Louisville Earns National Ranking for Job Creation Momentum Tuesday, Mar 3 2015 

Site Selection magazine also names Kentucky top state for business creation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2015) – The Louisville metro area has earned a Top 10 ranking for economic development and job creation from a leading national publication thanks to a slate of business investments and company expansions and locations in 2014.

Louisville placed ninth in Site Selection Magazine’s ranking of top tier metro areas with population over one million – that was up seven spots from the year before, the largest jump by any metro area in the top ten. 


Mayor Fischer

“This ranking is further evidence that we have a solid game plan for job creation and it’s producing strong results,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “We still have much work to do, especially in the area of wage growth, but clearly businesses of all kinds are recognizing our strategic advantages and strong quality of life.”

In 2014, Louisville secured 31 business development projects, which signified more than 5,000 new jobs and $1 billion in investment.

 The strong local growth was part of a record year for the state as Site Selection also awarded Kentucky its Governor’s Cup as the top state for new and expanded industry activity.

Fischer noted that many of the business investments announced last year were in healthcare. Louisville is the world leader in lifelong wellness and aging care, with more than 18,000 professionals producing over $48 billion in revenue. The city also is home to the nation’s largest collection of headquarters in nursing home, rehabilitation, assisted living and home health administration.

Significant projects announced in Louisville last year included:

  • Kindred, plans to create 500 new full-time jobs and construct a new operations center in Theatre Square;
  • Teleperformance, plans to invest $13 million and create 750 new jobs;
  • Computershare, plans a new facility and 250 new jobs;
  • Confluent Health, moving its national headquarters to Louisville, creating 25 new jobs;
  • Aperture Credentialing, additional investment and 30 new jobs;
  • Edumedics LLC, expanding its existing corporate headquarters, creating 17 new jobs.

Last year, Kentucky announced more than 350 new location and expansion projects, which are projected to create nearly 15,000 jobs and more than $3.7 billion in new investment. That is the most business investment in Kentucky since the state started recording investment data nearly 30 years ago.

The record business success led Site Selection to award the Commonwealth its Governor’s Cup, which it has presented since 1978 to the state with the most business activity.

 “Winning the prestigious Governor’s Cup is a true honor,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Kentucky works extremely hard to build and maintain relationships with our companies, and we go the extra mile to support their plans for growth. The Governor’s Cup speaks to the dedication of everyone in this state who’s working to build Kentucky’s economy, grow jobs and create success for our industries, our communities and all Kentuckians.”

The ranking by Site Selection, an Atlanta-based publication, is based on a state’s total number of qualified projects as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant database. Qualified projects include those that meet at least one of three criteria:

  • Involve a capital investment of at least $1 million,
  • Create 50 or more jobs, or
  • Add at least 20,000 square feet of new floor space.

“Not only did Kentucky win the Governor’s Cup for the most new projects per capita, but it also placed sixth in the ranking of states with the most total qualifying projects,” said Mark Arend, Site Selection’s editor in chief. “This demonstrates to our readership that the Commonwealth is competing quite effectively with states of all sizes for capital investment.”

The article and rankings can be viewed in their entirety at www.siteselection.com.

Fischer Consolidates City’s Emergency Services Saturday, Feb 28 2015 

Debbie Fox to lead agency; Dr. Raymond Orthober named EMS Medical Director

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MetroSafe headquarters

LOUISVILLE (Feb. 27, 2014) – Mayor Greg Fischer today consolidated the city’s three emergency services departments into a single agency to create a more efficient, seamless and coordinated response for citizens — from the time a 911 call comes into MetroSafe until a patient is delivered to an emergency room.

Debbie Fox, current director of the Emergency Management Agency, will assume the new title Director of Emergency Services. In that role, three departments will report to her— Emergency Medical Service (the city’s medical/ambulance response); Emergency Management Agency (the community emergency response team that comprises 95 agencies); and MetroSafe, the 911 and 311 call centers.

The changes are being achieved within existing budgets so there are no additional expenses.

“These three agencies already work closely together, but unified under the strong leadership of Debbie Fox, our citizens will experience an even better collaborative response when it comes to emergencies,” Fischer said.

