Musings and mumblings from a meandering mind

B y Jim Bucher

This column will be all about what’s on my mind, and there’s plenty, so here goes.

First, the I-75 construction – or should I say reconstruction – through downtown Dayton:

Now I know it’s nowhere near completion, but with the closings of the downtown exit ramps northbound, I foresee a problem. If there is a broken down car or accident on that stretch, where is one to go? Right now, the options are either the exit you just passed at US 35 or the upcoming one at Main Street. Plus, with the freeway on “stilts” there is no room to go anywhere – unlike traveling on a rural stretch, where you could cross in the emergency vehicle turn-a-round, of course with state patrol directing you. Bottom line, you’re stuck.

Just wondering.

Hey, how ‘bout this brutal winter? It’s been a rough one, huh? I can’t wait to get out my bike and get on the bikeways throughout the valley. Even though I’ve noticed some hearty souls out on their two-wheelers on the snow covered roadways, I prefer the temperature just a tad bit warmer – and, of course, dry pavement is always a good thing.

Remember, too, we have more than 250 miles of paved, multi-use recreational trails stretching across county lines that connect schools, parks, historic landmarks and area attractions. Path users travel through meadows, scenic countryside, forested areas and city centers. I can’t wait to get back out – sooner, rather than later.

Next up, have you seen the dynamite line-up the Victoria Theatre Association has in store for the 2014-2015 season?

It includes: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” featuring the Coasters, “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Nice Work if You Can Get it,”  “Sonia and Masha and Spike” and “Peter and the Starcatcher,” plus the 2014-2015 Star Attractions, which include “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.”

See? I told you it was awesome. For more information, check out our “Buch Back on the Beat” video at or visit

Next up is a follow-up to my column seen here a few weeks ago about raising my two teenage daughters on my own.

Wow, I heard from a lot of you going through the same thing. I think we are all in agreement, you have to be a parent first and foremost, and not your child’s friend. It was great hearing from you all, and trust me you’re not in this alone.

Hey, how about all those potholes out there?

Wow, I hit one the other day that was so big, a family of four could have moved in with room to spare. I’m hearing from the experts that with the deep freeze and quick thaw to come, just wait until we are inundated with water main breaks.

You read it here first!

On to gas prices.

If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you know I’m a big complainer regarding the way gas drops a few pennies over a few weeks, but then jumps 30 cents in one fell swoop. All I’m hearing is, “oil production in our country is up” and “gas prices should drop” and “three dollars or less is right around the corner,” blah, blah, blah.

My personal thought? Congress should cap gas at $2.75 a gallon – that way, everyone makes money, but the gazillonaires would be less a gazillon or two. That’s all.

Anyone else in on that?

Did you see the Ridge Avenue bridge is being torn down? This connects Riverside Drive with Ridge Avenue and Triangle Park. As memory serves me, this bridge was pretty close to 100 years old. I do remember it was a memorial bridge dedicated to our vets who served for our country. Next to it was an old cannon with a plaque. I hope when it’s re-dedicated, we remember what the old bridge stood for – our vets. I’ll have to look into that one and get back to you.

Remember though, if you’re heading to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery from Riverside Drive, you’ll have to take the Siebenthaler Avenue bridge to get there.

Finally, I’d like to give a quick salute to an old friend, Judge Robert Moore of Kettering, who recently passed away. The Moore family is my neighbor and I know Judge Bob was a wonderful family man, dad and grandpa, and loved his community. He was a guy who called it as he saw it.

One time while I was working at Channel 2 as a reporter, Bob called to inquire about yours truly speaking at his Optimist Club meeting. I couldn’t get him off the phone until he had me booked – not in jail booked, but secured for the event.

“Now Buch,” he’d say, “Come on, I need a date and need it now, no excuses.” Never, ever argue with a judge. And yes, I did speak at his event because I didn’t want an arrest warrant issued. Bob was just a good person and lived life with passion. We lost him too soon, but what a life he lived in 68 short years.

So long my friend, until we meet again.

And until next week…



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