Saturday, December 29, 2007

PhotoHunt # 90: Messy

Entrance to the Ohio & Erie CanalThis image was taken at Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids, Ohio three days ago. I find it disturbing that this trash is allowed to accumulate and nothing is done about it. I suspect the park officials hope that the river floods and takes this messy sight with it. It is absolutely amazing what the river will wash up.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Blewett Falls Dam...

Blewett Falls DamI have fished at this dam since my youth and the memories I've made here are immeasurable. Blewett Falls Lake may be the largest undeveloped land-locked lake on the east coast and is the storage reservoir for the Blewett Falls Hydroelectric Development. The Blewett Falls dam is located at approximately mile 195 on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River in Anson and Richmond counties in central North Carolina. The dam has a maximum height of about 50 feet above the river bed.
The Blewett Falls development began operation in 1912 and is owned and operated by Progress Energy. The surface area of Blewett Falls Lake covers about 2,560 acres. At full elevation Blewett Falls Lake contains approximately 34 linear miles of shoreline. Total generating capacity of the hydroelectric plant is 22 MW.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Lunch....Roche de Boeuf....

Roche de BoeufThe rock was used by Native Americans as a place to hold their councils, and they met there before the battle with Anthony Wayne in 1794. The General built Fort Deposit on the nearby bluff of the river now a park in Waterville Ohio. The bridge was completed in 1908 and was considered an engineering marvel, and there was a lot of opposition to its partial destruction of the legendary rock (even then some people cared). An electric trolley ran across it connecting Toledo to points south for the next 30 years.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

NW Ohio Winter Storm.....

Snow cover trail in Oak Openings Metropark Swanton, OhioThis winter storm barreled thought NW Ohio dumping 7 inches of snow in our area over a 18 hour period Saturday night into Sunday Morning. Sunday afternoon I managed to get into Oak Openings Metropark and walked this snow covered 2.5 mile trail. The crunch of snow under my feet along with the swirling winds rattling the upper branches of the trees made my adventure wonderful.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

PhotoHunt # 88: Tiny

These tiny creatures are hands down the the toughest creatures in nature. This Ant colony was photograph in the local Metropark near Swanton Ohio and is my entry into this weeks PhotoHunt. I keep an eye on these tiny creatures because they really interst me.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


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The cost of freedom...

I read in the paper today that 3888 American Solders have died in combat operations in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities. The human sacrifice for this flag is very high. I pray its not in vain. God Bless This Flag.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


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Monday, December 10, 2007

Maumee River: First Winter Snow

Maumee River, Side Cut Park, Maumee Ohio after the first snow of 2007
The first snow of the season was a small affair of about 2.5 inches. I went to the Maumee River at lunch and took this photo and placed on my desktop. Several people at the office have commented on it so I thought I would share it with my readers.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Ice Storm in....NW Ohio

Cannonball Trail North Fork Oak Openings Metropark ice storm 2007
Saturday night we had a small ice storm that left everything covered in ice and kinda magical. I went for a walk in the local park and it turned out to be a chore. I didn't realize how slippery all the walking surfaces were. If you double click on the photo you will see a dark object in the distance on the pavement that was 3 deer crossing.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

PhotoHunt #87: Long

McKinley Memorial Summer of 2007The McKinley National Memorial, a landmark in Canton, Ohio, United States is the final resting place for the 25th President of the United States William McKinley and his wife Ida Saxton McKinley and visiting the McKinley Memorial this summer I was impressed with the long manicured lawns and the long row of steps leading up to the tomb. Simply Stunning...!

Zero Gravity Massage Chairs.....

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Marines trim request for MRAP vehicles....

I read that the Marines plan to buy fewer bomb-resistant vehicles than planned. The Marine Corps' requirement for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles would drop from the planned 3,700 to about 2,400 the AP reported. About a month ago, Marine Commandant Gen. T. James Conway said he was concerned his force was getting too heavy. An Independebt study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments questioned wheather the Pentagon was buying too many of the vehicles, which can cost as much as $1 million each. If one American Service man dies because of the lack of equipment it's an outrage.....!

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Friday Lunch...

Squirrel burying nut
For lunch I tried to find something special to photograph hoping to share a special moment with a friend. At the time I wasn't disappointed in my effort but I was in the results. However upon my return to the office and downloading the pictures I did manage to take I found one I wish to share.

