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Valentine’s day Thoughts and a tribute to a REAL ROCK STAR!


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America, but HATE Michigan, however The Chrysler Ad during the Super Bowl WAS AMAZING!


Speaking of “Matters of the Heart” (ok that MAY have been a stretch in transition)…On a serious note, I am sitting here writing with a saddened heart. On Wednesday the local/regional music community lost a GREAT PERSON. Known as “T-Daddy” to many, Robert Theriault, was an amazing person. T-Daddy was the acting manager, roadie, sales manager, merchandise manager, and “the cool old guy” of LoveSick Radio. He also is the father of an another amazing spirit Justin (LSR lead singer). T-Daddy ALWAYS had a smile and a positive outlook on ANY situation! The man…at times, had too much energy and good vibes for my taste, but that is what made him unique. He ALWAYS was upbeat, and worked hard with a SMILE.


The amazing thing is he was like this WHILE he was fighting the evil that is cancer. While his body was being eaten alive, he still carried on and while I am sure was miserable on the inside, he did not allow it to affect his outer personality. I was not even aware he was sick due to his energy levels and demeanor.


I first met “T-Daddy” at a LoveSick show (I believe) at Park Street Patio. I had no clue who he was, and he sure as hell didn’t know who I was…but he was just a cool dude. We hit it off right away, after many shows, many festivals, and even a couple road trips…I came to considered him a friend, and looked forward to sharing some time with him. There were many times we enjoyed a situation or B.S’ed or just found something to make fun of while we were passing the time. There was one instance that stands out from all the others, and well…changed my life 9or at the very least made start to re-evaluate “things.”)


There was a bad gig, it was hot, there was little crowd, and lots of technical problems and blah blah blah. ANYWAY, I was in one of my “moods.” Terry pulled me off to the side, reminded me some people would KILL to be in my shoes, and to just enjoy what was going on…AND LEARN HOW TO MAKE IT BETTER IN THE FUTURE. That “talk” I think changed my life, and made me want to do the same for someone else in the same position. T-Daddy you will be missed and I thank you for the lesson(s) learned. It is now my time to be “that cool old guy.”


Please come out to show support for Justin and the rest of the boys from LoveSick Radio Friday Night as they play their first show without T-Daddy…”cause that is what he wanted!”

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~C.C. Scott

As we make our way into Valentine’s Day weekend the above reminds me, it is NOT the flowers, candy, mix tapes, jewelry, lingerie, or whatever…it is the moments spent with someone. Life, time is too precious, take time to not only tell someone how you feel, but, MAKE SURE you listen to them as well. It is V-Day and while I still don’t like it, cause you SHOULD TREAT THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT (OR ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER) THE SAME EVERYDAY…I do find myself missing some folks more than normal.



As V-Day Approaches, I am not giving flowers, and probably will not get a card. Last year I did, to a few not because I wanted something in return (I actually got yelled at by one, and another well her “friend” ripped the card off her door).  BUT it really does not bother me. I am not a fan of V-Day, not because of some movie based reason of love lost or any other B.S. Yea I have that, but not the reason. Just as Christmas, Birthdays, etc…if you care for someone (friends, family, significant others) treat them the same every day. Show through actions that you care not flowers, or chocolate on 1 day of the year. I saw a saying…”You are not special on JUST one day in February.”

Like I said I don’t dig this day, and it makes me miss some people, one a person I had in my life, another who I care about but on a deep friendship level and another… not in a “girlfriend” or even a “hook up” kinda way.


Valentines Day (and a few other days) make me miss my Grandma more than most days, not in a sick “that’s not right” kinda way. I am not even talking about a generous acts of giving on B-days, V-Day, Easter, or even Halloween.

My Grandma always got me something on these days, and I don’t miss the physical gifts…I mean at the time it was

“OH God, what has she mailed me now?” There were many cards that she thought were funny and pissed me off, and there were many pairs of boxers and sox. All with hearts or other novelty things of the day-yes I wore boxers with eggs/bunnies, and even little fat kids in diapers with weapons. It is not the gifts I miss, it was her intentions and her remembering. Hell, up until she died she always sent me something in the mail. She was always there, in giving, and listening (even if it was a verbal slap in the face with get yer head out of yer a**). I miss her dearly!!! I have enough sox, don’t like to wear boxers…but I do miss her, and her wiliness to give and listen, and eagerness to acknowledge me. Grandma Happy V-Day and I miss you!!!

That makes me wonder, she is not around, but I still remember those “little gestures.” I wonder if any of the small everyday things I have done (and continue to do) for others has made an impact on any one’s life?

“It is not the events, but the moments with someone that are special”


So be good to someone, or, maybe something. Find a group that needs an extra open heart to help them, find someone who needs a friend. If you have someone, ENJOY THEM FOR THEM, if you don’t enjoy the memories of those you cared about…

From a movie I gave as a gift last V-Day
Relationships are supposed to be a two-way street; Not a highway and a bike path. ~ Couples Retreat

(when do you know when to give up on someone?) After you’ve done all you can.. Just STAND- Ephesians 6:13

Sometimes it is not the moments, but who you are with

Never allow a person tell you NO who doesn’t have the power to say YES

Fellas:::Don’t only buy ur lady flowers on occasions or when u mess up.. Women LOVE little surprises & acts of kindness!!

Don’t fool urself,,, The cruelest lies are often the one’s that are told by those who are silent

To hate someone you had to truly love them at some point – (Ihatequotes)

Make everyone happy that you possibly can,, even if it means leaving them alone -(Classic)

A great relationship is a partnership, if ur unwilling to carry his\her baggage, ur better off single – Maestro

The same thing Im looking for is looking for me…. it or we’ll meet up soon (power thought)

Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life,, love can sneak up & give u a fairytale… dont give up!

If u really want a gr8 relationship,, the key is to understand what ur mate is feeling but NOT saying (the truest question the male species regarding women)

Those who fight 4 love over & over & get hurt,, r betta off then those who give up & neva know what could of happen

Be careful:::.Love is like a fire:: whether it will warm u or burn you,, sumtimes u can never tell

dont keep ACCEPTING bad relationships & EXPECTING it 2 turn out good..

To love some1 is nothing, to be loved by some1 is Something, but 2 b loved by some1 u love is EVERYTHING! – Jada Pinkett Smith

People CAN NOT love you if they Hate themselves

Love is an untamed force, when we try to imprison it, it enslaves us – (P Coelho)

if a woman can have pms,, men should be able to have espn…

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace

Don’t fool yourself:: encouragement given without love is not encouragement

the only perfect relationships are the 1’s that know,, there are no perfect relationships.. real tlk

If ur love is crazzy,, madness,,,, yea its probably love 🙂

no 1 can be born for u,, no 1 can die 4 u,,, NEVER chase relationships,, its cool to chill alone sometimes

scripture says love ur neighbor AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF

Its far more important to BE the right person than it is to MARRY the right person -(Ziglar)

u can have friendship & u can have love.. but when theyre 2gether.. its called gr8 love (luv stories) -kinda fighting for this right now

You can hurt with your words but you can also hurt with your silence.

They say you cant buy love,, but I see most ppl paying heavily 4 it… Dont give up!

Don’t grieve to long when u lose something,, everything comes back 2 u in a different form -(Rumi)

It takes real courage to jus let go & fall….. in love… true story!

Dont fool ya self… .To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven

True love you want ur partners happiness, false love u want ur partner

If ur single & Valentines day seems depressing… ur close 2 ur breakthru! Gr8 desire is the 1st step!

