…but they came back and so will we, to O-H-I-O
Are you honestly surprised?
The recent trades of Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, Ryan Garko, and Ben Fransisco have put a damper on our plans, sure. But why all of this negative energy? If you’re a Cleveland fan – not a lightweight fan – but a real, honest, bleed orange and brown (or wine and gold, or red and blue) take-it-to-the-grave sort of fan, you’ve gotta let this one go.
I’ve only been a Cleveland fan for 23 short years. And honestly, most of those I was more consumed by *N Sync’s dance moves than I was with Oral Hershiser’s MVP. I like to call those the dark years. But I watched J*$e M&#a blow the ninth inning. I heard the cheers when Tim Couch went down. And I covered my face in shame as LeBron stormed off the court. I know Cleveland. I know that we’re more than The Drive or The Fumble or The Shot.
For reasons beyond my reasoning, people fall in love with this town. CC Sabathia, Victor Martinez, Omar Vizquel, Brady Quinn, heck, even Manny Ramirez love this town.
My point here is not to say that you shouldn’t be frustrated. The sign of a Cleveland fan is constant frustration. I mean, Cleveland, we’re nothing if not frustrated and angry, right?
No, no. My friends. This talk I hear about finally giving up, about not attending another game, about teaching your newborn children to root for another team, is bologna. You can’t teach your child to root for another team. It’s in your blood, remember?
If you give up now, all these years of heartache and anguish over your teams will have been in vain. But, if we dig our heels in, maybe, just maybe, one day it will happen and you’ll be able to lean over to your possibly grown child and say, “I never doubted them for a second.”
…but next stop, VEGAS PLEASE!
I prayed more on my first day in Vegas than I have in a really long time. I prayed when stepping onto the plane. I prayed when the pilot came on and said, “this desert air is going to make for a bumpy ride.” And I prayed anytime I walked by someone in a wheelchair playing blackjack or someone with an oxygen tank playing the slots. I worried that sights like those would depress me through the week and by the end of the week I would be begging to get me out of this town. (Begging to get back to western PA? who knew?)
That first day in Vegas was a long one – waking up at 4am Eastern time and not going to bed until about midnight Pacific time can really mess a person up. But at about hour 20 of that long day, something happened. Something inside of me just snapped.
I fell in LOVE with Las Vegas.
Julie and I like to say that there is a certain “spirit” to the people of Las Vegas. No one is from there, but it’s home for everyone. They have absolutely no shame, and it was refreshing. I didn’t feel concern when Bizarro Mike Rowe came and sat at our booth during dinner and I laughed when people made comments about what two single girls in Vegas could get into.
We didn’t drink, we didn’t go to a single club, and between the two of us, we gambled away a total of $4. And that’s only because neither of us knew how to use a slot machine. But we had the time of our lives. Proof that Vegas is so much more than what you may think.
I kept praying for those people at the slot machines throughout the week. It broke my heart to think that those people may be pinning their hopes on something so temporary. But I also prayed and thanked God that he allowed me to have these experiences – to spend a week with a great friend making memories we won’t ever forget.
Like that time Elvis and Marilyn Monroe got married in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, and we were in the wedding.
But that’s a story for another time.
…and our way is on the road again
I am sorry that I haven’t been posting much. I have so many ideas in my head of the things that I want to say and creative ways to say them, but it seems my life currently is a mess of packing, unpacking, laundry, repeat.
The title for this blog “venture beneath the skies” comes from a quote in one of my very favorite books – On The Road by Jack Kerouac. I fell in love with it my freshman year of college when I had to read it and write a paper comparing it to Huck Finn. I fell in love with the idea of life on the road – driving wherever you darn well please and meeting characters and life-long friends along the way. The quote is below:
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing?- it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
It is a running theme of my life – saying goodbye and leaning forward to what’s next. I love this quote, I really, really love it.
All that to say, Monday is a new adventure – driving to DC and back in one day with my best friend and college roommate (all 4 years). Why we’re doing this is a long story, but needless to say I’m excited to spend some time with Kim, and I’m excited to see what kind of trouble we can stir up in a day. I’m sure there will be pictures, and I’ll be sure to share when I’m home. And I’ll also be sure to be a consistent blogger. Promise.
…blowin’ through the jasmine in my mind
This is my summer playlist, in a very particular order. This, folks, is a perfectly crafted playlist – I make a playlist every few months (once a season, maybe) that serves almost as a journal entry for me. This is my summer!
Check these songs out for yourself – I guarantee you’ll be better off for it. Some old, some new, some covers, some blue. Hah so lame. But seriously, I hope you check it out – I know I can’t listen to Matt Wertz without smiling.
1. “Everything’s Right” – Matt Wertz
2. “Sunshine (Gone Away Today)” – Jonathan Edwards
3. “Fields of Gold” – Eva Cassidy
4. “Free Fallin” – John Mayer
5. “Here Comes the Sun” – Yo Yo Ma and James Taylor
6. “Vegas” – Sara Bareilles
7. “Waiting” – Matt Wertz
8. “Our Town” – James Taylor
9. “Don’t Stop Believing” – GLEE Cast
10. “Life is Okay” – Michael Johns feat. Brooke White
11. “If I Ever” – Alli Rogers
12. “Until You” – Dave Barnes
13. “Helpless When She Smiles” – Backstreet Boys
14. “The Only Promise That Remains” – Reba McEntire feat. Justin Timberlake
15. “Life Run Deep” – PW Gopal