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Greetings from First Week of Rocktober

Greetings from trackside at Road Atlanta in Atlanta Georgia, on this first weekend of the month of October.

October is the month of one of my favorite days of the year, Halloween (I will give a fun history lesson on this day later in the month). October is also known to many as “Rocktober,” however the current state of rock & roll…kinda sucks! But more importantly October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I encourage everyone to support ANY organization that assists with this deadly disease. Breast cancer is THE MOST common form of cancer in women (with exception to skin cancer). Breast cancer is the cause of 1out of 35 deaths in women. Please support events, organizations or A PERSON who battles this disease; I believe a “boob is a terrible thing to waste.” Show your support to families who have lost someone, survivors, and those battling by wearing pink a few times this month!

Not really much to say, just I am very tired and been on a 4 week schedule where at least 1-2 days of the week I have not been able to go to bed due to work. While this sounds like a bad situation to some, I try to find the good.

When these types of issues arise, it is a great feeling to know I am able to carry on and get jobs done regardless of what comes along. Plus I am reminded that work ethic can overcome any inabilities! I also have found learning situations in all. Some as to how to work smarter, others…to turn down an opportunity, because sometimes you just have to say no. BUT in turn I try to always make time for friends/organizations. As I am having one of the most successful years ever, I have learned I have never worked harder-for others!

I get furious when I see some folks who are successful, or those who b**ch they can’t get a break when they refuse to help. We all can help someone and even if the event/person/group does not help you, your deposit into the Karma bank can pay you back 3 fold.

Another area that I found is bothering me a lot lately, is accountability. I am not perfect! However for God’s sake people if you say you will do something, DO IT! If you gave your word, IT IS A CONTRACT. If a moment or event goes wrong…one of those “sh*t happens” moments. DON’T RELY ON OTHERS TO TAKE OVER; it is ok to ask for help…we all need help from others. BUT COME ON, if something happens-find ways to fix or make up for it ON YOUR OWN! The solution may not always be easy, or even cheap…but we MUST FIND A WAY TO RIGHT A WRONG that is on your watch.

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. ~William Shakespeare

“All the world’s indeed a stage, And we are merely players, Performers and Portrayers. Each another’s audience outside the gilded cage. – Rush (And Shakespeare

You know how sometimes it seems that life is just throwing you one curved ball after another? Well, guess what, – you have a great way to respond! – you can use every opportunity, every single one, to be happy. Don’t just take a shower – feel into and receive pleasure from the water on your skin. Don’t just walk on the street – enjoy the fragrances of the trees and the flowers on your way. Don’t just drive your car – sing karaoke to your favorite radio station.

This song just makes me smile and…yeas it’s great to be me! Thanx Matty (aka Uncle Cracker)

There is an app, that if person in car nearby also has…can tell a person if their car is too close or driving poorly I WANT THIS!!! Anyone know what it is called?

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy-Gretta Brooker Palmer

As I have been stating, I have friends who are attempting to better themselves by accomplishing some physical goals (in the Nike Woman’s Race)-while raising monies for kids/villages in Africa, and OUR ARMY/NAVY game group is starting to organize for this year’s event on December 11th. Wherever your interests, heart, and wallet guide you, please consider assisting some of the groups that need YOUR assistance, even if it is someone NOT associated with my groups-JUST DO SOMETHIING FOR SOMEONE!!!

The best head of hair in movies…

Remembering Tony Curtis (found this online)

Reminiscent of Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis was zooming along in a little dinghy to meet me at the dock. It was 1996, during the Cannes Film Festival, and he was staying on Dodi Fayed’s yacht. Good thing I brought security because the minute he got off the boat, people began crowding around us. Tony was walking tall, proudly wearing his French Legion of Honor medal, as we headed to a book signing for his autobiography. Before I could blink, hundreds of people were escorting us to the bookshop, and when we reached the street with the bookshop, thousands of people were there waiting, cheering. I’ve never seen anything like it. After signing so much his fingers were aching, we hopped in an escape vehicle, but not before fans started jumping on the hood, pounding the windows, throwing themselves on the trunk. Tony laughed and laughed, loving every minute. He turned to me and said, “You gotta tell Jill, you gotta tell Jill.” Jill was his girlfriend who later became his wife.

