Sunday, May 31, 2009

Severe Weather Rocks Cincinnati Last Night

There was a moderate-sized outbreak of severe weather over the Cincinnati area last night.

Between 8:15 PM and 10:45 PM, thunderstorms rolled through areas primarily north and east of downtown. The amount of reports stacks up like this (all locations are in Ohio unless otherwise noted):

2 confirmed tornadoes in Bethel and Wilmington, Ohio, plus one that isn't confirmed yet near Oxford, another in Georgetown, and another possible one near Hillsboro
Funnel clouds in Mason (2), Hamilton/West Chester (2), Oxford (1), Amelia (1), and Hillsboro (1)
Numerous reports of hail and high winds, in places such as Wilmington, Goshen, and Newport, Kentucky

A friend of mine in Indianapolis (actually, the same one I will be staying with next week) was also under the gun, but luckily the tornadic storms missed her house. Unfortunately, there were unconfirmed reports of a tornado north of Indy as well, and the NWS will investigate that report today.

Another New Blog!

That's right, I decided to make yet another blog...except this one will be exclusively pictures and video!

Introducing "The Thoughts and Observations Cam Files"! This is where I will post future photos from the "Thoughts and Observations Cam". So, go by, take a look at my pictures, and if you like them, leave a comment!

Real Quick Notes.

3 notes on a Sunday early morning for you.

1) As noted earlier in the week, I'll be out of town the weekend of June 4-8. This blog will go on hiatus, as will TSMW/TSDTW. All three blogs will return either the evening of June 8 or the morning of June 9.

2) As for "I Like...Because..." postings. Those will go on hiatus after today's planned posting about Pete Coleman. I won't have time to do those postings this coming week pre-hiatus. (Packing sometimes will do that, getting in the way of this little thing we call "blogging".) When I get back, I am thinking about doing 3-4 "I Like...Because..." posts that week. (Of course, as Tri-State DTV Watch AND Tri-State Media Watch will be extremely busy June 10-12 covering the upcoming transition to digital, I'm not sure how many will actually make it on the schedule. But I'll try to anyway.)

3) Finally, I'm sure some of you would like to see some results of my travels with the newly-rechristened "Thoughts and Observations Cam". Here's a picture of yours truly, taken this week. More pictures coming, and I am thinking of a separate blog for those.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I Like Brian Fowler Because...

AUTHOR'S NOTE: As I told you earlier, I am spotlighting Brian Fowler for this edition of "I Like...Because...". Coming up on Sunday afternoon (if Real Life doesn't Intervene between now and then): FBC's Pastor to Young Adults and Media, Pete Coleman.

So, tonight I am spotlighting someone who I pretty much went through the high school years knowing fairly well. He went through them with me from 2001 to 2004, when I graduated high school, and he was still a junior. Now, we hang out every Tuesday night and see each other other times during the week some weeks. That someone is Brian Fowler.

You might notice the theme with most of these posts. Not only are all of them facebook friends, but most, if not all, have some belief in God like I do. Brian is another example. He walks the Christian walk every single day. It's difficult not to see Christ in Brian.

Brian is very much an active member of FBC. He's there every Sunday and every Tuesday night. He often helps out with setup when needed. You don't have to ask twice, he's usually willing and able to jump in.

Brian is also very much a contruting member of society. Indeed, his current major project, when not working for General Electric's plant in Evendale, Ohio, is the Boone County Relay For Life. (This year's RFL is June 26-27 in Union, Kentucky.) He is a member of the Superstars team, with which it will be my privilege to walk this year. (I will also be participating in one of three RFL events in Indianapolis next week, or at least I am planning on it.)

Finally, Brian is a family man. He has a great girlfriend, Amanda Isaacs, along with an awesome family and a good support system. His friends are also highly important to him.

As always, the aim of the "I Like...Because..." series is to spotlight the friends I have, and to let them know how much they're appreciated. I gain nothing but good vibes by doing this, while they gain gratitude among other things. That is why I like Brian Fowler. As always, go leave him a comment letting him know you're grateful for his friendship. (Especially those of you who go to FBC with us.)

Next "I Like...Because..." post TONIGHT around 8pm.

I will do the next I Like... post tonight around 8:00 PM. Look for it then...

Also, I would like to thank those of you who have been in prayer for me this week. So far my uncle is doing okay...I will explain why I say "so far" later...

Courage + Belief = Life


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Prayer Needed.

(edited for correction of age)

I ask for your prayers again today.

