Djmattsexton’s Blog

Just another weblog

First Mailer for Holiday Season



Come out for a great day of Football, and show support for those who have served as well as those serving-and their families on Dec 11th for our Army vs Navy Game Fundraiser.


This is not only a day for football and to show support, but also a chance to win some cash prizes from 50/50, and raffle items including;


Trip to 2011 Navy vs Army Game in Philly,

A 2010 OSU “Throw Back Uniform” honoring the 1943 team

Autographed books, cd, and jerseys from local celebrities

Fitness Packages

Multiple gift cards from local vendors

Multiple Prizes from Miller High Life




Verizon Wireless to provide Skype service to allow those in attendance to have a conversation with family and friends currently serving.


Dart Tournament with Cash Prizes (contact info below for more info)


All this plus Miller High Life drink Specials and the always great food from The King Ave 5 kitchen.


No matter if a “Midshipman,” a “Black Knight” or just a fan of football and the United States-This annual event welcomes ALL BRANCHES of Service and their family/friends and will be on Saturday December 11th at, King Ave 5 945 King Avenue (between Kenny and Olentangy River Road).


For more info:


You can also call “Matt” at 614-580-3118

GREETINGS from Naples Florida and my adopted office at Doc’s Beach House-visiting my “Florida Mom.” Before I go any further I would like to wish our Jewish friends a Happy “Festival of Lights.”


AND since this is going out after the first day of December…I was able to FINALLY shave that “thing” off my face. THANX to everyone donated to my efforts to fund Prostate Cancer research.


As I type this I am on my 4th Pitcher of Bud Light (THANK YOU BUDWEISER FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP this year to help fund this VACATION 2 years in the making.)


While sitting at the beach day in and day out, I have realized I need to get back to Mother Ocean more often, and need to get away. Even though my life seems like a party…I have to work very hard to make it seem that way, sometimes that is harder work, than the work itself. REGARDLESS THOUGH, as I reflect and take a moment to look back on my life…I AM VERY LUCKY AND BLESSED TO DO WHATEVER THE HE** IT IS I DO. For just a moment I can understand now what all the rockstars, athletes, actors and actresses mean when they give their acceptance speeches thanking friends, so-and-so, and of COURSE the BIG DUDE ABOVE. As I sit here enjoying this great view given by God, I look back and on the pages of my life, I may not have always done the right thing…I many not have always done the wrong thing, but as Mr. Buffett said himself “I’ve read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and learned much from both of their styles.” I am continuing to learn and appreciate, and find the good.


2 years ago I was on this trip. I had met someone just prior to coming down here, and while here…started to communicate via text. The first communication, I had no clue who she was and well…almost didn’t respond. While we have not worked out…I am glad I did meet her. When I got back to town, I had the honor of hosting the Army vs Navy Game (of which we have coming up again next weekend), and then home to meet this young lady on the end of a few texts. The day after I got back changed my life.


As I look back on the days, weeks, months and now even years since then…I am hurt, and I am lonely without her, but without a doubt…I look back and find that not only did she make me happy for a brief moment of my life but she also taught me a lot, and made me want to be a better person. I may not have always done or said the right thing, and maybe she didn’t either (however mine moments were much worse I am sure)…they all leave to me to believe that the moments I had the honor to share with her are special. Maybe I fought too hard, maybe I didn’t fight hard enough, and that is only something that will be answered by the Big Man Above.


But as I sit here, reflecting and on my  5th Pitcher of Beer, listening to Pandora (The station I created for Zac Brown). I truly believe for good, bad or worse…God is Great Beer is Good and People are “crazy.”


That line alone allows me to believe that Country Music has all the answers. If you look past the stereotypical depressing songs. Many songs on the Country Charts hit the heart, tell a story, give a lesson, make wanna work hard, and make you wanna fight, drink, or make love. AND WELL…THAT IS LIFE ISN’T IT?


The few hours I am sitting here with the surf breaking and deep in my thoughts, is kinda the same way. Our memories should make us do all the above. As Jimmy V said (and the Jimmy V Tournament is this week and his famous speech is replayed). Every day “Laugh, Love, Cry”-that makes for a pretty full day. I have been doing that, and today is no exception.


