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Happy New Year: Events for NYE and a Look Back

PLEASE JOIN ME:

AT NYE on High 2010 at The Hyatt

This party is 30 years in the Making! 70,000 square feet of entertainment to bring in 2011 with 17th Floor, Lt. Dan’s New Legs, The Reagonomics, The Floorwalkers, Capital City Sound, Paradise Island Band, Chris Logsdon; all hosted by Monica Day

 

Doors open at 8 pm. Celebrate publicly until 2 am, privately ‘til room checkout.

Tickets:

$399/$131/$499.

 

VIP Packages available. Must be 21+ Space is limited.

Book now at: http://www.hyattregencycolumbus.com for overnight packages

or call 614-463-1234 for party only tickets.

Hyatt Regency Columbus on New Year’s Eve.

350 North High Street, Columbus, OH

AT Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators

FRIDAY Dec 31. Puck drops at 7:05, and I play a pre-game set at 6pm-7, and during all intermissions. If going to the game enjoy a team 10 years in the making, and stop by to say hi. I will be the short bald guy behind the mixing board.

 

BUCKEYES vs Razor Backs

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 4:00 PM

Garage Bar

147 Vine Street

 

http://www.OhioSoldierSalute.com

740-277-8965

email at info@pubcrawlcrazy.com

 

$20.00 per person

Three Ton Toad plus DJ Joey Blayze will be playing tons of great OSU songs and dance songs throughout the night.

Cheer on OUR Buckeyes against Razorbacks!

FREE Miller Lite with registration!

 

A portion of the proceeds benefit Operation Homefront which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

Registration includes free Miller Lite Beer T-Shirt, Raffle ticket, Games, Amazing Prizes (did we mention we will be raffling off 4 Kid Rock concert tickets!)

At Helping my Buddy “Boxer”

The nominations are in for male radio broadcasters you would like to see guest co-host with Kelly for a day!
Show your support for your favorite broadcaster by sharing with your friends.
Please note: Voting begins on January 10th, 2011!
Sharing the Men of Radio information does not count as a vote.

http://www.dadt.com/live/contest/cohostsearch/11/index.html?id=14

 

AT investing in my services to MAKE YOU MONEY

As we are nearing the end of 2010, I am looking forward to 2011. In the first few weeks of 2011, there are MANY bridal shows. I have always done very well in booking my gigs for the year, however want to “take it up a notch” and become a vendor at a few local Bridal Shows to increase revenues. With that said I am looking for investors for this and wanting to work out a compensation package for your funding of this endeavor. Please e-mail sosaudio@yahoo.com if interested in helping me and make a few “easy dollars.”

AT GETTING IN SHAPE

Also looking towards next year, in the last 10-15 years I have always been in (physically) decent shape. I have worked through some injuries and learned what works and what does not. I also know how I feel when I am in shape and want everyone I know to feel the same way.

In 2011 I will be getting my personal training certificate and am seeking clients. I will work with YOUR schedule, and offer competitive rates while I am completing my certification. Utilize my FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of what works and how to achieve your goals. If you are interested in this service, or want to schedule your personalized appointments e-mail sosaudio@yahoo.com.

WOW, what a year 2010 was. For the first time in MANY years, I am excited about the upcoming year. 2010, for me, was full of hard work, late nights/early mornings, a lot of injuries, some emotional pain/growth, and many struggles. BUT I WOULD NOT HAVE CHANGED ANYTHING! This was the best year of my life. Don’t get me wrong, NOT EVERYTHING went my way. But the part that allowed me to believe in 2010…is the way in which I handled the adversities. I found it is OK to ask for help, it is OK to fail, it is OK to walk away from an confrontation, and it is good to care for and forgive those who do you wrong (or you perceive them doing you wrong).

 

Just like the life of one of my idols, Johnny Cash, I found myself changing (some MAY call it maturing!). I have always been the “fringe” person…the one who “walked the line,” around a self built “ring of fire.” I wanted to break the bulbs of the Grand Old Opry, and whip the bird to cameras and establishment-all while trying to find acceptance with those I care about, others, and myself. I may still be all of that, yet there is a time and a place and other ways in which to vent that, and the only person I need to please is the Big Dude Above!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clq01TXQR0s (This is NOT UPBEAT, but kinda true-and I YES I know this was a NIN song remade by Johnny) “What have I become my sweetest friend?”

 

Today, as we go into the NEW YEAR…I want to be a better person. I want to find comfort and peace with God, and want to do for others; all while enjoying the quiet time when I can, and Rockin a stage when I want. Like “Cash” I am enjoying this journey and want to be better, yet some MAY not want to mess with me….cause we are both still, the men in the Black Hat!

 

I hope y’all are as excited as I am for 2011!!! This can be an amazing year…IF YOU LET IT! This year…find your “one thing.”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HU

 

I haven’t found it…BUT I AM REALLY ENJOYING THE RIDE TRYING TO FIND MY “ONE THING.”

To you and yours it is a new year, take the good with you and leave the past behind (but carry the memories-they will form your future). As we go into the NEW YEAR, I am ready for “my change” by shaving my head, and writing down my list of resolutions. I share those with everyone. I hold myself accountable and hope that others will help me.

 

This week we look back on last year, next week a new set of “resolutions” for 2011 to be a better for God, Others, and myself. Some say these writings/rants are long (YOU ARE RIGHT!) But if still reading…read this entire piece, it is a look back in many areas of 2010, in personal thoughts/ideers and events/things that influenced us all as well as a tribute to some of the notable people who left us this year. ALSO AT THE END IS A LIST OF NYE EVENTS.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

LOOK BACK

An idiot with a plan is better than a genius without one-Rev Run


The following is a look back at Resolutions for 2010, to see how I did. I believe that if you don’t write down goals-dreams-ambitions then you cannot begin the process to achievement.

2010 RESOLUTIONS
1.) Sky Dive (I did not, and while I want to; I made a promise to a friend that I will never-she lost someone to a skydiving accident. And I keep my promises)
2.) Add dates for 26 weeks on tour (I did! I only had 5 weekends off this year. I gigged 48 out of the 52 weeks of the year!!!)
3.) Increase business by 10% from 2009 (and then some!!! It was an amazing year-and I feel not only lucky, but blessed for the opportunities)
4.) Make time for fun, and for work (while I did work on this-I still have a LONG way to go)
5.) take a break, go on vacation (Disney World Animal Kingdom) (Didn’t get to Disney, but did vacation in Nashville, Naples, and got to spend a day or 2 at some amazing places in this GREAT country!)
6.) Don’t take life so seriously (EVERY DAY BABY! Never know when we are gonna leave this world. PLUS life is more fun when you allow it to be. Let others take you seriously the fun is not doing it yourself!)
7.) Develop more relationships outside of finances (I have made some great friends and contacts this year, and feel lucky to call those I have close-friends!)
8.) Continue to Volunteer (ummm…Holy Sh*t, I think I logged more volunteer hours than working. BUT that is the joy of life given to others!)
9.) Learn to say no-I can’t do everything like I used to (did better at this, but am still a sucker. OR at the very least still feel like I need to be Superman-whom I AM NOT!)
10.) WILL NOT GET SCREWED BY ANYONE FOR ANYTHING THIS YEAR-Look out world I am done being walked on. I have my guns a blazin and attorney on call! (Did better, and there are far less people who owe me money, however I did get taken advantage of by a few people. BUT hey, I am sure there were learning experiences involved. And well… the one chick that owes me $735.00 {not that I am counting} was smoking hot, SHE WAS a head case and while she was living here, WOULD NOT CLEAN UP A DAMN THING!)
11.) 9% Body Fat and weigh 210. 30 inch waist, 21 inch arms, 62 inch chest (This goal changed as I began to focus more on health then size. I still have my arms, but do not have the width I once had. But ya know what? I feel better! The best I measured this year was a 30’ waist, weight 175, 20 inch arms, 59 inch chest. NOT THE GOALS FROM LAST YEAR, but changes for the better)
12.) Go to away Buckeye Games (NOPE-Hope to make it to Miami in 2011)
13.) Double my current “cooperate client list” (this stayed the same, however had more business)