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Dec 7, 1941....a day in Infamy

Explosion of the forward magazine of the USS Shaw Dec 7, 1941The Imperial Japanese Navy's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, severely damaged or demolished 19 American naval vessels, destroyed 188 aircraft, killed 2,280 American servicemen and 68 civilians, and wounded more than 1,000 military personnel. The following day, the US declared war on Japan. Pearl Harbor is now a national historic landmark; a memorial has been built over the sunken hulk of the USS Arizona.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Coupons, rebates, sales, and free shipping

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Thanksgiving Day Artifact Hunt...

Thanksgiving Day 2007 Artifacts found in NW OhioOn Thanksgiving Day my friend Paul invited me to walk two fields 100 acres each. This was our finding for that day. I found the two pieces on the left, the tip of a stone ax, and a point missing its tip. Paul found the killer Adena point (4,000 years old), a 1909 dime, a piece of slate (look closely see the drilled hole and tally marks) and a hide or bone scrapper, Paul was on a roll.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Monday lunch...

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Monument
I went to the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Monument and took this picture on a very cold winter day. The results of this battle gave the young expanding country room to grow. We acquired Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Presidental Families: Andrew Jackson

The East Room of the White House was completed and furnished, and the North Portico, began a few weeks after Jackson moved in, was finished in September 1829. Running water was installed in 1833. Most people today, accustomed to modern conveniences, cannot imagine the vast improvement in daily life this brought to the house.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

The cost of freedom....

American Flag

I read in the paper today that 3881 American Solders have died in combat operations in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities. The human sacrifice for this flag is very high. I pray its not in vain. God Bless This Flag.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday lunch.....

8 point buck in local park

During lunch I went to the park and walked the trails and ran upon this beautiful creature. I counted 8 points! He stood there until I left which was perhaps 3 minutes. He is not frighten of people. I don't think that is a good idea on his part

U.S. Army College Plan...

The United States Army plans to offer accredited college credit hours for its training programs with enough offerings that a soldier could retire with a bachelor's degree. The college of the American Soldier program is a recruitment tool as the Army seeks to expand its force. The Army is working with colleges to get its program accredited and hopes to have it running in February 08.
Under the plan, every recruit in basic training will have the option of obtaining a technical certificate in a skill such as welding or a potential 17 hours of college credit in leadership, first aid, and other areas. The idea being by the time your a staff sergent, somewhere between 6 and 10 years in the Army you're going to have your associate's degree. Those who continue in the service and retire as sergent or sergent major could earn a bachelor's degree. Along with the current educational incentives this will be the most educated Army in the world and a outstanding way to help service personal achieve goals that will last a life time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Johnny Depp is on the lose again.....

Johnny Depp is on the lose again in Tim Burton's latest film, Sweeney Todd. Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again. Sounds really scary so visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site and get all the details of this newest release.

I have seen many films by Johnny Depp, I even remember watching him on the television show 21 Jump Street where he played a young officer by the name of Tom Hanson. The great scene I remember was when his girlfriend was shot in a convenience store where he was not able to save her from being shot by a robber. He spent most of his time doing many tasks that would take him about 3.2 seconds to do. His line that stood with me was when he said "I could of saved her in 3.2 seconds but I did nothing". Now another movie that he did that I enjoyed watching and I purchased was Sleepy Hollow. Here Johnny plays what we know today as CSIs. Ichabod Crane was his name and solving murders was his game. The scene which I think was the greatest one was when Crane investigated his first murder in the quiet town of Sleepy Hollow, where he actually breaks out his "tools" to do his research. The line that I remember and cought my attention was when he said "The Horseman then came back to collect the head". The headless horesman....!

If I had to pick which film stood out the most I would have to say Sleepy Hollow. Please visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site and view the trailer and see that this will be a movie to watch and own. If you happen to be on MySpace then stop on over and visit visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace.

Treating Depression...

Someone I love dearly is suffering from depression and I can attest that the treatment of mood disorders is not a simple matter. It is not so simple as diagnosing depression and writing a prescription for Zoloft or Effexor. The individual causes of depression are diverse and poorly understood. The antidepressant medications used to treat it are just as diverse and matching a drug with an individual is not a clear cut decision. Individual symptoms, co-existing illness, tolerance of side-effects, and other medications previously tried are just a few factors that must be considered.

Coupons for the holidays....