As I sit here (DEEP INTO PITCHER 5), I didn’t realize but I was listening to to Halleluiah by Kate Voegle


This version had a subtle tear making its way down my face (but I suggest you don’t make fun of me, I have put on 21 pounds of muscle (NATURALLY) in the gym, and have lost  an inch off my waist-so now may not be a good time to test me;)


I reflect on the good, the bad, and everything in between and I realize it is all leading towards something. What that is, continues to be my “one Thing”



No matter what…with a lil surf, sand, booze, and good friends…it ain’t all that bad. PLUS Christmas Music is MUCH easier to handle on the Beach!


Speaking of Christmas. I have found a lil guy who is going through some major SH*T. This lil guy has 2 Grandparents who are battling degenerative diseases, while he is in and out of the hospital fighting against cancer. There is more info in “HELP” section. But this kid goes by “The Bean” and will be in town this weekend. He has stated he no longer believes in Santa. NOW ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME, knows I really don’t like this time of year, and not really a big fan of kids. BUT I WILL BE DAMNED IF I ALLOW A KID TO GIVE UP ON THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS…The “Santa” in all of us.


I am asking for anyone who can, please help me give this kid back his innocence-even if to just believe in a fat guy with a beard in a red suit. I wanna help him…can you help me do so?


No matter if on the beach, or wherever, take a moment to reflect and just find enjoyment in your day/life. Speaking of that I have Pitcher 6 to drink while the sunsets (see picture). And Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” just came on. You MAY be in Ohio reading (or somewhere else on this great earth, but just enjoy)


Be patient and wait on the Lord::: Don’t know why but He always seems to be an 11:59 type Guy-Rev Run


The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow ~ Bob Marley





Holiday Christmas Song
appropriate since I am typing this on the beach! I have found Christmas music is much easier to handle in 80′ and Sun!!!



25 Most needed apps for your phone


1.) Men’s Health Workouts ($1.99) What? Just indulge us. For the most critical two bucks you might


2.) How to Cook Everything ($4.99) Man could subside on beef enchiladas alone, but only if he plans to remain stag until the Cubs win the pennant. When it’s time to treat her to a night in, tap into the digital version of Men’s Health contributor Mark Bittman’s exhaustive 960-page tome and gain one-touch access to more than 2,000 recipes and 400 idiot-proof illustrations. Also Try: Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals


3.) Craft Beer App ($0.99) Never get hoodwinked by an unfamiliar tap handle again. The simply named Craft Beer App breaks down dozens of popular, independent brews in a clean, elegantly designed format. Sort your choice of suds by region, color, season, and food pairing. Also Try: iBeers Pro


4.) MyFantasyTeams ($3.99) Forgot to start Kobe against the Grizzlies? Thankfully there’s still hope for your virtual squad. MyFantasyTeams for iPhone and Blackberry grants you the ability to tweak your NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB lineups on the fly. The downside? It’s for Yahoo leagues only. Also Try: ESPN Fantasy Basketball


5.) Trapster (Free) Few sights will bum a guy out faster than flashing lights in his rear view mirror. Before you hurry through unfamiliar terrain, a glance at Trapster could save you a stop on the shoulder. Nearly 8.2 million users have flagged 3 million speed traps nationwide to keep on your radaróor, you know, lack thereof. Also Try: NMobile


6.) Madden NFL 11 ($4.99) You don’t need to know the difference between a flea flicker and a flat route to get addicted to the latest installment in EA’s bestselling franchise. Just activate Madden’s GameFlow option and let the computer handle the playbook, or scribble your own routes directly onto your iPhone or iPad touchscreen. Also Try: 2K Sports NHL 2K11


7.) Weber’s On the Grill ($4.99) The next time you cook out, keep a spatula in one hand and your iPhone in the other. Weber’s app will show you how to grill a filet mignon to perfection and comes loaded with more than 300 other crowd pleasing recipes, including a wide variety of finger-licking rubs, marinades, and sauces. Also Try: iSteak


8.) GuitarToolKit ($9.99) Legitimize your fantasies of rock stardom with this all-purpose digital guitar kit. The app includes a chromatic tuner that works through the iPhone’s mic, a 500,000-chord library, a metronome, and even a special mode for southpaws. But while we’re all for impromptu jam sessions, know that channeling your inner Hendrix will cost you ten bucks. Also Try: PocketGuitar


9.) ESPN Score Center (Free) Wedding receptions, dinner parties, and other big screen-free outings can be the bane of the superfan’s existence. For those times, we thank the kind gentlemen at ESPN who created this essential app that sends continuous play-by-play updates and box scores from more than 500 leagues. Also Try: Fox Sports App


