Um… Wait. What????

Yesterday, a large, but simple box came to our office from Paris Hatters in San Antonio Texas. That was strange because almost all boxes we get come from Amazon, or recently from Wal-Mart for the shoes we bought for the homeless kids of Akron. I would have remembered buying something from a hat shop in […]

Harvest Dinner for Local Families Experiencing Homelessness

Probably the most influential post I’ve ever written was discussing the 2200 homeless kids that are in Akron and the only group that is solely responsible for helping them: Project R.I.S.E. (Realizing Individual Strength through Education). You, as I, were incredibly moved by these kids and Project RISE. I wanted to let you know about an […]

Who Are We?

I’m 44 years old. I’ve spent this first half of my life collecting. Collecting things like: An amazing wife A mind-blowing kid A mediocre business A couple properties Various cars A pop-up camper The wife and kid part are perfect. I will tell anyone that asks: I won the lottery with Rocky. I could not […]

One Last Marijuana Plea – Yes on Issue 3

   I know why most of you say you don’t like Issue 3.  “It’s a monopoly. I mean it will say that on the ballot. So it must be one.” It is not a monopoly.  In 2009 you voted to allow only four casinos in Ohio.  By definition you were in support of a much […]

A Completely Selfish Post. Please Read.

This is a really selfish post. So forgive me ahead of time. But I’m going to gloat a bit here. I can’t help myself. About 6 years ago, during a hellish part of the Great Recession, Rocky and I bought 15 Broad Street in Akron. This was probably the most terrifying business move we’ve ever […]

Who I Endorse For Akron Mayor

   As I attempted to run for Akron mayor, I was given a unique front row seat to the candidates. I also got a lot of interesting “off the record” insight into these people too. There is a part of me that really wants to tell you all the gossip I heard. Much of what […]

Ohio ACLU Supports Issue 3 and So Do I

You may wonder why I care about a marijuana bill when my focus is the homeless. It’s simple: the war on drugs is an easy way to hurt minorities of all kinds, including the homeless. Issue 3 will stop this.  Please vote YES on Issue 3 and stop letting the law hurt the weakest in […]
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Accounting Update for No Feet Left Behind – Socks Edition

I’m a big believer in transparency. So I wanted to upload my completed order from Sam’s Club for socks and Ziploc Freezer Bags. It’s for a total of $269.62. There have been $325 in donations at our “No Feet Left Behind” campaign: deposited $296.95 into my account.That puts us at positive $27.33. I was […]

Shoes For Homeless Kids: 11 Donations, $214, 2 Days  Because so much of my work is on email I tend to take an email break over the weekends.  Email can get a little overwhelming.  But this Monday morning, today, could possibly make me LOVE email again.  I woke up to a slew of supportive comments on last Friday’s post talking about all […]
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2200 Homeless Kids In Akron

When I write these posts I try to come up with a catchy headline. I try to say something that will make you stop a second and consider clicking into read the rest of the story. If 2200 homeless kids in Akron sounds about right, sounds like an understandable number, sounds like something you can […]

Akron Press Club – A Scourge On Democracy

I spent most of the Akron Mayoral debate yesterday just shaking my head.  There are three candidates you will see on the ballot for Akron mayor on November 3. But the Akron Press Club chose to only let the Democrat and Republican candidates participate in their debate. I challenge you to tell me one legitimate […]
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Taking the Monopoly / Cartel Propaganda Head On

If you live in Ohio you are probably aware that when you go vote on Tuesday November 3 you will be voting on Issue 3. It’s the marijuana initiative. If you are familiar with the initiative you might also connect with it the words “Monopoly” or even “Cartel”. In fact, that is how it will […]

Why I really want you to vote for the marijuana bill…

There is one prevailing reason most people I know don’t like Issue 3 that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 3: It creates a monopoly. In fact, here is the text you will read on the ballot: Issue 3Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposesProposed […]

The Mac is Bac!

   You may remember the story of our iMac being stolen from our office by a homeless guy I was helping.  The interesting part of that story is that all Apple products have gps tracking on them.  So I’ve had an alert set to notify me when it came back online.  Sure enough, it came […]

Wait! What? You already met the goal???

