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36 years later…


Caribbean Jerks Caribbean Idol every Wednesday (1262 East Powell Road). Every week I host, ala Ryan Seacrest (he has better hair, is a better dresser-but I AM taller!) the top singers in Central Ohio go head to head in an effort win a chance to go to next year’s ‘American Idol’ try outs. Great food, fun entertainment, and prizes for those attending OR singing! Hope to see you Wednesday

THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, MY B-Day Party with Grammy Award Winning Artist T-Pain at The Mansion (87 W Main Street). I am also bringing along DJ Legend for his Birthday, and Cock Diesel Clothing’s own DJ Nohbody. Special Appearance by DJ Bombay!  Doors: 10PM and this is an 18 and up show. Tickets are $20. For more info or to buy tixx and


Please “suggest” “like” or become a “fan” of our new “fan page” Matty Sexton on facebook. In addition to letting you know where we play, we also “break” concert news. This week we announced Brad Paisley, were the first with the Taylor Swift (venue) announcement and hinted at a few other shows coming to Columbus. It only takes seconds…


PLEASE check out the updated website (please let us know what you think?)



Spring Break is here and shorts and T-shirts are just around the corner-leading into summer swimsuits. I have a client who is ready for the beach next week, and another who is working hard and his CONFIDENCE is growing as quick as his arms! 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

GREETINGS from another year older

19 years ago this week, and on my B-Day, a man I didn’t know of gave one of THE BEST SPEECHES I HAD EVER HEARD-and still the greatest to this day. I make a point to watch every year during the Jimmy V, Coaches vs Cancer Basketball Tourney, and also on my Birthday.


Simple ways to make EVERYDAY BETTER;

1.) Laugh
2.) Think
3.) Cry

“Do all 3 things everyday, 7 days a week-that is a pretty full life”


PLEASE TAKE 11:15 MINUTES to watch Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY Speech. “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” it may change your life (if you have not seen/heard), or at the very least make your day better. Even if not a sports fan this is GREAT!


Maybe put this on in the background as you read this (if ya care). If not, might want to print this out, this mailer is kinda long (yep longer than most)-just warning ya. This is 36 years in the making and a reflection on whatever the he*l it all meant.


“Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up”-Jimmy V


SO HERE IT MY OUTLOOK ON THE LAST 36 YEARS. To some it will surprise, some pi** off, and to some confuse…but all those things, are me!
THERE IS ONE THING I AM SURE OF: “God doesn’t give you the people you want; He gives you the people you NEED… to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to make you into the person you were meant to be.”

Last Year on this day I wrote:

“So I sit here tired and a day closer to eternal dirt nap (at least I should get some sleep then). I have completed yet another trip around the sun”


It is funny how different a person can feel 365 days later with a positive attitude. For the first time in MANY YEARS I have embraced this day that has caused panic attacks in years past.

Maybe things are not perfect, maybe I don’t have everything I want, maybe there are some hardships I don’t think are fair, but ya know what? The way in which I have been handling them…makes every negative a growing experience and in turn…allows me to be in a better place, no matter how much life can suck!


Hear ’em singing Happy Birthday, Better think about the wish I made, This year gone by ain’t been a piece of cake.”


This week has been full of sweat, pain, tears, LAUGHS, and reflection. I am reflecting back on sacrifices, hard work, the good, the bad and everything in-between. In the past 36 years I tended to focus more on the negative, it was not because I am pessimistic-it is because I want to always push myself harder-faster-stronger deeper!!! The above MAY still be true, but today, I tend to label myself as a pessimistic optimist. I think there will be bad, and am always looking forward as to how to overcome and make myself a better person in the process.


“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”- William Arthur Ward


There is a joy in all situations-even the bad ones. The only thing the bad times ALSO ARE LEARNING EXPERIENCES!

Most people celebrate, drink, or hang with loved ones. This year I reflected, and got busy LIVING AND MEETING MY GOALS. I did 26.5 miles (well…I was SUPPOSED TO DO 26.1,  but in 36 years…I still can’t add), followed that up with bench pressing my weight 21 times. I am very proud that I met almost all of my goals. I weighed in at 174 (goal was 175) and at 16% body fat (goal was under 18%). I also met both goals on distance and weight. I have lost NO SIZE in my arms and only 2 inches off my chest. The only area I did not meet my goal, is a 30’ waist (came in at 33’)…but THIS IS NOT BAD! This just means I have yet another goal in life THAT I WILL MAKE (just at a later time). Next goal date is July 4th, weighing in at 160 and benching 500 (just over 3X body weight), with 14% body fat. These are superficial goals…but it is what goes along with hard work to achieve is what I am really looking forward to.


I do not have these goals for vanity, I mean let’s face it no matter how my abs look or how much I can bench…I still struggle at reaching a height of 5’5. I have these goals and many more to better myself and to better others.

I have been using the physical aspects to better myself with my health and the training to become a better person inside. In any training area, we all must face failure, and not duel on the success of victories. It is the way in which we get to a goal that is important. I think this is just one of the many areas I have become “stronger” in the last few years.


At 36 I can say I am not only at the healthiest point of my life physically…but I am finding a place to be comfortable spiritually and mentally.


I have my views on religion, and accept and even admire those of others. However my views are mine and mine alone, they may mesh with some and clash with others, but they are mine and while I don’t have all the answers and EVEN MORE QUESTIONS, I still believe I am finding the spiritual place that is good for me, and right or wrong it DOES make life easier.


Mentally, well I may be a ‘LIL out there…but I have realized life is not gonna always be good, but we have to make it GREAT! We all have our own ways, some are positive others are negative. For me? I try and find the good or daily “happy points” of a day. This is something as simple as petting The World Famous Pepper Dog, or a sunset/sunrise, or even that lilac smell in the spring that reminds me of my Grandma. These good places are even in the memory of someone I care about who is not in my life. The later can be thought of a negative…IT IS NOT!


What I am getting at is, find the good in everything even in the areas of life that hurt. There is a good, comfort, or at very least a learning experience in all points of life. FIND THEM!


Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right I hope you had the time of your life.
So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind Hang it on a shelf of good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trail
For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while


I do WAY TOO MUCH for others. Yea I am a d*ck and come across as Billy F-U Bad A**, but I do it to make sure that I can be friends with someone before I let them in. Anyone who knows me will say I am moody-aggressive-hard working-compassionate-very strange, BUT, I am also HARDWORKING, loyal, and giving. All to a fault! I work till I crash; I am way too loyal to Friends and business clients-far more than I should be. And GIVING? Hell, I have gone without just to make someone else smile or give something they wanted.


Bettering myself allows me the strength to help myself and in turn help others. MAYBE give someone a lil hope just from a quote or something I did…


Being able to give has allowed me to better someone else’s career in many cases (from interviewing for a job and telling the employer that my friend who was also interviewing would do a better job than me-to even buying boobs for someone to better their modeling career).


HERE IS THE KICKER-I do something nice for someone and some think I want something in return? SH*T PEOPLE?!?!? I like making someone feel good and smile. At the very least, if I can control it, I don’t want anyone to feel the negative ways I have felt, AND I want those I choose as friends to have some of the experiences I have had. No matter what, I don’t think I can/will change. I am me, and if it scares you off-so be it.


All of the above has developed a necessity for me to do for others from volunteering to helping others meet their goals, to assisting with money issues, etc. Many times this has inconvenienced me, hurt me, or whatever. BUT, I continue to do this, cause, to me…it seems right.


AFTER MAKING A COMMINTMENT TO ASSISTING/HELPING OTHERS…I have had one, not only the best years of my life, but the most successful!


And now I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end the way it all would go Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I’d of had to miss the dance“.


