Ned Skeldon Stadium

Ned Skeldon Stadium

Once a racetrack for the Lucas County fairgrounds, Ned Skeldon Stadium originally opened as Lucas County Stadium to bring the Mud Hens baseball team back to life.

For 37 seasons (1965 – 2001), Ned Skeldon Stadium was home of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team, based in Maumee, Ohio. The Mud Hens are part of the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.

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New life for old Taco Bell buildings

Old Taco Bell buildings were unique and easily distinguishable from the road. It seems that a majority of them have been re-purposed as new businesses.

Taco Bucks

For Taco Bell particularly, empty or re-purposed restaurants are easily recognized in the suburban landscape. Their distinctive architecture (another franchise requirement) of arched “bell” window frames and pitched roofs may spark a craving for Nachos Bell Grande, but they’re also a marker of businesses that couldn’t keep up.

Rian Dundon, Photos: The amusingly sad second lives of former Taco Bells

I came across this article earlier today and wanted to share. While they aren’t abandoned, I do like how they found new life as other business ventures. Humorous? Definitely. Still, it makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t just tear them down. Oh well.

I think there might be a few of these buildings not too far from where I live. I’ll have to go driving and see what I can find.

Here’s a photo group on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing more uses for old Taco Bell buildings.

Image credit: Taco Bucks by vanherdehaage (via Flickr)

 


Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo - Nation Novel Writing Month

“What are you writing this year?”

It’s the question on everyone’s lips at the regional NaNoWriMo kickoff parties. The answer, even among seasoned NaNoWriMo veterans, is often “I don’t know.” If you don’t know either, relax—you’re in good company.

If you’re looking for ideas, you’ll find plenty of resources to get you going. The NaNoWriMo forums, and Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! are two of the best.

As this is my tenth year participating in NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d add to the mix with a quick how-to on the techniques that have worked for me.

How to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo by Steve Shepard, developer of Storyist

No matter what writing tool you use this November for NaNoWriMo, whether it’s Scrivener, Storyist, or another writing app, this handy guide by Steve Shepard (of Storyist fame) will help you get prepared.

I have a small list of apps that I do recommend for writing, so be sure to check them out. I use Storyist and Scrivener, and highly recommend them, but there are others that may work better with your environment. There’s no wrong answer as long as it gets the job done.



Log Cabin

An old log cabin finds new life in town.

Old Log Cabin in Oak Harbor, OH
Old Log Cabin in Oak Harbor, OH

Oak Harbor, Ohio has a lot of history. Unfortunately, thanks to shitty decisions by past members of the town, much of the history has been torn down instead of preserved.

Thankfully, someone had the foresight to move an old log cabin from the fairgrounds to its current location, which, ironically, was the location of the old town hall/jail.

Instead of tearing it down, the cabin was moved and preserved for uses such as a cabin for Santa during the holiday season. There isn’t much to it as it’s a single-room cabin, but it’s still nice to see that someone still cares about history, even if there isn’t much back story to it.

Aside from a cabin for Santa, it’s also the site for homecoming/prom pictures, wedding pictures, and even the annual Easter egg hunt in town.

It’s a good reminder of a simpler life, even if it’s nothing more than a simple decoration.