EVERYTHING comes back to you…even if in a different form (really like that one)


1.) Need You Now-Lady Antebellum
2.) Love Bites-Def Leppard
3.) Every Rose Has its Thorn – Poison
3.) Hysteria-Def Leppard

4.) Who’s Calling You Baby-Luke Bryan
5.) Somewhere with You-Kenny Chesney
6.) Faithfully-Journey
7.) All The Way-Francis Albert Sinatra
8.)(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me – R. B. Greaves
9.) End of the Road – Boyz II Men

10.) Color Blind-Counting Crows
11.) Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
12.) Grenade-Bruno Mars
13.) Heart of the Matter, The – Don Henley
14.) Beautiful Girl-B.O.B
15.) You’ll Think of Me-Keith Urban

16.) Valentines Day-Jim Brichman
17.) 2 outa 3 ain’t Bad-Meatloaf
18.) I Miss You – Klymaxx
19.) I’m Not in Love – 10 CC
20.) Against all odds-Phil Collins
21.) Love is a Battle Field-Pat Benetar
22.) Come Monday-Jimmy Buffett
23.) Memories – from “Cats”
25.) Friends-Michael W. Smith
26.) One Last Cry – Brian McKnight
27.) Lips of an Angels-Hinder (not the horrible Country version)
28.) Tell Me I Was Dreaming – Travis Tritt

29.) Heaven-Bryan Adams
30.) When You Come Back to Me Again – Garth Brooks
31.) You Were Meant For Me – Jewel
32.) Hold On to the Nights – Richard Marx
33.) Ordinary World – Duran Duran
I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis
34.) Missing You – John Waite
35.) I Believe – Blessed Union Of Souls
36.) DESERADO-Eagles (My Theme song. . .”your prison
is walkin this world all alone”)

Please Forgive me-Bryan Adams
37.) All By Myself – Eric Carmen
38.) Love the one your with-Grahm Nash
39.) I Like Dreamin’ – Kenny Nolan

40.) Again-Lenny Kravitz
41.) Hate Me-Blue October
42.) Three Times A Lady – Commodores
43.) Drive-Cars
44.) I Don’t Care Anymore – Phil Collins /Genesis
45.) When I Need You – Leo Sayer
46.) Into the Night-Benie Margoles
47.) Without You – Nilsson
48.) Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson
49.) Broken Wings – Mister Mister
50.) Careless Whispers – George Michael & Wham!
51.) Don’t You Want Me – Human League

52.) Pictures of You-The Cure
53.) Blue Monday-Artist?
54.) Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
55.) Harden My Heart – Quarterflash
56.) Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Chicago
57.) Hello – Lionel Richie
58.) I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman
59.) I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
60.) One More Night – Phil Collins
61.) Tainted Love – Soft Cell
62.) The Rose – Bette Midler
63.) What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
64.) With or Without You – U2
65.) I will Remember You-Sara McGlaphlin
66.) Stay-Jennifer Nettles
67.) Seprate Lives-Phil Collins
68.) Don’t Dream it’s over-Cutting Crew
69.) Broken Wings-Mr. Mr.
70.) Bravest Thing (I ever did)-Bare Naked Ladies
71.) (Don’t You) Forget about me-Orchestra Maneuvers in the Dark
72.) If you Don’t Know me By Now-Simply Red
73.) Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton
74.) Say Goodnight (Not Good Bye)-Artist?
75.) Manana-Jimmy Buffett
76.) To Make You Feel My Love-Garth Brooks
77.) November Rain-Guns n Roses
78.) Long December-Counting Crows
79.) All By Myself-Eric Carman
80.) I am a Rock-Simon and Garfunkle
81.) Against All Odds-Phil Collins
82.) Last Kiss-J Wilson (or Pearl Jam)
83.) If Your’re Gone-Matchbox 20
84.) 3 AM-Matchbox 20
85.) Fade to Black-Metallica
86.) Muskrat Love-Captain and Tenille
87.) You’re Beautiful-James Blunt
88.) Boys Don’t Cry-The Cure
89.) It’s Been Awhile-Stained

91.) Anything But Mine-Kenny Chesney

92.) We just disagree-Englefield Dan

93.) You Got it Bad-Usher
94.) Mudshovel-Stained

95.) The Truth-Jason Aldean

96.) Pacing the Cage-Jimmy Buffett

97.) Picture-Kid Rock

98.) Smile-Uncle Cracker

99.) Broken Road-Rascall Flatts (first song I played the day my Grandmother died)
100.) Cupid Shuffle-DJ Cupid


Roses are an easy way to express your love this Valentine’s Day. The multi-hued and fragrant flower symbolizes a variety of romantic feelings and is the preferred bloom among searchers.

But we wanted to offer up a few search-inspired choices if you’re in the mood to roam outside the rose bush. We dug up the top 20 flower searches along with their traditional meanings.

We’re curious about what you’ll be sending to your sweetheart. And if it’s not too much to ask, can you please help us attach meanings to the three mysterious blooms sprouting in our top 20…

1. Rose (Love)
2. Orchid (A Belle)
3. Iris (My Compliments)
4. Calla Lily (?)
5. Sunflower (Pure thoughts)
6. Amaryllis (Splendid beauty)
7. Tulip (Declaration of love)
8. Carnation (Pride and beauty)
9. Hydrangea (Heartfelt)
10. Bird of Paradise (Joyfulness)
11. Chrysanthemum (Fidelity)
12. Daffodil (Chivalry)
13. Tiger Lily (I dare you to love me)
14. Anthurium (Hospitality)
15. Peony (Bashful)
16. Lilac (Youthful innocence)
17. Gerbera Daisy (?)
18. Anemone (Anticipation)
19. Aster (Patience)
20. Stargazer Lily (?)



1.) Any jewelry in a ring box, that is not a ring (however this could be entertaining)


3.) Eye cream (just because you can see her crow’s feet does not mean she needs to)

4.) V-Day does NOT stand for Viagra

5.) ANY facebook gift (seriously)

6.) Lingerie that is too big up top…too small at the bottom (do I really need to explain?)

7.) Gym memberships

8.) Work out videos (I DON’T CARE WHAT THAT MAGAZINE AD SAYS!!!)

9.) ANYTHING CHEAP..if cheap, don’t do it. Cause you know what? NO MATTER IS SAID…IT IS NOT JUST THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!!!

10.) An I.O.U.

How to say ‘I love you’ in 25 languages….
I Love You
Te Amo
Je T’aime
lch Liebe Dich
Ai Shite Imasu
Ti Amo
Wo Ai Ni
Jag Alskar
North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, parts of Florida
Nice Ass, Get in the truck

The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire.  In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to Honor Juno.  Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses.  The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage.  The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate.  However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing.  On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars.  Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose.  Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns.  Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues.  He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families.  As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome.  The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II.  He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.  He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270.  At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honor of a heathen god.  On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavored to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens.  And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feast. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Valentine.  I lived in Rome during the third century.  That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius.  I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.
Claudius wanted to have a big army.  He expected men to volunteer to join.  Many men just did not want to fight in wars.  They did not want to leave their wives and families.  As you might have guessed, not many men signed up.  This made Claudius furious.  So what happened? He had a crazy idea.  He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army.  So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages.  Young people thought his new law was cruel.  I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law!
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favorite activities was to marry couples.  Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course.  It was really quite exciting.  Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself.  We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps.  It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time.  I was caught.  (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful.  And do you know what? Wonderful things happened.  Many young people came to the jail to visit me.  They threw flowers and notes up to my window.  They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.

