Sunday, February 17, 2013

three years later...



It is now February 17, 2013. I refuse to delete this blog as I need it as a counterpoint of how I thought and felt back when I was writing in it regularly. Facebook has pretty much taken over as my blog sharing device, to the dismay of my aqaintences who no longer get my wordy updates. Thank God some still like and tolerate my rantings, no longer all about my Dad, but still too informative just the same.

I'm still interested in many of the things I wrote about. I have been the Block Watch Leader for my neighborhood for 7 years, the last including being Sector Leader for all of East Toledo, which I found to be somewhat fruitless and time and gas consuming. I have submitted my resignation as Sector Leader and am looking forward to a new year with my own neighborhood group. Things are looking up in the area, as many of the nuisance properties surrounding me are now demolished. We shall see how the crime and gangs fare with the coming Summer months. The Toledo Land Bank promises to take down many homes in the East Toledo area by the end of the year, and all we need is a little more patience. More police classes are forming which means quicker response to 911 calls in the coming Fall, once they graduate. Downtown is more city friendly, with expensive restaurants taking the place of the old and much-missed department stores of old. The Huntington arena offers concerts (though seating is way too crowded) and the Muds Hens Stadium is packed all Summer-long. I have to admit that I am still dreaming of getting away from the cold Winters, as I completely waste 3-4 months of my life every year, staying in out of the cold. I am, however, considering actually keeping my house and just going south for the Winter rather than selling it. Who knows..I change my mind frequently.

Lindsey is fine and happy in only calls around once every 3 weeks, is in love and planning her future wherever that may lead her (staying in Columbus? moving to Colorado w/Jeb?). We would be pretty much the same by phone, anywhere she moved to or that I went. Dad is still a factor, as I just could not leave him alone to fend totally for himself, and now that Ron and I are speaking again, I would miss him very much if I moved. I feel very fortunate to have the close, (though rarely seen due to my laziness and lack of gas money), friends that I do still have, and leaving them and moving away seems to be foolish. The year ahead seems promising at this point, but true to my inner demon, I am waiting for the ball to drop and something bad to happen. I hope not. God willing, I still feel in my prime though I certainly do not look it anymore, and am hoping for a bright future before a health problem strikes and changes everything.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010
"Toledo's Labor Day parade to include Biden, Strickland"

Here is the info for September 6 2010, if you happened to find my OLD OLD post while conducting a GOOGLE search:

All the other festivals and events that were in downtown Toledo are OVER. And there was NO FIREWORKS AGAIN this Labor Day, just like 2008, but there WERE fireworks if you were at the MUD HENS GAME. I just head them, with a rounding applause after ward, at 9:30 pm on Sunday night Sept. 5.
TOMORROW, Monday, all that I can find to do nearby is the PARADE in the morning, from 9 am until 11:30 am., along the parade route in downtown Toledo (I will post the photo for the parade route map)
I'm not sure if Blockwatch is going to march in it, but if they are, and usually they do, I will just join in when they come past me, IF I CAN GET UP EARLY ENOUGH TO CATCH THE TARTA BUS and get downtown before they close the streets off. I really doubt it. If I had a car, mind you, I would NEVER miss a parade, AND I WOULD TAKE MY DOG!!
Still Love, TTR 2010!

http://www.topix.com/who/joe-biden/2010/09/toledos-labor-day-parade-to-include-biden-strickland

Saturday, September 5, 2009

How the East Side, in my neighborhood anyway, is changing..and NOT for the better!

It is my observation that my neighborhood is going down-hill, quickly. I pray to God that it is temporarily but I doubt it. Oh, sure, I could just be feeling negative, but I just had my first attempted break-in, in 4 years, just the other night. I bungee cord all of my gates to my fenced-in yard day & night, and also purposely leave them squeaky, so that my dog and I can both hear when someone comes through the fence gate. At 2:00 am on a Sunday night/Monday morning, "they" took the time to take off the bungee cord, strategically placed near the lower part of the gate, making it difficult to reach, s-l-o-w-l-y opened the gate, and opened the screen near the back of my home where it is clearly lit up, then attempted to open the window that had my membership sticker to the NRA (National Rifle Association)and my security system sticker on it!! These are some ballsy kids. And, yes, I would be willing to bet that it IS "kids".

In the past 9 years since I've moved here, I have, more so since they took down the basketball net at Prentice Park, seen this neighborhood change from a quiet area with virtually no kids, to one that all night long, there are narcissistic teens walking down the middle of the street, with their "mo fo" this and "mo fo" that, being loud and out at all hours after curfew. The kids that live in our neighborhood are respectful and friendly, but the "outsiders" disrespectful, rude and in my opinion, pigs. And YES, I DO call the police on them nearly every time for curfew violation, but police rarely ever show up in time to catch them quickly enough. During the day, for example, some of them purposely walk by, recently right in front of my face while i was chatting with a friend getting into her car, pulling off leaves from my newly planted baby trees, and throwing down pop cans and garbage. When I say something to them, they usually laugh at me or ignore me altogether.

We have new a new East Side gang, spray painting graffiti on the vacant building on both sides of me, the stop sign and vacant door of a neighbor's house across the street, twice this Summer already. Nine years ago? NEVER. NEVER DID WE HAVE THESE GAGGLES OF TEENS WALKING PAST, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, many heading down to Burnett Park to play basketball or to loiter illegally there after dark, & basically BEING DISRESPECTFUL.

There were also homeowners ACTUALLY LIVING in their homes on every side of me, up until last year..The last home owner near me moved out last week, and is allowing his grown children (one recently released from prison and a known thief) live in his house...people in and out all day and night. The homes on all sides of me are now rentals, with people living there and "stiffing" the owners for one or two months rent every few months. They don't cut their grass regularly, there is always trash out way before the pick-up day, and crap in the yard, and rarely do these newer renters says hello to anyone, and God-forbid any of them ever attend a neighborhood Blockwatch meeting. Some have relatives over that play rap music very loudly and sing the obscene lyrics to young teenage girls that are walking by, often, "showing off" themselves as well.

Nine years of blessings, gratefulness and a constant battle to help make my neighborhood a nicer place to live.

Now I am begging the homeowners not to rent to "undesirables" so that I can sell possibly my own home next Spring, and get out before it's too late to sell at all..Will I get a buyer? Have any of the homes for sale in the last three years been sold? No way. They are all still vacant with the same for sale signs in front. Not due completely to the state of the economy, but also due to the neighbors who now disrespect other neighbors, who don't care about calling the police for violations to the law because they don't care, who walk their dogs and allow them to defecate in neighbors yards with no bag to pick it up, and when offered one, they just walk away and pretend they didn't hear you ask them if they wanted one. Neighbors who don't want to get involved by calling police for illegal occurrences or don't have time to wait an hour for the law to get here. Neighbors who won't bother to look out their windows when a gang of kids starts partying at a vacant house, who don't care enough to watch out for other's homes or inform neighbors if someone strange was lurking around...Rarely does anyone new say hello to anyone BY NAME (oh sure there are waves hello now and then, but rarely anything more) or invite each other over for a bar-b-que or to sit on the porch and chat, like it was before...no one even says Happy New Year at midnight out their doors, just me, and maybe a gun shot or two!

I had just gotten to know everyone's names, and felt comfortable AND SAFE here, a few years ago, now all the people I had come to know have moved. I was just too slow. Now I'll never get back what I owe on my house. And if the homeowners keep allowing "low-life" families and individuals to move into their homes, due to discrimination laws, I could be stuck here for years to come, despite the brand new school that was just built. I haven't seen it make any difference whatsoever yet. My beautiful yard, that I fenced in the year after I moved here with every penny of home equity that I could muster, the investment of all my free time, landscaping it and keeping the weeds to a minimum, all down the drain.

I'll probably have to sell my lovely little ranch home to the first person who comes up with the money that I must ask for to cover what I owe, and the tax value on my home has gone down by $15,000 in 6 short years. Who knows, it could be be another "undesirable" that ends up moving into my home!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NUISANCE PROPERTIES for week of Aug 10 2009

442 Raymer - very tall front weeds - tall almost to the roof by the end of each Summer. Supposed to be a flower bed but is just gross with weeds.

450 Raymer - garbage stacked up between homes right next to neighbors window with flies - 5-6 cans overflowing. Been there for a couple weeks, also grass and weeds but not more than ankle deep.

1414 Starr - always garbage out in front from the gas-n-go carry out next door. I pick it up occasionally but too much to keep up with looks vacant but not sure

1420 Starr - vacant home for 3 years needs work badly, wood all worn and paint chipped, neighbors having to maintain grass

Monday, April 20, 2009

WE NEED ANSWERS NOW...PLZ!...Mayor Finkbeiner...?

OR...how about this idea? (thanks to for writing in to editorials about it...)

"Letters to the Editor | Published 06/26/08
Don't blame; be part of the solution
A June 12 contributor to the Readers' Forum wrote concerning what he called a "half-baked idea" of Mayor Finkbeiner to get money out of folks by charging a fee for empty and abandoned houses."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

My New Discovery & A CONTEST TO ENTER!

I fell in love AGAIN yesterday, Aug 11th, 2009...DREAMING AND SEARCHING for places I'd like to move to gives me great comfort. i have always dreamed of buying an RV after my daughter moves out, and selling the house (I doubt I will get enough even for a down payment with the economy! I owe more than it's worth!)
Here are some new places I be happy just to syat at for a week, but in my WILDEST DREAMS to own and live in with my extended family!





