The @CincinnatiPR Minute for Monday, July 6, 2015 ~~ starring Brent Walker of Walker Homes at Riverview Estates, Anderson Township ~~

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , on 07/06/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large

PLAY BALL!! ~~ 23 More Rules for 4th of July Wiffle Ball ~~ courtesy @JasonGay and The @WSJ

Posted in Wall Street Journal with tags , , , on 07/04/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large
23 More Rules for Fourth of July Wiffle Ball Jason Gay Wall Street Journal

It’s been a couple of seasons since our last Fourth of July Wiffle Ball Rules, and if you’re wondering: Yes, the Fourth of July Wiffle ball “Steroid Era” is over. Home runs are down. Strikeouts are up. The only stuff anyone’s testing positive for: rum and potato salad.

1. To review the essential bylaws: Fourth of July Wiffle ball must be played on (duh) the Fourth of July. The game should probably begin in the late afternoon or early evening, before everyone’s eaten 11 hot dogs. The game is slow pitch, not fast pitch—fast-pitch is for passive-aggressive lunatics. Everyone is welcome, regardless of athleticism or beer count. If you forget everything else, remember these two things: no $200 million contracts for players over 30, and never, ever put a charcoal grill in the outfield.

2. When designing your Wiffle ball diamond, it’s important to make sure that it contains at least one expensive, irreplaceable custom window that can be shattered by a well-hit line drive.

3. Authentic bases are not necessary for Wiffle ball. You might not even play with bases. If you do, first base can be a beach towel. Second base can be a tube of sunscreen. Third base can be an iPad.

Home plate can be your Aunt’s secret copy of “50 Shades of Grey.”

4. Uniform? Come on. The Fourth of July Wiffle ball uniform is bare feet and a plastic cocktail cup.

23 More Rules of Wiffle Ball

5. A fly ball that lands on top of the roof is a home run. A fly ball that goes over the roof is a grand slam. A fly ball that breaks the neighbor’s window is a visit from the police.

6. If you insist on painting foul lines for your Wiffle ball game, it’s probably a good idea to do it before your third margarita.

7. Stats are not important during Fourth of July Wiffle ball. If you cannot remember what inning it is, you have exactly the right attitude.

8. There are no balls and strikes called in Wiffle ball. You just shame the picky hitters.

9. There will be someone in your game who holds the bat with one hand and only swings at pitches two feet above his or her head. This person will go 8 for 8.

10. There will also be someone who steps to the plate and points dramatically to the outfield wall like Babe Ruth. This person always fouls out.

11. A few times you will have to go find the on-deck hitter, who will be back in the kitchen eating nachos and watching “The Big Bang Theory” on TV.

12. There’s going to be one player in your game who loves saying old-timey baseball lingo like “Chin Music” and “Frozen Rope” and “Texas Leaguer.” It gets old pretty fast.

13. If you’re organizing a Fourth of July Wiffle ball game in the parking lot at the Grateful Dead show in Chicago…good luck, buddy!

14. If you’re playing Wiffle ball up in New England, take it easy on the Deflategate jokes. They’re still pretty sensitive about that thing.

15. There is someone in the outfield who is watching “Orange Is the New Black” on his or her phone.

23 More Rules of 4th of July Wiffle Ball Jason Gay Wall Street Journal

16. Sure, you can do play-by-play of your Fourth of July Wiffle ball game. But you do not sound like Vin Scully. Nobody on the planet sounds as good as Vin Scully. That’s why he’s Vin Scully.

17. No stealing bases or beers.

18. Whoever wins your Fourth of July Wiffle ball game is in second place in the NL East.

19. This is weird, but eight Kansas City Royals made the All-Star Team from your Wiffle ball game.

20. Yes: Peanut the Labrador can play in the Fourth of July Wiffle ball Game. Let Peanut have his fun! At 9 p.m., when the fireworks start, Peanut is going to be under the back porch crying.

21. You can’t get thrown out of Fourth of July Wiffle ball for arguing a call. You can be thrown out for putting your fingers in the guacamole.

22. If you are contemplating diving into a rose bush to make a catch, let me remind you this a Fourth of July Wiffle ball game, and you have to be at work on Monday.

23. The Wiffle ball game is over when someone runs right through a screen door. Which someone hopefully caught on video and will put on YouTube.

Happy Fourth of July!