10.) Wi-Fi Finder (Free) While your neighbor across the hall may not realize it, unsecured wi-fi spots may soon be as rare as Honus Wagner rookie cards. When you’re in need of a free online fix, use this indispensable tool to locate one of 300,000 hotspots in 140 countries. The app cleverly stores the data on your phone’s hard drive, so it’ll keep working well after your signal bar goes blank. Also Try: Wifi Directory


11.) SAS Survival Guide ($6.99) When he first wrote the SAS Survival Guide nearly 20 years ago, John Lofty Wiseman probably didn’t imagine his text would one day be published side-by-side with a digital sun compass and morse code signaling device. The high-tech additions have only made the classic that much more indispensable. Also Try: TickDoctor


12.) Fan Finder (Free) Despite appearances, no two sports bars are anything alike. Drape yourself in the wrong jersey or request a change to the wrong game and you could be the victim of an authentic Bronx cheer. Ensure you get a kinder reception with Fan Finder. Just punch in your zip, your loyalties, and the app returns only the watering holes where you’re most likely to see friendly colors. Also Try: Beer Button


13.) Occasions ($0.99) We don’t need to tell you what fate awaits the man who rattles off hundreds of It’s Always Sunny quotes by heart but neglects, say, his anniversary date. Keep the doghouse securely locked with help from this simple app that sends a push notification a few days before major events like holidays, birthdays, and even data backups. As an added bonus, Occasions can sync with your contacts list to make sure no big day goes uncelebrated. Also Try: Thing


14.) Knot Guide ($1.99) Whether you’re sailing, climbing, hitching, or tying up (if you’re lucky), knowing the proper techniques for twisting rope can reap huge, potentially life-saving benefits. The Knot Guide takes that philosophy to an extreme, offering 95 variations on the craft, including step-by-step instructions on how to tie stuff like the Double Surgeon’s Loop, the Running Bowline, and–our favorite–the Slim Beauty. Also Try: What Knot To Do


15.) Better Christmas List ($1.99) Guarantee that every Xbox game and MP3 player makes it under the tree this year. The Better Christmast List lets you set budgets for every person on your list and check off each of the items as you track them down. Archive lists from previous years and you won’t have to worry about sending Dad another power tie. Also Try: My Lists


16.) Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock ($0.99) How you feel in the morning doesn’t only depend on how much sleep you get; it can also have something to do with when you wake up. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to monitor how your body behaves while you’re zonked out. Set a 30-minute window to be roused and the app will sound the bells when you’re in a light sleep phase and not, say, marooned on a desert island with Maria Sharapova. Also Try: iHome+Sleep


17.) iHome Remote ($9.99) You could be 300 miles into your road trip when the doubts begin to pile up: Did you leave any lights on? What about the stove? Put your anxieties to rest with the iHome Remote. The app lets you check the status of everything in your abode that requires a plug. The catch? You’ll also need Indigo’s home control software, which starts at $90 but includes a free 30-day trial period. Also Try: CF iViewer


18.) MyNature Animal Tracks ($6.99) Don’t let that mysterious paw print delay your progress along the Appalachian Trail. With this app, you can quickly through seven track categories organized by size and shape, including high-res images of real tracks and sounds of the wild animals’ vocalizations. Just keep the volume down on those Grizzly roars. Also Try: CritterTrax


19.) TomTom GPS ($49.99) Fifty bucks may seem like a fortune to plunk down for an app, but if you’ve yet to invest in a standalone GPS unit, Tom Tom’s popular navigation guide is a steal. The updated version for iPhone 4 includes bold new features like navigate-to-photo: Got a snapshot of where you’d like to go? Upload it to your phone and get moving. Also Try: MotionX GPS


20.) Personal Finance (Free) What you’ve just heard is the death rattle of the Costanza wallet. Mint’s endlessly useful personal finance application helps you keep tabs on your checking, savings, credit card, property, investment, and loan accounts all in one place. Set budgets that update in real-time and see exactly where your money goes every month, all without ever sifting through a pile of cumbersome receipts. Also Try: Pageonce Bills


21.) iHandy Carpenter ($1.99) While it’s not quite the grunt-worthy stuff of Tool Time fantasies, the iHandy Carpenter provides a useful set of accessories for checking home measurements in a pinch. The slick and beautifully designed virtual tool belt includes a plum bob, a surface level, a bubble level bar, a protractor, and a ruler. We’re still waiting on the welding torch update. Also Try: Stanley Level App


