as well as the New York City subway, have adopted the 63-year-old’s voice as their official spokeswoman, proving that we all want a little comfort and consistency while traveling.

Hopkins is surely one of the most listened-to voices in the world, secretly famous yet always respected. The next time you’re in a foreign airport, keep an ear on the sky – you might just hear Hopkins’ voice welcoming you. She’ll make you feel at home, no matter how far from it you may be.

Found on @TIME via Twitter

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011


Thank to Gina and Robin for passing this along.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

American Mustache Institute removes endorsement

Click here to read about the AMI removal of Herman Cain's endorsement.

About AMI
Founded in 1965 and committed to battling a demonstrated discriminatory culture against people of Mustached American heritage, the American Mustache Institute is the world’s leading facial hair advocacy organization and think tank protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, Mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care, and culture of the lower nose forest.

Broadly considered the bravest organization in the history of mankind behind only the U.S. military and the post-Jim Henson Muppets, the Institute serves as the ACLU of the downtrodden Mustached American people, making its headquarters in the City of St. Louis, as it is home to the world’s largest mustache – the Gateway Arch.

AMI continues to battle negative stereotyping that has accompanied the mustache since those glory years of the 1970s – the peak of mustache acceptance – fighting to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, flavor saving, and upper lip warmth for all mustached Americans alike.

Read the detailed history of the American Mustache Institute and the long-standing pattern of discrimination here.

This information found by following @TIME on Twitter.

Friday, November 11, 2011

How to stay young.......

Stolen from Steve Layman:

From the mind that was George Carlin, comes a list:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ” An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, butby the moments that take our breath way.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


The Most Important Date In History: 111111
The time has come.The Wales are aligning.The date which most closely resembles Corduroy, EVER,111111is upon us!Rejoice. Rejoice! Our day has come.

To commemorate this momentous date and honor thy Corduroy, many happenings are occurring. Of foremost importance will be the 6th, perhaps, maybe and probably likely the final Annual Grand 111111 Meeting. As this is surely our Grandest hour this will be our Grandest Meeting and marked by unparalleled grandeur at a location befitting our most glorious fabric. We shall convene at the magnificent Refectory at The Desmond Tutu Center on 10th Avenue in New York, NY. There, these activities will likely occur:

• Dark Secret Rituals (No photography please)

• Presentation of Awards for Exemplary Usage of Corduroy

• Awards for Best Dressed

• A person (to be determined, and of some gravitas) to deliver a keynote address

• Installation of Corduroy Messiah (child – still at large! – that shall turn 11 on 111111)

• Singing, Dancing and Poetry inspired by Corduroy

• An open bar with Beer and Wines• Additional epic and historic things

“Doors” will open for Meeting check-in at 7:30 pm and the Meeting will commence, promptly, at 8:11 pm. We will (attempt to) adjourn at the most auspicious time of 11:11 pm.

Tickets can be purchased here. As we expect reCord attendance please purchase your admission as soon as possible. This will allow us to accommodate everyone comfortably.

Please note: the Two Item Rule is NOT in EFFECT! We are instituting a THREE ITEM RULE! That means, you must wear THREE (3) items of Corduroy. You can do it!

Also—details are accumulating regarding something called: The 11 Days of Corduroy. This will commence on November 1, or 111, a date which closely resembles Corduroy. (Details regarding this extraordinary initiative to follow, here.)

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce the release of the first official Corduroy Appreciation Club pant. In collaboration with Betabrand, makers of Cordarounds™, 111 pairs of pants will be released on 10/11/11. Before they are consumed by the less-appreciative public, a limited time pre-sale for CAC Members is happening right now. We urge you to seize this rare and extraordinary opportunity!

In other Cord-related news: we recommend this handy resource for those looking to outfit themselves for the 11 Days of Corduroy, the Grandest Date and beyond. Also, we have restocked Membership Materials and some popular tie colors. These updates will be reflected on the website—once we figure out how to do that.

Hail the Wale!
Quite Cordially,The Corduroy Appreciation Club

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Thousands of birds dancing!

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

Thank you to Brittany Nichols for passing this along.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Preparing for the Lighting

Clay's Electric has started to install the Holiday decorations on the Licking County Court House. Make sure to schedule the evening of November 25th for the lighting ceremony orchestrated by Santa Clause.
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Monday, October 31, 2011


More info at

Yes, but it might last until next Halloween or beyond. Candy bars are high in sugar and low in moisture, both of which help to prevent microbial growth. Pure chocolate can last for two years or more without presenting any acute health risks, but it’s likely to change in texture and become less appetizing after about 12 months. Given enough time, some bars could even become so dry and hard as to be inedible (or at least a danger to your teeth). More serious, nondental health risks are very unlikely, however.

