Sunday, October 15, 2017

15-16 October 17

Seven years ago, on 16 October, Ben Kleppinger and Amanda Wheeler were married in a beautiful outdoor celebration at Indian Fort Mountain here in Berea. Last week they enjoyed the sights and sounds and flavors in Paris, including seeing the Van Gogh painting pictured on this tie. Happy Anniversary, Ben and Amanda!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

12-13 October 17

Tomorrow (Friday, a no-tie day for me) is Matt Lang's 26th birthday! Matt is one of my favorite nephews, whose all-time favorite topic is TRAINS. He works as an electrician and conductor for the LM&M (Lebanon Mason Monroe) Railroad, offering scenic train rides through the southwestern Ohio countryside.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

11 October 17

Today is Take-Your-Teddy-Bear-To-Work Day! My own polar bear stays in my office (which I keep arctic cold all the time). His name is "Cokie" because he carries his own bottle of Coca-Cola® everywhere he goes. The polar bears on my tie enjoy rolling around the Coca-Cola logo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

10 October 17

Today is Sunflower Day (19 Vendémiaire, "Tournesol") on the French Republican Calendar. I like Van Gogh's sunflowers.

Monday, October 9, 2017

9 October 17

Wearing a shimmery pink and purple tie to help celebrate a bunch of birthdays today: chemist Hermann Emil Fischer (1852-1919), physicist Max von Laue (1879-1960), evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), Yankees first baseman/outfielder Joe Pepitone (1940-), songwriter John Lennon (1940-1980), and actor Tony Shalhoub (1953-). Fischer won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1902, and Laue won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914. McPherson founded the Foursquare Church, and her mysterious disappearance for several weeks in 1926 made international news. Pepitone hit 219 home runs, was on several All-Star teams, and recently made news with his claims to have hidden his drugs in the ivy at Wrigley Field. John Lennon wrote and sang some nice songs with George, Paul and Ringo. I know Tony Shalhoub best as TV's "defective detective" Adrian Monk.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

8 October 17

Today marks the birthday of Brian Fallis, a coworker in Information Technology at EKU, who also happened to move into the house across the street from us in August 2016. In common parlance, Brian "lost a brave battle with cancer" sixteen days ago. But I think Brian was very successful in life -- pursuing several different careers, fathering wonderful children, and coaching many young people in several sports. His premier life goal was to help others discover the love of Jesus. His wife Cristy approved this tie (featuring children dressed for various sports) to honor this day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

5 October 17

Today marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of Ray Kroc, the man who franchised McDonald's® into a global powerhouse. (He died in 1984.) My tie shows a "cityscape" built from McDonald's foods and trademarks. And of course for lunch today I had a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, purchased on a buy-one-get-one-free deal shared with Wilma Wollenweber!