Tony loved being famous. Once we were driving in L.A. and he wanted to show me something, so we hopped on the 101 freeway and soon he pointed with excitement and said, “Okay, get in the right lane, slow down, slow down. There! There it is!” He was pointing to a gigantic, fantastic mural of Tony Curtis circa 1953. He slapped his leg and laughed with total glee. In the 1950s, Tony was so famous and popular that he could make any movie he wanted. He decided to make a movie with his idol, Cary Grant, on a pink submarine. Not only was he charming and good looking with great screen presence but he could also act. Just rent The Sweet Smell of Success and The Defiant Ones (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award).

I was lucky enough to have produced a movie with Tony Curtis and another with Jack Lemmon. The only Hot star missing from my filmography is Marilyn Monroe, but she died before I was born. Tony would often relay the story of a costume designer on Some Like it Hot telling him that he had a better ass than Marilyn Monroe’s.

Tony loved life and lived it to its fullest. But there was another side to Tony: He was also a fragile, wounded human. He once told me the story of his brother dying when he was a kid and how his mother blamed him, as well as how she used to beat him. He told me that when his son died from a drug overdose, Billy Wilder told Tony that it was his fault for setting a bad example. Tony never stopped thinking about his son. He would make diorama boxes that were filled with everyday objects that were somehow connected. There is something beautiful about these pieces of art as they conjure up images of his childhood and images of him trying to understand his own existence. Simple, thoughtful, fragile, beautiful and artistic: All aspects of a man who at one point was the biggest star in the world.

Celebrity Death: Greg Giraldo dies in NY after overdosing at party in NJ

Comedian Greg Giraldo died September 29th, 2010 after complications from a prescription drug overdose. The New York celebrity had been in town to participate in a month-long public awareness rally promoting drug addiction recovery. Ironically, Giraldo was found unconscious and remained non responsive at an alleged wild party in his New Jersey hotel room (commercial real estate) following his initial performance at one part of the charity event function.

Celebrity gossip website Telegraph UK revealed:
His death is believed to have been caused by complications resulting from the overdose, which is not thought to have been a suicide attempt.

Producers for the NBC TV show Last Comic Standing, on which Giraldo was a judge, confirmed that he had died in New York last night.

A statement said: “Greg was one of the most talented comedians of our time. He was truly brilliant. His work will surely continue to influence and inspire us. We will miss our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Telegraph points out that Giraldo, who was divorced, was known for his stand-up routines and his “celebrity roasts” on Comedy Central in which he lampooned the likes of cult hero David Hasselhoff, women’s role model and legendary female comedienne Joan Rivers and green celebrity animal rights activist and vegan Pamela Anderson.

However, Giraldo had been a long time activist promoting alcohol addiction recovery. A Generation X liberal with an open mind, he often spoke about health, social issues, disturbing trends in pop culture, and reminded us all that just because you are bright does not mean you can’t have a campy sense of humor.

Giraldo, a resident New Yorker, was a graduate of the Harvard School of Law and was the child of immigrant parents. He was also the father of three young children.

Happy birthday to my Mom, Pam. She turns 114 today. Ok…she is not that old, but in “Matt Mom’s” years she is that old.

Happy birthday to the Diceman, Andrew Dice Clay. Dice turned 53 Thursday. The foul-mouthed comedian seemed to offend everyone back in the early 1990s, but don’t let his potty mouth fool you, he’s a friendly guy. I’ve always loved his bit where he says the word “Back” and follows it with “in an hour… back… get it?!” and there’s actually nothing to get. He just plays with the audience to see if they’ll laugh at anything and he proves himself correct.

For those who are on facebook. AWESOME FUN PAGE!

This is a GREAT video clip!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Will Elude Kiss for 11th Straight Year

Kiss loyalists, long the butt of rock-critic jokes, have a new reason to be rankled: the artists listed on the Hall of Fame’s 2011 ballot, which was announced this morning, include the Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Donovan, Tom Waits, LL Cool J, Dr. John, the J. Geils Band, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, and Chuck Willis. The Beastie Boys got a nod in 2008. Nyro, LL Cool J, and Summer were all nominated last year. Kiss is conspicuously absent, yet again.

