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Lull week, and NO BUCKEYE GAME !?!?!?


As many know I try and help organizations and other community events. THIS TIME I AM ASKING YOU TO HELP ME!

I am raising funds for Prostate Cancer Research during Movember. October has become Breast Cancer Pink Month. November is now becoming Movember Prostate Health Month.

Help me raise monies? I have shaved my soul patch (only soul I have been told I have), and am growing out my mustache for Mo’Vember to raise monies for Prostate Cancer Research. Any amount will help! Even if it is 1 dollar in support of that 1 finger I hope to never experience!

I will be doing “The Trucker” (attached a pixx of progress). Please consider helping me?

This is always a VERY boring week for me there seems to be a lull after Halloween and the election. This year is even worse due to a bye weekend for OUR Buckeyes. Seems the magical highlight is the transition of turning all the Halloween decorations backwards and ta-dah! Instant Thanksgiving decorations.

As bored as I seem to be, I still have found myself buried and having a hard time keeping up this week. OK, mostly because I partied the same way I did on election night in 2000. I am not as young as I was 10 years ago. It has taken me at least 3 days to recuperate and I still don’t think I am 100%.

Another reason this is not the normal lull week is because business is booming! I have been writing 3-4 contracts a day, and my social networking service is going gang busters! I have booked 5 new social network clients, 3 Holiday Parties, 2 bar weekly clients, and 6 weddings for 2011.

SO YES, it IS Holiday Booking season. If you or anyone you know is having an event, I have some availability and many openings with my guys! I pay 15% of any booked times to anyone who refers us, and will also pass this savings onto anyone who states they saw this mailer. NOW IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO BOOK YOUR 2011 WEDDINGS! Book now to guarantee your date!

I am very lucky to do whatever the he** it is I do. There are many a late night or nights with no sleep, but I cherish them all!

I know how lucky I am to do what I do, and consider it just as important to give back, with my monies.,.and time!

As this year is winding down, I send a challenge I challenge you all to do something for someone else. Wither is it supporting me for Movember (again the link is above), supporting OUR armed forces on Dec 11th at King Ave 5 (link is down below), serving turkey day dinners or whatever. We are all lucky in some way…remember “the man with no shoes complained until he saw the man with no feet!”

Don’t forget to fall back an hour this Sunday at 2am…and watch the news on Sunday to see how many kids riot down at Ohio University when they can’t drink for that precious extra hour. Also if you have not ripped down your smoke detectors as I have (TIRED OF HEARING THEM CHIRP), make sure you change your batteries.

Here let me help you with your next game of trivial pursuit

Saving Time, Saving Energy
Daylight Saving Time: Its History and Why We Use It

Spring forward…Fall back….

It’s ingrained in our consciousness almost as much as the A-B-Cs or our spelling reminder of “i before e….” And it’s a regular event, though perhaps a bit less regular than the swallows coming back to Capistrano. (Though that may even change with the impacts of global climate change.)

Yet in those four words is a whole collection of trivia, facts and common sense about Daylight Saving Time.

Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time is extended one month and begins for most of the United States at:

2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March

and lasts until

2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

The new start and stop dates were set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Change Your Clock & Change A Bulb!
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend that consumers change the battery in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when we change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

While you’ve got the ladder out to check your smoke detectors, why not change a bulb?

Switching to energy efficient bulbs in your ceiling fixtures could save you $30 a year per bulb on your electricity bill.

Energy efficient lighting is particularly important in the fall when Daylight Saving Time ends and the days are shorter.

The latest generation of energy-saving lighting includes compact fluorescent bulbs that fit in standard light sockets and provide pleasant, uniform light.

Low-energy halogen or LED lighting is also becoming widely available.

Visit or for information on lighting rebates and discounts.

Daylight Saving Time – for the U.S. and its territories – is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and by most of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona).

Indiana, which used to be split with a portion of the state observing DST and the other half not, is now whole. In the past, counties in the Eastern Time Zone portion of the state did not observe DST. They were on standard time year round. A state law was passed in 2005 that has the entire state of Indiana observing DST beginning in April 2006.

Indiana isn’t the only state that wanted to change daylight saving time. California asked for federal “approval” to move to a “year-round” Daylight Saving Time in 2001-2002 because of its energy crisis. (See below.)

According to Mining Co. Guide to Geography, DST is also observed in about 70 countries:

“Other parts of the world observe Daylight Saving Time as well. While European nations have been taking advantage of the time change for decades, in 1996 the European Union (EU) standardized an EU-wide “summertime period.” The EU version of Daylight Saving Time runs from the last Sunday in March through the last Sunday in October. During the summer, Russia’s clocks are two hours ahead of standard time. During the winter, all 11 of the Russian time zones are an hour ahead of standard time. During the summer months, Russian clocks are advanced another hour ahead. With their high latitude, the two hours of Daylight Saving Time really helps to save daylight. In the southern hemisphere where summer comes in December, Daylight Saving Time is observed from October to March. Equatorial and tropical countries (lower latitudes) don’t observe Daylight Saving Time since the daylight hours are similar during every season, so there’s no advantage to moving clocks forward during the summer.”

