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Comment 26 Jul 2015

FWIW, Consumer Reports 2015 TRASHED practically every American made car, including Fusions, Chrysler products, Jeeps and most Chevy's.  Myself, I have driven Lumina's and Impala's for the past 17 years, and I swear by them.  A '96 Lumina was still purring at 321K when the college boy broadsided a guardrail on 75, I sold my '05 Impala to my son-in-law a year ago, and he's got her up to 285K and still clicking off 26-28 mpg, and I'm currently driving an immaculate '07 Impala LTZ.  The mileage isn't all that great (23-26), but I expected that with the 3.9L V6...I just enjoy the luxuries she offers...Nothing wrong with a 1-2 year old "factory" car either, still get a warranty and low miles.  GM and Honda vehicles seem to retain their resale value, something to consider unless you are going to drive them to their grave.

Comment 22 Jul 2015

Cheers, Ramzy.  I have yet to read an article by you and think, "Shit, there's 4 minutes I'll never get back".  Well done, my Good Man.

Comment 22 Jul 2015

Fall, 1971, a 16 year-old senior in high school, down to visit the campus to get the feel of the place for a possible life there as a student. My companion was a fellow classmate from High school, Mark Thieroff.  Somebody provided us free tickets to the Saturday afternoon game, and all I can remember about the game is that we won big.  I don't even recall who we played...My most vivid recollection of the game was, and an apology to any females who may read this, but Mark and I were climbing up the steps of the endzone bleachers to our seats, when TBDBITL began the Star-Spangled Banner.  We stopped, turned around, as all good Americans do, when I noticed two girls a step below us on the aisle, paying their respects, too.  However, they weren't wearing any bra's...and they were gorgeous...(the girls !!) now for a country boy from NW Ohio, who only saw these types of things in the old man's girlie mags, or the tv news, this was a huge deal... a lasting impression....HolyShitCakeMamaJesus...

So what happened ?  The old man convinced me that going to TU where my sister was a year ahead of me would be the proper thing to do..."You know, Mike, you're not going to be able to just come home whenever you want"....Columbus is so big"...yadayadayada... so Toledo it for Mark ?  He went to tOSU, got a degree in Agriculture, and got into farming and raising animals Big Time in the greater Columbus area.  Two? 3? 5? years ago, a fellow classmate sent me a newspaper clipping that told the story of Mark getting killed in a car crash....funny how life progresses for some....and ends for others...any fellow 11 Warriors ever know of a Mark Thieroff ?

Comment 21 Jul 2015

For 27 months beginning in September of '86, I worked in Ann Arbor.  The building where I worked contained a couple of unique individuals in regards to the rivalry.  Both of these guys were class acts.  They never ridiculed excessively, or gave me excessive grief. The one guy was an usher at the Big House during the 1st half of games, then in the 2nd half, he could go down on the field and just wander.  Earle's last game up there was the week after he had been told he was done.  tOSU wasn't that good that year, but Spielman had a game for the ages and we upset those Maize and Blue bastards.  This guy told me he got to shake Earle's hand after that game, & he was genuinely tickled for the Coach.  I was a lot younger and way more vocal in my disgust of anything but Scarlet and Gray.  But this guy and an older guy we hired on as an outside salesman both said something to me that has stuck with me ever since then.  Jack was the salesman, and he bled Sparty green, and he said he always rooted for the Big 10 in OOC games, always. When I asked him why, he said the same thing as mentioned 30 times before in this blog; all Big 10 victories strengthen the overall appearance of the conference.  And since that time, save a time or twelve, that has been my mantra.   

