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First weekend off the road for awhile

BEFORE I BEGIN, can you PLEASE take a moment to vote for my buddies in the band, LoveSick Radio? They are currently attempting to “open” for The Goo Goo Dolls on their upcoming tour. Thanx for helping not only a great bunch of talented guys, but also, some guys I am proud to call friends!
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Greetings from Nerk Ahia, I am out here for the funeral of a Good Man who has left behind his Irish legacy with a GREAT FAMILY. Currently sitting at a Mickey D’s. Behind me is a Grandpa and his Grandson of about 4-6 years old. Grandpa is doing those remember when comment, and the kid is half paying attention, while playing. Grandpa is beeming from ear to ear. Made me think back to many a after school snacks or EARLY Saturday Morning Wendy’s Breakfasts with my own Grandpa. I miss those days! Hope maybe I can have some time with him during my down time here off the road?

I will be at home and off the road for quite awhile, and while I have only been at home since Sunday…I AM GOING STIR CRAZY!!! I hope to use this down time to work on some projects I have been putting off. SO, anyone wanna help me clean the garage, or at very least, help me get my washer into my basement?

What an amazing last few days after the HORRIBLE WEATHER that caused my Sinus’ to go berserk! Looks like we have some amazing fall temps the next few days-perfect for fall foliage viewing and for enjoying football, and the Haunted Houses-the perfect activities for this time of year. Let’s hope the weather is nice for those running in The Nationwide Marathon next week. If not running, please come out and show support for all the runners, and well…yea, I would not mind seeing some friendly faces myself.

As with all weeks I was reminded a few lessons this past one. The first is the past is never far behind you (and some things you have done can sneak up on you). This past can (and was) published via twitter in the middle of the night last weekend, while I was not even in town. I don’t pay attention to this kind of thing, nor do I read this stuff, BUT, it was brought to my attention. Now this post was written while a competitor SHOULD have been working a gig in a club-I am guessing it was an off night and the crowd was sparse since he had time to post about me (as well as others) when he should have been working hard for his employer, “fans,” and well…himself. While what was posted was probably a stretch of the truth, some things were true. This person made some allegations towards me that reminded me I have not always been the best person, and need to continue on my recent journey to make the most of what I have, and to right wrongs. I have NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE EASIEST TO GET ALONG WITH, OR EVEN TEMPERED. But as MOST who know me know I have always worked hard, done for others, am honest, and DO NOT STEAL. This person in addition to taking liberties on falsely expanded on situations that did occur (however I do not believe in ways in which were posted), also accused me of stealing or the word “pirating.” I have expressed many times I am a pirate “200 years too late” as my hero Jimmy Buffett sings about BUT I WILL NEVER STEAL! I was accused of pirating music. I have receipts, e-mails, and spoken words for ALL MUSIC I possess. So I am offended with this statement.

Again I usually don’t let online posts bother me, because usually it is from someone who will not engage me in person (all 5’5 of me). Anyway…again I usually don’t listen/read this stuff. BUT, I am glad this person posted, and that I was referred to this post. It has valuable life tools 1.) You must being doing something right to have haters-glad I was thought of. ALSO any press is good press-the person mentioned my name (oh and my lawyer is aware of this and looking into slander issues) PLUS was made fun of for “the Hat” BRANDING IS WORKING! 2.) Some people cannot communicate in a positive manner-I at one time was like this. Now I chose to address all areas good and bad in positive healthy manners (or at least try). 3.) I had some issues with agrees ion. This is an area I am not proud of. I have made constant purposeful attempts to be a kinder person. Don’t get me wrong I WILL step up to the plate with a BIG BAT if forced into a corner, however, knowing I can/will and constantly feeling I need to prove are 2 different areas. We all have a past, and this past can be positive or negative. I am making attempts to make my negative past actions a positive…from learning from them. At the same age of some of the individuals currently in my field; I was just as obnoxious, drunk, and cock sure as they are. Since that day I have found as Woody said, “you win with people.” I try to and do so.

Even when you can’t though…at least have the balls to confront in person and don’t hide behind a “tweet” at 3am when it is public knowledge a person is 6 states away.

I guess my message is…don’t be a hater. If you don’t like someone that is fine-maybe have the balls to try and work out for the betterment of all. If not, at least be man enough to stand on your own and not try to get other people to “be on your side.” I got nothing but respect for most in this business I am lucky enough to be in, even if I don’t like them. And even if not “liking” I am smart enough to know if work together, we all can profit…IN MANY WAYS!

BETTER YET…why don’t we find some good in ourselves and in turn, others.

This week I was also reminded just how nice a kind word can feel. I was given some major encouraging words by someone I think the world of, and given some compliments by a few others that, kinda made me feel good. A kind word can be a present; that gift can be given to anyone-but can only be opened up by the giver for all to enjoy. (HOLY SH*T I CAN BE DEEP AT TIME LOL).

Final Thought; Grow some balls or learn to be nice. Either way…you better yourself.

PLEASE JOIN ME:
FRI/SAT: Park Street Saloon Dueling Pianos and Party Bar
SAT: AT&T OSU FanZone (St. Johns Arena 2 hours before game)
Across the Field Bash with The Historic Danger Brothers and DJ Joey Blayze. (During Game)
PBR Pre-Party at 343 Front (Formerly Frog Bear Wild Bear Bar 5pm

THOUGHT(S) FOR WEEK:
INSTEAD OF THINKING OUT OF THE BOX, JUST GET RID OF IT
L.I.

Don’t withhold your love and appreciation. Love abundantly.

Don’t believe in miracles…depend on them!

SONG(s) FOR THE WEEK:
Since many reading this are on the last part of their training for upcoming 5ks, ¼, ½, and full marathons here is my list of GREAT Inspirational and Training Songs!

1.) NO ONE WILL AGREE WITH ME ON THIS, but this song gets me pi**ed off and want to fight, run, lift whatever…this song just lets builds up all the pent up anger I have and makes me want to release it. (Needless to say if you hear me playing it…walk away. Probably saying “he has issues”-if reading, you know me and KNOW I have issues!!!)

2.) TIE No Easy Way Out. And Hearts on Fire

3.) Training Montage (from Rocky IV) BUT LET’s FACE IT just like above, ANY OF THE SONGS FROM ROCKY!!!
-I actually have found when getting “pumped” I shake my hands and arms like Rocky does from time to time in this video (and Yes…on one occasion on treadmill, I lost myself and yelled DRRRRAAAAAAGGGGGGOOOO!)

4.) Cliffs of Dover (song only no video)

5.) Sandstorm

6.) Rock That Body

7.) Enter Sandman (Clemson Uses this for their intro and I have been using to start the races I have been involved with the last few years)

(AND SINCE it is Breast Cancer Survivor month-#9 song was written by Journey at bedside of a young fan who was dying of cancer). And heck…since it is the start of Wrestling Season, #8, #9 and #10 are from the greatest wrestling movie ever!