Fox began her career in 1982 with the Jefferson County Police Department as a radio dispatcher to handle 911 emergency calls and dispatch police officers. Initially promoted in October 1987 to a communications supervisor, she eventually became the Technical Services Director for both JCPD and later the newly merged LMPD.

Since joining EMA/MetroSafe as their first employee in 2005, she worked with a team to create a consolidated dispatch and communications center that now provides services to 95 agencies and 6,500 responders, handling 1.5 million calls each year. In 2013, she was named as our EMA Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and attended graduate school, completing 15 hours in Criminal Justice Administration from EKU.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and attended graduate school, completing 15 hours in Criminal Justice Administration from EKU.

Mayor Fischer today also named Dr. Raymond Orthober as the new medical director for EMS. He will focus on the medical side of EMS while Fox will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the day-to-day operations.

Orthober is Assistant Clinical Professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is also a part-time assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UL, a medical degree from Ross University in Portsmouth, Dominica, and has been a fellow with the American College of Emergency Physicians since 2009.

His appointment to Metro Government begins today, replacing Dr. Neal Richmond, who took a new medical position in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Mayor Fischer has designed an efficient system for emergency services throughout greater Louisville.  I am very excited that the mayor has tapped into the expertise we have at the UofL School of Medicine,” said Dr. Toni Ganzel, of the University of Louisville. “Dr. Orthober is a highly respected clinician, educator and leader. His experience in our Level 1 Trauma Center will be invaluable in helping to implement this coordinated initiative.”

The Healing Place, Heroin and Helping Celebrate Freedom Tuesday, Feb 17 2015 

On Friday, the Healing Place holds its annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner. Laurie Dhue, a former cable TV news anchor who appeared on MSNBC, CNN and Fox, will be there to talk about her personal journey and recovery from addiction.

Laurie Dhue

Laurie Dhue

She will be a guest on my podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show, and I’m looking forward to speaking with her. If you don’t know about the work of The Healing Place, you should. Addiction is not pretty, and ruins more lives than you can imagine. I went to the Celebrate Freedom Dinner a few years ago, when the actress Ashley Judd spoke about her battles with addiction. She didn’t speak that night as an acclaimed actress, but as a recovering, humble addict.

If you’re not aware of how big the problem of addiction is, and how much it’s growing, consider what’s going on at the Healing Place. They’re undergoing a $20 million expansion, the need for services growing due to the heroin epidemic. Yes, the same heroin problem that Kentucky legislators are addressing this session, the one that doesn’t discriminate. The fastest-growing segment of the organization’s needy — 18-25 year-old heroin addicts from Louisville’s East End.

If you’d like to go to Friday’s event, click here for ticket info.

An Op-Ed in the Courier-Journal this week, written by Development Project Manager Laci Comer, illustrates the need:

The Healing Place is needed now more than ever. The heroin epidemic is exploding. Heroin addicts make up 96 percent of those coming in to detox. Our fastest growing population: 18 to 25-year-olds from Louisville’s East End and Oldham County. Heroin is one of the biggest reasons that we are expanding our men’s campus in downtown Louisville —we just can’t keep up with the demand for services.

See Larry Muhammad’s “Double V” at Ali Center Feb. 4 Sunday, Jan 25 2015 

It was “the good war.”

That’s how America portrayed its involvement in World War II: a righteous struggle of freedom against tyranny.

FilsonEventPoster1But America in the 1940s had legal restrictions denying its black citizens the vote, and segregated them in rundown neighborhoods, poor schools and low-paying jobs. Black GIs were assigned to building roads and waiting tables at officers clubs. Military hospitals kept black blood separate from white, and white officers treated Nazi prisoners more respectfully than they did black servicemen wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam.

Crusading African-American newspapers exposed these hateful contradictions with their Double V campaign – victory against Hitler overseas and victory against racism at home. They were harassed by the FBI, lost advertisers and got hate mail from bigots. But led by Louisville Defender publisher Frank Stanley, they helped persuade President Harry Truman to integrate the US military.

