Sunday, May 29, 2005

Photographs Of C and O Canal Cycling Trip

As you can see I have posted new photographs on webshots. If you look at my photo album link, just click on the part that says C and O Canal Cycling...

Friday, May 27, 2005

NewsForge | Detroit high school opens its desktops

My daughter, aka ebofgod just got a laptop for graduation. I'm thinking of putting Open Office on it for her.
As always, follow the link to get the full story.

NewsForge | Detroit high school opens its desktops: "In 2003, John Hansknecht, the director of technology at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, had a tough decision to make. The school had about a hundred older computers running Microsoft Office 97 and Windows NT, and some kind of upgrade was clearly required. It would have been an easy decision to simply upgrade to Microsoft Office 2000, but that would have required replacing all the computers with more powerful systems -- a large expenditure which could be better spent on other technology needs. Hansknecht had a better idea:

The previous year Hansknecht had begun evaluating with the assistance of Peter Guenther, the computer applications teacher, and Vondra Abbott, the school librarian. Hansknecht thought that if he could meet the school's requirements with an office suite that worked with both Microsoft Windows and Linux, he could eliminate the cost of Microsoft Office and reduce the need for periodic and expensive hardware upgrades.

Firefox 1.04

I've made the switch. I think the Linux version is slightly faster than the older 1.0 version.

Agent Tim

Agent Tim has some comments on the Terrorist Handbook. It shows that terrorists are trained to exploit the institutions of our society, such as our media and courts system.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

American Profile: 5/6/2001 - 5/12/2001: Ellen Gray Massey

American Profile: 5/6/2001 - 5/12/2001: Ellen Gray Massey: "Mention moonshine or shiftless hillbillies, and Ellen Gray Massey’s smile turns ice cold.

“I want to get rid of Ozark stereotypes,” says the Lebanon, Mo., teacher and writer. “I want to show the hardworking, intelligent people, and beautiful region I know.”

For more than a half century, Massey’s praise of the Ozarks has filled high school, university, and Eldershostel classes, 13 books, 55 magazine articles, 125 dramatic readings, 239 speeches, two television documentaries, and a two-act musical.


Book Concerns: Ellen Gray Massey - THE BITTERSWEET OZARKS AT A GLANCE

Book Concerns: Ellen Gray Massey - THE BITTERSWEET OZARKS AT A GLANCE


From Writers Talk, with permission from the author.

Compiling the photos and writing the captions and introductions to tie everything together for The Bittersweet Ozarks at a Glance, was a joy. I wanted to capture in this book the land and lore of the Ozarks. I think I did that satisfactorily, but I also recaptured the ten years from 1973 to 1983 when I was the teacher/advisor to a total of 120 high school students who researched, illustrated, wrote, and published the quarterly, Bittersweet.

I began the Bittersweet after repeated urging from my brother, Ralph Gray, who was editor of The National Geographic World. As board member of the student publication, Foxfire, in the northern Georgia Appalachians, he thought I should create the same for the Ozark area. "

Ellen Massey

I did okay in Ms. Massey's class, but I found a love for languages and linguistics. Her lectures on the History of English still stick with me. 1066 was the year that English changed. What are the characteristics of a language for it to become a linguia franca? Ease of learning, political success of the speakers, and economic success of the speakers. And more....

Ellen Gray Massey

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - The Inadequacy of "Yes" Theology

The below quote of a quote....yeah, yeah I know a little much isn't it, talking about the need to not only mention the truth but understand what is wrong with unorthodox doctrine. Follow the link to a good article. - The Inadequacy of "Yes" Theology: "Without declaring the no, we become the church that Machen observed in his day: 'conservative in an ignorant, non-polemic, sweetness-and-light kind of way, which is just meat for the wolves.'


Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Paw Paw Tunnel

On my trip I stopped in Paw Paw, WV. I had heard of Paw Paw because of the Frisbee golf course there. I ended up finding a restaurant "Grandma's Country Kitchen". Great country cooking. I ate with a older fellow who seemed eager to talk. I enjoyed his company. People riding the C and O Canal should know this is a must stop and eat there kind of a place. I had the fried hadock. The coffee and lemon pie finished off the meal for me.

