Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fun and Games at the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles

True Story:

Took son #2 to get his temps a couple of months ago. He had just turned 15 1/2. After he passed his written test we needed to get his temporary card.

Ohio DMV Lady: "Ok, we are going to need two forms of ID for your son."

Me: "I have his passport and his birth certificate."

Ohio DMV Lady: (After inspecting the documents) "You are lucky that you brought your son's passport, as his Indiana birth certificate doesn't show his gender, so it wouldn't have worked for us."

Me: (Admittedly this was no big deal, and it's true that Indiana birth certificates issued in Lake County did not show his gender, but I just had to bite on this one.) 'Wow, I didn't even realize that. Well, it was good enough to get a passport for my son, so I was wondering, why do you need to know a person's gender to give them a driver's license?" By the way, son #2 sees this one coming.

Ohio DMV Lady: A little perplexed. "Well my computer requires this information."

Me: "He's male. Still don't know why it really matters. You get a picture, eye color, and hair color so it shouldn't matter. We could just tell you if he is male or female."

Ohio DMV Lady: "Well, we just can't issue a license to someone without knowing if they are male or female."

Me: Perplexed and quite frankly the enjoyment of this argument is wearing off. "Hmmm. Might have to think about one. Is the next step going to be visual verification?"

With that we finished the paperwork and received son #2's temps.

So if in Ohio, be aware. Sounds like it really matters to them what your gender is as a qualification for driving.

Signing off........Jiresell

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Strange Week

Sitting in my living room watching the pre-game analysis of the Confederations Cup Final between the US and Brazil National teams and began to think about what a strange week this has been. First we hear of the passing of Ed McMahon. I was a big fan of Johnny Carson, and of course Ed McMahon was a major part of the Tonight Show. Don't know if Ed ever said AAAYOW, but it was a good urban myth anyway.

I love pop culture. I'm 46 years old, so when I heard on Thursday that Farrah Fawcett had died, I couldn't help but think of the poster that I'm guessing that every teenager/college student had hanging in their rooms. I know I did, and Charlie's Angels was must-see tv!

Then, of course the big shocker Thursday afternoon was the death of Michael Jackson. 50 years-old, a pop-music icon. This morning I went to I-Tunes to put some Michael Jackson playlists on my I-Touch and saw that with the exception of the Black-Eyed-Peas new single and album the top ten downloaded singles and albums were Michael Jackson's. I was a fan-and was trying to figure out my favorite songs-Ben, Black or White, Billy Jean, Thriller, Pretty Young Thing. My most vivid memory of a Michael Jackson song was when my wife and I went to Las Vegas with some friends in December of 1988 (she was 5 months pregnant with our daughter) and hearing "The Way You Make Me Feel" over and over again. Michael Jackson became a very troubled individual later in life and his weirdness will be over-analyzed by the media in the coming days, but there is no denying he was one of the greatest and most influential artists of his time.

And then today I found out that Billy Mays has died. Certainly not on the same scale as Ed, Farrah and Michael, but still a surprise!

One quick note: I had an opportunity to travel to a seminar on United Way Community Impact held in Madison, Wisconsin this past week. It was hosted by the Dane County, Wisconsin United Way. I travelled with volunteers and staff from the Butler County, Ohio United Way.

The United Way in Madison, Wisconsin is doing some of the best Community Impact work in the entire country! They have been able to rally the community and it's resources to make a real difference, with results they can track and measure (graduation rates, school preparation, decreasing homelessness, access to health care etc.) They do it through faithful implementation of their process, and it's working. We plan to do the same for Butler County. Check it out


Signing off USA USA USA.......Jiresell

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Random Thoughts, Soccer, my Son etc......

I haven't blogged in a while, but have been making notes on some random thoughts I wanted to comment on:

Ohio Elite's graduating seniors-The season is over for Ohio Elite's US Soccer Development Academy teams. Most of the U18 team has graduated and are moving along to college. These young men should be very proud of their accomplishments and Ohio Elite should be proud of the development of these players. I'm looking forward to watching these players in college. Go to and check out the team page for U18 Development Academy for a list of where these young men will be going to school.