Am I reading that right? Did you guys already, like in one day, meet the goal for the “No Feet Left Behind” campaign? I came in this morning thinking about how I was going to inspire you all to donate to the cause. But it turns out you already did it! You are AWESOME!!!! Thank […]

Somebody is going to get a shit ton of socks out of this mayoral race

   I just heard Rocky tell her friend Holly that on the phone.  I’ve been told by several homeless people that they always need socks.  Homeless people are constantly walking.  Their socks wear out, get wet and get really dirty.  If it’s socks they want, it’s socks they’ll get.  Do you like socks?  Are you […]

Intermission – The end of season 1

   I bet most baseball players feel embarrassed striking out.  “I should’ve let that ball go. “ “I could’ve focused more.” “I would’ve hit it if I didn’t have a headache.” Should’ve. Would’ve. Could’ve.  Those words make me cringe.  “If things just had been different.” When I was quitting drinking the group I belonged to […]

Day 106: I’m Out and I’m Sorry – On The Road To Mayor

The verdict was decided today by the Summit County Board of Elections: Not enough of my 1086 signatures were deemed valid. Most of the reasons were either because they: Weren’t registered. Not the correct address. That was the fatal flaw of my strategy. Most of my time was spent with the homeless. Apparently they have […]

Day 104 – Perpetual Not Knowing – On The Road To Mayor

Fortunately, the next chapter of this journey is near. This Wednesday, September 23, at 10am the Board of Elections will determine if any of the Independent Candidates will make it onto the November 3 General Election ballot. There are 3 possible Independents that potentially could get on the ballot.  Me Bill Melver Stephen Muhammad Both […]
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Day 100 – Guess who’s a Gigabit city. It’s not Akron. – On the road to mayor

The awesome news that Hudson is now going to officially be a Gigabit city came over yesterday: Hudson starts up high-speed gigabit internet service – Your Business – Ohio Hudson’s city owned and operated Velocity Broadband as of Tuesday started offering internet connections up to a gigabit per second – 1,000 megabits per second. To give […]
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Day 99: This is how change starts. – On the road to mayor

I missed a call and text last night about 10:15.  When I woke up this morning I was able to put the whole story together through text, Facebook and some Facebook messages.  A homeless guy I, and two other friends, Bill Wise and Jon Batten (who I met through Conservative News Authority), are friends with […]
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Day 98 – Second Class Citizens – On The Road To Mayor

I think one of the most difficult human abilities to develop is empathy. Being able to put yourself in another person’s shoes is incredibly difficult. Maybe impossible, really. If you aren’t experiencing something it’s very common to feel like it doesn’t exist. Women are treated fairly in the workplace.  African Americans are treated equally by […]

Day 96: Why there are so few great people. On The Road To Mayor

   Do you remember the post (day 32) where I listed a few people who I thought would be cool to run for mayor? As you can imagine, there was no resounding thrill from them to run.  The best people in our communities rarely have interest in running for office.  Why? I don’t think it’s […]

Day 95: But he stole your iMac! On the road to mayor.

    That picture pretty much says it all.  That’s my newest friend walking out the front door of my office in the middle of the night this past Thursday with the iMac in my office.  We had met earlier in the day, in my office, talking about many things.  How the owner of the apartment […]

Day 91 – Primary Election Day! On The Road To Mayor

   Did you know that the word “democracy” is never mentioned in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution? Democracy was feared by the founding fathers.  James Madison expressed this attitude in Federalist #10: “…instability, injustice, and confusion …have in truth been the mortal disease under which popular governments everywhere perished…” But they knew one […]

Day 90 – A Zero Waste City – On the Road To Mayor

   I read with great interest the New York Times article on zero waste communities.  I am a firm believer that in order for Akron to grow and become a place young people want to live we must move forward bravely and boldly.  We must become a beacon of light and inspiration for what 21st […]

Day 87 – 1086 Signatures! – On The Road To Mayor

I have a habit of becoming obsessed with things. I can’t just run a few miles a day. I have to run a marathon without ever running another race in my life.  I can’t run just one marathon. I need to run 3 marathons to prove to myself that I actually can run marathons. When […]

Day 85 – A Gift of Vegetables – On The Road To Mayor

   There is a man who has been a great help to me with my campaign so far.  He spent over two decades in prison. Though thin, he has diabetes. His liver is failing.  His feet hurt him immensely.  He’s been a heroin addict.  And, like many homeless or near homeless people, he has a […]