One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard.  Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell.  Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours.  She helped me to keep my spirits up.  She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages.  On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty.  I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day.  It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D.  Now, every year on this day, people remember.  But most importantly, they think about love and friendship.  And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!

Are you Sending candy Hearts?

Be careful of what you send to a loved one…


NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif.  — A 12-year-old girl says she found a naughty adult message on a piece of kids Valentine’s Day candy.


“I thought it was kind of shocking,” said the girl, Ciara Bush. “I was reading them, and I brought it to my mom after I saw it.”


Her parents were stunned at what they saw.


“Nice T—,” said Derrick Deanda, reading the reference to a woman’s breasts printed on the small piece of candy.


The candy came from a pack of conversation hearts Deanda said he bought at a discount store in North Highlands, Calif.


He said he was shocked when his daughter discovered the naughty message after she opened the bag of candy.


He e-mailed the candy maker and said he got a quick response. A phone call came the next day asking him to mail the candy and the entire bag back to the company so it could investigate.


While he was shocked, Deanda said he doesn’t have any plans to sue. He just wanted to warn other parents.


“I wanted to bring it to everybody’s attention,” Deanda said. “Watch what you get.”


Wonder where those things come from?

A short and sweet history of conversation hearts

Originally called ‘motto hearts,’ nothing welcomes Cupid like these treats


Many of the original sayings, like “Be Good,” “Be True” and “Kiss Me,” are still printed, but NECCO began to update its lexicon in the late ’90s with hearts that said “Call Me,” “Fax Me” and “Email Me.”


“Be Mine.” “Kiss Me.” “Sweet Talk.” Nothing signals Cupid’s arrival quite like conversation hearts. This year, thanks to the landslide results of an online survey in which the candy’s manufacturer solicited suggestions for new messages, one in 80 candy hearts will say, “Tweet Me.”


Isn’t that modern. But did you know just how vintage these 144-year-old candy hearts are?


We’ll give you a short (and sweet) history lesson: The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) debuted their Sweethearts Conversation Hearts in the 1800s. Originally called “motto hearts,” their precursor was a trendy fortune cookie-like treat sold during the Civil War called a “cockle,” which had printed phrases rolled up inside its scallop-shaped shell. Printing words directly on the candy was the bright idea of Daniel Chase, the brother of NECCO’s founder. He also invented the machine that both pressed red vegetable coloring on the candy dough and cut the shapes. The new candies were a hit, especially wedding-day versions with sayings like: “Married in Pink, He will take to drink,” and “Married in white, You have chosen right.” At the turn of the last century, NECCO “Conversation Mottos” were even produced in shapes like watches, horseshoes, and baseballs.


Many of the original sayings, like “Be Good,” “Be True,” and “Kiss Me,” are still printed, but NECCO began to update its lexicon in the late ’90s with hearts that said “Call Me,” “Fax Me,” and “Email Me.” Last year’s new phrases were all food related, from “Recipe 4 Love,” to “Top Chef.” And while it used to be impossible to find the candy hearts during any other time of the year, in March of 2009 NECCO produced “Twilight”-themed candy hearts, with sayings like “I heart EC,” “Lion and Lamb,” “Bite Me,” “Dazzle” and “Live 4 Ever.”


NECCO manufactures eight billion Sweethearts per year and approximately 100,000 pounds of candy hearts are sold each day during the six-week period between January 1 and Valentine’s Day.


If you’d like to personalize your own candy hearts, but don’t want to purchase a full production run (approximately 1.6 million individual hearts), take inspiration from the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. With a Microplane and rubber stamp kit, the possibilities are endless.


If that’s a little too crafty for your taste, type your phrase into the Acme Heart Maker for a virtual conversation heart. What can you do with virtual candy? If you can’t eat it, at least you can tweet it.


Don’t have a “Valentine” here is an open love letter we get daily…


So stay warm this weekend with the one you love, care for, or just who’s company you enjoy. OR JUST GET SOME JUNK FOOD, ICE CREAM, AND A BLANKET! Cause it will be cold this weekend!


Hey Al Gore, in case you were unaware…Snow Coverage for January was the 6th highest of all time, with 69.7% of the country UNDER SNOW! We had the coolest January since 1994 (the year I got frost bite!)


The winter is still grueling and biting but there is hope…PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT NEXT WEEK!!!



Tee Jay’s and White Castle are offering their annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. Nothing says “I love you enough to smell your farts like a Barn Yard Buster, or a few sliders!”


Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Franklin Park Conservatory 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203Venue Phone: 614-645-8733Phone: 614-645-8733

Enjoy delicious wine and chocolate pairings while strolling through the warm, tropical Franklin Park Conservatory under dramatic and romantic evening lighting. Three pairings are offered for $11, which includes admission to the Conservatory’s plant and Chihuly collections, as well as the Orchid Forest exhibition. Additional pairings are available for individual purchase.


Please note: Menu details and prices listed below are subject to change. Except where noted, details pertain to February 14. Prices do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity unless otherwise stated. Need contact info? Well “Sparky” I am only giving ideers, you have to do SOME WORK!

Barcelona Restaurant & Bar

We will be offering our regular dinner menu along with special entrees created just for Valentine’s Day.

Most Romantic Dish: Tapas and Paella shared


Bel Lago Waterfront Bistro

Bel-Lago will be serving our full menu plus a few Valentine’s Day Specials.

Most Romantic Dish: Surf and Turf


Buca di Beppo – Columbus and Worthington

Love means never having to say you’re still hungry. Share the love (and your meal) with your sweetheart at Buca di Beppo. Full menu is available on Valentine’s Day.



Cameron’s American Bistro

In addition to our regular menu, we are featuring an outstanding Valentine’s Day Three Course Menu, with optional mixed tequila drink pairings! Available Feb. 11th – 14th.

Most Romantic Dish: Achiote Duck with Sunset Margarita


Cap City Fine Diner & Bar – Gahanna and Grandview

Offering our regular menu.


G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar

Offering our regular menu.


Lemongrass Fusion Bistro

Offering our regular menu.

Most Romantic Dish: The Cupid Special for Two



Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Lindey’s! Voted Best Restaurant in Columbus by 614 magazine & CEO magazine. Three Course Tasting Menu $49.95 per person.

Most Romantic Dish: Lindey’s Post Mortem (For all the Papparazzi this is where I will be, please not cameras!)



Join us for a special Valentine’s Day meal!


Marcella’s Short North and Polaris

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day meal!


Martini Modern Italian

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day meal!


McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Columbus

Join Us Valentine’s Day Weekend Feb 11th-14th and let us handle all the details! Ask about ordering flowers, custom menu messages and more when you make your reservation.


Mezzo Italian Kitchen and Wine

Join Mezzo for Valentine’s Day and enjoy a chef created 3 course meal for $32 per person. We will also be offering various wine pairings to accompany your dinner!


Mitchell’s Ocean Club – Easton Town Center

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day meal!


Mitchell’s Steakhouse – Columbus Polaris

Offering our regular menu.


Molly Woo’s

Offering our regular menu.


The Oak Room at the Granville Inn

On Friday 2/11, Saturday 2/12 & Monday 2/14 we will be offering our guests the option of a 4 course prix fixe menu or a limited selection of our dinner menu.

Most Romantic Dish: Truffles au Chocolat de L’amour


Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Columbus

Valentine’s Day will be more memorable than ever when you bring that someone special to Ruth’s Chris and order a mouthwatering Filet and Lobster tail for just $44.95.


Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse – Columbus

Have a Valentine’s Day that Sizzles. Featuring Creative Dinner Specials Feb. 10 thru 14.

Most Romantic Dish: Filet & Lobster for Two


Sushi Rock – Columbus

Join us for “Wine & Dine Your Valentine” Dinner for Two only $75. Complimentary Rose & Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Most Romantic Dish: Filet Mignon or Blackened Salmon


Thai Orchid

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day meal!

Tucci’s California Bistro

Tucci’s will be offering two special 4 course packaged menus with a wide array of chef driven selections for $45 or $55.


Z Cucina di spirito

We will be serving a blend of our current seasonal menu in addition to many unique items prepared especially for Valentine’s Day.




Find Love at the Park—It’s Just Lunch and Martini Park, the self-proclaimed “playground for grownups,” are co-hosting a singles mixer for busy professionals. Wolf down hors d’oeuvres and special Valentine’s Day-themed martinis while you look for someone to love, at least for the night. RSVPs are due today; e-mail 7 p.m. Saturday at 4040 Easton Station. 614-457-0004 or


Broken Hearts Masquerade Ball—Skully’s hosts the fourth annual single-hipster dance ball, billed as “a jaded romantic’s dance party.” DJ Broken Boy, Kevy Kev and special guest Mike Dangers will provide the soundtrack. Plain black masks will be provided at the door, but unique masks are encouraged. 1151 N. High St. $5, $8 under 21. 614-291-8856 or


Park Lanes in Heath Ohio on Saturday will feature two comedians — Bill Boronkay, a five-time, Emmy Award winning sportscaster turned comedian, and headliner “ChainSaw” Mike Hessman. The emcee for the show is Larry Ramey, founding member of Midwest Comedy Tool & Die Improvisational Comedy Troupe and a singer/songwriter.


Enjoy dinner in Heath. Couples, families and friends will enjoy the Candlelight and Roses dinner Saturday at the Davis Shai House in Heath. A six-course meal complete with wine and champagne is planned. It will be accompanied by a strolling violinist serenading in the elegant dining room. Reservations and prepayment are required.



Breakfast at Tiffany’s—Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, a glamorous neurotic who lives off the gifts of gentlemen, in Blake Edwards’s 1961 romantic comedy. Special Valentine’s weekend screenings are planned at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St. All female guests will receive a complementary gift chocolate, and one will receive a sterling silver heart pendant. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door. 614-231-1050 or


Ohio Village Candlelit Dinner—The 35th annual V-Day event for history buffs offers costumed “interpreters,” a romantic dinner for two, melodies on the violin and dulcimer, handmade valentines and a performance by the Ohio Village Singers. Remember: Dinner by candlelight is way more romantic than dinner by the glow of the History Channel. Saturday and Sunday at 1982 Velma Ave. 614-297-2266 or





Cirque De Soleil at The Schott (more info in TO DO)

Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park & Resort offers some of the best Ohio water park deals and specials around!  Book your stay at one of the most family friendly hotels in Columbus, Ohio and get a great money saving deal!


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4 Two Day Waterpark Passes

One Night Hotel Accomodations

2-$5 Arcade Cash Vouchers

2 Fort Rapids T-Shirts to Paint

1 Large Pizza & 4 Med. Sodas


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Kids Suites starting at $219+tax per night


Local Love from above?

Enjoy drinks and a dinner buffet with your sweetheart…before taking an airplane ride around Columbus! Feast on a three-course barbecue meal at JP’s Barbecue Ribs & Chicken. JP’s sets up tents on the small airport with outdoor heat lamps and dancefloors, so you can go right from party to plane. The night also includes dancing and champagne toasts. $159 per couple for party and plane ride, $79.50 per couple, party only.


The Naked Truth—Poking fun at love, sex and relationships, the Shadowbox Live crowd offers a special Valentine’s show with an upscale dinner banquet with appetizers, beef tenderloin, herb-stuffed chicken, desserts and roses for the ladies. This is a one-off, so get your tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday show now. 164 Easton Town Center. $120. 614-416-7625 or


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Brutus

Ohio State’s Brutus Buckeye will be delivering Valentine’s Day surprises this February as part of the Brutus Gram program.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Brutus Buckeye will be delivering Valentine’s Day surprises this February as part of the Brutus Gram program. The service will include a Valentine’s Day card, rose, picture with Brutus, and heart-shaped box of buckeyes.


Brutus Grams will be delivered Feb. 1 through Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), and all orders must be placed by Feb. 9. Deliveries start at $200, grams 10 miles outside of Interstate Highway 270 are $275, and guaranteed Valentine’s Day deliveries are $500. A portion of the proceeds from the program will benefit the Brutus Scholarship Fund.



Local YMCA’s are offering child services while mom & dad, or mom & her “friend” or dad and “that one lady who he just gave money to” go out for the evening.


It’s Just Lunch—In its 19th year, with more than 10,000 marriages to its credit, It’s Just Lunch, a dating service for the busy, on-the-go professional, is offering a Valentine’s special for new clients. All you busybody insurance execs and heads of industry take note. Just take our advice—when you score a date for Saturday night, leave your Blackberry at home. 614-457-0004 or



Stay humble! Many times people think they know everything just to find out that they know nothing. Never act so smart that you end up feeling dumb. The Bible says that you can learn from an ant. Remember, the answers that I am looking for are usually right in my face. Slow down, you probably zoomed right past your blessing! ~Rex Crain



NO MATTER WHAT THE ROAD HAS BEEN…IT IS LEADING ALL OF US SOMEWHERE (This is the first song I played when I found out my Grandmother died, but I still don’t like these 3 guys!)

…song kinda haunts me

…Never thought today (or Monday) would mean anything

Appropriate for this weekend…plus it is a decent song




WHY can we not treat those we care about the same daily? Why is it only on Birthdays, Christmas, V-Day etc? AND WHY do I dislike all these days?





Ok we know I am not a HUGE fan of little kids, and I really didn’t see any humor or even like the VW “Darth Vader” Super Bowl Commercial. That was until I learned the background on the little guy. He is battling a Heart Defect/Disease, and actually is kinda a cure lil kid…looks a lot like me when I was little but not nearly as fat…he even looks like a young (Star Wars tie in) Mark Hamill. I give big props to anyone fighting a disease…especially a little person! May The Force be with you!


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 – It’s time to “Dine to Donate” again. Help raise funds for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House all day at any Central Ohio area Applebee’s location. Attached is a flyer. Print the flyer, take it with you to the restaurant and present it to the server, and 10% of your bill will be donated to our charity! Please don’t forget the flyer. The more you eat, the more money we raise.

Please share this opportunity with your friends, family, and co-workers and send them in with a photocopy of this flyer. Print out as many copies as you like and hand them out. Promotion is good for dine in and carryout orders. Have fun, and thanks so much for your support!


If you don’t have someone this year…how about spending those dollars you would have to help a young heart

In this season of love, you can make a difference in the life of a seriously ill child by giving to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.


Your Valentine’s Day gift of $100 will provide a family with five nights of rest at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, directly across the street from their child’s hospital bed. You will help provide a family with a comfortable bed, home cooked meals, and a sense of comfort and support.  And most of all, you will allow them to be there for their children when they need it most. Give the gift of love.



Mail your donation to RMHC of Central Ohio, 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43205. Please show love to these seriously ill children this Valentine’s Day by providing them the family time they need.




I have been getting some GREAT DEALS, find out how you can as well-IT IS FREE!