14.) Make Business Firsts 35 under 35 (no-but can start working on 40 under 40)
15.) Have my own T-shirt design (I DID! It just was not made-Hey Sam “WE” gonna do this this year?)
16.) Eat better (I am eating a lot better, and feeling good)
17.) Pay down debt (I paid off a few things, Credit Cards, paid off Jeep, etc and continue to work on this)
18.) work on 2010 Gubernatorial Race (not in the role of capacity I wanted, however-I am doing the inauguration!)
19.) Private (while this is still private, I got that “one more day” with someone I care about)
20.) Develop side business (HOLY CRAP-I am busy even when I am not!)
21.) Play following gigs (Cincy Blind Pig Marathon, Cleveland Rock & Roll Marathon, Jamboree in the Hills, Country Concert, ALL Country Thunder Concerts across the Country, Arizona 1/2 Marathon, Country Jam, Red, White, & Boom, Crew Games, All Buckeye Home Games-don’t limit to this list!) (well I DID do the Buckeye Games)
22.) Get direct TV and TiVo (NO-not sure if I want now?)
23.) Be more informed (I can kick yer a** at Jeopardy!)
24.) Read More (read a lot more, and did a LOT of audio books on planes/car trips)
25.) Keep Condo Clean (did for the most part-especially when the messy chick moved out)
26.) Build Man Cave in Basement again (no very little time)
27.) Learn to open up more (HAVE YOU READ THESE E-MAILS?)
28.) publish list of quotes (ALMOST DID THIS YEAR-next year RIGHT G. FLOWERS?!?!?)
29.) Update wardrobe (Ummm…I MAY have gotten a little carried away on this one. I am running out of closest space)
30.) Better someone else’s career-kick start ’em (try and do EVERYDAY, at least I hope I am)
31.) Open for at least 10 A, B, C artists (did for 4)
32.) Buy a Boat (nope)
33.) Update system add speakers, new mixer/cd decks
-PUT EVERYTHING IN CASES!!! (Yea…my rig is pretty freaking sweet!)
34.) Smile More (everyday I am happy, just some I forget to smile, but I try EVERYDAY)
35.) Go to Doctor/get help when things/body parts ache/hurt (did do, but VERY SLOW PROCESS)
36.) Find acceptance can’t do what used to do (learning to accept)
37.) BUFFETT (at least 3 shows) (I did 2, and the 3rd-was Vegas, had tixx but schedule changed)
38.) Make sure my name is EVERYWHERE (this kinda mutated…I want to be known as a guy to get something done {which I have done} and to help others get their name/product/brand out there. That way I can hide in crowd when I want)
39.) Manage Money Better (ALWAYS a work in progress but did do better this year!)
40.) NEW CAR! (no, but maybe this year?)
41.) Become an even better shot at range (LOL come to 6287 Tara Hill uninvited and see what happens 😉
42.) Go Back to School (no, but I am really Jonezing to go back)
43.) Update Condo (ie Bedroom suite-living room etc) (NOPE)
44.) Learn to speak Spanish (Todavía no puedo hablar español)
45.) Better 2-4 organizations (ie Monies, and name ID) (I “think” I did this)
46.) Learn to take compliments better, and not worry about negative (still a work in progress)
47.) I will NEVER BACK DOWN AGAIN!!! (took bull, life, world by balls…I just let go too early)
48.) NEVER BE BROKE! (100% did this!)

49.) Find MORE SPONSORS (added some great ones!)
50.) NEVER LIMIT TO JUST THIS LIST (I find a new goal everyday)

I did 32 out of 50! Not bad? Next week resolutions for 2011

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

If you’re one of those whose seen better days: God said He did it before & He will do it again!

One who stops being better stops being good. Self confidence comes from self improvement, and the ultimate success that inevitably follows.

 

SONG FOR THE WEEK:

I had THIS EXPEREINCE ONE DAY IN NERK, OVER THE HOLIDAYS, A FEW YEARS AGO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhjYbfK9vrk

It isn’t 2012-but who can we kid we are all lookin ahead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uFalk1y38I

With all the good, bad, pain, sorrow, hurt, joy…it is all part of “The Dance”

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3674595221543443747#docid=6492936577897455318

HOLIDAY WRAP UP:

Ever Wonder What Santa Does The Day After Christmas?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_MsDtDjQwo&feature=player_embedded


HELP:

Maturity begins to grow when u can sense your concern for others beginning to outweigh ur concern for self-Rev Run

 

Donate your car, truck, boat or RV to RMHC “Where Cars Help Kids”

If you think that old car in your driveway isn’t worth much, we would like to turn that thinking around. By donating your car, truck, boat or RV to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, you can help provide families a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House and keep them together during the hospitalization of a seriously ill child. And on top of that, you can claim a tax deduction for your charitable donation. We’ll even come pick up your vehicle at not charge. To donate your vehicle, or to learn more about the program and how it helps, please call 614-CARS-HELP (227-7435) or toll free 855-CARS-HELP (227-7435).

 


DROID:

The Year’s Best

These 20 smartphone apps revolutionized our lives this year and kept us hooked to our devices.

XpenseTracker
Recession or not, the XpenseTracker app kept thousands of users organized by tracking mileage and expenses all year long.

ShopSavvy
Holiday shopping was easier this holiday season with ShopSavvy comparing prices of merchandise, searching for items in-store and chatting with friends about the deals you scored.

mTrip
This is our favorite app for trip planning. With a travel guide directory and directions via navigation, this little guy takes the stress out of travel.

SalesCast
For the fashionista, this is the one-stop-shopping app for the best private online sales.

Lose It
How many of us resolved to lose weight in 2010? Well, the smart people downloaded Lose It to their smartphones to track food consumption, weight and exercise.

PrayerJournal
Spirituality took to the app world with this popular download that keeps track of your prayer requests, reminds you of your chosen prayer times and chronicles your answered prayers.