To all of my friends if I don’t show it, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE HONOR OF CALLING YOU FRIEND.


I probably don’t realize how much my friends do for me. I am sure that many do more for me than I do for them. I want EVERYONE to know that I appreciate everything and anything y’all do for me. I especially thank you for the small things you don’t realize.


With any of my friends I always hold you dear-even when I should not. One person I will always have close is not even on this earth any longer. Kelly, as I referred to earlier. I have not felt her in 20 plus years, but at a very young age she had a huge impact on my life and I miss her to this day


Now {Only The Good Die Young} stops me in my tracks Every time I hear that song, I go back….”


I lost Kelly when we were in the 7th Grade after she fought hard against the evil that is cancer (that sees no age and claims anyone-even the innocent). Kelly taught me that you can be compassionate and loving even underneath a TOUGH and sometimes mean exterior. After she died someone told me that she had a huge crush on me and blah blah blah. While to this day it pi*ses me off that that person told me that, COME ON!?!?!? That can put some feelings of guilt on a kid (that is carried on to this day). However it taught me a huge lesson…TELL THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL NO MATTER THE CONSEQUENCES. So on that note; to the person I am no longer with-I hope you find Happiness and I do Love You with all my heart!


Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life Who never knew how much I loved them, Now I live with the regret, That my true feelings for them never were revealed, So I made a promise to myself, To say each day how much she means to me, And avoid that circumstance, Where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel.”


Over the past few years I have a person who I am not with and will never be, WE HAVE BECOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS but, even though it pi*ses her off…I tell her every time we talk-I love her. In her death Kelly has taught me a very important lesson. Since I have adopted her as my guardian angel (or maybe vice versa LOL) over the past 20 years she has been very busy.


In the last few years there was a young lady who has stolen my heart. Again, I am not with her, but I do love her.

She bettered me as a person, and in turn everyday is a good day just because of her. I don’t get the chance to chat with her very often; however I make sure to tell her how I feel…even if only through my actions she will never see.

Let’s face it, if we can’t be honest with ourselves, how can we be honest with someone else? We MUST tell others how we feel. WE MAY NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE TOMMORRO. And if those feelings are true and not reciprocated…this means they are REAL. Take joy in the feeling, and not in any action you want in returned.


The competition’s getting younger Tougher broncs, you know I can’t recall, The worn out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women and bad booze, Seem to be the only friends I’ve left at all


I work way too much, and have worked out beyond my physical boundaries, and play way too hard. I go until my candle burns out at both ends. For some reason I am chasing ghosts. Maybe the ghost of seeing my dad in a suit and tie everyday-no vacations and behind a desk working STUPID hours. I vowed very young that would never be me.


Another ghost I fight is my physical stature (yet another one-thanx dad! LOL).


I have my height and temper from the Irish side of my family. On the other side of my family I have taken after my Grandfather. Not his height or long arms, or ripped abs and chest, or his sense of style, or his good looks- I have his giving traits (and yes many times that pi*ses me off!), but I also have his eyes and his shoulders. To this day, every young (and OLD) lady I know says “your Grandpa is hot.” Great, my Grandpa gets hit on more than me. ANYWAY,

I am not very tall…ok I AM SHORT. BUT I am strong as an OX and probably in the upper ranks of “Normal” 36 year old males in terms of physical fitness (funny thing according to body mass index I am morbidly obese).


Just like trying to overcome my other demons and ghosts, I try too hard to overcome my physical down falls by working out way too hard-to the point of injury and pain.


I also fight the ghost of failure. We all fail and that is what makes us grow


“why do we fall “Master Bruce”-to learn to pick ourselves back up.”


I went through a period of my life where I could not win. I failed at every chance! From jobs, to personal physical goals, to 2 VERY Un-healthy relationships. I hated to fail. LOOKING BACK THESE WERE GREAT LIFE LESSONS THAT I WAS GIVEN TO BETTER MYSELF AND MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE LATER ON.

“With every failure I am closer to success.”-Einstein


Some of my failures I bring on myself. I am the first to say I do, before I think. I would rather fall off that horse-break something-and have a GREAT EXPERIENCE and STORY, than to listen to the professional who says I cannot do it! I do, and have had the chance to experience a lot of very cool things. Many I have done well and conquered, others I have failure MISERABLY. But all have taught me something-and given me some GREAT STORIES. I want to be that old guy-the ones I always gravitated to that sit by a campfire or on a porch and can spin tales for hours (Like Old Man Neighbarger and Leo Gartner, some stories even true LOL).


Since I have been interjecting song lyrics into this self description…this sums me up to a tee-with the exception of one verse I have edited out.


I don’t know why I act the way I do
Like I ain’t got a single thing to lose
Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy
I guess that’s just the cowboy in me
I got a life that most would love to have
But sometimes I still wake up fightin’ mad
At where this road I’m heading down might lead
I guess that’s just the cowboy in me
The urge to run, the restlessness
The heart of stone I sometimes get
The things I’ve done for foolish pride
The me that’s never satisfied
The face that’s in the mirror when I don’t like what I see I guess that’s just the cowboy in me
We ride and never worry about the fall
I guess that’s just the cowboy in us all


I like everyone else have made mistakes


regrets I have a few, but few too to mention


and there are other things I have accomplished and am proud of. I work hard and play just as hard


“my work is my play cause I’m playin’ when I work.”


Right now in my life this “career” that I have been working on and manipulating to stay working is giving me one hell of a ride. The Highway of Life takes me to many different cities and allows me to meet all kinds of different peeps.


There are many lanes on my highway to success in the form of all kinds of different projects. Sometimes the road is bumpy but I am confident it will lead to where I want (“God blessed the broken road”). I am always around people and work in exciting situations, yet I want more.


I want one thing, the same “one thing” that everyone wants.


My one thing is different than many, and the same as a few. Everyone has that one thing, and we all need to find it. Mine is happiness in giving to many and making others Happy and smile-I want to be a success making others happy and for one small piece of their life forget about their problems…because of something I did.


My one thing would be complete, if I could get a quiet life when not “on”


Not too soft not too loud-Just enough to draw a crowd Quietly, quietly, quietly making noise.”


That is how I will find my one thing. At this ripe young age of 36…I am still searching for my one thing, while I don’t know where the journey will end, I am in the middle of it


Sometimes the best map will not guide you, sometimes you can’t see what’s round the bend.”


In regards to relationships I have found I do have a type. I have dated fitness competitors, book geeks, smart girls, dumb girls, and yes whores. Some have hurt me, others I have been a real prick too.


Both situations have taught me I don’t want anyone to feel like I have felt nor do I want to intentionally hurt someone. It would be cool to have a super hot model on my arm. But I would rather have the girl who has my heart whenever she wants it; to be with the person who bettered me, the person who showed me by example how I should be living, and the one who challenged me mentally, to be a better person, and to feel good just by being around them. I want someone who will allow me to do for them, without taking advantage-and vice versa. I know I am sick of whores, I am tired of drunks. I want someone who I can trust. I want a person I can talk with, share with, and do things for. If she is a nice and a good person…I just want the girl next door. I want a woman who can let me treat her as all women should be treated…like gold.


I have also found that someone MAY be perfect for me; I can look past any imperfections, cause they are not imperfections, they are just part of a perfect person. The problem is, when you are in a relationship it takes 2 people, each person can be perfect; but if not perfect together, then neither is perfect for the exact time…


Sure are some proud girls And you can’t tell them nothin’ And I tell you right now girls May just be seven wonders of this big, old round world But how ’bout them cowgirls.”


I had that person, and looking back I realize even though I did not acknowledge, accept or take ownership for it…I did not treat her the way she should have been treated. This past year I have taken ownership for that, even if it is too late.


