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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I couldn't help myself....

So it has been so cold and blustery the last few days, which was my "weekend,"  I just couldn't hold myself back and had to do something to being the Christmas cheer....  I have thought of an excuse, if my neighbors complain, I will remind them I went to Ohio State, haha. 

To be honest, I already miss the summer.  Since I am a photog and shoot video for the station a few days a week, I am not looking forward to getting out in the blustery conditions.... at least I got some great winter gear to keep me cold.... hiking a mile and a half to campus at Ohio State a few years back really got me prepared, and luckily I still fit into those clothes, haha!!  

Anyways, it looks like Thursday morning will be the coldest morning in about 5 months, and ironically it will be the morning I will be awake at night putting up lights outside, but the majority of them will be inside, so I hope to get up the lights before it gets too cold....  Don't worry, I will link up pictures of them on here so you can enjoy, and maybe even a little more than just pictures.... ;)

Hope you all are getting as excited as I am.  The next 87 days brings out a whole new Blissful Buck!!  HEHE, or should I say HOHO!!!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

1:30 AM & Still Tracking The Storms

Well for some of you who are sleeping, this may be a complete surprise, for now at least....

Storms moving toward the Miami Valley currently, shortly after 1 AM, 09/28/09, and I am in the weather center keep an eye on things.  Right now everything is still at least half an hour outside of the viewing area and the strongest storms are north of Muncie, IN, which is the only storm that is semi-close with a T-storm Warning.  It appears to have the best organization, the others that are draping down towards Indy are weaker and not as highly organized.

The energy in the atmosphere is limited currently due to the night time and also the cool conditions we have seen the last 24 hours and lack of moist air.  This being said, the cold front pushing through is moving so fast and bringing in such a change of air, that is why we are seeing the showers fire up into a few storms.

Basically the showers need lift to bubble up into storms.  Think of the summer puffy clouds, the small ones that dont grow into the sky, they are harmless, but if they get "lifted" and can grow up, then you get cumulonimbus, or thunderstorm clouds.  What the cold front is doing is lifting the air and causing them to rise up.  Imagine you are in a pool and you hold your arm out about 4 inches below the surface of the water, rotate your body and arm rapidly around you. You should get a wave to form.  That is what the cold front is doing, we all know cool air sinks and warm air rises.  The cooler air with the cold front is plowing below the warmer air and lifting the warmer air just like the wave.... get enough lifting and you get showers, and with even more lifting, you get thunderstorms.

Well back to the radar, the strong cell north of Muncie is getting closer and only has one county (Jay, IN) before it reaches Mercer County... Sleep tight, I will keep an eye on things from the weather center!!!

88 Days left!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall is in the Air

And so is a victory of the Bengals over the Steelers?!?!?!  Who saw that coming?  I sure didn't, and yet another week of my Browns getting ran over and looking completely disrespectful on the football field.  If things continue to go the way they are, I doubt Mangini will be with us through the end of the year.... and so the endless cycle of being a Browns fan will continue.  I don't know why I put myself through the misery every year, but I do.

So windy and cold conditions for the next few days.  It is funny to think about how our bodies get used to the temperatures.  Since we have been used to temps near 80, the highs in the 60's will feel so chilly for us, especially the mornings in the 40's.   Now rewind about 6 months ago during the end of March when we are used to temps in the 30's and 40's.  A day in the 60's would feel like summer, people would be filling up their pools, turning on the A/C, or enjoy the outdoors.  Either way it will feel much cooler than what we have been used to the last few months and the wind isn't going to help anything.  Wind speeds look to be in the 20-30 mph range on Monday, and gusts over 40-45 mph at times.  As if the cool temperatures wasnt enough, the winds will make it feel pretty chilly, especially with lows in the mid 40's feeling like the mid and upper 30's.

Keep warm, don't blow away, and have a good one!!

89 days left!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Busy Saturday...

So I was out and about all day today.  Even with NCAA football on-air in place of the 6 o'clock news, that didnt mean I had the afternoon off, by any means.  In fact, I didn't get to watch any of the Ohio State game.  :-(  Sad faces all around, but at least we won!