February 4 at 6 pm a talented ensemble of Louisville actors will perform a riveting docudrama of the period, “DOUBLE V”, in a Black History Month presentation of the Filson Historical Society and Muhammad Ali Center. The play will be preceded by a setup talk from playwright and director Larry Muhammad, a former Courier-Journal reporter who has written about the historical Black Press USA in Columba Journalism Review and Nieman Reports at The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

WHEN: Feb. 4 at 6 pm

WHERE: Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., Louisville

TICKETS: $10 at the door; Free to members of the Filson Historical Society and Muhammad Ali Center

The Sony Hack & WWIII Monday, Dec 22 2014 

historyI have some theories about the ultimate ramifications of North Korea’s hacking into and public releas of Sony’s digital data.

And, frankly, they are frightening.

So, while I normally wax wacky during my Saturday morning interludes with Mr. Jimmy on FPK 91.9, last time out was more serious.

It happens. Every once in awhile I have a thought that moves beyond buffoonery.

So, feel free to listen up. You might gain a new perspective on world politics and future.

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Louisville: Let Knowledge Serve the City—the poor need a win-win! Friday, Dec 19 2014 


This testimony is made by Dr. John GilderbloomCell: (502) 608-7567 jgilde02@sprynet.com and Wes Grooms, MUP (and Ph.D. Student) Cell: (202) 549-1779 charlesgrooms@gmail.com as individuals representing themselves and themselves only.


This testimony does not represent the opinion of the University of Louisville or any associated institutions.


We agree with the Council member(s) who have indicated that there will be a boom in local community spending with an additional $86 million in new spending by roughly 65,000 poor residents in Metro Louisville.


We urge you to make use of the highly regarded and award winning local university resources whose first mission is to serve the city and its residents instead of spending money on out-of-town consultants whose first mission is to earn a profit.  An example of this local resource, the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods (SUN) http://sun.louisville.edu/, has shown that there is a direct correlation between wage increases for the poor and increased spending on housing.  Increased spending on housing means both rental and owner-occupied homes are better maintained.  Better maintained homes mean fewer foreclosures, higher property tax revenues, more investment interest from business entrepreneurs, and better living conditions.


John Gilderbloom

John Gilderbloom

Moreover, local community spending would also increase – benefitting small business owners. SUN’s analysis is based on objective, rigorous and reliable research using state of the art statistical methods.  The research results have never been challenged in the political and economic arena – rather, they’ve won awards.   Bad data means bad decision making; fair and objective research could inform city councilmembers, helping them to make good decisions that will benefit the citizens of Louisville.


The U.S. has an expectation that its citizens, if they are able, should work to support themselves and their families.  As citizens, we are told regularly that we need to have a cushion in case we lose a job, to save for retirement, put our kids through college, etc.  Humans have physiological need of safe food, shelter, education, etc.  Our market-based economy is designed to require funds be earned to purchase goods and services to satisfy our needs – this is a societal expectation.


The current minimum wage of $7.25 = $15,080 for 40/hours/52 weeks. BELOW POVERTY LINE.

The current poverty threshold for a family of three is $15,656 

The Michigan League for Public Policy Estimated a family of three in Michigan needed to earn $19.12/hour

MIT estimated for a family of three living in Shorewood, WI, a Living Wage Poverty Level of $22.90/hour.


As part of my thesis, I calculated an hourly wage of $38.38/hour as being necessary for a family of three living in Shorewood, WI, to pay for everything society expects our self-sufficient citizens to pay for.


In 2011, with Mayor Fisher at the helm, Louisville became a “Compassionate City.”  Compassion requires both empathy for suffering and action to end that suffering.  It is Government’s job to create and regulate the rules that form the market.  The free market is not a separate beast that lives and breathes on its own.  It is created by society – Government is an institution of society.  When the market fails, Government MUST act.  When citizens are unable to provide their families a morally decent living because wages earned CANNOT match minimum costs of their needs, Government MUST act.


Saying the proposed wage is $10.10/hour is incorrect – in the sense that it will be phased in over several years.  This is a false and distracting choice.  Raising the minimum wage is a win-win for everyone.