I am so taken by the images that I happened to come across, it seems that it was meant to be, in my fate or stars, or life plan...I went on a search, just a thought out of the blue, for the BEACH HOUSE used in the movie to be RELEASED tomorrow SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, called "NIGHTS IN RODANTHE"...I long for the water/ocean & dream of owning a camper and parking it and living all along a coastline (Gulf or Ocean, no matter), wherever the sun reflects off of the white sand, where the seagulls fly, and the ocean waves kiss your toes as you walk the shore, thanking God for His gifts to us.
I was curious what town it was really in and how much it rented for, if at all...(like I could EVER afford to rent a 5 bedroom beach house!) If you know ME - you know I hope to NEVER give up on MY DREAMS. Because "when you stop dreaming, you start dying".
I located it by way of a Google search, at Shirl's Rose Cottage, a bed-and-breakfast cottage which rents out in West Virginia. "Shirl" happens to vacation near the beach house located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Here is a visual:


...from there as I read her posts and recommendations, I clicked on link after link, displayed on the right side of her blog, and found the MOST LOVELY SITES! Here are just a few, whose photos made me decide to redecorate my bedroom in blush pink, crystal lamps, and tiny roses. Here are some of the images that creeped into my psyche and changed me forever, as well as some of the wonderful contributors to the contest prizes...(I have deleted all this as the contest is over and the images actually started getting on my nerves. Actually, you can only take so much blush pink..)

XOXO, TTownRobin

cc: also posted at RobinsBirdHouse, LiveJournal/ttownrobin and MySpace!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tune in to Channel 13 ABC, program: BRIDGES hosted by Doni Miller

I had been wanting to mention this for some time and had never gotten around to it, as I haven't on A LOT of things...(I am really tired of this putting off of things...it's time for me to get on the ball again!), but the television program called "BRIDGES' hosted by Doni miller, that airs on Sundays at noon and again late at night, maybe midnight 9check your local listings) not only keeps local minorities in touch with Toledo events that pertain to them but also many important topics that relate to crime, government, and issues that effect US ALL. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRY TO START WATCHING IT IF YOU HAVEN'T YET CAUGHT IT. Here is the article that reminded me to place it in my blog...Thank you

13 ABC Bridges Program
Although I am a news junkie, I'm totally unfamiliar with this program, but I happened to catch it today and it was quite interesting.

Today it was hosted by a woman by the name of Doni Miller. The show was directed at the group of concerned parents that are asking students to boycott school at Scott High School the first five days of school as well as important days that attendance is taken for determining the amount of state funding the schools get.

The first half of the show Ms. Miller was talking to John Foley. Mr. Foley was explaining that he does understand where these parents are coming from but that for students to purposely miss school on the days they are being asked to miss will only serve to hurt the school district.

The second half of the show Ms. Miller was talking to a man by the name of Francis Dumbuya who, from what I understand, is leading the group of people asking for the boycott. Mr. Dumbuya was explaining his feelings about why this boycott is necessary and went on to explain that there are more than 6,000 days of school missed by students because of suspensions and B.I.C. days.

Now, I am in no way trying to undermine the reason for this show, but when I heard how many days are being missed because of students being suspended in/out of school I was just blown away! It just makes no sense to me that that amount of days is even possible! I know we're a fairly large sized school district, but that is ALOT of suspensions!

Anyway, I just thought I'd touch base about this show. I'm sure that it's not always about TPS, but you can be assured that I will be tuning into this show weekly! It airs on 13 ABC at 12 noon. Check it out if you can!
Thanks for reading

Thursday, December 13, 2007

GLOBAL WARMING OR JUST TOLEDO WINTER?

From the TOLEDO BLADE, DECEMBER 11, 2007:

"Freezing rain that has blanketed northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan contributed to a crash in Sylvania that killed two people from Perrysburg, authorities said.

Those icy conditions were expected to continue into this morning with more freezing rain overnight, but temperatures were predicted to warm up into the low 40s by this afternoon.

Authorities believe that an ice-slickened U.S. 23 caused a crash in which Heather Richie, 26, the driver, and her passenger, Joseph Lee Bekker, 26, both of Perrysburg, were killed after their sport utility vehicle traveling southbound struck a guardrail and went over a bridge railing near Holland-Sylvania Road between Monroe Street and Sylvania Avenue and plunged about 40 to 50 feet onto Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

The crash likely occurred late Sunday or early yesterday, but the SUV wasn't found until noon yesterday by some children walking along the railroad tracks, authorities said.

THIS WAS ONE OF THE SADDEST WINTER STORIES FROM TOLEDO THAT I'VE EVER HEARD! THOSE POOR PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE THROUGH THE NIGHT, BUT WEREN'T DISCOVERED UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. I PRAY TO GOD THAT THEY BOTH PASSED AWAY UPON CONTACT>>>

They called police; the woman and the man were pronounced dead at the scene at 12:22 p.m., said Bob Hannon, an investigator with the Lucas County Coroner's Office.

Ms. Richie was wearing a seat belt; Mr. Bekker was not and was partially thrown from the SUV, authorities said.

Conditions have been just about perfect the last couple days for dangerous, icy conditions, said Mike Abair, a meteorologist at the Cleveland office of the National Weather Service.

As a result, schools across the region closed for the day yesterday, many events were canceled, and there were numerous traffic accidents."

THE ICY CONDITIONS ACCOMPANIED BY SNOW, POSSIBLY UP TO 4 INCHES, ARE GOING TO BE APPROACHING THE NORTHEAST U.S. TODAY AND TONIGHT. HOPEFULLY IT WILL DISSIPATE AND BECOME LESS OF A HORROR AS IT DID FOR US LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE FREEZING RAIN IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS< BUT BECAUSE IT TEETERED AT 32 DEGREES, IT MERELY RAINED.

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I'd also like to mention the terror of having no heat or electricity like many (at least 20,000 people!) throughout the "tornado belt" including Oklahoma City and all the surrounding area. Can you imagine being a new mother and your brand new baby risking getting a too-low body temperature? or Having to be on life-support in the hospital and have to spend on a generator, or in a home and worrying about the carbon monoxide that a generator puts out to care for an elderly adult that may be on oxygen to begin with? PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS, THAT THEY FIND COMFORT AND RESCUE TODAY!!
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The weather that Georgia and the Southeast is having this week has to be a global-warming effect, I believe. When cities that should be very cold, have temperatures from 75 to 82 in early December, something's not right.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?? PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS!
THANK YOU, TTOWNROBIN
PS. Happy Holidays!

PS. THERE ARE AMAZING ICE STORM PHOTOS AT TORNADOVIDEOS.NET FROM AN ICE STORM THAT OKLAHOMA HAD IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR...I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS AREA HAD BEEN HIT SO HARD WITH THIS TYPE OF EXTREME COLD AND PRECIPITATION ALREADY THIS YEAR!! NOW do you think it might from the effects of GLOBAL WARMING???

Here's one example...you really should check out thier blog for more of the rest...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Toledo Budget: Good News & Bad News
(thanks a lot Carty!)

There's lots more to talk about regarding the proposed Toledo Budget that Mayor Finkbeiner has announced, but these things stuck out in my mind:

There will be an elimination of two city pools, Roosevelt and NAVARRE! No more junior pool for our East Toledo children under 13.
That means MORe punks roaming the neighborhoods with nothing to do this summer.

B. He actually has the odacity to include another UTILITY hike!
Electricity @ 2.5% per annum
Gas @ 2.5% per annum
Water 5% per annum
Sewer 5% per annum
We just had a new charge added to our water bills this past year for refuse collection and a hike in the water/sewer charge...now he plans to raise it again!? We have some of the HIGHEST UTILITY RATES IN THE ENTIRE US!!
I didn't ask (nor was I given the opportunity to vote on it!) for a multi-million dollar bridge to be built, not a WAY TOO EXTRAVAGANT Mud Hens Stadium, and personally, I LIKED the Sports Arena before they tore it down and decided to build a huge one downtown (that was just started this past month) why should I have to pay for it? Because our mayor tells us, as he chuckles, "Bend over and take it up the ass!"

You can see this on page three at this location:
http://www.toledo.oh.gov/Portals/0/2008%20Proposed%20Operating%20Budget(f).pdf

The only good news to speak of is that we will have a ferry dock at the area along Front Street in East Toledo, called the new marina District, that will be gearedtoward the up and coming upper class professionals in the way of housing, shops and other things most East Toledoans can't afford. But it will provide a possible service to Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point, and maybe Windsor.
Completion:
The RF's were posted Friday, November 9th as scheduled. The RFPs are due December 7 with a recommendation scheduled to the New Project Development Committee on December 12.
The facility is available for banquets and rentals.

More info about this can be found at: http://www.toledoportauthority.org/pressroom/marinepassengerterminal.asp

If you want to try to sell your home (good luck) one of the inexpensive ways, AND get the hell out of here, to live somewhere more affordable, try going to:
http://www.toledohomes4sale.com/

Monday, November 5, 2007

Things I learned from OPRAH and DR. OZ today!
3 DRINKS
that will make you feel like a NEW PERSON

HI!
This post is not only about the 3 drinks, but also about Oprah Winfrey's friend, Doctor oz's Anti-again plan. I am reprinting most of this as a reminder to myself, to really think about how much better I could feel if I would just spend a little more on groceries for a month or two (yeah, right, LOL - I get groceries from the church half the time because we're so poor!)

1) THE GREEN DRINK THAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL YOUNGER AND LIVE LONGER

"The Green Drink" aka, according to Oprah: "FRESH" in a glass!

Serves 1-2
Ingredients:
2 big handfuls of Spinach
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 rib of celery
1 thumb of ginger, skin peeled
1 lemon
1 medium cucumber
2 apples
ice cubes (optional)

In a juicer, place all ingredients except optional ice cubes in a juicer until juiced. Serve in your favorite wine goblet or other favorite glass of choice. If desired, add ice cubes for a refreshing cold beverage.

As always, you can adjust these ingredients to your own liking. Perhaps you really really like cucumber. Great! Add 2 cucumbers instead!

