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35 years in the making and events in Central Ohio

As you read this I am in route to Kansas City Missouri to do a Bull Riding Event. I hope everyone has a great Arnold Weekend, and I while I love my gigs, I am a lil bumbed this will be the first time in 15 years I was not part of the Arnold Classic in some way shape or form.

17 years ago this week, and on my B-Day, a man I didn’t know of gave one of THE BEST SPEECHES I HAD EVER HEARD-and still the greatest to this day. I make a point to watch every year during the Jimmy V, Coaches vs Cancer Basketball Tourney, and also on my Birthday.

Simple ways to make EVERYDAY BETTER;
1.) Laugh
2.) Think
3.) Cry

“Do all 3 things everyday, 7 days a week-that is a pretty full life”

PLEASE TAKE 11:15 MINUTES to watch Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY Speech. “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” it may change your life (if you have not seen/heard), or at the very least make your day better. Even if not a sports fan this is GREAT!

Maybe put this on in the background as you read this (if ya care). If not, might want to print this out, this mailer is kinda long (yep longer than most)-just warning ya. This is 35 years in the making and a reflection on whatever the hell it all meant.

“Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up”-Jimmy V

I have 3 areas that are close to my heart one being overcoming Cancer; much like that of The Jimmy V Foundation-however I am a broke, self employed, “future millionaire;” so right now all I can give is my time. But I do this because the dreaded “C” word takes way too many, especially some that don’t deserve it like children, and my angel in the sky, Kelly Moore (I say in the sky cause I think I keep her pretty busy!), who passed away over 20 years ago, yet I think if her daily!

Another area is helping kids. Some may not know this but I had a stint working with Children’s Services. It burned me out, but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss it. I may not like being around kids (they scare the pi** out of me), but I WILL BE DAMNED IF I LET ANYTHING HAPPEN TO AN INNOCENT CHILD WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES-OR LET THEM SUFFER DUE TO STUPID PARENTAL DECISIONS! This is kinda true with anyone who cannot defend themselves, I guess that is why I work(ed) in security areas for so long, I wanted the chance to help someone who needed help, or could not help self. And this is the reason I DO ANYTHING I CAN TO HELP/SUPPORT THE BILLY BAD A**ES WHO HAVE SERVED AND ARE SERVING FOR THIS COUNTRY-AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES!

I find it an honor to serve those who defend us. I also find it a GREAT PRIVILEGE to call so many a friend. On this note please mark your calenders for Thursday April 15.

On Thursday April 15, I have the honor to be part of a going away party for the greatest group of Marines who have ever served.

Lima Corp has once again been called to serve. This group is known throughout the World for their sacrifice. Please come out to show gratitude and support to them (AND THEIR FAMILIES)on Thursday April 15th at The Frog Bear Wild Boar Bar. More details to come.

SO HERE IT MY OUTLOOK ON THE LAST 35 YEARS. To some it will surprise, some pi** off, and to some confuse…but all those things, are me!

“God doesn’t give you the people you want; He gives you the people you NEED… to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you into the person you were meant to be.”

So I sit here tired and a day closer to eternal dirt nap (at least I should get some sleep then). I have completed yet another trip around the sun

“Hear ’em singing Happy Birthday, Better think about the wish I made, This year gone by ain’t been a piece of cake.”

I am reflecting back on sacrifices, hard work, the good, the bad and everything in-between. Even though I tend to focus more on the negative, it is not because I am pessimistic-it is because I want to always push myself harder-faster-stronger deeper!!!

Most people celebrate, drink, or hang with loved ones. I sit back by myself and wonder. I also ran 13.5 miles (just something I wanted to do). Oh and I also had a Coke. It was only the second one I have had since Mid October.

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right I hope you had the time of your life.
So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind Hang it on a shelf of good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trail
For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while”

As always, the friends I have in my life, the real friends, are very special to me. Even someone who said she wanted to be friends and did not treat me very well still holds a place in my heart. By choice I don’t have many I consider friends, those I do, can call on me at any time (hell any one can call on me and I will jump).

Many of my friends I don’t talk to or see very often-but that is the beauty of those I call friend…they are in my heart. I have found this past year (more than most) that many of my friends don’t take the friendship as seriously as I do. Many use others for their own betterment. I have found this out way too much, and have even been hurt financially by it.

Some may know this, others won’t believe but, if you are, or have been my friend-I thank you for that opportunity. You all have mentored me in one way or another.

I have come to realize that contrary to what many believe, I am a loner. I don’t consider myself an outgoing person. Yea, I am at an event or public place every night surrounded by people. But I go by myself. The same can be said for the ways in which I make my money-I am a one man crew. The reason for this, unfortunately, I have found I cannot trust anyone. In many circumstances…people let you down. Not necessarily for any reason, it is just most look out for number one instead of others. I am exactly the opposite.

I do WAY TOO MUCH for others. Yea I am a d*ck and come across as Billy F-U Bad A**, but I do it to make sure that I can be friends with someone before I let them in. Anyone who knows me will say I am moody-aggressive-hard working-compassionate-very strange, BUT, I am also hardworking, loyal, and giving. All to a fault. I work till I crash, I am way too loyal to Friends and business clients-far more than I should be. And GIVING? Hell, I have gone without just to make someone else smile or give something they wanted. Being giving has allowed me to better someone else’s career in many cases (from interviewing for a job and telling the employer that my friend who was also interviewing would do a better job than me-to even buying boobs for someone to better their modeling career).

HERE IS THE KICKER-I do something nice for someone and some think I want something in return? SH*T PEOPLE I like making someone feel good and smile. At the very least, if I can control it, I don’t want anyone to feel the negative ways I have felt, AND I want those I choose as friends to have some of the experiences I have had. No matter what, I don’t think I can/will change. I am me, and if it scares you off-so be it.

That did scare someone off, someone I care about. I guess the ultimate sacrifice for someone you care about is to let them go, when they feel it is time to leave.

“And now I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end the way it all would go Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I’d of had to miss the dance”.

Over the last year I do and do and do. I was told I don’t do enough, I am not taking those comments personally, cause I know in my heart I cannot do anymore, if I am not good enough or my actions are not strong enough and speak loud enough then I cannot do anymore and I have to accept that I am not where that person needed me to be-I can and will always be there as a friend.

To all of my friends if I don’t show it, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE HONOR OF CALLING YOU FRIEND. This year I have met some new friends, and business associates. I hope that I continue to have the chance to get to know you and continue to build our financially rewarding partnerships.

I probably don’t realize how much my friends do for me. I am sure that many do more for me than I do for them. I want EVERYONE to know that I appreciate everything and anything ya’all do for me. I especially thank you for the small things you don’t realize.

