Monday, May 14, 2012
Forced entry on an old Jeep...
Friday, May 11, 2012
Remember the case of the 8-year old obese child taken from his mom by the county? Well…after bouncing around to four different homes, working with a personal trainer, and getting a free membership from the YMCA, he’s back with his mom. Apparently he’s lost over 40 pounds during this process, but his mom is wondering if she can get a personal chef to come to the house for 10-$200 sessions to teach her how to cook nutritionally sound meals. And the county is thinking of going along with the plan.
I know food choices and good nutrition can be confusing, but I’m having trouble with this solution. The Child and Family Services have set some disturbing precedents in this case and it doesn’t look like they’ll be stopping anytime soon.
We traveled to ‘The Loop’ in Cleveland’s trendy, near Westside neighborhood to see Heidi’s art display. She’d been asked by the shop to display her work for the next month. Tremont, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland, has been going through a revitalization for the last ten years, attracting restaurants, art galleries, shops and new residents to the old, affordable dwellings. The Tremont Art Walk happens on the second Friday of each month and her work will stay up for the next three weeks.
We were hanging at The Loop and drinking our over-priced coffee (I consider anything I can make at home for a quarter that costs $4 to be over-priced), when Savannah, just arriving from Columbus for a weekend with the family, announces that she locked her keys in the Jeep. But Jason was there and offered a quick solution.
“I’ve got one of those jimmy tools to pop car door locks,” he said.
“And you have one because…” I inquired.
He’d found it at the Car Wash he manages…good explanation and the one we’d use if the Cleveland’s finest pulled up while we were using it to get into the Jeep. Now…I’ve seen cops using this tool and it never looks easy. Jason spent about twenty minutes trying and then I went into action for another ten. Jason had a friend google our situation on his Smart Phone…but it came up with dumb solutions. The best it could do was to tell us to use the tool somewhere between the door handle and the mirror. THAT really narrowed it down. Detroit could have built 3 Jeeps in the time it took us to figure out we should have called AAA. Savannah…watching us the entire time…asked for a shot.
“I GOT IT!” she yelled ecstatically after 10 seconds of trying.
“If that engineering thing at Ohio State doesn’t work out for you…looks like you’re on to another career opportunity,” I said.
We grabbed the keys from the Jeep before Jason could relock the door to try and figure out what she’d done…which he did. Maybe he thought they’d go into business together?
Survival Workout: 60 minutes.
Training Heart Rate: 100-150.
Calories burned: 600.