Archive for January, 2006
This photo was taken as the sun was setting on our flight home from vacation, just before our plane made its descent into the dark gloom of Detroit Metro Airport. It always amazes me how clear the sky can look from above the clouds when below you would hardly even have known the sun was shining. I had my small point-and-shoot camera in my pocket so I was able to capture this fleeting moment of a winter blue sky.
Technical information: Photo taken with a Nikon Coolpix 7600.
Andrew Smith is a Toledo Free Press Staff Photographer.
Events: New Moon in Aquarius on Sunday, Jan. 29th
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Think with your heart. Hope for the future grows as discussions and decisions on the 26-27th prove satisfying. Large events stir excitement over the weekend. The New Moon introduces a cycle focused on streamlining goals and reaching for harmony in relationships.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Fleas and mosquitoes. A series of critical events on the 26-27th may leave you uncertain of your standing with others. The New Moon works like a tonic, energizing you to pursue all possibilities. Don’t rely on assumptions — check every detail for accuracy.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Take a time-out. You gain a better understanding of other’s personalities on the 26th; on the 27th your moods teeter-totter. After the 29th, improve circumstances by finding realistic solutions to core issues. Caution with money and papers on the 1st.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Be true to yourself. Concerns about available resources crop up on the 27th. Dreamy romantic vibes permeate the weekend. Increase intake of fibers and fruits. The 31st brings lucky timing and fortunate meetings. Children/friends need assistance on the 1st.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Back to the drawing board. Schedule or tasks are re-arranged/improved on the 26-27th, but may be temporary. The 29th kicks off a new chapter in relationships. Desires and goals float to the surface in conversation, leaving you uncertain about other’s intentions.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Word travels quickly. Whatever happens on the 26-27th, you’ll be the first to know. People hit their limits, turning points are inevitable. After the 29th, mysteries arise about lost objects. Follow through on intentions neglected during the holidays.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Generous assistance. The 26-27th mix good news with bad. A situation spins out of control through another’s foolishness. Cooler heads prevail over the weekend. Secret discussions help flesh out options on the 30-31st. Silence is golden on the 1st, careless remarks tip the game.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Triumphant re-entry. You’re in the thick of activity through this period. Efforts from ‘05 are publicly displayed. Messages surge toward you. After the 29th you’re planning the next challenge. More results roll in on the 1st-2nd. Check for plumbing problems.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Old favorites. Reapportion time and energies to reflect areas of best productivity; some things just have to wait. Intense feelings are revealed over the weekend. The New Moon brings restrictions, but an accelerated pace makes short work of your tasks.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Uncertain proposals. Finances demand attention on the 26-27th. Although bonuses or extra funds help, big expenses cloud the horizon. Start a tight budget or diet on the 29th. Education brings rewards on the 31st. Absentmindedness on the 1st results in losses.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Control is a two-way street. Your sign is spotlighted — critical events and decisions crop up through this period. Regulate demands made on self and partner. Hidden options give advantage; don’t reveal everything until others disclose their intentions.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Tangible results. Your thoughts may be far away on the 26-27th, filled with concerns about a distant relative, or wrestling with abstract concepts. Return to the here-and-now on the 30th, when you’ll be in a better frame of mind to be energetic and decisive.
Elizabeth Hazel is a professional tarotist-astrologer and author. She gives readings
every Wednesday at Pub St. George above Manos Greek Restaurant.
She may be contacted at email@example.com. (c) 2005
The Harlem Gospel Choir never goes anywhere without bringing some encouragement with them.
”Our goal is to basically give people hope and inspiration through music. There’s no preaching. It’s all through music,” said Anna Bailey, manager of the choir. ”It doesn’t matter if you have faith or if you’re religious or not. Everyone needs hope in their lives.”
Nine members from the Harlem Gospel Choir will sing at the Valentine Theatre at 8 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets for the show are $43, $37 and $26. A keyboard player and a drummer will accompany the singers.
”People can expect to hear a mix of traditional gospel, contemporary gospel and some popular music with jazz influences,” she said from New York. ”There’s lots of movement and choreography — it’s a very joyous show.”
And the positive nature of services in African-American churches is inviting, she said.
”The message you hear in the black church is all about praise. The churches are very alive, and I think — from my point of view and I didn’t grow up in a black church — I find that very welcoming.”
Bailey said there are 60 members in the choir ranging in age from 21 to 44. She is married to Allen Bailey, who founded the choir in 1986.
During the past 20 years, the Harlem Gospel Choir has performed with U2, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Diana Ross, Harry Belafonte, Fantasia and Whoopi Goldberg. They’ve sang for Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela and Paul McCartney. The group is known for raising funds for children’s charities.
