Thanks to everyone who made 2021 special. I love you all very much and hope 2022 is back to normal for all of us!

Thanksgiving, 2021

         It is that time of year for me to say Thanks! 
to everyone who made 2021 special. It was the
start of a return to normalcy. Grateful to spend
time with people I missed during the pandemic.
      First, great news for the Cleveland State
Vikings mens basketball team who were Horizon
League champions and participated in March 
Madness. Left, I posed with the trophy and Coach 
Dennis Gates. Rollover the image to see my card-
board cutout which represented me at their home
games since no fans were allowed in the arena. 
      I was thankful that I got back on the road, 
taking a baseball trip through the south.  I did 
stop at Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, MS
where there is a statue of young Elvis. Rollover
to see the dressed up Terminal Tower for the NFL
Draft held here in Cleveland.    
       Above left, great friends from our BIS days, Rusty 
(center) and Pat attend an Akron RubberDucks playoff game. 
Rollover to see rockin' Beale Street in Memphis which I  
was thankful to visit.  Above, great friend Mike came up
to visit. First time we saw each other since covid. Above  
right, it was great attending an Indians Opening Day although
crowds were still limited then due to covid restrictions.
       Thankful I got to have lunch inside at Barnes and Noble
with my good friend Courtney after a year sitting outside for
lunch. Rollover her image to see Cleveland State basketball
is back live, with cheerleaders, too.
        Below left, thankful to attend an Indians game with my 
good buddy Chris after restrictions on the number of fans were
eliminated. Rollover that image to see women's professional
tennis here just across the Cuyahoga River from my apartment.
        Extremely thankful for the covid vaccine and being able
to go out and celebrate at Dive Bar with super fabulous server, 
Valerie, two weeks after my second shot.  Rollover to see friends,
L and Dom, when the CSU rec center opened for basketball again.
Especially thankful that all the players there returned safe
from covid.
        Also extremely thankful that Baseball Info Solutions
needed my services at Lake County Captains games at Classic
Park where I can see the Indians/Guardians future players
and players like Bobby Bradley on rehab assignments.  Rollover
to see the 119th stadium where I have seen professional
baseball, AutoZone Park in Memphis, home to the AAA Redbirds.
      Above is Rickwood Field in 
Birmingham, the oldest base-
ball stadium still in use,
built in 1910 which I was 
thankful to visit as well as 
the rollover image of Regions 
Field, the beautiful home of 
the AA Birmingham Barons, the 
120th stadium where I have 
seen professional baseball. 
   Thankful that documentary 
film maker, Evelyn Pollard,
asked me to participate in 
her film about the 1945 World 
Champion Cleveland Buckeyes. 
Rollover to see the Southern
Negro League Museum in 
Birmingham that I was 
thankful to visit.
    Always thankful for the
fabulous Hooters servers I
meet traveling with the
Roaming Hooters T-Shirt. Here 
I am with fabulous Hooters
server, Brooklyn, of the down-
town Indianpolis Hooters, who
was signature 252 on the
world's most famous traveling
    Below, thankful to get out
to live theater, especially to
see Mystery Science Theater
3000. Also, thankful to travel
to Helena, Arkansas and see
posters of the Union forces,
who occupied Helena throughout
the Civil War and the freed
slaves that followed the 

Thanksgiving 2020

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Weekly Stock Pick

     Thankful to travel the 
Blues Highway, Highway 61
along the Mississippi River
as appears in the neat
Memphis artwork. With no
overseas Christmas trip,
the most interesting 
Christmas tree was the
Jack Daniels barrel tree
in Cleveland's Flats.
Had the privilege to meet
Rockey the Rockin' Redbird,
Memphis Redbirds mascot. 
     A lesson learned
from the covid shutdown,
basketball with masks is 
better than no basketball.
     Thankful for restaurants 
like the Blue and White in
Tunica, MS, a great place 
for breakfast. Thankful
again for the NFL draft set
up along the shores of Lake
     Rollover those images to
see the bridge over the mighty
Mississippi River connecting
to Helena, Arkansas and the
Civil War battlefield there.