Hello Cleveland! Ariel poses in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame display at the Cleveland Airport.
Brian, the hometown boy, greets us at the airport (with awesome Cleveland swag bags courtesy of his mom).
Driving towards Sandusky, Ohio. Lots of corn fields.
Stopping for dinner at the local Bob Evans restaurant. Lots of butter and gravy.
Hello Sandusky - home of Cedar Point amusement park. The blue ride on the left is Millennium Force, and the yellow monstrosity in the middle is Top Thrill Dragster. They brought the fear.
Getting ready to ride Millennium Force. This picture doesn't do the first climb and drop any justice. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVPHGIoMdXI)
Top Thrill Dragster - looks ominous doesn't it?
Snoopy and Ariel.
Yup, this is where we had lunch. Four grown men.
BJ and Dave get ready to spin on maXair.
Getting ready to launch on Top Thrill Dragster, up to 120 mph in less than 4 seconds! This ride was 17 seconds of awesome insanity. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPjN7zArwiI)
The Power Tower - Ariel and Dave make their feelings about the ride known.
Dave, waiting his turn with other riders his age for the Witches' Wheel.
Dave was the only one willing to go on this spinning ride...
...while we gladly waited for him on solid ground.
It was called an Elephant's Ear, and it tasted like a churro. So bad yet so good.
Leaving Cedar Point with the sun's rays over Lake Erie. What a day.
Dave catches some zzzzz's as we head back to Cleveland.
Cleveland and its three-building skyline.
Driving past Progressive Field, home of the Indians and our destination the next evening.
Some guy named LeBron.
A statue of Moses Cleaveland, founder of the city. He likes to get pooped on.
As Ariel put it, he was "a sh!thead". Haha.
The historic Old Stone Church.
Public Square with the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in the center.
"And down that way, is some building...I think the Civic Center or something." Brian leads us on a tour of the city he knows so well.
Don't even think about smoking at the back of that planter.
Home of the Browns.
Trying to find our way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Walking past the plaques of Cleveland Browns players who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Jim Brown, who was also on the plane back to LA with us!
A memorial to Cleveland fire fighters.
Outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Look, it's a Cleveland steamer! A Cleveland steamer! *giggles*
I never thought I'd see a "Cleveland steamer" in person, let alone take a picture of it.
Dave didn't know that there was currently an exhibit about the Boss at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It made his day.
Look at the size of that wiener. (That's what she said.)
A film display titled "Video Killed the Radio Star". Photos weren't allowed in the museum, but I still snuck a few.
From Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
Apparently Jimi Hendrix was an artist and football fan and drew a series of Pac-10 related football pieces. Go Bruins!
Cal sucks, but Dave wanted a picture of this.
"Read me another story Uncle Brian!"
Back at Progressive Field to watch the Indians take on the Seattle Mariners.
Brian's mom got us all Indians caps in our swag bags. Thanks Amy! Note how Brian is the only one with the politically correct cap.
The view from our seats.
There's a lot going on with this scoreboard.
We got progressively buzzed as the game went on.
My boy Shin-Soo Choooooooooooooo!
His name is pronounced "Ass Dribble" - at least we thought so. Possibly the best and worst name in baseball.
We were just there!
Half way through the game we decided to upgrade our seats.
Up to the right, three rows above the blue lit sign is where we had been sitting.
Our new seats were much better.
In the distance is the Terminal Tower building where our hotel was.
Look at the size of that wiener. What a mess, but it sure was tasty. What?
Brian enjoyed his Indians pretzel.
After the Indians' extra-innings walk-off win, it was time for the Rock 'n Blast '09 fireworks show.
It might've been the best fireworks show I've ever seen. I'll post videos of it, but it was long and awesome. (That's what she said.)
More Cleveland steamers! Bwahahaha!
Downtown Fourth Street...who knew Cleveland's nightlife was so happening.
Good times, plenty of beer, too much unhealthy food...it wipes you out. Thanks for being a great host Brian!
extra photo from Ariel: Special water from Brian's past. Apparently he was a former frog jump champ.
extra photo from Ariel: We found this bar called Louie's in Sandusky through an iPhone app. $1 pints! 5 rounds of beer and 7 games of pool later, we were spent. Thanks Louie's.
extra photo from Ariel: Cleveland Rocks!