Narrative
Go beyond the usual read for stories and essays from contributors to Narrative magazine. It’s the intellectual’s eReader.

MovieNightOut
Guys love this app. It takes all of the work out of date night, providing options for movie showtimes, dinner, drinks and much more to plan the perfect evening.

Mint.com
Thousands of users managed their money and kept track of their budgets with Mint.com’s Android app. Get up-to-date account information and make financial decisions in real time.

Merillat Kitchen Helper
Get cooking like the pros with this application

Happy Hour Finder
Need a quick cocktail? Don’t we all? Happy Hour Finder does exactly that: helps you find local happy hours in your area.

Groupon
The biggest craze of the year came to smartphones nationwide. Search nearby deals using GPS, keep track of your Groupons by location and date, and score deals on the run.

Glee Karaoke
The biggest show of the year has an accompanying karaoke app that makes you sound like a star. Sing your heart out to songs from the show.

GAME.minder
True gamers all have this app, which helps you follow the release dates for all of your favorite video games and where to buy them.

Foodspotting
Perhaps one of the most widely used apps, this visual guide to good food shows you what to eat and where to get it.

FlySmart
From pat downs to delayed flights, flying can be a pain. But frequent fliers made it easier with this app for terminal maps, flight statuses and real-time GPS navigation to get you to your gate on time.

DriveSafe.ly
The one thing that cars don’t do yet is to sync text messages and e-mails with the voice navigation. This handy app prevents accidents by announcing and reading messages aloud in real time.

Carrr Matey
While it may look like a game, this app means business when it comes to finding your car in shopping mall parking lots or airports. Plus, the built-in timer reminds you when your meter is up.

Big Fork Little Fork
Kids taking to the Internet is nothing new, but this kitchen app was all of the rage. Kids and parents raved about the kitchen recipes, video how-to’s and healthy eating tools.

 

PASSING:

This is a great song to play in the back ground while we look back at those who have moved on in 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-5vjP2oyTE

 

JANUARY

Lhasa de Sela, a Mexican-American singer based in Montreal, died of breast cancer at her home. She was 37.

 

Casey Johnson, troubled American socialite who was heiress to the Johnson and Johnson company, was found dead in her Los Angeles home. She was 30. The cause was complications linked to diabetes.

 

Art Clokey, an American animator who created the pop culture figurine Gumby. He died in his sleep at his home in Los Osos, California. He was 88.

 

Miep Gies helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during the Second World War and saved Anne’s diary after the family was arrested. She died in Amsterdam after a brief illness. She was 100.

A massive earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. An estimated 200,000 people were killed in the impoverished country. Canadian fatalities are listed at 13.

 

Teddy Pedergrass, American R&B singer, died in hospital in Philadelphia from complications from colon cancer. He was 59.

 

Jay Reatard, punk rock up-and-comer from Memphis, was found dead in his home. Foul play was not suspected. He was 29.

 

Carl Smith, country music and television star of the 1950s and 1960s, died at his Tennessee home. He was 82.

 

Glen W. Bell, founder of Taco Bell, the chain that made Mexican tacos and burritos a popular fast food in the U.S. Bell died at home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He was 86.

 

Erich Segal, an author best known for the romantic tragedy Love Story made into a 1970 movie of the same name, died of a heart attack in London. He was 72.

 

Kermit Tyler, an Air Force lieutenant stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 1941. He was manning a radar post when he dismissed a message about a black cloud of airplanes with the phrase, “Don’t worry about it.” He thought it was a few American bombers but it was actually the invading Japanese air force. He died at his San Diego home. He was 96.

 

Pernell Robers Jr., an American actor who portrayed the eldest son on Bonanza and a retired army doctor in “Trapper John, MD” He died of pancreatic cancer at his Malibu, California home. He was 81.

 

J.D. Salinger. reclusive American author of The Catcher in the Rye, died of natural causes at his home in New Hampshire. He was 91.

 

Jan 22-My heart was ripped out when just from a text (that said nothing of the such…) knew something was wrong

 

FERUARY

Walter Frederick Morrison, rancher, pilot, carpenter and inventor of the flying disk toy later called Frisbee. He died of lung cancer at his Utah home. He was 90.

 

Charlie Wilson, the charismatic Democrat from Texas who was instrumental in funding the Afghanistan resistance fighting Soviet occupation after the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. He served in Congress from 1973 until 1996. He died of heart failure in Lufkin Texas. He as 76.

 

Doug Fieger, American lead singer and guitarist with the band the Knack who had a huge hit in 1979 with the song My Sharona. He died at his Woodland Hills, California home at the age of 57. The cause was lung cancer.

 

Jim Bibby, former Major League Baseball pitcher, he played with the World Series-winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and pitched a no-hitter in 1973 while with the Texas Rangers. He died in hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia of undisclosed causes. He was 65.

 

John “Jack” Babcock, Canada’s sole remaining veteran from the First World War. Babcock enlisted at 15 but never saw action. Originally from Ontario he had lived in Spokane Washington, since the 1920s. He died at home. He was 109.

 

Alexander Haig, American Republican. He was chief of staff to Richard Nixon and helped plan his resignation. He also served in Ronald Reagan’s cabinet. He died in hospital of complications from an infection. He was 85.

 

Andrew Koenig, the son of actor Walter Koenig who played Checkov in the Star Trek franchise, went missing in Vancouver on Feb. 14. His body was found in Stanley Park. The 41-year-old committed suicide, according to his family.

 

Michael Blosil, the 18-year-old son of American celebrity Marie Osmond, jumped from his Los Angeles area apartment, killing himself. He suffered from depression.

 

MARCH

Corey Haim, Toronto-born 1980s child actor who starred in films like Lucas and Firstborn. He died of a prescription drug overdose in Los Angeles. He was 38.

 

Merlin Olsen, Hall of Fame football player who made a successful transition to television as a colour commentator on NFL broadcasts and acting on Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy. He died of lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. He was 69. He lived outside Los Angeles.

 

Peter Graves, American movie and television actor best known for Mission Impossible and hosting the program Biography. He died of a heart attack at his Pacific Palisades California home. He was 83.

 

Fess Parker, American actor best known for playing Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s. He later became a successful winemaker. He died at his California home of natural causes. He was 85.

 

Robert Culp, an American actor best known for playing a secret agent in the 1960s era program I Spy. He fell near his Los Angeles home. He was 79.

 

John Forsythe, an American actor who was the voice of Charlie on the Charlie’s Angels program and also starred in the show Dynasty. He died in Santa Ynez, California after contracting pneumonia. He was ill with cancer at the time. He was 92.

 

APRIL

Eddie Carroll, the voice of the Disney cartoon Jiminy Cricket for nearly 40 years, died in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He was 76. Born Eddie Eleniak in Smoky Lake, Alta., Carroll grew up in Edmonton.

 

Malcolm McLaren, creator and manager of the British punk band the Sex Pistols, an leading influence in the punk music genre, died of cancer in at a hospital in Switzerland. He was 64.

