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Fear of ATMs 

I had never heard of going to the ATM machine and it taking the money out of the account but the person does not get the money. It has happened twice to me in the last month as Desco on 6th Avenue and it has also jappened to a co-worker of mine in the last month.

Eventually, the person gets the money back but it can be very inconvenient. For me, it happened on a weekend this last time which made it worse because the process does not start until it is posted on Tuesday. I filed a grievence. It will be resolved in 1 to 10 business days. My bank grants a temporary credit but my friend's bank didn't. And if you get the maxium amount out, then it freezes the account for the day.

I work long hours so I use the ATM regularly. I used it all of the time for years when I was on the road. Now, I am afraid about using the ATM tomorrow morning. What is the phobia for fear of ATMs?

Missing my Autistic clients during Autism Awareness Month 

I quit working at Autism Service Center about five years ago after about 5 years of part-time service mainly to work more overtime at my current job.

Working with Autistic individuals was a great experience.  They are creative, innocent, and look at things in a great way. Almost everyday after five years....I find myself saying things that H would say, hear a song and say that was one of J's favorites, or go by a place and say S and I came here.

It was way more than a job...even more than a friendship.  It was someone light up when you walk through the door.  It was seeing someone learn something that they struggled with until we were both ready to give up.  It was seeing the world around me in a different way through someone else's eyes.

If you hear me saying NO this or NO that after you suggested someting, I got that from J.  He was a BIG music fan.  He loves Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw.  I gave him an Alligator Jackson cd and without even hearing it, he said NO Alligator Jackson.

H had a special relationship with his staff.  He worked with Shane for years and loved.  H had a very special relationship with Tyler Gillespie.  Tyler died tragically in a motorcycle wreck a couple of years ago.  I imagine H still calls out for him and that thought brings tears to my eyes.

N was nine years-old when I began working with him.  It was hard to stop working with him as I had to stop seeing him because his attachment to people borderlined obsession. He taught me more than I taught him.

April always means a little more to me because it is Autism Awareness Month.  God bless those who work at Autism Services for they are serving a special group of people.  Happy World Autism Awareness Day!  

We represent our companies 

Last night a patient who is at the mental health hospital I work at told me he realized he had a problem and needed help. He came to us voluntarily. Last time he was there on mental hygiene. He came to us by choice because he said of me and a few of my coworkers mainly Cindy and Annie were kind, good people and he knew we would help. This is the kind of compliment that helps me throw on the blue shirt and khaki's everyday and walk 16 hours of rounds everyday. I could have a desk job somewhere or be riding in a car like my last job....but I feel like I am helping and it helps me. The interaction is something I need as well. 

My main point, that I represent my company. In most jobs we do....we are our company. Our actions are what defines our company in the customers' minds. What they think of us is what is spread to the people they know and becomes the public's perception of our company. 

When I worked for Goldsmit Sydnor....I was Goldsmit Sydnor to my customers. Outside of the delivery guy, I was the only connection to the company. If they were happy with me then my company was great in their eyes. If they were dissatisfied with me then........... 

We owe it to our company and coworkers to make sure our actions are consistent with the company's goals and ethics. In the field of health care and social work, we are not there to punish or equalize things out. We are there to help those who need us. By lifting those up who have fallen or have been knocked down we are not only securing a good reputation for our team and ourselves but we are putting back the puzzle one piece at a time......and that puzzle is Huntington. 

If that person is better and feels better about themselves....then they pass the goodwill on. No matter if you are a sales rep, policeman, healthcare worker, or mechanic......please remember that in someone's eyes you are the company. Remember to follow your company's misson statement.... otherwise you are unfairly giving your company and team a bad rep. A job does not have to be just a paycheck....the opportunity to help my company makes me feel whole.

The Super Question: To Knee or Not To Knee 

Suddenly thanks to a stoned out rock singer...the biggest question about the Super Bowl is not will The Patriots continue the dynasty or if The Rams will bring the Lombardi Trophy to LA.  The biggest question isn't even if Amazon can take Budweiser or Pepsi as best commercial.....The big question has become will a marginally boring leader of an average pop band take a knee?


The biggest question I have is how did Maroon 5 get to perform the legendary halftime show that has been made famous by classic performances by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince.  Maroon 5....really?  Have we ran out of rock legends?

So as the NFL attempts to gain back the ratings lost over the whole Colin Kapernick debacle....Roger Waters of Pink Floyd wants to make the Super Bowl political.  Maybe Mr Waters is miffed because Pink Floyd won't be chanting We Don't Need No Education" or singing about being Comfortably Numb during the big spotlight show.