Upgrade Your Life: Reasons to hold off on the Verizon iPhone


Millions of iPhone users annoyed by the dropped calls and spotty data connections on AT&T have been waiting patiently for a Verizon iPhone—and after years of rumors and endless hype, it’s finally here. You may want to think twice before trading in your AT&T iPhone for one from Verizon Wireless, however.


1. Will Verizon’s network handle the iPhone onslaught?

As Becky points out, perhaps the main reason that so many iPhone users on AT&T are dying to jump to Verizon is that they’re sick of so many dropped calls—and indeed, a Consumer Reports customer satisfaction survey from late last year put AT&T in last place thanks to its shoddy call quality. Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, ranked No.

2 for customer satisfaction in the Consumer Reports survey, right behind regional carrier U.S. Cellular.


So, case closed? Well, not quite. What’ll happen once all those new Verizon iPhone users—up to nine million this year, according to a recent estimate—start making calls and firing up data-hungry apps? Might Verizon’s much-heralded network buckle under the strain, just as AT&T’s did?


Good question. For its part, Verizon has stressed that it already handles a slew of data-intensive Android smartphones, and that the carrier wouldn’t “offer devices our network is not prepared to support.” But wireless analysts have warned the Los Angeles Times that Verizon’s network may not “be the panacea that a lot of consumers are expecting” after the expected “flood of customers” materializes. Verizon already appears to be hedging its bets, recently announcing that it will slow down (or “throttle”) data speeds for the small percentage of smartphone users who consumer an “extraordinary” amount of data.


In any case, we won’t know for sure how the iPhone will impact Verizon’s network until those millions of new

iPhone users start activating their handsets—and that’s a good reason for taking a wait-and-see attitude, Becky suggests.


2. Making calls around the world

While AT&T and Verizon Wireless are both in the cellular business, they each use different, incompatible network technologies: GSM for AT&T, CDMA for Verizon. Besides the technical differences between the two networks (such as the fact that GSM phones use SIM cards, while CDMA handsets don’t), there’s the practical matter of coverage. While CDMA networks are prevalent in North America and Asia, GSM rules the roost almost everyone else, especially in Europe.


While Verizon offers a few dual-mode GSM/CDMA “world phones” (such as the Motorola Droid Pro) that’ll works just about anywhere, the Verizon iPhone is a CDMA-only model that operates in just 40-odd countries, versus more than 200 for AT&T’s GSM-based iPhone.


Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from using the iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection while you’re overseas for e-mail or Skype calls, provided there’s a trustworthy Wi-Fi network in range. But if you’re a globe-trotting, iPhone-toting jet-setter who needs to make frequent calls, you might be better off sticking with AT&T, Becky says—or waiting until Verizon offers a “world phone” version of the iPhone.


3. Speedy 3G data

Sure, we’ve all seen those Verizon 3G coverage maps that show the U.S. bathed in a dramatic swath of red, versus a spotty blue patchwork for AT&T’s national 3G coverage. But while Verizon may snare the brass ring in terms of coverage, AT&T has been turning heads with the sheer speed of its 3G network.


In the 2010 edition of its annual test of wireless data networks, PC World crowned AT&T and its HSPA-powered network the winner with an average download speed of 1.4Mbps, versus 877 Kbps for Verizon. Meanwhile, early reviewers of the Verizon iPhone have remarked that AT&T’s 3G data speeds are a good 40 percent (or more) faster than Verizon’s. (Of course, that’s assuming you can get a decent AT&T signal.)


All that could change once there’s an iPhone that supports Verizon’s speedy, just-launched 4G LTE network, which boasts blistering download speeds between 5Mbps and 12Mbps—and that’s another good reason to wait, Becky notes.


4. Chatting and surfing at the same time

Another downside to CDMA compared to GSM is that CDMA technology doesn’t allow for simultaneous voice and data calls—meaning that if you’re surfing away on your Verizon iPhone over 3G, you’ll have to put the Web or any data-enabled apps on hold until you hang up. That’s opposed to AT&T’s GSM network, which does allow for voice calls and data use at the same time.


Of course, Verizon’s new 4G LTE network will let you talk and surf simultaneously—but for now, the Verizon iPhone doesn’t support LTE. All the more reason to cool your heels, Becky says.


5. The iPhone 5, coming soon?

Neither Apple nor Verizon will say anything official about the new iPhone that’s surely around the corner. Given that Apple has announced its latest and greatest iPhone models every summer for three years running, however, it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing the iPhone 5—or whatever it ends up being called—in June or July, just a few months from now.


The latest rumors point toward a dual-core processor for the new iPhone, similar to the latest dual-core, Android-powered speed demons that are starting to hit the market. There’s also chatter that the next iPhone might be a dual-mode CDMA/GSM “world phone.” And who knows—the next iPhone might even arrive with support for Verizon’s ballyhooed 4G LTE network.


Of course, it’s always possible that AT&T and Verizon are on different iPhone cycles, meaning that AT&T will get a new iPhone in June/July while Verizon customers will have to wait until next February, a year after the arrival of the first Verizon iPhone.



In any case, says Becky, there’s a decent chance that Verizon’s new iPhone 4 will be outdated just a few months from now—a good reason, perhaps, to wait until summer to see what Apple has on tap.



This is kinda cool!



TERRY TDADDY THERIAULT 1955-2011. It is with GREAT SADNESS that the music community lost one of the BIGGEST ROCK STARS who never was even on stage. T-Daddy was an AMAZING person, and always had a smile (even while he was fighting cancer-a fight that many did not know…because of his constant smile). One night stage right…he changed my life



The Super Bowl Commercials are always almost as inticipated as the Game itself.

I had a few favorites,

1.)  VW Kid-only after I found out back story

2.)  Doritoes-Licking Finger


4.)  Merceedes Benz-Kenny G

5.)  Budweiser-Dogs

What were yours?

Relive them here:



Black Eyed Peas Vs. Tron: A Super Bowl Contest No One Wins

As it turns out, there are far, far duller ways to pass the time at a half-time show than counting the wrinkles on classic rockers. Like counting the times in just the past few months we’ve seen the Black Eyed Peas on television doing pretty much this same schtick they did at the Super Bowl. If you want to make sure you have the least anticipated Bowl half-time in modern history, a sure bet is to book a group that would show up to play a supermarket ribbon-cutting.

We all know why this happened. The Super Bowl’s producers spent the last few years trying to avoid any chance of another wardrobe malfunction, after the Janet ‘n’ Justin fracas, resulting in a succession of post-50 superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and the Who. But the Bowl honchos were apparently susceptible to the criticism that this made them appear old and out of touch. So when they reversed that trend and booked the Black Eyed Peas this year, it was clear they were out to court the youth audience and avoid age malfunction.

But there might not have been this uneventful a Bowl intermission since the Up With People era of no-name half-time shows. Come back, AARP-rockers… all is forgiven.

What could the Peas possibly do that we hadn’t already burned out on? Bring out the Tron dancers, as it turns out. If you felt likeTron Legacy missed a bet by not having Jeff Bridges lead a war platoon’s worth of boogying hoofers at the climax, Super Bowl XLVmade up for that missed opportunity.

Also, Usher did the splits. We can only imagine the legions of seamstresses employed to make sure those pants could survive nuclear fission.

Otherwise, it was been there, seen-and-heard that. Special guest star Slash, playing lead guitar while Fergie sang “Sweet Child of Mine”? That was a yawner back when they did it on the U2 tour a couple of pop eons ago. Dancers with boxes on their heads? That conceptual gambit isn’t any fresher now than it was when the Peas brought out the box-heads on multiple TV appearances last fall.

