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Member since 06 December 2011 | Blog


  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: My favorite brother in law who played D-1 until he tore his ACL.
  • NFL TEAM: Washington Redskins. But not their owner.
  • NHL TEAM: 1) Washington Caps 2) Detroit Red Wings
  • NBA TEAM: Don't care. Nuke
  • MLB TEAM: 1) Boston Red Sox 2) Boston Red Sox 3) Red Sox
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA Women's team

Recent Activity

Comment 21 Oct 2016

Ooh, tacos in a bag, as we call them! One of the local high schools actually has them available at their concession stand during football and lacrosse games. Luckily for some, the stadium bathrooms are right nearby.

Comment 27 Sep 2016

Grew up in BG, but I rarely make it back to 43402, as my parents while still there,  spend time down south also. Almost didn't recognize Chip because last time I saw him, his hair was umm, darker. He sold the Dairy Queen that his family owned a few years ago. Oh well, I can understand why he wants to cash in his chips.

Comment 29 Aug 2016

You also need to understand that there is a Southern culture, and you are a Yankee. I speak with experience. Non-OSU daughter went south to an SEC school. She had to get adjusted to it. Are you interested in joining a fraternity? Alabama is a very big Greek school. When you visit, you might want to really pay attention to the vibes you feel while there. Do they feel good, or do you want to get the heck out of there quickly?

I get the dollars aspect, it is a huge issue these days. You really don't want to saddle yourself or parents with too much debt. And if you really want to get out of Ohio and go someplace, then Alabama might be a better fit for you. Now, that being said, do you hope to come back to Ohio after graduation? If so, an Alabama degree might not get you in as many doors as an OSU degree will. Not to mention, you will not make the same connections being out of state for 4 years. And these days, connections and internships often give you a leg up. But if you are flexible as to where you go post graduation, that point might be moot.

Have you called the OSU scholarship office? Let them know that you have a full ride to Alabama, they might up your scholarship $$. It does happen.

Good luck! It is a big decision.

Comment 17 Aug 2016

I didn't mind the Mean Streak, as I couldn't handle going upside down on a coaster, gave me a nice case of vertigo every time, ugh. So yes, I became the one who held everybody's stuff while sitting on a bench near whatever coaster the others were riding. Did get some good people watching in though, I guess.

Comment 29 Jul 2016

What absolute jerks. What in the hell were they thinking? Sumlin also deserves heat for this, as these are his coaches. I guess he never thought to review their chalk talk before the session. Humphhh. I wonder if the AD has Tom Herman's agent on speed dial?

Comment 29 Jul 2016

What in the hell were they thinking? Do these coaches not have wives, sisters, mothers or daughters? If my brother had put together this crap I would have told him he was an effing idiot. And an ass to boot. Quite frankly, I will put some of the blame on Sumlin also for not reviewing their "chalk talk" before the session. After all, those coaches were representing the football program and the university.

Comment 04 Jul 2016

Regarding those with PTSD, the big all news radio station in DC was asking people who would be hosting their own private, albeit illegal, fireworks display this weekend to please let the neighbors know, as there are a number of military veterans in this area dealing with PTSD. I can't remember ever having heard that request in previous years.

Comment 18 Jun 2016

Way, WAY back when I was in middle school, my mom drove my best friend and me to the old Toledo Sports Arena, where we saw ZZ Top and Alice Cooper, back when Alice was with his original band, they had hit the big time. ZZ Top had not yet hit the charts, that was to come later that year, nor had they started to grow those beards. We came to see Alice Cooper, so who the hell was this not quite country not quite rock band?  They sucked. They may have had a great set, but we couldn't care less about their music, so, they sucked. The crowd that night was very rowdy, not a good sign. Alice Cooper came on, finally, with lots of stuff being thrown on the stage. After a couple of songs, some idiot threw a lit firecracker onstage. It went off, the band immediately dropped their instruments and exited the stage, never to return. What made it worse was that the emcee came on the stage to say that they would be back if we all calmed down, so everyone waited, then waited some more, more pronouncements from the stage, until they told us the concert was cancelled and it would be rescheduled at a later date. I guess that made sense, as had they cancelled the show immediately after the band left the stage, the crowd probably would have torn the arena apart. And, as far as I know, they never came back to Toledo.