8.) Lunatic Fringe

9.) Only The Young

10.) The Change

11.) The Touch

12.) Runnin on Empty (and yes I liked EVEN BEFORE Forrest Gump ran to this song!)

13.) TIE; One Step Closer, and The Game (No Video)

14.) Thunderstruck (I know it is Cliché’ BUT if it does not make your heart pump…)

15.) The WORLDS GREATEST COWBOY THAT MOST HAVE NEVER HEARD OF! Chris LeDoux doing 8 Second Ride

16.) TIE; Lose yourself (using track with lyrics NON CENSORED) and I’m Not Afraid

17.) Animals (Not for those offended easily)

18.) Name of the Game

19.) Faster, Faster Pussycat (I got to hang out in the DJ booth with Oakenfold thanx to my buddy Randy Haffey-RIP Britney Murphy) This is a nice push needed at the end of a run!!!

20.) Summer Song (No Video Song Only)

and after it all is over…you have earned this!

DROID:
Is anyone else having problems with their Pandora App? Mine won’t open says unexpected problems. AND The Yahoo Music App…SUCKS!

HELP:
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!!!

PASSING:
I spent many a GREAT Sunday with him, even if he was asleep and I was always re-introduced to him each time. I enjoyed his legacy, and the stories his family told about him. You will be missed “Big Jim!”

James Edward Grady, Sr. entered into eternal life, Wednesday October 6, 2010 surrounded by family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 9, 2010 at St. Francis De Sales Roman Catholic Church, where Jim had been a member since 1957. Officiant for the Mass will be Fr. Bob Penhallurick, with Fr. Mike Reis as con-celebrant. The eulogy will be given by Jim’s nephew, Br. Michael O’Grady S.M. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Jim was born December 23, 1917 to James Edward and Amelia (Svobada) Grady in Cleveland Ohio. He was a 1935 graduate of Cathedral Latin High School and entered the workforce immediately after graduation. Jim married Marie Jane Krueger September 21, 1940, and the couple was blessed with five children: Joan Davis, Kathy (Harry) Carr, Carol Grady, James Edward (Mary Ann) Grady, Jr., and Janet Aguilar. Following Jane’s death on December 24, 1963, Jim raised his five children with the help of his widowed mother. January 8, 1966, Jim married the widow Virginia June Watson Hileman, and became a stepfather to Tim (Maggie) Hileman and Jill (Darrell) Patterson. Each of the seven children served as a great source of pride and joy to Jim throughout his adult life.

Jim proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, and following his honorable discharge from the Navy he returned to the workforce at Firestone Tire and Rubber. Pursuing his love for the automobile industry, Jim accepted a position with Stuart Chevrolet in Warren Ohio, and eventually earned the position as general manager of Wilt Pontiac also in Warren.

In 1957, Jim purchased a Pontiac dealership in Newark, Ohio, which became Jim Grady Pontiac, “the home of the Jim Grady deal.” Lead by Jim’s Irish charm, wonderful personality, strong moral principles, and tremendous work ethic, the agency consistently earned many sales and service awards within the industry until his retirement in 1980.

During his time as a local business owner, Jim made many life long friendships and was involved in many community organizations including: 60 year member of The Knights of Columbus, Past President of Moundbuilders Country Club, Past President of Newark Kiwanis, longstanding member of The Elks, Newark Maennerchor, Newark Rotary, and the Licking County Chamber of Commerce. Jim was a life long Notre Dame fan and treasured his collection of autographed ND memorabilia. Last but not least, Jim was an avid golfer. He was the proud sponsor of the Jim Grady Pro-Am for many years.

After his retirement, Jim enjoyed dual residency in Naples, Florida and Newark, Ohio for more then 20 years. He continued to enjoy life, golf, and his many friendships in both places. In 2003, Jim and June became the second residents of the newly opened Chapel Grove Inn, where he remained an active member of the Resident’s Council until the time of his passing. Since residing at Chapel Grove, Jim has warmly welcomed each new resident upon their arrival. He knew every Chapel Grove staff member by name, considering each one an extension of his family. (AND I HAD THE HONOR OF HELPING HIM MOVE INTO THIS GREAT FACILITY!)

Jim’s devotion to his faith, family, and friends will serve as a loving example for this generation and many generations who follow.

Jim is survived by his five children and two stepchildren; in addition, he is survived by his 13 grandchildren: Scott, Matt (Deanna) and Jeff (Julie) Ronan, Jessica Lerum, James Michael (Amanda), Sarah, and Drew (Amber) Grady, Alex and Amelia Aguilar, Brent and Kelsey Hileman, Bryan (Emily) Patterson, and Lisa (Dave) Gadra; Jim is also survived by 12 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and the residents and staff of The Chapel Grove Inn.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Jane and June; an infant son, Patrick; his brothers, Robert O’Grady and David Kovarick; as well as many other family and friends all of who certainly greeted him at the gates of Heaven with shouts of joy.

The family would like to extend their profound, heartfelt love and appreciation to the entire staff of Chapel Grove Inn for providing a wonderful loving home to Jim since 2003.

Additionally, the family would like to offer deep gratitude to Monsignor Enke and the members of St. Edward’s for faithfully visiting and bringing Holy Communion to Jim. Our profound gratitude is also extended to Fr. Mike of St. Leonard’s for providing Mass and rosary at Chapel Grove so Jim could attend and for visiting Jim so faithfully when he was no longer able to leave his room. Last but not least, the family wishes to thank Fr. Bob Penhallurick of St. Francis de Sales for his English words, which gave such comfort to a true Irishman.

Friends and family may call from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2010 at the REED-EGAN FUNERAL HOME, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, in honor of Jim’s devotion to The Most Holy Rosary, a rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

For an online guest book please visit http://www.reedegan.com

In lieu of flowers, Jim has requested donations in honor of his life be made to either of his favorite charities: St. Vincent de Paul, 135 Wilson St., Newark, Ohio 43055, or RSVP-Project REACH, PO Box 29, Newark, Ohio 43058-0029.

May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
My Good friend and bruddah from anotha Mutha, Eric Chivington

Jim Lorimer, co-founder of the Arnold Classic, friend and partner of the great Arnold Schwarzenegger, and one of the most iconic figures in the history of bodybuilding.

AND…
One of the greatest guitar artists the world has ever known, Stevie Ray Vaughan; October 3, 1954. He was taken from this earth in one of the Worst Tock & Roll crashes ever at the hillside of Alpine Valley in Wisconsin on August 27th, 1990.

Stephen Ray “Stevie” Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Vaughan has won several Grammy awards during his lifetime and posthumously including ‘Best Rock Instrumental Performance’ and ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’. Eighteen albums of Vaughan’s work have been released.