The live-or-Memorex questions that typically fly after a halftime show were rendered moot here. The Peas’ hits usually involve more shouting than singing, anyway, so staying on pitch was not going to pose many problems except in a handful of Fergie moments. When sings nowadays, it’s through the most blatantly distorted AutoTune in the first place, so the real question is how faithfully his vocals’ robotic nature could be replicated just as robotically. Usher’s singing was clearly less live when he came out to perform “Oh My God,” but the camera angles made it tough to tell if he was even pretending to sing, before he pulled off the leap-and-spread stunt that was his cameo appearance’s sole raison d’etre.

Still, the cast of seeming thousands on the field was more fun to watch than the usual fake fans brought in to cheer the oldies acts. Initially appearing all in white, they appeared like the universe’s most enthusiastic cult, before scattering across the field like schools of fish and switching on their Christmas lights.

It all seemed like a commercial for something, following directly on the heels of an ad for a product having to do with “the cloud” that featured animated versions of the BEPs. But what were they selling? Was it “love”? (Or “LOIE,” as the lighted platforms seemed to spell it out, possibly due to a short-out from one of those dancing black lights?)

As Steve Martin tweeted after halftime: “I learned so much about love during the halftime show. And then at the end when it said, ‘The Beginning,’ I thought ‘Wow.’ Just. Wow.”

Ah yes—in lieu of the obvious soda deal, this was all a commercial for The Beginning, the BEPs album that currently sits at No. 26 on the sales chart, after just nine weeks of release. That’s right: This week, the Black Eyed Peas are less popular than the Black Keys (see: chart position No. 20).

Way to anticipate that youthful zeitgeist, Super Bowl producers! For 2012, we can only hope for P. Diddy and some swing-dancing Star Wars stormtroopers.


‘On River Road’ Victoria Endicott


This book is written and based along the banks of the Olentangy River

Five teenagers face one tragic night. Pulling together, in the midst of a terrifying auto wreck that leaves them stranded in rural darkness. Helpless, trying everything in their power to survive, hoping to be found, before it’s too late. One girl’s journey toward healing – through therapy, love and faith – is filled with unimaginable challenges, as


Chelsie questions her beliefs and her perception of reality. Chelsie begins to heal, and her feelings are changing – torn between the love she feels for her boyfriend and the friendship with a boy who would do anything for her. Loyalty may not be enough for their relationship to survive.


“This book is a work of fiction. It is inspired by a traumatic experience my friends and I faced when we were teenagers. It has been both difficult and rewarding to write.”



Ohio House to birth ‘Heartbeat’ bill, as DC House midwives 3 abortion bills


Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, a fiscal and social conservative from northwest Ohio who is the new Chairman of the House

Health Committee, is the sponsor the controversial “Heartbeat” bill, that backers hope will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court, where opponents say it will be ruled unconstitutional of it ever gets there.


The bill, both supported and opposed by pro-life advocates, will protect unborn babies from abortion once their hearts have begun to beat.


Janet Porter, the former Legislative Director of Ohio Right to Life who is now President of Faith2Action, the major mover behind the bill, said, “It’s pretty simple…If you can hear the baby’s heartbeat, then that child is protected by law,” the Kentucky Post reported.


Rep. Wachtmann said, “Science has already given us a yardstick to determine if someone is alive–a beating heart.”


The former two-term state senator added, “We just want to see that measurement applied evenly.” He said the bill calls for an end to discrimination and the protection of every human being with a beating heart, “no matter their age.”


But another pro-life group, Ohio Right to Life, won’t back the bill because it agrees with pro-choice opponents, that the bill won’t stand up in court.


Ohio Right to Life’s (ORTL) executive director,  Mike Gonidakis, said the bill won’t withstand a court challenge.


“Despite noble aspirations, there is no scenario under which the heartbeat legislation will be upheld by any court and therefore no lives will be saved by passage of this bill,” he said, according to published reports. “Our goal is to protect the lives we can now and that is why we introduced the late-term ban.”


ORTL is more hopeful for other anti-abortion bills, like one that imposes a ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother or the irreversible impairment of a major body function.


On the opposite side of the abortion issues, Becki Brenner, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood’s Southwest Ohio Region, agreed with Gonidakis’ assessment of the bill’s future viability. “It won’t pass Constitutional review because it goes against Roe vs. Wade,” Brenner told Tom McKee of WCPO Channel 9.


With the Ohio House and Senate and governor’s office controlled by Republicans, and with a U.S. Supreme Court that leans right by one vote, some warriors in the abortion battle think now is actually the right time for this and related bills.


Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, said, “Roe vs. Wade is the deadliest Supreme Court decision that has ever happened” and that Republican legislative gains in Columbus and Washington make this a good time to push forward with the new proposal.


“The goal for the legislative strategy is to have something that would get through committee, get out, would be declared unconstitutional and make it up through the courts to the Supreme Court,” Westwood told McKee. She added, “The Supreme Court cannot review Roe vs. Wade unless it has a case to challenge it.”


While Wachtmann’s bill focuses the spotlight on Ohio, GOP House members in Washington are introducing their bills related to abortion.


Among the top 20 closely watched bills introduced to date in the U.S. House of Representatives are the following three:

H.R.3 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.

H.R.212 – Sanctity of Human Life Act – To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.

H.R.358 – Protect Life Act – To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act.

The “Heartbeat” bill would ban abortion as early as 18 to 24 days after conception. , isn’t supported by the Ohio Right to Life Society.


This what my buddy Larry Bogan and his Billy Bad A** crew are doing overseas!!! Hoo-Rah!

Ohio blazes trail in Iraq: First National Guard unit entrusted with C-RAM mission

The Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar weapon system performs a test fire Jan. 27, 2011, at Camp Victory, Iraq. C-RAMs are placed on U.S. forward operating bases throughout Iraq to provide early warning and protect service members and civilians from indirect fire.


The Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar weapon system mission has been an active-duty mission: Joint Task Force 1st Battalion, 174th C-RAM employs the first National Guard Battalion in Iraq to assume the C-RAM responsibilities.


“This is one of the proudest moments of my life, being in command of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, and one of the key members of the first National Guard battalion-sized units to be entrusted with the C-RAM mission” said Army Capt. Lawrence Bogan, commander, HHB, JTF 1-174th C-RAM.


The 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment is an Ohio National Guard unit based in Woodlawn, a suburb of Cincinnati.


“I didn’t know this was the capacity that I would be doing it in, but helping people and saving lives is exactly what we were meant to do,” Bogan said. “We are proud to be a part of this task force, represent the 174th ADA Brigade and our great state of Ohio for the opportunity to perform this C-RAM mission – very proud.”


An insurgent spends days scouting the spot. He moves at night so his actions are cloaked by darkness. He emplaces the payload he has spent countless hours preparing. Everything is in place. He lights the mortar – directed right at a U.S. military forward operating base.


As the rocket or mortar hurdles towards the compound, a C-RAM weapon system sounds the early warning and lights up the sky. Within seconds, the mortar is destroyed. The insurgent won’t be taking any lives tonight – not on the watch of JTF 1-174th C-RAM.


Army and Navy personnel with JTF 1-174th C-RAM, United States Forces – Iraq operate and maintain multiple C-RAM systems across Iraq, ensuring the safety of service members 24 hours a day.


The C-RAM, a land-based version of the Phalanx weapon system equipped on Navy ships to protect vessels from incoming missiles, was first used in 2005 in Iraq.


The Army has adopted the technology and is now using the same idea to protect U.S. bases from threats lobbed over the walls.