Daylight Saving Time Saves Energy
One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it reportedly saves electricity. Newer studies are being done to see if that long-held reason is true.

In general, energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, VCRs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day.

Studies done in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that we trim the entire country’s electricity usage by about one percent EACH DAY with Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time “makes” the sun “set” one hour later and therefore reduces the period between sunset and bedtime by one hour. This means that less electricity would be used for lighting and appliances late in the day. We may use a bit more electricity in the morning because it is darker when we rise, but that is usually offset by the energy savings in the evening.

We also use less electricity because we are home fewer hours during the “longer” days of spring and summer. Most people plan outdoor activities in the extra daylight hours. When we are not at home, we don’t turn on the appliances and lights. A poll done by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated that Americans liked Daylight Saving Time because “there is more light in the evenings / can do more in the evenings.”

While the amounts of electricity saved per household are small…added up they can be very large.

In the winter, the afternoon Daylight Saving Time advantage is offset by the morning’s need for more lighting. In spring and fall, the advantage is less than one hour. So, Daylight Saving Time saves energy for lighting in all seasons of the year except for the four darkest months of the year (November, December, January and February) when the afternoon advantage is offset by the need for lighting because of late sunrise.

A report was released in May 2001 by the California Energy Commission to see if creating an early DST or going to a year-round DST will help with the electricity problems the state faced in 2000-2002.

You can download an Acrobat PDF copy of the staff report, Effects of Daylight Saving Time on California Electricity Use, Publication # 400-01-13, (PDF file, pages, 5.2 megabytes).

The study concluded that both Winter Daylight Saving Time and Summer-season Double Daylight Saving Time (DDST) would probably save marginal amounts of electricity – around 3,400 megawatt-hours (MWh) a day in winter (one-half of one percent of winter electricity use – 0.5%) and around 1,500 MWh a day during the summer season (one-fifth of one percent of summer-season use – 0.20%). Winter DST would cut winter peak electricity use by around 1,100 megawatts on average, or 3.4 percent. Summer Double DST would cause a smaller (220 MW) and more uncertain drop in the peak, but it could still save hundreds of millions of dollars because it would shift electricity use to low demand (cheaper) morning hours and decrease electricity use during higher demand hours.

The Energy Commission has also published a new report titled The Effect of Early Daylight Saving Time on California Electricity Consumption: A Statistical Analysis. Publication # CEC-200-2007-004, May 27, 2007. (PDF file, 592 kilobytes)

In May 2001, the California state legislature sent a Senate Joint Resolution (SJRX2 1) to the White House and Congress asking that states be allowed to extend Daylight Saving Time year round. Congress and the White House did not act on the request because of the world-changing events of September 11, 2001. No new legislation has been passed in California since then.

A more recent study – in draft form as of February 2008 – by Matthew Kotchen and Laura Grant of the University of Santa Barbara concludes that Daylight Saving Time in Indiana actually increases residential electricity demand. That study titled “Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence From a Natural Experiment in Indiana”. (PDF file) looked at the electricity use when portions of the state finally started to observe DST. Before the new extended DST, portions of Indiana did not observe DST.

Some have wondered whether this study would be true for the entire United States. Initial analysis by staff of the California Energy Commission says a similar study may not yield the same results for California because:

The use of residential air conditioning is relatively low in Indiana, and the saturations are low. Where as California has high usage of air conditioning in the summer.

Heating use is relatively high in Indiana, while it is relatively low in California.
The diurnal variation in temperature is low while California is very high.
Indiana is located in western edge of the same time zone as Maine and Florida, but the sun actually comes up at an earlier time than those other two states.
Indiana’s north-south location will affect how long the days are in the summer and might very well lead to different results in different areas.

So, while the analysis is of interest to Indiana, it’s conclusions may not be totally correct for California or the rest of the country. Additional studies on electricity savings, the first national study since the 1970s, are being done by the U.S. Department of Energy, and more definitive results on DST on electricity use will be coming in the next year or two.

But why do we have Daylight Saving Time to begin with? Who created the laws and regulations that we follow?

History of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time is a change in the standard time of each time zone. Time zones were first used by the railroads in 1883 to standardize their schedules. According to the The Canadian Encyclopedia Plus by McClelland & Stewart Inc., Canada’s “[Sir Sandford] Fleming also played a key role in the development of a worldwide system of keeping time. Trains had made obsolete the old system where major cities and regions set clocks according to local astronomical conditions. Fleming advocated the adoption of a standard or mean time and hourly variations from that according to established time zones. He was instrumental in convening an International Prime Meridian Conference in Washington in 1884 at which the system of international standard time — still in use today — was adopted.”

In 1918, the U.S. Congress made the U.S. rail zones official under federal law and gave the responsibility to make any changes to the Interstate Commerce Commission, the only federal transportation regulatory agency at the time. When Congress created the Department of Transportation in 1966, it transferred the responsibility for the time laws to the new department.

The American law by which we turn our clock forward in the spring and back in the fall is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe Daylight Saving Time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must be done uniformly.