The following information is from my (Wes’) Master’s Thesis, completed at Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee entitled “An Exploration of Poverty: The Roles of Human Needs, Moral Obligations, Civic Rights, and Social Expectations in Defining and Measuring Poverty.”  Please use it to enhance your understanding of the needs of ALL Louisvillians.


Additional Information.


Also in 1990, Patricia Ruggles of The Urban Institute published “Drawing the Line: Alternative Poverty Measures and Their Implications for Public Policy.”  In it she writes “Even if we accept, as this book does, the view that our current standards represented a reasonable social minimum in 1963, normative standards change over time, and norms such as the poverty line (threshold) must consequently be reassessed periodically.”  She continues: “…to be comparative in normative termsto its 1963 level our current poverty standard would have to be substantially higher.”  In fact, she found that “Even the much less detailed examination of consumption patterns and needs offered here [her book] implies that the poverty line should probably be substantially higher than it is currently – close to $15,000 for a family of three in 1988, for example, rather than at its official level [in 1988] of about $9,500.”  Using such a “corrected” poverty threshold would have also resulted in poverty rates of more than 20%, rather than the official rate of approximately 13% at the time.  Ruggles points out that a poverty threshold that inaccurately measures the poverty rate as low and declining is likely to keep anti-poverty program funding from being seen as a “national vital priority.”   Further, “if we [the U.S.] believe that circumstances are improving more (or more rapidly) for some population subgroups than for others, we may choose to reallocate spending to provide more to those whose need appears to be greater.  For these reasons, basic flaws in our current measures that result in misleading conclusions about the incidence of real economic need should be of concern to policy analysts and policymakers.”

Poverty threshold figures for 2013 based on data from US Census Bureau.

Notes on Estimated Monthly Expenses


  • Weekly costs were multiplied by 52 and divided by 12 to obtain monthly costs.
  • Quarterly costs were multiplied by 4 then divided by 12 to obtain monthly costs.


a: Food costs for 3-person households in the MIT threshold are 2.215 times higher than for 1-person households, and food costs for 4-person households are 1.33 times higher than for 3-person households.  These same factors have been used to calculate food costs for the proposed equality-poverty threshold.  The base food costs for a 1-person household were determined by using the average $100/week food bill of the author at a local organic food cooperative grocery store.


b: Childcare costs for the equality-poverty threshold were obtained by from Shorewood Early Learning Daycare Center for two children, one infant, and one three-year-old.  Infant weekly cost $230.  3YO weekly cost: $195.  Total Monthly Daycare Cost: $1,842.


c: Medical costs for the equality-poverty threshold use the cost from the MIT living wage threshold and a multiple of 1.44 per person (the ratio which exists between the MIT 1-person and 3-person household figures) above the 1-person household monthly rate.


d: Housing costs for the equality-poverty threshold are averages based on rental rates offered by Eastmore Property Management, a prominent Shorewood property management company (the 3-bedroom cost was based on the one example offered by Eastmore).  The equality-poverty threshold housing cost for a 4-person household is for a duplex or single-family home (from Craigslist for Shorewood) with the presumption that a household with two adults would choose to take-on exterior maintenance responsibilities in exchange for access and use of the adjoining yard.


e: Transportation cost breakdown for the MIT threshold is unknown.  The costs of taking the bus in the equality-poverty threshold are based on $2.25/trip @ 2 trips/day for 5 days/week for 52 weeks/year.  Car expense is based on a monthly payment on a $15,000 loan for 60 months at 0% interest (These offers are prevalent at the time of writing of this thesis, and allows for the presumption that the lendee’s credit is as good as a non-poor citizen’s credit).  $50/month in gas expense is included in the monthly car expense figure.  It is assumed a car is necessary so the household may reach destinations that are not served by public transportation.  It is assumed that the MIT ‘living wage’ threshold includes insurance in their transportation category, while it is separated out for the ‘equality-poverty’ threshold.