With any of my friends I always hold you dear-even when I should not. One person I will always have close is not even on this earth any longer. Kelly, as I referred to earlier. I have not felt her in 20 plus years, but at a very young age she had a huge impact on my life and I miss her to this day

“Now {Only The Good Die Young} stops me in my tracks Every time I hear that song, I go back….”

I lost Kelly when we were in the 7th Grade after she fought hard against the evil that is cancer (that sees no age and claims anyone-even the innocent). Kelly taught me that you can be compassionate and loving even underneath a TOUGH and sometimes mean exterior. After she died someone told me that she had a huge crush on me and blah blah blah. While to this day it pi*ses me off that that person told me that, COME ON That can put some feelings of guilt on a kid (that is carried on to this day). However it taught me a huge lesson…TELL THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL NO MATTER THE CONSEQUENCES. So on that note; to the person I am no longer with-I hope you find Happiness and I do Love You with all my heart!

“Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life Who never knew how much I loved them, Now I live with the regret, That my true feelings for them never were revealed, So I made a promise to myself, To say each day how much she means to me, And avoid that circumstance, Where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel.”

Over the past few years I have a person who I am not with and will never be, but, even though it pisses her off…I tell her every time we talk-I love her. In her death Kelly has taught me a very important lesson. Since I have adopted her as my guardian angel (or maybe vice versa LOL) over the past 20 years she has been very busy.

“The competition’s getting younger Tougher broncs, you know I can’t recall, The worn out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women and bad booze, Seem to be the only friends I’ve left at all”

I work way too much, and have worked out beyond my physical boundaries, and play way too hard. I go until my candle burns out at both ends. For some reason I am chasing ghosts. Maybe the ghost of seeing my dad in a suit and tie everyday-no vacations and behind a desk working STUPID hours. I vowed very young that would never be me. Another ghost I fight is my physical stature (yet another one-thanx dad! LOL).

I have my height and temper from the Irish side of my family. On the other side of my family I have taken after my Grandfather. Not his height or long arms, or ripped abs and chest, or his sense of style, or his good looks- I have his giving traits (and yes many times that pi*ses me off!), but I also have his eyes and his shoulders. To this day, every young (and OLD) lady I know says “your Grandpa is hot.” Great, my Grandpa gets hit on more than me. ANYWAY I am not very tall…ok I AM SHORT. BUT I am strong as an OX and probably in the upper ranks of “Normal” 35 year old males in terms of physical fitness (funny thing according to body mass index I am morbidly obese).

For the record I just ran the equivalent to a Half Marathon, and weighed in at 174 pounds (1 pound under my goal weight of 175), I have lost 30 pounds since January 16th. I don’t post this kinda stuff for the sake of vanity, I post to make public and hold myself accountable as well as hopes that others will hold me accountable. MAYBE encourage someone else to do the same…but NOT VANITY!!!

Just like trying to overcome my other demons and ghosts, I try too hard to overcome my physical down falls by working out way too hard-to the point of injury and pain.

I also fight the ghost of failure. We all fail and that is what makes us grow

“why do we fall “Master Bruce”-to learn to pick ourselves back up.”

I went through a period of my life where I could not win. I failed at every chance! From jobs, to personal physical goals, to 2 VERY Un-healthy relationships. I hated to fail. But I have adopted some new outlooks and positive thinking (By the way read the books “The Secret,” and “The Purpose Driven Life”). While it is scary and sometimes difficult to go after a new contract, meet a new contact, overcome a difficult clients needs, or realize I CAN NOT lift that weight (and need to do more with less) I have come to realize that “with every failure I am closer to success.”-Einstein

Some of my failures I bring on myself. I am the first to say I do, before I think. I would rather fall off that horse-break something-and have a GREAT EXPERIENCE and STORY, than to listen to the professional who says I cannot do it! I do, and have had the chance to experience a lot of very cool things. Many I have done well and conquered, others I have failure MISERABLY. But all have taught me something-and given me some GREAT STORIES. I want to be that old guy-the ones I always gravitated to that sit by a campfire or on a porch and can spin tales for hours (Like Old Man Neighbarger and Leo Gartner, some stories even true LOL).

Since I have been interjecting song lyrics into this self description…this sums me up to a tee-with the exception of one verse I have edited out.

“I don’t know why I act the way I do
Like I ain’t got a single thing to lose
Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy
I guess that’s just the cowboy in me
I got a life that most would love to have
But sometimes I still wake up fightin’ mad
At where this road I’m heading down might lead
I guess that’s just the cowboy in me
The urge to run, the restlessness
The heart of stone I sometimes get
The things I’ve done for foolish pride
The me that’s never satisfied
The face that’s in the mirror when I don’t like what I see I guess that’s just the cowboy in me
We ride and never worry about the fall
I guess that’s just the cowboy in us all.”

This year has been the worse year ever with some of the worst cases of cancellations, being “let go,” and other problems of “LIFE.” YET IT HAS ALSO BEEN THE BEST IN WAY OF CONTACTS AND VERY COOL GIGS/EXPERIENCES. I am very lucky and blessed to have the opportunities I have had. I am also fortunate they have come after years of struggles and maturity. I now appreciate more, and well let’s face if I had these chances 10 years ago-I would have screwed them up!

I am a walking yin and yang with horrible luck. I also have some great personal moments. I accepted and forgave someone who hurt me (that was a great feet for life in general)…I also walked away from many altercations. This was huge for me; while “no one ever wins a fight” I always liked being the one with the least amount of blood on my face and the most on my hands. While the sound of bones breaking is still one of my favorite sounds in the world…I also know that it could be mine I am hearing. On multiple occasions I have walked away and I am proud of that!!!

Even though I bring some of it on myself…I have terrible luck. Just as I said above I had a run of failure. Combine that with numerous experiences/events I have been associated with, I have come to the acceptance…I have just plain bad luck. Need an example? In a one week period a few years ago;
1.) Broke up
2.) Lost job
3.) Was stabbed
4.) In hospital
5.) Had run in with Police
6.) Dog got fleas
7.) Pick up truck broke down
(“AND AFTER READING IT, I REALIZED THAT MY FRIEND HAD WRITTEN THE PERFECT COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG.”)

Funny thing is, this kind of thing happens to me all the time. A person once said, “the small things that are easy to everyone else, you fly off handle, but if it is catastrophic you are like, ‘oh well.'”