But Adam Levine suddenly has the power to upstage Tom Brady.  He can be the most controversial Super Bowl celeb since Janet Jackson and the slip.


A marginally famous pop singer can become a legend for just a moment.  He can become known for something than his forgettable pop songs.  


Will he or will he not knee?

Aquaman is finally getting respect 

Aquaman is surging through the ocean ready to attack the box office on December 21.  Already billed as the best superhero movie ever, Aquaman has ripped through China where it has already been released.  Gone is the feminine orange shirt that Super Friends bestowed on him in the 70's.  Aquaman now has ripping muscles.  He is no longer just the weak link of the Super Friends.  Aquaman is getting his respect, finally.  Aquaman is now a badass.


Super Friends made him look like a useless superhero.  Superman soared through the air.  Batman was the brains and a badass in black.  Even, Wonder Woman had a cool invisible airplane.  Aquaman rode a sea horse and talked to fish.  He was always in the background just lingering around.  Occasionally, he would have a school of tuna attack a bad guy who fell into the ocean.  


His blonde hair and feminine orange outfit sparked internet talk that he would eventually come out as gay.  The joke of being an useless superhero followed him onto Entourage.  Entourage, a hit HBO show, showcased an actor who was going to star in Aquaman.  The joke was that Aquaman would never really get a movie.


Family parodied poor Aquaman.  They made the point he was useless on land.


                                                    Sushi time with Aquaman


Aquaman is finally getting his revenge.  Here are the first reviews.


"Aquaman is a step toward restoring equilibrium, creating a sprawling undersea world that most closely resembles the Thor franchise in terms of scope, majesty and happily, humor."- Brian Lowry CNN

"Notwithstanding the inevitable formulaic dialogue and a superabundance of boilerplate superhero action sequences, "Aquaman" turns out to be, almost despite itself, an engaging undersea extravaganza." - Kenneth Turan LA Times

"Aquaman's as formulaic, excessively thrashy, and mommy-obsessed as any other entry in the DCEU, but its visual imagination is genuinely exciting and transportive, and dare I say, fun." - Emily Yoshide New York Magazine

"Aquaman, it's worth repeating, is gorgeous, the set-pieces across the various kingdoms of the underwater realm examples of artists allowed to not just hew close to the messed-up source but indulge in their own inspirations as well." - Walter Chaw Film Freak Central

"Jason Momoa shines in a lighter-hearted role, and filmmaker James Wan fully embraces the plot's increasingly ridiculous gyrations."- Rich Cline Shadows On The Wall


Aquaman trailer

Aquaman watched patiently all of these years as Super Mana nd Batman were the warriors of DC Comics.  Now, armed with razor-teeth sharks, Aquaman is ready to claim his respect.  Aquaman is ready to show the other guys how to score big at the box office.  Aquaman is ready to claim the title as the Best Super Hero Movie.  


For more on Aquaman's early success in China, click here

Read the review "Aquaman is one of DC's Best Superhero Movies"

Aquaman bursts pre-sales record



Officials against legalizing pot are holding West Virginia back 

A symposium on legalizing marijuana held in West Virginia turned out to be mostly an one-sided ambush against those wanting marijuana legalized.  In fact they must be thinking pot smokers are smoking crack if they expect them to believe their facts.


First of all let me say I have not smoked much weed in my life...very, very little and have never bought any....but I don't have to be high to see how profitable it is. It is not just the sales of medicinal and recreational marijuana but there is whole industry centered around hemp.  There are hundreds of items made from hemp including glass and clothing.  


"They have to understand there will be good and bad that comes from this. So there's not a panacea. This won't fix the problems of West Virginia. We need a good economy, but that won't happen through the marijuana industry," said Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. 


Well, dangit Mike...what are you smoking?  Thirty-three states legalized medicinal use and eleven have recreational use.  New York is trying to get recreational passed.  Look at the tax revenue.  Look at the farming jobs.  Look at the manufacturing jobs.  Look at the wholesale and retail boost. We would be creating new .markets but it won't fix one of the worst economies in the country.  Dang, Mike... that's the kind of backwards thinking that keeps your state broke.



"The facts are undisputed that traffic fatalities have gone up. The ER visits - hospitalizations related to marijuana have skyrocketed. Youth use has skyrocketed," said Bob Troyer, former Colorado U.S. Attorney.