As I got back on the trail I soon found myself entering the Paw Paw tunnel. I was surprized how dark the middle of the tunnel was.I had to get off the bicycle and walk because I just could not see to ride. Then it was almost too dark to walk too. I was walking not sure my next step would be a safe one. I could not see the side rail. Had it rotted and fallen into the canal? Was there someone waiting to do evil? I literally had to step out in faith or go no where. Next time, I'm taking a flash light.

Monday, May 23, 2005

C and O Canal Completion: Wild Life

I wrote a long post Sunday on my adventures and somehow it did not post. So I have decided to break the post into sections. So the wild life I saw was: lots of deer, chimpmonks, fox, copperhead snake, black snake, owl, water turtles, woodland turtle, racoon, spider, rabbits, squirrels, ground hog, and a pair of turkeys. I almost ran over the copperhead. He kept me spooked for a while. Every stick on the ground turned to a snake in the fears of my mind.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Davinci Decoded

Check out this site on the Da Vinci Code.

Davinci Decoded: "Here are some frequently asked questions about the issues raised by The Da Vinci Code:"

The Real History of the Crusades - Christianity Today Magazine

I have been reading about the Crusades long before this recent movie made it popular. It has seemed to me that what I usually hear about the Crusades is over simplified and one dimensional. For an article that really short, this is a fantastic summary of the Crusades. It is well worth your time to pick up a few historical facts about a time period you probably skipped over in high school history class.

The Real History of the Crusades - Christianity Today Magazine: "With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant.

As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word crusade in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questions, or at least thought they did. What they really wanted was an expert to say it all back to them. For example, I was frequently asked to comment on the fact that the Islamic world has a just grievance against the West. Doesn't the present violence, they persisted, have its roots in the Crusades' brutal and unprovoked attacks against a sophisticated and tolerant Muslim world? In other words, aren't the Crusades really to blame?" ....Click on the link above to read the rest.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Coming Up and I'm Not Ready

I have to get wet weather clothing. I’m wanting to get something that is a little more high tech, not the low end product. My hope is that it will help me to cycle more on the commute work and at other times. I also need to thing about getting a water system, like a Camel-back. Then there is extra tires I need as spare parts.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


“and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation,” Romans 15:20

I have desired to do pioneering mission work. As I am well into my 40's, I am wondering what that would look like. When I look at pioneer mission work it often is defined by those who attempt to carry it out. I see basically four different approaches that mission agencies attempt to do pioneer mission work. These are broad descriptions that are often combined or changed by those have variation in theme.
Church Planting - Church planting is defined by some when you have a self-supporting congregation in the target culture, nation or people group. The U.S. Center for World Missions takes this approach, as does New Tribes Missions.

Bible Translation – A Bible being translated into every language is the strategy. For years I prayed that the Southern Pocomam people would receive the Word of God. This approach assumes power in the scriptures and that God will use them for his kingdom.

Mercy Ministry – Those who endeavor to carry out mercy ministry seek to extend the message of love in a practical way so that the gospel can be received by the target people. Compassion and World Vision are two ministry endeavoring to communicate the gospel by meeting people's needs.

Media Ministry – Satellite TV, the Bible on tape and shortwave radio is use to make culturally relevant materials with a biblical message. The idea is that media can reach places that individuals can not go. People can explore faith in privacy and ponder their first steps into know who Jesus is.

I would like to do all of these. Of course I can not do them all. But looking at these, it could be argued that Paul's message is not that he desired to plant a church but preach. Of course a church would follow, but his main strategy was to preach. I'm not sure I see a mission effort which sees its first priority as to preach. Perhaps if we discussed Romans 15:20 with missionaries from each of the above organizations they would agree that preaching is primary.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Flying Snake Video Clips

Flying Snake Video Clips: "The following video segments are provided to illustrate different aspects of Chrysopelea's gliding behavior, primarily involving the takeoff and aerial phase of the trajectory. Landing footage will be posted later. Some of this has been published, mainly in abstracts, and the bulk of this material will be described in my dissertation. If you'd like to use any of these clips for a purpose other than teaching, please contact me.