I truly am Charlie Brown. If I didn’t have bad luck…I would have no luck. Don’t get me wrong not everything that happens to me is just dumb luck.
I like everyone else have made mistakes

“regrets I have a few, but few too to mention”

and there are other things I have accomplished and am proud of. I work hard and play just as hard

“my work is my play cause I’m playin’ when I work.”

Right now in my life this “career” that I have been working on and manipulating to stay working is giving me one hell of a ride. The Highway of Life takes me to many different cities and allows me to meet all kinds of different peeps.

There are many lanes on my highway to success in the form of all kinds of different projects. Sometimes the road is bumpy but I am confident it will lead to where I want (“God blessed the broken road”). I am always around people and work in exciting situations, yet I want more.

I want one thing, the same “one thing” that everyone wants.

My one thing is different than many, and the same as a few. Everyone has that one thing, and we all need to find it. Mine is happiness in giving to many and making others Happy and smile-I want to be a success making others happy and for one small piece of their life forget about their problems…because of something I did.

My one thing would be complete, if I could get a quiet life when not “on”

“Not too soft not too loud-Just enough to draw a crowd Quietly, quietly, quietly making noise.”

That is how I will find my one thing. At this ripe young age of 35…I am still searching for my one thing, while I don’t know where the journey will end, I am in the middle of it

“Sometimes the best map will not guide you, sometimes you can’t see what’s round the bend.”

In regards to relationships I have found I do have a type. I have dated fitness competitors, book geeks, smart girls, dumb girls, and yes whores. Some have hurt me
others I have been a real prick too.

Both situations have taught me I don’t want anyone to feel like I have felt nor do I want to intentionally hurt someone. It would be cool to have a super hot model on my arm. But I would rather be with someone who can challenge me mentally, to be a better person, and to feel good just by being around them. I want someone who will allow me to do for them, without taking advantage-and vice versa. I know I am sick of whores, I am tired of drunks. I want someone who I can trust. I want a person I can talk with, share with and do things for. If she is a nice and a good person…I just want the girl next door (not here of course; one is an old married woman the other is a Chinese man). I want a woman who can let me treat her as all women should be treated like gold.

I have also found that someone MAY be perfect for me, I can look past any imperfections, cause they are not imperfections they are just part of a perfect person. The problem is, when you are in a relationship it takes 2 people, each person can be perfect; but if not perfect together, then neither is perfect for the exact time…

“Sure are some proud girls And you can’t tell them nothin’ And I tell you right now girls May just be seven wonders of this big, old round world But how ’bout them cowgirls.”

So my name is known different to many: Matt, Robert, Sexton, “SEX,” DJ, Lil Matty, Boss, A**hole, Coach, Matty Boy, “M,” The guy with the Republican Tattoo,” “The guy in the hat”…the title I like most, is friend.

“I’ve proven who I am so many times, The magnetic strip’s worn thin, And each time I was someone else, And every one was taken in.”

Someday I hope all are names associated with someone who is remembered as a hard worker, who was caring, and who gave back and paid it forward. It would be nice to know I made a positive influence on one person’s life. Those are areas I am working on. Maybe when I look back at 70 I will have a better understanding of the above wish, and have directions on my road to happiness, MAYBE I will have found my “one thing.” MAYBE…in my next 30 years

“I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age.
The ending of an era and the turning of a page.
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here,
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years. Hey my next thirty years Im gonna have some fun,
Try to forget about all the crazy things Ive done.
Maybe now Ive conquered all my adolescent fears
And Ill do it better in my
next thirty years.
My next thirty years Im gonna settle all the scores,
Cry a little less, laugh a little more.
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear,
Figure out just what Im doing here.”

I do know that in my past 35 years, I have learned a lot. After just under a decade at The Ohio State University…I learned one thing I hate Math and Spanish. The institution of life has taught me something far greater. Success is not measure in the amount of stuff, measured in the amount of worth, and not measured in the number of people looking up at the stage (at times THANK GOD FOR THE LATTER), success is in the measure of the man. I hope to be huge one day!!!

This day after 35 years, I believe I am complex and scared-but, I believe I am taking those 2 negatives and making them into driving forces for happiness and success. I believe I am not Superman, but I am not an old geezer. While finding acceptance of my age…age is nothing but a number. I also know that every person I have met has helped to form the person I am.

To all the good and bad…thank you! As I get older, there are more physical aches, more bills, the nights get longer and the mornings earlier, while the responsibilities grow

“These days I get up about the time I used to go to bed. Living large was once the deal, Now I watch the stars instead. They’re timeless and predictable, Unlike most things that I do.”

I have come the conclusion that I must work hard, continue to grow as a person, treat others the way I want to be treated, and just DO IT. Without wondering too much. I have to just do what I can and let the Good Lord above…handle it. He knows far more than me, or anyone I might turn to for help!

There are many songs that shape my life (I will list a few of them, however there is one that defines my life…)
I’ve been sittin here
Tryin to find myself
I get behind myself
I need to rewind myself
Lookin for the payback
Listen for the playback
They say that every man bleeds just like me
And I feel like number one
Yet I’m last in line
I take too many pills it helps to ease the pain
I made a couple of dollar bills, but still I feel the same
Everybody knows my name
They say it way out loud
A lot of folks f*** with me
It’s hard to hang out in crowds
I guess that’s the price you pay
To be some big shot like I am
Out stretched hands and one night stands
Still I can’t find love
And when your walls come tumbling down
I will always be around
People don’t know about the things I say and do
They don’t understand about the shit that I’ve been through
It’s been so long since I’ve been home
I’ve been gone, I’ve been gone for way too long
Maybe I forgot all things I miss
Oh somehow I know there’s more to life than this
I said it too many times
And I still stand firm
You get what you put in
And people get what they deserve
Still I ain’t seen mine
No I ain’t seen mine
I’ve been giving just ain’t been gettin
I’ve been walking that there line
So I think I’ll keep a walking
With my head held high
I’ll keep moving on and only God knows why

It will interesting to read this as I grow older not up.

“Im growing older but not up My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck Let those winds of time blow over my head Id rather die while Im living than live while Im dead.”

I have found that as I get older, so do my heroes, or those I look up to. Some have even passed on to the next world. All those I look up to are either due to work ethic, strong opinions, or making others smile and make a living doing so. Some are all of the above.

MY HERO’S
1.) My Grandfather-he pisses me off! I will never be like him yet I will try. He does and has always helped anyone out-even when he knows he will be burned!

2.) Jimmy Buffett-he makes people forget about their problems for that one song, or that one night of a concert. AND MAKES A VERY GOOD LIVING OUT OF IT!