I went to the Kabuki restaurant, in Centerville, this afternoon to get video and interview customers because Kabuki will be in the station on Monday morning during the cooking segment, and the morning crew are in for a REAL treat!!  So real that it wont have time to be cooked!!  They made a few samplings of sushi for me while I was there today, and hands down, the best sushi I have had, and I love trying different sushi.

I brought back the video from that, then turned around and went down to West Carrollton Jr. High to shoot highlights of the Dayton Christian and Jefferson football game.  It was a shame I couldn't stay the whole game, it was very energy packed while I was there....

Anyways, came back to the station, and put together the forecast, and currently doing the 10 o'clock news on FOX 45.  We are watching a few showers move into the area currently, and this will be the beginning of the real changing weather arriving next week.  I called it about two weeks ago here in the blog, just scroll down and check it out; next week looks to be very very chilly, hence the reason I un-boxed my winter clothes last week. If you haven't done so yet, you might want to, hint-hint. Have a good one, see ya tomorrow!!

90 days left!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wet and Wild for Friday Football

Tonight's agenda for myself, shooting highlights for high school games at Wayne and at Northridge.  Should be some pretty good games, with one exception.... Rain.  The upper level low that has been sitting in the plains all week long has been pulling the moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico, and it looks like it will be the same case for the next 24 hours. 

Normally I wouldn't mind to be out in the rain, but carrying a camera that weighs about 25 pounds and making sure it stays dry isn't exactly as much fun as a barrel full of monkeys.  The only good side to it, is that I hope it will make for interesting games with slippery and muddy conditions.  I can look forward to that tonight, but it looks like for the Buckeye game, it will be wet as well tomorrow, but they now have the all weather field, so no mud there....

I am also wearing an outfit that you may get a chuckle out of, jean pants, jean jacket, and Chuck Taylors.  It isn't so much the converse; its the jean apparel.  I enjoy wearing jean clothing, it fits my style, and actually it was one of the first reasons my girlfriend, Dawn, recognized me.  She told me later that she made fun of me, but I didn't care, its what the cool kids are doing.  I was born in the 80's so why not represent?  Well it looks like I better get ready to take my jean apparel out into the elements for the high school games!! Have a good one!! 

3 months to the day!! 91 days!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, September 25, 2009

The True American Way..... Grilling out--Charcoal style

Due to the fact that I do the weather on the weekends, my "weekend" is during the middle of the week, and this week it was Tuesday and Wednesday.  Now luckily it was pretty dry for my days off and it allowed me to get outside and have fun with Buckeye, but best of all, it allowed me to fire up the grill both days. 

I am a huge fan of grilling out.  I made hamburgers and hot dogs(for Buckeye) on Tuesday, and yesterday I soaked a few chicken breasts in BBQ sauce before throwing them on the grill.  Needless to say, the best way to grill out is with charcoal.  When it is a gas grill, it doesn't have that same smokey flavor, and although it still counts as grilling out, I will never bring myself to buying a gas grill, just love the smokey flavor.  As a matter of fact, I already plan on stocking up for winter by buying a few big bags of Kingsford.  I do plan on grilling out, even if its snowing, that way when I get cold out there shoveling the snow, I can come up to the grill to warm up!!

The only problem I have with grilling with charcoals is wasting them.  By the time the food is done, there is PLENTY of time to keep cooking on them, but my food is done, and I let the coals do their thing until its cool enough to bring back into the garage.  I even offered my neighbor the grill once I was finished.  He was out doing some fall flower bed work to get it ready for the spring, and get it all cleaned up.  I was out firing up the grill, we exchanged pleasantries, and he asked how I was; I said "Not to bad, yourself?" He replied, "Well could be better, I could be grilling out."  I just laughed, then once I was finished grilling, he was finished doing yard work and sitting on a lawn chair in his garage relaxing, so I told him, "Its still hot, if you want to do some grilling."  I woulda had no problem with him using it, but I guess we aren't there yet, haha! It is always just a shame to let it go and cool down and waste the rest of the charcoals.   Maybe I will start cooking more meat on there, and save it for my lunch the following days.... Anyways, I hope this inspired you go get out the grill and bring me some freshly grilled food!!  Lol!  Have a good one!

