Sweet & Sassy: Son has knack for character-building


Thanks to some special people, I was able to locate and get a Wii game for my son, Jamie, for his 40th birthday this past October. I thought it would be good for him to get some exercise and expand his mind.

The Wii is a home video game console, which, I found out, was released by Nintendo on Nov. 19, 2006.

It comes with various games and a lot of little characters that can be created by the operator to be used during the courses of the respective games.

Okay. The games are fine. Jamie plays baseball, bowling, tennis and some golf, and I’ve even played competition bowling with him and we have a blast.

But, when it comes to the characters that are used in the games, the player has to create one and can do so with the remote control. Jamie is able to “build” a character by changing colors of hair, clothes and even eyes; by choosing a hair style; whether to let the little person wear glasses or not and even hats or not; and then he gets to name them.

Well, my son seems to like doing that more than he does play the games themselves at times. And, even though sometimes it gets on my nerves, especially when I’m trying to get some work done and all I hear is that “music” that comes along with it, he actually does a good job of creating them.

It amazes me how he has actually made some of them look like who he named them after….relatives, friends, wrestling figures, church family, country music singers…just anybody he comes into contact with. I’ll bet there are a hundred of those things in that Wii game and they all have names provided for by Jamie.

I don’t know how he does it. I asked him if I could create one the other night and it didn’t even look like who I wanted it to look like. But it was fun, sort of, but I don’t think I could spend most of my day working on that kind of project. But, he likes it and that’s why I wanted to get it for him.

Unlike Jamie, I couldn’t seem to quite get the features I aimed for to attach o the body on which I was working. He has an uncanny way of choosing just the right things to set off a character making them more life-like.

I don’t want to embarrass anybody, but I am submitting three photos of Jamie’s creations with this column, and those who know these people may or may not agree that he does a good job, but I think he did. They are of Krista Stump, Fred Dakin and Kenny Flatter.

All of this reminds me of a small child who would rather play with a box than with toys. Jamie has all those games to choose from, yet he opts to create characters.

He is my son and I don’t need Maury Povich to tell me that. I did some of the same things when I was younger, maybe even quirkier, and I can see some of Jamie in me. He likes to read, work crossword puzzles and write. Maybe that’s why I love him so much (now I sound like him when he is trying to get on my good side otherwise known as sucking up).

I hope the photos are enjoyed.

Happy Fourth of July!


• Don’t forget. There are still some fireworks activities around the county today and Monday. The Ansonia ballpark and American Legion continue to be busy places both days with Fourth of July events.

• The Center for Neurological Development’s annual benefit weekend will be at the Wendelin Sports Club July 15-17. Friday night will be Paint and Create (call 419-733-6600); Saturday will feature poker run beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a hog roast and a drawing for a 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide (call Calvin at 410-852-6973) and on Sunday, there will be an outdoor mass at 9:30 followed by the Walk for Courage, entertainment by the Thien Snipps, horseshoe tournament, bingo, and cake walk. Lunch stand open all day. Raffle drawing at 3:30. BBQ boneless pork loin dinners served from 4-6 p.m. by pre-sale only (call 419-375-4562). Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Wendeln Sports Club or by calling 419-375-4741. Organizers ask that the public come to support the Center for Neurological Development, located in Burkettsville.


Happy birthday to:

• July 6 to Karin Barga, Dawn Young Cook, Dena Wuebker, Dave Sloan, Mike Bowers, Bill Hartzell, Landon Smith and Rick Gump.

• July 7 to Michelle Brumbaugh Jones (45), Greg Hiestand, Lisa Mangen, Mike Grilliot, Noah Gates, Lisa Cole, Ashley Whittington, Ma Kitten, Justin Jordan, Mariah Wapplehorst and Ryan Everman.

• July 8 to Shane Buckingham, Bryer Gilland, Jason Kelch, Todd Kaiser, Kristy Woodard, Brittany Bowers and Velma Lowder.

• July 9 to Jennifer Brewer, Jaimi Hemmerich, Ronda Williams, Keith Holton, Tammy Hodges, Claudia Schinke Hanish, Linda Thobe Frye, Linda Gasper, Karen Dickey, Rhonda Rhoades Williams, Zane Keller Sr., Bill Staver, Byron Young, Ashley Leeper, Mason Perez and Donnie Norton.

• July 10 to Roger McEowen (80), James Jenkins, Jack Baker, Kenny Young, Phil Hathaway, Doris Curtis (75) and Hazel Nickol.

• July 11 to Michele Hoeksema, Vicky Henderson, Stan Stebbins, Diane Christian, Kierra Reichert, Keelan Highley and Levi Best.

• July 12 to Jackie Sanders, Sandy Partin, Dr. Bill Trevino, Kelly Langenkamp Dapore, Kerry “Bubba” Barber, Tom Pierron, Bonnie Tryon, Jan Patterson, Lori Hahn, Heather Anthony and Amy Whittington.

Happy anniversary to Dan and Beth (Cline) Turner on July 6; Dennis and Evelyn Sebring on July 7; Brian K. and Audrey (Guthrie) Hathaway (15) on July 8; Steve and Linda Nixon on July 9; and Harold and June Alley (68) on July 10.


Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Dick Michael, Tracy Bailey, Lee and Bea Moody (our parents), Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Tim King, Gary Poor, Clinton Linebaugh, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Justin Ungericht, Alishia Clark Funk, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Greg Whittington, George Fanning, Angie Young Noggler, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Treva Hamilton, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Dave Sloan, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Maxine Weimer, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Shelly Hoffman, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Terry Longfellow, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan, Frank Shapiro, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.

Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.

And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.


Son Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Carolyn Brandon, Ann Reed, Virginia Miles, George Hogge Sr., Tom Fisherback, R. Jean Shepard, Arvis “Gene” Kearnes and Ralph Riffell.


Think about it: “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” — James Madison





By Linda Moody

Sweet & Sassy

Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at [email protected].

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