Write to Jason Gay at

The @CincinnatiPR Minute for Thursday 7.2.15

Posted in PR with tags , , , on 07/02/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large

Media Alert: Connecting with Connexus in Cincy at Omnicare Center, Downtown ~~ Connexus Credit Union opening new Downtown Cincinnati facility on Tuesday 7.7.15 ~~ open to the public, news media ~~ from Wisconsin serves Convergys, Cincinnati Bell, Liberty Mutual employees, family and retirees (among others!) ~~ @ConnexusCU

Posted in Connexus Credit Union with tags , , , , , , , , , on 07/02/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large

Here’s the new spot in Omnicare Center on East Fourth, formerly known as Atrium One ~~ will be in the front of the lobby, next to Starbucks. (Boom)

Media Alert – For Immediate Release:   Media Alert – Connexus Credit Union opening new Downtown Cincinnati branch Tuesday July 7 2015

Connecting with Connexus in Downtown Cincy: 7.7.15 

[Cincinnati, Ohio ~ July 2, 2015] Connexus Credit Union of Wisconsin (, doing business in Cincinnati by serving employees, retirees and family members of the ever-growing Cincinnati Bell, Convergys, and Liberty Mutual families – among many others! – will unveil its newest, largest and exceedingly customer-friendly facility in Downtown Cincinnati next week on Tuesday, July 7.

The 3:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting will feature Connexus President and CEO J. David Christenson, Vice President of Marketing Jim McKissick and other Connexus company officials; the event is open to the public and news media.

Connexus President, CEO J. David Christenson

Connexus President, CEO J. David Christenson

A private VIP reception will follow from 4:30-6 p.m. Interview opportunities with Mr. Christenson and C-level executives will be available before, during and throughout the official opening at the Omnicare Center office building, located at 201 East Fourth Street.

We are extremely pleased to open our new Downtown Cincinnati branch, and we welcome Cincinnatians and new friends from all over the Midwest,” Mr. Christenson said.

Credit unions have become invaluable partners for families nationwide with their unique service and product offerings. At Connexus, we really are all about choosing, and owning, your best financial partner,” added Mr. McKissick.

Founded in Wausau in 1935, Connexus is renowned for paying high rates for checking and savings accounts and offering low rates on auto and personal loans. A federally insured institution (NCUA, Equal Housing Opportunity), Connexus has more 184,000 members and over $1 billion in assets (as of June 1, 2015).

Connexus Chief Experience Officer and Executive Vice President Marita Hattem

Connexus Chief Experience Officer and Executive Vice President Marita Hattem

Its mission: to help members achieve their personal financial objectives by anticipating their needs, and exceeding their expectations, with superior service and projects.

In business locally since 2006, the new Connexus facility replaces a branch in the 525 Vine building that will close this Friday and a branch in Norwood which closed two weeks ago; Connexus also maintains a branch in Liberty Mutual’s Fairfield facility.

The new Fourth Street branch will officially open for business on Monday, July 6.

About Connexus Credit Union:

Serving more than 184,000 members across all 50 states, Connexus is a member-focused cooperative with over $1 Billion in assets. Connexus is proud to provide high yields for checking accounts and deposit products, as well as competitive rates for personal, home and auto loans. The Wausau, Wisc.-based credit union has been nationally recognized for excellence by Forbes, CNN Money, PC Magazine, AARP, Kiplinger and Connexus is committed to helping their members achieve personal financial objectives while anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations with superior products and services.


Who: Connexus Credit Union of Wausau, Wisc., financial partner of Cincinnati Bell, Convergys, and Liberty Mutual employees, retirees and families

What: Ribbon-Cutting at new Downtown Cincinnati facility for Connexus

Where: 1st-floor lobby Omnicare Center, 201 East Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 3:30 p.m. (VIP Reception 4:30-6)

Why: Customer-friendly first-floor lobby (next to Starbucks!) affords Connexus members easier access, greater convenience

Connexus Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Chad Rogers

Connexus Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Chad Rogers



Mr. Jim McKissick, Vice President of Marketing, Connexus

(715) 847-4719 ~

Mr. Andy Hemmer, President of PR

(513) 604-5428 ~ 

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The @CincinnatiPR Minute for Wednesday 7.1.15: spotlight on the office/commercial component at Rookwood Properties in Cincinnati and Tri-County

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , on 07/01/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large

The @CincinnatiPR Minute for Wednesday 7.1.15 from Andy Hemmer PR


Your @CincinnatiPR Minute for Tuesday, June 30, 2015: featuring Brent Walker of Walker Homes, Manhattan Harbour

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/30/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large

The best view at Manhattan Harbour?


Call Brent Walker with Walker Homes, master builder of Manhattan Harbour, at (513) 480-4247 or send Brent an e-mail at

The @CincinnatiPR Minute for Monday, June 29, 2015 starring Connexus Credit Union and The Enclave from Rookwood Properties

Posted in PR with tags , , , on 06/29/2015 by TheWritingFiend@Large

The @CincinnatiPR Minute for Monday, June 29, 2015 features Connexus Credit Union of Wausaw, Wisconsin, opening up a new Downtown Cincinnati facility on East Fourth Street on Tuesday, July 7.

Also on today’s docket: The Enclave from Rookwood Properties, a 134-unit exclusive apartment community off Hauck Road (Tri-County).


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