A couple years ago she took time and effort to make me a cake (btw the only one I have had in years), and looking back…I was a real A*S! She tried to do something nice for me, and I was too involved in my self-pity of getting old to appreciate her TRYING to make me enjoy a day that I had not liked in the past. SO TODAY…I AM FINDING GOOD IN THIS DAY!


I don’t know if I have ever said it, so I am saying it now, for those kind of stupid actions and statements just cause I was being stuburn or just a jacka**, to her (and everyone else I know), I am sorry!!!


In the past I asked her “to meet me half way,” that was not fair to her. Because if I truly felt like I said/say I do…this is not enough. So I am changing this request, actually change and making this my birthday “wish.”


So as I blow out the candles…


I have a few wishes on this birthday this year, one deals with her, a wish I did not get to make a few years ago because I was an A** on my birthday!


This year, my “wish” is for her to just not give up on me…just one day when she is ready (and also me) to allow me to do whatever it takes to be with her. I am the one who needs to work for her, cause she is just that special to me. All she needs to do…is be the best thing she can, just be her. But until then I have the best gift she has ever given me, a gift I get to unwrap everyday….the memory of her that causes me to smile daily!


She also taught me to enjoy EVERYDAY, and find the joy that I have been missing for many years with this day that rolls in every year.




“I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age.
The ending of an era and the turning of a page.
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here,
Lord have mercy on my next thirty
years. Hey my next thirty years Im gonna have some fun,
Try to forget about all the crazy things Ive done.
Maybe now Ive conquered all my adolescent fears
And Ill do it better in my
next thirty
My next thirty
years Im gonna settle all the scores,
Cry a little less, laugh a little more.
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear,
Figure out just what Im doing here


In my past 36 years, I have learned a lot. After just under a decade at The Ohio State University…I learned one thing I hate Math and Spanish (ok that is 2, but like I said I hate math and can’t add). The institution of life has taught me something far greater; Success is not measure in the amount of stuff, measured in the amount of worth, and not measured in the number of people looking up at the stage (at times THANK GOD FOR THE LATTER), success is in the measure of the man. I hope to be huge one day!!!


If on stage, in gym, mentoring or whatever, my name is known different to many: Matt, Robert, Sexton, “SEX,” DJ, Lil Matty, Boss, A**hole, Coach, Matty Boy, “M,” DJ Larry The Cable Guy, The guy with the Republican Tattoo,” “The guy in the hat”…and the newest one “’Matty Light” (play on Nati Light), we can also include Bible Thumper to some and spiritually neglectful to others…the title I like most, is friend.




I’ve proven who I am so many times, The magnetic strip’s worn thin, And each time I was someone else, And every one was taken in.”


Someday I hope all are names associated with someone who is remembered as a hard worker, who was caring, and who gave back and paid it forward. It would be nice to know I made a positive influence on one person’s life. Those are areas I am working on. Maybe when I look back at 72 I will have a better understanding of the above wish, and have directions on my road to happiness, MAYBE I will have found my “one thing.” MAYBE…in my next 36 years.


So before I blow out any candles in the next few days I have a few wishes. I know you are not supposed to let anyone know those wishes, but, if the first step to success is to dream or “wish” the second is to write it down…only then can it come true.


I want my “one thing” the thing in life that will allow me to find happiness. Not sure what it is, but I AM GOING TO FIND IT! I also want to just be healthy-by that I don’t mean big arms or chest. I just want to feel good physically, mentally and spiritually. The thing I have found is that none of these areas can be found without A LOT OF HARD WORK AND STRUGGLE. But ripped abs would be nice 😉 I also hope “she” and anyone else I know…just does not give up on me.


This PAST 36 years, I believe I am complex and scared-but, I believe I am taking those 2 negatives and making them into driving forces for happiness and success. I believe I am not Superman, but I am not an old geezer. While finding acceptance of my age…age is nothing but a number. I also know that every person I have met has helped to form the person I am.


To all the good and bad…thank you! As I get older, there are more physical aches, more bills, the nights get longer and the mornings earlier, while the responsibilities grow


These days I get up about the time I used to go to bed. Living large was once the deal, Now I watch the stars instead. They’re timeless and predictable, Unlike most things that I do.”


I have come the conclusion that I must work hard, continue to grow as a person, treat others the way I want to be treated, and just DO IT. Without wondering too much. I have to just do what I can and let the Good Lord above…handle it. He knows far more than me, or anyone I might turn to for help!


There are many songs that shape my life (I will list a few of them, however there is one that defines my life…)

I’ve been sittin here
Tryin to find myself
I get behind myself
I need to rewind myself
Lookin for the payback
Listen for the playback
They say that every man bleeds just like me
And I feel like number one
Yet I’m last in line
I take too many pills it helps to ease the pain
I made a couple of dollar bills, but still I feel the same
Everybody knows my name
They say it way out loud
A lot of folks f*** with me
It’s hard to hang out in crowds
I guess that’s the price you pay
To be some big shot like I am
Out stretched hands and one night stands
Still I can’t find love

And when your walls come tumbling down
I will always be around

People don’t know about the things I say and do
They don’t understand about the shit that I’ve been through
It’s been so long since I’ve been home
I’ve been gone, I’ve been gone for way too long
Maybe I forgot all things I miss
Oh somehow I know there’s more to life than this
I said it too many times
And I still stand firm
You get what you put in
And people get what they deserve
Still I ain’t seen mine
No I ain’t seen mine
I’ve been giving just ain’t been gettin
I’ve been walking that there line
So I think I’ll keep a walking
With my head held high
I’ll keep moving on and only God knows why


It will be interesting to read this as I grow older…but not up.


Im growing older but not up My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck Let those winds of time blow over my head Id rather die while Im living than live while Im dead.”


I have found that as I get older, so do my heroes, or those I look up to. Some have even passed on to the next world. All those I look up to are either due to work ethic, strong opinions, or making others smile and make a living doing so. Some are all of the above.


1.) My Grandfather-he pisses me off! I will never be like him yet I will try. He does and has always helped anyone out-even when he knows he will be burned!


2.) Jimmy Buffett-he makes people forget about their problems for that one song, or that one night of a concert. AND MAKES A VERY GOOD LIVING OUT OF IT!


3.) Ted Nugent-Combines all his passions and vents through music. He is my dude! The ONE LONE WOLF Conservative in the entertainment world! Thanx “Uncle” Ted


4.) Francis Albert Sinatra-Did things ‘his way’ and created his own form of entertainment…the ultimate showman. He was Billy Bad A** yet was kind, gentle, and always getting hurt


5.) The Underdogs-those who rise above whatever their limitations…from sports heroes, to business guys, to the kids at the Special Olympics…you work hard you overcome, you get my props!!!




The Soundtrack to my life

1.) Behind Blue Eyes-The Who (No One Knows…)


2.) My Way-Frank Sinatra


3.) Pacing the Cage-Bruce Cockburn (also covered by Buffett)


4.) Better as a Memory-Kenny Chesney (Don’t know if I have been told this too many times, or really how I am…)


5.) All the way-Frank Sinatra (GOOSE BUMPS!!!)


6.) Dead or Alive-Bon Jovi


7.) This Cowboys Hat-Chris Ledoux (we all aren’t really all that different)


8.) Cowboy in Me-Tim McGraw (…never worry about the fall)


9.) Pirate Looks at 40-Jimmy Buffett (yes I AM A PIRATE 200 years too late)


9.) ANY SONG FROM THE ROCKY SOUNDTRACKS (no video on this one)



10.) Color Blind-Counting Crows (NOT THE VIDEO-but a HAUNTING SONG NONE THE LESS: ”I am ready…”


11.) Cowboys from Hell-Pantera (COWBOYS…wear black!)