Well...darnit, Bob..we are in West Virginia where there are more ambulances running around narcanning opiate overdoses than pizza deliveries being made.  We have opiate addicts driving through playgrounds.  Marijuana can help with pain.  If we can get some users off of heroin and trying pot for pain then maybe we can increase fast food sales and do away with needles.


"I believe a symposium is where you have people with varying viewpoints, and different opinions. And we would come together and discuss the facts and discuss the issues and come to a conclusion. I believe that this was set up with a pre-drawn conclusion," said Del. Mike Pushkin, (D) Kanawha.


Ding, ding! Finally a.correct answer.  It looks like the state of West   Virginia is stacking the odds.  Sounds like they want to talk control over who gets licenses and such.  Somebody wants their hands in the cookie jar and not because they are stoned and hungry.


I guess at least they are willing to act like they will talk about it.  The sad thing is the more time that passes, the more states jump in front of West Virginia.  The ground floor opportunities are gone now.  Hopefully we can jump in front of a few states.  At least if border states like Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio toke up first, maybe West Virginia can get some fast food sales from smokers crossing state lines with the munchies.


( Quotes quoted were from a news story by WOWK Mark Curtis.  The test was all Alligator Jackson)


Warning of the Mothman? 


The Mothman, a huge seven-foot gray beast with ten foot wings and glowing red eyes, ran amok around Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  First seen on November 12, 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia; there were over a hundred sightings in the Point Pleasant area.  He chased cars and ate farmers' dogs.  His presence was a total mystery but when the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967, many people began to claim that Mothman was there to warn people about the disaster.


In fact, the legend of The Mothman has grown out of the hills of West Virginia.  Stories have spread that the winged beast has been at the site of many disasters.  Apparently, The Mothman either knew or was in on the Twin Tower attacks of 9/11.  According to New York resident Steve Moran, "According to Moran, “I live in New York and when I heard the twin towers were attacked, I immediately rushed to the scene to take photographs.  First of all, I took pictures of medical workers who are providing assistance.  Then I took pictures around the site towards the south on Greenwich street.  When I got home, I realized there was an object that caught my camera.”  Link to story

The Mothman apparently was hanging out in Chicago in 2017.  Well, there hasn't been any disasters lately in Chicago  unless you count all of the gangland-style murders that plague the city almost every weekend, then The Windy City kind of qualifies as one big disaster site.  According to a witness who just left his nightshift at a bar (yeah, I know how it sounds), " It looked less bat-like and more similar to a pterodactyl. It was flying like nothing he’d never seen before in a “strange swooping motion, undulating up and down.”  There were several sightings.


Mothman has become a pop-culture legend in West Virginia and out of it.  Point Pleasant has the Mothman Festival every fall, .  He even has his own museum. .

My good friend Mike "Fish"Fisher, a singer/ songwriter out of Toledo Ohio wrote a song about The Mothman and performs it every year at The Mothman Festival.  The song is available on the Fish Fisher CD "Gun Powder and Gasoline."

The Mothman's biggest legacy is in Point Pleasant as he is remembered every year on December 15 on the anniversary of 1967's bridge collapse.  Some think he was in Point Pleasant to warn people and others think he may have caused it.  


John Keel wrote The Mothman Prophecies book in 1975.  A movie starring Richard Gere was based on the book and released in 2002.


The Mothman was featured in Bethesda's 2018 video game release Fallout 76



The Silver Bridge Tragedy happened on December 15, 2018....the 51st anniversary will be this Saturday. The Silver Bridge connected Point Plesant, West Virginia with Gallipollis, Ohio.  Mothman sightings came to stop after the Silver Bridge collapse, leading to the theory that the Mothman and the bridge disaster were directly related. Some claimed to have spotted the Mothman near the bridge just before it fell into the river.  The bridge was overloaded during The Christmas shopping rush and 46 people were killed.


The annual remembrance ceremony which will observe the 51st anniversary of the Silver Bridge Disaster will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15 in Point Pleasant. 

The memorial event, which began in 2015 to honor the victims of the disaster, will start at 5:30 p.m. on 6th Stree

The Silver Bridge Disaster remembered.


We may never know if The Mothman is a supernatural being that came to warn us of the impending disaster, if it was a space being, or some type of weird best.  One thing for sure the legend of Mothman is common knowledge in West Virginia and has been spread around the world.

A picture taken around the Point Plesant area in 2016.  Did he return?


A statue in Point Pleasant


UFOs: Are the aliens still amongst us? 

