Sunday, November 06, 2005

OK so it has been awhile.

Well i hope everyone still checks my postings. well i know i havent written in awhile but things have been weird so i am jsut trying to figure a few things out.

I turned 26, still no job but i am sitting on one offer and waiting to hear from another.

In the mean time i started bouncing at Pavilion up in mount adams, i like it but i came to reallize something. I am like 4 or 5 years older then the rest of the staff. I had fun and i hope to continue to work there on the side, good money and i hope to meet a bunch of new people this way. We will see what happens.

Training for MMA is going well, i am enjoying it and about to make a leap of faith and really get into it if i get the job in cincy. we will see what happens.

So this week i wait to hear from Deerfield township about the job. I really look forward for the chance to work there. i hope things come threw for me. well i will try to update this alittle more often. take care kids.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bob Huggins Roast

Take it down.

That’s what Kenyon Martin wants done with his retired jersey that hangs from the rafters at Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus.

Martin, who was the national player of the year at UC in 1999-2000, made the statement Thursday night at the Bob Huggins Roast & Toast at U.S. Bank Arena.

“Take my jersey down,” Martin told the crowd gathered to support Huggins who was ousted as UC’s head men’s basketball coach in August. “If he’s not affiliated with the university, I don’t want to be.”

Aside from Martin’s controversial stance, which he took multiple times off stage before the event began, the Roast & Toast went by smoothly, with several coaches taking most of their jabs at Huggins and a few at UC president Nancy Zimpher.

“People say Bob is two-faced,” said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz, who coached against Huggins in Conference USA. “Can’t be. If you had two faces, is that the face you would show?”

Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser had planned to attend but changed his plans before the event.

“Skip Prosser was invited, but he wants Bob’s job,” said emcee Bill Cunningham. “So he didn’t show up.”

Later, Huggins said, “I deeply regret that Skip Prosser is not here and Bill Cunningham is. He’s got all the charisma of a speed bump.”

Huggins, who coached at UC for 16 years, had 32 of his former players in attendance.

One of them, Danny Fortson, took a similar tone as Martin, saying, “This is emotional, right now. This shouldn’t happen. This is a great man.”

Fortson didn’t go as far as Martin, however, demanding that his records and accomplishments be stricken from the UC records.
Before the event, Martin said there is nothing UC can do, aside from rehiring Huggins, to get him to change his mind.

Huggins former assistant and current UC head coach Andy Kennedy, joking that his presence at the event might raise the ire of his current employer, told the crowd, “If it ever comes up, you haven’t seen me.”

Other speakers included Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith and Memphis coach John Calipari.

Smith, whose Wildcats defeated Huggins in the NCAA Tournament last season, recalled that Huggins had wanted to play Kentucky during the regular season.

“Sometimes,” Smith told him, “You better be careful what you wish for.”

Sunday, September 11, 2005

9-11-01

Well I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about my day on 9-11-01.

I was on my way back from San Francisco from a summer co-op. I woke up on the morning of the 11th on the western edge of Wyoming. It was around 9am eastern coast time and I stopped at a gas station to get gas and breakfast. I finished filling up and went inside, once I got in there I noticed a large truck driver and cashier crying at the counter, i walked outside to look around for a accident. When I didn’t see anything I asked what was wrong and they told me that a airplane had hit one of the towers at the world trade center. I paid and ran outside and jumped in my car to listen to the radio.

Right then the second one hit and the world realized that we where under attack. As I started driving I had never felt more alone. I was driving cross country by myself not knowing what world I was going to come back to when I got back to cincy.

If you listened to the radio and hadn’t seen TV that day you would know that there were tons of false reports about other actions, I remember hearing about Brooklyn Bridge being blown up, and san fran's city hall was hit by a car bomb, and so on and so on. I was totally freaking out. Shortly after 1pm I stopped at a large truck stop to gas up and was able to see the images first hand. I had never felt so sad in my life. I knew people who worked at the Pentagon and I was worried about them. But was struck me then is what happened at that gas station. I remember someone asking everyone to go outside and around 50 people gathered around the flag pole and held hands. Families, truck drivers, and some young people like me gathered while a few truck drivers said a prayer and everyone hugged and cried together. After that I got on the road and saw American flags everywhere. I saw a guy driving a BMW with his sun roof open holding a large American flag flying out of it. And then there was the guy on a bridge in Nebraska who had a sign that said God Bless America and he had an American Flag with him.

The next time I stopped for gas I paid over 7 dollars a gallon for gas. I had to pay with a credit car and luckily they had to reimburse everyone they over charged money back. At that point I decided I was going to drive straight back to Home to Ohio.