3.) Ted Nugent-Combines all his passions and vents through music. He is my dude! The ONE LONE WOLF Conservative in the entertainment world! Thanx “Uncle” Ted

4.) Francis Albert Sinatra-Did things ‘his way’ and created his own form of entertainment…the ultimate showman. He was Billy Bad A** yet was kind, gentle, and always getting hurt

5.) The Underdogs-those who rise above whatever their limitations…from sports heroes, to business guys, to the kids at the Special Olympics…you work hard you overcome, you get my props!!!

SONGS THAT HIT HOME (while typing this, still private…wanna know why-look up lyrics)
1.) Behind Blue Eyes-The Who
2.) My Way-Frank Sinatra
3.) Pacing the Cage-Jimmy Buffett
4.) Better as a Memory-Kenny Chesney
5.) All the way-Frank Sinatra
6.) Wanted Dead or Alive-Bon Jovi
7.) This Cowboys Hat-Chris Ledoux
8.) Cowboy in Me-Tim McGraw
9.) No Easy Way Out-Survivor
10.) Don’t stop believing-Journey (and no “dude you are not a small town girl comments!”)
One I gotz ta mention “Carmen Ohio”-Buckeye Nation before/after a game. and the song I can’t get out of my head right now is “Need You Now” by Lady A.

MOVIES THAT MAKE ME
1.) Batman (Original)
2.) Rudy
3.) The Joker is Wild (and it is NOT a Batman movie)
4.) Pay it Forward
5.) Say Anything
6.) Rocky IV (shut up!!!)
7.) Say Anything
8.) Pure Country
9.) Boondock Saints
10.) Walk the line

So that is me in a blog. Wrapped up with all the good and bad of 34 years. I am still writing my book, and working on a few songs. This was for me, and not whoever is still reading this. I need to put thoughts into writing and what the hell…I am an open book and I will share. Speaking of books…”My Life, shaken, with a twist of fate,” has 5 chapters completed.

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it’s pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like you live too long
Days drip slowly on the page
You catch yourself
Pacing the cage
I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It’s as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you’ll wind up
Pacing the cage
Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can’t see what’s round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend

Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage

On all my gigs I play “Hang on Sloopy” and make a reference about being at The Ohio State University the “10 best years of my life.” On New Years Eve 2010 Dr. Petrik, pulled me to the side and made a great comment-he put his finger in my chest and said “those were not the best days of your life-this day forward will be the best days of your life.” I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT, THANX DOC!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME/RANT:
I had a potential client text me after 9pm ON A SUNDAY NIGHT. That is not all that bad, the real problem was I SPOKE to him on Friday, and TEXT him on Friday. Told him I was out of town and not feeling well. Told him I would follow up on Monday. HE THEN TEXTS ME AT A TIME I WOULD NOT EVEN CONSIDER CALLING A CLIENT?!?!? I give respect, and don’t have much time for “me.” I wish some clients would learn this. FOLLOW UP: He invaded my personal time and then decides he could not afford me. THANX FOR THE WASTED TIME!!!

WEATHER:
HEY AL GORE, HOW’S THAT GLOBAL WARMING THEORY GOING-AT LEAST YOU GOT AN OSCAR FOR YOUR DOCUMENTARY OF MADE UP FACTS-YOU ARE IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS MICHAEL MOORE!!!
February snow sets city record
By Kevin Sanchez

The four snowstorms that blasted Columbus last month accumulated 30.1 inches of snow, breaking a 100-year record for total snowfall in the month of February in the city.
The previous record was set in 1910 when 29.2 inches of snow fell that month.

The city neared the record on Monday, Feb. 15, when a storm system dumped 9.7 inches of snow, the most snow ever recorded in Columbus on that day. That storm pushed the city’s monthly snowfall to 25.4 inches.

But the 1910 record remained unbroken until Friday, when flurries dropped 2.2 inches of snow. More snowfall on Saturday pushed the total over the 30-inch mark, said National Weather Service representative John Franks.

In 2003, the third-highest mark was set with 24.4 total inches, followed by 19.6 inches in 1914 and 16.4
in 1979 to round out the five heaviest snowfalls in February.

After Sunday, the new February record has officially been set at 30.1 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The ice, rain and snow that have blasted Columbus this winter caused their share of traffic accidents, as well as the closing of almost every school in the Columbus area at some point in time.

Ohio State remained open during the majority of the storms, but classes were canceled on Feb. 16. OSU resumed the next day.

As March begins, there are only 21 days until the first official day of spring. It is unclear when the spring sunshine will begin and the snow will cease.
The National Weather Service forecast for Columbus predicts chances of snow flurries until Wednesday and the possibility of partly sunny skies on Thursday.

SOCIAL NETWORKING:
I still have 3 slots left to handle any business, group, or organization social networking. Social Networking is a FREE Chance to keep in contact with your clients, or donors. Ask me how I have increased revenues and NAME ID for several organizations.

ARNOLD WEEKEND:
…and for the first time in over 15 years, I will not be attending! I am in Kansas City with PBR This weekend

Business caters to strongman trade
By Josh Jarman
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“It started at that point, with us asking, ‘Where do you get this stuff?'” he said of the equipment used in the competitions.

Slater made some of the gear for shows in Lancaster, and soon one of his employees came up with the idea for a plastic mold that could be used to make the concrete spheres known as Atlas stones, an iconic part of strongman competitions worldwide.

The concrete orbs range from 8-inch, 23-pound stones to a 24-inch monster that weighs 586 pounds. They come out of the mold with a smooth finish, which Slater said adds to the drama of the event for spectators.

“The stone is fighting you the whole way,” he said. “You can see how much effort a lifter has to exude to pick one of these up.”

As the sport has become more popular, the equipment has become more available, but Slaters has found its niche both in the lightweight molds that can be
shipped overseas and its real wood logs for the overhead press. Most competitions use a steel “log,” but Slater said his rope-wrapped wood logs invoke the barbarian style of the World’s Strongest Man competitions of the early ’80s.

Terry Todd, director of the Arnold Strongman Classic, said Slater was an indispensible part of the strongman competition and has been important to the event’s success since its inception.

In addition to developing a new world-record-weight Atlas stone for each year’s competition, Slater assembles a group of local lifters who help set up and tear down the equipment for the event.

“I think if we didn’t have Steve, we’d have to have three additional people to do what he does,” Todd said.

“It started at that point, with us asking, ‘Where do you get this stuff?'” he said of the equipment used in the competitions.
Slater made some of the gear for shows in Lancaster, and soon one of his employees came up with the idea for a plastic mold that could be used to make the concrete spheres known as Atlas stones, an iconic part of strongman competitions worldwide.

