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Way to go Ohio!

July 16, 2010 Comments off

I am renewing my efforts to find the positives and success stories so often not shared in this cynical time. If this one is not simply outstanding, I am not sure what else could be.

On December 4, 2009, Kristina Keneally, became the new Premier of New South Wales, Australia. Ms. Keneally, born in Las Vegas, was raised in Toledo, Ohio and attended the University of Dayton getting two degrees through this fine school.

Why is this exciting? Because, in my opinion Ms. Keneally personifies that the Ohio ethic is about. Way to Go Ohio!

To find out more, visit her web site.

Eric

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A Bear in the Market

July 12, 2010 Comments off

A very interesting¬† chart with the Bear Markets from the past few years. Is the worst over? Not so sure…but the trend may turn around.

At moments like this, I like to think back to Monty Python’s Life of Brian and the closing song:

“Always look on the bright side of life…”

Eric

On Basketball and Economic Development

July 10, 2010 Comments off

For those of you who know me personally, you can attest to the fact that my knowledge of professional sports can fill one side of a 3×5 note card. It was never my thing, nor was chess, for that matter. I guess any sport that required excessive thinking from me I tended to shy away from doing or understanding. So, me blogging about basketball is not only very odd, but likely impossible.

To that end, I am not going to talk about basketball, but I will discuss a player of basketball. A player that seems to have alienated an entire state…proclaiming himself “The King” and now taking his court (pun intended) to Miami. This announcement shocked his home team of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his legions of loyal fans who followed him from humble beginnings in Akron, Ohio.

The steady word salad of disgust, hatred and generally loathing toward Mr. James has been quite interesting to watch, read, hear and see. I am not qualified to take a side, I do not know if he played the system, used it to his advantage or whatever. I just do not know that much about it…but…

What I have seen is an interesting parallel here. Mr. James has become the “spiritus mundi” of every factory closing, big business relocation, mass lay off and general hardship that plagues Ohio. Here, a person of humble beginnings, grown and nurtured in our back yard, making it to the big time….leaving…turning his back on his community, walking away from his dumbfounded followers.

Hmm, this tune sounds familiar. The funeral dirge from General Motors, Ford, Youngstown Steel and Tube, National Cash Register, The Lima Locomotive Works, Philips Display Components, AK Steel in Mansfield,  and now we can add a chorus about LeBron James.

All of these entities gave Ohioans hope. As did the hundreds of other business and industries that left our towns and cities, seemingly turning their backs on their neighbors.

Was Mr. James correct in his decision? For him, and his business of basketball, he believes it was the right call. We will simply have to wait and see if this move was the best.

Meanwhile we hear the prognosticators telling us what will happen next and the Cavaliers promising an NBA Championship. Again, parallels to our current economy? I have heard many left and right leaning political pundits making promises and many more offering up opinions on our problems, yet have we seen action that satisfies the masses?

In the end, it still goes back to people and the hurt and disappointment they feel. This is a real hurt, and a real disappointment. Not because of some talented basketball player leaving, but because in the one area they have chosen to find solace (the game of basketball), the ugly reality of our time shows up to steal our hot wings and drink our refreshments.
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Cognitive Surplus

July 7, 2010 Comments off

Recently came across a fantastic article on a concept that I’ve not considered…read up…does it apply to our situation? Yes it does…

Here is the article and a video

Eric

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Summers Heat or Winters Cold

July 6, 2010 Comments off

Some of you may recognize this line from “Carmen Ohio”, the song sang at every Ohio State University ball game prior to kick off…

Oh come let’s sing Ohio’s praise
And songs to Alma Mater raise

While our hearts rebounding thrill

With joy which death alone can still

Summer’s heat or winter’s cold

The seasons pass the years will roll

Time and change will surely show

How firm thy friendship … OHIO!

Now the back story is this song (expert above, it has several stanzas) was written on a slow train ride after Ohio State got the wind kicked out of them by the Michigan Wolverines. The year was 1902, and Freshman Fred Cornell penned this song. In a time of defeat, a thing of beauty arose. Even if you are not an OSU alum, if you are an Ohioan period, this song can take your breath away.

I bring this up as we getting the wind kicked out of us right now. The economy continues to falter, Ohio is facing an election year in uncertain times, people see very little positive right now. But, we have a chance to make something beautiful happen. I am sure the world seemed glum to Mr. Cornell that slow train ride home…yet he rose to the challenge of the time.

Can we do the same? I for one feel a melody in my heart…lets grab the pen and start writing.
Eric

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