Thursday, November 16, 2006


The PS3’s are retailing for between $500 and $600. People have been in line since Wednesday to purchase them.

Topher and I were going to buy one and sell it on eBay, but waiting lists are 200 deep and we were not about to camp out for something that we were not going to keep.

EBay has set up new rules that will make an impact on those putting the PS3’s on for sale. Sellers can only have one PS3 per account and must have positive comment from at least 50 people so it’s a good thing we did not buy one.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Making Purple People Bridge Safer.

A couple was walking at 11:30 PM on a weeknight across the Purple People Bridge. A gunman tied up the guy, and forced the woman to walk the rest of the way across the bridge and withdraw money from an ATM. She was then raped and dropped off at Cincinnati Bible College.

In a perfect world taking a walk at night along the river would be a great way to spend and evening. But, let’s think this through … the bridge extends from downtown Cincinnati to Newport. On a Thursday at 11:30 PM it’s a pretty desolate place.

When the guy called 911 there was confusion about who was supposed to respond to the call, Cincinnati Police or Newport Police. Not a huge deal, both responded and dealt with the incident.

In the aftermath Newport Police Department, Cincinnati Police Department, Southbank Partners and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission met to discuss how to make the bridge safer.

Call boxes and cameras have been recommended as well as added lighting. Those items are both great ideas; however would they have helped the girl who was abducted? Probably not. The added lighting and more prevalent cameras may have discouraged the attacker, but those things do not prevent crime.

I am all for making any part of the city safer but some common sense is in desperate need. Let’s make the small changes on the bridge and move on to bigger problems.

We need to take responsibility for our actions. Walking in isolation at night even as a couple is not safe. How many girls need to be raped to make women aware of their surroundings? Risky behavior often ends in tragedy.

What is a far greater problem is when people are not engaged in risky behavior and they are attacked. Christmas is right around the corner. How many people are attacked in broad daylight in mall parking lots? That crime is more shocking and more difficult to prevent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I have no pictures of PWC this weekend, so just picture people raking with mud up to the knees and dripping wet. The rain came down and the wind blew wet leaves in our faces but we kept going and finished all of the houses. We had a great time, and we got to help people in the process.

I look forward to the event every fall, it’s a great cause.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Farm

A few pictures from the trip to the farm.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


You all knew it was coming. Voter picks for 2006. Most are pretty predictable. Mason is pretty boring not even a gambling debate.


Mike DeWine – Yes
Pro life
Voted for School Vouchers
Voted for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006

Sherrod Brown – No
But I do agree with his assessment about Immigration and trade problems need to be solved in order to solve immigration issues.

My biggest problem with Brown is that the ACLU backs him.


I am not a big fan of either.

Ken Blackwell – Yes, Sigh
Pro life
Voted for School Vouchers – and wants to expand the voucher program
Healthcare – he thinks the biggest problem is people suing doctors? Are you kidding?

Ted Strickland – No
I do agree with his views of healthcare. Senior care and medical care cost are the biggest problems in healthcare and are not being addressed.

Very boring race.

Jean Schmidt – Yes
Pro Life
For School Vouchers

Victoria Wulsin – No

I would skip to the issues now – but they are almost all school levy reductions – of which I am voting yes for all but the last.

The only issue in Mason worth talking about is issue 3.

Issue three
Lower the contribution limits from individuals to $1,000 to a state legislative candidate or county political party, $2,000 to a candidate for statewide executive office, and $5,000 to state or national political parties. Corporate contributions to political parties would be banned.

I am going to vote yes on this issue because I have found the campaigns to be so off issue and out of control that I would like to see less of them. The commercials do not talk about issues anyway so I say get rid of them.