22.) Backpacker GPS Trails ($9.99) Backpacker led the charge toward GPS years ago, so it’s no surprise the magazine now offers one of the most robust and advanced hiking apps to help lure you outdoors. Sift through more than 3,500 adventures, draw up your own routes, geotag photos, and sync up with the iPhone’s built-in compass to follow bearings or visit Backpacker-approved waypoints. Also Try: TopoPointUSA Navigation


23.) GolfCard Pro ($9.99) You could take Ty Webb’s advice and simply be the ball, or you could pay ten bucks and get more immediate results with GolfCard Pro. The app includes a range finder, a stat tracker, and can give you an official USGA handicap index. Add as many players as you want and let the app track hits and manage side games while you relax and focus on that next shot: nananananana. Also Try: GolfTraxx


24.) GasCubby ($4.99) Maybe you want to check what kind of mileage that hybrid is really getting, or maybe you just want a convenient reminder when your wheels are due for an oil change. Gas Cubby provides an easy place to stash and track all of your relevant auto expenses, maintenance records, and critical data like your VIN and license plate number. Also Try: Cheap Gas!


25.) Key Ring (Free) It’s time to reclaim your key chain. With virtually every gym, nutrition shop, and grocery store now offering no end of reward cards, Key Ring took the first major step toward cutting down on the bundles of plastic plaguing your back pocket. Just snap an image of the barcode with your phone’s camera. The next time you shop, call up the card with a single tap and let the clerk scan your screen. Also Try: Scanaroo



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


There is a lil guy I follow in Facebook who is battling Cancer. He goes by ‘The Bean.’ His Mom usually posts updates and some fun, some challenges and others make me wonder how they all are still going strong. ANYWAY this post got me, “The Bean has announced that he does NOT believe in Santa Claus.”


ANYONE who know me, knows I DON’T LIKE THE HOLIDAYS, and I am not a big fan of kids. BUT I refuse to allow any KID to suffer, and lose their innocence. It bothers me that this lil guy no longer believes in the “Jolly Fat Man with the beard” and NO I don’t mean my dad!


This family will be in town this weekend (at Riverside) and I am going to attempt to do something, anyone wanna help? I REALLY WANT TO FIND A SANTA!!! CAN SOMEONE VOLUNTEER FOR A COUPLE HOURS?



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!!!




Whether u agree or disagree with Thanksgiving, Christmas & other holidays,, 1 things 4 sure it brings ppl 2gether



Better Christmas List ($1.99) Guarantee that every Xbox game and MP3 player makes it under the tree this year. The Better Christmast List lets you set budgets for every person on your list and check off each of the items as you track them down. Archive lists from previous years and you won’t have to worry about sending Dad another power tie. Also Try: My Lists


My Wish list, if anyone wants to get me anything…here are a few ideers 😉


1.) Black Rims for Jeep

2.) Plane Tixx to Haiti for a week

3.) Nurf Gun

4.) Cashmere skull cap

5.) Tan or Black Ostrich Skin Cowboy Boots

6.) Ted Kluszewski (sleeveless) Number 18, or Chris Sabo 17 Reds

7.) Irish Windbreaker
Either one

8.) Leather Coat (one with Hood from Nordstrams)

9.) Leather Couch for Basement

10.) Bedroom Set




Leslie Nielsen, a Fart Machine, and the Sacred Halls of Justice. We will always remember Leslie Nielsen fondly for his classic comic portrayal of Detective Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun series and, of course, as the deadpan Dr. Rumack in Airplane!


​(“Surely, you can’t be serious?” someone asked him in Airplane! “I am serious,” Rumack replied. And don’t call me Shirley.”)


Mr. Nielsen’s death a few days ago at the age of 84 reminded us of a wonderful moment years ago at the Maricopa County courthouse in downtown Phoenix.


We stepped into an elevator on the way up to a trial on one of the upper floors. A well-dressed older couple crowded in at the last second.


We recognized the man immediately–it was the inimitable Leslie Nielson.


We hadn’t even reached the third floor before the telltale sound of flatulence emanated from  Nielson.


For the record, it was very loud.


“`Scuse me,” he said, looking straight ahead as he immediately let another one go.


“Sorry,” he said impassively. “Whoops.”


The elevator stopped. A few people got off, staring back at the gent.