The white spots or haze that sometimes appear on old chocolate bars is known among chocolatiers as “blooming,” and it’s harmless to your health. Blooming isn’t mold, as some candy-lovers might think, but rather a splotch of fat or sugar that has risen to the surface. Fat blooming is caused by fluctuations in temperature, while sugar blooming is caused by condensation and changes in humidity. To avoid the whitening—which affects a candy's appearance and its texture—store your candy bars in a cool, dry place away from the sun.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Hipster Cop" at Occupy Wall Street

He was dubbed "The Hipster Cop" a little over a week ago, a few days after pictures trickled online of a plainclothes detective—dressed more like an actor from Dead Poet's Society than NYPD Blue—patrolling the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Then the Hipster Cop Twitter jokes started: "He only uses pepper spray ironically." "Sure I have a nightstick...I bought it on"

And just yesterday, The New York Times ran the first interview with Rick Lee, a 45-year-old community affairs detective with an addiction to Ralph Lauren, a.k.a. The Hipster Cop. Or rather, a.k.a. The Country Gentleman. (You'll understand after you read this interview.)

Click here for the New York Times article.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Derek Holland "I wanted to show them I belong here"

"I wanted to show that I belong here," he said.

"This was a dream. I wanted to pitch in the World Series and get a win."

Click here to read a great article on last night's game.

Midland Theatre-Huey Lewis and the News

Excellent concert last night at the Midland Theatre, large and excited crowd.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Beggar's Night Schedule for Licking County

October 27, 2011
Buckeye Lake - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Granville - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Hanover - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Heath - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Newark - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Safe Trick-or-Treat on the Courthouse Square - 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where is Kopchak Road?

Last night watching the news of the wild animal chase in Muskingum County, I imagine not too many know where Kopchak Road is located. Just south of Dillon State Park and east of Gratiot in Licking County. I don't how fast a hungry bear, mountain lion etc. can travel, but by short cut I imagine it is less than a half day's travel to a populated area.

Click here for an article by

Tuesday, October 18, 2011



Saturday, October 15, 2011


Thank you to who ever posted this on Facebook.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway(BRK.B_), Wednesday revealed a few more details about his annual income and tax bill:

•Buffett's adjusted gross income last year was $62,855,038
•Buffett's taxable income last year was $39,814,784
•Buffett paid $15,300 in payroll taxes last year
•Buffett's federal tax bill came to $6,923,494, or 17.4% of his taxable income last year

Click here for more information on Warren Buffett wanting to raise the tax rate.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


From the Art of Manliness:

Football Game

Pumpkin Carving

Haunted House

State Fair (Fairfield County Fair)

Halloween Parade


Foliage Drive

Apple Cider

Ghost Hunt

Weenie Roast

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fallen Firefighter Foundation 5K Run

Beautiful fall morning for a 5K run sponsored by Newark Firefighters Local 109. 100 runners/walkers raising over $1,500 for a Foundation dedicated to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

"Everyone goes home"
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011


This past Saturday marked the end of another season, socks are back on except for an occasional over 60 degree day or a stay at home Holiday. April 1st can not come fast enough.

As I struggled putting the Gold Told Windsors (always remember the "W" is for wool) on, I thought about wool and what it means to me.

During the past month on mildly cool mornings I would wear one of three cotton sweaters I own, no substance and somewhat heavy. Today is the first day to wear a Shetland Wool sweater, light, but warm.

All year round I wear worsted wool trousers, suits and blazers, they don't wrinkle, easy to brush off and the weight hangs well. Plus no static cling!

God would have not created sheep if he meant for sweaters, socks and suits not to be wool. Someone has to make October 1st, National Sheep Day.

To all sheep: Thank you guys!

Click here for one of my old post "RIP" about going sockless and excuses why to go sockless.

Friday, September 30, 2011


1. Final Friday celebration in Downtown Newark, by one ticket and stop by all the stores with a different local pizza shop for a slice of pizza.

2. Utica Homecoming through Saturday night, opens at 11am and located at the old Utica Elementary School grounds.

3. Pumpkinpalooza, Lynd's Fruit Farm on Morse Road, Pataskala. Lots of fun from 10am-4pm.

4. Happy Apple Days, north of Granville on SR 661 in Fredonia.

5. Howloween at the Park, Kraner Nature Reserve 6-9pm, sponsored by the Ohio Nature Education. Travel Linville Road to Fairview Road.

6. Open House, stop by the Guanciale Group's open houses on Sunday from 2-4pm.

You can make yourself a busy schedule for the weekend with little expense!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011


From long time friend Sean Carpenter:

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,

all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,

and all the friends I want to see."

-John Burrough

Check out Sean's complete post: The Days are Getting Shorter

Saturday, September 24, 2011

College Hockey Tournament

Lou + Gib Reese Ice Arena, Newark, Ohio. 2011 ACHA tournament: Northern Kentucky, Wheeling Jesuit, Denison University, West Liberty and Wittenberg.

Should have worn socks.
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Hebron Music + Arts Festival

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Sometimes it takes a little imagination to come up with a birthday gift for Andrew Guanciale. Several months ago, the west half of Cornell's Clothing on North Park Place in Downtown Newark, Ohio owned by Steve Layman was remodeled. The sign from the original Bazaar's location was removed and kept by Robin Pierce. The Bazaar was known as a gentleman's bar, men only. I remember during high school, men would stop by for lunch with a drink and then after work. When ever you walked by and the door would open the cigar smoke would fill the sidewalk.