For a starter green juice, I recommend additional apples until you get used to the taste. There is no requirement to start out with swamp water that tastes like swamp water. Start with something fruity. Then over time if you want you can add more greens and less apples. That is why green smoothies are so popular - they are usually 60% or more of fruit, and 40% or less of greens.

The green color is a good indication that you have enough greens in the juice. As long as it is green, you know that you are getting the alkaline benefits of greens.

2) Dr. Oz's second drink might not be as pleasant, but it's still important:
a shot of cod liver oil.

"First of all, cod liver oil has the right kind of vitamin D in it—vitamin D3. That's why people who live in the north lands who don't get any sun at all can still survive. It's got the healthy fats that you want in it," Dr. Oz says.

3) Xango Mangosteen Juice and the Magosteen Fruit:

"Why Drink Mangosteen Juice?
There are two very good reasons for having a daily hit of mangosteen juice. First there is the flavour, and then there are the health benefits. Many people like to kick start their day with a glass of fruit juice and, sure, most juices are very good for you, but none have the combination of taste and goodness provided by the fruit of the exotic mangosteen tree.

Take orange juice, for example: great flavor and lots of vitamin C, which is, of course, a well known antioxidant. Mangosteen, however, has been shown to contain over 40 different antioxidants. In fact, laboratory tests have shown that juice from the whole mangosteen fruit is 20 to 30 times more effective at neutralizing dangerous free radicals than juice from most other antioxidant-rich sources.

Mangosteen fruit have been used for centuries in Asia, both as a delicious foodstuff and as a one-stop pharmaceutical gift shop. In more recent times, health researchers from around the world have conducted studies to establish whether the fruit may have a role to play in treating a whole raft of conditions, from cancer to mental illness. Although there is still much work to be done, the results thus far have been able to verify what has been accepted folklore for generations of Southeast Asians—mangosteen is one of Mother Nature’s great gifts to mankind.

So, if you are going to have a morning fruit drink, why not drink mangosteen juice?

Mangosteen Fruit

Rarely has a fruit that has been so unknown to the common man of the western world been so studied, examined, researched, and scrutinized by science than the remarkable Mangosteen. Study after study, research paper after research paper all extol the extraordinary benefits of the Mangosteen and its rich supply of antioxidant xanthones.

"The body's immune and other systems produce homemade antioxidants and some vitamins, such as E and C. But there exist other antioxidants even more potent than vitamins, and these powerful protective substances are only found in certain plants," writes Fred Templeman, M.D. "One such class of substances called Xanthones has recently been identified by scientists in a rain forest plant ... the Mangosteen."

Dr. Templeman continues, "Our secondary research has unearthed over forty scientific papers in which biochemically active components of the Mangosteen have been rigorously examined in the laboratory. . . It is already evident that the multiple health benefits of the fruit are supported by scientific investigation."
For centuries, the people of Southeast Asia have known all about those "multiple health benefits." Now science supports what they've known all along. The ancient wisdom of Southeast Asia. The certainty of modern science.

The Power of Our Whole Fruit Puree

It is not simply the juice of the Mangosteen. Instead, it is a whole fruit puree, utilizing the pericarp as well as the pulp of this extraordinary tropical fruit. As a whole fruit puree it delivers all the benefits of Alpha Mangostin and Gamma Mangostin, the xanthones that have proven to be so rich in life-enhancing qualities.

"Studies are showing that xanthones have positive effects on nearly all the body's systems," says researcher Fred Templeman, M.D. "From increased energy to protection from free radical damage, xanthones delivers a wide range of benefits."

A Taste Sensation

And the best part it is absolutely delicious! We're all familiar with tonics and potions derived from natural plants and herbs. Most have genuine beneficial properties, but the taste leaves so much to be desired. The naturally sweet and tangy flavor of the Mangosteen is a taste sensation you have to experience to believe. It has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no added sweeteners. We don't need them!

In magosteen juice you get all of the miraculous benefits of xanthones: powerful antioxidants protection against free radical damage, support for cholesterol concerns, a natural energy enhancer, and more. And you get all this in a drink that you'll look forward to tasting!

The Mangosteen fruit is composed of the following:

Pericarp (rind or skin)- it is smooth, 4-8mm thick with a dark purple color
Pulp (fruit) - consists of 4-8 snowy white colored segments. It is soft & juicy with an exquisite unforgettable taste.
Seeds - one mangosteen fruit usually contains 2-3 well-developed seeds ranging between 1.5 and 2.5 cm in length.
Inside the Mangosteen
Size: Roughly the size of a tangerine
Color: Smooth, dark purple pericarp (rind)
Color Inside: "Snow white" colored fruit
Taste: Unbearably exquisite, impossible to forget

Did you know?

The pericarp, or rind of the mangosteen contains more xanthones than any other source on earth! These are the same powerful xanthones that make the Mangosteen the super star of health and nutritional supplements."

ALTHOUGH MANGOSTEEN JUICE WAS RECOMMENDED BY DR. OZ, THE INFORMATION ABOVE WAS NOT FROM HIM OR FROM THE OPRAH SHOW, IT WAS FOUND AT:

http://trythisjob.com/Whatismangosteenjuice.html

THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR 1 CASE OF "Xango" MANGOSTEEN JUICE ON EBAY, IS ABOUT 50.00 PLUS SHIPPING.




WHAT IS WRITTEN BELOW ABOUT A GUEST ON OPRAH IS EXACTLY HOW I LIVE!! BOY, I NEED TO START LIVING SOME OF THIS ADVICE..

MORE FROM TODAY'S OPRAH SHOW:

"Brenda, a 48-year-old single mother, is the first to admit that she had an unhealthy lifestyle. "I ate a lot of sugar. A lot of junk food. I do not exercise," she says.

Brenda says she received a major wake-up call when she started having heart palpitations while driving in the car with her daughter. "At the time in which this was going on, I thought I was going to die," she says.

After running a biophysical on Brenda, Dr. Oz found that on top of being anemic and vitamin D deficient, Brenda had a thyroid problem. "Your thyroid levels were the worst they had ever seen," he says. "You weren't making any at all. That actually was leading to your muscle literally breaking down." Dr. Oz says this may have caused Brenda's heart palpitations. "Over and over again, especially in women, we see the thyroid gland not functioning correctly. And when it happens in the severe nature, you actually fall apart—and your heart muscle, which is one of the muscles, can also stop."

Since Brenda has been following the You: Staying Young plan, she says she is feeling much better. "I'm better able to handle stress, I work out regularly and I'm not as tired," she says.

Dr. Oz stresses the importance of taking care of thyroid problems by having your thyroid levels checked. "It's one of the key blood tests you have to get on yourself," he says."

I AM GOING TO ASK MY DOCTOR FOR A THYROID TEST NEXT TIME I SEE HIM!

AND THIS IS ME TOO:

"Maureen says she had a serious problem with her energy level. "I had brain fog to the point where I could not concentrate or focus on the tasks and duties. Just simple things at home—helping my daughter with her homework—and definitely the career and the job."

Dr. Oz discovered that Maureen was anemic. "You've got to check your blood count," he says. "That's one of the tests you've got to get, no matter how you get it done."

By following Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen's anti-aging plan for eight weeks, Maureen receives the good news that she has brought up her low levels of iron. "Now I have more energy and I'm able to handle the day-to-day things," she says."

A REMINDER FOR ME TO TELL MY FRIEND BRENDA ABOUT/an 8 week anti-aging diet!

"Lisa also went on Dr. Oz's anti-aging plan for eight weeks to help treat her fibromyalgia, which is a chronic syndrome that can cause symptoms like pain and fatigue. "Seven years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have been on a gamut of medication," she says. "It would work for a few days, maybe a few weeks, and I would be in constant pain—my neck, my back, my arms, my legs."

Since then, Lisa has been following Dr. Oz's advice and working with a doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia. "About a week after I was on the supplements and walking, I could feel my body is warming," Lisa says. "I have energy. In fact, I have so much energy I have to kind of put a little reserve on because I'm back to being better than what I was before."

"I hope a lot of the audience members' eyes [are open] now to a problem that afflicts 8 million Americans," Dr. Oz says. "You don't have to live with that agony."

MORE WAYS TO HELP YOU LIVE LONGER, INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME!"The smallest particles are the ones that do the most damage.."


Regularly open up windows to air out your home of all the fumes and particles trapped inside.
Making your house healthier starts right at your front door. Take off your shoes when you enter to avoid tracking in pesticides and lawn chemicals.

When you microwave food, don't leave it in plastic containers or with plastic covering. That plastic could leak into the food. Instead, use glass or other microwave-safe containers.

Instead of using toxic chemicals to clean your sink and bathtub, Dr. Oz recommends using baking soda. And you can use white vinegar to clean your windows. Or look for brands like Shaklee's Get Clean line. Oprah says she loves their Basic H2 spot remover.

To avoid the chemicals used in dry cleaning, take your clothes out of the bags while you're outside and throw the bags away. Then, let your clothes air out for at least a day before wearing them.

Use a dehumidifier to cut down on potentially toxic mold in places like garages.
If you must store old cans of paint and varnish, only do it in well-ventilated places that are far from your living area.

Include plants like spider plants, golden pothos and philodendrons in your home. They are experts at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen.

ANOTHER BREAKFAST DRINK:


The Quick Magical Breakfast Blaster
2 servings, 136 calories per serving

1 scoop (1/3 cup) Soy protein (like Nature's Plus Spiru-Tein)
1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 large ripe banana (or other fruits of your choice)
1/2 tablespoon apple juice concentrate or honey
1 teaspoon Psyillium seed husks

Peel banana; break into chunks. Put all ingredients in a blender. Add 12 ounces of water and ice, as well as powdered vitamins. Cover, blend until fairly smooth.

THE ONLY FOUR EXERCISES YOU NEED TO KNOW ACCORDING TO DR. OZ:


"You don't need balls, mats and elastic bands to get a great workout. Dr. Oz says there are only four exercises that you'll ever need to know—and none require fancy machinery!