Hard-rock icon Kiss released its self-titled debut in 1974, which means in 1999 the band became eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But Kiss wasn’t listed among the nominated bands in 1999 — or 2000, or even 2001, for that matter. In 2009, the theatrical band finally made the ballot, but it didn’t rack up enough votes for induction, and fans fumed while ABBA and theStooges received the honor instead.

Adding insult to injury, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mentions Kiss in the press release issued today announcing the new nominees — in its write-up touting the originality of Alice Cooper: “Before there was Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson or KISS, there was Alice Cooper, the original self-proclaimed ‘rock villain.'”

Die-hard Kiss fans — known as the Kiss Army — immediately flooded the Internet with complaints about the perceived snub, but not all of the band’s devotees believe the band’s legacy depends on a Rock Hall stamp of approval.

“Kiss not getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is kind of like Pete Rose not getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame: It’s the best possible scenario for everyone involved,” Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota author and longtime Kiss fan Chuck Klosterman tells Yahoo!. “Every year they get shut out, they’re back in the news for not making it — people will actually notice far less if they ever get inducted. Plus, being denied entry into the Hall of Fame advances the idea that Kiss exists outside the canon of critically sanctioned rock, and it perpetuates the idea that Kiss fans are unjustly persecuted for loving Kiss, which is central to the Kiss-fan identity. I hope they never get in. I’m sure they’ll eventually build their own Hall of Fame, anyway, just so they can not induct Vinnie Vincent.”

Kiss members themselves seem to have mixed feelings about being excluded from one of rock’s most elite clubs. “There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss,” the band’s bassist and most recognizable figure Gene Simmons said in 2008, adding sarcastically, “I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.”

In a recent interview, Simmons said, “There’s nobody in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — in fact, if you took all of them and put them together — they couldn’t match all the licensing and merchandising we’ve done and the legacy we’ve left.” He echoed many outsiders’ critiques of the Hall by identifying a few famous inductees that aren’t as “rock”-oriented as his own band. “I mean, yes,Madonna’s important. I have no [darned] idea what she’s doing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or Grandmaster Flash or any other disco or rap artist.”

This March, late-night host George Lopez took up the Kiss cause, calling them “the greatest rock & roll band of all time” when Simmons appeared on his show and posting a petition on his website (it currently has 5,265 “signature” comments). A similar effort has been posted to Facebook, where 1,044 people have “Liked” a page titled “Get Kiss Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!” Kiss fans have also taken to the streets in support of their face-painted heroes. In 2006, approximately 200 members of the Kiss Army staged a protest outside the Rock Hall’s Ohio home.

Should Kiss ever gain entry to the Hall, the band would be faced with a dilemma, though: Who would perform at the induction ceremony? While Simmons and Paul Stanley are still actively playing in the band, original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley have split from the group several times. Original lineups traditionally reunite for the Rock Hall ceremony, but not always happily. In 2006, former members of Blondie stormed the stage and asked to perform, only to be shot down by a ticked-off Debbie Harry (“Can’t you see my real band is up there?”). The following year, Van Halen joined the Hall, but only former frontman Sammy Hagar and ex-bassist Michael Anthony showed up at the ceremony.

Artists become eligible for the Rock Hall ballot 25 years after the release of their first single or album. The final list of 2011 inductees will be announced in December, and the induction ceremony — the Hall’s 26th annual event – will be held March 14 at Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria. (The museum itself is in Cleveland; it began honoring musical legends in 1986.)

“Waiting for Superman” Fuels Debate Over Public Educational System

NEW YORK (CBS) Davis Guggenheim, the man who brought forth the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary an “Inconvenient Truth” with Al Gore, ignited a debate over his new film, “Waiting for Superman,” which highlights the failures of the country’s public school system.
In the film, which opened in New York City and Los Angeles Friday, Guggenheim shines a light on American education and traces the stories of five children whose futures of getting into charter schools are set on the chances of winning a lottery.

While set against a backdrop of looming statistics, “Waiting for Superman” also portrays teachers’ unions as a major impediment to kids’ success in school, stirring controversy within viewers and education groups.

In a letter to the press, Randi Weingarten, the American Teacher’s Union president, wrote the film portrays “teachers and teachers unions as the villains, and charter schools as heroes ready to save the day. The problem is that these caricatures are more fictional than factual.”

Meanwhile, a few viewers of the “Oprah Winfrey” show were fired up after the talk show queen dedicated an entire episode to the film last week.