By the way, also check out the team pages for the Ohio Elite U18 Girls Academy and U18 Girls' Gold for a listing of the graduating Ohio Elite girls who will be playing college soccer-amazing! Congratulations to the entire coaching staff and the players.

US Soccer Development Academy-As a charter member, Ohio Elite just completed it's second season as a member of the US Soccer Development Academy. Player development is the goal of this program, and if one measure of development is the number of players continuing their careers in college, than Ohio Elite's 2nd year in the program would have to be considered a resounding success. And despite other clubs' in the Cincinnati area spreading misinformation about Ohio Elite (see Ohio Elite's coaches' blog), tryouts have been a resounding success, with more players than ever before coming out to play in the program. In addition, Ohio Elite continues to add to the best coaching staff in Southern Ohio, as Dave Schureck, Head men's soccer coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Director of Advanced Youth at Northern Warren County Alliance Soccer Club has been added as the head coach of next year's U15/U16 Development Academy team. The young men will now take their summer breaks, and join their high school teams for the Fall. I am anticipating another great season in the Development Academy next year.

I still love Twitter-If you are on twitter, and you are a soccer fan, follow these tweeters: DallasCup, ussoccer, topdrawersoccer, tweetmls, thesoccerdon, americanoutlaws, mlsinsider, mlsrumors. My favorite tweeter is obxlaw, just random tweets from a pretty funny guy. Also check out celebrity tweeters like the_real_shaq, johncmayer, miacarruthers, rainnwilson, pennjillette, andersoncooper. Oh, and don't forget to follow me, jiresell and my son, brianjsell.

Stanley Cup-Pens Win! Wow, and on Hockey Town's home ice!

Finally, my middle son (son #1) graduated high school last weekend. Congratulations! He is a writer, music lover and technology fan. He has decided to travel to Europe by himself this summer, backpack and Eurail pass in hand. I think we are going to see a Jack Kerouac "On the Road" style book come of this adventure!

Jiresell.....signing off!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bravo! Mr. Hume

I feel great this morning. I have my Starbucks in hand and am watching the FA Cup Final between Everton (and the US National Team Keeper, Tim Howard) and Chelsea. I am also watching my wife power wash the back patio in preparation for family coming in next weekend for my #1 son's high school graduation. Better her than me. I have mulching duty later on.

Not going to blog about soccer this morning. Instead I want to say "Bravo!" to Mr. Hume, an inspirational teacher of Journalism, English and most importantly, the advisor for the Lakota East Spark News Magazine. (Lakota East High School, West Chester/Liberty Township, Ohio)
Last night was the end of the school year banquet for the Spark student staff. Over 200 people attended this celebration. Mr. Hume has been the advisor for this news magazine for 15+ years, but make no mistake, this news magazine is student run. He encourages these young people to challenge convention, themselves and each other. And the result is a "not your typical" high school newspaper. These students have produced a product worthy of sitting on any newsstand! They have addressed issues of sexuality, drugs and school labor negotiations.
The Spark is a celebration of our 1st amendment rights, at a public high school smack dab in the middle of the conservative Midwest. Would any of your school's administrators allow a one of their school's publications to publish an op-ed on the legalization of marijuana? Just one of the hard-hitting and controversial topics that are addressed in The Spark.
So what are the results? Best of show 5 of the last 9 years at the JEA/NSPA (Journalism Educational Association) Annual Fall convention. 4 gold medal JEA write-off winners. Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown and Highest Issue Critique award. And Finally a 15 time winner of the All-Ohio award given by the Ohio Scholastic Media Association.
The graduating staffers who are choosing to continue their studies in Journalism are going to some of the best J-schools in the country. Ohio University, Northwestern etc.
What made last night's banquet so special was Mr. Hume's personal and inspirational speech about each and every one of the Spark's student staff. He took the time to say something impactful about every single staff member (over 100 by the way). The parents were able to hear how Mr. Hume felt about their children, their skills and capabilities. His comments were inspirational, emotional and heartwarming!
My son had the opportunity to make the closing remarks on the evening. I think that he put it best when he said of Mr. Hume that his Journalism class and the Spark were the reasons he went to school. I couldn't have put it any better.
Bravo! Mr. Hume.
Signing off........Jiresell

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

US Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase Observations

This past Memorial Day weekend I was able to go to the US Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase held in Sarasota, Florida. Some observations:

-I don't think I have seen better coverage of a Development Academy Event, or any other youth soccer event. US Soccer had a huge amount of coverage, as did Also several people were using Twitter to post highlights. (follow USSoccer, DallasCup, Topdrawersoccer and Ohioelite for regular updates amongst many interesting Tweeters) I Twittered the play by play of the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy matches for the benefit of the parents who weren't able to attend.