The concrete orbs range from 8-inch, 23-pound stones to a 24-inch monster that weighs 586 pounds. They come out of the mold with a smooth finish, which Slater said adds to the drama of the event for spectators.

“The stone is fighting you the whole way,” he said. “You can see how much effort a lifter has to exude to pick one of these up.”

As the sport has become more popular, the equipment has become more available, but Slaters has found its niche both in the lightweight molds that can be shipped overseas and its real wood logs for the overhead press. Most competitions use a steel “log,” but Slater said his rope-wrapped wood logs invoke the barbarian style of the World’s Strongest Man competitions of the early ’80s.

Terry Todd, director of the Arnold Strongman Classic, said Slater was an indispensible part of the strongman competition and has been important to the event’s success since its inception.

In addition to developing a new world-record-weight Atlas stone for each year’s competition, Slater assembles a group of local lifters who help set up and tear down the equipment for the event.

“I think if we didn’t have Steve, we’d have to have three additional people to do what he does,” Todd said.

SPORTS:
We had this conversation as the kids rushed the court on Tuesday at The Ohio State vs Illinois game. KIDS QUIT RUSHING!!!

Rush to Rush
By Rick Reilly
ESPN The Magazine
Listen, you Froyo freaks, you face-painters, you hoopheads of higher learning: Before you rush the court, storm the court, wreck the court … rush your butts back to your seats while I explain something.

You’re doing it WAY too much.

This isn’t karaoke Tuesdays. It’s not a scheduled event. True rushing the court happens to a school once every 20 years or so. It should be, “Oh, there’s Professor Krumpke. Let’s have him tell us about the time he rushed the court.” It’s like walking down the aisle: If you do it more than twice in your life, you’re doing it wrong.

It’s spontaneous, like a flash flood. It’s unpredictable, like Publishers Clearing House showing up at your front door. It’s as unstoppable as a sneeze and just as unplanned. It carries you away like a tornado. You suddenly find yourself on top of the rim and have no idea how you got there.

You people are treating it like it’s your weekly Spanish lab. Or poker night. You can’t e-mail about it ahead of time. It’d be like penciling into your calendar “Make out with Halle Berry tonight after winning Oscar.” And it can’t be something to do just to get on TV. You wanna be on TV, go bother Matt Lauer.

I’m talking to you, Indiana. You rushed the court this season after beating Minnesota. Minnesota? Really? How is beating Minnesota cause for unrestrainable joy? It’s like pantsing the chess club.

I’m talking to you, South Carolina. You RTC’d after beating Kentucky both this season and in 2005. It’s supposed to be “Hats in the air! War’s over!” Not “I really want a picture next to John Wall!”

I’m talking to you, Illinois. You RTC’d when you beat No. 5 Michigan State this year. Even Illinois legend Dee Brown was cringing. He tweeted: “No no no no! … We are Illinois! Winning should be normal.”

Sorry, Dee. Illinois has a new motto: “We are Illinois! We really like to pregame!”

I’m definitely talking to you, Wake Forest. You RTC’d when you beat North Carolina last season. They were third in the nation. You were fourth. What’s going to make you storm the floor next? New nets?

This has got to stop. Therefore, here are the Ironclad and Unbreakable Rushing-the-Court Rules. From now on, you can NOT rush the court if …

• You’ve won an NCAA title in the past 20 years.

• You’ve been in the Final Four in the past five years.

• The team you just beat is not in the top three.

• Or is ranked within 15 rungs of you. (Somebody do the math for Wake.)

• Or is really a football school. This includes Florida, Texas and Ohio State. Get over it.

• You’ve beaten this same team in the past five years.

• You won the stupid game by more than 10 points. There is no such thing as a PRTC (Premeditated Rush The Court.)

• You’re a university and you just beat a college.

• Coach K comes to your coach’s clinic.

• You have a dead-mortal-lock lottery pick on your team.

• Your team has appeared in a recent “One Shining Moment.”

I don’t want to hear “It was a signature win!” I’m not signing off on it. I don’t want to hear “It was the first time we’ve beaten a top-10 RPI team in six seasons.” If it’s a stat your mother wouldn’t know, forget it. Nor will I stand for “It clinched our spot in the NCAA tournament.” Big deal. Sixty-five teams make it. It’s like making the white pages. Cheer from your seat.

Now we understand here at the Court of Court Rushing that there are occasionally unusual circumstances. Therefore, here are the Official Amendments to the Ironclad and Unbendable Rushing-the-Court Rules. You can rush the court if:

• Your arena is closing down forever after the game. That will happen this week at Freedom Hall in Louisville and Mac Court in Oregon. Fine. Dig up the boards, too. Take the chairs. Knock yourselves out.

• Something stupidly wonderful happens, like a 90-foot David Blaine Special goes in or an air ball bounces off the ref’s head to win your conference. Fine.

• You are Wisconsin-Milwaukee and you are 0-37 against your cross-city rival Marquette. When you win, you should rush the court, then City Hall, then the Miller factory.

• It’s the first time you’ve beaten your archrival in 10 years or more, plus one of the following: (1) they still have your goat, (2) they stole and painted your best physics professor, or (3) they’re going to end up making PILES more cash than you.

• Jihadists have kidnapped your power forward and are holding him captive near the key.
Finally, if you are in compliance with the Ironclad and Unbreakable Rules, make sure at least three of you hoist the center. Otherwise you’ll drop him, causing him to rip a rotator cuff and, consequently, miss the rest of the year. Then people will egg your dorm room until you graduate, which will be never because every professor will hate you, too.

Now get out there and remain seated!

KILLER WALES AREN’T THE ONLY ONES WITH PROBLEMS:
Manatees are one of my favorite animals (Elephants and Dolphins the other two)
Death in the wild
Manatee release defended
By Kathy Lynn Gray
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Winter cold recently killed one former Columbus Zoo and Aquarium manatee and hospitalized another, but zoo officials still believe in the federal program to rescue and release the gentle mammals.

“The objective is to get them back into the wild where they can reproduce,” said Doug Warmolts, assistant director of living collections at the Columbus Zoo. “Once they’re out there, they’re subject to all the threats an everyday manatee has.”

Gene, a Columbus Zoo manatee from 1999 to 2005, died last month from cold stress brought on by an unusually long spell of cold temperatures in Florida. He’d been released there three years ago after living in captivity for 30 years.
Another former Columbus manatee, Hurricane, was suffering from cold stress when he was captured in late December and put into a manatee “hospital” at Sea World. He recovered and was released back into the wild Tuesday.

The federal government spends millions each year on manatee rescue and release in an attempt to keep the endangered species from becoming extinct. The government’s partners often put up their own cash, with the Columbus Zoo spending about $125,000 a year for each manatee it houses.

