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Around the World but mostly Europe

MEMBER SINCE   July 23, 2013

Active duty military for a while, 33-years, retired 2019.

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: NFL Sucks - no team and no to the league
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Napoli

Recent Activity

Comment 10 hours ago

Because he is talking about today not the mystical magical future... did you think your entire March and April of 2020 would be so sideways?  Yeah, I sure didn't.

Comment 18 hours ago

I think we should first follow Alabama's self-declaration of 12 national championships (see link below) and add a few of our own (e.g. 1916, 1917, for starters - perhaps some of you can help me add to that list using their standards - see link for guidelines). 

My question would be - who paid for the apple devices and by giving them to players isn't that now a "gift"...?  see where I'm going with this?

Comment 31 Mar 2020

Starting to believe the entire thing is a scam.

Comment 30 Mar 2020

Appreciate all the great suggestions above; damn shame not one came with a link to the actual game being discussed.

2011 Whiskey game was cool.  As mentioned - season full of heartache, unranked, etc.  sorry for the horrible video quality.

Comment 29 Mar 2020

I'm well in to week 3 at home - the important part is just staying busy. 

I predict LOTS of babies...  = have to stay busy somehow. 

Comment 27 Mar 2020

Thanks for bumping this.  No new news that I am aware of.  I live overseas so not local therefore haven't heard anything new or seen anything.  I was home back in the fall and walked through Buckeye Grove and noticed that the trees for Chic Harley and Pete Stinchcomb (they are next to one another) at the entrance are both dead.  Shame. 

Walking around the stadium I saw countless fantastic locations that should be considered if not for just Chic then perhaps the entire 1916 team, that in my opinion, should count as a National Championship for Ohio State.  While I'm on the subject so should 1917.  1919 would but Ohio State lost the last game of the season leaving them with one loss.  Lord knows teams like Alabama have claimed NC's for less impressive seasons; 12 times in fact.  LINK:

Comment 25 Mar 2020

You can report the sellers for profiteering.  There are laws on the books against you and I doing these things but apparently it is "OK" for jewelers, retailers, amazon, etc. to up-charge items on specific holidays... (I digress). 

In all seriousness; Ebay and Amazon will delete accounts of sellers that are gouging customers for specific items relating to natural or other disasters. 

Comment 21 Mar 2020

I live in Italy - it's a mess and everyone is scared in to staying inside their homes.  Military and police vehicles everywhere and no one is allowed out of their homes unless you are going to the pharmacy, supermarket, and a few other specific reasons. 

The north is struggling to contain the China Virus but the real issues are if this thing turns toward the southern part of Italy.  Below is a disturbing article that confirms all I have been saying about medical capabilities in Italy, specifically, the problems get significantly worse the further south one goes....  For those that do not know Italy well, the north is generally very rich, productive, and has a lot of great infrastructure and things such as modern hospitals, etc. whereas the south (starting from around Naples) to Calabria and the islands of Sicily and Sardegna are significantly different.  Fear is that if the numbers in the south begin to rise the hospitals will absolutely be overwhelmed in no time because they are significantly inferior to what the north of Italy has.

Comment 19 Mar 2020

475 deaths the day before yesterday and 427 deaths yesterday...

Italian Army arrives in Sicily tomorrow... at least it isn't the Germans....again.

My gym has been closed for 6 weeks and I finally got sick of not doing anything physical except the type that happen when people are trapped at home with nothing else to do...  To get a workout in I dug out a corner of our spare bedroom to make some space to do home gym workouts.  The room is stacked to the ceiling with personal property for when we move in to our house that is 99% complete, but 100% stalled at the moment due to all this BS going on, and discovered exactly three dumbbells in a back corner of the room that I had no idea where here so have body weight, a yoga mat, and three dumbbells (20, 25, and 35 lbs).  On a good note for Italy; believe that birth numbers for late 2020 and early 2021 will be much higher than normal... see comment in first sentence of this para to understand.

Comment 19 Mar 2020

Trucks are still moving and stores remain open so not at the moment.  That being said; if things do not slow down I see a tighter grip being applied and they'll lock everything down.  Right now the idea is to lock it down to flatten the growth rate... but the latest death numbers show things are continuing to get worse. 

I suggest making sure you have sufficient food stores now - if you don't have an extra freezer already I suggest getting at least a small one and filling it.  Can always BBQ over the summer and eat your way out of the food prep = less trips to store later over the summer and fall. 

Italians do not generally have the large extra freezers many have in the U.S. and the refrigerators are smaller and the freezer section of it is super small making it hard to store a lot of food.  We are loading up on beans, lentils, tomato sauce, pasta, rice, etc. to make sure we still get our proteins and carbs while not taking up valuable space needed in the fridge or freezer (which are both packed full of meat).

Comment 15 Mar 2020

Italy about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks ahead of the U.S. as far as how things have played out so far.  We have been on lockdown for several days now (losing count) and it is like Marshall Law type experience if you leave your home.  My wife just told me they tightened things even more - before we could go out to go to the local (in your part of town) grocery store, pharmacy, and hardware store.  Now one member of your family can go to the store one time per week. 

Not joking folks - get your matters in order because the U.S. is a hell of a lot better prepared to lockdown society than they are here.  What does that mean?  Via National Guard, Law Enforcement, and other.  Italy is simply not as well equipped in that realm so people can get around road blocks and such - in the U.S. that will not be so easy if implemented. 

Don't hoard but go each day and load up on essentials.  It is too late to wish you had bought some extra booze to deal with being isolated if this goes in to play.  I suggest getting a plan together for your families, for each person, to make sure they have things to do.  Men, good time to work on those projects at the house so get the things needed, etc. 

Comment 14 Mar 2020

Never.  I always have on hand at least 1-year's worth of hard liquor and at least 3-months worth of wine (nearly all red) because I like to always have a stocked bar because we entertain a lot (obviously not now). 

I saw this coming well in advance and stocked up on lots of the necessary items and kept warning our friends and even family and they all thought I was nuts.  Started ramping up about 2-months ago and did so alone; my Sicilian bride even refused to get with the program.  I lived in Hurricane destinations so know all too well how painful it gets if you plan the 2 or 3 days before it hits...  About 1-week ago she finally woke up and started scrambling to buy things only to meet with enormous lines of people and stores that only allow 2 people at a time in the store. 

Comment 14 Mar 2020

Things in Italy are getting pretty crazy and we are currently stuck in our apartment despite having a home in the neighboring town.  Police road blocks are all the rage and they're handing out expensive tickets for any infractions.  Only supposed to be out in your local town for pharmacy, groceries, and hardware store but must also be in the town you reside. 

I have never seen Italy in such a way.  I know that the U.S. is starting to see it as well with the latest state of emergency declaration.  I am confident that as the end of flu season comes to a close; the sun and fresh air will triumph over the CV virus as well. 

Comment 05 Mar 2020

Teague is an animal - runs with authority and is most certainly a home run hitter; he was set to run all over our opponents.  This is really unfortunate.