“The union’s sole purpose is keeping bad teachers teaching,” a former teacher said. “In my opinion, the people who are complaining about the show are the bad teachers.”

Despite its limited release over the weekend, the controversy surrounding the film has seemed to have helped box-office sales. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Waiting for Superman” grossed $141,000 in “four theaters for one of the best per-screen averages ($35,250) of the year.”

Lohan, 24, is all over the news because she’s a celebrity drug addict.
Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27,
Dave Santos 21, Chase Stanley 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21,
Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, and Sheldon
Tate 27 are all Marines…… that gave…… their lives this week, no
media mention. Honor THEM by posting this in your social networking sites.

No more blaring commercials!!!
The Senate unanimously passed a bill to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as programming.

I wanna say BIG Ups to The ODOT crews working on on 270. I know, right? MOST peeps complain about the Ohio Department of Transportation! This crew that has been working at night has gotten more done in 2 weeks than the crew on 315 did in 2 years! They are not only working quickly, but also the re-paved roads are smooth, AND THEY ARE NOT INTERUPTING TRAFFIC. Way to go guys!

Giving Props to the staff at Lifestyle Family Fitness. These guys and gals have been a big help to my fitness needs and to getting me to the point I can run (through stretching and PT sessions). In addition LFF has been a very good client the past 4 years, and many members and trainers have become friends. Read the story below how they have helped others.

Love bites: Teens, stop sucking each other’s blood or you’re grounded!

Summit Entertainment
Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattison) of the “Twilight” series may be inspiring some teens to take their love nips a little too far.

JoNel Aleccia writes: Bizarre teen trends have been horrifying parents for generations, but health officials are warning that a vampire-inspired biting fad could be dangerous, not to mention disgusting.

Teenagers obsessed with the “Twilight” vampire saga, or those simply fascinated with fangs, reportedly have been biting each other — hard – and then licking or sucking the blood.

“These are kids who think they are real vampires,” said Dr. Orly Avitzur, the medical advisor to Consumers Union, the agency that publishes Consumer Reports magazine.

Avitzur said conversations with teens and sessions spent trolling vampire-related teen Web sites convinced her that the trend was taking hold. Indeed, groups like “I drink blood,” a category at, and “I want to be a vampire” at the site are filled with apparent posts from young people with a yearning for blood.

“Having that thick, warm copper-tasting blood in my mouth is the best thing I can think of!” wrote a teenager identified as “GothicGirl10” this year. “Sometimes my boyfriend lets me feed off him. I let him feed off me as well.”

Such talk alarms medical experts, who warn about the dangers of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, as well as the risk of nasty infections.
Typically, 10 to 15 percent of human bites wounds become infected.

“If you break the skin, your mouth is pretty dirty,” said Dr. Thomas Abshire, a pediatric blood and cancer specialist and spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The human mouth flora is dirtier than a dog or cat’s.”

Equally worrisome is the motive behind the acts, the idea of branding or owning another person, the experts said.

“If you think about it, there is such glamorization in those teen vampire movies, they make it seem so sexy and appealing and intriguing,” Avitzur said. “It’s all mixed up with passion.”

But at least one teen who likes to bite says adults have got it all wrong. Michael Kaplor, 16, of Dallas, says he was biting his girlfriend intermittently for more than a year because the intimacy of it, not for any gothic obsession.

“It’s really gotten a bad rap because of this whole vampire thing,” said Kaplor.
In reality, he said, a lot of teens bite – and leave marks – for the thrill of it.

“You feel it for a considerable amount of time afterwards,” he said. “It’s the way you receive happiness.”

Some people do draw blood, but that’s where Kaplor draws the line.

“Kids don’t understand how dangerous blood is,” the high-schooler said, “especially if it’s not your own blood.”

Busted! Reds reported after smoking victory cigars in clubhouse
By ‘Duk

Impressionable utes weren’t the only ones watching when Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini (right) passed out victory cigars and then lit up after his team clinched the NL Central title at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.

Also watching at home on television were at least five whistle-blowers who noted that the Reds were violating Ohio’s indoor-smoking ban. They called Cincinnati’s health department to report the team and now the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the club is under investigation.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes — I’m extremely sorry to report that there are people living among us who would actually do this.