92 days left!!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hot sticky day to mark the start of fall.....

So I had the day off, and I shoulda chose a cooler, less humid day.  I went through all of my old winter clothes and brought them out of their boxes and also looked for my power inverter.   I went through every single box, which is about 20 or 30.... and for the life of me, I could not find the power inverter.... just a small box about the size of a small puzzle box and bright red, but nothing........

Anyways, got pretty hot getting all the boxes out and hanging up all the winter coats and hoodies... and it occurred to me, why do we all keep so much "stuff"   Maybe it is just me, but there are so many things that i forgot about that I uncovered by going through the boxes.   I am also an audio fanatic, and I uncovered so many microphones, headphones, wires, amplifiers, and anything else that has wires coming from or going to it.  As a matter of fact, three of the boxes alone contain all of the wires, etc.  Now to be honest, I haven't used about 90% of them in the last year, but you never know when you might need one of them.....

I then thought about other people I know, and thought about how each of us has a certain underlying hobby we have.  Apart from my obvious, weather, mine would be audio tech.... even though I have never thought about using it for a job or career(just love the weather too much).  I started to think about other peoples hobbies, such as collecting Longaberger baskets, salt and pepper shakers, movies, puzzles, etc.  The funny part of it is, if someone would ask me about myself, and had to describe myself in one sentence, I would never incorporate that in the sentence.  Just thought it was interesting....

So the cool blast looks to still be on its way for next week, another reason I unpacked the winter clothes.  I always keep an eye on the long term models a little more than usual in the fall months because you get those cold snaps of air, that bring down such a change of temperatures and normally will help induce some severe weather, which I love.... Honestly I cant tell you how many funnels I have seen, too many to count on my fingers, but still no tornado to touch down.... waiting for the day.  If only I wasn't at church the night of Nov 22, 1992 I could have seen the Arcanum tornado.  It passed a very short distance from my house in the middle of southern Darke County, but we were putting up the Christmas decorations at church.  The electricity still went out in New Madison and I got a week off from school, but still haven't seen one with my own two eyes....   trust me, when I do, I will def let you know!!

94 days left for the best part of the year!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I will let you in on a little secret.....CHRISTMAS!!!!!

So there is one thing about me that sets me apart from many people.   Some people think its awesome, some people dislike my love for it.   Christmas. (94 days away)  I love it so much.  I love a lot of the parts that other people overlook.  I enjoy getting presents, don't get me wrong, and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, but in my opinion the best part of Christmas starts Oct. 1.

Yes, that is correct, I believe that the Christmas season begins on Oct. 1st, and I plan on explaining.  When October arrives, you got Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas-BAM, BAM, BAM. If you blink, you missed the best part of Christmas.  I have never celebrated Halloween really, so I kinda blow past that holiday without too much pain.  I do love Thanksgiving, it reminds me of dinner at my grandmothers house, in Arcanum, and eating the best food in the world while watching football with my dad's side of the family.  I do give the few days before Thanksgiving its due, but man the next 95 days are the best days out of the year.

First off, my favorite part of the Holiday Season is the spirit of giving.  Nothing beats watching people running to their cars while snow is falling and seeing them with big smiles.  It doesnt matter how much you spend or where you got your gift for someone, all that matters is that thought went into it, and you know that whoever you got it for, will gasp with delight and thrill.  People sometimes start shopping in the middle of the summer for gifts, which has good intentions, but its not the same buying Christmas gifts in shorts and a t-shirt.  Half of the fun is bundling up, battling the weather, and searching for that one gift that will make that special someone's eyes glow with excitement. 

Christmas lights, love them!  To be honest, I moved to Sidney a few months ago, and already have my Christmas light mounting pieces already put up...  All I have to do is take the boxed up lights off the garage work-bench and put them up, it would take me 5-10 minutes, tops.  It always brings out the kid in me when I drive around and look at Christmas lights, especially with a light snow falling or on the ground.

