Saturday, August 27, 2005

Friday Night Lights

A great evening out last night. First, the opening ceremonies of the German-American Festival at Oak Shade Grove, complete with ice cold Spaten Lager hoisted for the toast, Marines marching under Old Glory, the actual Budweiser Clydesdale horse team, and about a thousand people under a tent singing the Swiss, German and American national anthems. As a native of the east side, the GAF serves as an unofficial yearly reunion for a lot of people I grew up with, not to mention signaling the last weeks of summer.

Later, I bought a ticket and watched the second half of the St. Francis-Columbus DeSales football game at Waite. Rough. Not a St. Francis grad, but enjoyed meeting some folks I knew and the atmosphere at Mollenkopf Field. It's a stately old bowl that has seen incredible football over the decades. When my grandfather played for Waite, he was sent out to a CCC Camp in Utah to bulk up while earning a little money during the Great Depression.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nobody cares about your night out. Put it in a diary on your nightstand, next to the picture of Marcy and Jack.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a life, not everything has to be about politics, jerk.

10:27 AM  
Blogger billy said...

Man! You guys are a couple of real winners! You dont like what the man posts, go start your own blog!!

And read my other posts out here, Im far from a Frankophile, but you two need to go get a life!

frank, I do like the part where you thought you had to point out that you 'bought' the ticket for the football game... No taftlike implicatons for you!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excuse me but i was sticking up for frank.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Hans Across America said...

Did the Toledo Germans sing the first verse (which for obvious reasons is not sung in Germany any more):

Deutschland, Deutschland ΓΌber alles,

Germany, Germany above all,
Above everything in the world,
When always for protection,
We stand together as brothers.
From the Maas to the Memel
From the Etsch to the Belt -
Germany, Germany above all
Above all in the world.

Or, instead, did they sing the third verse (which IS sung in Germany today)?

Unity and law and freedom
For the German Fatherland
Let us all strive for that
In brotherhood with heart and hand!
Unity and law and freedom
Are the foundation for happiness
Bloom in the glow of happiness
Bloom, German Fatherland.

11:32 AM  
Blogger historymike said...

Agreed about the abusive posts. It's one thing to debate the issues, but quite another to anonymously post ignorant personal attacks.

Besides, Frank merely posted a blurb about what he did last night. This anonymous poster(s) must have some serious interpersonal issues to get worked up reading about the GAF and St. Francis football.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen, I agree with about zero of what Frank has to say, but he is allowed to go to the GAF and football games to enjoy himself. This is his blog and let him post what we wants.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hans, can't confirm any of the lyrics to the German anthem - just stood at attention and enjoyed the music.

Thanks for giving me the room to share. If you care, that's fine, if you don't, that's fine too.


12:55 PM  
Blogger ToledoJoe said...

The posts are right. Back off Frank and let him enjoy football. Frank, did you play at Waite like your grandfather. Go Indians.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

No, the closest I got was intramural basketball at Clay - which I really enjoyed. Played flag football in college. I'm not sounding too tough, huh?

2:22 PM  
Blogger liberal_dem said...

Frank- thanks for such an uplifting message. It amazes me that some posters here found your comments offensive, but then, they must be hard-ball right-wingers who have come to the realization that the neocons whom they have supported have led American astray.

They really arent mad at you, Frank. They are actually mad at themselves for having been duped, [may I say brainwashed?]by Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush. But they aren't mature enough to admit that so they take their anger out on easy targets through anonymous, postings.

How sad, but then, when you bet on the wrong horse and the horse turns out to be a limping mare, someone's to blame and why not you or all Democrats?

I enjoy your enthusiasm, Frank, as well as your dedication to the people of Toledo. It gives us all hope when we see young men like you espousing the higher road, the more precious values of life.

5:06 PM  
Blogger historymike said...

I agree that Frank is an enthusiastic and energetic asset to the city. I may not necessarily agree with all of his views, but heck, I don't even agree with my wife half the time. :-}

Agreed also about the moronic attacks that some posters try to pass off as "debate." I get tired of people on both ends of the spectrum who would rather disparage someone with whom they disagree than engage in an intelligent discussion.

I have friends on both sides of the political aisle whose opinions I may respectfully disagree with, but I have little patience for buffoons who think "debate equals insult."

Such people only advertise their own stupidity...

5:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...


Now that made me laugh, I like the occasional breaks into Frank's nights out. Most of us that blog do that from time to time. It helps you to get to know a bit more about the person.


6:51 PM  
Anonymous Tontogany Phil said...

Who's Carty Finkbiner?

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blade's most recent poll came out. Carty at 45% and Ford at 16% -- everybody else under 10%. Ford is 29% behind with an unfavorable of 54%. All his media is not working -- in fact his numbers have gone DOWN in the last two weeks from 22% to 16%. Carty is going up, up, up. Not the "momoentum" you want to have in the last two weeks. Ford is going to get crushed.

What is the current status of Their mayoral candidate is going to lose big time (might not even get through the primary), its leading councilwoman is in the midst of a huge political scandal for abuse of her authority and might get disbarred, and Frank has made more enemies in 6 months than most people make in a career.

No wonder Wilkowski jumped ship when he did. This "experiment" has turned out to be a huge failure. Sorry about your luck.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

What's this got to do with Friday night?

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got people bouncing off street light poles, apparently.

6:56 AM  

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