When I got to Lincoln Nebraska I was stopped on the highway and every car was inspected. If you remember the president was flown there after the attack. SO the National Guard was taking every step they could to secure the city. Honestly wasn’t the best way to secure it but they did check IDs and they did glance in every car.

Around 5am I almost ran off the road in Illinois and decided that I couldn’t drive anymore. SO I pulled off the road and fell asleep at a truck stop in the back of my SUV. The next day I got back home and was able to see my family and find out that my relatives and friends that worked in NYC and DC were ok.

I relive that day a lot in my dreams; I think that was the loneliest I have ever felt. To not have any friends or family near you on your countries darkest day really did a lot to me. I remember coming home and telling my dad I was going to drop out of school and join the army. Mind you that I only had like 2 years left at school and my father was not going to let me do that.

Now 4 years later we all have a heavy heart for those who died that day and those who have given their lives to defend our country. God Bless our troops and all the heroes out there. Thank you for giving everything up to make our country safe again.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

fun wedding

here is a picture of me and catherine at Sharon and ALex's wedding. it was held in a part in cincinnati. Two more APX brothers married. Well just trying to remember some good times i had this week since i totalled my bike and i can only think negatively. Trying to cheer myself up. I start my MMA training tonight, wish me luck, going to take some of my agrue out.


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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Total loss

Well i was told that there are two kinds of riders, those who have gone down, and those that will go down. Today i joined the have gone down group. I was heading to get my hair cut when a crazy lady decided to slam on her brakes two cars ahead of me and the guy in front of me stopped in time and i wasnt able too. I ran into the back of the car and totaled my baby. I am ok, a few scratches and bruises, but i will live. I truly lost the only thing i enjoyed doing. I lost my way to calm myself. I am so lost right now, i need my release and she is totaled. well i hope things get better, they honestly cant get worse.


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Friday, August 26, 2005

FUCK YOU NANCY Z. Huggins IS CINCINNATI




The Bull Shit Letter Nancy Z, UC's current President is sending out to people who write her about what she did to Huggins. She is trying to re-write history, fuck her and what she stands for. Huggins Forever!!!


Thank you for taking the time to write to me and to share your views regarding
the University of Cincinnati Men’s Basketball Program.

Please know that I am listening to you and your fellow alumni on this issue. I
understand that you wrote out of concern for the university and that you want
the best for UC. Though we disagree on the handling of this particular issue, I
know that we both want the best for this university and for our extended
university community.

There has been a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation regarding
recent events. Many people think that I and the UC Board of Trustees “chose” to
part ways with Coach Bob Huggins at this time. We did not.

Mr. Huggins publicly affirmed, on May 16, 2005, his desire to finish coaching at
UC under the terms of his current contract. Then, in July 2005, Mr. Huggins
contacted UC through his agent to request that we reopen negotiations regarding
his employment status. At that time, he made it clear that he no longer wished
to fulfill the terms of his contract. Thus began the process of negotiating
Coach Huggins’ separation from UC.

I wish that the timing of events could have been different. However, the timing
was indeed controlled by Mr. Huggins and dictated by his approach to us on July
12, 2005.

We were not able to provide public notice of these events earlier in this
process because of the confidential nature of personnel discussions. We were
forced to do so abruptly and in a way that surprised alumni like you because of
a public records request by news media. We regret that it was impossible to
provide advance notice to our alumni.

Throughout recent events, we have recognized Coach Huggins’ record of
achievement and have worked to accommodate his interests. Till July 12, we
thought Mr. Huggins would be coaching in the Big East. However, because he
decided that he was unable to honor the terms of the May 16 agreement, we have
worked to develop an equitable separation that is fair to all concerned.

I appreciate that you took the time to write. I hope you appreciate that we want
our students to win in the classroom as well as on the basketball court and
playing fields. With your help, our high expectations and commitment to
excellence will be realized, and we hope you will join in our efforts.

Best regards,

Nancy

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

UFC Mixed Martial Arts

So for the last few weeks my roommate and me have been tossing around the idea that we should go together and enrole in a MMA Class. For those who dont know what MMA is watch UFC sometime(Ultimate Fighting Championship). The real funny thing is Cincinnati is one of hte hot beds for MMA. Right now there is a title holder in UFC, Rich Franklin, and 2 guys on the Ultimate fighter 2 TV show from the Cincy area. The basic reciepy for a MMA fighter is Brazilian Jiu-Jitus and Mauy Thai Kickboxing. Wednesday i am going to a few gyms and checking out which gym we want to take classes at. Most MMA fighters study for up to 5 years. I dont ever plan on fighting at that level but would love to train and learn how to fight. So looks like this will be another adventure for me. Wish me luck, should be a good time, as my roommate states it, my training starts now.