Growing up in the 70s, it seemed like there were always reports of UFOs.  Every week or so some country boy seemed to be getting carted away to outer space to be anal probed.  Gradually they decreased until the 90s when the success of X Files regenerated interest.


It seemed like reports declined over the last decade or so.  I figured that maybe technology would be so advanced now that it would find ET if he was out there.


It always seemed logical to me that there could be other beings living in this vast universe...but as with ghosts and monsters...I will only believe they exist when I see them.


It has always been hard for me to believe that with all of the sightings that it has not been proven that they exist.  BUT now that I am older and less naive, I realize that if the government knew or knows about them that they would keep the information from us.  So until I run into a little green Martian in 4 and a Half Alley, I am going to have to wait for a top governmental official to spill his guts on his deathbed.  


Well, the past week I have ran across articles on the internet pertaining to our friends in space.  It seems just last week, a fisherman in The Outer Banks of North Carolina filmed some lights that could be a UFO.Link to story


Also last week, a teacher in Keller, Texas went to take pictures of the beautiful Texas sunset and ended up with a picture of something she did not expect.Link to story


Last month, a plane spotted bright lights and UFOs off of the Irish Coast.

Also last month a huge blue object was seen hovering over The International Space Station on a live feed from NASA.  Then suddenly the feed was cut.



So evidence is that the aliens are still amongst us.  They are still curious about us even if they have intercepted episodes of our reality shows.  At any rate, at least they are leaving our country boys alone or maybe they did all of the anal probes they needed to do back in the 70s.

The War on Santa Claus 

The picket signs  have not shown up at the North Pole yet and there are not crowds throwing snowballs at Santa's sleigh....but, give it time, it's not quite Christmas yet.  In recent years there has been a full blown effort by wackos to get Christ out of there are wackos going after the beloved fictional Christmas figure. 

In Cleburne, Texas, a man was arrested after he refused to stop protesting Santa Claus outside a church that was having a breakfast with Santa event.  Three men were protesting that the church was lying to kids about Santa.  Two of the other men left but the one arrested refused to leave.  They held signs and asked, "Do you let your kids believe in a fake Santa or do they know who Jesus is?"  The mayor of Cleburne had Santa's back.  He posted on Facebook, "Don't mess with Santa. While I understand folks right to protest, Cleburne loves Santa and those protesters who were naughty and broke the law when they trespassed were arrested promptly. Guess they wanted coal in their stockings to go with a court appearance." 

A grinch in Summersville, South Carolina was arrested for arson after going into multiple yards of his neighbors and setting Christmas decorations.   

A school principal in Nebraska banned Christmas.  In a memo, she communicated, "I will do my best to communicate the expectation from here on out, which aligns with my interpretation of our expectations as a public school who seeks to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students," Sinclair said in the memo following a list of "not acceptable" practices like the following:  

Using images of Santas or Christmas items on worksheets.  
Trees in classrooms.  
Elf on the shelf.  
Singing carols.  
Playing Christmas music.  
Sending a scholastic book that's also a Christmas book.  
Making ornaments as gifts.  
Christmas videos/movies and/or characters from Christmas movies.  

And a most curious "not acceptable" item: candy canes.  

According to Sinclair, the shape of a candy cane and its color strongly represent Christianity and Catholicism.  

"Historically, the shape is a 'J' for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This will also include different colored candy canes," Sinclair wrote. Here is the story.   

In New Jersey, a substitute teacher told her elementary school students that Santa was not real.  The kids' parents had Santa's back and so did the principal.   

A substitute teacher in New Jersey has been fired after telling first-grade students that Santa Claus is not real.  

Cedar Hill Elementary School Principal Michael Raj sent a letter home to parents letting them know that a teacher told their kids that Santa, elves, flying reindeer, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are not real.  Raj said he spoke to the teacher about her "poor judgment" and wanted to make parents "aware of the situation and if the conversation comes up at home over the next few days you can take appropriate steps to maintain childhood innocence of the holiday season." 


Those fighting Santa are also accusing Santa of bullying Rudolph in the classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.  They say Santa encouraged the other reindeers not to let Rudolph play in any reindeer games because he was different.  Santa is the one who gave the young reindeer a chance to be a hero.  He believed in Rudolph.  



There was also word that Facebook censored a picture of Santa Claus kneeling before baby Jesus.  Facebook said they just put a warning over the picture but removed it after controversy ensued. 