Vaughan was inspired to play guitar by his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, and was influenced by such players as Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy. After a few years as a sideman in and around Austin, Vaughan formed the band Double Trouble, with whom he made four successful studio albums and established a reputation as one of the foremost blues guitarists in the world. He was noted for using the Fender Stratocaster, with several guitars being made in tribute to Vaughan, including a Signature Stratocaster and a replica of his famous Strat named “Lenny”. In 1986, after years of substance abuse from alcohol and cocaine, he spent a month in drug rehabilitation, and remained clean and sober for the final four years of his life, until his death in 1990 in a helicopter crash.

On February 22, 2000, Vaughan was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., being one of only 79 performers to be inducted. He also won several W. C. Handy Awards, during his lifetime and posthumously, including Entertainer of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year in 1984. In 2003, he was ranked #7 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007.

JUST FOR FUN:
Ah yes, much like my 10 years of Higher Education. Why didn’t I tape it?!?!? (NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART)

ENTERTAINMENT:
AND this is how the above ALL GOT STARTED!!! Again…I could have been a millionaire! AGAIN do not watch if bothered easily. And since my lawyer reads this, I do not condone or encourage any of the “stunts” in this video

MUSIC:
I AM NOT HAPPY!!!
Glee has just beat out the Beatles!

‘Glee’ cast beats out Beatles for Billboard record The cast of the Fox television musical series about a high school glee club has six debuts on the chart this week. That gives it a total of 75 songs on the chart to the Beatles’ 71.

The show’s soundtrack got a boost after this week’s episode featuring the music of Britney Spears.

Elvis Presley still leads overall with 108 songs to chart on the Hot 100. He’s followed by James Brown with 91, then “Glee.”

POLITICS:
4 weeks, count ‘em 4 weeks!

Under TedStricklands watch Ohio has lost 400,000 lost jobs

BUT ON THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS FRONT; I am all for wheeling and dealing, BUT, you NEVER sell out those who have helped you get to where you are! HEY Jim Hagedorn of Scott’s Lawn Products; YOU ARE A SELL OUT, AND I WILL NEVER PURCHASE OR SUGGEST ANY OF YOUR SCOTTS LAWNCARE PRODUCTS!!!

Strickland Administration Suggests $350k ‘Error’ in Scotts Tax Lien
– Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine called on Gov. Ted Strickland today to explain why his administration believes it could have made an “error” in assessing a substantial tax lien against an Ohio company.

When asked about a $353,973 lien filed against Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro in 2008, Strickland’s tax department spokesman said “errors can happen” and that the agency makes mistakes “just as taxpayers do.”

“The governor needs to explain why his administration is making $350,000 errors with tax liens,” said DeWine. “I can’t imagine many companies would want to do business in a state where the tax department screws up their taxes by hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s no wonder Ohio ranks 44th in business friendliness when the governor is out there hitting companies with everything from questionable tax liens to attack ads.”

Last month, the governor’s campaign used a television ad to attack a major northeast Ohio employer, prompting business and opinion leaders to condemn the governor’s actions. Last week, he lashed out at the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, which represents 27,000 Ohio accounting professionals, after the group endorsed his opponent in the governor’s race.

For the Record
Strickland received widespread criticism for attacking one of Ohio’s largest employers in a campaign ad:

“Northeast Ohio’s largest business group is scolding Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland over his latest re-election campaign ad that criticizes Elyria’s health-care products manufacturer, Invacare.” (The Plain Dealer, 9/1/10)

“For a sitting governor to express such politically centered criticisms of a business that is an important and beneficial piece of Lorain County’s economy is disappointing,” said the letter signed by 33 business executives and Avon and Avon Lake council members. (Lorain Morning Journal, 9/1/10)

“Gov. Ted Strickland did neither this region nor his candidacy any favors with his unwarranted political rant against Invacare Corp., a solid corporate citizen that has been an anchor of new-economy jobs in Northeast Ohio and that has worked to promote the state for new business investment.” (Editorial, The Plain Dealer, 9/5/10)

“Strickland’s plight doesn’t excuse besmirching the reputation of an important Lorain County employer that actively supports community causes and organizations.” (Editorial, Lorain Morning Journal, 9/3/10)

Strickland’s campaign attacked the Ohio Society of CPAs after the group endorsed his opponent:

“Lis Smith, spokeswoman for the Democrat’s campaign, said, “Ted has no interest in earning the support of the Ohio Society of CPAs. They stood by Congressman Kasich’s running mate Mary Taylor when she bragged about encouraging businesses and rich individuals to leave Ohio. That sort of thinking might be commonplace on Wall Street, but it’s bad for Ohio.” (Columbus Dispatch, 9/16/10)

REALLY?!?!? Still think Strickland’s’ administration is on the up and up? Read THIS!
THE INSIDE STORY
BY BENJAMIN J. MARRISON

The Columbus Dispatch

Ohioans should be greatly alarmed to learn that an attorney in the state Department of Public Safety used government tools to snoop on Dispatch reporters and eavesdrop on e-mails between government agencies.

While people typically don’t care if someone makes a reporter’s job more difficult, you should be incensed that someone with an axe to grind can use all the tools of government – tools your tax dollars pay for – to spy on you or, worse, harm you in some way.

Early Wednesday, sources told us that computers had been confiscated in a raid at Public Safety headquarters on West Broad Street.

That’s newsworthy, but our reporters had a bigger question: Why?

Wednesday night, Director Thomas Stickrath told reporters James Nash and Randy Ludlow why: Joshua Engel, an attorney in the department who once was its top legal beagle, had ordered technicians to effectively copy him on any e-mails between staff members and The Dispatch or investigators for the Ohio Inspector General’s office.

Reading the story that night, as unusual as it was, I can’t say I was terribly surprised.

I left my first meeting with Engel thinking that he believed state government belonged to him, not the people. His words and manner suggested he felt all-knowing and all-powerful.

More than 25 years of newspapering has cost me my hair but given me a fairly accurate gut instinct.

As his department was being embarrassed by stories The Dispatch broke, he conveyed an “I’ll show you” attitude.

It seemed that whenever we had a run-in with that department, he was at or near the center of it. And we had plenty of issues with Public Safety because many things were going wrong. We learned of these problems from our sources inside the department who didn’t like what was happening. (While society often forgets, the vast majority of government workers only want to do a good job, and do so.)

Engel was a different story. He was hell-bent on identifying our sources. His department was on the front page, and he was tired of it. We discovered that the department was planting information with people it suspected were our sources. Fortunately, we aren’t as dumb as they are and didn’t take the bait.

What someone in the department should have told Engel and those who were fueling bad headlines is this: Stop doing things that are illegal, unethical or simply stupid. Instead of trying to cover up your problems, solve them.

If you do your job, you usually don’t make it onto the front page.

Journalists always wonder whether somebody is snooping on them. This episode proves it’s sometimes true. We’ll never know if it’s happened before. The only reason we know now is that prosecutors and investigators were trying to find out whether Engel broke the law by trying to leak a protected document to the inspector general’s office.

Nobody cares whether government snoops on reporters. But these names should make you care about the practice in general: Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher and Crystal Bowersox.