”Sometimes we’re raising money just to cover our costs; sometimes we’re raising money for children’s charities,” Bailey said. ”We plan to make a donation to Feed the Children in January or mid-February.”
Almost every night, we watch the news with that far-away feeling — that could never happen here, not in my town. If the media has taught us anything, it’s that even our most private emotional moments have gone global.
To that end, the Leslie Adams Gallery has put together ”Reaction & Response: William Jordan & Kenneth Thompson, Revisiting Pakistan & New Orleans.”
This exhibit, which features photography by Jordan, and sculpture by Thompson, examines the reaction of every day people to natural disaster and its impact on their lives and community.
Jordan, a native of southern Ohio and a professional photographer since age 12, has spent the last 30 years working in a wide range of specialties, including medical and scientific, editorial, corporate and fine arts.
In early November of last year, he visited Pakistan, a country whose northern region had been hit by an earthquake, leaving thousands dead, and millions more homeless, grappling with the aftershocks of survival.
Jordan set out to document a community coming together in a time of great spiritual and economic need, to touch upon those moments via his camera lens. His work celebrates the joy and inner strength found in the small miracles of every day existence.
It is fine synergy that Jordan’s work is paired with that of sculptor Kenneth M. Thompson.
Thompson, a long-time resident of Adrian, Mich., has spent the last 30 years working at his craft, which includes a series of large archways, in his car dealership turned studio. In 2000, the Toledo Arts Commission dedicated Thompson’s ”Peace Arch” to the men and women who bravely served their country in Vietnam.
Thompson’s section of the exhibit, ”Limeweight Dwellings for the New Era,” provides a long, hard look at the effects of Hurricane Katrina on those closest to the devastation.
”Reaction & Response” runs through Feb. 19. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or by appointment. Call (419) 255-4321 for further information.
Tony Stewart has turned the corner in more ways than one. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. want more than just going around in circles, Kurt Busch needs to keep to the straight and narrow and, in case you missed Mark Martin’s ”Salute to the Fans” retirement tour last year, ”Salute to the Fans, The Sequel” is coming to a NASCAR Nextel Cup race track near you.
As NASCAR’s world turns (mostly left), there’s always plenty of fuel for automobiles and anticipation this time of year, but even more so this time around.
Stewart tempered his temper, told Dr. Phil he can vacate the pits and became the second active driver to win multiple titles with his second NASCAR championship last year. Jeff Gordon is the other, with four.
”Our number one goal this year is to win the Daytona 500,” Stewart said. ”But once we get through Daytona, whether we win, lose, whatever happens there, you never stop wanting to win races. Even though we had a great year last year, you always want to win more races, win more poles, set new records and continue hot streaks.”
Speaking of ”hot,” Stewart almost got a medical red flag when he rolled his mount in the recent Chili Bowl Midget Race in Tulsa, Okla. Nothing was broken except a few car parts and a little pride.
Last year’s Chase for the Cup 10-race finale among the top 10 drivers in the point standings could have been a pursuit without much purpose considering Earnhardt, the circuit’s most popular driver, and Gordon, its winningest active driver, both parked outside the final festivities.
Gordon was 11th in the point standings while Junior was 19th.
”Only time will tell as to what we’re really going to be capable of this year,” Gordon said. ”But right now I feel like we’re as good as anybody out there.”
Recent testing at Daytona International Speedway in preparation of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 19 would support Gordon. He’s been among the fastest, along with teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Earnhardt, whose relationships with crew chiefs has been flat out tenuous at times, has transitioned back to cousin Tony Eury, Jr. after the two parted company two years ago.
”It feels good to be back with Tony and I’m looking forward to getting some races under our belts, getting into victory lane as fast as we can,’’ Earnhardt said.
While it appeared Martin would join Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd in retirement after last season, he opted to stay with loyal friend and ultra-successful team owner Jack Roush for one more year.
Kurt Busch, one of Roush’s flourishing pedal-pushers, was also one of a number of big-names who drove off to other teams.
Another former series champion, Bobby Labonte, has joined the Richard Petty Team and will attempt to bring dignity back to the No. 43 King Richard built his throne around with a record 200 NASCAR victories. Other drivers who did the seat shuffle include Jamie McMurray, Sterling Marlin, Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader and Scott Riggs, just to name a few.
Busch will replace Wallace and drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Chevy for Penske Racing South in what should be a season-long soap opera. Team owner Roger Penske is faced with the daunting task of changing the young charger’s image from sometimes frightful to less seldom delightful. Busch does not fit the Penske driver prototype in regard to personality. Kurt can be curt, but he seems to be quickly warming to his new boss, as if he had a choice.
The Chase, in existence for two years, has created a lot of extra anxiety which has led to additional hostility between the competitors, as was witnessed last year.