 

Dixie Carter, an American actress best know for playing Julia Sugarbaker in the 1980s television comedy Designing Women, died in Houston of endometrial cancer. She was 70.

 

Gene Kiniski. After a brief stint with the Edmonton Eskimos, Kiniski found fame as a professional wrestler from the 1950s through the 1970s. He died of cancer in Blaine, Washington. He was 81.

 

Daryl Gates. The former chief of police in Los Angeles he was forced to retire after the Rodney King riots in 1992. He died in his L.A. area home of cancer. He was 83.

 

MC Guru, a New York City-based rap singer whose real name was Keith Elam. Guru is credited with fusing jazz into rap and hip hop. He died of cancer in New York. He was 43.

 

MAY

Lynn Redgrave, British actress and playwright, died at her Connecticut home after a long battle with breast cancer. She is one of the Redgrave acting dynasty and was nominated for Oscars and Tonys. She was 67.

 

Ernie Harwell. For 40 years, Harwell was the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers baseball team. He died of cancer at his home in Novi, Michigan. He was 92.

 

Lena Horne, legendary black American singer/actress who tried to break the Hollywood colour barrier as a star in the 1940s and 1950s. She continued to perform on television, Broadway and nightclubs for decades. She died in hospital in New York. She was 92.

 

Charlie Francis, the track and field coach who made Ben Johnson the fastest man in the world until his 1988 Olympic gold medal and world records were taken away for steroid use. He died after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 61 and lived in Toronto. Despite the scandal he was still considered one of Canada’s best experts on running.

 

Jose Lima. A thirteen-year pitcher in the major leagues for a variety of teams, Lima went into cardiac arrest at his Pasadena, California home and died later in hospital. He was 37.

 

Dorothy Kamenshek was a standout player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a Sports Illustrated top 100 female athlete of the 20th century and was the inspiration for the main character in the 1992 A League of their Own. She died of natural causes at her Palm Desert, California home. She was 84.

 

Art Linkletter. Born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Sask, he became famous as an American television host and interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s. He died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home. He was 97.

 

Gary Coleman. The former child actor from the sitcom Different Strokes died in a Utah hospital a few days after falling at his home. The diminutive actor suffered from kidney disease and had just finished a dialysis treatment when he fell. He was 42.

 

Dennis Hopper, American film actor. Best known now for intense performances in such movies as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, he emerged from years of supporting roles to direct and act in the iconic biker movie

Easy Rider, a major hit. The Kansas-born Hopper died after a bout with prostate cancer. He was 74.

 

Chris Haney, one of the Canadian co-creators of the 1980s board game Trivial Pursuit. He died in a Toronto hospital after a long illness. He was 59.

 

JUNE

Rue McClanahan, American actress best known for playing Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls. She died in a New York hospital from a brain hemorrhage. She was 76.

 

Jack Harrison. Thought to be the last surviving member of the Allied prisoners who attempted the Great Escape from a Nazi prison camp during the Second World War. He never made it into the tunnel before the alarm sounded. He died in Bishopton, Scotland. He was 97.

 

Marvin Isley. One of the lineup in the successful R&B group the Isley Brothers, which lasted from the doo-wop era of the 1950s through to the 1980s. He died in hospital in Chicago after years of poor health from diabetes and strokes. He was 59.

 

Jimmy Dean, American country singer, television host and sausage entrepreneur, died suddenly while watching television at his Varina, Virgina home. He was 81.

 

Peter Quaife. The original bassist for the British Invasion era rock band The Kinks, he died of kidney failure in Denmark, where he had lived for many years. He was 66.

 

Irwin Barker. A comedian and staff writer on the Rick Mercer Report television show, he died in Toronto of a rare form of soft-tissue cancer. He was 58.

 

Robert Byrd. The longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, he sat one term in the House, then 51 years in the Senate. The West Virginia Democrat died in a Washington area hospital. He was 92 and no official cause of death was announced.

 

Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella in the iconic 1950 Disney animated film of the same name, died in Canoga Park, California. She was 81 and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Mohammed Daoud Odeh, the mastermind of the hostage-taking at the Munich Olympics which killed 11 Israeli athletes in 1972, died of kidney failure in hospital in Damascus, Syria. He was 73.

 

Bob Probert. A retired NHL enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, Probert collapsed while boating on Lake St. Clair near Windsor. He was 45.

 

JULY

Jim Bohlen. One of the founders of Greenpeace in the early 1970s, the American-born Bohlen moved to British Columbia in 1967 to keep his sons out of Vietnam and become a back-to-the-land farmer. He died in hospital in Comox, B.C., of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

 

Bob Sheppard, play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees for half a century — known to fans as the “voice of God.” He died at his home in Baldwin, N.Y. at the age of 99.

 

Harvey Pekar, American comic book author best known for the autobiographical series American Splendor, was found dead in his Cleveland, Ohio home. He had been suffering from prostate cancer. He was 70.

 

George Steinbrenner. The owner of the New York Yankees since 1973, Steinbrenner was a major and sometimes controversial personality in professional baseball. He died of a heart attack at his Tampa, Florida home. He was 80 and had been in failing health for a few years.

 

James Gammon, an American character actor who tended to play grizzled father figures in westerns and Sam Shepard plays. He died at his California home. He was 70.

 

AUGUST

John E. (Jack) Irving. The youngest son of Irving Oil founder K.C. Irving, he was 78 years old when he died. Following his father’s death in 1992, Jack Irving gained responsibility and ownership for Irving construction, engineering and steel fabrication companies based in New Brunswick.

 

John Callahan, a quadriplegic American cartoonist famous for his irreverent cartoons depicting disability. He died in hospital in Portland Oregon of complications from bed sores. He was 59.

 

Ben Keith, American musician, was a longtime collaborator with Neil Young. He died of a heart attack at Young’s California ranch. He was 73 and had been in show business for nearly 50 years.

 

Mitch Miller. An American record producer, Miller created the Sing Along with Mitch albums of standard songs to appeal to older listeners who did not like the new genre of rock and roll music taking over in the late 1950s. The concept was adapted to television with great success a few years later. Miller died in hospital in New York, where he lived, after a short illness. He was 99.

 

Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in American history, was defeated in 2008. Stevens was killed in a small plane crash in his home state of Alaska. He was 86.

 

SEPTEMBER

Eddie Fisher. An American singer whose crooner style made him popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, he is probably better known now for leaving wife Debbie Reynolds for actress Elizabeth Taylor, and for his later addiction problems. He died at his Berkley, California home of complications from hip surgery. He was 82.

 

Gloria Stuart. An American actress from the 1930s and 1940s, she was best known for playing Ros in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic at the age of 87. She died in her sleep at her Los Angeles are home. She was 100.

 

Tony Curtis, an American actor best known for his matinee idol good looks and for hit films such as Some like it Hot and Spartacus, he’s also remembered by film buffs for his searing portrayal of a hustling publicist in The Sweet Smell of Success. He died of a heart attack at his Las Vegas area home. He was 85.