Earlier this year, Bowersox was snooped on by people at various levels of government as she rose to fame on the American Idol show. And Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” was the subject of database checks after he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 about the effects of Obama’s tax policies on business.

Maybe if people are prosecuted for this kind of behavior, others will be deterred.

AND FINALLY How’s that Obama Care Hope and Change treating you? Want fries with that?

McDonald’s, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers

By Drew Armstrong, Bloomberg Business News

Nearly a million workers won’t get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.

Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald’s (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won’t be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn’t lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.

Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.

FIGHTS: Lawsuits over health care law heat up
REFORM: A consumer primer for health insurance changes in 2011
WHAT’S CHANGING: Provisions of the new health law
HEALTH CARE: New website compares coverage prices
Q&A: Answers on adding adult children to health insurance
“The big political issue here is the president promised no one would lose the coverage they’ve got,” says Robert Laszewski, chief executive officer of consulting company Health Policy and Strategy Associates. “Here we are a month before the election, and these companies represent 1 million people who would lose the coverage they’ve got.”

The United Agricultural Benefit Trust, the California-based cooperative that offers coverage to farm workers, was allowed to exempt 17,347 people. San Diego-based Jack in the Box’s waiver is for 1,130 workers, while McDonald’s asked to excuse 115,000.

The plans will be exempt from rules intended to keep people from having to pay for all their care once they reach a preset coverage cap. McDonald’s, which offers the programs as a way to cover part-time employees, told the Obama administration it might re-evaluate the plans unless it got a waiver.

McDonald’s and Jack in the Box didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The waiver program is intended to provide continuous coverage until 2014, when government-organized marketplaces will offer insurance subsidized by tax credits, says HHS spokeswoman Jessica Santillo.

The regulations would have hit some insurance plans for young adults in the universal coverage program run by the state of Massachusetts. The program, enacted in 2006, has a plan for individuals ages 18 to 26 who can’t get coverage through work, covering about 5,000 people. The waiver obtained by the state “will give us time to implement the transition plan in a manner designed to mitigate premium increases,” says Dick Powers, a spokesman for the state program.

The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers. The waivers are effective for a year and were granted to insurance plans and companies that showed that employee premiums would rise or that workers would lose coverage without them, Santillo says.

MILITARY:
It is official PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR SATURDAY DEC 11. For the Annual Army vs. Navy Viewing Party. BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!

BUISNESS/PRODUCT OF WEEK:
My Buddies Randy and Tommy Hampton are putting on a GREAT EVENT!!!
Fall Charity Crawl on Park Street . I would greatly appreciate it if you could send this out to your contacts (personal, media and otherwise) as well as gather your friends & register your own team! This is a wonderful cause and means a lot to me, and to many of my friends (especially Randy because of his nephew), it will benefit so many different groups of children and will be a very fun event. I would love to see you involved! If you participated in the Crawl for Cancer it’s much like that. Let me know if you have any questions or need additional info. http://www.fall-crawl.com

YOU DA MAN:
Chad Berger and The Cooper Tire Riders will be in town this weekend at Nationwide Arena Supporting Becky and all the lives Breast Cancer has touched!

‘Becky’s Honor’

Berger’s commitment to breast cancer research is personal

The first things people notice about Chad Berger is his jovial personality.

He smiles freely, and can often be heard laughing – even from a distance.

But as the North Dakota native talked about Becky Haider, there was an noticeable pain in his voice. A lifelong family friend, Haider lost her 10-year battle with breast cancer last spring.

“We were very close,” said Berger, who will don a pink shirt this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, like the bull riders sponsored by Cooper Tires. “We grew up together from the time we were little kids. Her dad and my dad worked together in the cattle business. Their family hung with our family all the time.”

As kids, they went to school together, and traveled to rodeos with their fathers, Joe Berger and Ray Haider. The next generation grew up just as close as they had.

During her battle, Becky Haider made 33 trips to Rochester, Minn., not including appointments with specialists in Houston andBoston.

All the while she was side-by-side with her husband Randy Fitchner, raising their son Cooper, who was only 7 years old when she was diagnosed.

“It really drew me to the breast cancer awareness,” said Berger, 49. “That’s the closest I’ve been around it, and it really made me really want to be part of this.”

“I have a mother, a wife, two daughters, aunts,” he continued. “And until you see it and experience it, and see (someone) suffer, that’s when it really takes a hold of you.”

Shortly after Haider’s passing, Berger named one of his bulls “Becky’s Honor.”

A little over a month ago, the owner of a cattle sale barn, Freddie Kist, passed away from cancer. The Berger and Haider families spent a great deal of their time together at that barn. Joe and Ray grew up with Freddie.

“I was with him the night before he died, and you could just see how much pain he was going through,” Berger said.

“I just want to be part of something to help the cause.”

This weekend, at the Cooper Tires Invitational in Columbus, all three Cooper Tires team members – Renato Nunes, Robson Palermo and Skeeter Kingsolver – will wear pink shirts and pink chaps.

All three will also wear the pink uniforms a week later in New York, for the last of the Final Five Showdowns.

The pink uniforms will be auctioned off at the upcoming PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. The items will be available for bidding at the silent auction hosted by the Rider Relief Fund, with proceeds being donated to both The Breast Cancer Reasearch Foundation and the Rider Relief Fund.

Berger’s pink shirt will also be available through the auction.

“It’s tough,” Berger said, “so anything you can do to help.”

WHAT THE HE**?
Toasted-Skin Syndrome — The Gross Malady Caused by Laptops

Hey, did you ever notice how sometimes when you’re typing with your laptop on your lap it feels like it’s burning your legs? Well, good news! It turns out it is burning your legs.

Apparently, (extremely) prolonged exposure to the high-temperatures sometimes generated by laptops (125 degrees Fahrenheit or even higher if your computer’s seriously jacked) can lead to something called “Toasted-Skin Syndrome,” a condition usually experienced by bakers and glass blowers because of their constant exposure to high heat that managed to discolor one of the legs of a young Virginia law student. Hers was just one of 10 laptop-related cases reported in medical journals in the past six years.

Toasted-Skin Syndrome causes a mottled, darkened appearance on the skin it affects, and could potentially lead to squamous-cell skin cancer, although so far there have been no reports of laptop-related cancer. Still, put a book or something underneath that computer if you aren’t going to invest in a desk.

Well now I need to finish this from my desk and ice my legs!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME:
I have enjoyed reading the follow up comments to this story FROM OSU STUDENTS. These students are stating the workers should move on, maybe go back to school, or work harder. Sounds like the OSU Student body is becoming more and more “Conservative.” I leave with this…A JOB IS A PRIVLEDGE NOT A RIGHT! There is ALWAYS someone else who wants the job you have…especially in current times!

Union: OSU’s Sodexo workers likely to strike

One Sodexo Inc. employee who works at Ohio State cleaning Ohio Stadium and stocking the concession stands says she cannot afford to eat every day on her $9.30-per-hour salary.