Daylight Saving Time has been around for most of this century and even earlier.

Benjamin Franklin, while a minister to France, first suggested the idea in an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” The essay was first published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784. But it wasn’t for more than a century later that an Englishman, William Willett, suggested it again in 1907.

Willett was reportedly passing by homes where the shades were down, even though the sun was up. He wrote a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight” because of his observations.

Willett wanted to move the clock ahead by 80 minutes in four moves of 20 minutes each during the spring and summer months. In 1908, the British House of Commons rejected advancing the clock by one hour in the spring and back again in the autumn.

Willett’s idea didn’t die, and it culminated in the introduction of British Summer Time by an Act of Parliament in 1916. Clocks were put one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during the summer months.

England recognized that the nation could save energy and changed their clocks during the first World War.

In 1918, in order to conserve resources for the war effort, the U.S. Congress placed the country on Daylight Saving Time for the remainder of WW I. It was observed for seven months in 1918 and 1919. The law, however, proved so unpopular that it was later repealed.

When America went to war again, Congress reinstated Daylight Saving Time on February 9, 1942. Time in the U.S. was advanced one hour to save energy. It remained advanced one hour forward year-round until September 30, 1945.

In England, the energy saving aspects of Daylight Saving were recognized again during WWII. Clocks were changed two hours ahead of GMT during the summer, which became known as Double Summer Time. But it didn’t stop with the summer. During the war, clocks remained one hour ahead of GMT though the winter.

From 1945 to 1966, there was no U.S. law about Daylight Saving Time. So, states and localities were free to observe Daylight Saving Time or not.

This, however, caused confusion — especially for the broadcasting industry, and for trains and buses. Because of the different local customs and laws, radio and TV stations and the transportation companies had to publish new schedules every time a state or town began or ended Daylight Saving Time.

By 1966, some 100 million Americans were observing Daylight Saving Time through their own local laws and customs. Congress decided to step in end the confusion and establish one pattern across the country. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S. Code Section 260a) created Daylight Saving Time to begin on the last Sunday of April and to end on the last Sunday of October. Any area that wanted to be exempt from Daylight Saving Time could do so by passing a local ordinance. The law was amended in 1986 to begin Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April.

Embargo Changes Daylight Saving Time
Following the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, Congress put most of the nation on extended Daylight Saving Time for two years in hopes of saving additional energy. This experiment worked, but Congress did not continue the experiment in 1975 because of opposition — mostly from the farming states.

In 1974, Daylight Saving Time lasted ten months and lasted for eight months in 1975, rather than the normal six months (then, May to October). The U.S. Department of Transportation — which has jurisdiction over Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. — studied the results of the experiment. It concluded:

Daylight Saving Time saves energy. Based on consumption figures for 1974 and 1975, The Department of Transportation says observing Daylight Saving Time in March and April saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day — a total of 600,000 barrels in each of those two years. California Energy Commission studies confirm a saving of about one percent per day.
Daylight Saving Time saves lives and prevents traffic injuries. The earlier Daylight Saving Time allowed more people to travel home from work and school in daylight, which is much safer than darkness. And except for the months of November through February, Daylight Saving Time does not increase the morning hazard for those going to school and work.
Daylight Saving Time prevents crime. Because people get home from work and school and complete more errands and chores in daylight, Daylight Saving Time also seems to reduce people’s exposure to various crimes, which are more common in darkness than in light.

The Department of Transportation estimated that 50 lives were saved and about 2,000 injuries were prevented in March and April of the study years. The department also estimated that $28 million was saved in traffic accident costs.

A brand new study in 2007 seems to confirm that DST helps prevent accidents. The study was published in February 2007 in The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (Vol. 7, Issue 1, Article 11) and is titled “Short and Long Run Effects of Daylight Saving Time on Fatal Automobile Crashes.”

The abstract of the study by Neeraj Sood with the RAND corporation and Arkkadipta Ghosh of the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s says:

“Prior literature suggests that Daylight Saving Time (DST) can both increase the risk of automobile crashes in the short run and decrease the risk of automobile crashes in the long run.

“We use 28 years (1976-2003) of automobile crash data from the United States, and exploit a natural experiment arising from a 1986 federal law that changed the time when states switched to DST to identify the short run and long run effects of DST on automobile crashes.

“Our findings suggest that:

DST has no significant detrimental effect on automobile crashes in the short run;
DST significantly reduces automobile crashes in the long run with an 8-11% fall in crashes involving pedestrians, and a 6-10% fall in crashes for vehicular occupants in the weeks after the spring shift to DST.”

Congress and President Reagan Change Daylight SavingTime
Daylight Saving Time was changed slightly in 1986 when President Reagan signed Public Law 99-359. It changed Daylight Saving Time from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in April. No change was made to the ending date of the last Sunday in October.

This was done ostensibly to conserve energy during the month of April. Adding the entire month of April is estimated to save nationwide about 300,000 barrels of oil each year.

