REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Wii don’t mess around

SANDUSKY REGISTER The story I did last week about the Nintendo Wii was not my first. At my las
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY REGISTER

The story I did last week about the Nintendo Wii was not my first.  At my last job, I wrote a story about how the popular video game console was donated to a senior home, and the nursing facility residents were caught up in its games.

One resident, Mildred, was an unstoppable force. I don’t know the names of any famous or phenomenal bowlers, but she sent pins tumbling in the same way any of them would. Her frames had more Xs in them than the Web address of an adult entertainment site.

These elderly gamers were positively delighted to be bowling again. Mildred said she hadn’t touched a real bowling ball since Reagan was in office, but she still had the fire to play.

The residents caught on to the game play immediately, although one resident was slightly embarrassed the first time she was handed the remote control.

Handed the cylindrical object, she was confused and thought it was a cell phone.

“Is it for me?” she asked, answering the remote with a chipper, “Hello.”

Funny Wii stories abound. Because it requires a good amount of physical exertion — when you bowl, you do all the motions that you would at the bowling alley — people pull muscles playing the Wii, or even throw the remote into the TV set. There is a whole Web site, Wiiinjury.com, devoted to catastrophes that occurred while playing the system including broken TVs, lamps and other household items.

— Cory Frolik

County plans to fix courthouse clock

Want to be able to set your watch using the courthouse clock? Erie County officials vow it will be possible soon.

The clock often has the wrong time — particularly after high winds blow against the hands — and constant maintenance has been required to get it to tell time again, county administrator Mike Bixler told the Erie County commissioners Thursday.

The commissioners granted Bixler permission to spend $15,000 to get the clock fixed once and for all.

“Are you going digital?” Commissioner Tom Ferrell joked.

The county is not going to break with tradition, Bixler replied.

“No, we're not going digital,” he said.

Tom Jackson

County blocks frivolous Internet sites

If an Erie County employee is looking at a Web site on a computer, it’s supposed to be directly related to Erie County business.

Appropriate government business sites apparently don’t include ESPN or the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

County Administrator Mike Bixler says a new firewall has been installed to block county employees from accessing inappropriate sites.

Complaints have come in from employees who can’t reach certain sites, such as banking sites, but Bixler said he believes that since the county is supplying the hardware and software, it should limit where employees can venture in cyberspace.

“If they’re not county business sites, we’re not allowing access,” he said.

Tom Jackson