Sandy Dailey, 52, has worked for Sodexo for 10 years. She said she received her first review and raise in November, increasing her salary by $1 per hour.
“I can’t live on that salary,” Dailey said. “Part of the time, I can’t afford to eat.”

Sodexo is a France-based corporation that subcontracts its workers to facilities, including universities, hospitals and athletic stadiums, to run concession stands.
Sodexo employees at several institutions, including OSU, recently voted to authorize strikes because of what they say is the corporation’s poor treatment of its workers and restrictions on their ability to unionize, said Laurie Couch, spokeswoman for Service Employees International Union.

“The workers are pretty fired up,” Couch said. “They’ve been trying to organize a union for a couple of months now, and management has responded by punishing them and threatening them.”

Couch said the Sodexo workers at OSU will likely strike, though the union has not set a date.

Alfred King, director of public relations for Sodexo USA, said Sodexo pays its employees well and respects their right to collectively bargain.

“Sodexo provides competitive wages, and our benefits eligibility for front line employees is the most liberal in our industry,” King said in an e-mail. “Sodexo respects the rights of our employees to join a union or not, as they choose.”

King added that 40 of Sodexo’s employees at OSU have worked there for at least five years, “which would indicate satisfaction with their job and treatment.”
But Dailey is not satisfied. She said her wages aren’t high enough for her to afford health insurance or pay her medical bills.

“I don’t have medical or nothin’, and I got blood pressure medicine that I can’t afford,” she said. “I’m still gettin’ billed for my treatment, and I don’t get my medicine because I can’t afford it. I was havin’ chest pains this morning.”
Dailey said she doesn’t know how much she owes because she usually can’t bring herself to open her bills.

“I know I owe thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars to OSU for the doctor bill,” she said.

Dailey said Sodexo wages are so low that some of its employees qualify for welfare. She wants to be able to form a union with her co-workers to help increase their pay, she said, but Sodexo management has responded with intimidation.

“They tried to give us that $1 raise,” she said, referring to the raise she received in November, “and said if they gave us that $1 raise, they didn’t want us to get a union.”

Dailey cares for her boyfriend, who has multiple sclerosis, but she said when she requested time off from work to care for him, she met resistance from management.

“I requested Sunday off because my boyfriend has MS and I have to take care of him,” she said. “They got mad at me.”

Many Sodexo employees have recently shown that they are willing to follow through with the strikes they voted to approve, said Terasia Bradford, treasurer of OSU United Students Against Sweatshops and an advocate for Sodexo employees.

One such strike took place Saturday at the Columbus Crew Stadium.

Joe Musick, 20, has worked for Sodexo since he was 15 years old. He is a stand supervisor at Crew Stadium making $9 per hour and was involved in Saturday’s strike.

“We were striking in response to the unfair labor practices, the treatment of my fellow co-workers and everything that has happened,” Musick said, noting that in his five years with the company, he has received only one raise, which increased his salary by $1 per hour.

A majority of the about 12 employees working that day walked off-site just before the beginning of the soccer game, prompting confusion and ire among managers, Musick said.
“One of the managers actually made a direct comment and said that if any of the workers that were on strike came in and tried to talk to anybody, they would be fired,” he said.

Musick said he and his co-workers have not yet received a response from Sodexo regarding the strike.

Although Musick has worked for Sodexo for five years, he said he is not happy with the way the company treats him.

“If the company portrays this image that they treat their employees very well and that things are good for workers here, that’s not the case,” he said. “As human beings, we deserve to be treated better than this.”

Musick said that when he injured his back, his manager stifled his attempt to receive compensation.

“I, myself, injured my back on the job, and I sat down with my manager and filled out the paperwork for the workman’s (compensation) claim,” he said. “The next day, when I came to work, he told me if I contacted the insurance company to receive payment for it, then he would have to take me off the schedule and didn’t know for how long.”

Musick said his entire family has worked for Sodexo at one point and that they all struggle financially. He said his uncle was recently fired for his involvement in attempts to unionize.

King did not return phone calls seeking comment on allegations Dailey and Musick made.

Bradford said the treatment of Sodexo employees is inexcusable and that OSU has failed to acknowledge the mistreatment of the 24 full-time and about 100 seasonal Sodexo employees who work at the university.

“President (E. Gordon) Gee would rather go to your frat party on Saturday night than sit down and talk to us about this,” she said. “But we aren’t going away. We won’t let them get away with this because this is something the workers are dealing with 365 days a year.”

OSU is taking a neutral position in the situation, said OSU spokesman Jim Lynch.
“Every employer is entitled to its own views on unionization and employee relations, just as every employee is entitled to vote on representation,” Lynch said in an e-mail. “We should not infringe on the rights of either party.”
Lynch said Sodexo has a contingency plan in place should a strike occur.
Musick said he will go on strike again if Sodexo does not respect the needs of its employees.

“I hope that we don’t have to go on strike again,” he said, “but we’ll keep fighting until they recognize us.”

IRONY:
Driving down St. Rt 37, and I hit a HUGE Back up. It is not a big deal I am in the Jeep and it is a nice afternoon. Still cruising along at only 25 miles an hour, I start channel surfing the radio. I come to Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” and start singin’ along:

“Hogging up the road on my p-p-p-p-plower
Chug-a-lug-a-lugin 5 miles an hour
On my International Harvester.

3 miles of cars laying on their horns
Falling on deaf ears of corn
Lined up behind me like a big parade
Late to work, road raged jerks
Shouting obscene words flippin me the bird”

Then here I find out…it is an International Harvester taking up the road working its way to the next crop. ONCE AGAIN…I lived out yet another country and western song!

SPORTS:
Even if against MY REDS it was still an incredible feat! I got to watch one of those “where were you?” Sports Moments.
Roy Halladay tosses second postseason no-hitter
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Roy Halladay(notes) threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over theCincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the National League division series on Wednesday.

Halladay, who threw a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his postseason debut. The All-Star right-hander allowed one runner, walking Jay Bruce(notes) with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight.

Don Larsen is the only pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter. He threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay said. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”

Halladay took the Year of the Pitcher into the postseason.

Halladay, who tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his first playoff start.

The All-Star right-hander allowed only runner, walking Jay Bruce on a full count with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight.

Halladay spent 12 seasons with Toronto, far from the postseason. A trade last offseason brought him to the defending two-time NL champions.

“This is what you come here for,” Halladay said. “It’s a good team, they know how to win. … It’s been a great year, a fun year, we obviously have a ways to go.”

With a sellout crowd standing in the ninth and chanting “Let’s Go, Doc!” Halladay got a loud ovation when he jogged to the mound to start the inning.

Ramon Hernandez(notes) popped out to second baseman Chase Utley(notes) for the first out. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo(notes) then fouled out to third baseman Wilson Valdez(notes).