Myers-Briggs Again

For those of you who are test nuts, I think this Myers-Briggs Personality Type is an excellent one. It has questions which are less analytic and more about you.

Hat Tip: Liquid Paper

Terry's #1 Match: INTP

The Thinker

You are analytical and logical - and on a quest to learn everything you can.
Smart and complex, you always love a new intellectual challenge.
Your biggest pet peeve is people who slow you down with trivial chit chat.
A quiet maverick, you tend to ignore rules and authority whenever you feel like it.

You would make an excellent mathematician, programmer, or professor.

Terry's #2 Match: ENTP

The Visionary

You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.
You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.
Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.
You're very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.

You would make a great entrpreneur, marketing executive, or actor.

Now I Challenge You

Surfing around the blogdom I saw a challenge from View From The Pew. By the way, my game was off today. That is in case the Jollyblogger is reading this.

Pruitt Communications

is a Giant Ant that dissolves in Water, has Bulletproof Skin, and Tunnels Underground.

Strength: 6 Agility: 5 Intelligence: 8

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat Pruitt Communications, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights Pruitt Communications using

Friday, May 13, 2005

More Flat Thoughts | Linux Journal

Again a good article on the flat world. In some ways I think this is better than the previous two. Check it out......

More Flat Thoughts | Linux Journal: " Information, we observed, is derived from the verb *inform,* which is related to the verb *form*. To *inform* is not to 'deliver information', but rather to *form* the other party. If you tell me something I didn't know before, I am changed by that. If I believe you, and value what you say, I have granted you authority. Meaning, I have given you the right to *author* what I know. Therefore, *we are all authors of each other*. This is a profoundly human condition in any case, but it is an especially important aspect of the open source value system. By forming each other, as we also form useful software, we are making the world. Not merely changing it.


Trail Run

I took my daughters, the two youngest, to baseball last night at Annapolis High. I initially just ran the Annapolis Strider's one mile loop. My daughter Corrie had told me about a trail through the woods and so I explored that. I was one of the best runs I have ever had.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

What God Sacrificed and I Gained Series: Triune Suffering

“Q. 9. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. There be three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties.”
- Westminster Larger Catechism

The doctrine of the Trinity teaches us about the ontology and economy of God, his nature of being and how members of the Godhead play roles in the salvation of mankind. There is no jealousy or division in the Godhead. There is unity in purpose. There is fellowship one with another. This sharing of one another is sometimes called perichorea. The word is derived from the prefix peri meaning around and the stem of chorea meaning dance, thus to “dance together”. (It would not be “dance around”, which is often a metaphorical way of saying avoid a sensitive issue.) The term perichorea is used by John of Damascus to speak of the mutual interanimation and divine reciprocity of each person in the Trinity.1 By nature, God is eternally in community. He is one but from eternity past, God the Father has been in fellowship with God the Son who was eternally begotten of the Father and also in fellowship with the Holy Spirit who eternally proceeded from the Father and the Son. I have heard it said occasionally that God was lonely so he created man. In reality, God is complete without us, the three, united members of the Godhead have been in eternal community. When Christ experienced the incarnation and the crucifixion, the members of the Godhead experienced it as community. In our human experience some of our greatest losses are often the death of loved ones. A family member or a friend dies and causes us great emotional pain. But often when someone is dying, one of their great concerns is how much their suffering is affecting their family. Dying parents hold on to life simply because they don't want their children to experience the pain of loosing a parent. Likewise, the Trinity experienced great pain at the death of Christ when the Son was isolated by the sin of the world from the Father. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46b (ESV) Though it was in different roles and in different ways, the other members of the Godhead participated in the sufferings of Christ.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

NPR : Strong Bad Walks in Footsteps of Darth, Lex, J.R.