“We (have) 20-millimeter rounds that we will fire at a rapid rate in a pretty significant quantity,” Bogan explained. “We provide an early warning to alert of incoming indirect fire and then engage, basically shooting down a bullet with another bullet.”


When the C-RAM fires it can be heard miles out, and when standing next to it one can feel the ground rumble underfoot. But before the 20 mm rounds can intercept the indirect fire, Soldiers and Sailors must take certain measurements, in a quick amount of time, to ensure lives are saved on the base.


“When we get a confirmation of an incoming round, that’s when we go into our engagement battle drill,” said Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Osner, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the engagement operations cell.


“We have to confirm the air space is clear. Once the air space is clear, we send the order to send-fire permit. The gun will track and then the gun will engage. Simultaneously, the warning system will send out the ‘incoming call’ to [speakers] near the projected point of impact.”


Osner said in the beginning, the job was slow, scary and resulted in quite the adrenaline rush.


“Being able to shoot something down out of the air, with all the technology and gun systems that we have is awesome,” he said


It’s an awesome feeling that two years ago he didn’t even know he would experience.


Around January 2009, Task Force 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment initially received orders to deploy to the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.


The mission required them to work with the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System and to train on the Avenger missile system, the weapon system the unit is qualified to operate.


Then the change of orders came: In September 2009, the unit received orders to deploy to Iraq to work with the C-RAM weapon system.


“The first question we all asked was, ‘What is C-RAM?’,” said Army Lt. Col. Greg Gustafan, commander of JTF 1-174th C-RAM. “That’s not an air defense weapon system that any of us have worked with.”


The JTF, Navy counterparts included, trained for 90-days at Fort Sill, Okla., to learn the C-RAM’s capabilities.


Bogan said the transition from Avenger to C-RAM was challenging because it’s a completely different weapon system and they have to coordinate with different organizational assets. With the Avenger mission, they would go on their own and perform their mission solo.


Bogan said the Soldiers have adapted well to the change on all levels throughout the training process.


“Everyone, from the moment we have started this, has taken it very seriously and that has been the piece that has made us the most [successful],” he said. “Everyone has paid very close attention and they have executed flawlessly to this point.”


A Gatling gun is not the only element of the C-RAM system, which is referred to as a “system of systems.”


Collectively, the C-RAM is made up of multiple computer and radar systems working together, which connect to the early warning system.


All of those “brains” are tied into the muscle of the machine – the Gatling gun itself. Each system has redundant capability to ensure the overall system is running at all times.


“You have off-the-shelf radar the Army uses in field artillery … designed to pick up rockets and mortars launched at ground level,” Gustafan said.


“These, in conjunction with our Air Defense radar systems, allow us to cover the entire third dimension; from very high altitude to the trajectory more common to rockets and mortars at lower launch elevations.”


The computer systems can determine the trajectory of the round and predict where it will be at a certain point of the sky and from there, the radars and the Phalanx gun go to work, tracking the round and determining the most effective firing solution, Gustafan said.


The radar, however, picks up more than just rockets, artillery and mortars launched at the base. It detects anything in the sky, which includes helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, blast fragmentation from other sources and gunfire, Gustafan said.


“So what those [radar] operators have to do is be able to discriminate between [what] is on the screen and see what may meet the ballistic criteria to be a potential threat,” he said.


Or in this case…Dog of week?

The bulldog is moving up fast, but the Labrador retriever still rules at No. 1

You might not be able to tell by the lugubrious expression on his deeply jowled mug, and you’d have to look very closely to see his stubby tail wag, but the venerable bulldog has something to celebrate this year.
The breed, which has shed its ancient connection to the savage sport of bull-baiting in favor of a gentler reputation as a family-friendly companion, is moving up the charts on the American Kennel Club’s annual list of most popular dogs. In fact, it’s No. 6 with a … bulldog.

But fans of the Labrador retriever need have no fear: Based on registration figures compiled by the AKC, the beloved Lab remains the champ in the annual list of most popular dogs, thanks to its well-earned reputation for playfulness and loyalty and its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog.

The AKC compiles the list based on the number of dogs registered each year with the AKC, said Christina Duffney, director of public relations for the AKC.

Breeders of pedigree dogs provide their new owners with papers, and the owners file those papers with the American Kennel Club.

The bulldog knocked the boxer, a perennial favorite, out of the No. 6 spot on the 2010 list, the best showing the breed has had in 100 years. The boxer is now the seventh-most popular breed.

And that’s not the only surprise on this year’s Top 10 list, according to the AKC. After nipping at the heels of the golden retrievers last year, beagles have now taken away the No. 4 slot on the list. The goldens now slip to No. 5.

German shepherds, long the benchmark for reliable and even-tempered work dogs, retain the No. 2 spot, while the tiny Yorkshire terrier, a favorite therapy dog in nursing homes and hospitals because of its loving and sometimes exuberant personality, is listed as the third-most popular breed in the country.

The No. 8 spot is still held by the dachshund. The familiar “hot dog” breed comes in three varieties — smooth, wire-haired and long-haired — and two sizes, miniature and standard.

Poodles, also available in three sizes, keep the No. 9 spot. The standard poodle is the oldest version of the breed; the miniature may have been used for truffle hunting, and the toy was often employed in circuses. Today, the breed’s main jobs are water retriever and companion.

Rounding out the list at No. 10 is the Shih Tzu. The long-haired, short-legged and flat-faced favorite may be small, but it is courageous; in fact, its name means “lion.




“19% of kids age 2 to 5 can operate a smartphone app yet only 9% can tie their shoes.”-Tony Robbins



‘Dating’ site imports 250,000 Facebook profiles without permission launched this week with profiles scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages.

How does an unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?


You scrape data from Facebook.

At least, that’s the approach taken by two provocateurs who launched this week, with profiles — names, locations and photos — scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these unwitting volunteers into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who is “easy going,” “smug” or “sly.”

Or you can just search on people’s real names.

The duo behind the site say it’s art, not commerce.

In what seems to be liberal-arts-grad-schoolese, Paolo Cirio, a media artist, and Alessandro Ludovic, media critic and editor-in-chief of Neural magazine, explain why they made the site.

“Facebook, an endlessly cool place for so many people, becomes at the same time a goldmine for identity theft and dating — unfortunately, without the user’s control. But that’s the very nature of Facebook and social media in general. If we start to play with the concepts of identity theft and dating, we should be able to unveil how fragile a virtual identity given to a proprietary platform can be.”

And the duo speculate that if people pull hard enough on that bothersome thread, Facebook’s $50 billion valuation will unravel.

Facebook, as you might expect, is not amused.

“Scraping people’s information violates our terms,” said Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s director of policy communications. “We have taken, and will continue to take, aggressive legal action against organizations that violate these terms. We’re investigating this site and will take appropriate action.”

Facebook’s terms of service require those who want to collect data from its pages to apply for permission, which Cirio and Ludovic did not do when they pulled down publicly available profile information on a million Facebook users. (They aren’t the first to scrape a million Facebook profiles.)

Cirio and Ludovic say they will take down a user’s profile, if a person asks, and the site doesn’t have any indication they are actually trying to make any money.

Instead, it’s part of a series of prank sites, the first two of which targeted Google and Amazon, intended to make people think more about data in the age of internet behemoths.

Moreover, it’s a bit funny hearing Facebook complain about scraping of personal data that is quasi-public.

Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s founder, made his name at Harvard in 2003 by scraping the names and photos of fellow classmates off school servers to feed a system called FaceMash. With the photos, Zuckerberg created a controversial system that pitted one co-ed against another, by allowing others to vote on which one was better looking.

