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Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Bigdog » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:35 pm

John made his annual visit with the governor's wife for Valentine's day. I helps to be in good with the woman who tells the Governor of Ohio what he can and can't do. :D :D

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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Jackman » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:39 pm

Nice pic :big afro: , is Lildog in politics :shock:,,,,,,,,,,,,,, if yes we need a National Farmall day :lol: :lol:
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Bill Hudson » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:41 pm

BD,

Hey, he cleans up real good. Very photogenic. You and Miss Janet must be proud.

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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby RUSSALL » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:51 pm

How about a National International Day instead. I don't have a FARMALL .Yet.
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Jeff M » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:13 pm

Please tell us: What are the circumstances that led up to this?
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby grumpy » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:27 pm

We usually have a story and no pics so... By the way, as said..he does clean up good. Betcha he owns the suit also. :P :P Grump
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Bigdog » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:34 pm

John works for the State of Ohio Department of Aging. Every year at Valentines Day the Governor's wife recognizes senior citizen couples with long time marriages. John is publications manager for the department and handles media relations for them. Not a politician but rubs elbows with them. Our governor is an old southern Ohio farm boy - maybe an International / Farmall Cub day isn't totally out of the question.
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby grumpy » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:38 pm

Great BigDog. So when I get old I'll move to Ohio right. Nah, I aint movin anywhere that soon. :roll: :roll: Grump
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby RUSSALL » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:26 pm

Will this be an Ohio or national celebration? Possibly a federal holiday when all government offices are closed and no mail delivered, so that all can celerbrate the joy of IH 2150 red..... Oh I just woke up
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby lildog » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:01 pm

It's always pretty impressive when you can say you have a standing Valentine's Day date with the Governor's wife.

We do an annual observance called Joined Hearts in Giving. It honors couples from all over Ohio who have been married at least 40 years (at least one of the individuals must be age 60 or older) and who are both active volunteers in their community. It's something we do in conjunction with the First Lady's office and it's held at the Governor's residence (we're not allowed to call it a mansion, but that's what it is). We've been doing this for 10 years now, I've had the honor of being involved in 9 of them.

It's always a lot of fun to see the variety of folks we get, both urban and very rural. A couple of years back, as people were walking up the driveway to the residence, I looked out and had to do a double-take. There was this big guy with white hair and beard, wearing bibs and a bright red shirt. My first thought was: "Dad?" It was fun to talk to him and his wife. Neither of them thought it odd to be wearing bibbed overalls to the Governor's house. "They're his Sunday bibs," his wife explained. "And, a new shirt," he added.

Another cool story was the year we honored Bob Evans (of the restaurant) and his wife. He walked into the dining room, right over the the silver tea service and hung his signature Stetson on the largest kettle. My boss, who was watching with me, turned to me and said "I think he's been here before."

This is the second First Lady we've done this with. The last one, Mrs. Taft, was the consummate debutante and a very gracious host. She conveyed a certain "welcome to my home" kind of persona. The current FL, Frances Strickland, is pure country girl - born and raised near Louisville, KY. Her persona is more of a "Hey y'all, come on in!" Guess which one I enjoy working with more.

Mrs. Strickland - Frances, as she'll insist anyone calls her - is a down-to-earth straight shooter. This year, she even pulled out her guitar and led a sing-along.

Anyway, you can learn more about the type of people we honor at this event at our Web site:
http://www.aging.ohio.gov/news/joinedheartsingiving/

And, yes, Grump. I do own the suit, my only one.
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby lildog » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:06 pm

Oh, and I don't know if I have the clout for to make a Farmall day happen, but I might be able to get the Guv and his wife to come to a Cub tug - but probably not until his second term, when he'll be less worried about his image. :wink:
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Pony Master » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:54 am

John, if you get them to the Tug, I am sure plenty of people will volunteer their tractors for them to drive. Heck they can drive mine. That looks like a good time.
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby Lurker Carl » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:34 pm

Geez, Bro, you look quite dapper in that suit! I know Momma is proud of you. I hope she doesn't make formal wear the new Cub Tug uniform if the Governor comes to visit.
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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby George Willer » Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:49 pm

lildog wrote:Anyway, you can learn more about the type of people we honor at this event at our Web site:
http://www.aging.ohio.gov/news/joinedheartsingiving/

And, yes, Grump. I do own the suit, my only one.


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Re: Lildog and the Guv's wife!

Postby VinceD » Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:30 pm

Congratulations John. Keep up the good work. :D :D :D
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