Thursday, July 21, 2016


You know how it is when you're relaxing in front of the idiot box with about half of a nice, dry, ice-cold martini within easy reach, and you put your feet up - and the phone goes off.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mental Health Awareness Month 2016

May is Mental Health Month, so if you know someone who is bat shit crazy, but 'em a drink or something.  How-To Geek is celebrating by posting information on suicide: Know the Signs of Suicide, Save a Life. They have also proclaimed today as Mental Health Awareness Day.

Friday, April 15, 2016

When Commercial Media Pisses You Off

I tipped to this story a couple days back when I was reading a local message board, Toledo Talk.  It seems that Ohio Kimono, a local contributor and entrepreneur (see her commercial sites at Ohio Kimono and Ohio Kimono (Kimono Lady) on Facebook), was away from her home during the day (she was doing her best to earn a living) when three choir boys noted that the lock on her back door needed testing for the purposes of quality assurance.  One young man did the testing, using a tool approved for such.

The lock passed.  The test was recorded for prosterity on double secret home video, shown below, and you can read the thread on Toledo Talk here, $250 Reward - Do you know these criminals? .

Saturday, March 19, 2016

On Death and Suicide

I am an avid reader of Doctor Grumpy in the House.  As a few of you may know, Dr. Grumpy's father passed away recently due to suicide.  Dr. Grumpy writes about the event in this post: Doctor Grumpy in the House: Epilogue.  My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Dr. Grumpy and his family for their loss.

The rest of this communiqué is dedicated to Dr. Grumpy, and describes my own experience with suicide, and my spiritual, philosophical conclusions concerning the disastrous repercussions.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ohio Primary 2016: Part 1

On Tuesday, the Fifteenth day of March in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten-and-Six, registered voters will gather at their appointed polling places and cast their vote to elect some poor sap to be endorsed by their political party and run in the presidential election.

I've never voted in a primary election, but this year I'm making an exception.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

RIP GuestZero

A noted contributor to local message boards passed away recently.  GuestZero, whose real identity will not be revealed by me, died of a heart attack last month (Feb. 2016).  A memorial service was held today at Side Cut Metropark in The Lamb Center.

GuestZero was an active, if somewhat acerbic, contributor on Toledo Talk and Swamp Bubbles. Both sites released news of his passing here and here. I met GuestZero several times and found him to be an affable, learned man.  I shall miss him.

The memorial service was well attended by friends and neighbors; only a few message board contributors showed up, which didn't surprise me too much.  Virtually all people who contribute to message boards do so anonymously, and for good reason.  Hence, many are not thrilled about an initial meeting with other users whom they may have had a disagreement with, or who might reveal their true identity online - and some of these users have something to protect.

Food and refreshments were provided by SherryET, who did an excellent job, and to whom I (and several others who attended) raise an afternoon bourbon glass and give a tip of the old fedora by way of thanks and recognition.

In keeping with the tradition of any memorial service, a Baptist minister from some local church (whose name I've forgotten, both the man and the church) gave an extremely brief eulogy of sorts, then launched into an evangelical sermon culminating in an altar call.  No one approached the altar, and the minister left very soon after that.  To the best of my knowledge, GuestZero was an agnostic, but I can't be certain.

When attendees were asked to stand up and say a few words about GuestZero, I declined.  What I had to say about him wouldn't make sense to the crowd, none of whom understood what a message board was or how I ever came to know GuestZero, and I wasn't about to try and explain it.

I stayed for a little over an hour, then Mariner mentioned he was feeling a bit dry, so we bid a quiet farewell to the entire business and went over to Dale's Bar and Grill, there to knock back a cold one.  I think GZ would have approved.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Cost of Dying

Some of you may know that my dear mother passed away last July.  I wrote about it here - RIP Mom. I received a string of sympathetic comments, many from readers that I've never heard from before, for which I'm very appreciative.

Last Saturday I got an invoice from ProMedica, listing the following items:

Cardiology $1,875.00
Emergency Room $6,068.00
IV Administration $1,009.00
Pharmacy $126.00
Procedure $2,847.00
Radiology $280.00
Respiratory $2,691.00
Treatment Room $2,066.00
Total $16,962.00

Seventeen large to cash in your chips.

Somehow, there's something inherently wrong with a system that charges you seventeen grand and fails to keep you alive.

I, by the way, am doing okay.  Not great, not bad.  Just okay.  Some days are easier than others, and the estate is difficult to pack up and sell.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy Repeal Day!

On December 5th, 1933 the infamous 18th Amendment was repealed, ending prohibition and legalizing what most Americans had been doing anyway: Drinking.  It also cut the incomes of famous, upstanding citizens such as Al 'Scarface' Capone, Bugs Moran, Ellsworth Raymond "Bumpy" Johnson, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, Owney Madden, Big Frenchy De Mange, and a host of other upstanding citizens who made their fortunes on illegal liquor (the manufacture, wholesaling, retailing and import of same) and often came to an untimely demise.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Way CCW Ought To Work

When Ohio passed CCW law (many years behind everyone else), they got the application wrong.  Getting licensed to carry a concealed weapon is a good idea, but the practical application of having a license has a glaring error in it.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Restaurant Review: Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
Levis Commons
1320 Levis Commons Blvd.; Perrysburg, OH  43551
Hours: Mon-Thr 11:30 - 9:30Fri-Sat 11:30 - 10:30
Sun 11:30 - 9:00
(419) 872-6100
Biaggis on the Web

Managing Partner: Tavis Hissa
Chef Partner: Justin Nye