Go-a-head and make that wish list for the holidays because is here with those holiday coupon codes. They have great coupons to some good merchants like BestBuy deals with all their wonderful electronics. They also have the ever popular Old Navy coupons for the fashionable clothing Old Navy is known for. So go-a-head and make that holiday list up and let help you save and enjoy the holidays.

Rodents not long for 'Rat Island'

Rat Island western viewI read today that scientists hope to rid an uninhabited Alaskan island of a rat infestation and make it hospitable to seabirds again. Rats first climbed ashore the island in southwest Alaska in 1780 after a rodent plagued Japanese ship ran aground. Since then the sound of birds has disappeared from Rat Island, as the 6.871 acre piece of rock was dubbed by a 19th-century sea captain. The rats feed on the eggs, chicks and adult seabirds that come there to nest. Biologists are hoping to begin exterminating the rodents next fall with poison dropped from helicopters. Stay tuned...!

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Veterans want airport's old name back.....

Harvey Cook [WWII photo]Reading the USA Today I read that a group of veterans is lobbying to have Indianpolis International reinstate its former name: Indianapolis Weir Cook Airport.
Harvey Weir Cook, born in Hnadcock County, Ind., was a aviator in both world wars. Assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron in World War I, Cook was credited with 7 victories including 4 balloons and earned two Distinguished Service Crosses. During World War II, he was killed in New Caledonia while flying a Curtiss P-40 during battle in 1943. Indianapolis renamed its airport in the 1970s for marketing purposes. Good Luck........Veterans!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Presidential Families: John and Abigail Adams…

Letter from John to AbigailPortions of letters between John Adams and his wife, Abigail, will be read at Faneuil Hall in Boston to mark publication of a book about the relationship of one of the nation’s most important founding couples. John and Abigail Adams wrote over a thousand letters to each other. They had plenty to tell one another during the months (sometimes years) that John was away from home helping found a new nation.
From their initial courtship in 1761 through their time as President and First Lady over three decades later, the couple shared insights on their lives and times. Among the readers: Sen. Edward Kennedy, D Mass., Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former governor Michael Dukakis, and their wives.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Chili peppers are hot in medical studies….

Red Hot Chili PeppersI read that doctors are dripping capsaicin, the chemical that gives chili peppers their fire, directly into surgical wounds in an attempt to dull the pain for patients with nerve damage. How could something searing possibly soothe? The hope is that bathing surgically exposed nerves in a high enough dose will numb them for weeks, so patients suffer less pain and require fewer painkillers. The surgery experiment is one of a number of studies involving capsaicin along with dental injections that don’t numb the whole mouth, and scientists hope to begin testing it in patients with advanced cancers.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Final Thoughts......

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year: to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

-Edward Sandford Martin

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pass it On....

last will
A will is one of the most important documents you will ever have to prepare. Without one, state law will determine how your property is distributed, which may or may not be what your wishes would be. Here's what a will can do.

* Control how your assets will be given out at your death.
* Name a executor who will carry out the terms of your will and settle your estate.
* Choose the person to serve as guardian for your children, should you die while they are still minors. It also will ensure that any children with special needs continue to get the treatment they require.
* Direct that items precious to you, such as family heirlooms, are given to the people of your choice.

You aren't required to use an attorney to prepare your will. All you need to do is follow the rules specific to your state. Typically, the will must be signed in the presence of two witness, each of whom must be at least 18 years old. Some states require that a will be notarized. Still, you may want to be absolutely certain your will does what you want it to do. that makes a compelling case for consulting a lawyer experienced in estate planning matters, such as durable powers of attorney and health care proxies.

Finally remember to double check your retirement savings plan beneficiaries to be sure they match the ones listed in your will. If they are different, your plan assets will go to the people designated on your beneficiary form instead of those named in your will.

Australia here we come.....

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Princeton to return artifacts back to Rome..

psykterThe Italian Culture Ministry and the Princeton University Art Museum signed a deal for the returned eight disputed antiquities to Italy. It is Italy largest coup in efforts to recover treasures it says were looted from the country. Under the deal, the New Jersey museum will transfer legal title to Italy of eight artifacts, including pottery and sculpture from the Greek and Etruscan cultures. In exchange, Italy will loan Princeton other treasures of "equal historical-artistic interest." the two sides also will increase cultural cooperation through joint exhibitions and archaeological digs. Among the objects covered by the deal is a prized "psykter" a Greek vase made in Athens around 500 B.C. and imported by the Etruscan culture that dominated central Italy. Italian officials contend the vase was looted by tomb raiders and sold to Princeton for $350.000 in 1989 by an American art dealer.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Freeze it to Heal it...