Changed Again in 2007
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005. Under the new law, Daylight Saving Time begins three weeks earlier than previously, on the second Sunday in March. DST is extended by one week to the first Sunday in November. The new start and stop period began in March 2007.

The original House bill would have added two full months, one in the spring and another in the fall. According to some U.S. senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock, and airline officials said it would have complicated scheduling of international flights. So, a compromise was worked out to start DST on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November.

Enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 did not alter the rights of the states and territories to choose not to observe Daylight Saving Time.

The question remains, however, whether the earlier DST will save additional energy. The California Energy Commission’s Demand Analysis Office published a report titled The Effect of Early Daylight Saving Time on California Electricity Consumption: A Statistical Analysis, Commission publication # CEC-200-2007-004, in May 2007. (PDF file, 592 kilobytes).

It concludes that, “The extension of Daylight Saving Time (DST) to March 2007 had little or no effect on energy consumption in California, according to a statistical analysis. The most likely approximation is a 0.2% decrease during these three weeks. Given the natural variation in consumption, however, the margin of electricity use change associated with early DST could have been one and a half percent of increase or decrease without such effects showing up statistically. Formally, weather- and lighting-corrected savings from DST were estimated at 0.18% with a 95% confidence interval ranging from 1.5% savings to a 1.4% increase.”

Seize the Daylight
A book all about DST was published in 2005 called Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time by Dr. David Prerau.

It’s published by Avalon Publishing / Thunder’s Mouth Press – ISBN: 1-56025-655-9.

There’s also a website about the book at:

Two fun quotes from the book:

“An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.” -Winston Churchill

“It seems very strange . . . that in the course of the world’s history so obvious an improvement should never have been adopted. . . . The next generation of Britishers would be the better for having had this extra hour of daylight in their childhood.” -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

More About TIME
Many countries observe Daylight Saving Time. But the beginning and ending dates are often different than those used in the United States.

The book, The Official Airline Guide, is one of the best sources of information about whether or not Daylight Saving Time is observed in another country.

You can find out more information about Daylight Saving Time by writing TIME, c/o Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590.

Another Web site about DST can be found at:, which is a public service of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA) by WebExhibits as a compliment to

The U.S. Naval Observatory’s Web site gives the current time for all time zones, and it’s free. Go to:

Note, however, that with Internet traffic and delays on servers and browsers, that the correct time may be off a few seconds or more.

For the correct time of the day, you can call the Department of Transportation at 900-410-TIME. There is a charge for the call. Or check with your local phone company to see if there is a local dial up time service such as “POP-CORN.”

Some phone companies also have a local number you can call for the current correct local time. Call directory assistance in your area for the number to call for the correct time.

One question people always ask about Daylight Saving Time regards the time that restaurants and bars close. In many states, liquor cannot be served after 2 a.m. But at 2 a.m. in the fall, the time switches back one hour. So, why can’t they serve for that additional hour in October?

The answer: the bars do not close at 2 a.m. but actually at 1:59 a.m. So, they are already closed when the time changes from Daylight Saving Time into Standard Time.

Final observations:
It is Daylight Saving (singular) Time, NOT Daylight SavingS Time. We are saving daylight, so it is singular and not plural.
Daylight Saving Time differs in other areas of the world. Consult a good encyclopedia for additional information about DST in your own country. Or check out the “World Time Zone” or the “WorldTime” Web pages at: (Correct URL, no “m”)


“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana”
Groucho Marx

“I’ve been on a calendar but I have never been on time”
Marilyn Monroe

“The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time”
Leo Kennedy

“Time nor tide wait for no man/woman”

“Tough times never last, but tough people do!”
Robert Schuller

“Time and tide wait for none.”

“A stitch in time saves nine.”

“The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realise you’re not in shape for it, it’s far too far to walk back.”
Franklin P Jones

Hanson’s Treatment of Time:
There are never enough hours in a day, but always too many days before Saturday.

“Nothing lasts forever – not even your troubles”
Arnold H Glasgow

“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.”
Milton Berle

“Time, the subtle thief of youth”
John Milton Sonnets 7

“And he that will not apply New Remedies, must expect New Evils; for Time is the greatest Innovator.”
Francis Bacon Essays: Of Innovations

“Who knows but the world may end tonight”
Robert Browning The Last Ride Together

“Lost time is never found again”
Benjamin Franklin Ibid 1743

“Remember that time is money”
Benjamin Franklin Advice to a Young Tradesman

“No woman in my time will be Prime Minister…”
Margaret Thatcher The Sunday Telegraph, 1969

“Tempus fugit” (time flies)
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Fasti

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

“Time is the great physician”
Benjamin Disraeli Endymion

“There’s plenty of time to win this game…”
Sir Francis Drake On sighting the Spanish Armada – 1588

“There’s a gude time coming”
Sir Walter Scott Rob Roy

“Veritum dies aperit” (Time discovers the truth)
Seneca De Ira

“O, call back yesterday, bid time return”
William Shakespeare King Richard II

“I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for hours will take care of themselves”
Philip Dormer Stanhope – 4th Earl of Chesterfield Letters to His Son

“Time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked”
Sir Noel Coward Blithe Spirit

“Procrastination is the thief of time”
Edward Young Night Thoughts 1742-1746

“Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at once”

“Sed fugit interea, fugit inreparabile tempus”
(Time meanwhile flies, never to return)
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

“Potius sero quad numquam”
(Better late than never)
Titus Livius (Prologue to History, Book IV sec)

Baseball player: “What time is it?”
“You mean now?”
Yogi Berra

“The times they are a-changing.”
Bob Dylan

“Time is on my side, yes it is.”
Mick Jaggar

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me,
While I looked around,
For my possibilities;
I was so hard to please”
Paul Simon

“The bird of time has not far to fly,
And the bird is on the wing!”