f: Other cost breakdown for the MIT threshold is unknown.  Other cost breakdown for the ‘equality-poverty’ threshold uses these costs plus telephone costs calculated by the Michigan League for Public Policy, however, because they are anywhere from 18% to 100% higher than costs determined by the Michigan League for Public Policy for housekeeping supplies (laundry and cleaning supplies, cleaning and toilet tissues, stationary supplies, postage, miscellaneous household products, and lawn and garden products – if applicable).  They also include personal care products and services (including oral and hair hygiene products, shaving needs, cosmetics and bath products, electric personal care products and other personal care and services for males and females as applicable).  It would not be unreasonable to expect middle- and higher-income families to spend even more than used for this comparison.


g: Savings Rate (Bankrate.com) based on recommended percentage for a 40-year old person at the required income level.


h: Retirement Savings Rate (IRS.gov, ehow.com, usatoday.com) based on often cited recommendation of 10% of income.


i: Entertainment costs are based on a once-monthly movie and once-weekly dining out.  The cost of movie tickets was obtained from Marcus Theaters.  Adult tickets are $13 each, children’s tickets are $10 each.  No refreshment costs are included.  Dining out costs were obtained from Northstar American Bistro by averaging prices from their menu.  Each meal out was assumed to include 1 appetizer per household, 1 entrée per adult, 1 sandwich per child, and 1 dessert per 1-2 people.  Taxes of 5% and tip of 20% were added. Appetizer cost: $10.31.  Entrée cost: $20.80. Sandwich cost: $12.20.  Dessert cost: $6.45. Monthly dining out cost for 1-person household: $162.76  Monthly dining out cost for 3-person household: $268.49  Monthly dining out cost for 4-person household: $386.58


j: Based on package (Internet/TV/phone) deals from AT&T U-verse in Shorewood, WI, with mid-level service speed/quality/options.  Sourced from www.att.com


k: Utility costs include electricity only and are based on actual 12-month expenses for a 1-bedroom apartment of 700 square feet.  Utility costs for 3-bedroom single family home for the 3- and 4-person households were based on actual monthly average utility costs of $225.


l: For purposes of this comparison, all households rent their homes in Shorewood, WI.  The one-person household rents a one-bedroom apartment, and the three- and four-person households rent a three-bedroom apartment.  Coverage is for $20,000 in personal property, $500 deductible, and $300,000 in personal liability coverage for the one-person household.  Coverage is for $30,000 in personal property, $500 deductible, and $300,000 personal liability coverage for the three- and four-person households.  The auto insurance policy is for a 2013 Honda Fit, also in Shorewood, WI.  The one-person household is assumed to be a male with 2 points on his driving record, with $100K/$300K/$100K coverage and $500 deductible for comprehensive and collision.  The three-person household is assumed to be a female with 2 points on her driving record with two children with $100K/$300K/$100K coverage and $500 deductible for comprehensive and collision.  The four-person household is assumed to be a married couple (M & F) with two children, the husband having 2 points on his driving record with $100K/$300K/$100K coverage and $500 deductible for comprehensive and collision.  The insurance costs are estimates provided by an insurance broker serving Shorewood, WI, and other communities in Wisconsin.  Auto rates are Wisconsin minimums, thus reflecting coverage and rates lower than might be reasonable to possess. There are no rate differences if one of the two-adult households stays home rather than works. 


m: Based on a monthly payment determined using an income of $50,000 with $9,500 in student debt. It is quite possible that outstanding loan balances would be substantially higher, resulting in higher monthly payments.


n: Kid College Fund Savings rate of 1% is an arbitrarily chosen figure.


o: Clothing costs are those as calculated by the Michigan League of Public Policy for identical family types as those compared in this thesis.


p: Emergency fund (rainy day fund) recommended to be enough cash to cover 3-6 months of living expenses.  The use of 1% of required after tax income to build that fund is an arbitrary figure determined by me to minimize reductions to funds available for day-to-day life while building this safety net


Research demonstrating no or positive effects to increased minimum wage.