Comment 24 May 2016

While I have not cruised, my parents have done a few of them, including river cruises. The river cruises were  some of their very favorite trips, cruise or otherwise, and they have gone all over the world. The river cruises that they were on included locals (usually college professors/chefs/art historians) who talked about the history of the area, the cuisine, the art, etc. That then set them up for some great local expeditions to see museums, castles, historic sites, breweries, etc. My mom, who is definitely not into museums, absolutely loved it, and had a great time checking out the local sites. The rooms on the ship were well appointed, and the food was fabulous. But a lot of people would rather stick knitting needles in their eyeballs than do that kind of cruise, as they would rather do the more traditional cruise on a ship with pools and other activities. It just depends on what kind of cruise you want to have.

Comment 14 Mar 2016

I heard the same thing, that their concerts were visually boring, there was very little interaction with the audience, no talk between songs, as they just kind of plowed through them. I read that Ric Ocasek hated touring, so this doesn't surprise me. But man, they made great records.

Comment 11 Mar 2016

One of my all time favorite groups. Saw them twice in Cleveland. They were quite the showmen-Keith with his piano rotating end over end as he played it, Carl with his spinning drums, and Greg with his Persian carpet. This was before the huge staged  and tightly scripted shows that are commonplace these days. They actually took some heat for it, as at that point, most groups did not have a terribly evolved light show, or stage presence. Bowie, ELP, and even bands like Alice Cooper were changing the stage dynamic, making a concert into more of a staged event as compared to guys up on stage just singing and playing. Such tremendous talent. Sigh.

Comment 25 Feb 2016

I'm glad we promoted an OSU guy who, to this onlooker, did a great job this past season. There was quite a din and a hue over the candidates the first go round, since none of them were from OSU, if I recall. Pres. Drake did not handle that one very well, but it seems that it turned out ok in the end. Will be interested to see how the TBDBITL alumni feel about it.

Comment 25 Feb 2016

Back in the day in the 70's, OSU had a rolling admissions policy because at that point it was a state mandate. If I recall correctly, you had to have a certain high school GPA and certain core classes. Not all state supported universities had that same requirement. Not sure why. Miami of Ohio wasn't required to have the same policy, so, consequently, it was more selective, and had a stronger academic reputation within Ohio. Ohio State also had something like a 46 percent graduation rate because admitted students found out that yeah, practically anyone who met the requirements and applied early enough could get in, but being able to keep up academically was something entirely else. (Memories of the dreaded Accounting and Computer Science Cobol  Programming(yeah, Cobol and damned paper punch cards, shudder) classes rise up in my mind.) At some point, OSU was able to convince the legislature to change the admissions requirements so that OSU could be more selective in accepting new students, and compete academically on a national level.

OSU daughter graduated from OSU a couple of years ago- I went to a number of functions sponsored by her organization, and the largest topic of discussion was usually OSU's ever increasing selectivity, and how a lot of us alumni probably would not have been admitted with current selections standards. The other topic was usually discussing bars and retail establishments that we frequented that were no longer there like Papa Joe's, the Bergs, Longs, and how Short North had been significantly gentrified after we left.

Oh, and fyi, a 29 ACT score is in the top 7 percent, and is analogous to a 1950 (no writing portion) SAT. Not half bad.

Comment 11 Feb 2016

Love lacrosse. OSU daughter played, and I have very fond memories of driving her all over the Northeast in the summer to club tournaments (no, really, it was great, as we had some really good conversations while driving the zillion hours to  New Jersey or upstate New York from Northern Virginia.) Started watching men's lacrosse and love it too. We usually catch a Navy game each season. Such fun. Intend to also catch the OSU games at Maryland and JHU depending on weather.

It will be interesting to see who steps up scoring wise for the Bucks this year.

Comment 05 Feb 2016

Gotta believe that he has a bright future, he is bright, personable, has a great tv presence, and is a good looking guy, just ask us ladies. Looking forward to seeing him on the national scene at some point.

And I do miss Anderson's. You can go in there on a Fall Saturday morning and see a mix of OSU, TSUN, BGSU and U Toledo jerseys, with no one coming to blows.

Comment 22 Jan 2016

I would say Tito's and orange juice, but I forgot to get orange juice on my last grocery store run before Snowzilla-looking at close to 30 inches of snow by Sunday morning, aaauuuggghhhhhh. Going to have to shovel a poop path for the dog tomorrow morning. And then shovel one again a few hours later. Then another one...

Comment 13 Jan 2016


I loved OSU so much and thought so highly of the academic program in my college that my husband and I paid out of state tuition for OSU Daughter to go here. T'ain't cheap, yikes.

Comment 03 Jan 2016
Wouldn't it be great for Bosa if he could be reunited in Houston with Vrable? Not to mention having JJ Watts and Simon as teammates... (obviously I'm not a Browns or Bengals fan). Not gonna happen though. He will be taken before Houston gets their pick.