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Member since 23 July 2013 | Blog

30 years military, still active, live in Italy.

Grew up in Ohio and have been a lifelong fan of The OSU.

Drop me an email if you have any unique, rare, etc. Ohio State football items.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Too many to list.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Charles "Chic" Harley.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Catania (Sicily)

Recent Activity

Comment 17 May 2017

That right there folks in an Irish goodbye TTUN style... or I suppose it could be considered their Irish Hello...

Comment 16 May 2017

Viking Cruises is about to wrap-up a 141-day cruise for the small fee of $49k per person.

Comment 16 May 2017

Absolutely this  ^^^^

So many people fall for the Sandals type resort idea but upon arrival you will find that you are staying in the same place with the same people (and that includes any jerks or jerk couples that are there at the same time).  An all-inclusive sounds like a good idea but in many of them you are somewhat trapped inside their perimeter (think prison) because just outside is essentially a 3rd World Nation and not really safe to be hanging around in.  Then there are the "clingers"; they are the couples that have to "bond" with other couples in order to have fun and you won't be able to shake them because all of you are in the same "prison".

Recommend to get a nice hotel (4-Star or above) and upgrade your room to at least a junior suite in a nice location you've always wanted to go and just make sure there are lots of restaurants and bars around to get the most out of wherever you are.

Comment 13 May 2017

Fatpants; just saw this.  Thanks for the response. 

1. AirBNB saves the day with rentals so I can have my entire family under one roof so we can spend time together.  Been a few years since I was last home.

2. Baseball game: I was able to get tickets for the Indians vs Yankees on one night while in town; that is going to be great. 

3. Cedar Point

4. Put-in-Bay

*** three days prior to getting to Sandusky I'll be at the Collectors National Convention in Chicago as well.  Going to be a fun 10-days with lots of friends and family. 

Comment 10 May 2017

I'd like to add one more item to my wish list from above:

3. Edit and/or Delete Function: Please allow people more time to edit their comments PLUS add an option for people to delete their comment completely at ANY time.  Edit Option (10 minutes) Delete Option (indefinite).  Sometimes people say things they just don't mean or are caught up in a moment; kindly give them the ability to make a reprieve. 

Comment 10 May 2017

I try I try... but I'm married and well.... I try.

Strange how things change. 

Someone told a joke the other day that left the men in the room quite sad.  It went like this: while dating a girl place a penny in a jar each time you have sex... then when you marry her take a penny out of the jar each time you have sex and you will spend the rest of your life trying to empty that jar.  He went on to say "do you know why men die before women" and his answer was.... "because they want to".

Comment 10 May 2017

Kind of weird but OK.  Thanks.  I had no idea.  Seems strange that you'd have to do that when all other forums I use have a simple right click.  No worries.

The search thing is the one that really kills me because people always claim "I did a search and didn't see another thread" when there are 10 threads on the exact subject on the forum pages.  :-)

Comment 10 May 2017

1. Search Function: Please enable a better search functionality so that people can locate same / similar topics more easily and the site can avoid redundant threads being started for the same thing.  As an example do a search on any random thing such as J.T. Barret, Malik Hooker or just Hooker, or Bosa, or any other search and you will locate threads from random dates of origin and do not break down very well.  They should be in chronological order and in much smaller font.

2. Spell Check.  Please enable spell check because it shows that the word is misspelled but does not allow the user to right click and select the proper spelling.  It only gives you a "paste" function which is odd in general but clearly has no relation to spelling.


Comment 07 May 2017

Anyone else have suggestions? 

I rented a house in Sandusky and will be there 7 days/6 nights.  Thanks!

Comment 07 May 2017

They don't refer to you as "King Slender" for any other reason.... ;-)

Comment 05 May 2017

I'm flying home in early August and rented a home in Sandusky so we can get to the park a few times while there.  Looking forward to it since I haven't been in so many years.  This thread has been helpful so far and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the comments that are sure to follow. 

While on the note of Sandusky area; what other things do you guys recommend visiting while there PLUS what restaurants in the Sandusky downtown area would you suggest? 

Comment 04 May 2017

Often times age and the types of food around us, even when trying to eat healthy, are the key obstacles.  Why I paired the two of them together is because even if we had the types of food available 50+ years ago our age would not allowing one to burn calories as efficiently (without stepping up exercise and so on) and now almost all food is loaded with countless numbers of products that are surely bad for us and have an enormous effect on weight-gain which is evidenced by the fact that we are the #1 obese country in the world.  It has to be the fuel we are putting in our bodies and less to do with inactivity. 

Another thing is our mentality of the "American daily dose of" where our own government tells us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but doesn't tell us that cereals (adult and childrens), granola, yogurt, etc. are loaded with sugar and carbs, or that eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes might not be something to eat even once per year let alone each morning, or that walking around all day with a cup of coffee in your hand (that usually has sugar and/or creamer) is really bad for you and that it should be replaced with water, or that our bodies are not designed to process milk and cheese products especially to the degree we consume them, etc.  that's just breakfast.

Then the rest of the day; between easy access to fast food joints, sauces of every kind to go on top of all the food ranging from BBQ sauces, Mayo, Ketchup, Mustard, salad dressing (ever try a salad by itself or with just a splash of red wine vinegar OR my favorite a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt) and so on - we basically cover the flavor of the food with a different flavor, to all of our restaurants that most of their kitchen standards focus on speed not health and you have oil or butter or both in nearly everything you add plus a mountain of salt. 

It is a tough fight that each person must take account for and one that forces me, for the most part, to eat at home and control my own environment.  Even here things are getting bad with the growth of processed foods and fried food and the obesity is beginning to grow.  Leafy greens, fruits, juicer drinks (I love that thing) loaded with all kinds of fresh fruit and veggies and always add ginger (the root, not Gilligan type), no sauces of any kind, rarely fried anything, etc. and although my weight is not dropping I am burning fat and growing muscle and have more energy, sleeping better, feel ten-years younger.

Comment 30 Apr 2017

The PLAYERS know the risks; if they don't then they are just plain ignorant and haven't taken two-minutes to google "risks of playing football".  What is THEIR responsibility or accountability to their own self?  

No no; let's blame the league that pays all the salaries, untold numbers of employees, sells a worldwide brand, and makes $ billions, and lastly lets blame the man that manages the league itself... yes, that makes a lot of sense to me (insert sarcasm here).

Blaming others for the very obvious facts of the risks is just stupid in this modern era where countless medical experts have weighed-in, the NFL itself has acknowledged the risks and is trying to make changes to minimize collisions with rule changes, and even hollyweird has gotten on board with the messaging with movies like Concussion (great movie for those that haven't seen it), etc.  May I ask what it is that you think he should do in order to "give at least two shots about the players long term health"?       

Comment 30 Apr 2017

This is brilliant.  Thanks for the laughs so far. 

I could have had free tickets to their scrimmage here but declined because... well... it's scUM.