Football Rules In Ohio

The Plain Dealer which publishes daily but delivers only four times a week, arrived for its second delivery of the week this Wednesday morning. Looking at the front page of the local rag I got the impression that the PD editors felt that only news worth printing was football news. Seventy-five per cent of the front page was devoted to Ohio State becoming National Football Champions and the Cleveland Browns renovating their stadium to make it more spectator friendly. I'm glad I paid special attention to the news on the Internet and TV this week. Coverage of the massacres being committed by deranged terrorists sucks hind tit as far as the Ohio media in these parts is concerned. Football rules! I swear if football were to be abolished as a sport, the State of Ohio would secede from the Union. I write this with the full knowledge that I have put myself at risk should this post come to the attention of an OSU fan. Actually there is little risk since reading is involved.


Anno Nuovo

Yes it is a new year. 2015 hopefully will see me become a nonagenarian. Now that I think about it, nonagenarian sounds a little negative. Be that as it may (had to get that cliche in), I'll take it if it is offered to me.

Anno nuovo (the new year) is not all about aging. It is also about the return of good TV and I'm not talking about football playoffs. Tonight at 9PM, "Downton Abbey" returns for its fifth season. The Lord be praised, Sunday TV, thanks to PBS will be entertaining again.

Play ball! Of course Anno Nuovo will also usher in my favorite sport, baseball. I predict that the Cleveland Indians will make it to the Series and take it all ( only an octogenarian on his way to becoming a nonagenarian would dare make such a prediction - some would call it a sign of dementia).

Not to be sneezed at (another cliche - 2015 must be the Year of The Cliche), this year we will be privileged to see the greatest show on earth. The race for the White House starts in earnest and will challenge Downton Abbey for must see TV entertainment.

The down side of 2015 comes tomorrow. Republicans take over control of the Senate as well as the House. The only thing they seem to have on their agenda is to make sure that the last two years of the Obama presidency are a disaster, no matter how miserable it makes the ninety-nine per centers. The light at the end of the tunnel is that Obama will toss politics aside, put on his gloves ( lets hear it for cliches) and make his last two years full of presidential initiatives designed to restore this country to the ninety-nine per centers. Yes he can!

Along with an Anno Nouvo there always is an Anno Vecchio. The past Anno Vecchio, 2014, has lessons for 2015. 2014 saw the most serious flaw in our great democracy raise its ugly head. Racism is alive but not well. Along with the cancer of racism, the militaristic posture of our police forces made its debut. If 2015 can see more progress in making the words "all men are created equal" accepted by all, it will indeed be a  good year. If we can stop the march towards a militaristic and gun toting society it will be a very good year.


I'm not dreaming of a white Christmas

Its 42degrees out there. Showers (rain that is) are predicted around noon. That white stuff (snow that is) has beaten a retreat. This being the day before the day before Christmas I should start the lament "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas with every Christmas card I write". Not so. At my age I don't relish venturing out on snowy roads even though Toby boasts being a four wheel drive chariot. At my age, the Christmas cards have dwindled down to a precious few. Most of my friends have gone to the choir silent. Bottom line, I'm not as nostalgic about Christmas.I'm not dreaming of a White Christmas. I am dreaming of a bright Christmas with family and preferably a quiet Christmas. Let it snow, let it snow? Forget about it.

Buono Natale a Tutti!


ARE LED's Solid State Lamps?

Excerpt from Family Day brochure noting 1st anniversary of Solid  State Lamp manufacturing at Chesterland Lamp Plant

During General Electric's initial foray into the manufacture of LED's (Light Emitting Diodes) in the 1970's, it chose to call them Solid State Lamps. No one refers to today's increasingly popular LED lamps as Solid State Lamps. As the physical structure of LED lamps is made more and more to resemble the familiar A19 household bulbs, I'm surprised that the name Solid State Lamps has not been resurrected as a marketing tool. It didn't make sense in the '70's but I believe that it would be a winner now.


Bravo Obama

Obama is a much better President than he is given credit for. Witness his move to normalize relations with Cuba. Why not. Problem solving has never succeeded when the parties involved choose to ignore one another. As for the Cuban Americans who condemn Obama's initiative, I suggest that they try being Americans. They may be surprised to find that we are a melting pot and not a nation of tribes. American ideals must always take precedence over the selfish agendas of hyphenated Americans.

The Obama I voted for is surfacing in the waning days of his presidency. Better late than never. Bravo, Obama!