photo courtesy St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
I'm packing up my things,
I'll soon be leaving.
I'm going to Polka Town!
It was there I met a girl one evening.
Now, I'm Ohio-bound!
Our wedding bells will ring out...in Cleveland!
That's the place where I intend to settle down.
So listen to the rhythm of the polka,
In Cleveland, the polka town!
- Frankie Yankovic
I'm off to Cleveland, Ohio...the City of Several Tall Buildings. It's a bit cooler there than it is here, which is to be expected. However, I'm actually looking forward to it. Seeing my old friends. Seeing my family. Visiting my Old Country.
I just have to get through the funeral.
I've got on my favorite black Paul Frank Skurvy t-shirt with the skull and crossbones over a gray thermal, my favorite pair of jeans, my hiking boots, my black Dickies jacket, my black knit cap, and my new bag. The best traveling outfit ever, especially for travel between the 415 and the 216.
You have no idea how glad I am it's a direct flight from SFO to Hopkins.
So...I'm ready. I've loaded Van Halen, Frankie Yankovic, Heart, and Whitesnake on my iPod. I'm working on talking out of my nose again with that yammering Cleveland accent (trust me, it'll be back). I'm looking forward to the West Side Market (it's in my sidebar...check out my Cleveland and Cleveland Heights links...you can be sure those are the places I'll be going when I'm there). I'm looking forward to Cotton Club soda pop. I'm looking forward to pierogies, real bagels (not the west coast crap they sell here...they're basically dinner rolls with vaginas), Bertman's Ball Park Mustard, Don Hermann & Sons dill pickles, Mrs. Weiss Kluski noodle soup, shopping at Marc's at Cedar Center, Mr. Hero Romanburgers, Grum's on Coventry, Mama Santa's Pizza in Little Italy, and of course, D'Vine down on West 9th. All my old favorites, and I'll drive to them in my mom's 1992 Lincoln Continental Executive Series Pimpmobile.
And you'd better believe I'm going to be tearing it up at the Grid. Look out, guys.
I'll be back in a few days.
cleveland, 1999 -- courtesy citizensvision.org