-I am impressed with the way many clubs travel to these events. Ohio Elite, for example, books all the travel for their teams. They boys, coaches and chaperone's fly together with a very specific and coordinated itinerary. Everyone eats together, stays at the same hotel and travels to the fields together. Very professional approach, but in addition the boys were able to go to the beach on their day off and the movies one of the evenings. As a parent I really like this approach, and I understand many of the other clubs travel the same way.

-The exposure these young men had to the US National Staff, college coaches and scouts from professional clubs was unbelievable. Every game had a US National Staff coach observing it. And after each game the US Coaches spent a great deal of time with the club coaches reviewing the match. I personally counted 19 college coaches at our U16's first match versus PDA out of New Jersey.

-All of the boys went through a Nike Sparq Training session. They were tested again and received their results so they could compare them with the testing they went through at the Winter Showcase in December.

-US Soccer also had two matches where a team of Development Academy Players were chosen to play against the U17 National staff. In addition, the U20 National Team played Costa Rican National Team. These matches were free to everyone to watch.

-Lastly, I have to admit I had a pretty good time in the Tampa/Sarasota area. Two other fathers and I made the 14 hour drive from Cincinnati and rented a condo at Indian Rocks Beach. Went to Ybor City one evening, ate at PJ's in Indian Rocks beach three times (might seem extreme, but the seafood was great, and they had Landshark Lager on tap). We also ate dinner at Crabby Bill's in Indian Rocks beach and made good friends with some folks from Bristol, England who had been at the bar since 11am that morning having watched the last of the EPL matches of the season. I am amazed at their stamina!

As I have blogged before, if you have an opportunity to tryout for a Development Academy team in your area, do so!

Signing out........Jiresell

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Big Weekend in Southern Ohio Youth Soccer

This past weekend was a big one in Southern Ohio youth Soccer. The Ohio South Youth Soccer State Cup Championships took place. Congratulations to all the winners!

It was also a big weekend for the US Soccer Development Academy teams in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ohio Elite Soccer Academy's U16 and U18 teams played the Solar SC and the Dallas Texans Development Academy Teams. I continue to be impressed with the high quality of play, the pace and ultimately the level of competition that the US Soccer Development Academy provides for the young men who have an opportunity to participate.

With the State Cup Champions being decided, the season closes down for most of the local youth soccer teams. The Development Academy Teams have a big Memorial Day weekend coming up, the Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Florida. I went to the Winter Showcase this past December in Lancaster, California and was very impressed with the event. The Spring Showcase promises to be bigger. More US National Staff present than any previous event, more college coaches, and every Academy Team in the country will be participating. National youth team friendlies will also be taking place. I will be traveling down with a couple of other folks to watch the matches and root on the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy teams who will be playing three matches over the four day event.

Tryouts for the local clubs in Southern Ohio are also upon us. It is always an interesting time of the year as rumors to begin to fly around the soccer community. The most interesting thing to me is that most of these rumors are proven to be inaccurate, and are usually perpetuated by individuals with motives beyond the individual development of the players themselves.

My point? Players and parents should look for the clubs/teams that give the players the best chance to develop to be the best soccer players they can be. Also look for club/teams who have a track record of getting their players recruited and signed to the next level (College, etc.). Clubs and coaches should encourage their players to tryout for teams that will provide them opportunities to push themselves, get out of their comfort zone and play the best competition, even if it means losing some players to other clubs/teams. (No one would deny their players a call-up to National or Regional pools, would they?)

My shameless plug: Tryout for the US Soccer Development Team in your area if you are of age. (U16: calendar year 1993 or younger, U18: calendar year 1991 or younger) In Southern Ohio there are two clubs to look to, The Ohio Elite Soccer Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, or the Columbus Crew in Columbus, Ohio. Based on the investment US Soccer has made in the program, the amount of clubs who apply each year to join (this year 250 applied to join, and 6 new clubs were added to bring the total to 79 in the program) and the staff support (this year National staff coaches have been present at at least 10 Ohio Elite matches) the opportunity to play in the US Soccer Development Academy is the best way to develop as a player and prepare for a soccer career beyond the youth ranks.