When we reached the 6th or 7th floor, where Nielsen and his female friend were getting off, he was honking like a, well, we don’t know quite how to describe it.


We were laughing uproariously by then.


He stepped out, showed us the little fart machine he had kept hidden in his hand, and smiled.


“You all have a great day,” Mr. Nielson told us as the door closed behind him.


Happy B-Day to my Buddy Chas Kaplan. Who, just shaved his head to show support for a buddy of his ighting for his life! Big Ups Chas-but you didn’t have that much hair to begin with 😉



A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a

bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the

bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.  John tried

and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only

polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of

to “clean up” the bird’s vocabulary.  Finally, John was fed up and he

yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back.

John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder John,

in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the

freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and

kicked and screamed.   Then suddenly there was total quiet.  Not a

peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot,

John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped

out onto John’s outstretched arms and said,

“I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions.

I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I

fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and

unforgivable behavior.”

John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about

to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his

behavior, the bird continued,

“May I ask what the turkey did?”




Troubled Rapper Shyne Turned Into Orthodox Jew


Changing his name from Jamal Michael Barrow to Moses Michael Levi, Shyne is now living in Jerusalem.


Shyne, the rapper who was convicted for his part in an infamous New York nightclub shooting, has become an orthodox Jew. The Belizean-born hip-hop star served almost nine years of a 10-year sentence for opening fire at a 1999 party, where P. Diddy and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were among the guests.


The couple fled after the shooting and, as a result, became entangled in the legal battle which eventually landed Shyne behind bars. He legally changed his name from Jamal Michael Barrow to Moses Michael Levi while he was in prison and now he’s living in Jerusalem, where he strictly observes the Jewish faith, according to The New York Times.



Some people are beyond rules?

Florida lawmaker calls House ban on hats ‘sexist’

Like other freshman lawmakers, newly elected Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson ran for Congress on a vow to change Washington. But her first order of business has nothing to do with health care, education or the usual mix of issues that come up in the early days of a new Congress.

Instead, Wilson’s first goal is to overturn a rule that blocks her from wearing a hat on the House floor. The freshman Democrat is pressing incoming House Speaker John Boehner to overturn the rule, which dates back to the 1800s, or at least to make an exception for her. But it’s unclear whether Boehner — who, in any event, will likely have plenty of priorities ahead of a rule-change request from a member of the opposition party — could do anything, shy of a full floor vote, to overturn the House’s hat ban.

You see, Wilson doesn’t own just a hat or two. By her count, the former Florida state House member owns at least 300 different hats, including custom-made sequined cowboy hats in virtually every color of the rainbow. Her hat collection is so massive, it takes up an entire room of her house, per the Miami New Times (which offers a photo gallery of Wilson’s 25 best hats). “I’ve been wearing them almost 30 years,” Wilson tells Politifact. “It’s like a fetish.”

Wilson is rarely photographed sans hat, but last week, she was forced to remove one of the more demure chapeaus in her collection, a black sequined cowboy hat, when posing for her congressional ID. The same thing happened when Wilson posed for an official group photo with other freshman members of Congress.
“It’s sexist,” Wilson told the Miami Herald’s Lesley Clark. The chamber’s hat ban “dates back to when men wore hats” Wilson explained, “and we know that men don’t wear hats indoors, but women wear hats indoors. Hats are what I wear. People get excited when they see the hats. Once you get accustomed to it, it’s just me. Some people wear wigs, or high-heel shoes or big earrings or pins. This is just me.”

So far Boehner hasn’t responded to Wilson’s request. And his office is unsure whether Boehner can waive the rule. A spokesman for the House Rules Committee tells Politifact he believes the hat ban would likely have to be overturned by a vote of the full House.






Texas drivers will soon be able to make a Texas-sized statement with their license plates. The popular Tea Party symbol of theGadsen flag, featuring the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me,” has been approved as a Lone Star specialty plate and could be available as early as February.

The Texas DMV board voted to approve the plates on November 9, after the public was allowed to comment on the possible plates on the state’s DMV website.

“The Gadsden ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag is a significant one to American and Texas history, and our market research, both formal and informal, shows that there’s a lot of interest in Texas in state history,” Kim Miller Drummond, spokeswoman for, the company contracted by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to design, market and sell new specialty license plates in the state, told Fox News.

According to the DMV, the Gadsen plate was approved after it was deemed that it is not a political, but a historical, symbol, and that it doesn’t just represent the Tea Party.