So even if Facebook’s anticipated legal nasty gram makes its way to the duo, who seem to be based somewhere in Europe, they’ll have an excellent defense.
“I learned it by watching you, Zuck.”


In Wisconsin, the barns they are a-changin’.

For years, the famed “Favre barn” on Highway 10/45 in Winnebago County has honored former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, even after he was traded to the New York Jets and signed with Green Bay’s rival in Minnesota. It wasn’t until Favre’s successor, Aaron Rodgers,  took the team to the Super Bowl that the barn’s owner finally decided to honor the team’s new quarterback.


Last week Patti Schroeder added Rodgers’ No. 12 to the top of the barn, noting that “#12 is 3 x #4.” The barn had first read “4 ever in our ♥” during Favre’s tenure with the team, referencing Favre’s No. 4 jersey. Schroeder split the heart when Favre left the team, but kept up the tribute throughout his time with the Vikings.

Once Rodgers led Green Bay to the Super Bowl, it was time for a change. With the help of some neighbors and a 40-foot ladder, she changed the message by attaching pieces of old advertising signs from a gas station she co-owns. A reference to Favre still remains, but Schroeder says it’s clearly “Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood” now.


A win at Wisconsin could change the perception of Ohio State

Since Florida State and St. John’s exposed Duke’s mortality last month in the wake of Kyrie Irving’s toe injury, the prevailing notion among analysts has been that there isn’t a truly great team in college basketball this season.

If Ohio State wins at No. 13 Wisconsin on Saturday, isn’t it time we reconsider?

Consider for a moment what the top-ranked Buckeyes have accomplished this season in rolling to a blemish-free 24-0 record.

They throttled SEC front-runner Florida in Gainesville in November and limited Florida State to 44 points in Tallahassee two weeks later. They won their first 11 league games against an unusually deep Big Ten by an average of nearly 10 points. And they clobbered second-place Purdue by 23 points last month in their lone meeting thus far.

A win at Wisconsin should elevate Ohio State’s reputation even more because so few opposing teams have had success in Madison. Not only are the Badgers 148-11 at home in Bo Ryan’s tenure and 75-6 against in-conference foes, they also haven’t lost in 13 games at the Kohl Center so far this season.

What could give Ohio State an advantage is having six days to prepare for the Badgers’ distinctive style.

“They’re not a team you want to play on a one-day turnaround if at all possible because they’re so good and they’re so complex,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Monday on a teleconference.”The more time you have, the better with any team, but Wisconsin would definitely be one of those teams.”

One of the reasons Ohio State hasn’t received the same respect that past juggernaut teams have is because the Buckeyes aren’t loaded with surefire NBA prospects up and down their roster.

Whereas North Carolina’s 2009 team and Florida’s 2007 team both had at least three first-round draft picks in their starting lineups, Ohio State’s lone likely first-rounder is freshman big man Jared Sullinger. Nonetheless, the Tar Heels and Gators both had two losses at this point in their seasons — two more than a Buckeyes team that has surrounded Sullinger with sweet-shooting perimeter players Jon Diebler, William Buford and David Lighty.

For Ohio State to be remembered as a great team the way North Carolina or Florida are, the Buckeyes of course will have to cut down the nets in Houston this April.

That’s a possibility for Ohio State whether it wins at Wisconsin or not, but winning in Madison is a huge step toward a potential undefeated regular season and a lasting legacy.

“We’ve got a great challenge this week in Madison,” Matta said. “They’re playing great basketball, so it should be very interesting.”


Luke 6:37-38
37 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.


Confess Your Sins Via Smart Phone App

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If you’re Catholic, you’ve done it. If you’re not, you’ve seen it on TV or in the movies.

Now a confession app is on smart phones and iPads.


The app is called “Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” and it’s hailed as a sort of virtual reconciliation booth.


Users get a list of the commandments, can select their sins and get recommended prayers.


“It’s kind of trivial,” said the Rev. Vincent Haut, of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. “It’s cute and might be helpful for some people.”


Still, Haut said he’s not sold on it, even though it was created by Catholic priests, but he’s not condemning it either.


“Anything that lets people think about what’s right and what’s wrong is good,” he said.


Haut said the new program might be OK as a supplement to the sacrament, but it’s not a substitute. He said most people don’t need technology to know what’s right and wrong.


“If you’ve committed a serious sin, it’s like having an elephant in your living room. You know it’s there,” Haut said. “So I think people know what their sins are.”


The reactions of the confession app were mixed among smart phone users.


“It’s kind of dumb, actually, because I’m a Christian and I believe I can pray right to God, and I don’t need an app for it,” Jacksonville smart phone user Andy Montgomery said.


“Some people preach it one way, some preach it another, but don’t complain too much, because at least they’re preaching the Word,” smartphone user Brad Valentine added.


The $1.99 app has gained the U.S. Catholic Church’s blessing at a time when the pope is encouraging using more technology in religion. The app’s makers said it’s just a tool to prepare for the sacrament, and they said users still need to see a priest to clear their conscience.


“Take it or leave it,” Haut said. “It’s nice. It’s not going to change the world.”



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I’m Matt Sexton here’s what’s happening in Central Ohio


The Led Zepplin tribute band, Zoso plays the Newport Music Hall
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Cheech & Chong come through a haze of smoke to perform the “Get it Legal” show at The Palace Theater. I am a believer in anti drugs…but these guys DO make it a funny topic!

Roy Wood Jr., is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton


Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
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WARM UP at The Columbus Sports, Vacation & Boat Show
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Easyriders 2011 National Invitational Bike Show Finals at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The best of the best from around the world compete for top honors. Special appearances by the stars of the #1 hit TV show “Sons Of Anarchy,” and “Full Throttle Saloon.” For more info
Nuclear Cowboyz at Nationwide Arena
Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle stars the Soldiers of Havoc and the Metal Mulisha performing  gravity defying and fearless freestyle aerial feats.  For more info
Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. For more info


Sometimes a “little white lie is ok?”

‘Just Go With It,’ rated PG-13, staring:  Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Nicole Kidman. This movie is a GREAT DATE night movie, both of you can enjoy!


Channing Tatum stars in the movie YOU SHOULD MISS, ‘The Eagle,’ rated “PG-13.”

For the Littlest Valentine’s the animated comedy ‘Gnomeo & Juliet,’ rated “G.” This classic is told through the lives of the adorable (and kinda freaky) garden gnomes.

The movie every “Tween” girl will “HAVE TO SEE,” then be embarrassed about in 4 years…’ Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’
I saw this on Halloween and STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES!!! ‘Paranormal Activity II” rated “PG-13.”


GREAT STAY AT HOME DATE MOVIE, ‘Life As We Know It’ rated “PG-13,” staring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel


If you like “quirky” and not very funny comedies…’It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ is perfect for you staring  Keir Gilchrist, and Zach Galifianakis. Funny is pushing it, but “Funny” is rated “PG-13.”

Thompson Square releases “Thompson Square”

My buddy, Shooter Jennings has “Black Ribbons”
Remember it is just a day, but the hours spent with someone are what SHOULD make it special, not the jewelry, stuffed animals, or candy…but if that IS what matters-better make sure the gold digger is happy if you wanna keep her! For Wclt, T-100, your hometown country station I’m Matt Sexton


Caribbean Jerks “Caribean Idol”

Diet Coke “Capture the Flag”

Fado Great Guinness Toast

World’s toughest Cowboys Pre-Party (Pending)

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