 

Greg Giraldo. An American standup comic, Giraldo died in a New Jersey hospital a few days after an accidental drug overdose. He was 44.

 

OCTOBER

Barbara Billingsley, an American actress best known for playing June Cleaver, the idealized postwar stay-at-home mom on the television program Leave it to Beaver from 1957-1963. She died of a rheumatoid disease, polymyalgia, at her Santa Monica home. She was 94.

 

Jake Dunlap. A former football player and general manager with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Dunlap was also a lawyer and restaurateur. He died in Ottawa after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 85.

 

Tom Bosley. An American stage and television actor best known for playing all-American dad Howard Cunningham on the television show Happy Days, he died of heart failure at his Palm Spring, California home.

 

Bob Guccione, an American publisher who founded Penthouse magazine and made his fortune in the adult entertainment industry before the rise of Internet pornography. He died of cancer in a Texas hospital. He was 79.

 

James MacArthur. An American actor who was the original Danno from the television program Hawaii Five-O. He played that character for 11 seasons but also worked in film and theatre. He died of natural causes at a clinic in Florida. He was 72.

 

Edouard Carpentier, a Quebec-based wrestler known by his nickname the “Flying Frenchman”, dominated the local wrestling scene from the 1950s to the 1970s. He died of a heart attack at his Montreal home. He was 84.

 

My heart  October 22, kinda the same as above…this time in person

 

NOVEMBER

George “Sparky” Anderson. This legendary baseball coach won World Series titles in both leagues with Cincinnati and Detroit. Anderson played several seasons of minor league baseball in Canada. He died at his home in California after years of suffering from dementia. He was 76.

 

Leslie Nielsen. A comedic actor best known now for such film farces as Airplane and the Naked Gun series, Nielsen grew up in Western and Northern Canada. He died of complications of pneumonia at hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 84.

 

DECEMBER

Don Meredith. The first star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, he went on to become a broadcaster on the new Monday Night Football program on ABC. He died of a brain hemorrhage in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 72.

 

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic presidential nominee John Edwards. She died after a long battle with cancer at age 61. Edwards coped with her illness while her husband ran unsuccessfully for president and fathered a child with another woman.

 

Mark Madoff. The son of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff committed suicide at his New York apartment of the second anniversary of his father’s arrest. Madoff worked for his father but was never implicated in wrongdoing. He was 46.

 

Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller, a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians nicknamed “Rapid Robert,” died from leukemia at the age of 92.

 

Blake Edwards. An American movie writer and director best known for comedies like “Brea”

 

Tina Marie. R&B Singer known as “White Chocolate”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY:

ALL OF US!

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”- Charles Lamb

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

Top Movies of 2010

1.)              The Book of Eli

2.)              The Fighter

3.)              Legion

4.)              Devil

5.)              Law Abiding Citizen

6.)              The A-Team

7.)              Grown Ups

8.)              The Expendables

9.)              Paranormal Activity 2

10.)         To Save a Life

11.)         Clash of the Titans

12.)         Letters to God When

13.)         Diary of a Wimpy Kid

14.)         The Town

15.)         The Social Network

16.)         Kick Ass

17.)         Jackass 3D

18.)         True Grit

19.)         Secretariat

20.)         Country Strong

 

MUSIC:

1.)  Need You Now-Lady Antabellum (for SO MANY REASONS)

2.)  SMILE-Uncle Kracker (great reminder if not by a person-at least a song)

3.)  Nothing on You-B.o.B/Bruno Mars (if it is true-tell ’em!)

4.)  Somewhere With You-Kenny Chesney (Hit a lil too close to home)

5.)   Born Free-Kid Rock (Fun 70’s Seager’ish song. Put on…and DRIVE!)

6.)  Raise Your Glass-P!nk (If you are wrong in all the right ways!)

7.)  Not Afraid-Eminem (Anthem!)

8.)   Breath-Ryan Star (Reminder)

9.)   Hello World-Lady Antabellum (Wow-’nuff said!)

10.)         ANY ZAC BROWN BAND SONG!!! (He is AMAZING, they are ALL GREAT!)

11.)         COME BACK SONG-Darius Rucker (Yep!)

12.)         Little Lion Man-Mumford and Sons (This song Haunted me this year)

13.)         Kings and Queens-30 Seconds to Mars (Just a cool pick me up)

14.)         Just the Way You-Bruno Mars (See #3. Even if some don’t see for self-others do)

15.)         Stuck Like Glue-Sugarland (Just a FUN song)

16.)          THE BOYS OF FALL-Kenny Chesney (First time I heard had goosebumps)

17.)         THE TRUTH-Jason Aldean (Well, I will just say OUCH)

18.)         SHOTS-LMFAO (The Club Anthem to “Fist Pump”)

19.)         DJ Fallin in Love-Usher (Does Usher make a bad song?)

20.)         Firework-Katy Perry (This song was fun, good beat-and had awesome message!)

21.)         Getting’ Over You-David Guetta F/Fergie (The piano keys, Fergie voice…Guetta got it!)

22.)         Club Can’t Handle Me-Flo Rida (HATED first I heard, then it hooked me)

23.)         I Like It -Enrigue Iglesias F/Pitbull (ANTHEM!)

24.)         Bulletproof -La Roux (British Synth Pop was back in 2010)

25.)         Dynamite-Taio Cruz (Hey Yo…Gotta Let Go! What a fun song)

26.)         Haven’t Met You Yet-Michael Buble (Buble shows REAL MUSIC can be mainstream)

27.)         LOVE LIKE CRAZY-Lee Brice (she always said “crazy,” I still wanna be crazy)

28.)         The House That Built Me,’ Miranda Lambert (WOW, talk about kick in the a**)

29.)         Young Forever-Jay-Z F/Mr.Hudson (Rap, Crooner, Synth pop…all blended for a GREAT song)

30.)         Just a Dream-Nelly (kinda hurt)

31.)         THE BREATH YOU TAKE-George Strait (reminder of moments, not a life)

32.)         Carry Out -Timbaland F/Justin Timberlake (pure fun, and musical originality)

33.)         Tik Tok-Ke$ha (she is gonna take over the pop charts)

34.)         Bad Romance-Lady GaGa (all I can say is ra ra ra-Oh-la-la)

35.)         If I Had You-Adam Lambert (he is a “lil” goofy but talented)

36.)         Whataya Want From Me-Adam Lambert (same as above but question we all ask)

37.)        Break Even-The Script (The chorus bothers me, but a song that hits the gut)

38.)         All The Right-OneRepublic (I try not to like these guys…I can’t)

39.)          Cooler Than Me-Mike Posner (Slap in a persons face…but fun)

40.)            WATER-Brad Paisley (I have always loved the water-this put words to reasons)

41.) Your Love Is My Drug-Ke$ha (FUN)

42.) SOmebody to Love -Justin Bieber / Usher (Go to Hell, I kinda like Bieber)

43.)               Fireflies-Owl City (This song is mezmerizing)

44.)              My Kinda Party-Jason Aldean (He sings about the way I get down!)