Hey, Strongbad made NPR. But hey, I wonder if NPR will make Strongbad? That's the real question!

NPR : Strong Bad Walks in Footsteps of Darth, Lex, J.R.: "There are lots of nasty characters lurking in the shadowy corners of the World Wide Web. But Strong Bad is just awful. And he's awfully funny, too.

Strong Bad sports a Mexican wrestler's mask and wears boxing gloves all the time. He's the bane of Homestar Runner's existence. And who is Homestar? He's a slightly dim high school jock with a bowling-pin-shaped girlfriend named Marzipan."

Friday, May 06, 2005

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WINKsite: Mobile Community, User-Generated Content, Mobile Site Builder, Social Networking, Mobile Publishing, Moblogging

I have wanted to create a website for mobile devises for a while using WAP. This site seem to be a good place to do such a thing.

WINKsite: Mobile Community, User-Generated Content, Mobile Site Builder, Social Networking, Mobile Publishing, Moblogging: "Join The WINKsite Mobile Community. In minutes, you can set-up a free mobile site that's available worldwide on a web-enabled phone, PDA or desktop PC. Each mobile site is outfitted with easy-to-use mobile channels including chat, blog, mobile feed reader, surveys, journal, forum, calendar, guestbook, bookmarks, email and more. Learn More | Recent News & Views | Testimonials

One Platform. Many Uses. Use your mobile site as your personal podium to the world, a convenient mobile dashboard to all you find important or as a space to build and manage a mobile community. Create a mobile edition of your blog, journal or news service. Publish works of fiction to a mobile audience. Start a mobile chat room, forum or poll. Subscribe to your favorite feeds and read them on your mobile phone or PDA. Organize a gathering or street team and spread the word on the where, when and why. Link SMS, email and bar codes to a mobile destination where people can see and do more. Mobilize a business, real estate listings, classifieds, and events. Learn more about our business solutions.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

What God Sacrificed and What I Gained: Our View Of Pain

Christ was a man of sorrows. (Isaiah 53:3) But for the most part the current generation is unimpressed with the suffering of Christ. It is not that this generation of Christians has an unorthodox view of who Jesus is, it is that they believe that neither he nor anyone else should suffer at all. There are those exceptions to this rule, 1. those seeking revenge and 2. athletes who say “No pain; no gain”. Those who seek revenge do not do so for the sake of justice but simply to get even. It is pain returned for pain. The athletic types understand sacrifices must be made in order to achieve athletic success. They don't do so because they enjoy pain but because they can't bear to not succeed. Which of course is trading physical pain to relieve the psychological pain of not being the best. People who refuse to exercise often incur debilitating health problems. They get caught in a cycle which must be disrupted in order to keep it from destroying their health. The cycle starts with a person being sedimentary in their lifestyle. (This may be due to busyness and responsibility, not necessarily laziness.) Then person declines in muscle tone and cardiovascular stamina. This makes exercising more taxing when it is done. Additionally, it increases the likelihood of injury. Additionally, an unfit body can generally incur aches and pains. So the person decides to avoid the pain of exercise and they remain or become more sedimentary. And this starts to same cycle all over again. The thing the person seeks to avoid, physical pain is increased by the very act of trying to avoid it.
Glory is seen as not a valid goal in our day and age. The goal of fame is seen as fun but not functional. Fame is allowed but is not considered a worthy goal. Happiness is seen as the ultimate goal of life and the means of reaching it is first freedom from pain. Second to freedom from pain is some sort of pleasure. Conventional wisdom says the opposite of pain is pleasure. Both are sensations, one good and one bad. Pleasure helps to understand the worth of something. When we hear the a beautiful symphony, it brings pleasure and thus we appreciate the symphony. Despite the conventional wisdom, the same thing can be said of pain. When we sense the loss of a loved one, we appreciate their life and involvement in our life all the more. The zeitgeist repeats time and time again, “Why is there suffering?” “If there is a loving God, why would he allow all these bad things to happen.” This voice is repeating itself not only in America and Europe, it is being repeated on other continents also. “Why do the innocent suffer?” “If there is pain, there must be a disease, whether it be psychological pain or be physical pain. Treat it, treat it!” The ultimate problem is seen to be pain. Like the doctor treating symptoms and not the disease, you can only manage the problem because it not a cause but an effect.

