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to do with what happens on the field and much more to do with bringing friends and family together to cheer for a Buckeye victory. Saturday afternoons gathered around the TV, watching the games unites us in a common cause and gives an excuse
to get together. We share the thrill of an OSU victory and the disappointment of a loss, but it is the time spent talking and tailgating that strengthens our bonds to one another. Growing up out on the farm, I remember those September Saturdays when there would be the aroma of my mom grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on the deck as my brother, sisters, and I would catch passes thrown by my dad at halftime. As a father, I cherish the memories of taking each of our kids to their first Buckeye game with all the pomp and circumstance at the Ohio Stadium and the goosebumps when the marching band performed “Script Ohio.” So, this fall, I hope that all of us who are part of Buckeye Nation will take the time to connect with those we care about and hold strong to our traditions. All we need do is keep in our hearts that part of “Carmen Ohio” that says “Time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship ... O-HI-O!”
September in Ohio brings the first of fall’s crisp evenings, a welcome relief from the hot breath of summer. It’s back to school for the kids and sweet corn is pretty much done, but apple cider season is just beginning. The leaves begin to change colors, annuals are replaced with chrysanthemums, and we don our porches with pumpkins. Most of all, September means Ohio State football. We break out our scarlet and gray — ball caps, t-shirts, and sweatshirts to demonstrate our Buckeye pride. The refrain of “O-H” will evoke a hearty reply of “I-O” wherever we go. Regardless of last year’s result, the start of the season is full of hope and anticipation of great things for the Bucks: a Big Ten championship, a national title, and most importantly, a victory over the team up north. The Buckeye games are so interwoven into the fabric of our lives that to say this autumn will be different is an understatement. With silence having fallen on the Shoe this year, I am thinking about what the games have meant to me and my family over the years. What I have come to realize is that the real meaning of the games has less
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WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 21ST NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER? 4 Decades of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’ “Do you remember the 21st night of September?” In 1978, Maurice White of the band Earth, Wind & Fire first asked this question in the song “September,” a funky disco song that quickly topped the charts. While disco may be dead today, “September” certainly isn’t. The song is still featured in movies, TV shows, and wedding playlists. On Sept. 21, 2019, the funk hit was streamed over 2.5 million times. It’s no wonder that the Los Angeles City Council declared Sept. 21 Earth, Wind & Fire Day. The story behind “September” is almost as enduring as the song itself. It was co-written by White and Allee Willis, who eventually became a Grammy-winning songwriter and Tony nominee. But before any of that, Willis was a struggling songwriter in Los Angeles living off food stamps. When White reached out and asked Willis to help write the next Earth, Wind & Fire hit, it was truly her big break. White and Willis proved to be excellent songwriting partners, but they clashed over one key element of the song: the nonsensical phrase “ba-dee-ya,” which White included in the chorus. Throughout the songwriting process, Willis begged to change the phrase to real words. At the final vocal session, Willis finally demanded to know what ba- dee-ya meant. White replied, “Who cares?” “I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him,” Willis recalled in a 2014 interview with NPR, “which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.” The groove is why “September” has stood the test of time, right from that very first lyric. For decades, people have asked Willis and members of the band about the significance of Sept. 21. As it turns out, there isn’t much beyond the sound. “We went through all the dates: ‘Do you remember the first, the second, the third, the fourth …’ and the one that just felt the best was the 21st,” Willis explained. The truth is that nothing happened on the 21st night of September — except a whole lot of dancing.
The floor in the main entrance of a high-end bakery café is wet and slippery. It is just after the lunch rush, and the seating area is full of customers. A mother and her adult daughter have finished their meal and are on the way out of the restaurant. The mother takes one step from the carpeted dining area onto the tile of the entrance area, and her foot flies out from under her. As she crashes down onto the floor, there is a sickening snap, and her lower leg is severely fractured. The Case of the MYSTERIOUS W
CONNECTING LOVED ONES Sept. 13 is National Grandparents Day. Because of COVID-19, it may be difficult to connect with our beloved grandparents who are living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities this year. Together with other personal injury law firms across the country, Rinehardt Law will be participating in an initiative geared toward connecting residents of nursing homes and assisted living with loved ones outside the facilities that are restricting visitations. During this event, the law firm will outfit nursing homes and assisted living facilities with video-calling devices, allowing them to virtually connect “face to face” with family and friends. With mandated social distancing, Rinehardt Law believes it is critical for older adults who live under the greatest restrictions to stay connected with loved ones. Virtual visitation plays an important role in both the health and well-being of residents and their families, and videoconferencing can help protect against social isolation.