It also is a good feeling to hear the Salvation Army's bells ringing as you walk into stores.  Not only for its good intentions and tradition, but just to hear the bell ringing, subconsciously, reminds me of the bells on Santa's sleigh.  I do respect the people ringing the bells--a lot.  I did it last year and your ears start ringing from the bell, and if you are outside, it gets cold being there for the an extended amount of time.  Christmas wouldnt be the same without that part of it.

Music, nothing beats snow falling, holiday cheer and Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song.  I have never roasted chestnuts on an open fire, but I have been bitten by Jack Frost on my nose.  Personally, my favorite Christmas talent is Johnny Mathis.  I still remember riding in the family van listening to a cassette tape of Hallelujah Chorus.  Good times.  That is probably my second favorite Christmas song, the first being Carol of the Bells.  Every and all versions of the song are great, there are none that I would turn away from. 

Now my Christmas ritual is pretty strict.  Even though it is strict it is pretty easy.  My Christmas tree will be put up on Oct 1st.  No stopping me, Oct 1st marks the beginning of the Holiday Season, and if you arent prepared, you will miss all of it.  With the tree up, I have that extra time before Christmas to enjoy the other parts that I have come to love.  My girlfriend, Dawn, has petitioned the date of the outside lights, but so far, she only has her signature. (I am still trying to convince Buckeye to take my side, but he is riding the fence currently)  I wouldn't mind putting them up Oct 1st, and I believe I will, but I do hold off on actually lighting them up on a DAILY basis.  No set date on when I light them up on a daily basis, probably should come up with a set date.  I also am excited because my new place has a pillar out front that I intend to wrap in red ribbon to make it look like a candy cane.

Speaking of candy canes, I am impartial to them.  If I have them, I put them on the tree, but I dont find them necessary.  One year when I took the tree down, somehow candy canes found their way into the ordainment box, and wasnt very pretty 9 months later after sitting in the heat of the garage.  I think that is why I am not so fond of them.... but they are slowly making a come-back.

Now when I tell people this, they are like "I bet you are one of those people who leave up the tree until April."  Wrong, it is normally down by New Years.  However, my new place is larger, and I intend on getting a real tree, obviously close to Christmas, so I may keep that one up for a little while longer (I love the pine smell).  Now you may think, well if your artificial tree is up Oct 1st, are you just going to put that one away?  No, absolutely not!  I have a tree for every single room in the house.  Now the other trees are much smaller, less than a foot high, but no matter what room you are in, you will know that Christmas is right around the corner.

A few final thoughts on Christmas.  I always have spent Christmas Eve at my grandmothers house, in Arcanum, since the day I was born.  My dad's side of the family comes over, we eat around noon (again best food in the world, along with her home-made holiday punch), and once all the dishes are washed, we are allowed to open the presents, and let me tell you, Santa leaves a lot at her house!!  That is just customary, and I hope it always stays that way.  Another note, my Christmas tree is decorated in Scarlet and Grey, along with a Santa wearing Buckeye apparel and an OSU cheerleader sitting on his lap.  Brutus also makes an appearance somewhere deep within the bright red and gray ordainment.   I think that is enough for now about Christmas....Feel free to email me, andrewbuckmichael@gmail.com, your thoughts and feelings, and let me know if there is anyone else out there with as much love for the holiday!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, September 21, 2009

Its Just Another Soggy Sunday

Well most of us didnt see a LOT of rain today, but what we did see was sprinkles here and there and clouds that kept things dreary.  (I say that now, but stronger showers are arriving now, so it will be a rainy night)  Which was alright because it was fitting for the sad day, as the Browns lost again.   The defense looks very solid especially during the first half.  Offense doesn't seem to show up at all... They look all over the place, cant run routes, block, run, catch, or throw.  And then once again, we hold our own for the first half, then the second half looks horrible.  I guess it comes with the teams I root for, like the Reds.  I love the Reds, but they do decent the first half of the season, then the All-Star break hits, and things just go downhill from there.