We purchased the "A" which still had it's 60 year old glass tubes and contracted with Kessler Sign of Zanesville to rework the transformer and what ever else they do to make an old florescent light work. By the smile and thank you, this was a good one of a kind gift that will last a long time and offer some stories in the future. Twelve months to go to figure out next year's gift.

Thank you to Scottamus' from Flickr photo of the old sign.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Parents, if you want your kids to get more exercise, you'd be wise to get out of their way.
In a new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers sought to observe how kids play in parks. Their overarching goal was to help park designers create public spaces that would better entice kids to run around and exercise. But along the way, the authors discovered something else: the single biggest barrier to children's physical activity had less to do with park design itself and more to do with the hovering presence of a parent.

Children whose parents hung around monitoring them closely were only about half as likely to engage in high levels of physical activity as kids whose parents granted more freedom, the researchers found.

Click here to read more.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Picked this up from Kurt Harden this morning. Last week during a seminar, the speaker said a significant percentage of Ipad purchasers are senior citizens. After a google of the subject, they believe it to be about 10% of the 2010 Ipad sales.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


From 2011 Esquire Car Awards :

Before we could name the Car of the Year, we had to drive the seven finalists as fast as we could. So late this summer, early one morning, we caravaned to the Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York, a private racetrack 90 miles outside Manhattan. We took turns driving each of the cars around a section of the 4.1-mile track, nailing the straightaways, weaving through cones, and squealing around turns, and hoping the guys who loaned us the cars wouldn't notice what we were doing to the tires and brakes — all while our instructor alternately yelled, "Throttle! Throttle! Throttle!" or "Brake! Brake! Brake!" The MMC boasts members like Jeff Gordon and Jerry Seinfeld. You can be a member, too, as long as you have $30,000 to $125,000 for the initiation fee and another few thousand in annual dues. Or get a one-day trial pass for $2,500. Racing season runs mid-April through mid-November, which means you still have a couple of months left to get out there. Maybe they'll give you a discount. —Peter Martin

Check out 2011 Esquire Car of the Year-2012 Audi A-7

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Below are twenty-five pieces of vital information that every man over 14 in the Western world should know. Every man. No excuses. Seriously. Seriously.

1.Unbutton the bottom button of your jacket. It’s not intended to be buttoned.
2.Same goes for your vest.
3.Remove the tags on the sleeves of your jacket before you wear it.
4.Jackets sometimes come with white basting thread on their shoulders or holding closed their vents. Remove this thread before wearing the jacket.
5.Jacket pockets are intended to be opened. Use a small scissor or seam ripper.
6.More than three jacket buttons is never appropriate for anything.
7.On a three-button coat, buttoning the top button is optional, and some lapels are rolled so as to make the top button ornamental. In other words: if buttoning the top button seems wrong, it is.
8.Brown shoes, brown belt. Black shoes, black belt.
9.Belt or suspenders. Never belt and suspenders.
10.Your jacket sleeve should be short enough to show some shirt cuff - about half an inch.
11.Your pants should end at your shoes without puddling. A slight or half break means that there is one modest inflection point in the front crease. If your pants break both front and back or if they break on the sides, they’re too long.
12.Your coat should follow and flatter the lines of your upper body, not pool around them. You should be able to slip a hand in to get to your inside breast pocket, but if the jacket’s closed and you can pound your heart with your fist, it’s too big.
13.When you buy a suit or sportcoat, it should be altered to fit by a tailor. This will cost between $25 and $100.
14.Your tie should reach your belt line - it shouldn’t end above your belt or below it.
15.Your tie knot should have a dimple.
16.Only wear a tie if you’re also wearing a suit or sportcoat (or, very casually, a sweater). Shirt, tie and no jacket is the wedding uniform of a nine-year-old.
17.The only men who should wear black suits during the day are priests, undertakers, secret agents, funerals attendees and yokels.
18.Cell phone holsters are horrible.
19.So are square-toed shoes.
20.Never wear visible socks with shorts.
21.Or any socks with sandals.
22.If your shirt is tucked in, you should be wearing a belt (or suspenders, if you’re wearing a jacket as well, or your trousers should have side adjusters and no belt loops).
23.Flip flops are great for the pool and the beach and not great for anything else. (Some say this is a matter of taste. We agree. If you have any taste, you will only wear flip-flops at the beach or pool.)
24.Long ties are not appropriate with a tuxedo.
25.Never wear polyester outside of the gym or theme parties.

If you see someone violating one of these basic principles, feel free to send them our way. We’ll straighten them out.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Downtown Newark, Ohio
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Friday, September 9, 2011


After work stop by the Farmer's Market on South Third Street, locally grown produce and great deserts.

Lite the Night car show with 500 classic cars. Benefits the Christmas lighting of the Licking County Court House

11:00am, Memorial Service at the Court House gazebo for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on our country.

If I was running for public office, this is where I would be. But since I am not, I can enjoy all three events and not have to kiss babies and shake every one's dirty hands.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


After 31.5 years with the Newark Fire Department Captain Greg "Roy" Keefe works his last 24 hour shift before retirement. Best of luck!
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