“It’s an enormous amount of money,” agreed Nicole Adimey, coordinator of the federal program. “But I think it’s a very successful program.”
Since the program started in 1973, an estimated 1,032 manatees have been rescued, Adimey said.

About half were released back into the wild almost immediately, and 289 were released after rehabilitation at one of the program’s 11 centers. Of those, 107 were released with monitoring devices. Six of those manatees did not succeed in the wild, 66 were successful, and results of 35 are inconclusive, she said.
Rehabilitation is successful, Adimey said, if the released manatee adapts to life in the wild for more than a year. That includes migrating into warmer, inland waters during colder months, something manatees in lengthy captivity must learn from the wild companions around them.

Gene and Hurricane had done that in the past, Warmolts said. But this year, Gene was among about 200 manatees – 190 more than normal – killed by the cold in the first six weeks of the year.

Adimey said the rehabilitation program doesn’t make up for the many manatees killed by watercraft – the biggest threat to the mammals – but it offsets those deaths to some extent. The hope is that rehabilitated manatees that are released also add to the population by reproducing.

Warmolts said Gene often was observed traveling with mating groups and is believed to have produced offspring.

“He was able to spend time at the end of his life as a wild manatee, and his genetic material is in the population,” Warmolts said. “In my book, that’s worth it.”
Not everyone agrees.

Some activists and Florida politicians lobbied the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December to delay the release of two manatees from Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park along the west-central Florida coast. The two had lived much of their lives in captivity and had been hand-fed mostly human food.

Florida state Sen. Mike Fasano said the manatees should stay where they are rather than be returned to the wild where they could die.

“You can’t all of a sudden send them out after they’ve been captive so long,” the senator said.
The release is now on hold for a year while the wildlife service reviews it.

GOVERNMENT:
IT’S ABOUT TIME, I DON’T EVEN USE THE MAIL-ONLY CHECK ONCE A WEEK!
Put US Postal Service with Beta, and Fax machines.

Postal Service Seeks Permission to End Saturday Delivery
FOXNews.com
Postmaster General John Potter said Tuesday that he intends to seek congressional approval to cut Saturday delivery as part of a wide-ranging plan to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap.

Postmaster General John Potter said Tuesday that he intends to seek congressional approval to cut Saturday delivery as part of a wide-ranging plan to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap.

Though the idea of cutting service from six to five days has gotten a cool reception on Capitol Hill, Potter said that the plan would include enough flexibility so that customers who need Saturday service can get it and that this and other changes need to be implemented for the Postal Service to survive.

“We built a plan that we think is very reasonable. … We intend to pursue that,” he said. “It’s a move that we simply have to make.”

The financially struggling Postal Service is trying to find ways to get out of the red without resorting to taxpayer aid. Potter announced Tuesday that the service could lose a staggering $7 billion this year — losses attributed to a combination of the recession and the predominance of e-mail and other electronic forms of communication.
It is estimated that cutting Saturday delivery, a move that requires congressional permission, could save $3.5 billion a year.

Potter said the Postal Service, aside from trying to cut down service days, would also use price increases in “moderation” to close the budget gap as well as pursue other changes. He urged regulators to act quickly in helping the Postal Service implement those changes and expressed optimism that the service could eventually get above water.
Though he said privatization had been on the table during a lengthy internal review, that option appeared to be ruled out. One consultant, Thomas Dohrmann from McKinsey & Company, said privatization was “unlikely” in part because it would be hard to find a buyer.

“We need to rethink everything and every approach to move the Postal Service forward,” Potter said. “We need to reinvest, redefine and reinvigorate the value of mail to business and households.”

The Postal Service posted $3.8 billion in losses last year. Mail volume was down 13 percent, a decline officials say will continue.
Potter said mail volume went from 213 billion pieces in 2006 to a projected 166 billion pieces in fiscal 2010.

FINACE:
Rules That Warren Buffett Lives By
by Stephanie Loiacono
Warren Buffett is arguably the world’s greatest stock investor. He’s also a bit of a philosopher. He pares down his investment ideas into simple, memorable sound bites. Do you know what his homespun sayings really mean? Does his philosophy hold up in today’s difficult environment? Find out below.

“Rule No. 1: Never Lose Money. Rule No. 2: Never Forget Rule No. 1.”

Buffett personally lost about $23 billion in the financial crisis of 2008, and his company, Berkshire Hathaway, lost its revered AAA ratings. So how can he tell us to never lose money?

He’s referring to the mindset of a sensible investor. Don’t be frivolous. Don’t gamble. Don’t go into an investment with a cavalier attitude that it’s OK to lose. Be informed. Do your homework. Buffett invests only in companies he thoroughly researches and understands. He doesn’t go into an investment prepared to lose, and neither should you.
Buffett believes the most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. A successful investor doesn’t focus on being with or against the crowd.
The stock market will swing up and down. But in good times and bad, Buffett stays focused on his goals. So should we. (This esteemed investor rarely changes his long-term investing strategy no matter what the market does.

“If The Business Does Well, the Stock Eventually Follows”
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham convinced Buffett that investing in a stock equates to owning a piece of the business. So when he searches for a stock to invest in, Buffett seeks out businesses that exhibit favorable long-term prospects. Does the company have a consistent operating history? Does it have a dominant business franchise? Is the business generating high and sustainable profit margins? If the company’s share price is trading below expectations for its future growth, then it’s a stock Buffett may want to own.

Buffett never buys anything unless he can write down his reasons why he’ll pay a specific price per share for a particular company. Do you do the same?

“It’s Far Better to Buy a Wonderful Company at a Fair Price Than a Fair Company at a Wonderful Price”
Buffett is a value investor who likes to buy quality stocks at rock-bottom prices. His real goal is to build more and more operating power for Berkshire Hathaway by owning stocks that will generate solid profits and capital appreciation for years to come. When the markets reeled during the recent financial crisis, Buffett was stockpiling great long-term investments by investing billions in names like General Electric and Goldman Sachs.

To pick stocks well, investors must set down criteria for uncovering good businesses, and stick to their discipline. You might, for example, seek companies that offer a durable product or service and also have solid operating earnings and the germ for future profits. You might establish a minimum market capitalization you’re willing to accept, and a maximum P/E ratio or debt level. Finding the right company at the right price — with a margin for safety against unknown market risk — is the ultimate goal.
Remember, the price you pay for a stock isn’t the same as the value you get. Successful investors know the difference.