12.) Linus & Lucy (…well many times I AM Charlie Brown)


13.) Momma’s Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys (can be a lonely life)


14.) Desperado-Eagles (but this version by “The Man in Black” is more my style…”YOUR PRISON IS WALKIN THE WORLD ALONE”) Kinda hits a little too close to home




16.) Where ever I may roam-Metallica (where I lay my head is home)


17.) Numb (For me, for “her,” for them?)


18.) Disarm (this song pi**es me off really bad-LOVE to lift to it to get rid of memories)


19.) Faithfully-Journey (…loving a music man’s not always what it’s supposed to be)


20.) Friends and lovers-Counting Crows (all the lies when I needed something good. They all leave me behind…)


21.) Don’t stop believing-Journey (and no “dude you are not a small town girl comments!”)


22.) Have You Seen Me Lately-Counting Crows (so what you see is what you think I am? Take your piece of me and let me fade away, as I am changing…out in America. What do you remember about me?)


23.) Only God Knows Why-Kid Rock


24.) Amen-Kid Rock


25.) Rain King-Counting Crows (the lyrics kinda sum up my life “and I deserve a lil more…”)


26.) My Place in this World-Micheal W. Smith


27.) One I gotz ta mention “Carmen Ohio”-Buckeye Nation before/after a game.


28.) Life’s Been Good-Joe Walsh (IT HAS!)


29.) Sleep Walk-Santo and Johnny (something about this song takes me somewhere else)


30.) But the song that echo’s in my head is “Need You Now” by Lady A. (No matter if “quarter to one” or if I am drunk…)


1.) Batman (Original)

2.) Rudy

3.) The Joker is Wild (and it is NOT a Batman movie)

4.) Pay it Forward

5.) Say Anything

6.) Rocky IV (shut up!!!)

7.) The Pursuit of Happiness

8.) Pure Country

9.) Boondock Saints

10.) Walk the line


So that is me in a blog. Wrapped up with all the good and bad of 36 years. I am still writing my book, and working on a few songs. This was for me, and not whoever is still reading this. I need to put thoughts into writing and what the hell…I am an open book and I will share. Speaking of books…”My Life, shaken, with a twist of fate,” has 8 chapters completed.


I am not 36 years closer to the eternal dirt nap…I am 36 years traveling FORWARD on this bumpy road of life. Some miles go by quicker than the other, and some miles are bumpy, but ALL MILES are needed to reach the destination. My map does not have that “X” on it, yet!!!


Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it’s pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like you live too long
Days drip slowly on the page
You catch yourself
Pacing the cage
I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It’s as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you’ll wind up
Pacing the cage
Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can’t see what’s round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend

Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage



If your going to be thinking anyway, might as well think big-Donald Trump


If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things – Einstein


“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” ~ Peace Pilgrim


Every person you meet opens the door to a new world of possibilities. Greet each morning with the same reverence and optimism.


Each moment we question our worth we stunt the growth of our soul.-Sean Stephenson



It All led me here to this!


I DO feel alright!


The great question arises, “Are we slowly dying, or are we beginning to live?”. This world has been so caught up in trying to find a cure for death which is ultimately inevitable. Most are blinded by the fact that the only cure for death is LIFE, so we better start living! – Daniel Chidiac


Who loves McDonald’s ice cream? And who wants to help kids who are sick and in the hospital? That should be just about everyone. Well we have some good news for you – the two go together hand in hand. That’s because, for every ice cream cone you purchase at your local Central Ohio McDonald’s, 10 cents will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. That’s a great deal! The ice cream cone was already worth it. But now that a donation will be made to our local Ronald McDonald House, it has become the king of cones in our book! So if you have a sweet tooth, and you want to help out some of our sweet children, remember that you can help both when you buy an ice cream cone at your local McDonald’s. Just think of all the delicious bites of ice cream you can have, all the while helping families stay together while their kids are in the hospital. Now that is a good deal if we’ve ever heard of one. Thank you to the local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and McDonald’s of Central Ohio for making this awesome combination a reality!



Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as one of only six non-profit organizations to be Change for Charity recipients in 2011. During the months of March and April, we will receive a portion of the proceeds from parking meters at Easton Town Center. Each coin dropped in a meter will help provide a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. Please visit the Easton Town Center this March and April and help support RMHC of Central Ohio.



This week makes for the “invisible Birthday” to my friend VJA. She was born on Leap Year…so it really doesn’t count this year right? LOL.


We have been many things to each other over the past 10 years. Almost all of those things end with some type of argument or at very least bantering. Some were my issues, others were hers (I would like to think it is always her fault-KIDDING), but everything good and bad we have gone through has bettered me as a person, even if I did not see that at the time.



BUT I am proud of who she has become and what she is doing with her life as she starts her family!


With all the good and bad…I can say from the bottom of my heart, I love her, the person she is becoming, and for the person she had allowed me to become.

Happy B-Day “Kid!”

Dr. Seuss

One-hundred-and-fourth birthdays aren’t usually much celebrated for authors who aren’t alive anymore. But it seems an appropriately eccentric occasion to mark for the frankly fantabulous Theodor Seuss Geisel – rather better known as Dr Seuss – who came into the world on 2 March, 1904.


Like generations of children I was weaned on his spry, jazzy tales, and now – when Uncle Lindesay steps up to put the kids to sleep with one of his famously thrilling bedtime stories – it’s not just a nostalgic kick I’m getting out of the experience. They’re still brilliant pieces of writing: as well as the mad imagination, the language turns over with a poise as sure as the lyrics of Cole Porter, and the reader rides his characteristic anapestic metric schemes with effortless glee. It still weaves a spell on the younglings, and many have understandably imitated it, but very few can make it swing like the Doctor:


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.


And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.


And the reasons to cheer don’t end there. His ideology was about as sound as it comes, and not only in the satirical anti-fascist cartoons he drew for the grownups during the second world war, making Hitler and Mussolini look as ludicrous as green eggs and ham.


It’s there in the books for children, too. Seuss tried to avoid writing didactically: “Kids can see a moral coming a mile off”, he said. But for all its maverick – and often subversive – imagination, the moral vision is clear for anyone who can see past the tufty haircuts and nonsense words.


The first Seuss book I was given, for instance, was The Lorax, written just as the 60s were becoming the 70s. Seuss was no hippy, but the dawn of green politics is plain to see in the lonely struggles of the Lorax “who speaks for the trees” against the scheming Once-ler, laying waste to the abundant woodlands of Truffula Trees to produce and mass market the Thneeds – novelty clothing “which everyone needs”.


Not only a warning of the heavy price of ecological plunder written well before most of mankind had thought to worry, then, it’s also a smart critique of consumer capitalism: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Which is of course a moral message, but not of the kind designed to cajole the snappers into behavior that adults want.


I could go on, but hey, it’s a birthday, and I’m sure you folks have some good toasts to raise for the party…

And yes, another Cat in the “HAT”


Frank Buckles enlisted for World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He made it home again and ultimately became that war’s last surviving U.S. veteran, campaigning for greater recognition for his comrades-in-arms before dying at 110.


Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said. He was 110.

Buckles had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in the nation’s capital and asked about its progress weekly, sometimes daily.


“He was sad it’s not completed,” DeJonge said Monday. “It’s a simple straightforward thing to do, to honor Americans.”


When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said simply, “I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me.” And he told The Associated Press he would have done it all over again, “without a doubt.”


On Nov. 11, 2008, the 90th anniversary of the end of the war, Buckles attended a ceremony at the grave of World


War I Gen. John Pershing in Arlington National Cemetery.