Several years ago I was beating the side of a railroad car with a sledge hammer trying to free up some wet corn when my right forearm started getting sore. That night I used a leading brand to "ICE" it to help relieve the pain and soreness. This injury keeps recurring whenever I use my arm all day long and so I put "ICE" on when I get home and it helps my arm to feel better so I'm able to go the next day. That incident was several years ago and now a new and more effective product is available. Freeze It Gel products are a unique, effective pain reliever formulated to provide a variety of benefits for therapy, pain relief, exercise/training and overall comfort. The secret to Freeze It products is it contains ILEX, an herbal extract from a South American holly shrub. ILEX is used around the world in various health & wellness formulations and Freeze It topical analgesic does not use waxes, oils, aloe or petroleum resulting in a fast-acting, penetrating, long lasting pain reliever. Freeze It products can effectively help relieve pain from:
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I really could use a year's supply of Freeze It to help relieve my soreness and stiffness whenever my arm starts acting up or for those times when I twist the wrong way or just pull a muscle. Freeze It is a new product and one that will find its way into my medicine cabinet and a product that can help people who suffer chronic pain find relief from everyday minor announces in an over-the-counter medication that is safe and effective.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes and dad John HughesYesterday I meet two remarkable men Patrick Henry Hughes the ESPN Award Recipient of the Louisville Marching Band with his father Partrick John Hughes at CedarCreek Church, Perrysburg Campus. Patrick is a remarkable young man who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. Despite these circumstances Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student. Patrick plays the piano, the trumpet and sings. He is a remarkable young man and it was my honor to shake his hand and offer encouragement to him and his dad.

Affordable Car Insurance...

Were all about affordable car insurance and saving money. Cost-U-Less Insurance Center is one of the largest and fastest growing insurance brokers in California asking the question...Do you want car insurance cheap? The answer has been an overwhelming "yes"! They offer to the residents of California over 100 cheap auto insurance programs to chose from and with over 600,000 customers they must be on the right track. Its just a matter of time before they go national and it will give the consumer one more option to help stretch that consumer dollar.

IRS has millions in unclaimed funds...

Fist full of moneyThe IRS is seeking more than 115.000 taxpayers who are due refund checks totaling more than $110 million. Most of the checks were returned to the IRS as undeliverable. The refunds can be claimed as soon as taxpayers update their addresses with the IRS. Taxpayers can check the status of refunds by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool at or by calling 800-829-1954.

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Piggyback Wi-Fi......!

I read last Thursday that savvy consumers who piggy back wireless Internet networks have plenty of company. More than half of computer users, 54%, admit to using someones else's Wi-Fi access without permission, according to an online survey of 560people by computer-security firm Sophos. Results of the survey, taken Oct. 31 to Nov. 6th.
Many consumers fail to properly secure a home wireless connection with passwords and encryption, the survey reports. Allowing freeloading passers-by and neighbors to steal Internet access and slow down a network's performance. I would recommend designing networks with security in mind, as a safeguard from digital moochers and hackers. Also bear in mind that the average Wi-Fi signal in the home is only good for about 300 feet. So know who is around your home and be wise to your wireless security.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Curiously Awesome Products..

I was selected by payperpost to take part in an exciting and unusual post to sample several products and give my review. I really like the Video Fireplace DVD, I swore I could feel heat...! This would be great at a party playing on a large flat screen TV. What I like the most was the gourmet scented pencils made out of rolled recycled newspaper and all aspects of the product are made from recycled or environmentally friendly substances. I'm thing green here...! The smencil I received was the finest smelling (Grape) pencil I've ever came across. I was tempted to give it a taste text also but decided against that as being silly. Its smells great! The last product for sampling was fake snow! That's right fake snow..! Now that went over big with my son because we added it to a cup of water at the Detroit Red Wings Hockey Game Saturday night. Snow went everywhere covering several fans and I half to confess I was nervous but the fans were very gracious. I really like looking over these unusual products, they were fun to play with and sample.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

PhotoHunt # 84: I Love _____>>

I love pictures of landscapes especially mountains and streams. This was taken in West Virginia during my summer vacation and is this weeks entry for PhotoHunt.