Getting back to the topic of weather, I mentioned it awhile ago here in the blog.... things still look to be pretty chilly in about a week from now.... I will keep the details coming in the upcoming days.

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Finally getting a free second.....

It feels like I haven't been on here in forever, but I guess it has only been two days.  And what a jam-packed two days it has been.  Thursday night I was up super late working.  You may have seen our live shots of the accident scene where the Ohio State Trooper was rear-ended on Interstate 75.  Well I was running the live truck and was getting that video.  I stayed there until relieved and by the time I made it home it was just after 4 AM.  (And don't forget, I was up til 2 AM the night before with the 7 car accident in Sidney.)  Then yesterday, I woke up and hit the ground running.  I was in Arcanum for their early afternoon walkathon for cancer awareness with the high school students.  From there I went straight back to the station and get ready for football night Friday.  After a pretty fun night of high school football at Springboro and at Carlisle, I was beat from lack of sleep.  I got home, let Buckeye out, and I didn't make it past the couch.  I sat down on the couch, and it pulled me in.... I woke up at 7 AM and finally forced myself to go back to the bedroom.  Then, had to wake up early to head down to Eaton for the Pork Festival, where our own Candice Hunter was the Grand Marshall.  So now I am back home and relaxing........ finally, haha.  Buckeye is excited to hang out with me, although I am pretty sure he is getting ready to take a long afternoon nap.  We did manage to catch the final quarter of the Ohio State game, and now i got a few hours to relax and enjoy kicking back before I head in for the evening news.  Until then, just time to relax and take a look at the forecast models on the upcoming rain the next few days.  Hope you enjoyed the beautiful dry weather because the next few days will be pretty soggy for most of us.  Have a good one!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, September 18, 2009

Early Morning Run = Late Night Energy

So I made a new decision today.  When I go running as soon as I wake up and have an apple, I have so much more energy for the rest of the day...  I know I have been told that before, and did it in college, but its just refreshing to feel so energized late in the evening.  I normally would just run in the late morning or early afternoon after a full breakfast or even lunch, but NO MORE I say!  If only Buckeye wasn't blinded by cataracts then he could run with me.  He runs with me across the baseball diamonds by our house, only because he can hear my feet and trusts that I am not running around trees.

On another note, I started taking down my winter clothes out of the back of the closets..... its that time of year again.  It was freezing this morning when I took Buckeye out at 7 AM, not to mention during my run, and I decided it was time...  But I did say I took them out of the back of my closet, but the boxes still sit in the middle of the computer rooms floor....  Couldn't bring myself to putting away summer clothes.

On one final note, I went to the 7 car pile-up that was on 75 last night just south of Sidney.   It was a complete mess and what made it worse was the fact it was on a bridge, so the entire hallway was bottle-necked for 2-3 miles.  The good news, is that there were no life-threatening injuries.  Well I am out, time to do some editing.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Good Morning From Sidney

Well today is my second day off, and thought I would check in from Sidney.  Well as you might have read in my last blog, I thought I had some BAD problems with my alignment.  My appointment was supposed to be this morning at 8 AM, and found out I was going to get charged $10 for rotating my tires, so I decided to rotate them myself beforehand, and I am lucky I did.  After taking off the first three tires, the fourth had a pretty big bulge in it, and had actually split right down the middle of the tread revealing the wire webbing inside.  It looked like it had dry rot on that part of the tire, so I am chalking it up to a bad tire because they are all pretty new tires.  So I put on the spare, which is full size, took the truck out on the highway, and it drove straight as an arrow......  So now instead of having to pay to get an alignment, I have to pay even more to get a new tire...

Today, I want to get some things done around town.  I am still looking for a coffee shop or establishment open 24 hours with free wireless internet....If anyone knows of any in Sidney, let me know!!  But I need to get some grocery shopping done today, mow the grass, go for a run, then take Buckeye for a walk.

It is a long way out and it will more than likely change a little, but it looks like we are in for a cold blast of air coming the week of the 28th, in a week an a half...

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Waa, Waa, Waaaaa..........ca-BOOOOM!

