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Beijing, China

MEMBER SINCE   February 21, 2015

Born at University Hospital, so a Buckeye from birth. Grew up west of Columbus. 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 in 2008 and started traveling there regularly for work. 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 don't get back much. 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

Recent Activity

Comment 25 Jan 2020

1). August 28, 1963 in Washington DC to hear Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech”. One of the great orators of all time. My second choice would have been in the Oval Office during the Cuban Middle Crisis  
2). Although it happened mostly over a four day period, to be on the trading floor to witness the Black Tuesday Stock Market crash on October 24, 1929. My grandparents almost lost everything. Yet never gave up. Heroic to me.  My second choice would be the Battle of Kursk, the greatest tank battle ever, over 10,000 tanks. Now that was over a seven week period, but I’d pick some day in early August 1943 when the Soviets counter-attacked would have been the most interesting, but most horrific. 
3). The painting of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. While that took from 1508 to 1512, to sit with the greatest artistic master for any one of those days would be a delight. Second choice would be with Thomas Jefferson on 2 July when presented the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress. 
4). The day of the Resurrection of Christ. The only possible second choice would be the day of His birth. 

Comment 25 Jan 2020

In 1800, Ohio was close to being 95% forested, by 1900 it was close to only being 5% forested. I think I read we are back up to 30-35% now. 

Comment 25 Jan 2020

I know STX has posted this before, and I’m in agreement, why DV, why not just man-up and state your disagreement? 

Like many here, I don’t DV, if I don’t like what you say, I’ll tell you. Now I do show 5 DV’s on my record, but those were all fat fingers. I’m not exactly the most graceful of individuals and the iPhone isn’t helping. 

Comment 17 Jan 2020

I officially announce my candidacy for the position of President of THE Ohio State University. My First Order of business is to get rid of CampusParc, the Second Order is to tell Shamrock to go to Hell and the Third Order is all students get free Jeni's ice cream every Monday (because, who likes Mondays?)

Then later I will occasionally deal with the trivial things like running the hospital and improving our academic standing. Although I hear that if we get rid of online classes, TTUN would start winning on the last weekend in November. So I guess my Fourth Order would be required online classes for all of our athletes. 

Comment 15 Jan 2020

I have heard of it primarily within three contexts: One, (and I've heard this one for a long time) in regard to someone who whines and is generally chooses to not push themselves through a difficult circumstance. Two, more recently, a disparagement of another individual  regarding their reaction to a politically charged social condition about something that may be considered offensive (most commonly said by conservatives to liberals). And three, a single ice crystal that has achieved a sufficient size, and may have amalgamated with others, that then falls through the Earth's atmosphere as snow. 

Comment 15 Jan 2020

On the surface it does mean the same thing that someone is soft or a wimp, someone who melts in the slightest presence of (social) heat. But it also has a political connotation, thus the quick reaction of those who may be offended with the suggestion. 

Comment 12 Jan 2020

I cannot imagine keeping a loved in distress like that for a decade. Especially as it went against her decision. Wow! 

My mother essentially had total organ failure due to her long term smoking habit and was living for a short only due to a ventilator and feeding tube. A couple of years before she had prepared a living will with a DNR. I had power of attorney for her living will. Took a week to convince my brother to pull the plug, even though he had almost nothing to do with her care in her last year. 

I told him if he wasn’t going to agree I was going to do it the next day. He kept thinking she would miraculously return as good as new, and if I pulled the plug I was killing mom. She had been in distress for three years with the last few months in severe pain. I kept my word and I was with her every moment as she hung on for about 30 hours afterwards. 

My brother eventually accepted my decision, which was hers anyway due to the DNR order. 

Comment 09 Jan 2020

I had serious asthma as a kid. Had an asthma attack when I was 4 1/2 late at night. This was in 1961 before inhalers were a thing to have. My pediatrician just happened to live a street over from our house. My parents called him and he came over immediately. Since this was when docs would still occasionally do house calls, he pulled out the oxygen tank and small oxygen tent out of his 59 Chevy and walked in our house. He told my parents to call an ambulance, did a quick assessment and then set up the translucent plastic oxygen tent. 
I remember none of this. Next thing I see is the inside of a hospital. 
But I do remember my body floating at the ceiling looking down at myself with oxygen tent and at the grim-faced pediatrician talking to my scared parents, my mom pulling my dad over next to the door and falling into his shoulder sobbing with my 8 month old brother crying in the next room. Then I next was drawn into an empty round tunnel of white light. I was moving slowly into the tunnel......then it faded and I was in the hospital. 
Apparently it took an ambulance some time to get to the house as their had been a bad car accident. So during the wait I took a turn for the worse. The doc told my parents I might not make it just before the ambulance finally arrived. 
Not long after I woke up I excitedly told my parents the story of what I saw. My mom went white, quiet for a moment then told me it was a dream and I was just a little bit sick. I still remember this dream vividly. 
About 8 years later my mom asked how I knew what I saw. She then told how serious my asthma attack was. That they thought I had just about died. She also told me my description was eerily accurate, and that I couldn’t have seen anything how it happened even if the oxygen tent was transparent, which it wasn’t, as they were standing somewhat behind me within the room. 
All I can say is that God was with me that night. 

Comment 09 Jan 2020

For the record, I understood exactly what you meant Kangarooman. 

Comment 23 Dec 2019

Merry Christmas BGN to you and your family! Thank you for posting, I too have experienced a similar thoughts. I love Christmas and all the wonder and spiritual qualities of the season. 

I know too that it can also be a difficult time for some as family or friends may not be near to them. Let’s all reach out and embrace those we hold dear by stopping by, giving a call or sending a heartfelt note that may mean more than you could possibly imagine. 

May God bless all of the 11W’ers spanning the globe!!!

Comment 23 Dec 2019

As a person who lives in China, and who is not Chinese, the comment about the Chinese people is unequivocally false. While it may be your father's estimation, and since you did not qualify it, you should know better than to spread such nonsense as ostensible fact. 

I would like to add that my mother's cousin served with the US Army in Kunming, China to deliver American military supplies to the Chinese army out in the field. He noted in his letters home that he was amazed at the resourcefulness of the Chinese people in resisting the Japanese Army. He did not survive the war as one of the convoys he was in was ambushed by the Japanese. 

Comment 22 Dec 2019

We all Know the the reason for the Illini victories. The refs were in their pocket, their players were getting paid, and they were taking online classes. 

Pretty obvious really.