The Biblical view of pain is quite different. Pain is not seen as the ultimate problem, sin is the ultimate problem. Sin being defined in terms of not living up to God's holy standards. The scriptures see sin as the cause of suffering, not that suffering is evil in and of itself. (Genesis 3:16-19) Often when the question is asked “Why is there evil in the world?” The assumption is that evil is equated to suffering. The real question being asked is “Why is there suffering in the world?” Suffering, rather than being a result of sin and the fall, it is seen as a cause. Suffering was also wrapped up in the solution to sin. (Genesis 3:15b) The suffering of Christ was proclaimed to the means by which Satan was to be defeated. (While Satan is our enemy, but he also is not our ultimate problem.) We are not atonement is not purchased by the mere pain of the sacrifice, it is the life of the blood sacrifice that cleanses from sin. Suffering is a part of the process and helps us to perceive the cost of the sacrifice. While we want to distinguish the effectual element, the life for a life which is paid in atonement, we must also look at the cost of that life in terms of pain.

What God Sacrificed And I Gained Series: Blood Sacrifice and Atonement

The Westminster Larger Catechism tell us in Question 2 tells us that while there is understanding about God in both our nature and by observing creation, our salvation from sin is not understood completely without the work of the Holy Spirit and the message of the scripture. The gospel message can not be understood without the special revelation of God. Some cultures may have the idea of the atonement as a cultural feature which can be illuminated by scripture. If the feature does not exist, the idea of atonement must first be established and then explained. In ancient Palestine, it was not only Israel who practiced blood sacrifices, nor did they have a monopoly on architecture of a temples with inter and out courts. Many of the cultures in the region practiced blood sacrifice and temples with similar layouts. 1 In his book, Eternity In Their Hearts, Don Richards shows how many cultures in remote areas of the world have a blood sacrifice system. He explains that animistic religions in remote areas often have ideological handles often for these people groups to grasp concepts in Biblical revelation. Western culture does not practice blood sacrifices generally. The idea of atonement from sin is usually metaphorically, not literally. In a symbolic way, a person at least does something right, but does not necessarily remove the sins of the past. For instance, Darth Vader is said to have redeemed himself in the movie Star Wars: The Return of The Jedi. He does does not kill Luke his son, instead he kills the evil Emperor. In pop culture, that is enough, but this goes a long ways from the Biblical demand for a sin offering. However, in the scripture it says “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22 ESV) When our medical system looks at blood, it does not see a cleansing agent but a contaminant. The medical community handles and labels all blood as if it would make you sick. The risk of becoming infected with blood borne disease such as Hepatitis or HIV is why used injection needles are placed in brightly colored boxes labeled “Bio Hazard”. Our legal system does not attempt to satisfy justice or atone for crimes but seeks to rehabilitate the criminal or merely to isolate him or her from society so that more people are not victimized.2 Since Western culture does not hold blood sacrifice nor atonement as valid modern concepts, these concepts must be introduced to us from the scriptures. While these concepts are not foreign to all cultures, even cultures that do have them as a component, they are not in all ways the same as the Biblical ideas or ideals. The concept of blood sacrifice is assumed and practiced by the prediluvian times of Genesis as well as practiced by the Patriarchs in Genesis. The defining move of God in Old Testament (OT) history is connected with a blood sacrifice, the Passover. Much of the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy are spent giving details to the proper way to give a sacrifice. From that point forward, the Levitical priesthood maintained the sacrificial system for ancient Israel. Sometimes faithfully and sometimes not so faithfully. The critical act of disobedience on the part of king Saul in the OT was his desecration of the sacrifice. Off and on, the sacrificial system was practiced until New Testament times. And then in A.D. 70, the Temple was destroyed and the sacrificial system as practiced by the Jews for the most part came to an end. Passover has continued because the celebration is done in homes and not the Temple. This sacrifice system had a long history which Biblical revelation is built. The basic ideas of a blood sacrifice used as an atonement was that an innocent party paid the penalty for the sins of the guilty party.
The word sacrifice can mean something besides the blood sacrifice discussed above, for instance in baseball a sacrifice mean batter hitting the ball to an area which increases his risk of getting out while driving in another player. Rather than blood and innocence being central to the concept, it is suffering on the part of the batter. In business dealings, a sacrifice may mean to let something be bought below value. Again, no blood or innocent and guilty parties and still yet, pain to the one who agreed to not get full price. The component that is retained in both cases is the idea of pain. Pain and suffering becomes central to the English popular usage of the word sacrifice. Central to the Biblical idea of a blood sacrifice is the giving of one life for another with the component of suffering on the part of the one being offered. We should not attempt to juxtaposition the popular usage from the Biblical usage of the term sacrifice. The Hebrew and Greek words for sacrifice emphasizes the concept of slaughter. Suffering of the one offering the sacrifice and suffering of the one being sacrificed will be the central issue dealt with in blog series.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Series on What God Sacrificed And I Gained