So I was a photog today and was in Eaton with Kylie Conway doing a story on why Eaton Middle School is such a great school, not only because of its athletics, but also because it now has a state grade of Excellence.  I was there for a while, then tried to get some people by the Eaton Post Office to tell me, on camera, why they love Eaton so much.... trust me, when you have a camera out, people try to avoid you at all costs......

But I was only there a short time because the Dayton Police Bomb Squad was called out to Perry Twp to detonate an explosive.  I got there and set up my camera, and then the bomb squad said I had to get back in the vehicle with the windows up for safety... It was very exciting.  Luckily they detonated the explosives back in the horse pasture, on the back side of a steep hill, so you couldn't see the direct blast.   They sounded the three horn sirens and then ..............ca-BOOOOOM!!  It was so loud that you could feel the concussions rock your chest.  Luckily the residents had the bomb squad come out to dispose of some old blasting caps.  They are used to clear out tree stumps and other pesky in-ground problems.  They are not common anymore because of modern machinery, so the blasting caps were from a generation or two ago, which makes them even more dangerous.  Luckily they were discovered and the grandparents had them properly disposed of to keep the grandchildren safe.  It still was quite a site to see, well couldnt see much, so at least quite a treat to hear.  I have always been intrigued with fireworks and all the chemistry that went into it.  Now today wasnt bright and pretty in the sky, but it sure did provide a certain excitement waiting for the blast.

On another side note GREAT weather for the next few days.  Could see a sprinkle Tuesday night, but most of us staying dry as a cold front swings through.  I will be staying home all day tomorrow because my alignment couldn't get fixed until Wednesday morning at 8 AM.  I don't know what is wrong with it, but the coins still jingle when I drive and if I let go of the wheel, the truck cuts hard to the right.... Very weird, cuz I take great care of my vehicles, and all of a sudden Friday I noticed it.  Of course the Applefest was going on last weekend, and no one in the local area was doing any car work on Saturday or Sunday.  Anyways at least with the great weather, I think I will break out my bike and become a little more domesticated and enjoy some cycling.  Its just a shame that Buckeye, my dog, hates bikes, and is super afraid of the sound the chain makes.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cribbs is the man....

It's just a shame the rest of the team couldn't step it up the same way.  Now I am not disappointed, well yea I am, but Vikings are supposed to be an awesome team this year.  I am very proud of Cribbs, who's jersey I wore during the whole game.  Cribbs came out and showed that he is a stud athlete, and hands down my favorite NFL player.  The team did pretty well for the first half, and then just fell apart in the second half.  I did find Brady's fumble comical though, when he cocked his arm to throw then lost it behind himself.

Bengals lost too, and I am sure everyone is aware, Buckeyes lost to USC.  I am not completely surprised, but I REALLY wanted to win that and prove that Big Ten could compete.... I really feel it came down to the coaches and am proud of the players effort.  It was such a heartbreak to see USC march down the field at the end when both teams were exhausted, and score that final TD with hardly any time left on the clock. As an Ohio State Alumni I really wanted a win for all the "big game" losses we had when I was a student there.  The victory was so close you could taste it, but as I put it on twitter, it felt like I was getting worked up and excited for Christmas morning, and then somehow woke up on December 26th.

On a bright note, at least the Browns can only get better from here, haha, have a good one!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Applefest and a Sore Throat

They really aren't directly related unless you are Andrew Buck Michael....

First off the Applefest was a blast today.  I was eliminated in the fourth round of the cornhole tournament, but up to that point Dawn and I really were playing very well...  It was just amazing to see people getting so worked up over the game and get so upset if one of their bags didn't stick to the board.  Some of these guys would sink all 4 bags in a row and just consider it another day at the park....  Somehow we hung in there for a while.... next year we will wear sweatbands to keep the sweat out of our eyes....364 days away.... get ready Sidney!