First, Dr. Oz suggests that people walk for at least 30 minutes each and every day. "Walking is the foundation for all other exercises because it increases your stamina and prepares your body for strength training," he says. You should strive to walk 10,000 steps a day.

The second step is to build muscle by lifting weights for 30 minutes a week. You can lift a dumbbell, a gallon of milk or your toddler…just start lifting!

Now that you're on the right track, Dr. Oz says you have to work up a sweat for about an hour a week. "The number one predictor of how long you're going to live is how well you can exercise your heart," he says. "If you can push yourself to sweat for an hour a week, that's great. You can break it down into three little segments of 20 minutes each."

Finally, you have to stretch so that you don't get hurt. Dr. Oz likes to do yoga, but he says you can get the same benefits from stretches you learned in high school gym class.

There's one secret fat-burner that you can do anywhere—fidgeting!"

THE 14 DAY PLAN RECOMMENDED BY DR. OZ

http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/programs/young/plan/plan_main.jhtml


Why 14 days? Because that's how long it takes for many healthy behaviors to become healthy habits.

The 14-Day Plan: Week 1

1 of 9

DAY 1: TAKING STOCK


1. Get out and go shopping! Buy these items, which should run you less than $125.

A tape measure
A heart-rate monitor (We use Polar products—they have chest straps and monitor watches)
A pedometer
A good pair of walking or running shoes
A hand-grip tester
A blood pressure cuff (Many have memory and download options…or you can use the one at the drugstore)
A notebook or access to computer website to record your results

2. Determine your real age at RealAge.com—that is, the actual age of your body (and mind) based on your health and habits, not your calendar age based on when mama thrust you into the world covered in goop.

3. Measure your blood pressure. Most drug stores have a device that can be placed on your arm if you haven't bought the home device yet.

4. Measure your heart rate in the evening, as well as the highest heart rate you achieve during your most intense exercise.

5. Measure your waist size. Circle the tape measure around your waist at the belly button, while you're taking a deep breath and sucking in. You would anyway, but it is the right way of measuring it as it gets the muscle we do not want to measure out of the way. Also measure your weight. The ideal is for your waist to be half your height.

6. Leave a space to record the average number of steps you take this week.

7. Make a doctor's appointment so you can get the medical tests you need.

8. Answer these questions.

Are you living life from (A) fear or from (B) passion?
Are you playing life (A) to avoid losing or (B) to win?
Are your goals based on (A) preserving the status quo or (B) achieving growth?

If you answered (A) to any of them, it's an indication that you're not moving forward in life. Remember, the only times that your vital signs are completely stable are when you're dead. Like sharks, we need to keep moving in order to live fully.

9. Ask yourself these questions to really determine whether you're really happy.

Are you happy most of the time?
Are you as happy now as you were 5 years ago?
Are you still expecting much from life?
Do your days seem to be passing quickly?
Are you often sad less than 10 percent of the time?

We obviously want you to have positive answers for these questions. If you're not there, our program, as well as professional help, can help you get there.

10. Ask three strangers how old you are. Asking friends and family doesn't count, since they either know or have a vested interest in not hurting your feelings. This will help give you some kind of baseline as to how others perceive you—based on appearance and demeanor—and can be a strong indicator of how healthy you actually are. In addition, you can ask a friend you trust to be honest with you about how you are aging compared to others.

11. Ask your friends what your three biggest strengths are. Identify how you best use them.

12. In your notebook, draw a little box with an amoeba that fills up 70 percent of the box, but also goes outside of the box. The box is your job, and the amoeba is you. The empty spots in the box are where we often focus all of our effort, but perhaps you should focus on the part of the amoeba that lies outside of the box, as this represents your strengths.

13. Ask yourself this simple question: How have you aged over the last five years? Use a picture to compare how you looked between then and now. Your initial thought:

My oh my, I look like I did in high school, dahling.

I'm steady Eddie—about the same.

I'm about what you'd expect—little fatter, little wrinklier, and little more worn down.

I look like tree bark.

14. Ask yourself this: What activities did you do five years ago that you can't do today?

15. Ask yourself these big-picture stress questions, which can help you identify things to work on while using our program:

Is your perceived level of stress more than you enjoy? Remember that actual stress is a more predictable driver of aging than our perception of stress, so push yourself to be honest with yourself.
Do you control most of the stress in your life or are you a rat in someone else's experiment?

GO HERE TO READ ABOUT THE VIATMINS YOU NEED TO FEEL GOOD AND AGE WELL:


http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/slide/20071105/oz_20071105_350_108.jhtml

DAY 2: RE-TOOL YOUR HOME AND MIND


Shop for vitamins and calcium supplements. Buy calcium tablets that have at least 500 milligrams of calcium, 200 international units of vitamin D and 150 milligrams of magnesium. Get your vitamin shopping list.

Shop for non-toxic cleaners.

Purchase and install water filters for your home.

Do the Chi-gong Workout to build your coordination and mind-body connection.

If you have any addictions, start a cessation program to quit. Smoking the issue? Try the program here: http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/programs/young/extend/extend_smoking.jhtml

FOR THE REST OF THE SUGGESTIONS FOR PART TWO, START AT THIS PAGE:

http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/programs/young/plan/plan_105.jhtml


DAY 3: START THE THREE-DAY BODY-BASIC DIET


"Start a calorie-restricted diet, and continue for three days. The goal of this body-basic diet: Recalibrate your settings to eating better foods—and more sensible amount of them.

Here's how it works: Eat about three-quarters of the amount of food you usually eat every day using only healthy foods now. You can do it by eyeballing, or literally filling your plate as usual and taking one-quarter of the meal away and storing it for tomorrow. If you find this too difficult, reducing your calorie intake by even 15 percent will work. And if that is too challenging, then just eat healthy foods in the usual amount for you.

Why? We're trying to get you to feel what calorie restriction, the only proven senility eraser, feels like. It will be a little uncomfortable, but you'll only do it for three days. Drink as much water with lime or lemon juice or fresh brewed green tea as you want, which will help clear toxins and prevent dehydration. Please take your vitamin supplements while on the program since we don't want to starve you if you're already nutritionally depleted from a life of kielbasa with mayonnaise.

When you add back a little more food on Day 6, chances are that even in three days, you'll have trained yourself and your stomach to need less food than you're accustomed to eating."

FIND THE REST OF PART THREE HERE: http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/programs/young/plan/plan_105.jhtml


ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND THE LINKS TO 2 WORKOUTS RECOMMENDED BY DR. OZ, INCLUDING AN EXCUSE-BUSTERS WORKOUT (that's what I need):
http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/programs/young/extend/extend_workouts.jhtml


'Sorry this ended up so long! Hope it helps someone besides me!
XOXO TTownRobin

MELLENCAMP SURPRISES TOLEDO
BEFORE THE CONCERT NOV. 2, '2007
another UPDATE: R-n-R Hall Induction!

ANOTHER UPDATE! WOO HOO!

CONGRADULATIONS JOHN MELLENCAMP!



FROM: http://www.nbc24.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=77406


Rock Hall induction ceremony to return to Cleveland
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 1:44 p.m.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The city will rock in early 2009 when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns for the first time in more than a decade, Mayor Frank Jackson announced Wednesday.
The ceremony has been held in New York - a sore spot for many Clevelanders - every year except 1997.


After the March 2009 event, the ceremony could return to Cleveland every three years.



The New York-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation sponsors the induction ceremony, which features a concert performance by the inductees and serves as the foundation's main fundraiser.


The announcement comes in a year where the Rock Hall has seen a 10 percent increase in attendance and is planning a major renovation to better convey rock's history to visitors.


Last week, the Rock Hall announced its 2008 class of inductees: Madonna,John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five. A panel of 600 industry figures selected the five acts to be inducted at the annual ceremony, to be held March 10 in New York.



UPDATE ~ UPDATE ~ UPDATE!


Found at: http://www.nbc24.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=62109

Tent City kicks off with Mellencamp visit


"Singer John Mellencamp stopped by the annual Tent City weekend in Downtown Toledo
By Arielle Berlin
Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2007 at 1:45 p.m.

TOLEDO, OH -- Singer John Mellencamp kicked off the the opening of the annual Tent City project in Downtown Toledo, helpling area leaders raise awareness about the homeless.

Mellencamp made his visit prior to a Friday night performance at the Seagate Center. He said the real stars were the homeless people who get to spend the weekend getting pampered and prepared for winter.

Volunteers gathering for the annual Tent City project at the Downtown Mall between the Lucas County Jail and the Toledo police headquarters.

"Homelessness is a rising issue in our community with the loss of jobs and just recently we found out that 700 workers on the third shift at chrysler lost their jobs. That could mean foreclosure and eventually homelessness, said Richard Langford, fromt he Toledo Area Alliance to end Homelessness.

At Tent City homeless people can eat, get haircuts, and have medical and dental check-ups.

"When they come here they can get pretty much prepared for the winter time, we have donations of hats, coats, gloves here for them, said Langford.

Mellencamp stopped by after being invited by organizers ation to check out tent city.

"I think it's a fantastic thing that the city is doing, to show some compassion to people who need compassion," Mellencamp said.

Mellencamp performed a few songs and handed out 68 free tickets for his concert.

Activites continue at Tent City Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, there will be a celebrity pancake breakfast - celebrities will be cooking and serving pancakes to the homeless."

WATCH THE VIDEO! GO TO: http://media02.toast.net/nbc24.com/news/11020711ptentcity.wmv
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MORE COVERAGE FROM THE TOLEDO BLADE:

Article published Saturday, November 3, 2007
Rock star takes time for homeless
Mellencamp opens annual Tent City in downtown Toledo
Found at: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071103/NEWS16/71103002/-1/NEWS


John Mellencamp, right, greets Jim Fuller, center, of Open Door Ministry Inc. as Jason Slemp, one of its residents, looks on.
( The Blade/Amy E. Voigt )



By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


"John Mellencamp gave Toledo something to remember yesterday, hours before he stepped onto the stage at SeaGate Centre for his concert.