Signing off.......Jiresell

Three Philosophies To Live By

I have been thinking about life lately.

I think I have come up with the three philosophies that sum up my views on life, how the world turns etc. Time to share:

1) "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Known as the ethic of reciprocity, or more commonly known as the Golden Rule. Tough to live by in practice (and I admire those that live by this daily), but wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone practiced this philosophy?

2) Survival of the fittest. This may seem a bit in conflict with philosophy #1, (for me #1 applies to basic human needs and rights) but I actually believe in this as it pertains to the economy, the environment etc. I don't think we should put artificial policies in place to "prop up" businesses or economies that are on the brink of failure. Let the markets sort things out, which leads me to:

3) The law of supply and demand. Capitalism at it's best. Prices change based on this fundamental economic law. Businesses succeed when they understand this. Innovation and ideas get generated when someone recognizes a need in the marketplace. I believe you can tie this to philosophy #1-if there is a fundamental basic human need (ex. disease to cure, human condition problem to solve), individuals or organizations will and should find a way to fill that need.

Just some thoughts....what do you think?

Signing off.........Jiresell

Monday, May 4, 2009

My #2 Son's Year in Soccer-US Soccer Development Academy

My #2 son has had a great opportunity this year. He is fortunate enough to have tried out and made one of US Soccer's Development Academy Teams. We live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and my son plays for the U16 (birthdates in 1992 or younger) Ohio Elite Soccer Academy Team based here.

US Soccer started the Development Academy in 2007 to focus on player development. They have very strict specifications that participating clubs have to adhere to, training a minimum 3 days per week, a minimum of one weekend off per month, no more than two games in two days etc. It seems as though US soccer is really looking to have a very high training hours/game hours ratio.

It has been an interesting year. My son's team has travelled to Houston, Los Angeles, and Detroit so far this year. They will be travelling to Sarasota for a National showcase Memorial Day weekend. The quality of soccer is unbelievable, and by all accounts my son's team is playing the best competition available in the United States. If you are familiar with youth soccer, then the names will be familiar to you-Vardar (Michigan), Derby County (Michigan) Wolves, Carmel United (Indiana), The Columbus Crew, CASL (NC), Richmond VA Strikers, Solar (Texas), Scott Gallagher (St. Louis) etc. Oh, and the players on these teams are the best their regions and clubs offer!

So why am I writing about this? Well, when you play the best competition, sometimes results on the field are hard to come by. The boys have a win and a draw so far this year, with some games that we should have won, and many losses mixed in. That can be tough, especially on the parent.

My son's teams have participated in the traditional youth soccer leagues (Midwest Regional League, local leagues) and high level tournaments, including State Cup in the past. They have played many of the team's mentioned above in those games, certainly with better results on the field than they are having now.

But here's the thing: My son is having a great time in the Development Academy! He is playing at a very high level of competition. He is getting visibility to college coaches not only at the showcases, but at regular season games. In addition, US National staff coaches regularly attend games and training sessions. He wouldn't trade it for any other opportunities.

So the moral of this story. My son is developing into a better player. He is having fun. And he is getting more opportunities in soccer by playing in The US Soccer Development Academy than he would anywhere else.

By the way, don't just take it from me, ask him!

Signing off......Jiresell

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Social Media and Swine Flu

-Swine Flu: Time will tell on this comment, but c'mon. I am a relatively recent adopter/user of social media sites. (Facebook, Digg, Twitter, Blogspot etc.) I think the more information the better. However, we need to exercise some restraint. #Swineflu has been one of the top trending topics on Twitter for several days now. I understand the concern, and don't want to minimize any loss of life. But visit websites like the Centers for Disease control to get the facts. The site talks about treatment, and has great general information. Also check out the World Health Organization's site. Bottom line: some people are much more at risk for serious complications (the elderly, the very young), you prevent contracting this strain of flu as you would any other, you treat it as any other, and there are precautions to take if symptoms get worse.

