Saturday, March 21, 2015

Walk for Fayette Friends of Animals!

Spring is here! It may not feel like it all the time, but yesterday was the first official day of spring and Vinny's opened, so it must be true.

For me, this means two things: starting back up my walking routine and raising money for Fayette Friends of Animals while doing it. Yep, you can help the county's only no-kill animal shelter simply by walking.

With a simple app, you can raise money for Fayette Friends of Animals for every mile you walk. Just download the app WalkForADog and select "Pennsylvania" then search for "Fayette Friends of Animals" to select it as your shelter. Then start walking! I'm not sure how much money the shelter will earn, but it is based on mileage. Just open the app when you're walking and it'll track it for you.

If you're looking to get more active this spring, walking is a simple way to do it--my boyfriend and I walk a few miles every weekend on trails on in parks, depending on where we are. I recommend hiking up through Ohiopyle.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Shameless self-promotion

I'm plugging away at other writing ventures outside of the Nam, and the most recent fruit of my labors can be enjoyed now courtesy of Neutrons Protons. While it technically takes place in the Nam and features some residence, it's an essay that's not really about the Nam and is much more personal instead. Enjoy.

And remember, I'm also writing regularly elsewhere on the internet--for you Harry Potter fans, check out my work on Examiner. Music lovers, you'll want my AXS work.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Man assaults brother with Jesus license plate

Yep, a man has been charged with assault after throwing a Jesus license plate at his brother.
The 47 year-old victim was left bleeding from a severe laceration from the assault which troopers say happened during an argument between the brothers on Feb. 24th.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Podiatrist charged in prescription painkiller scheme

Well, no wonder we have a drug problem--seven people were charged in connection with a prescription painkiller scheme.
William Todd Ainsley, 39, of Hopwood, allegedly wrote prescriptions for patients for thousands of hydrocodone pills. The patients would have the prescriptions filled and return up to half of the tablets to the doctor, according to a criminal complaint.
Ainsley also admitted to having a problem with prescription-drug abuse.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

My parents were on the news

Don't rip off my parents, because they'll just come after you any way they possibly can.

Last year--almost a year ago exactly, in fact--they bought a little sit-in sauna from Sunshine Sauna at the home show in Pittsburgh. It stopped working around June, and although they did get sent a replacement part, that stopped working, too, and the owner stopped responding to calls and e-mails from them. And the sauna is still under warranty.

The owner has also changed the name of the business and relocated it, plus he has multiple complaints against multiple businesses in his name.

My parents normally do their research when they're buying things, but since this was at a home show, they believed the seller to be reputable. And he wasn't.

The best part is a factor in my parents buying the sauna was my dad's chronic hand pain due to shrapnel injuries he received in Iraq (which also made the news when it happened, so yeah, you've seen my mom before--it's just been a few years). So this business owner ripped off a combat-wounded veteran.

Does that mean he hates America? You decide!


Only slightly bummed that beloved beagle Duke didn't get an guest appearance, since I'm told the crew loved him. I mean, how could you not?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Creep gets probation

Hey, remember our creepy friend who posed as a veteran to try to gain access to a school? He pled guilty to impersonating a public servant and will serve a year of probation. He's also been ordered to get mental-health treatment, which strikes me as wise.

I get that this is about all they can do given the nature of the only crime actually committed, but I find the whole thing really unsettling.

I liked where he got the uniform, too.
He then acknowledged he was not in the armed forces and had borrowed the uniform from a friend, police said.
Assuming he's telling the truth, who the hell loans out their military uniforms to civilians? I'm pretty sure this is frowned upon at best, and I'd love to have details of that conversation. Like, how does one go about asking to borrow a uniform for what is probably nefarious purposes?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My big break (well, not really)

I'm sure it's pretty clear by now that I'm a writer. Aside from this blog, I write for multiple websites--which I'll have to remember to link one of these days--and my very first personal essay was published this morning over at The Billfold.

And this isn't entirely a post of just shameless self-promotion--Fayette County makes an appearance, and a commenter noted that Ohiopyle helps redeem this place. Go, Fayettenam!