About 5 p.m., he stopped at Tent City on Toledo’s Civic Center Mall for a half-hour and delivered some heartfelt words to the city’s homeless.

Then, he had someone from his entourage come back and give Ken Leslie, Tent City founder and a member of the Toledo/Lucas County Homelessness Board, 70 concert tickets to hand out.

Accompanied by his wife, Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp, and one of the couple’s two young sons, Speck, Mr. Mellencamp discreetly stepped out of an unmarked sport utility vehicle on Jackson Street and met the Tent City crowd.

Yes, the media were there. TV cameramen and still photographers captured his visit, as did countless novices with their point-and-shoots and cellphone cameras.
After all, it’s not every day a celebrity greets the public in one of America’s economically depressed downtowns.

But this wasn’t an overt public relations stunt, either.

The idea was hatched by Blade religion editor David Yonke, a freelance music writer who was warned, as were others, that the deal was off if downtown was swarming with gawkers with no connection to Tent City.


John Mellencamp greets James Perry after meeting Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, left. Tent City founder Ken Leslie looks on.
( THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT )



Mr. Mellencamp’s visit went off without a hitch. It served as this year’s opening for Tent City, an annual two-night campout in downtown in which volunteers provide health care and other services to the homeless.

It concludes at noon tomorrow.

Mr. Mellencamp met privately in a trailer with four people who have worked hard to turn their lives around. Then, he went up on a stage with Mr. Leslie and Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.

There was sweetness and warmth in Mr. Leslie’s voice as he drew an analogy between Tent City and Farm Aid, the annual benefit for family farmers that singer Willie Nelson founded in 1985 with the help of Mr. Mellencamp and singer Neil Young.

That was done at the urging of singer Bob Dylan, who urged musicians while performing at the first Live Aid concert that year to do something for America’s small-time farmer.

Mr. Leslie said something “snapped” in his brain while traveling as a stand-up comedian in 1990. Borrowing from Live Aid and Farm Aid, he founded Tent City. Benefit music performances have helped each succeed.

“This is your project, sir, and these are your people,” Mr. Leslie told Mr. Mellencamp up on the stage, his voice cracking as if he were about to cry.

For his part, Mr. Finkbeiner gave Mr. Mellencamp a Toledo Mud Hens cap and a key to the city. He told him the key was “so you can come here anytime you want.”

Mr. Mellencamp seemed more like a bashful Midwesterner than a rock icon while being feted on the stage. He remembers his first concert in Toledo — on the University of Toledo campus — in 1976.

“About 10 people showed up,” Mr. Mellencamp told The Blade.
He said he also likes Toledo because an unidentified local radio station was one of the first to play his music.

He told the Tent City crowd he was honored to be a part of this weekend’s event. “I think it’s fantastic that people have come together and shown compassion for the people who need compassion,” he said.

As he left, he posed for pictures next to a makeshift cardboard house that a formerly homeless man, Jim Fuller, 50, of Perrysburg, made for him.

The structure was painted pink in recognition of “Pink Houses,” one of Mr. Mellencamp’s many hit singles.

During the private time inside the trailer, Mr. Mellencamp heard from Mr. Fuller and his wife, Robin, also 50, as well as Juan Garcia, 51, of South Toledo, and Melissa Ramirez, 46, of Toledo.

Each explained his or her struggles. Their mistakes.

Mr. Mellencamp relayed one himself about the wild partying days of his youth. He wished them all the best.

“It’s great to come to an event where people genuinely try to help each other without standing in judgment of them,” he told the foursome."




I'm not believin' this...I get updates of all the upcoming concerts but I really missed THIS ONE...and THANK GOD my wonderful daughter (who knows her mama) told me today about this...and I have no idea how I am going to scrape up the bucks to go, but..
I LOVE JOHN MELLENCAMP!!

Well, I have part of next month to figure out how to pay for a ticket..I don't think it will sell out.

I saw him when he was in Toledo at Savage Hall in the 80's - FRONT ROW, CENTER!!! (with my old friend Paul Bertok - wonder how he's doing..) ANYONE ELSE WANT TO GO WITH ME??? I don't know anyone who still likes him like I do...
Please let me know ASAP!

Tickets went on sale on Sept. 10Th.
THE SHOW IS ON FRIDAY, NOV. 2.



HERE's THE SETLIST FROM HIS MOST PREVIOUS TOUR...I HOPE IT'S THE SAME ONE AS THIS TOUR!! (dated 2/07)

SETLIST FROM LAST TOUR:
Small Town
Minutes to Memories
Peaceful World
Jack and Diane
Walk Tall
Thank You
Paper in Fire
Authority Song
Jackie Brown
Rain On the Scarecrow
Check It Out
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
Lonely 'Ol Night
Hurts So Good
Pink Houses

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Here's the ticket info from TicketMaster:

Internet Onsale Info
Onsale to General Public:
Sat, 09/15/07 10:00 AM EDT

(It's too late for all this, but here's the info just the same..):

Shindig VIP Package:
Start:Fri, 09/07/07 10:00 AM EDT
End:Fri, 10/19/07 05:00 PM EDT

Internet Presale Info
Ticket Rush:
Start:Fri, 09/14/07 10:00 AM EDT
End:Fri, 09/14/07 05:00 PM EDT

Club Cherry Bomb:
Start:Fri, 09/07/07 10:00 AM EDT
End:Thu, 09/13/07 05:00 PM EDT

Target Presale:
Start:Wed, 09/12/07 10:00 AM EDT
End:Thu, 09/13/07 10:00 PM EDT



LIVE NATION PRESENTS
JOHN MELLENCAMP
WWW.MELLENCAMP.COM
SEAGATE CONVENTION CENTRE
401 JEFFERSON AVE
FRI NOV 2 2007 7:30PM

PREFERABLY SERIOUS FANS ( and poeple who know me) MESSAGE ME
ASAP PLEASE!
Unless of course, you are a long lost boyfriend who would like to take me to this concert...that might be fun too...
Thanks for reading!!

XOXO Robin, TTownRobin

COPY & PASTE THIS IN YOUR ADDRESS SPACE, THEN PRESS GO! TO FIND TICKETS:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/08003F24E7055BBF?artistid=770615&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

(you might have to sign in first though, I'm not sure..)

Here is the official John Mellencamp website with the tour information:
http://www.mellencamp.com/index.php?page=tour

ABOVE ORIGINALLY POSTED SEPTEMBER 16, 2007



MORE UPDATE:


NOTE TO ANOTHER TOLEDO BLOGGER (Glass City Jungle) ONCE I HEARD ABOUT THE VISIT:

I was looking for a Mellencamp concert review as well! IT'S KILLING ME: 2 GREAT CONCERTS FROM MY FAVORITE BANDS AND ME WITH NOT A DIME TO GO AND SEE THEM (Styx was at the Stranahan last Friday).
I'd just gotten a phone call from my friend in Tennessee and he was the one who told me about John Mellencamp visiting tent city. So to make matters worse, I REALLY wanted to go there and volunteer, I BEGGED my teenager to go with me and do it as a family event, and she didn't want to, and I'm too much of a big baby to go just about anywhere by myself, or I would have been there to see him too. It really did touch my heart that he made an appearance there, but didn't surprise me a bit. He always has been a humanitarian, and I am proud to say that I have been a fan for years.
Thanks for blogging about it Lisa! Your post was listed 3rd on a Google search.
Keep up the great blogging!
TTownRobin

Monday, October 22, 2007

FOR THE 1ST TIME EVER
MARCY KAPTUR LET ME DOWN


"Please see below, how your legislator voted
on the Federal Excise Tax Increase"


Legislator Name Vote Position

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (DEM) Y Yes


copied from:
http://www.stopthefetincrease.com/legis_scorecard.aspx?LegisID=KaptXMar06171946


CONGRESSWOMAN MARCY KAPTUR HAS BEEN THE ONE TO WRITE TO WHEN EVERY CONTACT HERE IN TOLEDO HAS FAILED ME, AND SHE HAS ALWAYS COME THROUGH FOR ME AND FOR US TOLEDOANS. SHE HAS BEEN A CRUSADER FOR US FOR MANY YEARS...BUT I JUST FOUND OUT THAT BECAUSE OF HER VOTE, WE SMOKERS WILL BE PAYING ANOTHER $6.10 FOR A CARTON OF CIGARETTES STARTING NOVEMBER 1st, 2007.

WHY DO SMOKERS HAVE TO CARRY THE TAX FOR EVERYTHING NEW?


IF THE PROPOSAL FOR THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN GOES THROUGH ONCE CONGRESS HAS RE-VAMPED IT TO BE STATED PROPERLY, THAT NEW TAX WILL ALL BE OUT OF OUR POCKETBOOKS TOO!

I AGREE, I NEED TO QUIT SMOKING. I AM HAVING A HELL OF A TIME DOING IT. I HAVE TRIED THE NEW STOP-SMOKING MEDICINE: CHANTIX, WHICH CAUSED ME TO EXPERIENCE HORRIBLE NIGHTLY BAD DREAMS, WEEK LONG HEADACHES AND A LACK OF RESTED SLEEP, PLUS CONSTANT BITING THE INSIDES OF MY CHEEKS...BUT EVEN WORSE THAN THAT, I AM SIMPLY NOT READY TO GAIN 100 POUNDS.THE LAST TIME I STOPPED SMOKING, I GAINED 10 POUNDS IN 13 DAYS! I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON MEETING THE MAN OF MY DREAMS YET AND AS LITTLE AS I GET OUT, IT'S NOT LOOKING VERY GOOD RIGHT NOW EITHER, WITH WINTER COMING.

