Just like Kyrie Irving, I am requesting a trade

While much of the sports world has been debating the merits NBA star Kyrie Irving’s surprising request for a trade, I have decided to also request a trade.

Irving is one of my favorite players, and I’m sure that he would agree that I am just doing what is best for my brand. I need to look out for my family and my legacy, and right now that means doing what is best for Nick Claussen.

I have few simple requests:Read More »

Field of Daydreams – Tales of Athens Rec Softball

While most people around Athens know the name Avalanche for its outstanding pizza, Avalanche is also known for its spunky softball team that is often out standing in the outfield on defense while the other teams get hit after hit.

Avalanche Pizza is the lucky sponsor of the plucky co-ed rec softball team that I play on in Athens this year, and the team is one of the most fun squads I have ever been a part of. We are extremely thankful to Avalanche for the sponsorship and guarantee that the prices of their always-tasty pizzas are much lower than my ERA (Earned Run Average).Read More »

Top Five Underused Compliments

As someone who enjoys accolades and commendations, I thought it would be best to rank the Top 5 Underused Compliments.

This list is like peanuts in a bar, it’s complementary (I know it’s spelled differently but I can’t read this out loud to all of you, just to my family members who are constantly subjected to these terrible jokes.)Read More »

A trip home leads to some rash decisions

I took a four-hour drive recently, and ended up driving into the past.

The drive was to my mom’s house in Defiance County, Ohio, where I stayed for a few days. One of my brothers was also home for a visit, so it would be a welcome chance to see family.

My mom greeted us as she usually does, with a big hug and a bigger list of items she wanted us to do around the house.Read More »

Supersized sidewalks and a few thoughts about summer in Athens, Ohio

A few random thoughts related to summer in Athens, Ohio

I like the new extra wide sidewalks on West Union Street in Uptown Athens. I’m not sure I completely understand the reasons for them, but they look sweet. I enjoy how they appear modern with the smooth curves, but also historic with the bricks that have been included. They even have benches and super short trashcans that make me feel extra tall while walking. I may take some trash up there just because it looks fun to throw it into those short cans.Read More »