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 thereâ€™s gonna be a fight, but after a good nightâ€™s sleep Iâ€™m not as surly. Jayson Whepley refers to Cleveland as hell and Ohio as hellish. (Is that an allusion to Danteâ€™s Inferno?) Iâ€™m sure a married campus minister whoâ€™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 hereâ€™s my proposal. If Jayson comes back to Cleveland anytime soon, I propose we take him some places that arenâ€™t so hellish. Disc Golfing at the Park in Euclid? The handful of rock wall gyms around town? Heâ€™s a coffee lover – thereâ€™s any number of independent coffee shops in town.
Brewed Fresh Daily Â» 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. Themâ€™s fightinâ€™ words.
Unquiet Desperation Â» 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 donâ€™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 Iâ€™ve been in the city (if you count Euclid). Carjacking, being 20 feet from someone puncturing a can of pepper spray, One Life Crewâ€¦ 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 canâ€™t beat Brian Regan live followed by a good beer. That combined with my wifeâ€™s last birthday (maybe two years ago) at the Clevo Art Museum may have evened out the scales.
Iâ€™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 wonâ€™t be overcome – like the fact that
Iâ€™m a Steelers fan.
Iâ€™d love to take you up on your offerâ€¦ next time Iâ€™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!”