My uncle Terry Ludwick informed my family this morning that his mother, Dorothy Ludwick, died over the holiday weekend. She was 82 years old.

Funeral is tomorrow, visitation tonight at 6p-8p in Ross, Ohio, and my uncle is going to be working on his eulogy for his mom this morning at my home here. Please pray for him, and for me and the rest of the family.

RIP Dorothy Ludwick
October 7, 1926 - May 25, 2009

ADDENDUM 5:47 AM: Due to this, plus the continuing housecleaning, my next "I Like...Because..." post will be delayed until Thursday afternoon.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Advance Warning: Will be GONE June 4th-8th!

Just an advance warning to all of you...

I will be out of Northern Kentucky from the afternoon of June 4th to the night of June 8th. I am traveling to Indianapolis to take a personal, solo vacation away from the city of Florence. I will be back to the blog on June 9th.

There will be posts every few days until that time.

I Like Josh Walton Because...

AUTHOR'S NOTE: For a change, I'm copy/pasting from here to Facebook, but it's still the latest in my Facebook "I Like...Because..." series. Tonight: Josh Walton. Next week: Brian Fowler (Wednesday) and Pete Coleman(Sunday).

When you're 19 and just out of high school, and you're starting a new life as a college kid, you've got to have those people who keep you in line. Josh Walton was one such man.

Walton and I go to Florence Baptist Church together. In the middle of this decade, Josh became my Wednesday evening College/Career Bible Fellowship leader. (That's a mouthful.) Josh has many Christ-like qualities not the least of such is his love for others and his passion for teaching.

By the time mid-2005 came around, Josh was working for Cinergy (now Duke Energy CG&E) and based at the downtown Cincinnati headquarters on Fourth Street, across from a TANK Bus Stop at Main Street. But Josh knew that wasn't his calling. His real calling was to reach people for Christ.

In 2006, Josh began to follow this calling. He quit his job and moved to Virginia to train to be a missionary. By the end of 2006, Josh was in Mexico, at Monterrey, reaching people for Christ. He continued this work for a couple of years, staying in contact with friends and family via blogs and a yahoo email.

In 2008, Josh moved back to the United States of America, moving to Oklahoma to work with college students at Oklahoma Baptist University for the 08-09 school year. Currently I believe Josh is back in Northern Kentucky, but I am not sure if it is just summer break or if it is for good. Maybe Josh will read this and update us.

As always, if you know Josh, go by and encourage him.

Friday, May 22, 2009

No, I didn't forget...

...that I was going to do an "I Like...Because..." post earlier this week.

Life Intervened, however and there's a few things in the works...such as a trip to Indianapolis in the coming weeks (which will be chronicled via the use of a device which I will refer to as the "Thoughts and Observations Cam", stay tuned for the re-debut of the Cam in the next few days. I already used the cam once to tape the snow flying back a few months ago.)

The post will go up this weekend, as soon as I get Round Tuit (trademark Ohio Media Watch).

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pray for Cliff...

Cliff, over at WIXY's Gone Bananas, has posted a rather upsetting blog. From the tone of the posting, it sounds like perhaps he is dealing with the loss of his brother. Whatever is going on...please pray for him.

Next "I Like...Because..." post will be up at midnight tonight.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I just don't have it in me.

Author's note: 3 things: 1) This is reposted from facebook. 2) Trish is friend Trisha Chell, who I go to church with at FBC, a picture is above so you can put a face to the name. 3) I really don't have any more than this blog post in me today.

After a week which saw me kicked down physically more times than I care to count...I just don't have it in me today.

After going to a visitation on Friday night, doing well until I got to the casket and then breaking down...I just don't have it in me today.

After being unceremoniously kicked to the curb by someone I trusted with all of my being (and no, I won't say who or what they said in the process)...I just don't have it in me today.

After storms ruined a couple nights of sleep in a row for me, causing me to go back to the whacked out 7a-3pm sleep cycle (Trish, I know how you feel now)...I just don't have it in me today.

Needless to say, any nice blog posts or anything else will stay locked inside today because I just don't have it in me.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Final Notes on Laura Chaney...

A few final notes this morning, from the young man in Florence who is still mourning the passing of a young star in this town...

-- Her visitation is tonight in Burlington, at the Linnemann Funeral Home on Burlington Pike from 6-8pm. Then funeral service is Saturday at 11am at the First Church of Christ also in Burlington.

-- I received a comment from someone calling herself SKJen. SKJen, if you read this blog, please let me know which chapter of Sigma Kappa you represent and where they are based.

-- Finally, here's a press release from the Sigma Kappa HQ in Indianapolis. (I don't normally post these on this blog, but felt it important so as to tell the full story of Laura's true self.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sigma Kappa National Headquarters
May 13, 2009 Rachelle Merkel, executive director

Sigma Kappa Mourns the Passing of Epsilon Zeta Sister

Indianapolis, IN – It is with great sadness that Sigma Kappa Sorority has learned of the death of one of our collegiate members. Laura Chaney, Epsilon Zeta, Western Kentucky University, died Monday morning, May 11, 2009, of natural causes after collapsing in her residence hall.

Sigma Kappa would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Laura. She loved Sigma Kappa and lived the values of the Sorority to the fullest. The Epsilon Zeta Chapter is devastated by this loss. “She without a doubt had every character trait and quality that exemplifies Sigma Kappa,” said Charlotte Elder, Epsilon Zeta advisory board chairman.

Chaney, a Western Kentucky University freshman from Florence, Kentucky, was a communications studies major and was also involved in International Business Communicators. A memorial is planned for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in Downing University Center on campus. The details of the family arrangements are not yet available.

Cards and chapter condolences can be sent to Charlotte Elder, 1864 Mt. Lebanon Church Road, Alvaton, KY 42122. Charlotte will be sharing the information with the chapter as well as Laura’s family.

Members and chapters wishing to honor Laura are encouraged to make a donation to the Sigma Kappa Foundation in her name.


Sigma Kappa Sorority
National Headquarters, 8733 Founders Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More information on Laura Chaney's passing.

A couple more pieces of information for you all.

-- I learned this morning that indeed, my brother Mark Moses not only went to school with her, but had spoken with her on a couple occasions and had an English class with her.

-- Funeral arrangements have been made. Her funeral will be on Saturday with a visitation Friday night, according to (UPDATE/EDIT: While the article at left talks about this morning's memorial at WKU, this release from the university itself has a few more details.)

-- Finally, a personal note from me. Thank you to all those who have left me notes. Thank you as well to those who maybe have only read and are silently praying for me, for this family, and for our community. This entire situation still doesn't make sense in my head, but we do know she is in a far better place where there can be no more pain.

A tragedy has struck my city today.

It is not a tornado, nor any kind of bad weather.

Rather, it is the loss of a young lady taken FAR too soon.

Laura Chaney, 18, was walking from her dorm room on the campus of Western Kentucky University to her 8am class/exam Monday morning. For whatever reason, and it's said it was a blood clot in her lungs according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, she collapsed in Gilbert Hall. She died shortly thereafter. The hometown connection is, Laura was a freshman from Florence, who graduated from Boone County High School with my brother Mark last year.

Tonight, many of her friends gathered to mourn her passing. Funeral arrangements haven't yet been made, but a facebook group created to honor Chaney says that they will likely have visitation Friday and a funeral Saturday.

Chaney would have come home Thursday.

Several of my friends knew her. I did not personally...but God, I wish I had. This young lady sounded like she was so much like others of my friends...always smiling, there when you needed her...

This is a sad day for our city.

May Laura Chaney rest in peace.

June 7, 1990-May 11, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Like Lindsay Zeis Because...

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a continuing series of "I Like...Because..." posts about my friends on Facebook, that is reposted to blogger. The previous was a family version of this, and there will be a Father's Day post about my dad and stepdad in June. Tonight: Spotlighting 6 year friend, Lindsay Zeis.
Above: Myself and Lindsay, September 6, 2008 following the JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes.

So, tonight I would like to spotlight a friend who has dealt with a devastating disease for ten years, but yet has never once said "poor me", never gave up and never quit. This friend is Lindsay Zeis.

Lindsay is 23 years old. She was diagnosed just over ten years ago with Type One Diabetes. The disease has ravaged her body on the inside, but it has not destroyed the heart of this wonderful young lady. She has inspired ME to never give up on occasions when even I had my moments of breakdown, where I just wanted to quit fighting my own battle with Spina Bifida.

Lindsay and I first met in 2003, at Boone County High School. We never really spoke much before that time, but we had crossed paths well before...having gone to two schools together (Ockerman Middle and Boone County High). The way I met Lindsay was that we both were nominated to the Homecoming Court for Basketball Homecoming. I didn't have anybody to escort, and Lindsay chose me. That began our six year friendship.

We continued to talk through much of 2003, and all the way to graduation in 2004. I knew of her diabetes. How could I not? When someone you're friends with misses school more than a couple times a year, you kind of have to expect that there is something serious. Add to that that I knew the signs of diabetes because of my stepdad, and you can see how 2 + 2 began to equal four in my mind.

I lost touch with Lindsay after graduation for awhile. In that time, her condition got worse. Sometime after a Conner vs Boone game both of us attended, Lindsay began to drastically lose weight. She wound up on a feeding tube, because she couldn't eat. Through it all, I know the heart inside Lindsay did not want to give up. She allowed doctors to use experimental methods to save her life. When I saw her in February 2008, she looked better than ever, and was just the same as I had known her to be when I was in school with her.

After that, we started communicating off and on through Facebook here. And in August 2008, I was surprised to learn of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Newport. I decided I would attend and would walk with Lindsay. I did so on September 6, 2008. I was proud to do so, for a wonderful friend like her.

Lindsay not only has a heart that will never quit, she is a sweetheart. I cannot even begin to count the number of times she's been willing to drop everything and run to her friends. And I know there's been things she has either said, or written to me, that have left me with the biggest smile on my face.

Lindsay also is a devoted family woman. She is a loving girlfriend to Trae Huffman, who I had the pleasure to meet at the JDRF Walk last year. Her family is really blessed that they have her, as she will do whatever she needs to for them.

All of these are reasons why I like Lindsay. As I say about all my facebook friends, if you are one of her friends, go drop by, let her know you read this note, and let her know how much you appreciate her friendship.

I love my mom because...

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Next "I Like...Because..." will return to the Facebook friends format, and will spotlight Lindsay Zeis, a friend of mine for 6 years who has Type 1 diabetes. For this one, it's a mother's day theme.

So, today I wanted to write about my mom.

My mom is someone very important, without her I literally would not exist. She gave birth to me at 11:20pm EDT on August 19, 1985.(I know the exact time because of a calendar here in my room.)

My mother is a patient woman. She not only has me, but four other kids to deal with. One of whom no longer lives with us, but across town. The three brothers I have, live here.

My mom also works very hard to support this family. She spends long hours at her office, working as a tax compliance manager for CBS Personnel Services downtown. She will be off in June for a week, and is taking a hit because this is unpaid time off. Still, through this, she's not letting her worry show so much. She doesn't like to worry me or her husband, my stepfather. (I will be doing an "I like/love...because..." about him and my biological father for father's day. Just an advance warning.) And that's why I love my mom, Tereasa Herald.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Promised Medical Update.

As I noted yesterday, I spent time at a local hospital being checked out Thursday night/very early Friday morning.

Here's what I know occurred. For the last two or three weeks, I have been dealing with off and on back pain. I believed it to be nothing major at the time, just some minor issues.

Then, Thursday around 12 noon, I woke up with pain so bad, I was screaming. This continued through most of the day, before I finally sought medical attention.

The diagnosis was a back sprain, combined with a significant, but not hospitalization-requiring, bladder infection.

The treatment as of now is 4 days of muscle relaxers, combined with Bactrim for said bladder infection.

Your prayers and thoughts would be appreciated from here at the NKY HQ of Tri-State Media Watch...

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Couple Quick Notes on a Friday yours truly tries to recover from an evening in the hospital...more on that later today...

-- We're expecting possible severe storms today. There will be high winds and hail in some of these storms. There are reports of fatalities to the west in Missouri.

-- There are a few thoughts in my head, but, I need to collect everything in my mind into a ball before I post them. All I will tell you is: I will be okay, its nothing bad.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I Like Lindsay Rawlings Because...

Author's Note: If you recall, I wrote an "I Like...Because..." about Cliff (74WIXYgrad) some time back. Well, I decided to move to a series on facebook, seeing as there are a lot of my friends who I feel deserve the spotlight there. Not to worry...the posts will be made available here on blogger. And there will be a special edition on Sunday for Mother's Day, about my mom. The following was originally posted to my facebook notes. Tonight: Spotlighting friend of 9 years, Lindsay Rawlings.

For what it is worth, I do not believe there could be a better time to celebrate a wonderful friendship, than at a time when one of your best friends is preparing to graduate college.

The friend I am spotlighting tonight is someone I have known for about 9 years. Her name is Lindsay Rawlings.

Lindsay and I first met around 2000, when I began attending Florence Baptist Church. Initially, we didn't see each other often. We both were in the student ministry, both in middle school, but the grades were separated into boys and girls. As time went on, we interacted more and more, and I began to see the wonderful heart inside this young lady.

Lindsay is a very talented person. She plays the bass guitar, sometimes at church when her dad sings. She knows, and loves, music. And when her dad and several other church members formed The Harvesters, Lindsay played the background bass guitar when they went out to play concerts.

Lindsay also is a wonderful friend. She has been there for me through the good times and the bad (and sometimes, the very, VERY bad). When you are friends with Lindsay, you can pretty much take to the bank that you will remain friends for good, and that she will stand by you when you need someone to.

Lindsay just completed 5 years of study to become a RN at Thomas More College. Her caring nature comes through in what she is doing. It is my personal belief that as soon as she completes the certification process, she will go on to become one of the Tri-State area's best nursing professionals. Lindsay is dedicated to what she is doing. The proof of this comes from her latest note here on Facebook, in which she reflects on the 5 years it has taken her to do this.

All of these things, and more, are why I like (actually, more like love) Lindsay Rawlings...if you're her friend, drop by her page, congratulate her on her upcoming graduation, and let her know you appreciate her friendship.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Headed to Newport tonight...

Originally my plan was to go down to Sawyer Point for this afternoon's Q102/Bud Select Party at Sawyer Point. But due to rain, the party has been cancelled...however, this band called the Naked Karate Girls (yes, that's the actual name of the band) was scheduled to play both the party, and at the After-Party party at Jefferson Hall. They're still going to play Jefferson Hall, so I am going to head down there and listen to them...I will review the performance here tomorrow afternoon!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Another on the road post...LITERALLY!

No, I'm not driving while blogging!

I am aboard a Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky bus heading from Cincinnati to Florence, on the second leg of a three leg journey home. I am expecting to be home by 4:40pm...but isn't this crazy? This bus has WI-FI. Yes, WIRELESS INTERNET aboard a bus! It's nuts...anyway, will post from home late this evening :)

quick on the road post...

This is short, but I am running out of time. Panera places a 30 min limit on online access during lunchtime. I will post again from home, but I do have the laptop back :)

The idea keeps coming to my head...

As most of you know, I was a daytime internet radio DJ for the longest time. A few years, in fact.

Well recently, the broadcasting bug seems to be biting in a different way.

I recently have been following the story of a Low Power FM station starting up soon in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio for my other blog, Tri-State Media Watch. And now, I'm thinking of branching into the world of live, local talk. (Something that seems to be lacking in some markets, and in fact something only covered by WLW-AM lately, but I digress, lest I get into a media rant here.)

My idea? I would like to do a show about issues facing disabled citizens of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. My thinking is I could bring in various local officials, question them, and maybe get a sense of some of what the local community is doing.

I could also bring in people from organizations such as the Spina Bifida Association of Cincinnati, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's local chapter, and others.

What do you all think? Is this something you think I should do? Keeping in mind that for all this time, I have done only music-based shows, and would still have to be certified by Media Bridges, among other things...

A Meme I Was Tagged for Weeks Ago...

But with a lot going on, I hadn't seen it until now...;)

So, here it is...

I was tagged by Michelle Dawn of Rusin Roundup for this meme so here goes:

1. What are your current obsessions? laptop, my health, and mountain dew!

2. Which items from your closet are you wearing most often? Jeans and tshirts

3. Last thing you bought? Dinner food :D

4. What's for dinner? Not sure for Monday

5. Say something to the person who tagged you. Thanks for everything, you're awesome!

6. Favorite vacation spot? Florida if I can get back!

7. When was the last time you told your Mom you love her? Sunday

8. 3 things to do before you die. Take an airplane ride, get married, have 2 kids

9. Reading right now. Nothing new has caught my interest lately

10. What's the last movie you saw and enjoyed, rate out of 5 stars. much as it pains me to admit this due to who I saw it with...Twilight, 4/5

11. Guilty pleasure. WWE Wrestling

12. Where did you live last? South side of Florence, 1992-96, before that, Groesbeck, Ohio 88-92

13. What season is your favorite? Summer! My birthday is then...Fourth of niece was born then...all kinds of reasons

14. What are you watching on TV right now? Nothing tonight

15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 10 years from now, I'd like to be married, with the two kids, living in a decent house...:)

Rules & invitation to participate-
1 Respond and rework
2 answer question on your own blog
3 replace one question and add one question
4. tag eight bloggers

I'm not sure who to tag for this, but anybody who would like to do this, feel free!