Friday, August 21, 2009

August 15 Cleveland Rocks

There are two things I try to enjoy everyday of my life, good food and great music. Today was a very special day. We started off at Cleveland's West Side Market. This market has been around since 1840 and in this building since 1912. It is everything a market should be and every city should have one this good. As you walk down the aisles you are visually assaulted by an incredible variety of gourmet food. I could have spent hours just taking pictures and talking with the vendors. We ate breakfast with the regulars at the West Side Market Café. Unlike the regulars, I had orange juice with my challah bread french toast. Not the energy drinks offered by the bartender who was actually referring to the beers on tap.

Then we spent the afternoon at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There aren't many pictures because you are not allowed to bring a camera into the Hall of Fame. Besides that, it was a really cool place to spend a few hours. They have a ton of artifacts, posters, records, stage costumes and instruments from the inductees. The Springsteen exhibit covered two floors and had a lot of interesting stuff from Bruce. I really enjoyed the 6 pages of possible lyrics to Born To Run. It showed how he changed the song and finally edited it down to the classic version we all know. I also learned something about myself today. It was my mom's idea to visit the R'n'R HOF. She told me that as soon as it was built she wanted to see it. And she was thrilled the night before about finally being in Cleveland to see it. As we walked up to the museum she had that child like excitement about being at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She reminded me of me. It was then that I realized I inherited that wonderful trait from her. Thanks Ma.

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