AMA urges umbilical cord blood donating

I read today that The American Medical Association adopted new guidelines last week to encourage pregnant patient to donate their babies umbilical cord blood to public cord-blood banks. the stem cells in cord blood have the potential to save lives. They re the same stem cells that make up the bone-narrow transplants that help many people service certain cancers and other diseases. But cord blood is more easily transplanted into unrelated people and can be ready for use quickly. About 50,000 cord blood donations are stored in more than 20 U.S. public banks. The National Cord Blood Inventory aims to triple that number.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Last Minute Hotel Rooms..

The last several years I have had to travel for the company I work for at a moments notice and therefore I usually half to book a hotel room at the last minute along with airfare, and auto rental. Sometimes it is very stressful making these arrangements especially if your in the road or your not familiar with the location of my destination. Last Minute Hotel Rooms is a UK company that specializes in last minute short breaks in the UK. This site has bargain breaks, romantic breaks, health and beauty breaks, golf breaks, even shopping breaks. This site is loaded with hotels for all price ranges, locations, and those special breaks we all need every now and again or that short unplanned business trip. Now something like that would be great for when I half to travel to Mexico on business at short notice, because I don't know the local area much less the language. To have information at the touch of a few strokes about my location and accommodation's in one central location on the web is a great idea and one that should be embraced by business and the traveler that wants a pleasant and uneventful business experience.

Processor Chips to Have More Transistors....

Intel rolled out its newest generation of processors on Tuesday Nov 13th, showcasing a sophisticated new process that crams up to 40% more transistors onto the company's chips. The most complex of the chips have 820 million transistors, compared with 582 million on chips using the current standard technology. Its difficult for me to perceive the smallness to the transistors and yet they keep getting smaller...awesome!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Veterans Day Stirs Memories...

For more that 30 years on Veterans Day (formerly Armistice day), my memories mostly have been with buddies who served with me in the U.S. Navy. This week while I'll remember them as always, I'm more stirred up by what keeps happening in the "War without End" in Iraq. Comparisons of U.S. troop involvements:

* World War I - One year, seven months, five days
* World war II - Three years, eighth months, 26 days
* Iraq - Four years, seven months, 20 days and counting

Announcement this week that U.S. military deaths in Iraq this year already have exceeded and previous year should wake up even the most blindly patriotic that this is a tragic misadventure that must end.
We invaded Iraq with faulty intelligence or under false pretenses in March 2003. president Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" in May that same year. Yet, more than four years later our servicemen and women keep dying in record numbers.

Mesa Arizona Here We Come!

Its the middle of November and spring is in the air. Spring Training tickets to the Chicago Cubs Cactus League spring games are now available. Let Team One Tickets & Sports Tours connect you with the Chicago Cubs spring games in Mesa Arizona. Team One Tickets & Sports Tours has been in the business of acquiring premium event tickets since 1979 and has over 28 years built their reputation on customer service, dependability and great prices. If you follow the Cubs then there is no better place to start the 2008 season than in Mesa Arizina on Feb 27th for what will be a very exciting year for Cub fans.

Earliest Chocolate Drink Found..

Residents of Central America were enjoying chocolate drinks more than 3,000 years ago, some 500 years earlier than previously thought, new research shows. Archaeologists studying the remains of pottery used in the lower Ulua Valley in northern Honduras about 1100 B.C. report finding residue that contained theobromine, which occurs only in cacao plant, the source for chocolate. The style of pottery indicates cacao was served at important ceremonies to mark weddings and births, according to the National Academy of Science.

Merchants Coupons...

This year is going to set all Internet sales records so why not be smart and grab Online Coupons when you serf your favorite merchants and save money. The site is updated on a daily basis with offers from hundreds of merchants and visitors to the site DO save money using these coupons. I like BestBuy deals for all my electronic needs and Dell coupons for my computer needs. Both sites are loaded with coupons and the site's layout is very simple so that novice users will be able to locate coupons quickly.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sunset over NW Ohio....

Since the time change I haven't been able to see many sunsets because it's dark when I get off work. This fall sunset was taken in Farm Country! Mile after mile of flat land with little trees. I have a friend that is afraid of corn fields (city dude). He thought you eat this corn...! I pointed out that most corn grown is for feed (animals), ethenal (hugh merging market) and not human consumption.