Card, D.; Katz, L.F.; Krueger, A.B.  (April 1994). “Employment Effects of Minimum and Subminimum Wages.  Panel: Data on State Minimum-Wage Laws – Comment.”   Industrial & Labor Relations Review.  Vol. 42, Issue 3: 487-497.  Princeton, NJ.  Industrial Labor Relations Review.


Card, David; Krueger, Alan B.  (September 1994). “Minimum-Wages and Employment – A Case-Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”  The American Economic Review. Vol. 84, Issue 4: 772-793.  American Economic Association.  Accessed 10-13-2014 from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee online libraries.


Card, David; Krueger, Alan B.  (May 1995).  “Time-Series Minimum-Wage Studies – A Meta-analysis.”  The American Economic Review.  Vol. 85, Issue 2: 238-243.  American Economic Association.  Accessed 10-13-2014 from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee online libraries.


Card, David; Krueger, Alan B.  (1995).  “Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage.”  Princeton, NJ.  Pp. 276-313. Princeton University Press.


Card, David; Krueger, Alan B.  (December 2000). “Minimum wages and employment: A case study of the fast-food industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Reply.”  American Economic Review.  Vol. 90, Issue 5: 1397-1420.   American Economic Association.  Accessed 10-13-2014 from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee online libraries.


Research regarding what poverty threshold should be currently.Ruggles, Patricia.  (1990). “Drawing the Line: Alternative Poverty Measures and their Implications for Public Policy.”  The Urban Institute Press.  Washington, DC.


Gilderbloom, John (2008) Invisible City: Poverty, Planning and New Urbanism.  Austin, TX:  University of Texas Press.


Our Journal: On Voting in Kentucky Thursday, Nov 6 2014 

We apologize for the short break – Luke and I are back to journaling:


11/5/2014 Wednesday. This is the day after elections so that’s all everyone wants to talk about. After an election of some kind people really like talking about politics in general. I am a fairly liberal person and people in my class are fairly well divided, with extremes on both sides. One guy is all the way to where he doesn’t think global warming is a thing, abortions are wrong, religion very important etc. and then you have some who are the exact opposite, which is one of the interesting things about public school is that you meet every type of person you can think of. On the actual elections I was pretty surprised about quite a lot of the results like Colorado, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to name a few. Woo boring politics!



my ballot

I voted first thing on Tuesday. I’m amazed at the way the Senate race turned out – not that McConnell won, but by the size of the margin. Though I voted for her, I think she blew any chance she had when she refused to answer the question about who she voted for in the 2012 presidential election. Her handlers were so fearful of backlash from Obama detractors that they wouldn’t let her speak the truth.

And that’s the most disappointing part of living in Kentucky — the hatred of Obama is palpable. Whenever someone derides about Obama around me, I ask them what exactly has he done as president that is so horrible, or what policies have hurt them personally. I keep reading about how well the economy is doing while I’m buying #$3/gallon gas. I know we’ve pulled out of Iraq and generally the world is safe, the stock market is doing well. A lot of people have health insurance that didn’t have it before, and I’m confident the President is taking steps to protect our planet and encourage people to live healthier lives.

But in a lot of groups it’s almost the “in” thing to do to criticize the President.  I’m not one of them.

I had a great time on Wednesday, interviewing Mario Muller and Matthew Landan for the Rusty Satellite Show.  The interviews took me away from politics, which was a good thing.


Day 15: Luke’s Moving Day and a Trip to Lexington Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

Journal Day 15.


Today my mom left on a work trip til Sunday. What that means is since my parents are divorced means I stay at my Dad’s til Sunday instead of just this weekend. Another thing is Dad is renting his house to someone from airbnb so we get to stay at my Dad’s girlfriend’s house, which is new and interesting. Her house, by the way, is super cool and has some really comfy blankets and towels.


In Lexington, from the 28th floor

In Lexington, from the 28th floor

I went to Lexington today for work, and squeezed in a Rusty Satellite interview with Jonathan Miller, an attorney and former State Treasurer who has an office on the 28th floor of the city’s tallest building. I once lived here, and loved it, but visiting reminded me that I’m glad to live in Louisville. Miller was a great interview, and we talked about politics and his poker victories. In 2007, he was running for Lt. Governor while I was working on the campaign of Bruce Lunsford for Governor.