“Generally if a plate is not deemed to be offensive to public sensibilities,” or too political, it passes, Texas DMV Public Information Officer Kim Sue Lia Perkes told Fox News. “‘Don’t Tread on Me‘ isn’t exclusive to the Tea Party. It’s been around for a long time, so I think that the TxDMV, we would be inclined to look at it as a historical plate and not that we stepped into some kind of political debate”.

Other states could soon follow suit. We’ve already reported on Virginia’s Gadsen plate plans, and on October 14 Virginia House Delegate John M. O’Bannon III submitted the plate proposal to make them happen. Nevada Assemblyman Ed Goedhart submitted a similar proposal.

In Nevada, “if you can sell over a certain number of plates, you’re allowed to have specialty license plates,” Goedhard told Fox News. “So my bill would put the Gadsden flag as one of those specialty plates that would have to wait its turn to move up the list.” He hopes his bill will pass in late February.

Portions of the proceeds from the Texas plates will go to, with the rest going directly to the DMV. In Virginia, the proceeds will go directly to the DMV, while in Nevada the plate’s proceeds will go to a nonprofit group that distributes pocket U.S. Constitutions to high school students.

“I believe there are a lot of people that basically embrace the concepts of Constitution, limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets that our country was based upon and I believe there are a lot of people that would like to show their solidarity with those founding values by having a plate,” Goedhart said.







“Public” Service means serving the PUBLIC not you and your family MR. SMITH!


Licking County Commissioner Doug Smith will begin collecting retirement benefits while in office next year, a decision that has rankled some of his fellow Republican office holders.


Smith, 67, recently filed paperwork with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, which allows him to “retire” for bookkeeping purposes at the end of his current term and be rehired almost immediately at the start of his new term Jan. 1.


While Smith says the decision makes financial sense for him and his family, fellow county officials have criticized the decision in a letter sent to Smith earlier this week.


County Auditor J. Terry Evans said today that Smith was being dishonest with the voters by running for re-election without announcing that he would be collecting retirement during his elected term.


“With the economy the way it is, I think he would have received a lot less support,” in the election, Evans said.


Smith won re-election to a new, four-year term earlier this month by capturing 62 percent of the vote in a three-way race. He said today that with more than 45 years of service accrued with the retirement system, there’s little reason not to start collecting his retirement, which is allowed by state law.


Before becoming a commissioner in 2006, Smith was a longtime Harrison Township trustee and served in the military. He also purchased some of his years when that was an available option.


Because he did not notify county or state officials 90 days before he ran for the office, Smith will not collect his pension while serving his new term; his annuity payments will be collected and given to him in a lump-sum payment after he leaves office. He makes $65,620 a year as commissioner.


He said that if he were to die in office without retiring, his trust would receive only what he had paid into the retirement system. If he were retired when he passed away, the trust would receive his entire pension, including employer matches and contributions.


“Public service is very high on my list of commitments, second only to my family,” Smith said. “They have to come first.”





Used as intended, Ohio State’s alternate unis are a 15-yard penalty
By Matt Hinton

Nike was obviously very proud of the retro “Pro Combat” look it dreamed up for Ohio State to wear in today’s rivalry match with Michigan, in honor of the Buckeyes’ 1942 national championship team. Part of that look included lightweight “Vapor Jet” gloves featuring “premium Magnigrip CL technology” and custom art specifically designed to display a block ‘O’ when the palms are brought together. Nike has put a similar design on the gloves for every team in the Pro Combat line, including a script ‘A’ for Alabama in last year’s BCS Championship Game.
The only problem? When Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey brought the gloves together to form the ‘O’ after taking in a touchdown pass from Terrelle Pryor to put the Buckeyes up 24-7 in the second quarter, he was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. OSU was subsequently forced to kick off to the Wolverines from its own 15-yard line instead of its own 30. Later, when offensive lineman Mike Adams flashed the ‘O’ to the crowd to celebrate a 32-yard touchdown run by Boom Herron that extended the OSU lead to 31-7 in the third quarter, he was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty, too.

Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the score was too lopsided by the middle of the second quarter for the extra yardage to matter. (It didn’t matter, either, when a 98-yard touchdown run by Herron in the third quarter – the longest play in the history of Ohio Stadium– was negated by a lame holding penalty at the end of the play, slashing the gain to 89 yards and forcing OSU to eventually settle for a field goal instead.) Next time, maybe they’ll get the novel handwear approved by the Big Ten officiating office before signing off on it.





