John Beagle

People, Places and Things

John Ryan Beagle HS Graduation Speech

My son, Valedictorian of Monroe Local Schools Class of 2008, gives a graduation speech.

John encouraged his classmates to “apply what you have learned, don’t let the years you spent in high school go to waste.” He references 70’s philosophical lyrics from Pink Floyd’s, “Time” here:

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

In conclusion, John said, “Always make the rest of your life, the best of your life.”

Day 8 Held Hostage by Duke Energy

breaker poll 007-crop, originally uploaded by John Beagle.

A 5 minute repair from Duke Energy could put mine and 10 other SMBs back in business. Many have called to report this.

This outage hurts tenants in the building which include Health Service Review, Christian Credit One, Adult Care, Amerprise, New Steel, Verizon, T-Moble, International Quality Health Care, Xponex Media, and others. All without power.

Small business is the backbone of Middletown. Right now 10 businesses are out of business. And will continue to be out of business until this is fixed.

Trucks drive right by our pole. I tried to flag one down as they drove by, but they just went on by.

Since last Sunday evening we have been feeding the generators to keep our server farm alive. I took a 2 to 5 am shift Monday refilling our gasoline powered generators.

As I type this, I’m still in the dark.

I hope we soon find power.
Is this the way things will be or might be?

My Seat at OSU Stadium

Ohio State 012, originally uploaded by John Beagle.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a stadium in college football that is as well-recognized simply by its shape. The OSU stadium is laid out in the shape of a horseshoe and has a capacity to seat 89,841 screaming fans. Source:

I sit in row 9 (not bad) near the bottom of the “U” is a good place to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes. This game, against Ohio University, was an “All Ohio College Football Game” one that hadn’t been played since 1999.

A new cheer that involves fan interaction was started this year with Youngstown State. Every time Ohio State gets a first, the scoreboard announcer says, “Gain of (blank) on the play and that’s another Buckeeeeeeeeeye … (crowd response) first down.”

Now its the second game, and I agree with Buckeye Commentary blog poster who says, … for the love of all things Ohio State, stop the call and response first down announcement from the scoreboard. Stop it. Right. Now.

Still, Buckeye games are fun. Tailgating is even funner.