Kenny Chesney has just taken a song, and like a baseball bat hit me square in the chest. HOLY SH*T this took the wind right out of me…ALL TOO TRUE, and yes I feel this way a lot!

This song has been playing in the gym a lot lately…great message. Just “breath.”

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

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!!!

My Hero…and Grandfather Robert Freeman. He has been someone who developed my business skills-charging him admission to his own driving, selling him a 3 wheeler he bought for me. He also taught me the value of hard work-Grandpa always had a project wither it was fixing up one of his rental properties, or mowing the grass (usually down to the dirt no matter how burnt it was!). He also taught the POWER of giving back. Grandpa is always offering. Many times it is a pop or beer or ham sandwich he is out of, followed by “well he**” I’ll go to Wendy’s you want a chicken sandwich. Grandpa grew up with nothing; he did not even have indoor plumbing! But has worked his a** off to provide for himself, his family-MOSTLY HIS GRANDKIDS, and anyone who he feels may need some help. Grandpa many times would let a tenet slide if he felt they did not have the funds to pay rent, and he had a whole crew of “workers” whom many times allowed him to do their work while they took his money (ok…MAYBE I might fall into this category). He is not even Catholic and may be one of the biggest contributors to Newark Catholic of Blessed Sacrament, for no other reason than his Grandkids asked (and wanted that bike from magazine subscriptions). In many areas he has done for me, however, I am most appreciative of what I have watched him do for others, and be the person I want to be. HOWEVER I am still pi**ed off that to this day I have to hear about how good looking my Grandpa is by older women, my parents friends, AND YES EVEN GIRLS I HAVE DATED. So at least I will inherit his giving traits.

On the same note as Grandparents thoughts and prayers going out to my friends the Andrews (and yes their daughter tells me how HOT my Grandpa is). Anyway…they have a Grandpa who is ill. I wanna send some shout outs and some prayers to this family for a quick and speedy recovery of their “Grandpa.”

…and I had a Pontiac Fiero (that could hold 12, but that is another story piece)

Pontiac, maker of muscle cars, ends after 84 years

DETROIT – Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, is going out of business on Sunday.
The 84-year-old brand, moribund since General Motors decided to kill it last year as it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been in decline for years. It was undone by a combination of poor corporate strategy and changing driver tastes. On Oct. 31, GM’s agreements with Pontiac dealers expire.

Even before GM’s bankruptcy, Pontiac’s sales had fallen from their peak of nearly one million in 1968, when the brand’s speedier models were prized for their powerful engines and scowling grills.

At Pontiac’s pinnacle, models like the GTO, Trans Am and Catalina 2+2 were packed with horsepower and sported colors like “Tiger Gold.” Burt Reynolds and Sally Field fled the law in a Firebird Trans Am which raced through the 1970s hit movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”

By the late 1980s, though, Pontiacs were taking off their muscle shirts, putting on suits and trying to act like other cars. The brand had lost its edge.
Bill Hoglund, a retired GM executive who led Pontiac during its “We Build Excitement” ad campaigns in the 1980s, blames the brand’s demise on a reorganization under CEO Roger Smith in 1984. That overhaul cut costs by combining Pontiac’s manufacturing, engineering and design operations with those of other GM brands.

“There was no passion for the product,” says Hoglund. “The product had to fit what was going on in the corporate system.”

Although the moves were necessary to fend off competition from Japanese automakers with lower costs, they yielded Pontiacs that looked and drove like other GM cars.

By 2008, the last full year before GM announced Pontiac’s shutdown, sales were 267,000, less than a third of those sold in 1968.

Formed in 1926, Pontiac made cars for the working class until a sales slump in the 1950s nearly killed it. GM revived the brand by connecting it to auto racing. From then on, each Pontiac sales boom was driven by speed; each bust generally featured outdated or boring rides.

The brand’s most storied muscle car, the GTO, came about when some GM engineers took a small car called the Tempest and put a powerful V8 engine under the hood. The letters stood for “Gran Turismo Omologato,” Italian for “ready to race.”

Sparked by the GTO, the Pontiac brand thrived, making up 17 percent of the 5.4 million cars and trucks GM sold in the U.S. in 1968. The GTO even spawned its own 1960s hit song.

“C’mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO,” was the chorus of the tune by Ronny and the Daytonas.