Look, my non-smoker self enjoys big gulps of clean indoor air as much as anybody. I can’t, however, imagine what kind of situational misery would make someone watch a one-time free-for-all scene where alcohol is freely being sprayed into the eyes of others and decide that he or she needs to tattle on a few puffs from a stogie at a place they’re not even at.

Did these people also file complaints about all the celebratory jaywalking that was going on downtown that night? Do they report all the big-act musicians who come to town and smoke cigarettes in their green rooms? Honestly, it’s not as if the Reds ruined their nice dinner at Olive Garden that night.

Luckily, the Reds aren’t facing the prospect of any players being placed under citizen’s arrest or the forfeiture of their first division title since 1995. Though we have evidence of Castellini being caught, uh, red-handed, Ohio state law says the health inspector must actually witness the smoking in person to issue a fine.
And it’s not even that big to begin with.

From the Enquirer:
State law requires a health inspector to go out within 30 days at about the same time of day as the alleged violation, [health department spokesperson Rocky] Merz said. That means an inspector might be attending one of the playoff games to see if anyone is smoking then.

“We come in unannounced, obviously,” he said.
If the inspector sees someone smoking, the Reds will be sent a letter notifying them of the violation, which the team can appeal. No fine is attached to any initial violation. If another complaint is filed and an inspector responds again to the ballpark and sees someone smoking, the Reds could be fined $100. The fine escalates to $500 after that.

Considering that Castellini owns a professional baseball team, I’m guess he’d be willing to tack on the cost of those fines should the Reds advance deep into the postseason.

That said, I think it’d be a huge show of support for Cincy’s health department to ignore all similar calls in the future. As everyone is going to be quick to joke, it was probably just a bunch of jealous Cardinals or Cubs fans anyway.

Down syndrome football player scores TD in Washington game
By Cameron Smith

Ike Ditzenberger is like a lot of other 17-year-old American football players. He dreams of playing college football. He attends daily practices. Most of the time he toils away in offensive drills. Then, on rare occasions, Ditzenberger runs into the limelight with aplomb. The description could fit thousands of American teenagers, except for one crucial detail: Ike Ditzenberger has Down Syndrome.

Ditzenberger, a junior at Snohomish (Wash.) High School, achieved a major milestone on Friday in a game against Lake Stevens, running 51 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining. The “Ike Special” provided the only points in Snohomish’s 35-6 loss. It was the first varsity touchdown in Ditzenberger’s career, a ramble through an opposing defense that mirrors the end to Snohomish practices every day, when Ditzenberger gets the final run of practice and somehow finds the end zone, through a combination of running guile and intentionally passive defenders.

“He’s someone that everybody can kind of enjoy because he has such a great personality and character,” Snohomish senior captain Keith Wigney told the Everett Herald in a feature on Ditzenberger.

For Ditzenberger’s feel-good story to go beyond practice to an actual competitive game took an assist from the coaching staff at Lake Stevens. The Vikings’ coaches not only instructed their players to let Ditzenberger score, but to make it look relatively competitive in the process to make the moment more real for the Snohomish junior. In the video above you can see a handful of Lake Stevens defenders make diving runs at Ditzenberger, only to come up agonizingly short. Or perhaps gleefully short, in this case.

The moment wasn’t without precedent. Lake Stevens also collaborated with Snohomish for Ditzenberger’s other touchdown, a gallop through the Vikings defense in a junior-varsity game last November, which you can see below.

For his part, Ditzenberger has trained for such a touchdown each day for the past three years. He practices every day with the Snohomish junior-varsity team, but gets the final run of the varsity practice as long as he adheres to two conditions Snohomish head football coach Mark Perry relayed to the Everett Herald:
“I make him a deal,” Perry told the Everett Herald. “‘If you keep your shoulder pads on and your mouth piece in, you’re going to get a play.'”

Ditzenberger first became obsessed with football by watching his brothers play the sport. One, Jake, was also on the Snohomish team with Ike for the younger Ditzenberger’s first two seasons. Taking part in a sport in which his older brother starred helps Ike bond with him, and gives the 5-foot-5 17-year-old a sense of place despite his limitations.