The downside to social media, the spread of rumors, mistated facts, the possibility of panic etc. I think we are seeing it right now. As I see it the swine flu is serious, but exercise restraint, and don't panic. It's making great copy right now for news organizations, credible or not, but it should run it's course-and by the way, here is the latest information as of the writing of this blog:

Swine influenza - update 5

29 April 2009 -- The situation continues to evolve rapidly. As of 18:00 GMT, 29 April 2009, nine countries have officially reported 148 cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 91 laboratory confirmed human cases, with one death. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (13), Germany (3), Israel (2), New Zealand (3), Spain (4) and the United Kingdom (5).
Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.
WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.
There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.

Related links

Swine influenza web site
Daily updates will be posted on this site.

Signing off for now....Jiresell

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What a Great Day!

What does it mean to be a good citizen? Follow the laws? Exercise your right to vote? Be productive in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue?

I had a great day today! Today was the Butler County United Way's (Headquarters in Hamilton, Ohio) Spring day of Caring. Two of my co-workers from Rockwell Automation (Jim Miller and Steve Deitzer) along with David Lippert of Hamilton Caster had the opportunity to volunteer to work with the good folks at Mercy Franciscan at St. Raphael in Hamilton, Ohio. They needed some benches built for their front lobby/foyer. The people who come in to the St. Raphael Social Service Center need a place to sit as they wait to receive services, whether it is access to their emergency food pantry, emergency shelter services or outreach nursing.

We built the benches. A simple task, but the appreciation we received from Carrie Morris, their Executive Director, and the staff was so heartfelt, I couldn't help but feel like I had accomplished something. Not to mention the fact that there is tangible evidence that we produced something of value today. (I am not much of a woodworker.)

The day started with a breakfast in Hamilton, Ohio where the volunteers gathered together with multiple social service agencies who are partners with the Butler County United Way. Leaders from our community were present, and the best part of the event was seeing the United Way honor the volunteers who give so much to the community. It was a tough year for the local United Way giving campaign, but the community rallied in February through a "Campaign of Hope" to come up with the resources that allowed the Butler County United Way to continue to provide grants to the programs in the community that are doing such great work to service those less fortunate.

Why was it a great day? I was able to give my time to help a local social services center. I was able to hear personally from Butler County United Way's partner agencies how appreciative they were for the resources we were able to provide. I am humbled by the work these agencies do. It give me hope!

So here is my definition of a good citizen. A good citizen gives back. They see it as their responsibility to help those less fortunate. They Give! They Advocate! They Volunteer!

The Butler County United Way is my choice for giving, advocating and volunteering. My good friend Maureen Noe, CEO would love to hear from you! But the United Way is certainly not the only avenue. Choose a cause, make a difference!

Signing out......Jiresell

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Twitter is Cool!

I have become a big fan of Twitter. For those of you unfamiliar, Twitter is best described as a 140 character "microblog" that anyone can use via the internet, or better yet through direct texting.

My son turned me on to Twitter about 5 months ago. I actually first heard about it when multiple news outlets reported how Twitter became one of the primary places to get first hand reports during the Mumbai, India bombings last November.

I don't think anyone should depend on Twitter to get their news, however what has become very cool is that multiple legitimate news outlets are now using Twitter to send out short, quick burst of news in real-time. Check your local newspaper (i.e. Cincinnati Enquirer, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, even USA Today among many others) to see if they have this service. Also, you can find ESPN, CNN and many other media outlets using Twitter to send out news updates.

There are multiple companies, local and national who are using the service to get information out on their products. It is also great to find Celebrities and Sport Figures regularly updating via the service. Check this article for some great recommendations:

I like watching trends on Twitter. Next time you are watching TV, especially some of the more popular shows like American Idol, Lost etc. Bring up Tweetgrid, and click on trending topics. You can watch in real time the reactions of people watching the shows-very entertaining! You can also use tools like this to search keywords for subjects you may be interested in.

However, the best part of Twitter is finding people who are just plain funny. I follow over 70 people, companies, news outlets etc. By far my favorite-obxlaw.

So check it out: And check me out:

By the way, this is an independent opinion. No one from or it's affiliates asked or paid me for this endorsement...LOL

Signing off for now.......Jiresell

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

C'mon Starbucks.....

