TODAY’S POINT OF BALANCE: Happy Tuesday to everyone! Since we are well into the middle of the week, it’s time for:
“TEN THINGS THIS TUESDAY”
For this installment, I’m reaching out to Cleveland.com for some inspiration. The website recently published 100 things that make Cleveland the best. I present my top ten of their top one hundred:
5. The Dawg Pound. OK, it’s not where you want to spend quality family time, but it’s our own special spot within Cleveland Browns Stadium.
After this past week, I am so ready for football to begin. Between the Cleveland Browns and OSU Buckeye football, just give me the pigskin already. Sure – the last time I went to a Browns game, I ended up stuck in an elevator for an hour with 14 other people, but that’s a story for another time. I’m still looking forward to heading out to Berea for Browns training camp, and, if we are lucky, our OSU connection may be able to hook us up with some tickets to visit the Horseshoe this fall (I’m looking at you, Root family!)
9. “Hot in Cleveland.” Who doesn’t love Betty White? Check it out on TV Land, 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
I decided a few months ago that I want to Betty White when I grow up. Or at the very least, live to be 88 years old and still be hilarious. This Golden Girl has it going on. My fellow health bloggers Angela, Bess, Dot and Meredith would agree with me, no doubt!
12. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Yes, we rock.
I spent three great months as an intern at the Rock Hall. I almost tripped Edward Norton. I touched Roseann Barr’s limo. I almost ran down a bunch of couture models from New York. And I made 10,000 copies in my first week of work. I thank this fantastic organization for making me the Xerox copier wizard that I am today.
27. Blossom Music Center. It’s a summer rite of passage to hear the orchestra and have a picnic at the Cuyahoga Falls amphitheater.
I made the mistake of spoiling myself with pavilion tickets, which makes it hard to sit on the lawn when you are three rows away from John Mayer. Speaking of, watch this You Tube gem.
Good Lord I can’t wait until August 13.
30. Great Lakes Science Center. Hands-on science, giant-screen movies learning never stops being fun here.
GLSC hooked me up with my first full time job out of college as a member of their Box Office/Admissions department. Along with the usual tasks of selling tickets and corralling school kids, I was trained to run the IMAX films! At the time it didn’t seem glamorous, but considering a standard IMAX screen is 72 × 52.8 feet, it was fun to watch such LARGE movies at work!
55. Memphis Kiddie Park. How many circa-1952 parks for tykes are there left in America? A handful, but none more vintage than this one.
Growing up with Parma with many family members living in Old Brooklyn, I spent many evenings riding the kiddie roller coaster, playing putt putt and eating funnel cakes. I still remember just how upset I was when I couldn’t fit in the roller coaster anymore…
70. Stadium mustard. Mouth-watering requirement for those dogs.
One of my favorite summer time grill creations: a Trader Joe’s apple chicken sausage covered in stadium mustard, smothered with sautéed onions and peppers, all on a whole wheat bun.
79. Feast of the Assumption. Where religion meets a large Italian street party every August.
I clear my calendar each August to make sure that I can attend this festival, as does everyone in the Greater Cleveland area. Sure those who live in Little Italy aren’t too pleased to have all of NE Ohio visit their neighborhood all at one time, but the combination of food, faith and family can’t be beat.
88. Bubba’s Q-World Famous Bar-B-Q & Catering. Thinking of the Avon rib joint, with its on-site pits, is making our lips smack.
Al “Bubba” Baker is a good man. He supports many local charities and gave his talents on the football field to the Browns at the end of his career. Oh, and he makes some damn good ribs. If you are on the far West side and need a solid meal, hit up Bubba’s Q and order the D-boned baby back rib steak, Bubba’s pride and joy.
97. Drew Carey. Local comedian always remembers his hometown roots even though he’s in Hollywood’s limelight.
He’s the man whom put Parma, Ohio on the map. My mom went to high school with one of Cleveland’s home grown comedians. He’s a fan of my favorite Parma pizza joint: Antonio’s Restaurant.
He loves them so much that he ordered 45 pizzas to be sent from CLE to LA for the wrap party of his first season on The Price is Right! You can follow him on Twitter at @DrewFromTV.
What do you love about your hometown?