‘Jugs,’ the backup long snapper a fan favorite at Ohio State
The Lantern, Ohio State U. via UWIRE

A day after the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Eastern Michigan, Nick Piening woke up to nearly 800 friend requests on Facebook.

It was a shock to a man who – even though he suits up for the Ohio State football team – is hardly a recognizable name. In fact, Piening is better known as “Jugs” and he is the Buckeyes’ freshman, walk-on long snapper. He is also an overnight sensation and student favorite.

Piening, who wears No. 58, retrieves the kicking tee after each kickoff. He stands out because he is not the tallest or biggest player on the team. During the lopsided victory against Eastern Michigan University, students noticed him. With the student section looking for more to cheer about, it began to cheer Piening as he ran on and off the field.

“I saw him running out to get the tee and I thought it was funny how much hustle he put into it,” said Adam Smith, an executive for Block-O. “You know, it was his only job and it didn’t seem like he had another agenda. I just started chanting into the mic at the one point, ‘go,’ and I think a lot of people realized what I was chanting for.”

Piening acknowledged the crowd by stopping just short of the sideline, then slowly stepping across.

“It was a great feeling, even though I’m just the guy that gets the tee, but any attention is good attention as long as it’s not negative,” Piening said.

The players on the sideline noticed the attention Piening was getting as well.

“I heard everyone cheering,” said Jake McQuaide, starting long snapper for the Buckeyes. “He’s a guy everyone in the stands can relate to. He’s not the biggest or tallest guy but he’s playing Division I football.”

When he woke up the next morning, he learned that he had become a Facebook phenomenon of sorts.

“I thought my computer was glitching, I just thought it was all wrong,” said Piening, who now has 2,350 friends. “It was interesting but at the same time it was pretty fun. It shows how much the fans up here care about their team.”
Smith pointed out that students’ amusement with “Jugs” is good-natured.

“I don’t think it was people necessarily making fun of him or anything, but it was the hustle and watching him run out to get the tee,” Smith said. “A lot of schools have like a tee kid or something, but we just have like a freshman long snapper running out there.”

The guys in the locker room are enjoying Piening’s popularity as well.

“Justin Boren has told everyone he has met that Nick had 1,200 Facebook requests,” McQuaide said.

Piening’s Facebook page has been littered with messages from his new fans. Messages called him “the hero of Block-O North,” while others declared “Jugs for Heisman.”

The nickname, oddly enough, came from the Buckeyes’ commander-in-chief, coach Jim Tressel.

“Coach Tress gave me this nickname one day because I was long snapping really good, and Tressel said, ‘You’re snapping like a Jugs machine,’ and it just kind of stuck,” Piening said.

A Jugs machine is a machine that shoots footballs out and is often used in drills to help players practice catching the ball.

But even if the crowd roots for “Jugs” every Saturday, Piening has to continue to put in the effort every day.

“It’s a tough spot being a young specialist,” McQuaide said. “Every day is a tryout, and as a walk-on, you have to be on your game every day.

“He has to keep putting in the work, and I think he could be a good player at Ohio State, but that is yet to be seen.”

At one point during the Eastern Michigan game, Block-O North chanted “Hey Piening, O-H.” Piening set down his helmet and signaled I-O back to the student section.

When asked if Block-O had any plans to chant for Piening, Smith replied, “I’m sure we’ll get innovative. Everyone liked the idea of chanting for the underdog, the Rudy story.”

For now, Piening will enjoy his new fame while he continues to work hard at becoming a starter for the Buckeyes.
“I know my role, and my role is to be on the sideline getting the crowd into it,” Piening said, “and I’m taking advantage of that.”



For Friends Celebrating the “Festival of Lights”: “As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews will not surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.” –

Irving Greenberg




Recently I have been given the nickname “The Ghost of the Internet.” Seems MOST OF MY CLIENTS HAVE FOUND I GET THEIR MESSAGE OUT TO CONSUMERS! Currently I have an extensive list of clients I am handling social networking for. This is a unique and inexpensive chance to brand your services, and reach beyond your current clientele list. My current list of customers has indicated that this unique form of FREE advertising has helped their brand and ID name. If anyone provides me a lead, and I can close the lead…I will pay 100% of first week revenues received. You make 100% of what I make, just for referring me to someone. For more info, or a list of current ecstatic customers e-mail



IT IS WEDDING SEASON! If you or someone you know is getting married, please feel free to refer our services to them. We have been in the entertainment and wedding industry for over 25 years. Our expertise will make you or your friend’s wedding, a moment to remember. Refer us and receive 15% of contracted rate. Mention you saw this and receive 15% off AND we will waive your deposit (with a signed contract).





