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Beijing, China (via Columbus, but moved to Cincy in 1990)

Member since 21 February 2015 | Blog

Born at University Hospital, so a Buckeye from birth. Grew up west of Columbus. When college time came, my father said I have three choices, I could pick Ohio State, or Ohio State or even Ohio State. So I made the best decision and went with all three. And a great decision it was! Got two degrees from tOSU, though later got another from UVa. Worked a while in Columbus, moved to Cincy in 1990. And yes, I love Skyline Chili. Went to China for the first time in 2005, and then in 2008 started traveling there regularly for work. In late 2010, I essentially began living in China. In 2012 I started my own firm in China, and hey, we are keeping pretty busy. Hard, and sometimes frustrating, work, but in the end, it's all pretty good. Only bad part is that I haven't been to a game for three years now. So I live my Buckeye life through 11W.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being an 11 year old boy scout usher at the Shoe during the 1968 season.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Archie is the man
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jimmy Cleamons, so cool
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: What is this soccer you speak of?

Recent Activity

Comment 11 hours ago

Oh I get what you are saying. As an architect, I can't tell you how many times I've seen scope reduced because someone was pinching pennies. Of course, deferring maintenance only costs more money down the road. As to the appearance of the new shell, I would agree with you on this as well. They should have gone totally modern or should have made more historical gestures to better align with the original style. And just as with the concrete repair, this too, to my eye, looks very much like another budget concession. I think the shell looks like just about the cheapest way they could have clad the original building.

In fact, right now I am working on a project that is soon to start construction. We have been working on the planning and design for over a year. But with 7 weeks before design completion, they want to cut 10% off the costs. And oh, don't change the schedule.

Comment 18 Jun 2018

In China they have an orange soda called Bei Bing Yang, or Arctic Ocean for us westerners. It is the best orange soda I’ve ever had. Puts Orange Crush to shame. To drink it you have to rotate the bottle slowly to get the orange bits to mix with the whole drink since they typically float at the top. 

Comment 17 Jun 2018

The original concrete is nearly 100 years old. For as long as the stadium stands they will be doing concrete repair. What is good today can be significantly impacted a few years later by minor moisture intrusion and  constant freeze-thaw cycles in the winter. 

It would not surprise me that they will have to be doing concrete repair to the newer exterior addition in a few years, especially the steel clips that hold them in place. 

Comment 02 Jun 2018

I love seeing this side of the players. Often all we see are high school stats and recruiting stars. I enjoy learning about who they are as people. And as a wise man once said, you win with people!

Comment 02 Jun 2018

Good luck in your travels. You will probably be doing what I have been over the last six years and live your life vicariously through Buckeye websites, especially 11 W. Once you get used to being the foreigner, it’s not too bad. 

Comment 29 May 2018

“Oh Susan, you are the best in bed”, to my wife, who’s name is not Susan. 

Comment 27 May 2018

3M, thank you for the bump. Good words for me to read as I sit here in China missing my homeland on days like today. It also got me thinking about my Dad. He was a drill sergeant during the Korean War, but he never was in action. In fact, his heart was always very heavy during the Memorial Day weekend wondering if he had done enough to help train the kids that ended up in battle knowing that several did not return home. 

When I turned 18 I expected to enlist, that's just what the boys on both sides of our family had done since the Revolutionary War (Captain Jacob Baker was the first), but my Dad and his brothers (both WWII vets) talked me out of it and insisted I go to college and be the first to graduate. So I don't have the honor of having served, but I do honor those that do. It's important that we keep the meaning of the day, the meaning of the sacrifices ever present within our families, friends and colleagues. 

This is why I enjoy this site. This is a little piece of America that remembers those who came before. And just as my Dad would say, we were all just a bunch of everyday guys doing our job. Oh what a job they (and you!) have done!  What a job indeed.

Comment 20 May 2018

My brother keeps me informed of how our old HS is doing, but it’s like a twice a year deal. Now I do check up on the HS my son went to in Cincinnati. I would go back and see one of their football or lacrosse games, but it would be with my son or a friend from the community. It would seem weird if I went by myself.