Comment 21 Jul 2015

Nothing wrong with that, SilverHaven.  I have an 8 x 10 glossy hanging in my office of my Grandpa's '53 or '54 "G" model....Man, the sound that old girl belched out when she was turned over....always considered it music to my ears.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

For penance, my dear Son Hove, please recite 20 Our Fathers, 15 Hail Mary's, refrain from men's catalogs with fold-out pin-ups of scantily clad women, and provide 10 hours of service to a certain L. Fickell family in the greater Columbus area.  You may go now.  May God, er...uh...Urban be with you.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

i was riding in the backseat with my sister in back, too, and Mom and Dad up front.  On our way back from a vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains, listening to AM radio, when the music was interrupted by an announcer telling us that the Eagle had landed...I remember thinking this was pretty neat.  Now I have burnt/singed/destroyed/annihilated billions of brain cells over the years, but to the best of my recall, Neil and Buzz (ha-ha, get it ?...Buzz ?....never mind....) never headed down the ladder to the surface until like, 10 pm Eastern time.  My Aunt and Uncle and 4 cousins came over that night, and we sat there, mesmerized by the grainy black and white reception on the old RCA TV...the whole world was watching...proud day to be an American, and to know that JFK's dream was fulfilled...and also proud of that young guy from Wapak, who had more than proved his mettle as a pilot and astronaut.  His calm and cool demeanor was on display when he overrode the computer and took manual control of that spindly-legged Lunar Module, and passed over rocks and craters to place it in a safe landing zone, with 9 seconds of fuel left...Neil was one cool cucumber....Hat's off to you, Mr. Armstrong ... 

Comment 19 Jul 2015

I'm with you, Jumar.  Born and raised in Defiance, not sure where you call home, but a tragedy all the same.  One just never knows now-a-days...a sad commentary on the state of our world.

Comment 16 Jul 2015

This is a GREAT thread with some insightful posts.  Like someone said, 2014 was for the ages, a dream season. We're still the NATIONAL CHAMPS !  Beating Nick and the Tide was one of my absolute favorite moments in sports history.  I am not going to write Bama off just yet.  Unless there is something seriously amiss down in Tuscaloosa, it's inevitable that these high-ranked recruiting classes start paying off.  But I admit, OU and Auburn and Miss. State and us may have dented their armor. All we heard before the Sugar Bowl was how their D line was two deep everywhere and would just wear us never !@#$%&* happened ! The Slobs took control and imposed their will onto them.  It was a slobber-knocker, a battle, and our kids never faltered in their belief in the game plan, even down 15 points. Save for the effort of their inhuman punter, the score could have been much worse.  In no game ALL season did we have to start offensive series with such shitty field position.  When our offense faltered, the Defense more than rose to the occasion.  I kept expecting Bama to start rolling, and they never did.  It seemed like tOSU team was mentally and physically equipped to deal with whatever the Tide presented.  I look at numerous Buckeyes who made a major impact on that game.  And when I try to think of any Crimson boys that did the same, I can't come up with much more than Henry...We exposed their thin LB corp, we ran for what, 300+ yards ??  Yes, they presented problems all game long on both sides of the ball, but...BUT...the thing that most impressed me was the mental toughness the Buckeyes had.  They were on a mission, and I thank Urban and the coaching staff in getting them ready to play this game.  I never felt confident until Powell snagged the interception on the last play (next time, #23, could you just bat it down ?  Thanks !)  Since then, and I would never EVER accuse a Saban-coached team of quitting, but in the time since the final play, as I have re-hashed this game numerous times in my head, I strongly feel that the Buckeyes entered this game with the thought that there was no way they were going to lose way, not gonna happen...come hell or high water, they were going to be the team moving on to the NCG.. I never saw shoulders sagging, our defense had confidence in themselves, and we, save for the two turnovers and rotten field position, pretty much ran rough-shod over their hyped-up defense all game long.  They.Could.Not.Stop.Us...and that will demoralize a team quicker than a bowl of prunes through an old man with diarrhea.  I am smiling as I type this...

