average JoeOhio Tour cont.: The family and I stumped in downtown Athens, Ohio, yesterday, passing out flyers in front of Brenen’s Coffee Shop. A photographer from the Athens Messenger made it a point of noting how many people were stopping to talk and learn more about the campaign. “More than most politicians I’ve seen here,” he said… We then headed north to Buchtel, Ohio, (pop. the only gas station closed a couple months ago). At St. Mary of the Hills Church, Fr. John Mucha said that this school district was the poorest one in the state. Fr. Mucha is originally from Cleveland and said he has spent considerable time learning the history here …in order to understand the people. He said the area was predominately Irish coal miners who had extremely hard lives in the mines. As a result, said Fr. Mucha, there was more proclivity among many of the men to drink excessively, creating all the attendant domestic and community issues — which can, sometimes, play themselves out in successive generations… We then headed into Green Run, Ohio, where I passed out campaign info to a couple guys talking in a front yard. One looked at the “average Joe” title on the card and enthusiastically said: “This is cool as crap!” I took that as an endorsement. Note: Later we stopped in Crooksville, Ohio, which is the “Clay Capitol of America.” The high school teams are called the: Crooksville Ceramics. And I’m not making this up!