45.)               Live Like We’re Dying-Kris Allen (Kinda a daily reminder)

46.)                Rock That Body-Black Eyed Peas (Use this for cardio w/no excercise! #heartpumpsong)

47.)                 Hey Soul Sister-Train (as annoying as it was…great message!)

48.)                 King of Anything-Sara Bareilles (HAD to put a  pixie pop song on here)

49.)                 CRAZY TOWN-Jason Aldean (Very True and I GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT!!!)

50.)                   AMERICAN SATURDAY NIGHT=Brad Paisley (Fun, History lesson)

HONORABLE MENTION:  The TIME-Black Eyed Peas

 

BOOKS:

1.)              After You Shoot: Your gun’s hot. The perp’s not, Now What? – By Alan Korwin

2.)              The Power- http://www.thesecret.tv/thepower/

3.)              Energy Bus-Jon Gordon

4.)              Always Looking Up-Michael J. Fox

5.)              The Shack-William P. Young

6.)              Where Mercy is Shown, Mercy is Given-Duane “The Dog” Chapman THE SURPRISENLY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR!

7.)              Decision points-President George W. Bush

8.)              90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life-Don Piper, Cecil Murphey

9.)              Unbroken-Laura Hillenbrand

10.)         Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw-Jeff Kinneytary

11.)         Glenn Beck’s Common Sense-Glenn Beck

12.)         Have a Little Faith-Mitch Albom

13.)         Arguing With Idiots-Glenn Beck

14.)         The Last Lecture-Randy Pausch

15.)         StrengthsFinder 2.0-Tom Rath

16.)         I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

17.)         The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel-Garth Stein

18.)         Where the Wild Things Are-Maurice Sendak

19.)         A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity-Bill O’Reilly

20.)         Longest Trip Home-John Grogan

 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?:

WITH HIS TEMPER? Go ahead and keep Children’s Services on standby”

Piano man to diaper man: Elton John becomes a dad

 

Sir Elton John is holding close a new tiny dancer.

 

The piano man and husband David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. The news was first reported Monday night by USMagazine.com and confirmed to The Associated Press by John’s Los Angeles-based publicist.

 

Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California via a surrogate, whose identity is being protected by the new parents.

 

Zachary is 62-year-old John’s first child with the 48-year-old Furnish. The couple married in 2005.

 

In a joint statement, the new parents told USMagazine.com that “Zachary is healthy and doing well” and they are “overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.”

IRONY:

I run out of shampoo and conditioner 3 days before I shave my head for the winter!

JUST FOR FUN:

http://www.youtube.com/newyears

SPORTS:

1.) Tracy Porter’s Super Bowl-clinching interception

Most fans watching the Super Bowl had the same thought as Peyton Manning drove the Colts downfield in the closing minutes: Overtime. With the Saints ahead by a touchdown, Manning — who had spearheaded seven fourth-quarter comebacks during the regular season — faced a third-and-5 at the New Orleans 31. Under pressure, he fired a pass to Austin Collie on a comeback route that Porter read all the way. The young cornerback picked it off and raced 74 yards to seal the first NFL title in Saints history.


2.) Armando Galarraga’s (almost) perfect game

The Tigers pitcher was robbed of the 21st perfect game in MLB history by umpire Jim Joyce’s imperfect safe call with two outs in the ninth inning. But Galarraga’s graciousness and Joyce’s remorse in the aftermath turned the unfortunate occurrence into a heart-warming display of sportsmanship and a powerful lesson in forgiveness.

3.) Spain’s golden goal in World Cup final

Decades of underachievement and frustration in World Cups finally came to an end for “La Roja” in 2010. The world’s No. 1 team lived up to its billing with a succession of 1-0 victories in the knockout rounds, capped off by Andres Iniesta’s goal in extra time against Netherlands in the final.

4.) LeBron’s “Decision”

The decision itself (“I’m taking my talents to South Beach”) was sure to upset fans in Cleveland. But the way LeBron went about it, with weeks of ego-stroking leading up to “The Decision” — his narcissistic one-hour special on ESPN — struck a nerve around the country. James went from well-liked to roundly loathed overnight and his Q rating has only gotten worse since.


5.) Roy Halladay’s playoff no-hitter

It’s rare for a perfect game not to be the highlight of a pitcher’s season. But that’s how good Halladay was in 2010. His flawless performance against the Marlins in May was topped by his eight-K, one-walk, no-hit effort against the Reds in his first playoff start. No one had thrown a postseason no-hitter since Don Larsen’s gem for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

6.) Underdog Giants win World Series

Few experts were picking the Giants to go all the way when the playoffs began, which made sense looking at the ragtag San Francisco lineup. But the team’s deep pitching staff, anchored by Tim Lincecum, proved irresistible against the Braves, powerhouse Phillies and Rangers. And enough unlikely heroes emerged on offense, like castoff outfielder Cody Ross, to give the franchise its first title since moving from New York in 1957.


7.) Landon Donovan’s clutch World Cup goal

American soccer was on the brink of another World Cup failure. Needing a win over Algeria to advance out of group play, the U.S. failed to score for 91 frustrating minutes before Donovan finished a desperate counterattack with a stab into the net in extra time. The team’s fighting spirit captured the country’s imagination before Ghana eliminated the USA in the next match, just like it had four years before.


8.) Lakers beat Celtics for back-to-back titles

The two most storied and successful franchises in NBA history staged a classic seven-game series that will be long remembered by fans of both teams. With Kobe Bryant misfiring all night, the Lakers fell behind by 13 points in the third quarter. But the Celtics tired and L.A. got a big boost from Ron Artest to take the lead and eventually claim its 16th championship, one fewer than Boston.


9.)  Jimmie Johnson wins fifth straight NASCAR title

Unloved by most of his sport’s fans, Johnson at least earned more of their respect with yet another championship, this time in come-from-behind fashion. He wasn’t as dominant as in past years, but Johnson still won six races and passed Denny Hamlin in the final Chase race to continue his unprecedented string of NASCAR crowns.


10.) The Wimbledon match that wouldn’t end

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut began the fifth set of their first-round match at Wimbledon on June 22. Two days and 138 games later, they finished it. Isner, a 6-foot-9 American, won the longest match in the history of professional tennis, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68, but not before playing for 11 hours and five minutes over three days, smashing the previous record by more than four hours. Not surprisingly, an exhausted Isner lost his next match in straight sets.

BUCKEYES:

DO I REALLY NEED TO SAY ANYTHING? They are idiots!!!

But this is a GREAT ARTICLE!!!

 

Jim Tressel, Ohio State Can and Should Suspend Players for Sugar Bowl

One simple question has resonated following the suspension of five Ohio State players for the first five games of next season: how can they be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4?

 

The answer is pretty simple, and it’s wrapped up in the money that bowl games provide to conferences and institutions of higher academic pursuit. The NCAA would like the world to believe it’s not, and in a posting on its website Wednesday said money was no factor in the decision and attributed bowl game rules to the “Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet,” which made its decision in 2004.