2015 ?....we are going to get everyone's best shot, you know it, Urban knows it, we all do.  That is tough to maintain that edge for a season.  Look how Indiana had us sweating bullets at the end of the year, at home !!  I remember being so pissed that Hoke had TTUN playing so far over their heads compared to what they had done all season.  Recall the emotions and feelings of 9/7/14 when we all woke up and realized that we had watched OUR team lose 3 of their last 4 games...Talent-wise, we are there !  We have it at every position, but this game of football always produces the unexpected. All it takes is some team to have their absolute best game of the season against us, and for us to not be clicking on all cylinders.  I seriously think we have a great chance to run the table, but this is a unique sport, and that oblong ball does some strange things at times.  Look at how FSU came back and won so many of their games last year.  I only watched some of them because the opposing team was ahead or beating them soundly, but they won every stinking game...until the Rose Bowl.  And when MM started rolling, they quit, pure and simple....that had to eat at Fisher...but their luck ran out....I hope we don't go through a season like that.  The classy kids our coaching staff has recruited makes it seem highly unlikely, but we have targets on us, each and every game.  I trust our HC and his staff, and our players, and for good measure, I am keeping my fingers crossed....

Comment 16 Jul 2015

CGL, nice post, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. No hate from me.  I've only been around a year and a half, and I have yet to DV anyone.  I understand the concept of DV'ing, because I have read blogs where people get too emotional, and a site like this brings a lot of different folks with diverse backgrounds, so there will be disagreements...and I have saw people get down right nasty in their responses...but I'll leave that downvoting option of this site to others...I'm shooting for ALL upvotes and no DV''s a goal...don't nobody just really piss me off...I mean it..... 

Comment 13 Jul 2015

My late Momma used to make this Shepherd's Pie....; big bowl, line the inside with ground beef, fill it with a couple of cans of Campbell's Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, then cover the whole thing with mashed potato's and bake in the oven...add a couple of hot rolls smothered in real butter....You can take me now, Lord, I'm ready.

Comment 13 Jul 2015

I was in the lobby of the Americana Hotel in NYC in '64 when Phyllis Diller walked through....I was in love....I was 9.....

Comment 08 Jul 2015

BBF, Thanks for the laugh.  

Comment 08 Jul 2015

Up this morning at 6:10, and the first thing I DON'T see is that little round dog bed with two ears perking up out of it, getting up to follow me to the bathroom, then poking her head inside the door to make sure I'm still there because, let's face it, my sole purpose at this early hour of the day is to stick my hand in the treat jar and dole out a couple of yummies, you know, to give her enough energy to go back and lay beside Momma still fast asleep...this is going to take some time getting used to...

Comment 08 Jul 2015

YBUCK, when the 4 kids were in that 8 to 12 year age, we had a Montana, then went to an '01 Olds Silhouette.  Still have the Olds, 215K and driven occasionally.  I had no problem with a minivan when we drove them, as their advantages far outweighed their flaws.  But the 4 "kids" are now aged 22 to 25, and I bought the Misses a used Equinox in March, and she loves it.  Gas mileage is about the same, but I had to have a 6 cylinder in the 'Nox as I feel it's too much weight for a 4-popper.  The one thing about a van I noticed, is that waaaaaaay too many times we got nominated to go hither and yon because "your vehicle seats 7 adults"....Oh, bite me...the storage is great in a MV, but it just allowed Miss Alanea THAT MUCH MORE ROOM when she goes on garage sale binges for 10 hours most Saturdays....

As far as the one-year old, like Barney Fife would say, "Nip it.  Nip it in the bud !"  She needs to know immediately that this type of behavior is not, and will not, be tolerated. That is up to you and the spouse, however you want to handle it.  Waterboarding may be a bit extreme at that age, I'd wait until they are at least 4 before going with that tactic.

And remember the infamous words of Woodrow F. Call, Texas Ranger, Lonesome Dove..."I hate rude behavior in a man child....won't tolerate it...."

Comment 07 Jul 2015

To all of you who have commented back about Ruby, I just want to say Thanks.  Life is nothing but experiences, good and bad, and this was a tough one.  Many of you have been through this before, and I sincerely appreciate your kind words and encouragement.  The word "concise" is not in my vocabulary, but there was really no other way to tell this story without going into detail.  Again, Thanks for sharing and responding.  