He was back in Washington a year later to endorse a proposal to rededicate the existing World War I memorial on the National Mall as the official National World War I Memorial. He told a Senate panel it was “an excellent idea.” The memorial was originally built to honor District of Columbia’s war dead.


Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States entered the “war to end all wars” in April 1917. He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was actually 16 1/2.


“A boy of (that age), he’s not afraid of anything. He wants to get in there,” Buckles said.

Details for services and arrangements will be announced later this week, but DeJonge said Buckles’ daughter, Susannah Flanagan, is planning for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. In 2008, friends persuaded the federal government to make an exception to its rules and allow his burial there.


Buckles had already been eligible to have his cremated remains housed at the cemetery. To be buried underground,

however, he would have had to meet several criteria, including earning one of five medals, such as a Purple Heart.


Buckles never saw combat but joked, “Didn’t I make every effort?”


“We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation’s history,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. “But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity, who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow ‘Doughboys’ are appropriately commemorated.”


U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller called Buckles “a wonderfully plainspoken man and an icon for the World War I generation” and said he will continue fighting for the memorial Buckles wanted.


“He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, “and I hope that his family’s loss is lightened with the knowledge that he was loved and will be missed by so many.”


The family asked that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition.


More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18. As of spring 2007, only three were still alive, according to a tally by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Buckles, J. Russell Coffey of Ohio and Harry Richard Landis of Florida.


The dwindling roster prompted a flurry of public interest, and Buckles went to Washington in May 2007 to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade.


Coffey died Dec. 20, 2007, at age 109, while Landis died Feb. 4, 2008, at 108. Unlike Buckles, those two men were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended and did not make it overseas.


The last known Canadian veteran of the war, John Babcock of Spokane, Wash., died in February 2010.


There are no French or German veterans of the war left alive.


Buckles served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. An eager student of culture and language, he used his off-duty hours to learn German, visit cathedrals, museums and tombs, and bicycle in the French countryside.


After Armistice Day, Buckles helped return prisoners of war to Germany. He returned to the United States in January 1920.


Buckles returned to Oklahoma for a while, then moved to Canada, where he worked a series of jobs before heading for New York City. There, he again took advantage of free museums, worked out at the YMCA, and landed jobs in banking and advertising.


But it was the shipping industry that suited him best, and he worked around the world for the White Star Line Steamship Co. and W.R. Grace & Co.


In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. He spent more than three years in prison camps.


“I was never actually looking for adventure,” Buckles once said. “It just came to me.”


He married in 1946 and moved to his farm in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle in 1954, where he and wife Audrey raised their daughter. Audrey Buckles died in 1999.


In spring 2007, Buckles told the AP of the trouble he went through to get into the military.


“I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps,” he said. “The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21.”

Buckles returned a week later.


“I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21,” he said with a grin. “I passed the inspection … but he told me I just wasn’t heavy enough.”


Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed.

Buckles wouldn’t quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate.


“I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, ‘You don’t want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?'” Buckles said with a laugh. “He said, ‘OK, we’ll take you.'”


He enlisted Aug. 14, 1917, serial number 155



Oscar Winners 2011: The Complete List


Best Picture: “The King’s Speech.”


Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech.”


Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan.”


Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter.”


Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter.”


Directing: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech.”


Foreign Language Film: “In a Better World,” Denmark.


Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network.”


Original Screenplay: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech.”


Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 3.”


Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland.”


Cinematography: “Inception.”


Sound Mixing: “Inception.”


Sound Editing: “Inception.”


Original Score: “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.


Original Song: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman.


Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland.”


Documentary Feature: “Inside Job.”


Documentary (short subject): “Strangers No More.”


Film Editing: “The Social Network.”


Makeup: “The Wolfman.”


Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing.”


Live Action Short Film: “God of Love.”


Visual Effects: “Inception.”

Previously presented honorary Oscars: film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director-producer Francis Ford Coppola, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach.




Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Video Premieres


She’s already accomplished pretty much everything on this astral plane — you know, emerging from swimming pools while flanked by Great Danes, murdering her boyfriend, escaping from prison, offending the Catholic church. So, in her new video for “Born This Way,” it sort of makes sense that Lady Gaga has taken her talents to an entirely new dimension: a “multiverse” of starry space births and snarling specters, new life forms and centuries-old demons.


And sparkly unicorns. You can’t forget about them.


So, yes, “Born This Way” (which premiered on Monday, February 28) is quite the spectacle. Part space odyssey, part Creationist yarn, it involves the formation of not just an entirely new universe, but an entirely new race of humanity, too. It sort of makes sense, it sort of doesn’t, but that 100 percent doesn’t really matter much. This is Gaga at her most fabulous, her most out-there, her most, well, Gaga.


Beginning with a long voiceover (the “Manifesto of Mother Monster,” as Gaga puts it) that drops phrases like “the mitosis of the future” and “the eternal mother hovered in the multiverse” like they’re practically weightless, “Born


This Way” stretches a tale of astral rebirth — which appears to be a central theme of the Born This Way album — over seven minutes, recalling everything from the early “Superman” films to the late Alexander McQueen’s final collection, doing so effortlessly and oh-so-seriously, in the way we’ve come to expect from Gaga.


There is haute couture and barely there underwear, a guest appearance by the so-called “Zombie Boy” who showed up in an earlier clip, a whole lot of oozing afterbirth, some fierce dance moves and even a bit of gunplay. The basic premise seems to be good vs. evil, but again, that’s entirely up to your interpretation. Director Nick Knight fills each frame with shades of dark and light, coloring the voids of this new world with his fashion-photographer’s eye. Gaga plays it straight, even when she’s delivering a whitechocolatespaceegg (shout out to Liz Phair!) while hovering above planet Earth.


It’s part fantasy, part hopeful reality. It’s about the future and the past (especially at clip’s end, when Gaga sports Madonna’s near-trademarked tooth gap), but really, all of that pales in comparison to the sheer spectacle of the thing. And that sort of makes sense, because after thoroughly dominating this world, with “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga seems content to create brand-new worlds to tower over. Welcome your new overlord.



The World According to Mister Rogers-Fred Rogers


When he died in early 2003, Rogers was one of the most recognizable (and beloved) people on television, even though Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had actually stopped production a few years earlier. This small volume collects many of his writings-from songs he wrote for the show to his acceptance speech at the Television Hall of Fame-organized around themes like “The Courage to Be Yourself” and “We Are All Neighbors.” The format is occasionally tantalizing: When he said, “I’m proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done,” was he talking to his TV neighbors, or to one of his own children?


The few biographical hints his writings offer about the show’s origins and his personal life, plus an introductory reminiscence by his widow, may leave many readers eager for a full biography. Every message is infused with a simplicity and sincerity that any child could understand, as when he describes September 11 as “what some people do when they don’t know anything else to do with their anger.” But ultimately the book isn’t for kids, it’s for adults who watched the show as children-and reminds readers that before we learned everything we needed to know in kindergarten, or had our first taste of chicken soup for the soul, Rogers taught valuable lessons about playing make-believe, keeping one’s promises, finding strength through helping others and not being afraid to cry.


Excerpts from Warren Buffett’s annual letter


Billionaire investor Warren Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders Saturday. Berkshire’s chairman and CEO explained how the purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad contributed to a big jump in income at the Omaha-based company. Buffett also offered advice on several key business principles for investors.


Here’s are excerpts of what Buffett had to say on a variety of topics:



Buffett urged the policymakers who are getting ready to overhaul the nation’s home loan policies to consider the example of Berkshire’s manufactured home unit, Clayton Homes, which also finances purchases of manufactured homes.