 

Leave it to the NCAA to be the organization that makes Congress seem streamlined and efficient.

 

Alas, we digress.

 

The NCAA’s ruling does not preclude an institution itself from taking action. And Ohio State should. It simply does not seem right that Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Williams and Solomon Thomas should have their discipline delayed nine months.

 

Jim Tressel can do what is right and show that he and his school stand for more than wins and cash. He should suspend the players for the bowl game himself.

 

Head coaching is about leadership. This is Tressel’s chance to show it. Ohio State needs to stand for something more than football, more than Ws and Ls … like integrity.

 

This decision is not a simple one, or an easy one. In fact, given the NCAA’s quagmire of rules and decisions – especially regarding Cam Newton’s eligibility for this entire season and the BCS title game – a fair argument can be made that since Newton plays these five should as well. But the last time anyone checked, two wrongs do not add up and equal right.

 

Let’s also acknowledge that there’s no figuring the NCAA, and there’s no trying – no matter how hard the Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet works. It’s best to deal with each case independently, looking at the facts.

 

The facts at Ohio State are indisputable. The five players sold items for personal profit. They did not break a law, did not cheat at school, did not accept cash for play, did not hurt anyone. They sold something they gained from playing for Ohio State, which in the NCAA legal system is called receiving improper benefits.

 

According to NCAA logic, the only people who can profit off an athlete’s skills are the schools and the NCAA. A player cannot.

 

So the NCAA suspended them, but said they could play in the bowl game because they didn’t know what they were doing was wrong. Yes, Ohio State trotted out the “we didn’t know” defense, and the NCAA bought it. Which is sort of like telling a police officer you didn’t know the speed limit when signs are posted everywhere. It strains any shred of common sense well past the breaking point.

 

No, the rule might not be logical, or fair. But it is the rule. They broke it, they bought the punishment.

 

Except delayed punishment is never effective. If it’s not proper for young kids, it’s not proper for grown kids receiving a free education and diploma at a prestigious university. Also, if the offense was serious enough to warrant five games, it’s serious enough to take effect immediately. Before the bowl game.

Tressel could stand on principles he has constantly espoused, something Ohio State and the Big Ten have always espoused.

 

Suspend them.

 

Yes, it would hurt. It would hurt the ticket buyer who bought tickets expecting to see Pryor. (It would not hurt the bowl, though, because the tickets are sold). It would hurt Ohio State, because its chances to win might diminish. It would hurt the players, who would no doubt hate to watch their teammates playing.

 

Ticket buyers, though, could just as easily not see Pryor if he sprained an ankle in practice. There is a risk in spending all that money on college kids, because college kids can do this kind of thing.

And Ohio State might find something else without Pryor. Many, many years ago, in 1978, then

Arkansas coach Lou Holtz suspended his top two running backs – Ben Cowins and Michael Forrest – and his leading receiver – Donny Bobo – for a disciplinary issue involving a woman in the dorm. It sounds very serious – it sounds far more serious that Ohio State’s situation.

 

But Holtz took action, and it wasn’t easy for him. Lawyers got involved. The team’s African-American players threatened a boycott. Holtz stuck to his principles, and third-stringer Roland Sales went out and set an Orange Bowl rushing record with 205 yards.

 

The pain to the players would be significant, but it would be short-term pain for a long-term benefit, especially for Pryor, a kid who has gotten pretty much everything he has wanted his entire career and a kid who carries himself as if he expects every benefit possible. It might wake him up and show him that there are consequences to actions and his celebrity will only carry him so far. That he has a responsibility not only to the present day players but to the ones who came before him, and will come after. Most important, that he has a responsibility to himself.

 

There is an old principle that to whom much is given, much is expected. Pryor has been given great physical skills. He has been given an education. He has been given a lofty position at Ohio State.

 

It would not be unreasonable to expect him to set a higher standard for his teammates and for the kids who watch and look up to him.

 

Same with Tressel, a man who professes to live to high principles and standards, and usually meets them. Same with the school and Big Ten conference, which rests on its academic standing to prove it is different from other conferences, and different from other schools that look away from a father selling his son’s talent for $200,000 like a guy hustling a drug-store tonic. Ohio State can look at itself and think how it wants to be viewed.

 

There seem to be two main choices.

The Ohio State University can be viewed as a school that panders to the money-grubbing world that dominates intercollegiate athletics.

 

Or it can be viewed as an institution of higher education, and higher standards. In leading, in reaching for something better, in doing what is proper, the school might gain more respect.

 

The choice really isn’t difficult for Ohio State. All it has to do is follow Spike Lee’s mantra. Simply do the right thing.

RELIGION:

“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no-one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” ~Psalm 40:5


Another message from Isaiah relates to new things being made by God, and of God’s words:

“See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” ~Isaiah 42:8-9.

 

“See, I am doing a new thing! … I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” ~Isaiah 43:19


New Year’s Recognition of God the Source of Power

In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul reminds them of God’s generosity and wants them to be as giving by helping especially people in need.

 

In chapter 4 of the book of second Corinthians, Paul speaks of the treasures of clay, asserting, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” ~2 Corinthians 4:7


Careful Self-evaluation for the New Year

Apostle Paul is concern for the Corinthians. He gives them a final warning for a careful self-evaluation. This is insightful and motivating especially for Christians working on their New Year’s resolutions.

 

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test ourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” ~2 Corinthians 13:5

 

Being Made New by Faith and Asking God for Direction

Integrated with thanksgiving, a prayer for renewal is a meditative way to approach the New Year, that hearts and minds maybe enlightened accordingly.

 

The Bible doesn’t mention making New Year’s resolutions, but it teaches to examine one’s self regularly, and by faith, to seek God’s direction to become better persons, a worthwhile overall resolution. Lamentations 3:40 in part says, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to God.”

 

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INSPIRATION:

At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame. I can’t help but catch a glimpse of myself as I pass. Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face. I would ask the obvious question, “What are you smiling about?” but I already know the answer: “It just gets better from here.” -Michael J. Fox (from his book Always Looking Up)

 

QUOTES:

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
– Abraham Lincoln

NEW YEAR QUOTES:

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn

 

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan

 

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.  ~Author Unknown

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  ~Author Unknown

 

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

 

No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.  It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left.  It is the nativity of our common Adam.  ~Charles Lamb

 

New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.  ~Charles Lamb

 

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.  ~John Selden

 

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~Hal Borland

 

The merry year is born, Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.~Hartley Coleridge

 

New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.  ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

 

The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.  The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.  All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!  ~Edward Payson Powell

 

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~Oprah Winfrey

 

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

 

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk.  This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.  ~P.J. O’Rourke

 

Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

 

New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.  ~Mark Twain

 

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.  ~George William Curtis

 

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

 

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath.  Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.  Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.  ~Mark Twain

 

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.  ~Author Unknown

 

And ye, who have met with Adversity’s blast, And been bow’d to the earth by its fury; To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass’d. Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,

The regrets of remembrance to cozen, And having obtained a New Trial of Time, Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.~Thomas Hood

 