Halladay then retired Brandon Phillips(notes) on a tapper in front of the plate to end it. Catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes) pounced on the ball and threw Phillips out.

Halladay pumped his fist into his glove as Ruiz rushed to the mound. Just like catcher Yogi Berra did with Larsen, Ruiz started to jump into Halladay’s arms. Unlike Berra, Ruiz didn’t wrap up his pitcher in a bear hug.

“I felt like we got in a groove early,” Halladay said. “Carlos has been great all year, he helps me get into a rhythm early, throwing strikes.”

Phillies pitchers Roy Oswalt(notes) and Cole Hamels(notes) ran out of the dugout side-by-side to congratulate the other member of Philadelphia’s Big 3 lineup. Pretty soon, everyone in a Phillies uniform was part of the victory party.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins(notes) made the toughest play to preserve the no-hitter, going deep in the hole and making a strong throw to retire Joey Votto(notes) in the fourth.

Pitcher Travis Wood(notes) hit a sinking liner to right that Jayson Werth(notes) caught in the third. Pinch-hitter Juan Francisco(notes) hit a hard grounder up the middle in the sixth, but Rollins scooted over and made it look easy.

Halladay became the fifth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year. He joined Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938).

The last time a pitcher came close to a no-hitter in the postseason was quite a while ago. Boston’s Jim Lonborg went 7 2-3 innings against St. Louis in the 1967 World Series before Julian Javier broke up the bid with a double.

The Phillies led the majors in wins (97) for the first time in franchise history, captured their fourth consecutive division title and are trying to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants.

They are prohibitive favorites in this best-of-five against the NL Central champion Reds, who are making their first postseason appearance since 1995.

Game 2 is Friday at Philadelphia.

BUCKEYES: (new section)
Have you noticed how the “Buckeyes Section” is VERY CLOSE to my section on religion?

ROB OLLER
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Maurice Clarett’s locker is located between the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading rusher and a four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback. Not bad for someone who dressed between two felons for 3 years.

Success is not measured always by the company you keep. But failure is. So although it is premature to project Clarett as a beacon of accomplishment, it is not too soon to say that putting on shoulder pads while standing between Omaha Nighthawks teammates Ahman Green and Jeff Garcia validates the former Ohio State tailback as being more than a lost cause. The company he keeps no longer sleeps in prison cells.

I’m not here to sell Clarett’s story as some inspirational message of hope and promise, although it contains elements of both. I’m also not bent on wagging my finger as if to say, “Wait a minute, what about his dark past?” although it is a legitimate question.

The point simply is to present the present. Or as Clarett said yesterday during a conference call, to live in the moment.

“I’m taking things day by day; don’t get too far ahead of myself and don’t look behind myself,” he said. “I have some personal goals I keep private and to myself, but as long as I’m putting in all the work I need to in order to contribute to this team, then I’m satisfied.”

So let’s stick with the here and now, because half of you are tired of hearing about Clarett’s past and the other half claim – wink, wink – to have no interest in his future.

Where is he now? How did he get there? Can he still perform? These are the questions to address.

Clarett, 26, is a backup tailback for the Nighthawks, who play in a league fairly described as triple-A football. It is a place for former NFL players who no longer have it, or think they still have it (Green and Garcia) and want an NFL team to give them another shot. It also is for players who have fallen through the cracks or saw their college chances cracked by one thing or another.

For Clarett, that thing was prison. He did 3 years on robbery and weapons charges.

Prison presents challenges, to say the least. Emotionally, it would seem easy to me to go from bad to worse; physically, from good to gooey. But Clarett avoided those pitfalls and left prison in April in better shape, and seemingly much more humble and mature, than when he arrived. He dropped more than 20 pounds and toned up.

Still, football is about results, not looking ripped. So it was with apprehension that Omaha general manager Randy Mueller offered Clarett a tryout in late August. Even Vince Marrow, Clarett’s cousin who coaches Omaha’s tight ends, was skeptical.

“I’ll be honest, at first I was like, ‘I’m not sure about this.’ He looked like he might have lost a step,” Marrow said.

Those looks were deceiving. Marrow now would not be surprised if Clarett earns an NFL tryout this season or next.

“The only adjustment (physically) I was unfamiliar with was the conditioning part, how the body locks up your hamstrings and lower area from not being able to fire or sprint as much as you want to,” Clarett said.

As his body begins to respond, Clarett could come to resemble the tailback who rushed for 1,237 yards in his first, and only, season at Ohio State. In Omaha’s first two games, both wins, he has five carries for 12 yards, one catch for 6 yards and a kickoff return for 13 yards. Not great stats, but according to Marrow, the Clarett of 2010 is beginning to show signs of the ’02 model.

Green is the Nighthawks’ starter for the foreseeable future. Does the lack of work bother Clarett?

“I’m doing something I love. If you’re doing something you love and you’re having fun doing it, a person can’t ask for too much more,” he said.

Forget the former Clarett. Do not ponder too much the future Clarett. The present Clarett is all that matters. And so far, so good.

RELIGION:
Keep faith in humanity, but lock your car.-Dan Millman

If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.”

BUISNESS:
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HEALTH:
My ½ marathon training is HORRIBLE, I am doing only elliptical workouts and stretching hard. The main workout is NOT trying to overdo it and work on my inner maturity! BUT I am losing a lot of weight and keeping my strength up. I currently weigh 170, have a 29 inch waist and am as strong as I was in my high points! All thanx to the products of Visalus. BTW earlier this week I did 16 miles on elliptical in 1 hour 10 mins!!! And I benched 485 4 times!!! That is JUST UNDER 3times my body weight.

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Wanna run, have fun, Celebrate the Season, party AND WATCH THE BUCKEYES!?!?!
Dead Celebrity 3 Miler

Who says Michael Jackson and his sparkly glove are gone forever? Bring him back to life in the Dead Celebrity 3 Miler! Come dressed as your favorite celebrity and join us for the fastest way to kick off your Halloween evening.

Every runner gets a medal, technical race shirt, 2 free beers, free food and huge post race Halloween party Presented by Frog Bear, M3S Sports and Mich Ultra.
There are also prize packages for the best costumes. This is a costume event. We are looking for the most creative and most like a celebrity that has passed away in the last 12 months. Creativity and passion beat speed every time! PLUS OUR FRIENDS AT FBWB will have the Buckeyes vs. Wisonsin on the HUGE Big Screen TVS!

Date: Friday October 29th, 2010
Location: 343 Front Formerly Frog Bear & Wild Boar
Start time: 8:00pm
Distance: 3 Miler
Packet pick-up begins: 6:30pm

Pre-registration and packet pickup will take place at Fleet Feet Sports October 27th through October 29th during regular business hours. Fleet Feet Sports is located at: 1174 East Powell Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Course Map: Coming Soon!
Cost:
$35 September 15th through October 28th
$40 on race day

https://www.premierraces.com/smartReg/newRegister.asp?ID=453

MORE HEALTH:
What’s your body trying to tell you?
By Stacey Colino

Every pop, ping, ache, and pain has a meaning. Here’s when to take action.