SMOKING IS MY ONLY VICE. I DON'T DRINK TO SPEAK OF, I DON'T DO STREET DRUGS, I DON'T EVEN GO AND SEE MOVIES OR GO SHOPPING! I CAN'T AFFORD IT!! MY ENTERTAINMENT IS SMOKING AND MY COMPUTER AND GARDENING. THAT'S IT! SAD BUT TRUE. AND UNTIL I CAN GET MY MIND AROUND QUITTING, IT LOOKS LIKE I WILL BE STUCK AT HOME EVEN MORE, PAYING $37.10 a CARTON FOR THE CHEAPEST CIGERETTES I CAN STAND RATHER THAN $31.00 (the least expensive at my local carry out within walking distance BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD A CAR!!)
PLEASE HELP LET OUR LEGISLATURE KNOW THAT WE DO NOT WANT THIS TAX!!

VISIT stoptheFETincrease.com
or call: 1-866-527-4494

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Why can't we find the PARTY AFFILIATION of OREGON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES?

Oh, I know this isn't what I usually write about, but I spent hours searching for the answer to the question my Aunt Sissy asked me...she got an absentee ballot and wanted to see what party each person running for Oregon City Council was representing and, I swear, I couldn't find it ANYWHERE. You name the search terms and I searched for it that way. In fact, THESE are the only sites that I found that had anything to do with Oregon city council candidates:

Saturday, October 13, 2007

My VAN HALEN CONCERT/Cleveland, OH TRIP EXPERIENCE


(Above: The pic we took of the overhead screen of Eddie & Wolfgang singing:
Below: me and my Brother, in front of the "Van Halen" mustang, across the street from the Arena & the bar where the local radio station held the concert psyche-up party)

Aside from the trip to Cleveland being a chance for me to get out of the house and out of Toledo for a day or two, it was also a teary eyed (for me) reunion for my little brother and I. Though I am now 47 and he's 42, when we get together it's always like old times, the good ones anyway..(and we have definitely had some bad years apart here and there.)
After comparing how old looking we'd gotten and laughing our asses off, we got down to the plan of settling into the hotel: the Holiday Inn Express, downtown Cleveland (nice: Mezzanine floor offers 2 pool tables which I didn't see until the next day, going down for a tray of breakfast goodies, which were awesome, to take back up to the room, as well as a copier and 2 computer/work stations. The staff was very cordial and professional, and quick to bring us extra supplies. (though the guy at the front desk was a smart-ass to my brother, he was nice to me). The bathrooms were super-nice and I can't wait till I'm rich enough to buy a shower head like the ones they offer!

Check out this page to see how nice the bathrooms were:
http://www.awardhq.com/Custom/48323_HIExpress/cat_bath_collection.html
There was a CVS drug store across the street in case you'd like to get pictures developed at the one-hour-photo (like we did) and to pick up batteries, film, snacks, drinks and/or beer & wine. Before the show, we kind of stupidly decided to try to find a party or concert psyche-up bar event, which we did, across from the Quicken Loans Arena (near Jacobs Field) and it was there that we saw the Van Halen painted camero. The bar was so crowded with rick-looking people squeezing in & out of the door, that we thought for a minute that the band might just be in there too. We got our picture in front of the Camero, and went in and talked to a few people about the difference between the "Sammy" Van Halen & the "Dave' Van Halen, while waiting for our beverages. We left soon after though, because the prices were really up there. We also were asking around about a Van Halen party AFTER the concert, with no luck...it was drizzling and we couldn't find a liquor store ANYWHERE in the area, which dampened our plans in more ways than one. You can't go to the hotel where the band is staying (the Radisson, I'm assuming, across from the Arena and one of the most expensive if not for the 119.00 a night special by showing your event ticket _ AND SOLD OUT THE FIRST DAY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT) and try to fit into a party without a bottle of some sort...or SOMETHING to share.
Anyway, as the rain got heavier, we headed down to the Quicken Loans Arena..We had our glow sticks that my brother brought to sell or give away, in vain, before the show, but got looks like I'd NEVER seen from a group of supposedly happy people...then we found out upon entering that glow sticks aren't allowed inside. What a bunch of maroons! We hid them in the bushes and took them back to the hotel afterward.

The arena was really nice. The acoustics were great from where we sat. We paid $6.25 for a very large draft beer in a cup, and there were plenty of food and drink booths, as well as commonly located concert souvenir tents, inside and outside. The most inexpensive t-shirt was $35.00 with most of them being $40.00 each. Most of them were black, and one was grey. My brother only likes the white ones, and hasn't been to a concert, evidently in a long while, because he thought $40.00 was too much for a t-shirt. I, being the experienced concert-goer (LOL), knew that $40.00 was commonplace. And it hurt my belly that I left without one. (I checked Ebay today though, and I'm sure that sometime before the tour is over, I will find each of us one, for little more than the shipping cost. over what they were charging at the Arena.) i personally didn't care for the cheaply made designs on the T-shirts. They reminded me too much of Journey with the wings coming out from the "VH". I would have preferred a Van Halen shirt that had the dates of the tour on the back of the shirt, much bigger, and a glittery or IDK, something "cool" on the front than just the teeny "VH" with wings and a crown on top...maybe a picture of the 4 guys, showing Wolfgang with them and Dave in the Center or something.

Kai Mani Marley, youngest child of The great Bob Marley, sounded wonderful, as the opening act, mellow and refreshing, but definitely not a band that I would recommend to "warm-up" for the great Van Halen. With TONS of new rocking music out there (hell, we met a great bass player at the Greyhound station that was on tour with a band called: "RUN". He gave us a CD to listen to and THEY would have been a GREAT band to warm Van Halen crowd up!) Which reminds me, my brother saw the guy doing the main sound board on his Greyhound bus from Baltimore to Cleveland, and do you think they guy would give us a hello or a tip of the head once we got into the venue? Hell no!
Anyway, until the lights went off and on for Van Halen to come on, we squeezed in a couple cigarettes out at one of the 3 smoking areas outdoors. THANK GOD there was a little overhang or we would have been soaked. That's where all the COOL people go - the smoking area. Everyone at any one I have ever been at, has been cordial, friendly, and talkative. That's usually where you get a party invite too..We weren't that lucky that night. Just so you know: the website that tells ANYTHING you would ever need to know about the Quicken Loans Arena stated that there were little TV screens at the smoking areas, and there weren't. And we never did find the smoking area outside of Gordon's Sports Bar in the back of the Arena, only the one down by section 120, about 50 yards away.

FYI: Here's the EXCELLENT website for Quicken Loans Arena: http://www.theqarena.com/

OK, back to the concert... The band stuck to the online posted set-lists like glue, and unfortunately, just seemed to zip through many of the songs. We were lucky enough to be the the show where David Lee Roth was celebrating his birthday (October 10th, 1954) and had made a really cool sign/card for him with glitter, lights and - well it was just cool, but even though my brother had PURPOSELY paid the big bucks for floor seats JUST SO HE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO UP BY THE STAGE, the Q.L. Arena staff quickly rushed us back to our THISCLOSETOGETHER fold-out chair seats every time we tried to get up closer. Now that made my bro' a sad little boy..We were no more than I'd say 20 rows back from where the s-curve stage came out into the crowd, and I couldn't see worth a shit. An I wore 3 inch heeled boots just in case! Everyone stood the entire time, which was all fine and good, but no one stood on their chairs, so I couldn't see, except for the big screens that the Arena offered. THANK GOD. So that is what many of our pictures were of - the screens showing what the tiny band members were doing on stage. IF YOU EVER GO THERE< AND CAN'T GET WITHIN THE FIRST 5-10 ROWS, GO AHEAD AND TRY TO GET THE NEXT LEVEL UP OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE.We were 3 seats from the sound guy, on the floor. I got claustrophobic for a while, and went and got a beer and watched the guitar solo (after the 9th song) from the upper level. it was a MUCH better view and AMBIENCE up there. PLUS I COULD BREATHE! The chairs were just entirely too close together.
The very nice girl I met next to me apologized because she had to talk the guy she came with into coming because someone had just died in their family - so they weren't yelling much, and the folks behind us were pretty quiet too. If they don't have a mosh pit. they should at least have a "rowdy area" for us concert freaks, I think. Here's how the stage was set up:


My favorites were "Atomic Punk"...it had an awesome intro, "Everybody Wants Some" (Dave did a cool introduction to that one), and of course, "Hot For Teacher", "Ice Cream Man" and "Panama". "Jump" was ok, but not as crazy as I would have hoped for the end of a show...I got the impression that they were glad that this whole monotonous set was over. They brought out that huge blow-up microphone, with Dave riding it, then did nothing else with it.

(Image from BlogsNRoses.com)
It would have been cool if they would have let the crowd surf it a while. OR, maybe it was just ME, being bummed because the concert was over at that point...who knows.