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.  Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.  ~Brooks Atkinson

 

Each age has deemed the new-born year. The fittest time for festal cheer.~Walter Scott

 

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.  ~Oscar Wilde

 

Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.~Martin Luther

 

A new oath holds pretty well; but… when it is become old, and frayed out, and damaged by a dozen annual retryings of its remains, it ceases to be serviceable; any little strain will snap it.  ~Mark Twain, speech in New York City, 31 March 1885

 

But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty?  I live according to twenty-year-old habits.  ~Andre Gide

 

When then is lost, as time is by, we look upon the yearly wine to see our substance in the lees. Did tribe and purse most pleasing leave? To look for clear and faithful sense, that gives a bodied stance bouquet, then see the vat at mirror’s face and find in it, the yearly pace.~E. Marshall, Vintner Epilogue (Happy Old Year)

 

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.  ~Dave Beard

 

I do think New Year’s resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t you?  Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system.  Also dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover.  I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.  ~Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary

 

New Year’s Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot.  Unless, of course, those tests come back positive.  ~Jay Leno

We meet today To thank Thee for the era done, And Thee for the opening one. ~John Greenleaf Whittier

 

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.  ~John Burroughs

 

Of all sound of all bells… most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.  ~Charles Lamb

 

A happy New Year! Grant that I May bring no tear to any eye When this New Year in time shall end Let it be said I’ve played the friend, Have lived and loved and labored here, And made of it a happy year.~Edgar Guest

 

It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.  ~William Thomas

 

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.  ~Ellen Goodman

 

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.  ~Joey Adams

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.~F.M. Knowles

 

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.  It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.  Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions.  Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.  ~G.K. Chesterton

 

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.  ~Henry Moore

 

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year.  Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.  ~Thomas Mann

 

I made no resolutions for the New Year.  The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  ~Anaïs Nin

 

Why won’t they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can’t they use birth control on time?  I want an interregnum.  The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping – rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations at festivals like New Year’s and Easter and Christmas – But, goodness, why need they do it?  ~John Dos Passos, 1917

 

New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.  ~Mark Twain

 

Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time.  ~Jean Paul Richter

 

The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel.  Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.  ~W.H. Auden

CLOSING:

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

 

To The Generation behind me…you still suck, have bad taste in music, but looks like there is hope for you:
“There’s good reason not to fret about Generation Y. In most ways, Gen Yers are remarkably optimistic. They’re confident about their futures and eager to take on the challenges that life has in store for them. And they’re open to change…a good thing, considering how rapidly it comes.” – Excerpt from the latest Kiplinger Letter

 

TO DO:
Hey It’s Matt Sexton ON THIS NEW YEARS WEEKEND…here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO!

 

FRIDAY NYE:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators (WITH ME AS YOUR DJ FOR THE NIGHT!)

Nationwide Arena

Jackets Pack tickets start at $30 per person

200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, 43215

800-NHL-Cols

http://www.BlueJackets.com

 

New Year’s Eve with the Blue Jackets. Upper bowl ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, a Blue Jackets-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher redeemable for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count Snack Pack. Jackets Pack tickets start at $30 per person, a savings of $29. Purchase the Jackets Pack for the December 31 game and receive FREE ADMISSION to Stinger’s Family Skate in the Dispatch Ice Haus from 4:30-6:30 p.m. includes: free skating/skate rental, hot chocolate/coffee, snacks and prizes.

 

My Crew at Yogi’s (Karric Shopping Center in Dublin)

For more info http://www.yogisdublin.com/

 

My Crew at The Filling Station (Hard Road)

For more info http://www.yourfillingstation.com/

 

My Buddies at Callahan’s

$75.00 all inclusive. 3 Rooms, 3 Bars, 3 DJ’s-best heated view of the city!

To RSVP or for more info: http://www.callahanscolumbus.com/nye

 

NYE on High

Hyatt Regency Columbus

$111. Overnight packages available.

350 North High St., Columbus, 43215

614-463-1234

http://www.columbusregency.hyatt.com

 

For 30 years we’ve been throwing the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Ohio. Bands and DJ’s. Party with bands like 17th Floor, LT. Dan’s New Legs, Reaganomics and The Floorwalkers, Chris Logsdon and DJ Marino Monaco and DJ Ant.

 

 

First Night Columbus

Throughout Downtown

5-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m.

Admission: Buttons $8 in advance / $10 at the door

Phone: 614-299-9221

http://www.firstnightcolumbus.com

 

New Year’s Eve celebration is a community-oriented, family-friendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival.

 

New Year’s Eve at Great Wolf Lodge: Snowball

7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Address: 2501 Great Wolf Dr., Mason, 45040

Phone: 513-459-8885

http://www.greatwolf.com

 

Activities for all ages from 7pm to 12:30am, you won’t want to miss out on any of it! Enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, crafts, DJ, games, contests, live music, a sparkling cider toast and a giant balloon drop! All of that on top of a fun filled day of swimming and sliding.

 

Local Jam Band Ekoostik Hookah plays their annual New Years Eve show at The Newport Music Hall.

http://www.promowestproductions.com

Rick Derringer, and Pat Travers play The Bluestone (no info available)

007 in 2011: A James Bond New Year at The Conference Center at NorthPointe

$110-$299

9243 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, 43035

Phone: 614-880-4300

http://www.conferencecenteratnorthpointe.com

 

Ring in the new year at NorthPointe James Bond-style. Dancing and entertainment by Columbus Band Agent 99, NorthPointe’s New Year’s Eve Package also includes appetizers, dinner, open bar, Champagne toast at midnight, overnight onsite hotel accommodations, and brunch on New Year’s Day.

 

New Year’s Eve Dance Package at Ogelbay Resort

$435. Price is for double occupancy

Address: Just 2 hours east of Columbus, Wheeling, 26003

Phone: 800-624-6988

http://www.oglebay-resort.com

 

Overnight accommodations, unlimited use of indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and new fitness center, Winter Festival of Lights Vehicle Pass, Mountaineer Buffet Breakfast for two and Admission to Winter Soiree.

The snowflakes will fall at 7 pm with seating and socialization followed by a buffet dinner at 8 pm. At 9pm, Mansfield 5 will begin to play as you dance away the final hours of 2010 surrounded by cascading crystals and diamonds.

 

Hard Rockin’ Krynos brings in the New Year at Captain Jack’s

FUNNIES:

ALL WEEKEND:

National Showcase at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

 

ALL WEEKEND:

“Zoo Year’s Eve” at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (LAST WEEKEND)

For more info http://www.columbuszoo.org

 

Holiday Fantasy of Lights, at Alum Creek State Park Marina (LAST WEEKEND)

For more info http://www.ohiostateparks.org

 

 

IN THEATERS:

Ryan Goslin and Michelle Williams star in ‘Blue Valentine,’ rated “R.”

 

DVD:

‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ Milla Jovovich, rated R

 

‘The American’ staring George Clooney rated “R.”

 

 

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:

A GREAT START TO THE NEW YEAR

 

BRING ON 2011!!!

 

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