Cracking Joints
Most Likely Causes:
The fluid around a joint contains a variety of gases, such as oxygen and nitrogen. When you crack a joint, you cause the joint to stretch, which rapidly releases gas bubbles that snap, crack, or pop. The cracking sound could also be due to a tendon rubbing across bone.

Less Likely Cause:
If you feel pain each time a joint cracks, it may be a sign of a cartilage or joint problem, such as arthritis.

What to do:
-If the cracking doesn’t hurt, don’t sweat it.
-If you have pain or swelling, or the joint is red or warm or has limited motion, see a doctor to find out what’s going on.

Dry Eyes
Most Likely Causes:
Staring at a computer for too long, consuming too much alcohol, or being in cold, dry, or windy conditions can increase the evaporation of the tear film on the eyes. Antidepressants, antihistamines, and cold medicines can dry out the eyes.

Less Likely Causes:
Chronically dry eyes can also point to hyperthyroidism or an autoimmune disease, like lupus.

What to do:
-For mild dryness, preservative-free over-the-counter artificial tears will lubricate and protect the eyes.
-Wear UV-blocking wraparound sunglasses when you’re out in cold or windy weather.
-At night, use an ointment like Refresh PM (available at drugstores) inside your lower lids.
-For severely or chronically dry eyes, see your doctor for tests and perhaps a prescription for eyedrops.

Cold Hands

Most Likely Causes:
Stress or apprehension can rev up the nervous system, causing blood vessels to constrict and thus inhibiting circulation to the hands. Also, some people simply have slower circulation than others.

Less Likely Causes:
If your fingers also spasm, go numb, and change in color (from whitish to blue to bright red), you may have Raynaud’s phenomenon, which can affect blood flow to the extremities. Other possibilities: a connective-tissue disorder, blocked arteries, or side effects from some drugs, such as beta-blockers.

What to do:
-Try deep breathing or any easy relaxation technique to enhance circulation if you suspect stress is the cause. Keep your hands warm.
-If your hands go cold for no apparent reason or if it happens frequently, talk to your doctor about being tested for Raynaud’s or other conditions.

Chronic Cough
Most Likely Causes:
Something is tickling your throat, and a cough is your body’s reflexive way of trying to expel the irritant. It may be postnasal drainage from allergies, or you may have hyperactive nasal mucus membranes sending liquid down your throat. Acid reflux can also irritate the throat and trigger coughing.

Related: 10 Things You Should Be Doing to Boost Your Immunity

Less Likely Causes:
Airway spasms are a side effect of some drugs, such as ACE inhibitors. Chronic obstructive lung disease (often due to smoking), pulmonary fibrosis (which involves scarring of the lungs), or a heart-valve problem can also produce coughing if fluid accumulates in the lungs.

What to do:
-Schedule a checkup and discuss any other symptoms you may have to help your doctor figure out what’s going on. He will probably listen to your lungs and heart and may even order a chest X-ray. Treating the underlying condition should stop the cough.

Muscle Cramps in Legs
Most Likely Causes:
Sitting or standing for too long in one position, or a long day in high heels, can strain the muscles in the calves and lead to cramps, sometimes hours later or during the night. Dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance can also cause muscles to spasm.

Less Likely Causes:
Statins, anticonvulsants, antihistamines, estrogens, and osteoporosis drugs can cause muscle cramps as a side effect. Blocked or narrowed arteries can also decrease blood flow to the legs, causing cramps.

What to do:
-Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and eat foods rich in the electrolytes calcium, potassium, and magnesium, such as leafy greens, bananas, and beans.
-Choose low, well-supported shoes to avoid straining the calves.
-Stretch your legs after walking, exercising, sitting still for a long period, or wearing high heels.

Night Sweats
Most Likely Causes:
Hormonal fluctuations can alter the body’s internal thermostat, making you sweat as you sleep. A thyroid disorder can also cause night sweats.

Less Likely Causes:
Some drugs, including antidepressants, have this side effect. Certain diseases, such as cancer, lupus, and a major infection (like tuberculosis), can also leave you dripping at night.

What to do:
-Lower the temperature in your bedroom at night by opening a window or using a fan.
-Moisture-wicking sleepwear and sheets (in a microfiber material) can make a sweaty episode more tolerable.
-If the sweats don’t abate or aren’t linked to your menstrual cycle, talk to your doctor to rule out an illness. If the problem is hormonal, hormone therapy or a low-dose oral contraceptive might help.

Snoring
Most Likely Causes:
Being overweight or having nasal or sinus problems (like a deviated septum, nasal polyps, or allergies) can lead to swelling that partially blocks the airway, increasing the chances that the tissues in the back of your throat will shake, rattle, and roll while you sleep.

Less Likely Cause:
You may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which snoring is accompanied by brief pauses in breathing as you sleep.

What to do:
-To keep the airway as open as possible, sleep on your side so your throat tissues don’t collapse.
-Breathe Right nasal strips (available at drugstores) can help widen nasal passages so you can breathe more easily.
-If your snoring is keeping you or your partner awake, consult a sleep specialist to find out if OSA may be to blame.

Cracks at the Corners of Your Mouth
Most Likely Causes:
Excessive lip licking or exposure to the wind, cold, or dry air can dry out the lips and lead to cracks in their very thin skin. Another culprit: a deficiency in iron, vitamin A or C, or any of the B vitamins.

Less Likely Causes:
Cracks may be a sign of a fungal infection, such as thrush, which also causes redness around the cracks. Or the cracks may be due to a slight allergic reaction to an ingredient in a cosmetic product you recently started using.

What to do:
-Keep your lips hydrated by applying a thick, unscented ointment (such as Aquaphor).
-If you recently started using any new cosmetics, stop, then slowly reintroduce them one at a time.
-If the cracks persist, worsen, or seem infected, see a doctor to talk about your diet or to be tested and treated for a fungal infection.

Dark Urine
Most Likely Causes:
When you don’t drink enough water, the pigments in waste that the kidneys excrete are more concentrated, so your urine becomes a deep yellow. Dark urine can also mean you have a urinary-tract infection, which could be sending a small amount of blood into your urine and making it darker.

Less Likely Causes:
A bladder or kidney infection can also cause darker urine, as can renal stones and other kidney problems.

What to do:
-Drink more water. Try this easy rule: Figure your height in inches; that number is the minimum amount in ounces you should be drinking per day. So if you’re five-six, that’s 66 inches, or 66 ounces.
-See your doctor if the color of your urine doesn’t fade, you have a fever or pain with urination, or you urinate with an unusual frequency or urgency.

Bloodshot Eyes
Most Likely Causes:
A sleepless night or too much time in front of the computer can leave you with enlarged, dilated blood vessels in the conjunctivas, a.k.a. the whites of the eyes. Allergies or exposure to an irritant like smoke can also cause redness.