Greg Biffle, who, along with teammate Carl Edwards, finished second to Stewart in the title chase by only 35 points and won a season-high six races, said he wishes the Chase for the Cup could start today.
”The first thing is to make the Chase,” Biffle said. ”That’s going to be our main focus. We want to lock ourselves into the Chase and then worry about the last 10 races. I prefer to start the last 10 right now. I don’t want to run the first 26 races. I want to do the last 10 now. It’s nerve-racking.”
Could that be the prelude to swerve-wrecking?
If the Northview High School Wildcats hockey team hopes to make it to its first state championship appearance in 14 years, the team will need an assist from Adam
Thanasiu recently set the school record for assists, besting Bob Napierala’s mark of 135. Thanasiu, after four years of varsity play for the Wildcats, surpassed that in early December, and stands at more than 150 for his career.
”I’ve always been able to see the ice that way,” Thanasiu said. ”My game is jumping up into the play where I can, but I’m also surrounded by a lot of great talent that can bury the puck.”
Playing with scorers such as senior line-mates Erik LaVoy, Tim Hurst and Alden Hirschfeld, Thanasiu swoops down the ice from his defensive positions, harking back to offensive-minded defenders such as Boston Bruin great Bobby Orr, who also wore black and gold.
”My favorite spot is the transition, through the neutral zone. I can find people really well going up the ice,” Thanasiu said.
”I know my role. I always look to pass before I shoot.”
Statistics back the talk. In his freshman season, Thanasiu had 24 assists and two goals; sophomore numbers were six and 40; his junior season, Thanasiu upped his goals to eight while dishing out 57 frozen dimes.
While he excels at passing pucks, handing out head-ringing, ”can-you-hear-me-now?” body checks is the part of the game he loves.
”It’s my favorite thing,” he said, laughing, when asked about laying the lumber. ”It’s a physical sport. You definitely have to keep your head up.”
The Wildcats sit alone atop the Red Division of the Northwest Hockey Conference with a 22-3-1 record, 6-0 in the conference, including back-to-back overtime victories this past weekend over St. Francis and St. John’s Jesuit. The strong, senior-led team has been running toward its goal of a state championship since this summer.
”Our goal this summer was to run 146 miles, which is the distance from here to Columbus,” Thanasiu said. ”No team from Sylvania, that I know of, has won a state championship, so that’s our ultimate goal.”
It’s an ultimate goal that would cap off a career that began with 5:30 a.m. practices as a 3-year old that turned him into a rink rat. He plays about 10 months a year and works at Tam O’Shanter Ice Arena. Following the back-to-back overtime victories, you could find him back on the ice … refereeing a game.
”Whenever I can get on the ice, I’ll take the opportunity,” he said.
Thanasiu’s next opportunity comes Jan. 29, as the Wildcats play Dublin Coffman in Dublin. Northview returns to action at Tam O’Shanter for the annual battle of Sylvania facing off against Southview on Feb. 4. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
Participating in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, requires long hours, dedication and determination not only for the athletes, but for coaches, staff and team doctors.
Just ask Dr. Roger Kruse, UT head team physician and sports medicine specialist for high-profile Olympic figure skaters including Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinksi and Sarah Hughes.
He’s served the U.S. skating team for 16 years, attending four Olympics and caring for about 10 skaters on a year-round basis. He described the experience as ”grueling,” arriving two weeks before the opening ceremony to tend to his patients through every practice and competition.
He is also vice chairman of sports science and camps for the U.S. figure skating team in Colorado Springs, Colo.
”It’s not a vacation like everybody thinks,” he said. ”It’s very time-consuming and tiring, but it’s also exhilarating because you’re dealing with athletes who are the cream of the crop.”
To rise above the rest, Olympic athletes train vigorously, and their commitment to optimal health and fitness must equal their desire. Where a high school or collegiate jock devotes time outside their studies to a sport, an Olympian signs up for as many as 12 hours a day.
But whether treating a gold medalist or a prep athlete, the level of care is always the same, Kruse said.
”Personally, I don’t treat a UT athlete any different than I do an Olympic athlete, only the Olympic athlete will have more time to devote to their sport,” he said. ”They won’t be doing something else. Their life is around the sport.”
To qualify, sports doctors undergo two weeks of training at one of three U.S. Olympic Committee centers, according to Bob Condron, director of media services. Spots are reserved for the best doctors in the country based on their performances during the previous four years or longer. They also must have national or international competition experience under their belts.
”It is a competition to go to the next level,” Condron said. ”Each medical staff is critiqued after every competition. It’s the top of the top that earn the right to go.”
Condron said Kruse repeatedly has measured up to the committee’s standards.