So the sore throat.... you may get a kick out of this.   So the last week, it has been comfortable during the day with highs around 80 and lows in the mid 50's.  Well when I was heading to bed Wednesday night, it was pretty warm inside still, so I put a big fan in the front living room window to pull air out of it.  I even put up pillows next to it, so the air didn't wrap around the fan.  I then shut all the windows in the house except the windows in the bedroom, one of which is about 18 inches from my face.  So for about 8 hours, I had 60-50 degree temps rushing at me, needless to say, I woke up feeling like a pipe-cleaner was stuck in my throat.... I know I deserved it, but it hasn't gotten any better and cough drops are only a short form or relief.

On one other note, Buckeyes are looking good, 10-7 with three quarters left...... need to hold on to the ball and make no more big mistakes...... 

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Exciting Weekend

It looks like weather this weekend will be BEAUTIFUL!!!  This is great news, because in my opinion, it will be the first official weekend of fall sports because we now have football on Friday with high school, Saturday with college, and Sunday with the NFL. 

I will be back at the CJ and West Carrollton games tonight, so looking forward to a lot of action again like last week.  Tomorrow is the big game everyone in Ohio has been looking forward to since the end of last Buckeye season, well at least until the Michigan game.  USC has been talked up a lot and I am getting a little nervous about them coming to Ohio.  The last game I felt the same was Texas back in 2005.  This time for the "big game" I will not be in Columbus, instead I will be in the weather center watching the game on a 13 inch tv...  Feel free to swing by with wings if you want!!

Then to finish off the weekend, we got the Browns.  I am a little nervous about this game as well.  Not for any particular reason, but I always get nervous for the Browns.  I am very jealous of my girlfriend, Dawn, who will be attending the Browns game on Sunday.  Once again, I will be watching that game in the weather center on a 13 inch tv....

I will be doing some non-football things this weekend, to your surprise. As I wrote earlier, I will be at the Shelby County Apple Fest in Sidney.  Very excited for the cornhole tournament that takes place at 10 AM on Saturday.  Maybe I will see a few of you there!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, September 11, 2009

Good (early) Morning

It is shortly after 6 AM and you might have seen me this morning filling in for Mike, who was an MC for a local event last night.  Luckily he picked a good morning for me to fill in.  Well depending on who you ask because this morning was much quieter due to the absence of dense fog.  Now there was a little light patchy fog but most of it was so light and patchy that it was hard to find.

I am VERY excited I got to come in today too because we are getting a taste of the Sidney Apple Fest in the 8 AM show on FOX.  I plan on being there this weekend in the cornhole tournament, so get your practice in because I hope to take home the gold, or at least a few Golden Delicious.

Other good news with the forecast, temperatures are going to remain mild heading into a dry weekend.  This means perfect weather for week three of Friday Night Football, not to mention the HUGE USC vs. OSU game in Columbus this Saturday.  I will be here at the station watching the game, and I hope it is different than last years game.  Keeping things on the Football docket, the rumors are saying that Brady Quinn will be starting on Sunday... I am a little surprised with this, and hope that Brady can hold down the position so we dont have to go through the QB drama every week.  Not to mention the hopes and dreams of winning, dont get me wrong, I just think that we will be "rebuilding" yet another year, this year.

Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sometimes technology is a pain

So I was getting on to draft a fantasy football league with some guys from the station, and the online draft window kept loading and it took like 10 minutes a try, then finally died out, i tried it about three times, then finally the fourth it got me into the draft with 2 rounds left......urg!!  at least the auto-draft got me decent players, my main QB is Tony Romo, which i wasn't to thrilled about... I will have to just see how things will pan out....  I do have one player from the Browns and Bengals though, gotta represent!!

And before anyone asks, no, i don't have dial-up.

Just thought I would share my pain with you.... for those of you who auto-draft, I finally understand....

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Happy Labor Day

Well to all of you who have the day off, I am officially jealous.  You wont see me on camera today, but that is because I am a photographer and shooting video for news stories.  It is one part of my multi-role here at Daytons News Source, from doing the weather, to reporting, to shooting video of news/sports/weather, to who knows what else I might be told to do.....  At least it keeps it interesting!!  I never know what to expect when I come into work.

