Political Nerd Season!

So I woke up early this morning to do something very, very exciting. Now, what would be so thrilling to make me wake up early on a Saturday morning in August?

I went to watch a person declare that he is running for Mayor of Toledo.

If you follow this blog, you know that I’m a lover of politics. And right now, due to the untimely passing of Mayor Collins, we are in what amounts to a bonus round for political nerds like myself. Add to this the wild Presidential Primary Season, and I’m in my glory!

Carty Finkbeiner was mayor of Toledo throughout the 90’s. Then he was term-limited in 2001. So then he ran again, and won, in 2005.  He declined to run for reelection in 2009, citing a family decision. Now, because of this unfortunate turn of events, Carty is back. He’s been making the rounds of summer festivals, gaining signatures to put him on the ballot, very clearly intending to run for office— but not making it official. I ran into Carty at the Polish Festival back in July:

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While I am currently torn between Carty and one other candidate in the race, here is why I like and respect Mayor Finkbeiner: no one person is responsible for civic pride in the community. No one person is able to click their fingers and make a community better. No one person has a magic wand to brainwash the citizens into believing in a better tomorrow. Yet, one person is responsible for igniting passion. One person is responsible for being a City’s biggest cheerleader. One person is responsible for holding government— and the people— accountable. And that person is the Mayor.

I’ve never seen a political leader fulfill those duties the way Carty Finkbeiner has. When he occupied the 22nd floor of One Government Center, this City seemed to be full of civic pride. It was because our Mayor projected that. Just look at that photo above— Toledo through-and-through. Yes, Carty has had a few (or a lot) of gaffes in his time in the public spotlight. Citizen’s arrest. Deaf people at the airport. War with the Insane Clown Posse. Those are just a few that come to mind….

But, as it should be, the positives outweigh the negatives. Carty’s attitude is what this City needs. If another candidate can match the fearless pride that Carty Finkbeiner has in Toledo, Ohio, then they should step up to the plate and have a serious discussion on plans and policies. But the energy is what comes first… and so far, Carty has the advantage.

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Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 211.

Day 211 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

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As you may or may not know, I had the distinct pleasure of living in Hawaii for three years, on the beautiful island of Maui. A question I get quite often is, “don’t you miss it?”

Well, yes and no. Have you ever lived on an island? I can attest that “island fever” is a very real thing. You can only drive so far. Believe it or not, you can only go to the beach so many times. And you are very, very disconnected from the rest of the world… some may even call it “The Real World.”

Maui is a beautiful place to visit… but it takes a special person to live there year-round. Besides, you can find insanely beautiful places all around you, wherever you are. Even in Lake Erie, where this photo was taken.

Let’s call this photo INSANELY and knock that word off the list!

Here is the complete list for the month of July:

  • Firework
  • Snap
  • Pop
  • Crackle
  • Laughing
  • Craziness
  • Golf
  • Fruit
  • Unique
  • Young
  • Five
  • Flag
  • Red, White, Blue
  • Americana
  • Celebration
  • Family
  • Sweltering
  • Cooling
  • Scrumptious
  • Insanely
  • Parade
  • Wholesome
  • On-a-Limb
  • Start
  • Picnic
  • Wine
  • Wacky
  • Spinning
  • Delightful
  • Dirty
  • Wood

July Photo List

Remember, let me know here if you’re doing a Bucket List Photo Challenge in 2013. And upload your photo to Twitter using #BucketListPhotoChallenge

Please let me know if you’re participating so I can give you a shout-out here!

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Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 210.

Day 210 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

The word today is crackle. And I’m going to use it to describe five photos from a mini-photo-shoot that I did with my friends Terri and Scott during our cabin-camping trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

In the photos, you’ll see that they opened up a gift box, which contained their ultrasound photo and a pair of pink baby shoes…. yep, it’s a girl!

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Crackle with delight.

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Crackle with creativity.

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Crackle with humor.

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Crackle with laughter. Oh, if I could only tell you why they were laughing…

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Crackle with love. Terri and Scott are going to be great parents.

Let’s call this photo CRACKLE and knock that word off the list!

Here is the complete list for the month of July:

  • Firework
  • Snap
  • Pop
  • Crackle
  • Laughing
  • Craziness
  • Golf
  • Fruit
  • Unique
  • Young
  • Five
  • Flag
  • Red, White, Blue
  • Americana
  • Celebration
  • Family
  • Sweltering
  • Cooling
  • Scrumptious
  • Insanely
  • Parade
  • Wholesome
  • On-a-Limb
  • Start
  • Picnic
  • Wine
  • Wacky
  • Spinning
  • Delightful
  • Dirty
  • Wood

July Photo List

Remember, let me know here if you’re doing a Bucket List Photo Challenge in 2013. And upload your photo to Twitter using #BucketListPhotoChallenge

Please let me know if you’re participating so I can give you a shout-out here!

Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, here is what you can do:

1. Go pick up a copy of Pete the Popcorn at Amazon! Pete the Popcorn was our first book, nationally recognized as a perfectly subtle anti-bullying message for youngsters. You can LIKE Pete on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/PeteThePopcorn. And you’ll find all sortz of information like videos, photos and school visit PDF files at www.PeteThePopcorn.com.

2. Support the worldwide marketing push for our brand new book, First Photo of The Royal Baby! This cute story contains an important lesson for children: a simple smile breaks all language barriers. The book is our opportunity to spread our messages to a new worldwide audience— and it can happen with your help! Visit the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RoyalBabyPhoto.

3. Treat yourself to our popular book Casey and Callie Cupcake! This Frosted Fable About Being Fantastic Just The Way You Are teaches children to accept themselves and their friends for the person they are on the inside! Keep track of our new cupcake book offerings on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CupcakeBook!

Thanks for all your support! If you want to help out in other ways, please contact us!