It is hard for me to comprehend a war on Santa Claus.  I do not agree with the war on Christmas but I do understand the argument.  The whole attack on Santa is just beyond me.  I see the argument as something brought on by attention seekers.  The whole holiday season is an attempt to be festive and spread joy and "peace on Earth and goodwill to men."  Though, Christ's birth means a lot to me and is the real reason for the season....if you do not agree with that at least let the children enjoy Santa and the joy of the season.  Don't be a grinch, of all of the meanness in the world, why destroy Christmas?  Let kids enjoy Santa and the Christmas spirit.  Let's end the War on Santa!

Downtown Huntington vagrancy increasing crime around Marshall University 

The Summer heat, abundance of abandoned houses, re-emergence of meth, free needle exchange, and other factors led to an increase of homeless in the Downtown Huntington area.  Many settled in that area because of the availability of drugs, food, and other services in the area.  There were also several abandoned houses that provided shelter.


The Spring of 2018 also saw many drug users shift their preference from heroin to meth or ice (a more crystallized version of meth). "Max", a homeless addict who lives on the streets in Huntington started initially using meth to ween himself off of heroin because of the danger of overdoses.  Max said, "It got to be where the heroin wasn't heroin anymore.  It was all Fentanyl and Carafentanyl.  I had overdosed once and was lucky that someone had Narcan."


Max started using Suboxone to get off of opioids and meth for the buzz.  He was buying Suboxone off of the street but later got a prescription for it but eventually quit going to the clinic where he was going and now uses whatever drug he can find.  "I really liked ice this past warm weather.  I could go for days.  I eventually loss my job.  The weather was warm so I'd get shelter from abandoned houses.  The ice had me up for days so I really did not need a place to sleep very often.  I put my belongings in a backpack or stashed them."


Abandoned houses became communities for homeless addicts.  They also became dwellings for drug use, drug dealing, prostitution, harboring stolen items, and other activities.  Many of these addicts began staying at The Flats.  They stole furniture and appliances  out of the old hotel and sold or pawned them.  They stripped copper wire from the building for drug money.


I first met "Clyde" about six weeks ago when I was moving out of 4 and a Half Alley.  I had paid someone to finish sweeping out my apartment.  I left to go my other apartment.  When I came back, the sweeper told me this guy went into my apartment.  I went in there and Clyde had shot up heroin and overdosed.  I had Narcan in my truck and applied it.  I called 911.  He was up and gone before the EMS arrived.  


Clyde had just gotten out of West Regional Jail.  Someone that he was in jail with told him about The Alley.  Clyde gets a social security check so the ex Northern Ohio resident had access to cash.  Clyde decided he liked the area and stayed.  Although he has an income, he uses it on drugs not shelter.  He had been ticketed twice for tresspassing in the Flats.


Clyde expanded his criminal activity.  Two weeks ago he stole three hunting bows out of a parked vehicle in the area around the Flats.  Him and three drug buddies attempted to sell the bows.  They called an acquaintance for transportation.  The acquaintance knew someone interested in the bow.  Clyde did not realize that the acquaintance was the uncle of the person who the bows were stolen off of....the supposed  buy was a setup.  Clyde got his ass kicked and arrested.


Clyde was suddenly released as few days later as his charges were suddenly dropped.  He returned to Ohio but has said he will return.


With the weather getting colder many in the alley are scrambling to find relief from the cold.  A danger will be as they start fires in abandoned houses to stay warm.  One homeless couple stumbled upon a vacant apartment in 4 and a Half Alley.  They hit the jackpot as they had water and electricity.  They stayed there two days before the landlord approached them. They left before the police arrived.


The theft continues in the downtown area.  "Becky" is a homeless addicts that is scrambling to find shelter and food.  Beck said, "I don't believe in stealing.  I only steal because I am hungry.  Most of time I find food in dumpsters or I find something else in dumpsters that I can sell to get food.  I do eat at the shelter some but I don't stay at the mission because I don't have an ID."


Becky was out searching for unlocked cars for change to buy food last week.  She was at a sorority house.  Another homeless girl was with her.  She tried a few car doors and did not have any success.  She started walking down the street.


The other girl pulled up in a car she stole.  The girl did not get in.  The other girl told her the next day where the car was.  Then, Becky's picture showed up in a video from the sorority parking lot.  She contacted me to plead her innocence.  The videos from the parking lot and River View Manor where the car was ditched will show she was not involved and her cooperation led to the car being recovered.


When parking in Downtown or around Marshall University, it is essential that you lock the doors of your vehicle and do not leave anything of value in sight.  There are squatters from the Flats and other abandoned buildings searching for change and items to steal for drug and food money.