I intend to do a series of which this is the start.

The basic question is one of cost and benefit. What did it cost God and what did I benefit. The cost shows level of commitment on God as the giver and the benefit shows how much good will the gift give me. The reason to pose the question in terms of me, is to keep from relegating the issue to the mere theoretical. One could ask how Jesus' life and work benefited mankind, or believers or even God's elect. To do so is to relegate the issues of the person and work of Christ into the arena of the theoretical and the logical. While we can not ignore the disciplines of good Biblical scholarship, logic and systematic theology, to rightly understand these, I must also add the element of aesthetics. Regardless of one's ability to be copiously systematic, defining each foundational word, determining the primal axioms and the resulting corollaries, one can only show costs and benefits only in terms of logic with these tools. A cost and benefit without emotion is ultimately without appreciation. In the world of finance, when one show a benefits package of a health plan or a retirement plan, there are two aspects of the knowledge of the benefits. One is the dollar amounts for the policy and the raw facts surrounding the use of the policy. But on the other hand, there is an understanding of the benefits which the marketing departments usually focus on and that is it's impact on our lives. They want to express that family will be taken care of. Or that when you or I are in our hours of pain and suffering, the healing professionals will do us some good if any is to be done. Dollars will not be our focus, but simply getting better. Likewise you and I must go beyond the facts in order to appreciate the gift of God. In order to fully appreciate the gift of God to you and I, we will explore the pain and suffering of the Godhead by the incarnation and death of Christ and it's resulting solution to our most primary problem, the sin problem.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Resistance Has Been Futile

I can't stand it any longer. I have to say it. Happy birthday Jollyblogger! I'm going to go comment over on his blog right now.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

What is Appalachian Language Anyway?

A very interesting and informative essay on one woman's experinces being discriminated against because of her linguistic heritage. I'll give you a taste, click on the link to get a full serving.

What is Appalachian Language Anyway?: "What is Appalachian Language Anyway?

An essay on Multiculturalism and Tolerance

by author Sandra Mitchell-Quinn

Copyright 2001-2005 All Rights Reserved

When I first moved to Cleveland in 1980, from Athens County, Ohio, I was considered to have a speech impediment to everyone I met. The first thing people would say is 'Where do you come from?' When I would tell them Ohio, they would look at me puzzled and then write me off as one of those southern hillbillies of Appalachia.

The first time I ever realized I had this so called 'problem' was when I was selected at age 15 to be in the Miss Teen-Ager Ohio beauty pageant which was held at Capital University in Columbus. An important part of the program was each girl announcing their name and place of birth. The girl who went on to win the pageant, said to me frankly, I would never win the pageant since I could not even say Ohio correctly. She went on to say that any girl representing Ohio must be a perfect example of a polished Ohio-an. This devastated me and I couldn't understand what she was talking about.