Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: We continue to stump in Ohio. Last night we stopped in tiny Waynesville, Ohio, where ‘Joe the house painter (that would be me)’ met ‘Steve the house painter’ in the Fan Pizza joint (sports motif). Steve’s business is called Hahn’s Wet Paint and his work van sports different colored hand prints, from various customers. Neat idea, nice guy… After talking to Steve, I put up some fliers and passed out some cards and bumper stickers in Waynesville. Well, it’s either that or multi-million dollar TV ads. And those ads anymore seem, oh, so passee. Don’t they? …Today we traveled to Botkins, Ohio, where I talked with Ron Steinke at a ‘Mom & Pop’ type downtown service station. Ron told me the station has been in his family for five generations and he proudly showed me a series of photos (some sepia-toned even) of his dad, grandfather, great grandfather… all at the station over the years. It opened in 1905. A sign at the station at the time read: “If our work pleases you, tell others. If not, tell us.” Ron said the heritage, often lost in today’s society, was for the sons to work with their father at the station. These stations, these small town businesses, were once the backbone of our country. Sadly, however, they are gradually becoming extinct. How we would work to change that is.. I passed on a button and a campaign card to Ron who said he was independent and would consider us. Note: The polls are still showing we’re behind (Ron’s consideration notwithstanding), but we’re confident it’s just the “margin of error.” Although my wife, and campaign manager, Liz, said I have to stop telling people that.