“Our Favorite Holding Period Is Forever”
How long should you hold a stock? Buffett says if you don’t feel comfortable owning a stock for 10 years, you shouldn’t own it for 10 minutes. Even during the period he called the “Financial Pearl Harbor,” Buffett loyally held on to the bulk of his portfolio.

Unless a company has suffered a sea change in prospects, such as impossible labor problems or product obsolescence, a long holding period will keep an investor from acting too human. That is, being too fearful or too greedy can cause investors to sell stocks at the bottom or buy at the peak — and destroy portfolio appreciation for the long run.
You may think the recent financial meltdown changed things, but don’t be fooled: those unfussy sayings from the Oracle of Omaha still RULE!

HEALTH:
Been told this is what I had in Nashville
Norovirus cases increase across London
Norovirus is highly contagious
Cases of the winter sickness bug, norovirus, have shown a significant increase in London since the start of the year, the NHS has reported.

The NHS and Health Protection Agency (HPA) have reported 244 outbreaks in the capital rising from 42 in December but many cases have gone unreported.
The virus tends to last one to two days causing nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.

It remains infectious 48-hours after symptoms have stopped and can be easily passed from person-to-person.
The NHS has said people who have contracted the sickness should stay at home to prevent it spreading.

Sufferers have also been advised to take over-the-counter remedies, drink plenty of fluids and let the illness run its own course.
Dr Brian McCloskey, Director of the HPA in London, said: “London continues to be hit by norovirus as we move through the winter months with a surge in outbreaks since the new year.

“Personal hygiene must also be good so make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating and after going to the toilet.”

HEALTH:
I would like to point out I have dropped 20 pounds since Febuary 20th. I am weighing in at just under 175 pounds. My runs are getting longer (and pace is increasing). Recently I ran an equivelant of a half marathon. The good thing for me, I am leaning out and have not lost much of my size, and NONE OF MY STRENGTH! While I am being conscious of what I eat, I basically eat whatever I want. MY SECRET? Products from Visalus! To learn more on how you can get your weight under control, lose weight, and JUST BE HEALTHIER, plus have the chance to make an extra income…www.sexton.bodybyvi.com Or http://www.sexton.visalusgiving.com

OSU BUCKEYE NEWS:
Ohio State’s season-opener for the 2014 football season will be Aug. 30 vs. Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore

QUOTES:
“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come.” Ellen Degeneres

Quote of the night from the Winter Olympics closing ceremony…”The always enjoyable giant inflatable beaver.” (Come on Canada you are making it too easy!)

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance. ~ Unknown Author (think this should be geared towards a woman and I hope we do “meet halfway”)

A conceited person never gets anywhere because he thinks he’s already there..
Fame and fortune do not build success… character does, so be careful what you do today you may have to pay for it tomorrow.

If you play the game off life, you’ll have many wins & loses. regardless of ur talent level – D.Dyer
Lifes like a mirror,, Just because u break or ignore the mirror doesn’t mean ur reflection will change.

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other ppl in life what they want -(Ziglar)

MUSIC NEWS:
45th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS nominations announced

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Kenny Chesney

Toby Keith

Brad Paisley

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Zac Brown Band

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Darius Rucker

George Strait

Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert

Reba McEntire

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Randy Rogers Band

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn

Joey + Rory

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia

Sugarland

TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *

Luke Bryan

Jamey Johnson

Chris Young

TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR *

Bomshel

Joey + Rory

Steel Magnolia

TOP NEW VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR *

Eli Young Band

Gloriana

The Lost Trailers

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

American Saturday Night – Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers

Lady Antebellum – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Victoria Shaw, Paul Worley

Play On – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Mark Bright
“Quitter” Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions and Mark Bright

Revolution – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

The Foundation – Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
Produced by: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

People Are Crazy – Billy Currington (Mercury)
Produced by: Carson Chamberlain, Billy Currington

Red Light – David Nail (MCA Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

Toes – Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground / Bigger Picture / Atlantic)
Produced by: Keith Stegall, Zac Brown

White Liar – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
Composers: Mike Elizondo, Brett James, Carrie Underwood
Publishers: Brett James Cornelius Music (ASCAP), Carrie Okie Music (BMI), Rincon Ave Music
(ASCAP), Stage Three Songs (ASCAP)

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
Publishers: EMI Foray Music (BMI), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP)

People Are Crazy – Billy Currington
Composers: Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones
Publishers: Crozier Music Enterprises LLC (BMI), Mighty Nice Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tiltawhirl Music (BMI)

White Liar – Miranda Lambert
Composers: Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Tiltawhirl Music (BMI)

You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Composers: Liz Rose, Taylor Swift
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Taylor Swift Music (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award)

Boots On – Randy Houser
Producer: Eric Welch
Director: Eric Welch (Drake footage: Vickie Vaughn)

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Producer: Clarke Gallican
Director: David McClister

Welcome To The Future – Brad Paisley
Producers: Mark Kalbfeld, Jim Shea, Peter Tilden
Director: Jim Shea

White Liar – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Tameron Hedge
Director: Chris Hicky

You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Producer: Randy Brewer
Director: Roman White

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)

Hillbilly Bone – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville)
Producer: Scott Hendricks

Honky Tonk Stomp – Brooks & Dunn featuring Billy Gibbons (Arista Nashville)
Producer: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride

I Told You So – Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis (19/Arista Nashville)
Producer: Mark Bright

I’m Alive – Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews (Blue Chair/BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

Seeing Stars – Jack Ingram featuring Patty Griffin (Big Machine Records)
Produced by: Jack Ingram, Jeremy Stover

TO DO THIS WEEKEND:

THURSDAY:
Join DJ Nohbody as he kicks off yer weekend with Ladies Night at Yogi’s (5857 Karric Square Dr, Dublin, OH). Dance floor will be hot and enjoy $3.00 Ice Cold Bacardi Drinks 9pm-1am

The Irish Lads, Flogging Molly, play The LC-Lifestyle Communities. For more info http://www.promowestproductions.com

FRIDAY:
Jam Band, Umphrey’s McGee play the Newport Music Hall, on OSU Campus. For more info http://www.promowestlive.com
Three Dog Night play the Historic Midland Theater in downtown Nerk, Ahia. For more info http://www.midlandtheatre.org

SATURDAY:
The Jack plays Captain Jack’s

Local rockers, Saving Jane, plays A&R Music Bar (Next LC). For more info http://www.promowestlive.com

Howie Day plays The Basement (Under A&R Music Bar (yes there is a pattern here). For more info http://www.promowestlive.com

FUNNIES:

FRIDAY:
CAPA Presents, Second City’s 50th Anniversary Tour
at The Southern Theatre. This is the group that started many if the careers on Saturday Night Live. For more info http://www.capa.com