He had a photo of the Big Red Machine in his office. We talked about how nobody cares about the World Series, and he pointed to his favorite player of that time, Joe Morgan. Mine was Pete Rose, Charlie Hustle.

I ended up watching Game 7, and was glad to see the Giants win behind a great pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner, which I actually predicted on my podcast, which you can hear at RustySatelliteShow.com.

At the trade show I was working, I got to have a conversation with the Big O, Oscar Robertson, who has plenty of opinions about college sports.

Day 11: Political Chicken and Friday Night Fire Saturday, Oct 25 2014 


So I’m gonna use today to mainly talk about a discussion we had throughout the school day with my friends. So one of my friends got a job at Chick-Fil-a which sparked a discussion of whether or not it’s wrong to eat somewhere where you don’t agree with the beliefs of the owner/company. My friend Nico (who never goes to Chick-Fil-a because of the owner’s beliefs) argues that he doesn’t want to support the owner’s beliefs. However most of us, including me, said that their product is very good and what the owner thinks doesn’t matter to us. I specifically felt that when I spend my money there I’m helping the workers way more than the owner.


The fire pit at Paula's

The fire pit at Paula’s

With a full weekend of activities scheduled, Paula and I stayed in and sat around a fire pit. The predecessors at her place built a circular stone wall around a locust tree in her backyard. Against my recommendation, among Paula’s first acts as a homeowner here was to have the tree cut down.  It had grown to surpass the height of the two-story structure and provided needed shade at her bedroom window.  It left a 2-foot wide and 2-foot diameter stump inside the pit wall.

It was a good call. The pit that remained is perfect for fires. It goes down about 5 feet below ground level, and we figured out you could throw all kinds of debris in there and it would burn. The first time we did it, the fire we built didn’t go out for two days. Last night’s was a more modest version, yet ideal for the conditions on a cool clear evening. It was still smoldering in the morning.

Day 10: Terror in Canada; Jammin’ at Loui Loui’s Friday, Oct 24 2014 

Day 10


Today in U.S. History we talked about the incident in Canada where a soldier died from a gunman. The gunman then ran through the parliament! Crazy stuff, the article I read on it I remember a quote that was “Canada will not be intimidated” I thought this pretty cool since nothing ever happens to Canada and when it does they react much better than the US does. In class we talked about how Obama didn’t jump to how it was a terrorist attack which was weird since it was obvious an act to invoke terror. This lead to us talking on how people view terrorism as a Muslim thing which is incorrect any act to invoke terror is terrorism.Only important thing today unfortunately.


On stage at Loui Loui's

On stage at Loui Loui’s

Paula and I have stumbled onto something really cool, and it’s happening right down the street every Thursday night.

Loui Loui’s serves up “authentic Detroit-style pizza” in the former Ferd Grisanti’s structure on Taylorsville Road. That makes it a great attraction in itself. But owner Mike Spurlock, a Detroit-area native like Paula, is a musician. And somehow he’s filled his restaurant every Thursday night with fans of jammin’ rock and roll.

I might be wrong, but it feels like a weekly reunion of older folks who still know how to sing rock and roll tunes, play guitar, the sax, drums. The white hair on the stage belies the powerful sound of the voice doing “Whiter Shade of Pale.” There’s a new group of musicians up there for every song. We were sitting there enjoying our 4-square pizza when the guy on stage called David up to the stage. David happened to be sitting next to us, and moments later he was powering up his sax. The tall African-American to my right was eventually called up to do some Marvin Gaye.

At one point, the band, featuring someone who still plays with Nervous Melvin, did a Delbert McClinton song, “Every Time I Roll the Dice.” I may have been the only one in the room who knew the words to that one. And though it all seems to be impromptu, the performance is awesome, as if these guys had been rehearsing together for years.

Paula and I danced to the slow ones. And while several of us just appreciate the music, many in the crowd seem to be waiting their turn to get on stage, play some old tunes and re-live their youth. It’s a happy place.

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