”He’s outstanding in the field — in this case at the Olympic games — under a high-pressure situation in the spotlight having to make sure that relationships go well,” Condron said. ”It’s like being on a submarine crew; you have to get along.”
There is a real chance some motorcycles will be banned. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules will change the motorcycle industry in much the same way it changed the automotive industry in the ’70s and ’80s.
Actually, motorcycle emissions standards were first established in 1978 and have been changing ever since. New rules taking effect this year are very interesting and effect many hobbyists and small manufactures. The new regulations now classify home-built or small builder bikes as ”kit bikes.” Here is a brief overview of some of the new federal laws regarding these kit bikes;
You may only own one kit bike per lifetime.
You may not sell your kit bike for five years after its final assembly, even in the case of death, bankruptcy or divorce.
Someone else may assemble the bike for you, but this would be your exempt bike for your lifetime.
If your bike is wrecked or stolen, you cannot replace it.
You cannot build your bike using a factory built bike or parts; you must start with a new engine and frame.
Kit bikes may be used on the road without any travel
Small manufactures will be able to build as many as 24 ”custom motorcycles” per year with severe restrictions. The bikes will require a tag mounted on the bike that states its limited use. Use on public roads is limited to only display purposes, like travel to and from shows.
There will be no mileage provisions, so traveling to shows could be on the other side of the country. Many small builders will be put out of business due to these regulations and most of the bike builders you see on today’s wildly popular TV shows will also feel the effects.
Laws that have been on the books for years also limit many of the changes people can make to their factory built bikes from the likes of Harley Davidson, Honda and Big Dog. Anti-tampering rules do not allow any changes to the fuel system, exhaust system, or any other engine component that could cause emission levels to change. A multi-billion dollar per year industry exists today to supply all these banned modifications, but changes are on the way.
Much in the way the performance car part manufacturers have done, the motorcycle parts suppliers will be required to have their parts certified. This means they will have to prove that their parts are built, and will pass tests to prove, that they do not adversely effect emissions.
Initially, there is sure to be some screaming and unrest in the motorcycle community. After the dust settles, there will be gain for all involved. One only has to look at the automobile industry to see the future.
The first thing that will happen is the industry will get involved in the regulatory side of the rule making, and this is already happening with a new V-Twin committee formed on the Motorcycle Industry Council.
It has been proven the government really knows very little about industry and invites input and suggestions. This interaction always softens the regulations and makes them more reasonable to comply with by the manufactures.
People like to think government intervention is never good but there are a few things to consider on the positive side. Motorcycles will be more environmentally friendly with lower emissions, they will be more fuel efficient, much more powerful and last a lot longer.
We all know what happened to today’s cars in the last 20 years; they are fast, safe and efficient, thanks partly to governmental rules.
Sure, bikes will cost more due to new technology, but what doesn’t cost more today?
Contact Mark Moses at Mark@NorthCoastMC.com.
The issue: There is nothing worse than going to all the work of organizing an event and then having minimal attendance. It might be an educational seminar, a charity function or an open house for your business. It could even be a networking event. How many times have you attended such an event, and said, ”Well, it was OK, but there weren’t many people there?” While the true measure should be based on the quality of the people, not the quantity, if we’re throwing the party, we want lots of people and lots of noise.
How can we make sure the crowds are there for us? Most of us will design a flyer to be used for marketing. Some may even invest in advertising to gain the throngs they want.
A solution: Gather a group of people around you who are interested in your success. Ask them if they would be willing to personally invite some of their acquaintances. Even better; give a specific number of invitations you would like each person to offer. Instead of giving them a stack of invitations, ask them to issue just five or six.
A stack of invitations looks like a time-eating project. It will sit on my desk until the right moment comes along. Because the project looks so large, the right time never comes along. I am overwhelmed to inaction. However, if I know that I only have to put in the effort for five or six invitations, my mind tells me that it can be done in 10 to 15 minutes. I can get that done right now.
The next step: Take an additional step. Ask that helpful group if they will contact the people they are inviting both in writing and verbally. Someone has labeled this method the authentic invitation. The one-two punch can happen in either order; verbal/written or written/verbal, but it is the combination that exponentially increases the chance of that person attending the event. Also, in gathering that helpful group around you, they will feel accountable to each other. One will not want to have to explain to the rest of the group that he or she couldn’t find time to send the invitations.
Take away: If you are the person extending invitations, be sure to tell the invitees what’s in it for them.
Why should they attend? We are all time-starved. If I don’t feel the possibility for some reward in return for the time attending an event, it is likely I will give a negative reply to the invitation.
The beginning of the year is usually a time when marketing plans are put into place. Does yours include having a function? If so, be sure to include the tasks that will make the project successful.
Debby Peters is owner and director of training of Certified Networker Program of Ohio.