Pontiac’s decline stemmed from a lack of a consistent strategy or leadership. Executives rotated through every few years on their way up the corporate ladder, each with a different vision. Some even tried to make Pontiac a luxury brand.
One strategy that eventually hurt the brand was rebadging: putting the guts of less powerful GM cars inside the skins of Pontiacs.

Big economic shifts also damaged the brand. Two gas spikes in the 1970s steered Americans toward smaller cars with more fuel-efficient engines, areas dominated by Japanese automakers in the U.S.

About two dozen unsold Pontiacs now linger at dealerships around the country, including a maroon G5 coupe that sits awkwardly in a no-man’s land between used cars and new models next to the showroom at Orr GM Superstore near Little Rock, Ark. The car, which is really just a poky Chevrolet Cobalt gussied up with a spoiler, fancy wheels and the red arrowhead Pontiac logo, has been on the lot for more than 700 days. Sales Manager Alex Valencia has knocked almost $7,000 off the sticker price, down to $16,585.

Despite spells of success during the last 30 years, Pontiac never returned to its supercharged sales of the 1960s.

A low point was the late 1990s, when Pontiac came up with Aztek, an attempt to merge campers with SUVs and win over young, outdoorsy Americans. The vehicle, which seemed more like a cross between a minivan and armored car, flopped.

In the mid-2000s, GM tried to rekindle the brand with powerful sedans, such as the G8, which harkened back to the GTO. But dealers wanted a full model lineup, and GM gave them renamed Chevrolets, diluting Pontiac’s performance image, says Bob Lutz, GM’s former product guru who headed up the effort to reinvigorate Pontiac.

This year, Pontiac’s sales are less than 1 percent of the 2.2 million cars and trucks GM is expected to sell. GM built the last Pontiac in May.

Even after their Pontiac agreements expire, GM dealers will continue to service the cars and honor their warranties. But after this weekend, any new Pontiacs that remain on dealer lots will be considered used cars by GM.

Anthony “Tony” Augelli, owner of a Pontiac-GMC-Buick dealer in Gurnee, Ill., near Chicago, still has a gleaming orange 2009 Solstice roadster that’s the first car to greet customers in his showroom. Despite its prime perch, the $32,000 car hasn’t sold.

Augelli gets emotional when speaking of Pontiac’s end.

“I miss it already,” he says.

The Goonies 25th Anniversary:

November 2nd was a day of monumental importance for many Americans. No, not because of the elections — rather, it marked the release of The Goonies 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD.In anticipation of this most sacred arrival, a special press event was held late last month at the Warner Bros. lot.

A number of the original film’s cast and crew members were in attendance including notables like Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Ke Wuan and Richard Donner. Check out the embedded video below for event impressions and special recollections, and keep your one good eye right here at GeekDad for a forthcoming review of the newly re-mastered version of this beloved childhood classic.

…and Andi is STILL HOT!!!

Ozzy Osbourne gets his full genome mapped by scientists

Ozzy Osbourne has had his genetic structure fully mapped by scientists.

The former Black Sabbath frontman has had his genome sequenced by researchers in the US, reports

“Ozzy carries several hundred thousand variants that have never been seen by scientists,” explained Nathaniel Pearson of the research company Knome, who approached the singer to have his genome mapped alongside Ivy League professors and scientists.

“It’s going to be a while before we get enough data as a society to understand those variants,” he added. “Many of the variants in his genome are about how the brain processes dopamine.”

According to early findings, Osbourne is more likely to experience hallucinations when using marijuana than the average person, while he also has an increased risk of cocaine addiction and alcohol dependency.

The research also reveals that genetically Osbourne can trace some of his lineage back to the extinct Neanderthals, a cousin of modern humans.

“For a long time we thought that Neanderthals didn’t have any descendents today, but it turns out that Asians and Europeans have some evidence of Neanderthal lineage – like a drop in the bucket,” Pearson explained. “We found a little segment on Ozzy’s chromosome 10 that very likely traces back to a Neanderthal forebear.

The Socialist Utopia
By: Gabe Koshinsky, Vice Chair of Capital College Republicans

Over the course of the rule of the Democratic Party I have seen the blossoms shining brightly. Only 9.7 % unemployment, modest trillion dollar deficits, and Obama care have shown the promise of the Democratic Party. The Democrats have demonstrated to me that the liberal plan for America should be praised for its overwhelming stupidity.

Certainly, I would expect a strong showing of Capital students to vote in support of the Democrats. These students are selfless servants who fight courageously for social justice, panda bearsJ, and tray- less Tuesdays.

They valiantly place aside their brand new lap-tops, I-Phones, and quality Abercrombie clothing to fight for the working man, and fight against those evil rich Capitalists who employ their parents! I find their efforts to unleash equality to the ‘masses’ to be noble. Of course they would admire the Democrats.

To those noble servants of the liberal persuasion, I have discovered a way we can all live in your fairy tale dream land. It is a utopia unlike any other. In this splendid land everyone has healthcare [predominately due to extensive anal injuries], three warm meals a day, communal living, and 100% gun control. Not to mention, this is a place where there is no bullying of homosexuals; in fact homosexuality is widely encouraged and accepted as a cultural way of life. I am even convinced that homosexual marriage is widely encouraged, which shows how progressive they truly are.

