In the last couple weeks, I continue with a relatively big house painting project (Joe the Painter, cont.)… I’m also continuing to do interviews for my wife Liz’s magazines. Of particular note is an interview I did with a 13-year-old boy for a “Young Achievers” column we run. The boy said that among his various hobbies, he likes to open the dictionary once a day — at random — and learn a new word. “Do you know what incendiary means?” He asked. [Maybe I should be doing that.] During this time, I also interviewed a PGA member who was the Head Pro at a local country club. He said in the “old days,” before X-Box golf, kids used to just practice, well: “golf, golf.” What a concept, huh… Also, as the mainstream Party candidates started to fan out in the swing states — me too. I chose Ohio because, well, I live here so it was close. On a Saturday evening I stumped at the North Baltimore Summer Festival and talked with Kari Stallcap, who was running a booth for the Wood County Committee on Aging. She said the agency: sponsors talks on a gamut of senior subjects; does “Meals on Wheels”; provides medical escorts for some seniors; provides senior legal advice… Our position paper on Social Security spells out that this should be way more than about just a monetary fund, but rather an entire safety net so seniors feel as ‘secure’ as possible in their respective communities… From North Baltimore, I traveled west down a back road and stopped in Hoytville, Ohio (pop. 305). Volunteer firefighter Jerome Miller was sitting on his porch. I handed him a campaign card and we struck up a conversation.) He’s been a firefighter 16 years, just made lieutenant. What’s more, a display in his front yard includes: and old red fire ax; some old fire boots, and a couple old fire helmets… I then headed about seven miles west to Deshler, Ohio (pop. 1,801). There’s a big sign that says: Welcome to the Corn City! I put up a campaign card in the post office and wrote that I was “Pro- Corn!” If we don’t carry Deshler, I’ll be surprised.