Dropped son #2 off at soccer training tonight and decided to drop by Starbucks for a cup of coffee. The Starbucks is 20 yards from a Caribou Coffee, but decided to use my Gold Card. (10% off etc.)

Pull up to the drive thru (Note it is 7:30pm):

Starbucks: "Welcome to Starbucks, would you like to try one of our coffee/roll combos?"
Me: "No thanks."
Starbucks: "How can I help you?"
Me: "I'd like a tall decaf coffee." (7:30pm)
Starbucks: "We no longer sell decaf coffee in the evenings."
Me (In my head): "WTF!"
Me: "Really!?!?"
Starbucks: "It was a corporate decision."
Me: "Hmmmm"
Starbucks: "I'd be happy to make you a decaf Americano."
Me (In my head): "I don't like Americano style."
Me: "I'd really like a decaf coffee."
Starbucks: "We'd be happy to fresh brew you a pot, it will take about 4 minutes."
Me: "That would be great."

Editorial Comment: A+ for service at the local store and they gave me the coffee for free.

Message for Starbucks Corporate: No decaf coffee in the evenings?!? Isn't that when people want the stuff? C'mon...

Oh, by the way, please train your team members to put the top on the cup so that the hole is not on the leaks!

Signing off...Jiresell

Monday, April 13, 2009

Random Musings

We returned from Colorado this Saturday night and had a chance to catch up on some TV sports before I had to leave for a business trip Sunday evening. Two particular events really caught my attention, and both events had ended with results that were both unexpected and ultimately very disappointing:

-As it became clear that Tiger Woods wasn't going to make the run to catch up to the leaders on Sunday at the Master's (certainly not for lack of effort on his part), I found myself rooting for Kenny Perry. I was in Milwaukee in 1986 (where were you?) when Jack Nicklaus won his last Master's at the age of 46. Kenny Perry's run at the age of 48 was amazing, and with a two shot lead with two holes to go, I thought I would see him break Nicklaus' record for the oldest Master's champion. But a case of the "pull hooks" with his irons left the door open for Chad Campbell and Angel Cabrera, and ultimately another pull hook on the final playoff hole gave the Championship to Cabrera.

-Kenny Perry was the second disappointment for me this weekend. I'm not a hockey fan, but living only 30 minutes from Miami of Ohio I had to watch the finals of the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships. Miami of Ohio has never won a championship in any sport, and were up 3-1 against Boston University with 3 minutes to go. With the championship practically clinched, Miami of Ohio gave up two goals in the final minute of the match, and ultimately lost in overtime 4-3. Crap....

Signing off.......Jiresell

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thoughts on a Trip to Colorado, From the Eyes of a Midwesterner

Returning home from a whirlwind trip to Colorado. As I am sitting in a Fairfield Inn in Independence, Missouri (of course booked with Marriott points) my mind wanders to highlights of the trip:

-Why don't they sell plain Dorito's in the Midwest? Whenever I get a chance to go to Colorado, I have to visit the local grocery store to get the plain, corn flavored Dorito's. I don't need nacho cheese, or blue cheese/buffalo flavored tortilla chips. Give me good old fashion corn. My message to Frito-Lay...SELL THESE IN THE MIDWEST.

-Boulder, Colorado has to be the most beautiful town in the country. The Colorado University campus has maintained a consistent architectural philosophy, with even the newest buildings having matching brick exterior to the rest of the campus. Sitting in the foothills of the Rockies, the views are unbelievable. Also, I know that 28,000 students plus attend the University, but it has the feel of a much smaller University, which for me makes this school very appealing.

-I'm a novice skier at best, so Breckenridge was the place for me. 6 runs down the greens on peak nine, lunch at the Ten-Mile House on the slopes is perfect for me. Then go to town, dinner one night at Giampietro's Pizza, the second night at Rasta Pasta. The owners of Rasta Pasta throw together some strange combinations into their recipe's, but it's all good!

-Driving across the Midwest, I have decided that Kansas must be the longest State in the Union, and is the home of the largest of everything-Van Gogh Painting, Prairie Dog, Windmill Farm.....

Signing off....9 more hours to drive in the morning-----------------Jiresell