You're right, NeilWoodGables, it's a pleasing thought to know she'll be "there" when I get there...

Comment 06 Jul 2015

DJB, again, I applaud you for bringing forth exceedingly interesting stories. The Innocent Man is thought-provoking, I can't-believe-this-shit-happens-in-America tale of one man's tragedy.  Many of us, in life, get labels put on us. This poor man, because he argued with his wife, was labeled incorrectly, and spent years in prison, due to a couple of individuals who felt empowered to pass judgement on a totally innocent individual.  I appreciate your insight, DJ, in finding these stories for us, and sharing them. 

Comment 30 Jun 2015

I totally agree, BA, the man was amazing.  If he could put joy into someone's life, if only for a moment, it validated his reason to be on earth.  His brother, Tom Jr.,  co-wrote a book a few years back, that was equally sad and outrageously funny.  He wrote about Chris being on the rugby team in college, and how, after every home game, they'd retire to this bar in Milwaukee.  Fifty cent beers only added to the mayhem, and Chris started this thing called "beer slides", where many would pour their beer on the top of the now vacated bar, CF would strip naked, get a running start, and then slide across the bar.  I, personally have saw many things in bars, but that would be a show-stopper for me.

Recently, I just came across, by accident, something that I had been looking for, for years.  Adam Sandler and Chris did this little 4-minute sketch on SNL.  Sandler, in his childish and impaired intelligence "voice", asked the camera if he could get get these people's mail, then it progressed to staying at their house, sleeping in their bed, etc.  And after each request, the camera would pan to Chris, dressed in a sweater, who would embellish Adam's request with his own sense of duty, and angst-ridden voice...The Herlihy Boy, another item that is part of the Chris Farley portfolio...Man, it felt good to laugh like that again...Poor Adam could barely keep it together.

I think the comment that pretty much sums up the way I feel about Farley, came from Dave Letterman.  It might have been Chris's first visit on Late Night, back during the NBC era.  After about 9 minutes of stories and cartwheels and falling backwards over in the chair, Dave was telling him to come back anytime, and said something to the effect of; there are a lot of talented people in that show, but you, my Friend, are worth the price of admission.

Comment 27 Jun 2015

I have had the pleasure of seeing them twice.  The first time, they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the old, now demolished, Toledo Sports Aroma, circa 1975 ?.  That was the last time I worked my way down to the front of the stage.  Between the jostling, beer getting spilled down your back, and the idiots who rely on strangers as lamp posts so they don't fall over, yea, that was the tipping point for me.  I'll just grab a seat and enjoy my binocs, Thanks.  Lost a watch down there at that show, too.  I didn't know much about Rush that night.  I recall thinking they were quite good, but I was really there for the main act.  The last time was Roll The Bones tour at Savage Hall, '92-'93 time frame.  By that time, I owned 80% of all their albums.  From the late 70's onward, I think they became an absolute legend in R&R.  The wall of music they project, Neil's lyrical content, Geddy's voice and bass playing, and Alex's guitar virtuosity, is second to none in my eyes.  As an amateur axe player, what Alex does with his Gibson's is not an easy thing to replicate. I have yet to find a Rush 4-chord song that I could master... Alex is my favorite, because he is the guitar man.  Favorite song would be Time Stand Still.  "Those" lyrics reveal a lot of my personal feelings on life and getting older.  Favorite album ? Anything from the late 70's to ?  I was glad to see they finally made it into the R&RHOF...long overdue, in my eyes, you piece of shit voting board members.

Comment 24 Jun 2015

O-K, you are talking with a complete male stranger at a wedding reception.  You can tell by talking with him that he is "one plane short of a squadron".  As he is speaking with you, those annoying little white globules of spittle/LordKnowsWhatElse form at the corners of his mouth.  Tuf, do you politely tell him he should wipe his mouth, wipe YOUR own mouth in a way that you hope he catches on to what you are doing, or wait until a flying white astroid nails you on your upper lip ?

Sorry, Birm....