Buffett said Clayton avoided any sort of housing crisis by requiring meaningful down payments and trying to match fixed payments to a sensible percentage of income. Clayton also retained ownership of its loans.


“Home ownership makes sense for most Americans, particularly at today’s lower prices and bargain interest rates. All things considered, the third-best investment I ever made was the purchase of my home, though I would have made far more money had I instead rented and used the purchase money to buy stocks. (The two best investments were wedding rings.)


“For the $31,500 I paid for our house, my family and I gained 52 years of terrific memories with more to come,” Buffett said about his house in Omaha, which county officials currently value at $660,200.


“But a house can be a nightmare if the buyer’s eyes are bigger than his wallet and if a lender — often protected by a government guarantee — facilitates his fantasy. Our country’s social goal should not be to put families into the house of their dreams, but rather to put them into a house they can afford.”



“Money will always flow toward opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America,” Buffett wrote.


“Commentators today often talk of ‘great uncertainty.’ But think back, for example, to December 6, 1941, October 18, 1987 and September 10, 2001. No matter how serene today may be, tomorrow is always uncertain.


“Don’t let that reality spook you. Throughout my lifetime, politicians and pundits have constantly moaned about terrifying problems facing America. Yet our citizens now live an astonishing six times better than when I was born.


“The prophets of doom have overlooked the all-important factor that is certain: Human potential is far from exhausted, and the American system for unleashing that potential — a system that has worked wonders for over two centuries despite frequent interruptions for recessions and even a Civil War — remains alive and effective.


“We are not natively smarter than we were when our country was founded nor do we work harder. But look around you and see a world beyond the dreams of any colonial citizen. Now, as in 1776, 1861, 1932 and 1941, America’s best days lie ahead.”



Buffett said investors should examine what Berkshire and other companies do with the earnings they retain instead of paying a dividend or repurchasing stock.


“Some companies will turn these retained dollars into fifty-cent pieces, others into two-dollar bills,” he wrote.

Buffett said the results companies generate with retained earnings speak volumes about the quality of a company’s CEO.


“The difference in outcome can be huge. A dollar of then-value in the hands of Sears Roebuck’s or Montgomery Ward’s CEOs in the late 1960s had a far different destiny than did a dollar entrusted to Sam Walton.”



Buffett says operating a business or a personal budget on borrowed money is dangerous and can make people very poor.


“When leverage works, it magnifies your gains. Your spouse thinks you’re clever, and your neighbors get envious.

But leverage is addictive. Once having profited from its wonders, very few people retreat to more conservative practices,” he said.


Borrowing can prove lethal for businesses at times when credit becomes unavailable either because of problems at the company or a worldwide shortage of credit.


“Borrowers then learn that credit is like oxygen. When either is abundant, its presence goes unnoticed. When either is missing, that’s all that is noticed. Even a short absence of credit can bring a company to its knees,” Buffett wrote.


“In September 2008, in fact, its overnight disappearance in many sectors of the economy came dangerously close to bringing our entire country to its knees.”



One of the strengths of Berkshire Hathaway is its ability to invest cash from its businesses in a variety of industries or in stock and bonds. Buffett admitted overlooking this advantage after acquiring the original Berkshire Hathaway textile business.


“When I took control of Berkshire in 1965, I didn’t exploit this advantage,” he wrote. “Berkshire was then only in textiles, where it had in the previous decade lost significant money.


“The dumbest thing I could have done was to pursue ‘opportunities’ to improve and expand the existing textile operation — so for years that’s exactly what I did. And then, in a final burst of brilliance, I went out and bought another textile company. Aaaaaaargh!


“Eventually I came to my senses, heading first into insurance and then into other industries.



U.S. military’s newest urban spy drone mimics hummingbird

AeroVironment announced on Wednesday that it is developing this “nano air vehicle” with help from a DARPA-sponsored research contract with hopes to develop a new class of aircraft for reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities in urban environments, indoors or outdoors.

It can transition between hovering and a forward trajectory of 11 miles per hour.
It can fly through a standard-size doorway.

It can fly indoors in “heads-down” mode, for which the pilot operates the aircraft without actually seeing it, using only the live video stream captured by it.

Has a bird-shaped body and bird-shaped wings spanning just 6.5 inches. It weighs about two-thirds of an ounce.

The company specializes in UAVs such as this one, also named for members of the Animal Kingdom: Wasp, Raven and Puma.


The Arnold Classic Production this weekend has gotten bigger every year and brings millions into the Central Ohio Community

ALL OF THOSE FOLKS WHO BELIEVED IN ME AND DID NOT KICK ME TO CURB WHEN I SCREWED UP SO MANY TIMES. I don’t know why you did, but daily make sure I pay y’all back, and pay it forward!



THIS IS NOT EDITED BUT SO FUNNY!!! He has this “professional news” voice and then when a fly flies into his mouth…


Anti-gay US church has right to picket funerals: court


The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a controversial church that pickets military funerals with signs saying


“Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags” is protected by the constitution’s right to free speech.


“Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain,” the justices said.


They ruled eight-to-one in favor of the tiny Westboro Baptist Church, which is made up largely of members of the family of patriarch Fred Phelps.


“On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker,” the justices said in their decision.

The ruling came after nearly five months of weighing arguments from lawyers for the Westboro Baptists and the family of a fallen marine whose funeral was picketed by members of the church.


The father of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, who was slain in Iraq in 2006 and was not gay, sued the church several years ago for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of distress at the funeral.


According to the Supreme Court decision, the Phelps family picketed peacefully and with police permission on private land about 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the Maryland church where Snyder’s funeral was held.

The placards they carried bore slogans including “God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11,” “America is Doomed,”


“Don’t Pray for the USA,” “Fag Troops,” and “You’re going to hell.”


While the signs “fall short of refined social or political commentary… they reflect the fact that the church finds much to condemn in modern society,” the judges said, characterizing the Westboro Baptist Church’s message as

“constituting speech on a matter of public concern.”


“The funeral setting does not alter that conclusion,” the decision says.


The lone dissenting justice, Samuel Alito, called the church’s message a “vicious verbal assault” on Snyder, and said it should not be condoned under First Amendment rights.


“Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case,” Alito said in his dissenting opinion.


“In order to have a society in which public issues can be openly and vigorously debated, it is not necessary to allow the brutalization of innocent victims like the petitioner,” he said.


The emotionally charged case has had many ordinary Americans rooting for Snyder, who represented the scores of military families who have endured such pickets at the funerals of their loved ones.


But it also drew warnings from free speech advocates that a decision against the Phelps family could impinge on freedom of expression, which, like the right to privacy invoked by Snyder, is protected by the US constitution.


“Westboro believes that America is morally flawed; many Americans might feel the same about Westboro,” the justices wrote in their decision, which upholds a 2009 appeal court ruling rejecting a federal jury’s decision that awarded Snyder’s father $11 million, reduced to $5 million, against the church.


The justices had mulled arguments presented by both sides in the case, which pitted the right to free speech against the right to privacy, since November.


“Our holding today is narrow. We are required in First Amendment cases to carefully review the record, and the reach of our opinion here is limited by the particular facts before us,” the justices said.


Clothing prices to rise 10 pct starting in spring


Shoppers looking to update their wardrobes may find their money won’t stretch as far.

As the world economy recovers and demand for goods rises, a surge in raw material and labor costs is squeezing retailers and manufacturers who have run out of ways to pare expenses.


Clothing prices had dropped for a decade as tame inflation and cheap overseas labor helped hold down manufacturers’ costs. During the recession, retailers and clothing makers cut frills and experimented with fabric blends to keep prices in check.


But cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, hitting all-time highs. The price of synthetic fabrics has jumped roughly 50 percent as demand for alternatives has risen.


Clothing prices are expected to rise about 10 percent in coming months, with the biggest increases in the second half of the year, said Burt Flickinger III president of Strategic Resource Group.


Brooks Brothers’ wrinkle-free men’s dress shirts now cost $88, up from $79.50. Levi Strauss & Co., Wrangler jeans maker VF Corp., J.C. Penney Co., Nike and designer shoe seller Steve Madden also plan increases.


More specifics on price increases are expected when clothing retailers such as J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. report financial results this month.


“All of our brands, every single brand, will take some price increases,” said Eric Wiseman, chairman and CEO of VF Corp., which makes clothes for The North Face, Nautica, Wrangler and Lee brands. Cotton accounts for half the production cost of jeans, which make up about one-third of VF’s sales, Wiseman told investors in November.

Higher costs also will affect how clothes are made. Clothing makers are using more synthetics like rayon and designing jeans with fewer beads and other embellishments. Shoppers also will have fewer color choices.


Retailers are trying to figure out whether the consumer demand that gave them strong holiday sales will last. The fear is higher prices will nip it in the bud. Stores that cater to low- and middle-income shoppers will have the hardest time passing along price increases.


“We have been so used to deflation for years and years,” said David Bassuk, managing director in the retail practice of AlixPartners. “Customers are going to be surprised.”


Janice Mignanelli of Washington Township, N.J., doesn’t want any surprises.


“‘I’m not going to spend any more than $50 for a pair of jeans,” said Mignanelli, a stay-at-home mom shopping at The Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., last week. “I’ll just have to cut back on the extras.”

Even affluent shoppers, whose spending has rebounded, may bristle.


“It does give me some pause,” said Jimmy Franco, a 47-year-old publicity executive and fan of Brooks Brothers’ shirts. “Instead of buying two, I may just get one and a pair of socks. There’s a certain amount of money that I’m prepared to spend.”


Cotton has jumped to a 150-year-high, hitting $1.90 per pound on Friday. That’s more than double the price a year ago and just ahead of the $1.89 record during the Civil War, according to the International Cotton Advisory


Committee. But the Civil War-era price isn’t adjusted for inflation, and the cotton group says it doesn’t have an adjusted figure available. The government inflation calculator only goes back to 1913, but at that point $1.89 had the same general power buying power as $41.63 does today.


Cotton prices began soaring in August of 2010 after bad weather cut harvests in major producing countries including China, the U.S., Pakistan and Australia.


Restrictions on exports from India, the world’s second-largest cotton exporter behind China, have also produced cotton shortages. On top of that, worldwide demand for cotton has risen as the global economy improves.


Raw materials account for 25 percent to 50 percent of the cost of producing a garment. Labor ranges from 20 percent to 40 percent, depending on how complicated it is to make, Bassuk said.


On the production side, many Chinese factories that shut down temporarily in the depths of the recession still haven’t returned to capacity. As they ramp up, they’re finding they have to pay workers more because of labor shortages, said John Long, retail strategist at consulting firm Kurt Salmon.


Until now, retailers have been shifting production to lower-cost regions like Vietnam, turning to new materials and absorbing cost increases.


But they’re reaching the limit, according to Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.


Mom-and-pop stores are most vulnerable because they don’t have as much power to negotiate better prices with suppliers as, say, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. But even the world’s largest retailer is feeling the pressure.


“There’s no doubt there may be some price increases that come up, but we don’t want to ever let that be the first answer … that just because cotton prices are up, that we’re automatically going to pass that on to consumers,” said


Mike Duke, Wal-Mart’s CEO and president in a recent interview.


Mary Hutchens, owner of Full of Beans, a 25-year-old children’s clothing store in Chevy Chase, Md., worries that price increases could be a death blow. She said she has to discount heavily to stay in business and isn’t sure she’ll be able to pass along the costs.


“Everybody has changed their habits since the recession,” she said. “I’m just trying to hold on.”

Which songs were played most at sporting events last year?

A song written before most professional athletes were born was played more than any other at sporting events last year. According to music licenser BMI, Queen’s


“We Will Rock You” topped the list of sports anthems during the 2009-2010 season. The track, written in 1976, beat out newer songs by Lil’ Wayne andNickelback for the top spot.

• If you want to have your song played at sporting events, it helps to have “rock” or “burn” in the title. Make a track called “Burning Rock” and you’re set.

• Though I had never heard the Sean Kingston or Nickleback songs prior to five minutes ago, I can see the mass appeal they might have for large, family-based audiences. Kingston, like the Black Eyed Peas, provides high-energy beats with safe lyrics, while Nickelback gives off a large-stadium sound and isn’t Creed. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out what allures stadium DJs to the Christina Aguilera andMissy Elliott remake of “Car Wash.” It was bad in the ’70s and it’s bad now.

• Speaking of “Car Wash,” it’s the No. 1 song played at baseball stadiums. (How? Why? Are teams running car wash promotions in the parking lot? Does Armor All have a secret licensing deal with MLB? Did Rose Royce, the track’s original singer, play baseball? Somebody needs to explain this to me.)

• The NFL favored “We Will Rock You.” The song “Twilight Zone” (you may not recognize the name, but you’ve heard it) was most popular in the NHL, which is fitting given that hockey always seems to be about 15 years behind the times.

• “Machinehead” is a good tune, but it’s hard to believe it’s played more than Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” which seems to introduce dozens of college football teams and baseball relievers every year. Similarly, no “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Let’s Get It Started” or that “I like to move it, move it” song?


• Super Bowl performers Christine Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas both made an appearance on the list. If I’m Kevin Rudolf or Soulja Boy, I’m not holding my breath for invites to next year’s game, thoug


They got a better “gift” than me!

Ohio State To Get $100M Gift
The Ohio State University will receive the largest philanthropic gift in its history on Wednesday.


Leslie H. Wexner, his wife, Abigail, and the Limited Brands Foundation will donate $100 million that will primarily benefit the Ohio State University Medical Center, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, and Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

Wexner, a 1959 graduate of Ohio State and chairman of the university’s board of trustees, was scheduled to formally make the donation at 11 a.m.  Ohio State president Gordon Gee is expected to join him.

Gee called the gift a “transformative moment in the history of the university.”

“(Les) has done so much for this community, for this university, for us all,” Gee said in a statement.  “He is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work, determination, and a generous spirit. I am proud to call him my friend.”

Les and Abigail Wexner will contribute $65 million from their own funds, while an addition gift of $35 million will come from Limited Brands.

“Ohio State is our most important asset. It touches the entire community, not just students and alumni,” Abigail Wexner said. “Everyone is impacted by the university. From the families whose loved ones are being treated at The James, to families like ours who’ve made football Saturdays a tradition, Ohio State is an ongoing part of all our lives.”

According to the university, with Wednesday’s gift, the Wexner Family and the Limited Brands Foundation have given or pledged nearly $200 million to Ohio State.

“I’ve always believed that you have to do good while doing well,” Les Wexner said. “It’s not enough to succeed in business. You have to give back. Ohio State’s Medical Center and The James do critically important work. My hope is this gift can help save lives, and maybe even help to cure cancer. It is certainly within our grasp.”


Ohio State hurdled Kansas to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in this week’s ESPN/USA Today men’s college basketball coaches’ poll, and Brigham Young leaped four spots to third on Monday.


ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll:


Ohio St.






Ohio State (17) and Kansas (14) split the 31 possible first-place votes by coaches. The latest change at the top of the poll was necessitated after Duke was upset by ACC opponent Virginia Tech on Saturday night.