Less Likely Causes:
You could have an inflammation inside your eyes or on the eyelids that is caused by an injury, an infection, or an irritant. Persistently red eyes can indicate a systemic problem, such as an autoimmune disease.

What to do:
– While working at the computer, take frequent breaks. Close your eyes for one minute to rewet them and reduce the evaporation of tears before resuming work.
-Use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes and flush out irritants.
-Beware of redness-reducing drops. Their relief is usually only temporary, and if overused, they can lead to worsened redness.

Bleeding Gums
Most Likely Causes:
Bacteria may be stuck between your teeth and gums, releasing acid that’s irritating your gums and causing the bleeding. Stress or hormonal changes (during pregnancy, PMS, or perimenopause) are prime triggers for bacteria to flourish, because surging hormones can diminish the immune system’s ability to combat the bacteria.

Less Likely Causes:
Full-blown gum disease can cause bloody gums. In rare cases, bleeding gums are a sign of oral cancer.

What to do:
-Brush twice a day, and floss at least once. Using an antibacterial mouth rinse can also help cut down on bacteria and clear away debris.
-See your dentist for regular cleanings, and have any mouth sore that doesn’t heal checked out to make sure it’s not an infection or cancerous.

A Clicking or Popping Jaw
Most Likely Causes:
Your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull, isn’t opening or closing as smoothly as it should. This can be caused by poor alignment of the teeth or by tooth grinding. Stress can aggravate the problem, especially if you clench your teeth when you’re tense or while you sleep.

Less Likely Cause:
If the pop also comes with a pang of pain, you could have arthritis in the joint.

What to do:
-If your jaw clicks occasionally and doesn’t bother you, don’t worry. Try to relax your jaw and mouth muscles when you’re not talking or eating.
-Steer clear of gum and foods that are hard to chew, such as bagels and sticky candies.
-If you have pain, tenderness, or a locking in your jaw, see a dentist. She may prescribe special splints to align your jaw joint or a mouth guard to prevent tooth grinding.

INSPIRATION:
Life cannot help but to bless those that do their very best all the time. Those who continuously work very hard and intensely are those who get the results. Whether in marriage, business, or household tasks such as keeping your lawn cut, if you don’t stay on your job, weeds will grow. Where your attention goes, Power Flows! – Rex Crain

QUOTES:
DON’T QUESTION WHY THINGS HAPPEN, IF IT’S A GOOD THING…CHERISH IT, IF IT’S A BAD THING,,, YOU’ll GET THE ANSWERS LATER!!!

Its cool 2 appreciate artist & their gifts.. But ur the BIGGEST STAR ull EVER meet

There’s alwaaays sumptin 2 b grateful 4, aguy complainin bout no shoes till he saw a dude wit no feet

Don’t withhold your love and appreciation. Love abundantly.

“success is doing what you can with what you got”-WWH

If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self-worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.-David Harris

‎”Release all feelings of worry and guilt. Throughout life, the two most futile emotions are guilt for what has been done and worry about what might be done.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

CLOSING:
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. What you spend years creating may be destroyed overnight. Create it anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give it anyway. -Mother Teresa

Or even better put;
Love is the blood of the soul. God wants all beings to have healthy and strong souls, so God created a simple law to nourish the soul: the more you give love, the more you receive love. Remember all the beings you love – people, animals – that you haven’t thought of lately. Do not wait anymore, reconnect with them today and express your love.

TO DO:
Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

FRIDAY:
Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and my buddy Josh Thompson take over The Schottenstein Center .
For more info: http://www.schottensteincenter.com

Mike Posner plays The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. For more info http://www.promwestproductions.com

SATURDAY:
Jimmy Eat World plays The Newport Music Hall. For more info http://www.promwestproductions.com

SUNDAY:
(A show I have to miss due to see MY REDS in the first playoff series in 15 years!) “Jagermeister Music Tour” with Slayer, Magadeth, and MY BOYZ ANTHRAX!!! At The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. For more info http://www.promwestproductions.com

Guitar great, Jonny Lang plays the Palace Theatre (Marion)

One of the few “No Hat” Country Singers, Travis Tritt, plays The Newport Music Hall. For more info http://www.promwestproductions.com

FUNNIES:
ALL WEEKEND:

J. Medicine Hat plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

MORE TO DO:
ALL WEEKEND:

Columbus Italian Festival
Italian Village
For more info: http://www.columbusitalianfestival.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY:
Professional Bull Riders Cooper Tires Invitational
October 9-10

For more info HELL JUST CALL ME, 614-580-3118

SUNDAY:
Colo’s Classic Car Show at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
For more info: http://www.columbuszoo.org

ALL WEEKEND:
The 44th Annual, All American Quarter Horse Congress
At The Ohio State Fairground/Ohio Expo Center
For more info: http://www.oqha.com

IN THEATERS:
Diane Lane stars in The True Story, ‘Secretariat,’ rated “PG.”

The Great Date Movie that both Guys and Gals can enjoy; ‘Life as We Know It,’ staring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel. The comedy, “Life” is rated “PG-13

DVD:
The ‘Karate Kid’ staring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, rated “PG-13.”

‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ rated “R.”

COME ON IS HOLLYWOOD THAT OUT OF NEW IDEERS?!?!?

Kenny Chesney’s Football Documentary “The Boys of Fall.” Originally aired on ESPN.

The film began as a simple video shoot for Chesney’s latest single, “The Boys Of Fall,” but turned into something more after shooting footage of friend and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton at his high school alma mater.

“That’s when I thought it might be cool for me in my year off I took from the road to go around and talk to these people and see what we get,” Chesney said. “It ended up being one of the best journeys of my life, and I think one of the most important things I’ve done in my career to this point.”

Over the next several months, he shot select high school games as well as interviews with stars such as Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, John Madden, Tony Dungy, Bill Parcells, Nick Saban, Mack Brown, Jim Tressel and Bobby Bowden.

The lessons he learned on the field have had a major impact on Chesney’s life. He credits his stint on the Gibbs High School football team for teaching him important life lessons and principles that he carries through life on a day to day basis.

“It’s no different if you’re playing football, if you’re on the road like I am, if you’re running a company,” Chesney said. “Everybody’s got to work together if they want to achieve something that’s special.”

Making the film ended up having an even larger impact than he imagined.

“Making this film had been an incredible journey for me and everyone involved,” says Chesney. “ Interviewing the men in this film has made me look at my own life in a different way. I hope people out there get as much out of watching this film as I did making it!”

ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:
Toby Keith comes out firing with “Bullets in the Gun”

David Archuleta has “ Other Side of Down”

Christian Rockers, Jars of Clay have “Shelter”

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Columbus Blue Jackets/Nationwide Properties 2010/11 Season Opener Plaza Party at Nationwide Arena/Battelle Plaza Friday October 15th 4:30-6:30pm

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