That role as part of a larger team has made football one of most important aspects of Ditzenberger’s life. Here’s how his mother, Kay, described the importance of football to the Everett Herald:

Down syndrome kids “don’t learn by what they hear; they learn by what they see,” Ike’s mother said. “So he’s a real imitator. For him to be able to watch and learn by doing, and to be like his older brothers, is a really big deal.”
For Snohomish’s program, Ike has become a big deal. His runs at the end of practice build camaraderie and sense of routine for the rest of the team. And they help place sports in perspective.

On Friday, the “Ike Special” even provided the Panthers’ only points. Of course, Snohomish coach Perry may have had that play up his sleeve the whole time. After all, he sees just how effective it is at the end of every single practice.

Another cool sports story:
Couple makes 4,000-mile trek to see Team USA play

AP – Jonathan Hutchinson, 88, and his wife Betty Hutchinson, 90, pose for a photograph during the worlds women’s …

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Betty and Jonathan Hutchinson traveled 4,000 miles by plane and train to Eastern Europe for the women’s world basketball championships, eager to watch Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and anyone else with ties to the University of Connecticut.

The Hutchinsons certainly are dedicated to Huskies hoops. And to each other, too — she’s 90, he’s 88, and they’re a long, long way from their New Hampshire home.

“Our son Jack really encouraged us to do this,” Jonathan said over breakfast Sunday. “We thought it would be a really great last hoorah.”
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who’s guiding the U.S. team, was astounded when he learned about the couple. He knows the UConn fan base is passionate, but still found it incredible they made the trip.

“It’s unbelievable. I was shocked when I heard they were here,” he said. “I think it makes what we’re doing at Connecticut seem that much more rewarding and important because you have people take it that seriously that they’d come halfway around the world.”

The 56-year-old Auriemma plans to meet with the Hutchinsons — married 60 years — before Monday’s game against Canada.

The pair left their home in Concord and flew to Prague before taking a 3 1/2-hour ride to Ostrava to watch the first two rounds. The two have already become instant celebrities. They’ve been given a tour of the town by the president of the local rotary club and were given VIP seats at the arena.

“I don’t know what they are making such a fuss about,” said Jonathan, who graduated UConn in 1943 and played soccer at the school. “My wife and I would have been happy just sitting anywhere. But I learned a long time ago if someone offers you assistance to take it.”

Auriemma has inspired the Hutchinsons, who plan to donate a dollar for every point the U.S. scores during the tournament to the All Baskets Count charity. It’s the same charity that the Huskies coach pledged $50 to for every 3-pointer his team makes during the worlds.

The money will go to the construction of a “House for All Generations,” where young men and women between 18 and 20 years of age will live together and take care of seniors requiring assistance.

“That’s awesome,” said Taurasi, who is Betty’s favorite player. “When you have people that are in a position to help others and actually do it there’s something special to be said about that.”

The Hutchinsons have been helping people for years. Betty was a nurse and teacher before retiring, while Jonathan also taught and coached track and field. The couple met after Betty’s sister lost her husband in World War II. Jonathan had been fraternity brothers with him and the two were married a short time later.

Even though he’s been retired from coaching for a while, Jonathan still has one special athlete he trains: his wife. When he turned 80, the pair ran in the annual Thanksgiving road race in Manchester, Conn. — where Auriemma lives. She set the course record for her age group that year and has been running ever since.

She trains every day, running a few miles up and down hills near her home. She’ll compete again in the race this year with a new challenge.

“My goal is to put up a record for 90-plus that will stand for a long while,” she said.

Jonathan quickly pointed out: “Until you break it the next year.”

OUR Buckeyes take on the Fightin’ Illini on Saturday for the Illy Illibuck trophy. Illy Illibuck is a wooden turtle trophy presented to the winner of the Osu/Illinois game. Two junior honorary societies, Bucket and Dipper of Ohio State and Atius-Sachem of Illinois, are responsibile for the care of the Illibuck.

Originally the “trophy” was a live turtle when the tradition began in 1925, picked for its long life expectancy as a symbol of the long life of the rivalry. Since the passing of the original live turtle in 1927 nine wooden replica Illibucks have been carved, each with the scores from games on its back. The Illibuck is the second oldest trophy passed between Big Ten Football programs (the Lil Brown Jug was created in 1903). From 1919 until 1933 the Ohio State-Illinois game was the regular-season finale for both teams.