Here was the set list: (with the albums that they came out on listed afterward)
The group's set list was as follows:

Set list:

01. You Really Got Me (from Van Halen, 1978)
02. I'm the One (from Van Halen, 1978)
03. Runnin' With the Devil (from Van Halen, 1978)
04. Romeo Delight (from Women and Children First, 1980)
05. Somebody Get Me a Doctor (from Van Halen II, 1979)
06. Beautiful Girls (from Van Halen II, 1979)
07. Dance the Night Away (from Van Halen II, 1979)
08. Atomic Punk (from Van Halen, 1978)
09. Everybody Wants Some (from Women and Children First, 1980)
10. So This Is Love? (from Fair Warning, 1981)
11. Mean Street (from Fair Warning, 1981)
12. Pretty Woman (from Diver Down, 1982)
13. Drum Solo
14. Unchained (from Fair Warning, 1981)
15. I'll Wait (from 1984, 1984)
16. And the Cradle Will Rock (from Women and Children First, 1980)
17. Hot for Teacher (from 1984, 1984)
18. Little Dreamer (from Van Halen, 1978)
19. Little Guitars (from Diver Down, 1982)
20. Jamie's Cryin' (from Van Halen, 1978)
21. Ice Cream Man (from Van Halen, 1978)
22. Panama (from 1984, 1984)
23. Guitar Solo (incl. "Women in Love" intro, "Cathedral", "Eruption")
24. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (from Van Halen, 1978)

Encore

25. 1984 (from 1984, 1984)
26. Jump (from 1984, 1984)

The only difference between our show and those that I had read at http://vanhalentour2007.blogspot.com/ , was that during the guitar solo that Eddie did, he goofed around with "Romeo Delight" on the guitar a bit as well.
There wasn't much dialog at all that I can recall, except for Dave saying that this was one of the best birthdays he had had in a long time, but somehow I just didn't believe it (unless maybe it was because he met up with his daughter and granddaughter - see my last "research' post..who knows...not really my business anyway..)

But PLEASE don't take this wrong. I KNOW it's coming out sort of negative, but it was an AWESOME VAN HALEN SET AND SHOW and I enjoyed it IMMENSELY! I whooped it up and hollered the entire time (my brother is still a little hoarse, 2 days later) We "danced the night away" became "atomic punks" and "jump(ed)" till we were "unchained". it was a great show and I will remember it always. See, i wasn't one of the lucky ones who had seen Van Halen tour with Diamond Dave back in the day, this was my first time seeing them, and it was fantastic. How many concerts to you get to go to where the main band plays 26 SONGS??!! None I can recall!

I feel it necessary to mention a few things that I noticed that took me by surprise:
Eddie Van Halen had a gold wedding band on his right hand. I felt compelled to do research on this, which is in the next or previous research post..(entitled "wedding band on..!") Also the fact that Eddie looked SO BAD. Oh God, of course I know he's been through a lot, but his ribs were all sticking out, and he had a little bit of "old-man" boobs" hanging down. If I didn't know how old he was, I'd swear he was 60 and had dyed his hair. He didn't move a whole hell of a lot around the stage, and neither did Dave at this show for that matter. I do remember ONE high kick.
Wolfie was one cool 16 year old young man. he played it up and wore aviator sunglasses. he was cool and having fun, and sang JUST EXCELLENT. OH, and yes, My brother noticed that Dave forgot the words about 5 times, but I didn't catch it. And he was all huggy with Eddie at this show too. Eddie and Wolfgang held hands when they walked off the stage which would have embarrassed the hell out of my 16 year old, but more power to 'em. I would have been so proud I would have squeezed the crap out of him and gave him a big fat kiss too.
In conclusion, about the concert,, I wish we could have gotten close enough to allow the band to read our posters and notice us...just like 75 percent of the auditorium probably wished too. Isn't that what it's all about? Being cool and being noticed? At a concert, I always thought it was.

The next day, having until 5 pm to have to catch our perspective busses to return "home", we enjoyed the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, which is right at the end of Ninth Avenue near Lake Erie and about a 10 minute walk from the Arena and downtown hotels. (http://www.rockhall.com/ ) I had been there when it FIRST opened and saw the ABSOLUTELY STUPENDOUS once-in-a-lifetime-9-hour concert for the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (so now maybe you see that my point of view may be a bit jaded...I have been some MIND BLOWING concerts in my life, and some from the first row..Examples: Pink Floyd; Detroit, 3rd Row with "groceries", Mellencamp, first row center, Styx right in front of the stage, Melissa Etheridge, at a tiny bar on her first tour, the list goes on and on..) it and will never forget the "in Memoriam" floor (THEN, and ENTIRE floor with dimmed lights and no talking, now just a corner on the 2nd floor with 3 photos in frames - talk about disappointed..) The entire 5th floor was shut off while they were working on a Beatles tribute. So the first time I went, it took more than 5 hours to see everything, this time we zipped through, in a matter of 2 and a half hours, and that included the 3rd floor which was the teeny little cafeteria (don't get the hamburgers, they are pre-made and microwaved and like rubber...NASTY.) The store on this tip was the best part, OH and the video put together of all the funny things said by the inductees at the various inaugerations...none included anyone from Van Halen though, who was just inducted in may of this year.

I thank the Lord and my brother for this opportunity, and for keeping us safe, and wish the entire Van Halen tour continued good health, fun shows and lots of happiness, and the most awesome memories from all the work that they put into this tour, that will last a lifetime.




'Till I get 'em all uploaded into this blog, here's the link to the
(kinda crappy but what do you expect from section 4 row O with a disposable camera??)
VAN HALEN CONCERT PICTURES from the CLEVELAND SHOW ON OCTOBER 10th, 2007...

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=152734660&albumId=2209431

THANKS FOR READING! PLEASE ADD SOME COMMENTS!!
XOXO TTownRobin




I was just a tad offended by this concert review, by
but I did understand his point to a certain extent because I felt the same way on a few occasions. So I went ahead and added it on to my review...I hope I don't confuse anyone..:

FOUND AT: http://www.courant.com/entertainment/music/reviews/hc-vanhalenrev1007.artoct07,0,6937883.story
PRINTED OCTOBER 13, 2007

Van Halen Reunion Nothing Special
By THOMAS KINTNER | Special to the Courant
October 7, 2007

"The whether and when of a Van Halen reunion with original lead singer David Lee Roth have been subjects of frequent speculation ever since Roth quit the enterprise in April 1985, a rabbit that would not come out of its hat until at last the band kicked off its current tour last month.

The famously combustible band brought its signature brand of boisterous, hard-charging rock to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday for a show that had some impressive moments but was generally more serviceable than special.

Although the signature presences of Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen were sufficient to satisfy most nostalgia, the band's lineup was not quite its original, as bass player Michael Anthony has been replaced by Van Halen's 16-year-old son, Wolfgang. That role has never been the band's lynch pin and remained secondary as drummer Alex Van Halen hammered out a back beat for the rowdy opener "You Really Got Me" while his brother Eddie tore into the melody with sharp-edged electric licks.

Roth's role requires little more than an ability to bark festively in a manner sufficiently assertive to match up with full bore rock anthems, and despite having accrued some additional rasp on his voice's high end over the years, he remained game enough to handle the chore as he yelped "I'm the One" and pushed along the chunky "Runnin' With the Devil." Short-haired relative to the flowing locks of his glory years, the 53-year-old Roth was more tentative and less kinetic than the memories he was trying to evoke, almost asking for the crowd's approval where once he would have commanded it as he battered the lyric of "Somebody Get me a Doctor." He looked fit and frequently punctuated his performances with spinning high kicks, twirled microphone stands and other colorful touches that were the closest things to spectacle in a generally straightforward show.

The storied antagonism between Roth and the Van Halen brothers was nowhere to be seen as the singer went out of his way to vamp Eddie's still-incendiary playing as it formed the centerpiece of the roaring "Everybody Wants Some." The tour is most assuredly a marriage of convenience for two factions that desired the buzz - and payday - their reunion would bring, but the band members seemed almost surprisingly cordial in ways that went beyond the couple of hugs the always-grinning Roth and Eddie Van Halen managed during the show.

With the exception of a snippet of "316" during Eddie Van Halen's lengthy guitar solo near its end, the entire set was built from tunes from the Roth era, which meant everything was at least 23 years old. Much of it remained a dynamic mix of hard rock and pop, from the springy "Unchained" to the rugged throb of "And the Cradle Will Rock." Roth opened "Ice Cream Man" by reminiscing his way through a solo acoustic guitar bit (in fact, Wolfgang Van Halen was the lone member of the quartet who didn't take a solo turn), and his voice was a touch creaky during a blowout trip through "Panama."

The set ran to two hours by the time it closed with a pulsating rendition of "Ain't Talkin' `Bout Love," and then extended with a brief encore of the band's lone chart-topping single, "Jump." The tune closed with Roth riding a big inflatable microphone across the stage, but the prerecorded keyboard line was more in line with how adornments fit into the program, a light touch in a show that tied up more efforts in raw energy than gimmicky flair."


DAMN! My Hair looked GOOD! Too bad it went flat as soon as we started walking in the drizzling rain to the show..At least I got a (dark) picture of it...!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

This is an EAST SIDE white-trash story, but Toledo needs to know..


DO YOU KNOW "KEL"?

This morning at 6 am, on Saturday, September 29th, a wasted dyed-blond, trash-mouthed 29 year old ** named KEL ** (petite about a size 3**) with thick lips and a weather-worn, partied-out face, broke into my back door, after coming out of my screen room screaming to let her in to let her go "pee".
She was yelling and calling me every name in the book at the top of her lungs and not one neighbor came out to help me. The men (who act like spoiled boys) neighbors on my right side were up with the lights on and they didn't even come over after it was and said and done to see if we were alright.
**The white trash down the street a few houses from the Bowling Alley came down about 1:45 to see if I knew where she went because the tramp left her little (around) 3 year old at their house and had not been in touch or come back to get her, as well as her purse (full of make-up only**) and her jeans were still hanging from the outside of my fence along the sidewalk (that she took off out on my sidewalk evidently before she came in my house with just her white cotton undies and t-shirt on), but JUST before they came to ask me this, the jeans disappeared.

This was about 1:30 this afternoon...(same day)

I looked out the front door, and there the tramp was, talking to the 13 year old that she had gone out partying with the night before, the mother, and sister, handing over her daughter to her in a stroller. As soon as she saw me, she took off down the street with the stroller and the daughter in tow. I followed her for 6 blocks, up White Street, then nvada, then Plymouth, then Willard, taking her picture with the digital the entire way. I was determined to find out where she lived or hung out at because it was evident that the police were going to do absolutely nothing about her break-in. I finally got up to the area of Idaho and Willard, and she had hid somewhere there..and learned from the mother of the 13 year old that that is where her girlfriend lives and where she hangs out.