In the ideal socialist utopia income doesn’t matter much at all. The only exchange rate is butt-sex, cigarettes, and knives [for females it’s a little different]. However, in order to satisfy college liberals with the system we can always ban the cigarettes and switch to marijuana. This will help revenues for illegal immigrants who are active in drug cartels. It’s a simple socialist utopia where there is zero unemployment and everyone lives off the government. Judicial activism is strongly encouraged when determining rights and privileges.

Furthermore, the education is impeccable. Drug sale studies, weapons creation/familiarization, sex education with practical application, and Union/Gang leadership management are all taught to a standard that rivals the Cleveland public school system for their outstanding record. Forget about ’40’s and thugs’, this is the real deal.

What you may really like my liberal friends is that there is also a standard for affirmative action. Most governance is provided by respectable gangs [or ‘unions’ normally based on ethnicity] that have demonstrated their ability for population control time and again. Che Guevara would be so proud of you for advocating for this Siberian winter wonder land. Yes WE CAN! Maybe your right, there is no better socialist utopia than a correctional facility.

Army goes all-camo for latest leg of postseason push
By Matt Hinton

Florida did the “Pro Combat” thing Saturday at Georgia, but Army was gung ho for an actual combat motif in a 29-7 win over the Virginia Military Institute. It’s not the first time the academy has incorporated camouflage in its game-day unis before, but never from head-to-toe. You can draw your own conclusions, but Miss USA digs the camo.

The win moved the Black Knights to 5-3, within one victory of an automatic bid to the Armed Forces Bowl in December – Army’s first .500 season or bowl game since 1996. Up first: A date with Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium, where the goalposts went up Friday for the first college football game in the Bronx in decades. (Remember you can check out Army vs Navy at King Ave 5 on Dec 11th)

The day after Halloween and I was seeing Christmas commercials!?!?! I have been trying to get into the spirit of that time of year, BUT, that alone makes it difficult.

Study: Alcohol ‘most harmful drug,’ followed by crack and heroin

The Lancet, a British medical journal, lists alcohol as the most harmful drug among a list of 20 drugs.

London, England (CNN) — Alcohol ranks “most harmful” among a list of 20 drugs, beating out crack and heroin when assessed for its potential harm to the individual imbibing and harm to others, according to study results released by a British medical journal.

A panel of experts from the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs weighed the physical, psychological, and social problems caused by the drugs and determined that alcohol was the most harmful overall, according to an article on the study released by The Lancet on Sunday.
Using a new scale to evaluate harms to individual users and others, alcohol received a score of 72 on a scale of 1 to 100, the study says. It was compared to 19 other drugs using 16 criteria: nine related to the adverse effects the drug has on an individual and seven on its harm against others.

That makes it almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco, according to the article, which is slated to be published on The Lancet’s website Monday and in an upcoming print edition of the journal.

Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine were the most harmful drugs to individuals, the study says, while alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the most harmful to others.

In the article, the panelists said their findings show that Britain’s three-tiered drug classification system, which places drugs into different categories that determine criminal penalties for possession and dealing, has “little relation to the evidence of harm.”

Panelists also noted that the rankings confirm other studies that say that “aggressively targeting alcohol harms is a valid and necessary public health strategy.”

The Lancet article was co-authored by David Nutt, a professor and Britain’s former chief drug adviser, who caused controversy last year after he published an article saying ecstasy was not as dangerous as riding a horse.

“So why are harmful sporting activities allowed, whereas relatively less harmful drugs are not?” Nutt wrote in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. “I believe this reflects a societal approach which does not adequately balance the relative risks of drugs against their harms.”

Nutt later apologized to anyone offended by the article and to those who have lost loved ones to ecstasy. He said he had no intention of trivializing the dangers of the drug and that he only wanted to compare the risks.

In the article released by The Lancet on Sunday, ecstasy’s harmfulness ranking — 9 — indicates it is only one-eighth as harmful as alcohol.
The study was funded by the London-based Centre for Crime and Justice studies.

This week I found myself driving around the parking lot of the gym for 10 minutes trying to find a close spot (and it was not raining or cold). Yet I paid money to exercise inside?

WOW!!! Cleveland’s answer to LeBron’s commercial

BUCKEYES: (new section)
Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. He made some bad decisions, but is allowing him to become a GREAT man. No matter what your thoughts, this is worth a watch!

Religion’s role in the November 2010 election

It may surprise some, but here are two typical pre-election statements made at churches and synagogues:

“I’ll vote Democratic because I always have.”
“I’ll vote Republican because I always have.”

From first-hand experience interviewing people in America’s two largest religions — Christianity and Judaism — about 50 percent of Bible and Torah believers often don’t let their faith influence their voting. It’s more about party affiliation and the economy.

Considering the battle over abortion and gay rights in the past two decades, there are liberal candidates who may not have won past elections without a portion of Jewish and Christian votes.