“We’ve been hearing that ‘we’re all in this together,’ for months,” said attorney Hillary Rinehardt, “but for so many who are living in institutions, being together is no longer an option. We want our donation to help parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles connect with the people they love.”
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Game Day Turkey Chili
Seems like an open and shut case, but the restaurant’s insurance company denies the claim. The mom comes to Rinehardt Law, and we spring into action. First, we send a letter requiring the restaurant to preserve any video from interior cameras of the area. The restaurant’s insurance company admits there is video but says it doesn’t show anything that would explain why the floor was wet. The insurance company says over and over that the store is not responsible and refuses to turn over the video. Rinehardt Law does not give up. We get the court to order the video to be produced. Lo and behold, the video shows one of the store’s employees mopping the floor just 10 minutes prior to the fall. Significantly, the employee does not put out a wet floor sign. The mystery of the wet floor is solved, and the insurance is forced to pay for the harms the mom suffered. The moral of the story is that when video footage proves that the business is responsible, the insurance company will fight tooth and nail to keep from turning it over. At Rinehardt Law, we don’t quit until we have forced them to cough it up.
• 2 lbs ground turkey breast • 2 tbsp olive oil • 4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions) • 2 cloves minced garlic • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and large-diced • 1 orange bell pepper, cored, seeded, and large diced • 2 tsp chili powder • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes, or to taste • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste • 2 tsp kosher salt • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro or basil leaves FOR SERVING • Chopped onions, corn chips, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, and extra basil or cilantro to use as a garnish
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1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the turkey breast in olive oil until cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks. Remove from pot and set aside. 2. Without washing the pot, add onions to the remaining oil. Cook onions over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes until translucent. 3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. 4. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. 5. Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot with the basil leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. 6. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 7. Finally, add the cooked turkey back to the pot and simmer uncovered for another 20 minutes. 8. Serve with the toppings or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
Bleeding Scarlet and Gray
The Truth Behind the 21st Night of September The Case of the Mysterious Wet Floor Connecting Loved Ones This Grandparents Day
Game Day Turkey Chili
Should You Be Able to Change Your Legal Age?
WHAT IS AGE BUT A NUMBER? In 2018, Dutch native Emile Ratelband was 69 years old. The thing was that the motivational speaker and founder of the Ratelband Research Institute didn’t want to be 69. So, he went to a Dutch court and petitioned for the right to change his legal age. His intention was to change the year of birth on his birth certificate — bumping it up by 20 years. As a result, all records would show him as 49. being 69. Ratelband even went as far as to say he would be willing to delay his pension benefits another 20 years if need be. In an interview with Dutch newspaper A Dutch Man’s Quest to Change His Legal Age
added that changing his legal documents would have “undesirable legal and societal implications.” The court added “[T]here are a variety of rights and duties related to age, such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Mr. Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless.” Today, Ratelband is 71 and continues his battle to change his age. While he may have lost in his initial quest to legally change his age, according to NPR, he intends to appeal the decision.
Algemeen Dagblad, Ratelband said, “When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work. When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.” Interestingly enough, Ratelband’s request wasn’t dismissed outright by the court. The judge found merit in the argument and said that people desire to change things about themselves all the time, adding that maybe age was one of those things we should consider — “maybe” being the operative word. The court ultimately decided that “Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly.” But the judge
Why did Ratelband want to change his age? He told the court he didn’t feel like a man who was going on 70. He said he felt good — he felt like a man 20 years younger. He even said his doctors agreed and that they’d told him he had the body of someone younger. But there was another major reason Ratelband wanted to change his age. He said doing so would increase his overall happiness and would be helpful on dating apps. He would no longer have to deal with the ageism that came with
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