Friday, September 29, 2006

Chanel Homecoming

Let's go, firebirds!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Better yet

Kent State's websites features a pretty co-ed who appears to be bored out of her mind.

Tech-savvy 101

My beloved Ohio U. recently sent me a letter looking for donations. the above image is from the top of that letter. These are the faces of higher education?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

moving forward

I don't think the loss of a parent is something you ever "get over." things never "get back to normal" when you lose someone who was ALWAYS there for you. i'll always miss dad but he would want us to carry on with his spirit and lessons in mind.

the grief will lessen and you'll be able stop tearing up at work - I hope. I might not have cried yesterday but then I discovered one of my sisters' blog (linked at the right.) she's posted some beautiful memories about dad. (NOTE: grandma's driveway had no flowers.)

Monday, September 25, 2006


i'm cleveland-born-and-bred which means i'm a browns, indians and cavaliers fan. which sucks.

we watched the browns today. which sucked.

they were winning for most of the game. the announcers were about to crown charlie frye as one of nfl's elite q-backs - despite his being sacked at least 5 times. they also mentioned that dennis northcutt was "making chicken salad" on one play. and then the entire team realized that they're from cleveland where our city motto is "there's always next year" and the wheels fell off and we lose. which sucks.

well, we've still got lebron.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ugly pinata

Happy (belated) birfday to my sister kristen

My Dad

it's amazing how much your life can change in a matter of moments.

my dad died suddenly 3 weeks ago today. 2 days before it happened we were working at one of our rental houses like normal. heck, he seemed fine right up to the end. the night it happened we were at an orchestra concert. they were playing along with the wizard of oz. my dad was laughing at me and my sister mary as we sang and dance. he fell asleep a couple of times (per usual.) after the show we walked to the car and made plans to meet the next day. my girlfriend and I got into her car and drove off.

that was the last time I talked to him. he passed away in the car about ten minutes later.
he wasn't even sick. we're all still stunned. the doctors are saying it was a heart attack but we're not focusing on how he died.
he was only 63 but managed about153 years worth of accomplishments, friends and memories. my dad taught at my high school for forty years - which I guess it makes it more his school than my school. he also ran the bingo game and was supposed to retire today. it was supposed to be the last day for all the regular bingo volunteers - myself included (i sold the earlybird games). in fact, i'm supposed to go meet them for drinks in a few minutes which will be hard. my dad was my best friend and the people i'm meeting were some of his best friends.

three weeks ago my dad was around. I wasn't the family patriarch, the landlord of 3 properties or the guy my 5 sisters and mom came to for advice (not that I mind, but what the hell do I know as opposed to my dad who knew EVERYTHING.) on september 2nd, it wasn't painful to go to bingo (not that I ever particularly enjoyed it but the only reason I helped was I got to see my dad.) but it's not 3 weeks ago so we'll play the hand we've been dealt and see what happens.

this won't be the last time I post about my dad. so if it's too heavy go find a blog about the spears-federline baby. although, i'm sure the posts will get more light-hearted. take care.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


welcome to big fingers. little keyboard.: the blog.

i'm going to try to only post from my smartphone. I assume the novelty will wear off shortly and it'll get to be a pain in the butt. it's sort of a "new" media experiment. let's see how it goes.