A Response

So I check my email this morning (okay, it was 1 in the afternoon) and I see this email, a reply to the last post:

George Nemeth said… Sorry you think Cleveland is so hellish. It’s really a great town. If you come back ever, let me know. Come Back Sometime, Jayson

Of course, I was required by law to visit the entry he’s referred to… on which I read:

Chris Miller thinks there’s gonna be a fight, but after a good night’s sleep I’m not as surly. Jayson Whepley refers to Cleveland as hell and Ohio as hellish. (Is that an allusion to Dante’s Inferno?) I’m sure a married campus minister who’s into rock climbing and disc golf from Western PA who came to town to see a standup comedian in Lakewood, and had nachos @ Alice Cooperstown might get that impression.
So here’s my proposal. If Jayson comes back to Cleveland anytime soon, I propose we take him some places that aren’t so hellish. Disc Golfing at the Park in Euclid? The handful of rock wall gyms around town? He’s a coffee lover – there’s any number of independent coffee shops in town.
Brewed Fresh Daily » Come back sometime, Jayson

I also checked out the link about someone fighting me and read:

Cleveland is Hell? HELL? Ohio is Hellish? Good grief, man. Them’s fightin’ words.
Unquiet Desperation » eWhelp: Cleveland is hell

Maybe I’m a little harsh on Ohio and Clevo… I was obliged to respond – here’s the text of my response to George…

Okay, I don’t often admit it, but I dislike Cleveland less than I let on – though I have had some pretty bad things happen to me many times that I’ve been in the city (if you count Euclid). Carjacking, being 20 feet from someone puncturing a can of pepper spray, One Life Crew… those are the ones that top the list.

I am willing to admit that last night was a very enjoyable time – I mean, you really can’t beat Brian Regan live followed by a good beer. That combined with my wife’s last birthday (maybe two years ago) at the Clevo Art Museum may have evened out the scales.

I’m always willing to meet new people and be proven wrong even if dissing Clevo and Ohio in general has just been a part of my personal repitoir (I am certain that is spelled wrong) for a while now – though I have always said that individual people from Ohio or Clevo are exceptions. To clarify, there are some things that probably won’t be overcome – like the fact that
I’m a Steelers fan.

I’d love to take you up on your offer… next time I’m in the area.


Let’s see how well this goes, I have no qualms of moving West Virginia into #1. And, yes, “them’s fightin words!”

One thought on “A Response

  1. *grins* I think we can both agree on West Virginia.

    It’s all in good fun. We aqll love where we live, else we wouldn’t live there. I’m been rediscovering Cleveland of late, and it can be a great city. Admittedly…it does sound like you’ve had a rough time here. That’s a pity.

    Next time you come in to town, let us know. We’d love to show you around. Because, well, we’re creepy that way.

    The Steelers, though. See…that’s another thing altogether… *wink*

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