Anyway we started off today pretty rainy with parts of the area seeing over 2 inches of rain, and after the last 7-8 days without rain, we could use it, despite it being Labor Day.  At least the early afternoon turned out dry for parades and other community activities.   I passed many people on my way into work getting out the grills trying to get a few burgers on it before the rain picks back up, good thinking, because more rain is on the way.

Back-tracking now, I had a late night last night at the MDA telethon with Candice and Pete, but it was good times.  Pete joked around saying that I was dressed like Ryan Seacrest, goodtimes all around.  Anyways, I was there until around midnight, so I enjoyed sleeping in a little today before I took a run around my neighborhood in Sidney.

Speaking of Sidney, I hope to see a few of you out at the Sidney Apple Fest this weekend!  I just hope you all have been brushing up on your cornhole skills because my girlfriend, Dawn, and I plan on entering the tournament.  Expect to find me practicing on my days off on Tuesday and Wednesday coming up....  Come join if you want!  Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, September 7, 2009

A little dinner chat....

I made some oatmeal here at the station, and thought I would pop on here for a minute or two.

Buckeyes really know how to make things interesting... imagine how bad the game COULD have turned out yesterday, luckily we took the ball on the two point attempt and returned it.... The way the offense was playing in the fourth quarter wouldn't mean good things for overtime, if it came down to that. USC game is going to be very interesting, but the Bucks really need to get their head into the game if we want to compete with the PAC pace of game. I drove through Columbus today and as I went through campus, it really made me miss my days there as a Buckeye. Oh if you plan on going up for the USC game, dont forget 315 has a lot of entrance and exit ramps closed.

Man were there a ton of police out today, an Ohio State Patrol was at every median turn-around today, or so it seemed. I drove back from Cleveland today, and I had to have seen at least 30-40 police, but I guess its a good thing, making sure the highways were safe for others.

Well Labor Day is here tomorrow, meaning fall has begun, and no more wearing white (I never understood that). Weather looks to be changing a lot too, we have seen BEAUTIFUL weather the last week, and it looks like rain will be here on an off for the next week, so it looks like I need to get the grass mowed early tomorrow morning before it gets too wet. At least with the weather being so wet and dreary, it will give me time to stay inside and work on my mopeds.

I also plan on stopping by the MDA telethon tonight so keep an eye out for me! I will be on pretty late either 10:50 or 11:50.

Have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Are you ready for some Football?

What a great day to finish off the work week and start the Labor Day weekend.  Not to mention after the soggy Friday last week, things look to be much favorable for high school football tonight, weather-wise, compared to last week.  I cant wait to get out there to a few high school games tonight, I believe I will be at the CJ and West Carrollton games tonight.

It is a shame I will have to miss the first Buckeyes game.  I don't even know if I will be able to watch it because I will be at a wedding tomorrow in Cleveland.  Oh well, I am sure the Buckeyes will do just fine without me watching it.  I am always nervous about the first game of the season, just getting the initial nerves out....  I love the Buckeyes, but no more than the Browns, still got a week before they kickoff, and still not sure how they are going to do this year with the new squad, not to mention the QB toss-up.
Anyways, finally glad that fall is here and football season is starting back up, its always sad without it.... Go Bucks!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, September 4, 2009

And we have liftoff...

So this is my first blog entry.

Well I guess first and foremost, I need to explain the Buck thing.

Many of you who see me on TV know me as Andrew Michael, well my full name is Andrew Buck Michael.  My dad, a Purdue graduate, not OSU, wanted to name me Buck at birth.  Yes, he grew up in Darke County on a rural farm, just like I did, but my mom, who was raised in Cincinnati, wouldn't allow Buck to be my first name, so it got bumped to my middle name.  Having gone through college, at Ohio State, and now working at Dayton's News Source, I have ran into many Andrews along the way, and have adopted Buck as my second name.  I still answer to many names, Andy, Andrew, Buck, Michael, AB, ABM, and the list goes on and on, with any variation of those names, and somehow I always answer to them.   Anyways, I guess it is fitting since I am a Buckeye alum and have been a "Buck" since birth.

So that's a little flavor for ya, more to come in the coming days.  Have a good one and enjoy this beautiful cool weather!!!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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