ALL WEEKEND:
Sheryl Underwood, plays The Funny Bone at Easton Town Center all weekend

MORE TO DO:
SATURDAY:
Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. Reservations needed http://www.thewilds.org

ALL WEEKEND:
Arnold Sports Festival takes over Downtown Columbus. This is my second favorite event of the year (AND I AM OUT OF TOWN!!!). If a pro, amateur, or looking for motivation to get started on your own personal fitness-this is a must attend event. PLUS the largest collection of sporting events in the world from Weight-Lifting, to Cheer-leading, and from Skateboarding to Ping-Pong. For more info http://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

Broadway Across America-Columbus presents 101 Dalmatians at The Palace Theatre. Disney bring the magic of the cartoon to the stage with a award winning production and REAL Dogs! For more info http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com

Central Ohio Home & Garden Show allows even my own dad to think he is Bob Villa. The Tradition continues this year all weekend at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. For more info http://www.dispatchevents.com

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is giving the kids an opportunity to be the first to see “Barbie In A Mermaid Tale Movie.” For showtimes and more info http://www.columbuszoo.org

IN THEATERS:
Tim Burton ruins yet another childhood concept this time he and Johnny Depp team up in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ rated “PG.” This movie MAY be ok for the kids but adults may find more humor in the underlining themes.

‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ starring an all star cast of Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Eathan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes brings the “Cop vs Gangsta” movie back and is AWESOME! “Finest” is rated “R.”

DVD:
The end of the world disaster movie, ‘2010’ starring John Cusack, and Amanda Peet rated “PG-13”

ONE OF MY FAVORITES FROM LAST YEAR!!! ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ Spike Jonze Brings the Characters from a great Children’s Book to life. However, while anyone who grew up with the book WILL CHERISH THIS MOVIE (like I do), it may be a little slow for the kids. “Wild” is rated “PG.”

NEW MUSIC:
Easton Corbin is “a little more country” on his self tittled debute

American Idol finalist, Danny Gokey, releases “My Best Days”

Shooter Jennings & Hierophant release “Black Ribbons”

You sang along now get the album, Blake Shelton releases “Hillbilly Bone”

COMING SOON
Next Saturday 3-13 THROUGH ST. PATTY DAY WEDS 3-17
Event on!!!
Biggest Tent Party in Central Ohio
Start Time: Saturday, March 13-18th
Location: Fado Irish Pub
Street: 4022 Townsfair Way
Columbus, OH

For St Patrick’s Day in Columbus, Fado Irish Pub has a week long schedule of events. The biggest St Patrick’s Day party gets bigger each year and advance tickets are on sale now! Get your 2 Day Pass now and save big bucks.

We have the best mix of Irish music and Irish entertainment throughout the course of the St Patrick’s Day Festival 2010.
Here’s what we have planned:

Session On.

Wednesday, March 10
Guinness Perfect Pint Contest. With serious bragging rights at stake, this competition gives the local pubs a chance to prove who pours the best pints! Prizes galore. 7:00 PM start time.

Thursday, March 11
Jameson Whiskey Social. Starting at 7pm, join us as Chef Jason pairs creative cuisine with the Jameson family of whiskeys. Limited Reservations accepted, call 614-418-0066.

Friday, March 12
Bailey’s Irish Cream Sampling Event. With John Andrews performing live and a chance to sample the smoothest cream liquor in the world, only a fool would make other plans on this night. 7:00pm start.

Saturday, March 13 – The Premier St Patrick’s Tent Party in Columbus begins!
A day long festival outside in our large, heated tent. Save and buy tickets online at http://www.FadoIrishPub.com/Columbus. Arrive before 5pm and beat the $10 cover charge.
It’s a full day kicking off with our St Baldrick’s Charity Event from 1pm-4pm. Shave your head and help find a cure for childhood cancer. Come down and show your support for a great cause.

A big day out at Fadó wouldn’t be complete without a lot of great live music. DJ Matt Sexton kicks off the stage with Live music begining at 3:30pm and offers something for everyone with the likes of Blood, Sweat, and Beers, traditional Irish Dancers, and Get in the Van. You’ll wrap up your outdoor festival experience with The Menus headlining.
Sunday, March 14

Get here early for Live Six Nations Rugby with France taking on Italy and all the English Premier League Soccer you can handle- see website for start times. Soak up the best
sporting atmosphere in the city with a perfect pint of Guinness and a delicious Fadó Brunch.

Monday, March 15
Special St Patrick’s Day Pub Quiz. Quiz starts at 8pm, but why not get here for 6pm and show some love for our special guest bartenders from the Shamrock Club and Daughters of Erin.

Tuesday, March 16
What better way to warm up for the session of the year than hours of great Live Music and entertainment.
Matt Sexton starts the Pre-Green Party at 5:30pm, with The Drowsy Lads will kick things off at 6:00 PM, followed by The Milennium School’s own Irish Dancers at

7:00 PM. We’ll end our night with The Ladies of Longford headlining at 9:00 PM
Wednesday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day in Columbus – Session On.
Save and buy tickets online at http://www.FadoIrishPub.com/Columbus.
*$5 cover includes free breakfast until 10:00 AM
*$5 cover from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; $10 cover from 4:00 PM-midnight.

Doors open at 7AM for Kegs and Eggs. A St Patrick’s Day tradition at Fadó , not to be missed! DJ Matt Sexton will be spinning the hits all day.
Live Music kicks off at 9am with Blood, Sweat, and Beers, Homeland at 1:00 PM, Katie’s Irish Dancers at 3:00 PM, Mother Trucker Duo at 3:30 PM, Soul Kitch’n at 5.30 PM, The Websters at 7:30pm and Swagg will headline your 2010 St Paddy’s party at 9:30 PM .

Of course, no St Patrick’s Day would be complete without the proper Irish food and Irish drink. Fado Irish Pub features the best Guinness in Columbus, other great Irish beers like Harp, Smithwicks and Kilkenny, proper Irish coffees, Baileys Irish cream, and of course a wide selection of Irish whiskeys.

Looking for Irish food? Just because there isn’t an Irish restaurant on every block doesn’t mean we don’t have a fine Irish food tradition. All of our Irish recipes are prepared from scratch: corned beef and cabbage, the traditional Irish boxty and Irish pub favorites like Fish & Chips. We will confidently tell you we have the best Irish food in Columbus.
Safe to say there’s no better St Patrick’s Day pub in Columbus. Additional details will be coming soon, so sign up for our St Patrick’s Day 2010 email here to get the latest!
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