In the November 2010 election, abortion, gay marriage and party played less of a role. Religion in this election was about asking the president and legislators to value the American peoples’ voice, including those who believe in God.

For example, in 2008, a large base of the American Jewish community supported Barack Obama, the man with the Arabic-sounding name. This was surprising, due to the ongoing war-torn relationship between Israel and Arabic/Middle Eastern countries. But, like everyone else, they wanted change.

From mid 2009 to the present, a chasm became obvious in this base. Prominent Jewish parties began to express discontent with President Obama. These incidents served to weaken Jewish confidence:

* His association with Jeremiah Wright’s church; some Jewish organizations feel that Wright routinely disparaged Israel
* Obama’s post-election speeches and policies, which they interpreted to favor Palestinian goals
* Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being allowed to speak in the United
States, under Obama’s presidential watch, about the Holocaust being a hoax and calling for the destruction of Israel.

By November, the Jewish population in Florida may have expressed their discontent by helping to elect Republicans Rick Scott (for governor) and Marco Rubio (U.S. Senate) over Democrats Alex Sink, Kendrick Meek, and independent Charlie Crist. The latter three supported Obama policies.

Although the majority of Jewish Democratic senators retained their seats, the upset of Russ Feingold in Wisconsin was surprising.

The only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor of Virginia, kept his seat and might be considered for majority leader.
Religion was also used as a smear tactic in at least three campaigns:
* According to an AP report at Yahoo! News, Jack Conway claimed his opponent, Rand Paul, was in a secret college society that made fun of Christianity and worshipped some kind of “Aqua Buddha.” It didn’t work for Conway. Paul won the Kentucky U.S. Senate seat, and stated he hoped to see an end to religious attacks of this type.
* Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell was accused by opponent Chris Coons of being a witch for admitting she dabbled in witchcraft years ago. She was also battered about a 1998 appearance on Bill Maher’s show where she stated evolution was a myth — a suggestion generally associated with Christians. These, and bad judgment in the advertisement she chose to repudiate the decades-old evidence, contributed to her loss.
* In Florida, U.S. House Democratic candidate Alan Grayson claimed his Christian Republican opponent, Daniel Webster, took the Bible so far as to whip women into submission (words often misinterpreted from Ephesians 5, New Testament). Webster’s campaign website carries evidence proving Grayson edited Webster’s words.

Grayson lost favor for labeling Webster “Taliban Dan.” This probably didn’t impress American Muslim voters either. Webster won the seat.
In one way or another, religion did play a part in November’s election. It’s a wait-and-see as to how the growing Muslim population (now the third largest religion in the country) and other faiths may carry more weight in 2012.

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“Jesus said turn the other cheek,”
-“I ain’t no Jesus”

“Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped?”~James Corbett

‎”Pain or damage don’t end the world. Or despair, or ****ing beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you’ve got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man… and give some back.”~unknown

Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

The amazing accappella, 4Troops play the historic Midland Theatre (Newark)

Bob Dylan whines his way through The Schottenstein Center

House Music DJ Boy 8-Bit plays The Mozaik Lounge

The Godz play The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

The Pre-Madonnas Love And Theft play Dough Boyz (Ashville)

Riders In The Sky bring old school country to The Midland Theatre (Newark)

LeAnn Rimes plays The McCoy Center For The Arts (New Albany)


Jamie Kaler (My Boys) plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton


CAPA presents Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show at The Palace Theatre

Winter Safari Tours Now through March at The Wilds
Saturday’s 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Zanesville. For more info

The winter is a wonderful time to see and experience the Wilds at work. The Winter Safari Tours begin with a light lunch and short conservation program, then visitors board a heated Safari Transport for a guided safari tour experience through the winter landscape. View large groups of animals, such as the Sichuan takin, Pere David’s deer, Przewalski’s wild horse, American bison, and many more, as they roam in the open pasture in their winter coats. The tour also includes an exclusive stop at the Rhino Management Center where you can get up-close and personal with southern white rhinos and greater one-horned Asian rhinos in their winter quarters.

AND FOR MY FRIEND (JMI) Other destinations may include the Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center to see cheetahs and African wild dogs, or the Giraffe Barn. Reservations and pre-payment are required.

Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. star in ADULT THEMED ‘Due Date,’ rated “R.”

The Family Friendly ‘Megamind’ “3D,” rated “PG.” I laughed so hard I cried!

Pixars entire cast is back for ‘Toy Story 3’ rated “G.”

‘The Goonies’ (25th anniversary edition), this movie that defined a generation will “Never Say Die” and is still rated “PG.”

Brad Paisley releases Hits Alive

Country Rocker, Jason Aldean, is back with My Kinda Party

Good Charlotte shows why they can only sell out Nerk Ahia with Cardiology

Huey Lewis is back with Soulsville

Pherrell and N.E.R.D. release Nothing

OK Go has Of the Blue Colour of the Sky


OSU Football Season with AT&T AND JUST SIGNED Across the Field Tailgate with the ‘Historic’ Danger Brothers, and my Buddy Eric Dove and Green Light Go.

The Annual Army vs Navy Game viewing party, December 11th 2010

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