Ohio, Take Action: Important Movements Happening Now

Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I have mostly been focusing on my personal life lately, especially surrounding finding this new job and adjusting to the new routine.  I’m getting a bit settled in again, so I wanted to let you know about a couple of projects (one statewide, one local) in which I’ll soon be participating, and to invite you to take part as well.  I’ve mentioned these causes briefly in social media, but you’ll be hearing more about them in the coming weeks and months.

Giving patients safe access to medical cannabis has been a passion of mine for a few years, and Ohio is definitely closer than ever in 2013.  I’ve long decried the immaturity and animosity among various marijuana activist camps, and it is with great pleasure that I note how much has changed in the past two years.  I recently met the president of the Ohio Rights Group, John Pardee, and I was very impressed with the tone and the professionalism of the organization.  I’ve seen folks from disparate circles coming together to support and promote the ballot initiative which is their current focus.  In the near future, I will be helping this organization, and I’d like to invite all Ohioans to visit their website andlike them on Facebook to see how you can help as well.

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with the group just yet.  I would love to help their web team with a site overhaul and add a dose of Twitter to their social media activity, but I’ll be awaiting instructions from John.  In the meantime, don’t be surprised to see this topic making a resurgence on my own social accounts while we progress toward making Ohio the 20th medical cannabis state.

The other group is more local and I’m still learning the ropes, but again, it’s something near and dear to me.  Invest Elyria is “a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots group of good people with an intense desire to promote the entire Elyria community as a great place to live, to work and to raise a family.”  I’ve seen the group’s Facebook page promoting local restaurants and parks, participating in beautification projects, and generally singing the praises of our very underrated city.  In addition to correcting the misinformed views about Elyria, the group advocates for projects that could create a positive impact on the community.

Again, I’m not sure how I’ll be helping… but as the dust settles on my own challenges, I plan to spend some time helping my adopted hometown grow, and I invite all locals to come along for the ride.  It can be as easy as skipping the next lunch in Avon in favor of one of the many fine downtown eateries or joining the team on the next park cleanup.  I’m hoping to use the power of the pen (or keyboard) to help IE advocate via social media, their blog, newspaper editorials, and wherever else I can be used.  Keep an eye out for more information on my Facebook page.

Later this week, I hope to address the Manning verdict and the latest round of fast food strikes, so be sure to subscribe or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, all of which can be found on the homepage in the “About.Me” section by clicking here.

The Past, Present, and Future – Part Two of Two

Note: My current domain name (agent5959.com) will expire in a few weeks.  In light of my separation from the company that gave me the moniker, I will be retiring this domain and moving Rage and Love to a new one.  I haven’t yet decided on which it will be, but I plan to update you here and on my other social channels when the decision has been made.

Here we are again.  Nearly two weeks have passed since Continue reading

Fall Out Boy Show in Columbus, Other Random Things

This was either going to be a short blog post or a long status update, so here we are.  First, let me say that I’ve found a solution to my Facebook problem.  Some of you already know that I usually have a few tabs open with stories that I plan to post on Facebook “later” so I don’t get too spammy.  I’ve been contemplating using Buffer for a while to help space these stories out, and today I’ve made the jump.  From this point out, I’ll be buffering stories as I come across them, and Buffer will post them at rationally spaced out times.  We’ll see what kind of schedule the app comes up with.  I hope it doesn’t post the good stuff at 2am. Continue reading

Signed up for my first 5K, created a training regimen

I don’t know how two weeks goes by so quickly, but clearly, I was a little stressed around the time of my last post.  April was a bit rough and I wasn’t feeling it.  Beyond the week in San Juan, everything pretty much sucked, and I occasionally have a hard time pulling out of situations like that… but I got there.  Two weeks of traveling for work, a week of insanity trying to get caught up on the backlog that creates, the cancellation of some projects I had worked hard on for quite some time… not a great combination, but it’s the tough times that remind us how great life is on the upswing. Continue reading

Almost Done Traveling, Spring Plans, Etc.

So I got sick again… since I started working from home again last August, I’ve been sick three or four times, including my October trip to Orlando and the week after Christmas.  When I was flying back and forth every few weeks, things were great, but my immune system is clearly weakened again.  It doesn’t help that I haven’t been hitting the gym or even really going outside because of the weather.  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:

If you work from a home office, get outside and around others often.  It will help keep you healthy. Continue reading