Another part of the rivalry once included the smoking of the peace pipe between members of the two junior honorary societies, which occurred at halftime of each game. This practice has not been done for many years. However, the trophy is still presented to the winning school of the previous year’s contest at halftime.

The rivalry was temporarily interrupted during the 2003 and 2004 seasons when Ohio State and Illinois did not meet in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State leads the Illibuck rivalry, 58-23-2 and all time 62-30-4.

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My ½ marathon training is at a snail’s pace. I am ONLY training on elliptical machines to help with my bad knees. I have been doing an average of 6-14 miles a day. I know I have the endurance, now if I can just take the impact of actually running in a few weeks?

Starting Fall 12 pounds lighter-GREAT STORY FROM THE OTHER PAPER
By Steph Greegor (greegor23 on Twitter)

This was an exciting and nerve-wracking moment for me.

I thought I had lost weight over the summer despite the hiatus I took from training. Sometimes, as you all know, life isn’t always steady as she goes and you need to take a break. I needed a break. And so did my body.

Up to this point (the May/June mark), I had lost a total of 135 pounds over six years. During that time, I had regained twice in increments of 25 pounds, then 40 pounds. Since I had started with Matt two years ago, I had regained only once, and that was a meretwo pounds. Matt’s program had worked. And I had maintained.

Then, the dreaded plateau. Last summer, I hit 183 pounds and no matter how hard I trained, I couldn’t drop below it. By the time I decided to take my break, I was at 185. I felt defeated. I felt tired. And I felt like I would never reach my goals—getting into single digit clothing and being a svelte 155 pounds.

But I also felt determined.

I had slipped down this slope before. I had lost and then regained thanks to that stubborn 183 pound plateau that just wouldn’t let me continue my slide down the scale. So, during my break, I focused not on losing weight, but maintaining what I had lost.

I focused on acceptance.

If this body was as slim as I could get it, then I was going to accept that and move on. During my summer break, I taught myself to love what I had. To use it to my best abilities. To focus on what was good about it, instead of what wasn’t great.

I kept my calorie count at 1,900 and exercised regularly without training. I learned to just enjoy what I had accomplished. To enjoy having a healthy body. To enjoy what I could do with it. And you know what? I loved every second of it. It was thrilling to just love what I had.

And then it happened.

I stepped on the scale mid-June and it was 182.

I stared at it in disbelief.

“Can’t be,” I said out loud.

I stepped off; stepped back on.


I had dropped below my plateau.

I sat on my bed in disbelief.

“How did I do that?” I said to no one in particular.

Now, I have read lots and lots of materials and books and magazines on this topic. And nothing could really explain why, despite everything I tried, nothing had dropped my body weight below 183 until that moment. There was only one piece of material I read that offered a decent explanation for my situation.

The article noted that when your body reaches its weight set-point (the theory that your body has a certain weight it’s designed to be at and not drop below), it becomes very difficult to lose. The article stated that to drop below the weight set-point, you must give it time to first adjust to your body weight set-point by adjusting your metabolic rate, and once it does that (which can take from weeks to months), then your body can start burning again.

My experience over the last year certainly fell in line with this theory.

When I allowed my body the time it needed to adjust (a year, for me), it eventually adjusted to my new weight and then started burning again.

So, once the scale started dipping, I capitalized on the momentum and went back to basic weight-loss principles—you must take in less calories than you burn. And to lose a pound a week, you must burn off 3,500 calories.

Basic mathematics, folks. I dropped my calorie intake to 1,700 per day and worked off up to 400 calories 5-6 days per week through exercise and light resistance training.

And sure enough, my clothes size started shrinking. I was shocked when I walked into Nordstrom’s in August and put on a size 10 dress—and it fit!

So, based on my shrinking clothes sizes, I went into Matt’s gym for the first time a couple weeks ago nervous. As I’ve learned over this multiple-year weight loss process, the scale is a finicky tool. And what shows in your wardrobe is not always reflected on the metal devil.

So, when I got to Matt’s gym and stepped on the machine that was about to make or break my day, I held my breath and braced myself for the possibility that things may not be as they seemed.

But there it was.

The most beautiful, gorgeous number I’ve ever seen that breathed new life into my fall shopping regiment.