The Buckeyes (27-2) defeated Big Ten foes Illinois and Indiana rather easily in finding their way back to the top. Ohio State started 24-0 and was a unanimous No. 1 for three straight weeks before losing to Wisconsin, and then two weeks ago it lost to Purdue.


Kansas (27-2) remained second and trails Ohio State by only four poll points. The Jayhawks head into the final week of the regular season in a first-place tie with Texas in the Big 12, though Texas won the teams’ lone head-to-head matchup in January.


Beyond the top three, there was some eye-opening moving and shaking in the rankings underscored by BYU, St. John’s and its 10-spot rise to 15th, and one-time Final Four participant George Mason joining the rankings at No. 25.


ESPN college basketball analyst Hubert Davis compares BYU star Jimmer Fredette to former Davidson star Stephen Curry. Plus, Davis breaks down the top Big East teams.


Behind All-America guard Jimmer Fredette, BYU (27-2) continues to capture the nation’s interest with its climb through the top 10. This week’s push came via the Cougars’ second victory this season over San Diego State.

Duke (25-4) fell from first to fourth and Pittsburgh (25-4), coming off Sunday’s overtime loss to Louisville, actually moved up one spot to fifth.


Even without senior forward Robbie Hummel (torn ACL), Purdue (24-5) continues its strong season by moving to sixth from eighth in the rankings. Notre Dame (23-5) jumped two spots to No. 7, Texas (24-5) fell three spots to eighth, San Diego State (27-2) fell five spots to ninth and Wisconsin moved from 12th to round out the top 10.


The second 10 kicks off with a Big East punch — Louisville (22-7) at No. 11 and Syracuse (24-6) at No. 12, with the Orange squeezing the competition with an eight-spot jump.


North Carolina (22-6) also made a healthy move of six spots to 13th. After the Tar Heels, it was Florida (22-6) at 14th, the Red Storm (19-9), Connecticut (21-7), Georgetown (21-8), Arizona (23-6) Villanova (21-8) and Vanderbilt (21-7).


Completing the Top 25 are Utah State (26-3), Texas A&M (22-6), Kentucky (20-8), Missouri (22-7) and George Mason (25-5).


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4 Things Women Should Be Doing in Their Fitness Training—But Aren’t


If your workouts consist of doing light weights and steady-state cardio, you might be in for some bad news: These things alone won’t likely get you the results you’re after, say experts. To increase your fitness level, burn fat, and improve muscle tone, you’ve got to step up your game.


Here are four things women tend to skip that can deliver serious results.


1. High-intensity training.

All that time coasting on the elliptical at a comfortable pace probably hasn’t done much for your body, says Panama-based trainer Belinda Benn, creator of the Breakthrough Physique home fitness system. In fact, the biggest mistake women make in their training is not exercising with enough intensity, she says.


High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is typically a 10- to 20-minute workout that alternates short, intense bursts of activity with moderate-exertion recovery periods. “High-intensity interval training  is the best way to improve your overall fitness, burn fat, and stimulate your hormones for a stronger body,” says Benn.


How to tell if you’re training hard enough? Look to your body for clues, Benn says. Good indicators are sweating, increased heart rate, and lactic acid production (i.e., feeling the “burn”) during exercise. Moderate muscle soreness for up to a few days post-workout is also a good sign. “If you feel nothing,” Benn says, “you probably didn’t work out hard enough.”


2. Heavier lifting.

For most women, a typical weight-training session equals light dumbbell exercises, says Toronto-based strength and conditioning specialist Craig Ballantyne, creator of the Turbulence Training Program. But doing fewer reps with more weight—say, 8 reps per set with a 15-pound dumbbell, instead of 15 reps with an 8-pound one—will burn more fat, he says. Lifting heavier will also increase your strength and muscle definition.


Start by swapping out your normal weights for slightly heavier ones, and gradually work your way up.


3. Upper body workouts.

Women tend to store body fat around the waist, hips, and thighs, so that’s where they typically focus their exercise efforts—neglecting their upper bodies, Benn says.


But you can’t spot-reduce fat, and sticking with what’s easy can stunt your progress, says Benn. Because you may feel weak while attempting pull-ups for the first time, Benn suggests doing the hard stuff at the start of your workout, “when you’re freshest and feeling mentally strong.”


“Focusing on underdeveloped muscles will improve the contours of your body,” Benn says.


4. Training with a barbell.

Think barbells are synonymous with back-breaking chest presses? Not so. “You can do a tremendous workout just with a barbell,” Benn says. “If you’re holding a bar rather than using two separate weights, it forces you to get your body  in sync.”


Barbells are great for both upper- and lower-body exercises. Balancing one across your shoulders while doing squats, lunges, or walking lunges helps develop posture and balance, Benn says.

If you’re flirting with a barbell for the first time, go as light as you need to. Even 10 pounds is a good start.


Bonus tip:

If you’re worried you’ll bulk up with any of these exercises, consider your body type. Benn says women generally fall into two categories: those who build muscle easily, and those who don’t. If you build muscle easily, she suggests emphasizing high-intensity exercises. If you develop muscle slowly, you’ll benefit from spending more time on heavy lifting.




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Complaining is the best way to convince the Universe you’re not mature enough for wealth, love, or vitality.-Sean Stephenson



The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.- Richard Nixon


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“With confidence, you have won before you have started. – Marcus Garvey


We’ve all had a time where we’ve lost control

We’ve all had our time to grow

I’m hoping I’m wrong but I know I’m right

I’ll hunt again one night-“Scream” Avenged Sevenfold


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

“It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.”

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”

“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”

“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.”

“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.”


“If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got” ~ Brad Taylor


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – #NelsonMandela

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be!!” ~ Lao Tzu


Always give without remembering,and always receive without forgetting. Brian Tracy



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



Gaelic Storm gets you ready for St. Patick’s Day at The Newport Music Hall. For more info



T-Pain AND ME at Mansion


John Davidson plays The Knox County Memorial Theatre in Mt. Vernon




Mike Epps is at Palace Theater (no other info)


Jeremy Hotz is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton.




Arnold Sports Festival, all over downtown Columbus


The Arnold Sports Festival, co-produced by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation. The March 3-6 event will attract an estimated 175,000 attendees to see nearly 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. The Arnold Fitness EXPO, a highlight of the festival, takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It features more than 700 exhibit booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools, nutrition and entertainment. New to the festival in 2011 are an IFBB sanctioned Bikini International competition, the Arnold Sports Film Festival, the Arnold Track and Field Championships, the Arnold Hockey Challenge, and the Ultimate Teen Challenge, a weightlifting event.


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Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. For more info



Matt Damon stars in ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ rated “PG-13”


The Animtated, ‘Rango,’ staring Johnny Depp, rated “PG.”


Topher Grace stars in the flick I am looking forward to ‘Take Me Home Tonight,’ rated “R.”



THE MUST SEE AND OWN MOVIE, ‘127 Hours’ the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.


“Hours” is rated “R.”


‘Burlesque,’ rated “R,” staring Cher, Christina Aguilera (and I’ll admit…it was not that bad)


‘Faster’ starring “The Rock” rated “R.”


CHICK FLICK ‘Love and Other Drugs’ I am not even going to bother talking about this one.



AN AMAZING ALBUM Aaron Lewis releases Town Line


Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day…my buddies Dropkick Murphys release Going Out In Style


and finally, Don Henly, Joe Walsh, Glen Fry, AND THE EAGLES, have all released their entire catalogs. Guess the 15 year “Farewell Tour” funds have dried up?



Caribbean Jerks “Caribbean Idol” Now until April 20th

St. Patrick’s Day Events (all over Central Ohio)


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