When the police FINALLY came back a 2nd time (about an HOUR after 3 of us called about her...oh it was longer than that...THEY GOT HERE AT 5:00 PM!!) they said they would drive over to that area and see if they saw her. WELL DUH! Who with any brains (especially a white-trash girl who had already lost 3 of her kids, and must be familiar with the law) whatsoever would stay in a place with the one kid they have left (that isn't in Child Protective Services out of the 4 total she has**) knowing that so many of us had called the police and that I knew where she had gone and had a picture of what she looked like.

So yeah.
She'll be back.
And I'll be ready.

She threatened to kick my ass, and I have no intention of starting anything with her. She will end up here one day again, wasted, and that time something will happen. There may just be a body - either her's or mine.

I refuse to allow this to just drop. She terrorized my child, broke all the screens on the street side of my house and broke the front and back doors as well as the screen room door. They're trashed. I don't have the money to fix them! And the officer this morning said, "well, if you find out who she is through Block Watch or something, then you can press charges", and he took a report of some of the damage..I found more damage after he left) just because some waste-case chose my house randomly to be the one where the white-trash tramp decided to want to go to the bathroom at.
HOW IN THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO FIND OUT HER LAST NAME AND ADDRESS!!?? THAT'S THEIR JOB!!
THIS IS BULL SHIT!

I never claimed to be a vigilante. But when no one will tell you her last name, (even the MOM who claimed to have given that girl a"all her money and she lost it our of her pants pocket' (WHY WOULD SHE GIVE A TRASHY GIRL WHOSE LAST NAME SHE DID NOT KNOW< ALL HER MONEY??? WHAT DO YOU THINK??? I CAN PRETTY MUCH TELL YOU WHY IF YOU DON'T FIGURE IT OUT) but everyone in the neighborhood knows her...I refuse to be a victim again.

And with the dispatcher for the police dawdling around asking stupid questions, my phone number TWICE, my spelling of my FIRST AND LASTNAME JUST WASTING TIME!! WHILE THAT GIRL WAS SCREAMING SO LOUD THAT THE DISPATCHER COULD BARELY HEAR ME - I KEP SAYING SEND THEM NOW _ I'LL GIVE YOU THE REST _ JUST PLEASE DISPATCH THEM NOW and she wouldn't until she was all done taking information..when my child is screaming and crying - I will never wait on them or depend on them again. I'm done.

One of us could have been lying in the road by the time the officers got here the second time (AN ENTIRE HOUR!! AFTER I TOLD THE DISPATCHER I HAD BEEN THREATENED! THEY DROVE RIGHT BY ME AND WAVED AND WENT TO ANOTHER CALL!) I can't wait for them anymore.

We are virtually ON OUR OWN PEOPLE and everyone needs to make sure they have a weapon to protect their homes and their children in case someone comes into YOUR HOME and then comes back and threatens you like what happened to me. I have protection - do you? All it would have taken was one more footstep into my door...(of course I could have dragged her in, but I was trying to give the drug-addicted-whore the benefit of the doubt)...At the time, I actually felt sorry for her. Not any more.

STAY INVOLVED WITH YOUR LOCAL BLOCKWATCH BECAUSE WE HAVE TO DEPEND ON EACH OTHER FOR HELP (like the wonderful neighbor that came by in her car to help me find that girl when I was on foot). We can't sepend on our law enforcement, especially with the budget cuts adn the fact that we have ONE UNIT from 7 pm to 7 am. If they need another one, it has to come from Downtown. LIKE THEY CAN SPACE A UNIT!

IF SOMEONE COMES INTO YOUR HOUSE YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO PROTECT YOURSELF. DONT WAIT AROUND FOR THE POLICE TO DO IT. They might not ever show up at all.

I found out also that the girl went into another man's house before mine and he pushed her out too, but not without a fight**

Everything with the stars behind it ** I found out from the 13 year old girl "Jordan", that the 29 year old girl went out with, or her mother. NICE, HUH? A 29 year old went out with a 13 year old. And they kept the baby of the girl that they didn't even know what her last name was..(When I moved in 6 yrs. ago, the 13 year old was 7 and was smoking cigarettes on the corner and cussing like a sailor, an I wouldn't let my child assocoate with her. When I told the mother, nothing happened or changed.)

I used to love East Toledo. I FOUGHT to make it nice. But today is one of my bad days. I could tell you so much more. But I'd rather go to bed and start all over again tomorrow. Today sucked.

Keep up that East Side Pride!!
That old fashioned TOLEDO PRIDE!!!
Toledo can take a big suck of my ass today. I'm tired of beating a dead horse.

Later,
TTR

If you give last name or info leading to her arrest, there will be a reward:
GO YOU KNOW THIS GIRL NAMED "KEL"?

Friday, August 31, 2007

TOLEDO LABOR DAY WEEKEND INFO (Fireworks and parade only)

NIGHT OF SEPT. 2: ADDING IN - UPDATE REGARDING THE FIREWORKS


WELL THEY TRULY OUTDID THEMSELVES. THE FIREWORKS STARTED AT 9:50 (half way between what the Toledo Blade said and what the Citifest website said..), THEY LASTED A FULL HALF AN HOUR, THEY ADDED IN @ NEW TYPES, AND THEY FAKED US OUT WITH A FINALE AT THE 20 MINUTE POINT< THEN PROCEEDED TO BUST OUR CHOPS FOR ANOTHER 10 MINUTES WITH CONSTANT POPPING< BANGING< COLORS AND PURE AMAZEMENT. THANKS CITY OF TOLEDO.
Punk'n and I had a wonderful time!
The Labor Day parade is tomorrow (I hope I got it right!) at 9 am., and it's 3 am. right now. We have to take the stupid bus to get down there, so we have to leave by 8 am. I don't thiunk my daughter attitude is going to be "parad-y", but she's better not ruin it for me, since she chose to let me go to the fireworks with THE DOG!

Nitey Nite! TTR xoxo

I FINALLY TRACKED DOWN A TINY BIT OF INFO ABOUT THE TOLEDO LABOR DAY 2007 PARADE (Yes, there WILL BE ONE)
thanks to the Tarta Bus website and the updates that i get from them. They wrote in their newsletter about the streets that will be blocked for the labor Day Parade in downtown Toledo on Monday. So here a copy of what I received:

SEND SUMMER OUT WITH A BANG AT RIVERFEST 2007!!

To celebrate our 20th year of Rockin' the Riverfront at Promenade Park, Citifest is proud to present one of your favorite Rally by the River performers - EDDIE MONEY!

After the concert, Citifest and Colonial Fireworks are proud to present the:

Pandemonium VIII Fireworks

One of the largest fireworks shows in Northwest Ohio.
Colonial Fireworks takes out all of the stops for this end-of-the-season fireworks
spectacular - easily bigger and better than even their 4th of July show!!
(IT BETTER BE BETTER THAN THE 4th! THAT ONE ON THE 4th of JULY ONLY LASTED 20 MINUTES!!)

The downtown skyline will be lit with the largest fireworks display in Toledo history!
Festival Goers can tune into Cumulus Radio Stations to hear the fireworks music simulcast.


Downtown TARTA Routes detoured for Labor Day Parade.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 4, all TARTA routes will operate on a holiday schedule.

ALSO FOUND ON THE UAW UNION WEBSITE ABOUT THE LABOR DAY PARADE:

The following detours will be in effect beginning at 6:30 a.m. due to the Labor Day Parade being held downtown Toledo: (see www.tarta.com)

Ohio UAW Local 12, Toledo

Local 12 will march in Toledo's Labor Day parade. The parade begins at 9 a.m. After the parade Local 12 members will enjoy a gathering at their union hall.
For more information: call Bruce Baumhower at: 419.241.4474.

THIS IS THE INFO THAT I GOT ON TIMES FOR THE DAY OF THE FIREWORKS FROM THE TOLEDO BLADE (http://www.toledoblade.com):

First band - sorry, I forgot

Eddie Money: 8 pm - $5.00 to get in - no coolers allowed

Fireworks: In the paper it said 10 pm, which is the usual time, but on the Citifest site it says 9:30 pm...so please be sure to go early. The best spots to be able to come late and still get a good place to lay your blanket or se up your chairs are across the river from the Citifest activities (Promenade Park), on the East Side, at International Park. Parking there in the past has been free, but of course you have to come early to get a spot right there in International Park. They only have an ice cream truck as far as vendors for food and drink and a bottled water was $2.00 in the past. (BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS). There were only 2 port-a-potties at the last fireworks on the International Park side so go before you leave if you're coming over to the East Side.

WARNING - THE LAST FIREWORKS ONLY LASTED 20 MINUTES. I SUSPECT THESE WILL BE 1/2 HOUR - TOPS. IF YOU ARE COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN - you might want to check out somewhere closer...don't take for granted that we have the best fireworks just because we are a larger city. I hate to say it, but we've been ripped off for the last 3 FIREWORKS. The ones you can see at the end of the Mud Hens games downtown were better than the Fourth of July fireworks..My friend drove from Swanton, an hour away, and I still haven't heard the end of it, I'm sure. She won't ever chance it now and come with me to the fireworks again. THANKS TOLEDO FOR THE HEADS UP!!

By the way - I need someone to go see them with, anyone want to drag me along?

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS ALL THAT IS MENTIONED ANYWHERE IN THE TOLEDO WEBSITES AND ON GOOGLE, ABOUT TOLEDO'S LABOR DAY PARADE! WHAT A SHAM!
Our Toledo laborers deserve better! I'm going!

Hope to see you there, clapping, waving, and smiling, and showing that we appreciate each other!!
Luv, TTownRobin xoxo