For my height of 5’10”, my healthy weight range is between 132 and 174 pounds, which is a BMI (body mass index) of 19 to 25. Yourbody mass index measures, approximately, how much fat is on your body.

For the first time since high school, I was in my healthy weight and BMI range.

I learned from Matt’s fat caliber analysis that I had lost six pounds of lean muscle mass and six pounds of fat. I was ok with that. I’m approximately 132 pounds of lean mass and I want that number maintained. As a female, I don’t want to be heavy on lean muscle mass. I want enough to look good and to burn fat, but not enough to pump up the number on my scale and prevent me from dropping the fat—and that scale number.

My body fat percentage is currently 24 percent and I’m good with that for now. It’s a healthy percentage and a good starting point for this next phase of weight loss. Ideally, I’d like my body fat percentage to be around 12 percent—15 percent would also be healthy. That would put my weight in the 160s range.

The point is, even when you’ve got to take a break. Even when you plateau. Even when life is rough and you feel like you’ll never get there—don’t give up. Don’t give up on the basic principles of healthy living. Sometimes, your body, like anyone and anything else in life, just needs time to adjust. And besides, when your body takes a break, it’s a good time for you to take a break, too. Learning to love what you’ve got at any weight is a valuable tool for life.

Mike’s Story: After Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury, Mike Finds Strength at LFF

In November of 1997 Mike was involved in a serious automobile accident in which he was thrown from the back of a jeep. Mike sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spent two weeks in a coma and eight months in hospitals and a nursing facility.

After many months in nursing care, Mike was finally able to return home to live with his parents. In January of 1999, with his mom’s help, Mike began a rehabilitation routine at Lifestyle Family Fitness. Still in a wheelchair with severe balance problems, he came to the gym three times a week to work on building his strength and coordination.

Four years after his accident Mike’s mother approached Shane Trevigno, a Personal Trainer at LFF Tyrone. Shane’s brother, also a TBI survivor, had overcome his injury and was able to regain the ability to walk. Mike’s mother hoped Mike would also one day be able to get out of his wheelchair.

Because Mike could not afford to pay for a personal trainer, Shane offered to work with Mike one hour a week at no charge. Mike responded to Shane’s Marine Corps tactics combined with light-hearted goofiness by giving it all he had. Before long Mike was out of the wheelchair and walking with the support of a walker, and later a cane. Soon Mike was able to travel to Lifestyle Family Fitness without the assistance of his mother, building his self-confidence immensely.

Now, almost 13 years after the accident, Mike continues to workout at Lifestyle Family Fitness. And the benefits of Mike’s time at LFF have gone far beyond improved physical strength.

Mike’s mother writes: “There’s a social element at the gym Mike has missed in his everyday life. There he runs into local people he’s known from the three local schools and two colleges he’s attended. Members at Lifestyle Family Fitness never fail to comment to Mike on how good he looks and how much he has improved.

They will never know how much that means to Mike’s self-worth. Lifestyle Family Fitness holds an important place in Mike’s recovery.”

‎”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Ghandi

“Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.” – Arthur Helps

You Don’t inherit greatness!

Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

Nickelback plays Nationwide Arena. For more info


Christopher Titus plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton


Broadway Across America: Legally Blonde the Musical at The Palace Theatre. For more info


Wine for Wildlife at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more :

All American Quarter Horse Congress at The Ohio Expo Center. For more info

The Horror flick ‘Let Me In,’ rated “R.”

The story of facebook, ‘The Social Network’ rated “PG-13.”

‘Iron Man II’ rated “PG-13.”

‘Get Him to The Greek’ rated “PG-13.”

‘Babies’ this is visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world. Rated “PG.”

Kenny Chesney has “Hemingway’s Whiskey”

Gin Blossoms release “No Chocolate Cake”

Incubus is back with “S.C.I.E.N.C.E./A Crow Left of the Murder”

Jimmy Eat World issues “Invented”

Saloon Wild Weds Country Night (Park Street)
FRI/SAT: Saloon Dueling Pianos and late night party-complete with fire breathing!
SATURDAY: AT&T FanZone (Saint John’s Arena-before game), Across the Field Tailgate w/Eric Dove, and The Historic Danger Brothers (Olentangy & Ackerman), Pro-Bull Riders Pre-Party (Frog Bear Wild Boar Bar)

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