The Historic Russell-Cooper House In Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The Historic Russell-Cooper House In Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Russell-Cooper House On Gambier Street in Mount Vernon, Ohio
The Russell-Cooper House in Mount Vernon, Ohio

The Russell-Cooper House is a bed and breakfast in Mount Vernon, Ohio.¬†The home was built in 1830’s and remained in one family until the current owner.

I remember this being referred to as “The Birthday Cake House” when I was younger. Mount Vernon was safe enough then that I was free to roam the east side of town on my bicycle and explore. As a boy, I often¬†wondered why anyone would need such a huge house.

Most of these large house have been maintained. Some are converted into apartments. They all have “carriage houses” in the back where horses were kept.

There is more detailed information at the Russell-Cooper House website.

How Advanced Are We Really?

I Question Just How Advanced We Are

A tangle of communication and power lines.
Technologically Advanced?

Sure, our modern society is exceedingly advanced, but we’re going at such a pace that I question our simple skills like organization and appreciation of simplicity and beauty.

This is a scene from Downtown Newark, Ohio. Newark was an area at the forefront of the aluminum, fiberglass, aviation, and manufacturing industries. Now, not so much. When I look at the downtown area and see this type of scene, the reality of where we are at sits in.

Our technology could easily be used to clean up messes like these. Massive investments have been made in the area, yet so much has been neglected before building new. That will catch up with us. The complexity of technology and the remnants of the recently outdated tech can get ugly.

Like Being Naked

“Motorcycles bring people together. Motorcycles are like being naked. Just as everyone exists on the same level naked, riding one unites you with other riders, whether they be mechanics or stock brokers, professors or construction workers… The sensation of being on a motorcyle embodies what we’re all seeking in life. Freedom.” — From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies

Buckeye Lake In Early March


 

Buckeye Lake Starting To Rise Again

This video is from the state park on the north shore of the lake. It seems to me that the Buckeye Lake is up more than 1 foot, but local news is saying that they’re allowing the lake to rise 1 foot. This must be encouraging for businesses in the area.

The lake level has been down very low for quite some time. There were fears of a dam breach and repairs were made. Personally, I’m excited to see what the lake will be like after the changes and I am optimistic.

I Met Hi-Low On A Hike Today


Dog with a deer leg.
Hi-Low the dog with a deer leg.

A Hike Near Gambier

Hikes and drives around the Gambier area are always fun. Today was perfect for a short walk in the woods. That’s were we met Hi-Low.

Hi-Low was ignoring his owner and teasing his buddy, a coonhound, with a deer leg he’d found. The owner was just recovering from a deer’s head that Hi-Low wanted to bring on the hike. He had so much exuberance that it was fun to watch his mischief.

The Forsythia Bloomed Earlier This Week

Forsythia blooming.
Forsythia bloomed March 1st this year.

The Forsythia Bloomed This Week

The wives tale I’ve heard is that there are 3 more snows after the forsythia blooms and a signal to the end of winter. It’s usually close to correct.

No matter the accuracy, it’s always a welcome alarm that it will not be long until we can get the motorcycles out.

If you don’t have a forsythia bush, I suggest getting one. Just find a neighbor and ask for some clippings. Dip them in root starter and stick them in the ground. It’s that simple and cheap.

 

Licking River After A Hard Rain

The Licking River After A Hard Rain

The Rain

The rain fell hard on the night of 1 March, 2017 around Newark, Ohio. The number of inches would have told some of the story, but I prefer to just go look at the rivers and streams. They will tell if the ground is distributing the water to much or soaking it up.

As the video shows, nothing to dramatic was happening. It’s hypnotizing to watch the power of the water, even on a little river like the Licking River.

The Video

I sincerely want decent videos, but much like photography, I don’t want to dive into expensive equipment and complex methods. I just want to be able to tell a bit of a story with and share some of the scenes I come across.

The advice from some YouTube producers I watch is to just do it. Just start working with video and improving the work as you go. Disregard the trolls and naysayers and just produce to the best of your abilities. That’s the plan.

Showing my work is a method of motivation for me. I know they’re not the best quality yet. I still hope you enjoy them.

The Weird News For The Day

I just wanted to know how many inches of rain fell. I check the local “news” website. I could not find it. What I did find an article about a random toe sucker at the mall. The only thing weirder about a toe sucker is a large media conglomerate pushing a story like this.

I found this weird article in multiple news sites later in the day. Why the major push? What in the fuck is so important about this man’s mental illness that it just had to be seen? It’s clickbait. It’s just an article of little value with a shocking title to get clicks. Pure garbage. Journalism is dead.

The value of clickbait is that it will get viewers clicking around the site and that will place ads on their screens. That’s how they make money. This is all fine and good, nothing is free. The problem is that they do this in such an abhorrent way, but still want to retain their status as “real news”. Their legitimacy is to be called to question.

On the conspiracy minded side of this, I’m curious to know if there is more to gain than just ad money. Could their be a further agenda? Could it just make them happy to boost deviant stories higher and higher in their listings?

I never clicked on the story. I can’t say I’ll never visit the local news site again. I will, but I’ll never take it serious again.

Conclusion

Real news, like a flood level report after a torrential downpour – not important to major media sources. Toe sucking – the devious little bastards at major media sources really want you reading about that.

Get out there. See the truth of what’s going on in your world and enjoy it. Don’t sit and read what they want you to believe your world is like. You’ll start fearing toe suckers around every corner.

History Is A Patchwork

The Patchwork Of History

Newark Advocate Building Torn Down
The Old Newark Advocate Building

Looking at the remaining wall next to where The Old Newark Advocate building used to stand is quite a history lesson. Look at all the different layers of different wall coverings. Now that it the building is gone, the patchwork of different walls, peeling back to reveal how different they appeared at different times.

If you asked someone for their recollection of the building, you’re going to get different stories depending on what time they were there. Time is always changing and so are viewpoints of history.

I think the biggest telltale sign of a history bullshitter is a person who takes one perspective of a historical even and demands that that viewpoint represents all of the fact. Sadly, it’s not hard to find a history bullshitter.

Anti-Heroin Signs Are Growing

Anti-Heroin Sign
Anti-Heroin sign on a pickup in Central Ohio.

Not In My Backyard

Growing up, hard drugs were primarily big city city problems. Now, the Heroin epidemic is so bad in Ohio that signs of outrage are starting to pop up everywhere.

Why Here?

I have many unanswered questions and so do many. I don’t go to the usual sources. I do not believe the major media outlets know or care to tell us.

I will not even state what I believe because I don’t have physical proof. If I did, I would have nowhere to take that proof. I will say that I find it implausible that I could do a little digging to find answers, but law enforcement agencies cannot. The heroin trade is highly profitable due to the highly addictive nature of the drug and the distributors are not criminal masterminds.

I’ve know people who report a drug problem in their neighborhood and when they question the police as to why nothing is done, they claim that a solid case needs to build and that takes time. That’s a broken legal system and people are growing weary of it’s encumbrances.

Go ask the people on the treatment side of the problem – professional and volunteer.

 

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