Vacation Workouts


Vacation Workout: Flat Bench dumbbell press 55x2x12, 65x2x10, 75x2x8, 85x2x6, decline bench 135×12, 185 x10, 225×8, incline fly 35x2x15 (for 4 sets). Add abs for 450 reps. ATTEMPTED Cardio treadmill 20 min increase cycle. Knees bothering after 10 mins, backed off to 2.5mph on 15′ incline for 10 mins. 1.5miles(ish) for 20 mins



Workout Assisted pull up drop set 20, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 sets of 6 no assist, single arm dumbbell row 65x10x2 (l, r)x4, standing squat lat pull down 92x12x2, 87.5x10x2, 70×12, 55×20, straight bar standing cable pull down 35x12x4. Cardio 2.5 mph 7’ incline 5mins right/left/backwards-repeat for 1/2 Hour



Power Cleans 65, 85, 105, 125, 145 for 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12 no rest, then attempted pool for laps-WAY TOO FREAKIN’ COLD!!!



Workout Smith Shoulder Press 90×15, 140×12, 190×10, 240×8, 290×6, Smith shrugs 180×20, 170×15, 260×12, 350x10x4, alternating lat/side raises 30x2x10x4. Reverse flys 85x12x4, Ab work for 620reps. Cardio 4 100 rounds heavy bag. Cardio cut short-shoulder achey



Arms Scheduled


Putting on size, eating what I want, and lost an inch off my waist. Thanx to the products of Visalus. To learn more or to check out some of the products from Visalus OR have the chance to make an extra income… Or




The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke





“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou



Tired of my beeper, tired of my phone
Tired of this tired old tie I got on
Sick of this trafic jam that I’m in,
We all get sick of it all now and then.

When I’ve had it up to here I go down there.

To guitars, tiki bars, and a whole lotta love,
Mangos and marley you know, fit me like a glove.
Sixth gear with nowhere to steer when enough is enough,
It’s guitars, tiki bars, and a whole lotta love.

I feel like a fish jerked out of the sea,
Or a bird in a cage that’s never seen a key,
Sick of this grind and I think that I ought
To bring this grind to a grinding hault.

Now I’ve had it up to here let’s go down there.

To guitars, tiki bars, and a whole lotta love,
Mangos and marley you know, fit me like a glove.
Sixth gear with nowhere to steer when enough is enough,
It’s guitars, tiki bars, and a whole lotta love.

Now I’ve had it up to here let’s go down there.

To guitars, tiki bars, and a whole lotta love,
Mangos and marley you know, fit me like a glove.
Sixth gear with nowhere to steer when enough is enough,
It’s guitars, tiki bars, and a whole lotta love…




“Do not bring me your successes; they weaken me. Bring me your problems; they strengthen me.” – Anonymous


‎”Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”-Michael Jordan







Family Force 5 invades The Newport Music Hall


The Judds farwell tour comes to The Schottenstein Center


Winter Rockfest (Rock & Roll Show) Part 1 at Captain Jack’s benefiting Lifeline of Central Ohio Featuring Noise Auction, Sever, and X-Factor 1


Lee Brice     Dough Boyz (Ashville)


Winter Rockfest (Rock & Roll Show) Part 2 at Captain Jack’s benefiting Lifeline of Central Ohio Featuring Krynos, and Of Human


“Smooth Jazz Christmas” featuring Dave Koz, and Candy Dulfer at The Palace Theatre



Mark Sweeney, plays to the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton



Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. See animals in special settings and in an environment as you have never seen before. For more info



Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Holiday Fantasy of Lights at The Alum Creek State Park Marina


For the Tweens ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’ rated “PG-13.”


Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise star in ‘Knight and Day’ rated “PG-13.”


Tim McGraw releases his Number One Hits


Beyoncé has a live CD/DVD “I Am…World Tour”

BY THE WAY…of still reading, starting pitcher number 7, and the sun has set!!!


NYE with The Columbus Blue Jackets…and ME!


Follow us:




December 3, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: