Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pray for Cliff

Cliff of WIXY's Gone Bananas fame just received a layoff notice this morning. He and his wonderful wife do not need this at all, not after two lousy years.

Makes my knee problems pale in comparison.

Keep Cliff and Kathy in your prayers.

Courage + Belief = LIFE

An Update on Last Week's Prayer Request

This is an update to the prayer request I posted last week.

Alicia's uncle has improved, albeit slightly. He had his breathing tube removed yesterday. She says his vital signs are holding steady and he's breathing and talking. (UPDATE 9:08 AM: He's also able to eat, she tells me in an email this morning.) He's still got a very damaged heart and is still on the heart transplant list right now. Continue to pray for Bill Shults and for all of Alicia's family, as you have been doing.

Also, pray for me...I have messed up my right leg but we're not sure how bad yet. I took a headfirst tumble down a flight of stairs downtown yesterday.

Oh, and happy New Year... Good riddance 2009. (Never thought I'd be so glad to see 2009 go...)

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Prayer Request for a Friend

I just got this email from a longtime friend of mine. Alisha Pratt is someone I have gone to church with for years. Her family is unfortunately hitting some hard times and so she sent this email.

"Good evening all! I hope that each of you have enjoyed your Christmas and that you got a chance to celebrate with the ones you love. I wish I was writing just to say Merry Christmas but I am also writing to ask that you remember my uncle (Bill Shults)
in your thoughts and prayers."

"Christmas Eve my aunt called 911 because he was unable to breathe. My uncle has been on the heart transplant list for years, has a defibulator and pacemaker and over half his heart muscle is dead, the past few months his health has declined rapidly. Upon getting to the hospital he was immediately sent to ICU and put on a bipap ventilator and in the past two days made no progress, they said that he is in congestive heart failure and are trying to treat it. Today he has slept most of the the day and has really struggled to move air. Please also keep the doctors and nurses that are taking care of him in your prayers as well as he is quite complex right now."

"My uncles wife Vicki is not healthy herself, they have a 13 year old Autistic son and 33 year old mental handicapped daughter - please keep them in your prayers as well as they are struggling with my uncle being so sick."

"Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers. I'll keep you update as I know more the next few days.
Love you!

This request speaks for itself so I now lift it to Jesus and ask you kind folks to join me.

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

From This Space to my readers nation- and worldwide, MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is a short post, but, there hasn't been much time to update recently...a full update tomorrow, and I'll try to do a special Saturday Freestyle, too...

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Friday, December 11, 2009

Freestyle for Friday, December 11

Here we are, back again
J-Mo is back and writin and stylin
Let's see what's going on
It's been a rough while

Mom is doing better now
This is good news
Let's hope she stays healthy
I need her round for awhile

Got the Christmas stuff done
Feeling less stressed
Dad's present just got here
Can't wait to give it to him

Went down to the Ville this past week
By this I mean Louisville
It wasn't all that bad
But could do without the wind

I think that is it
My brain, it's all emptied
I'll get back to you soon
Stay warm and blessed

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trip to Louisville

Here's the promised recap of the quick trip I took to Louisville, KY yesterday.

I left my house at 8:00 yesterday morning, in order to make an 11 AM bus to the "Possibility City" (yes, that's one of Louisville's nicknames). After boarding the bus (which was full), we set out for the 107 mile trip down Interstate 71.

Right out of the gate, the winds were gusty as predicted by John Gumm and others, including myself. Sustained winds were between 25 and 40 mph when we left at 11:05 AM. Gusts were higher than that and the bus showed it on the way down. Immediately after we hit Interstate 75, the bus started to get bumped around. It went left, it went pretty much did anything BUT go straight the entire way down to Louisville. I can't blame the driver for that...but I now have my threshold for high winds and bus trips aboard the Greyhound at 40 miles per hour. Any higher than that and it scares me.

As I traveled, I began encountering damage ranging from tree limbs to entire trees down. I didn't see much property damage, but there were some areas that had some damage.

I arrived in Louisville around 12:50 PM, and set right down to business...which was really pleasure. I had planned to head down to Jefferson Mall on the south side of town. immediately became crystal clear that that was not going to happen. I can tell you this...walking in downtown Louisville was anything BUT easy. At one point in my efforts to find a local National City or PNC ATM (at West Jefferson and 5th Streets), I attempted to go north along Fifth towards Market...and immediately was blown backwards. And by backwards, I literally mean BACKWARDS. I could not get across Jefferson! Good thing is, there was one in the building behind me...the PNC Plaza. I went inside, got a few bucks, then went to the Arby's on Fifth and West Liberty. At this point, winds were now gusting between 50 and 60 mph. Doors became impossible to open from outside if they opened outward. Such was the case the rest of the time I was in Louisville.

But, in another occurrence that ALSO became common the remainder of my day in Louisville, people opened doors for me. This is a great example of Southern hospitality at its finest and really defined my experience in Louisville. It didn't happen often if at all on either end of my trip in Cincinnati (which was a shame), but in was almost second nature to people. I won't forget that.

Finally, it was time to return home. I got back to the Greyhound terminal a little after 2:30, waited until almost 4:00, and then got back on the bus. Unfortunately, the tiedowns wouldn't work on the bus, so I had to hang on tight. Fortunately, I made it back with less bumping, getting home about 8:00. The interesting thing on my way home was that I was able to pick up at least one Louisville radio station (840 WHAS-AM) all the way to Gallatin County - but most faded away before then, somewhere in Carroll County. Even so... 700 WLW was a hard pickup even near the KY Speedway (at least without a ton of static), and I didn't get a full lock on Q102 until Boone County. I would have thought I'd get a good fix on WLW earlier, and I needed info on what was going on back home for when I got there.

All in all, a good trip. I found out my tolerance level for wind, and cold as well. I'll make another trip in Spring...I'll probably stay longer, and do it on a not-so-windy day.

Below: The scene around 11:20 AM EST in Florence, as seen from I-71/75.

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Monday, December 7, 2009

Twitter Gadget

I think the twitter gadget here on Blogger is eating its own face at the moment.

I was trying to put it on the still-new sister blog in the Tri-State Weather/Media/Observations Empire (long name, and it's all tongue in cheek...heh), Tri-State Weather Watch, and... for whatever reason, it wasn't displaying MY weather twitter feed. Instead...I have no clue whose twitter feed it had. (Yes, I still follow weather stuff...and yes, I still do media - who says I need to have just one interest? Heh.)

If you see something go amiss with the feed on this blog (as in, it displays tweets that don't look like they came from me - and you'll know if they aren't bc they won't link back to my personal twitter but to another feed) - let me know about it so I can remove it ASAP.

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Witness to a Crash - Car Crash, that is.

Above: Two Florence firefighters help the female driver of the SUV out of the wreckage following the rollover accident at Dixie Highway and Turfway Road. Courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Below: The scene as I saw it through the lens of the Cricket Phonecam, 3:15 PM this afternoon.

This crash happened around 3 PM this afternoon on Dixie Highway in Florence. You may recognize the location above, as it is depicted in one of the pics in my header.

Yes, the Chevy Blazer you can barely see is on its side. It jackknifed when it clipped the front fender of a Chevy Impala. I was there, in fact sitting in the exact spot where I took the second of the above pics, waiting for a bus when the crash occurred. I was also one of the first bystanders to the scene before EMTs, firemen and police arrived, making what I'm sure was a less than calm 911 call. Dixie Highway had the northbound lanes shut down while crews cleaned up this crash and all traffic used the southbound lanes of Dixie, one lane each way around the crash site.

There were, fortunately, no serious injuries but the SUV, from what I could tell, is heavily damaged from the two impacts, first the rear of it with the front corner of the Impala, then the entire driver's side with the sidewalk.

The police took my statement along with half a dozen other people's, and then I left to head to downtown Cincinnati.

Needless to say, I'm still not feeling good about it.

Courage + Belief = LIFE