Yesterday my friend and I went the Indians game. I’ve lost interest in the team this year since nearly everyone has been traded away but I went because I knew it would be a good diversion from a tough week. The game was great and then we went to the Flat Iron for a beer.
While we were there, a young couple started talking to us and we found out they are from Chicago. They are visiting Cleveland–and loving it! Around here it seems to go the other way. Clevelanders head to Chicago to get away. It was really cool to hear them say that. They thought the city was clean, exciting, great venues, good transportation (they rode the bus), enjoyed Euclid Avenue, went to a game at Progressive Field, and were going to the West Side Market today. They were so impressed that they didn’t want to tell anyone because they want it to be their own little secret-I guess that’s ok but I told them to tell the world!
They did mention that their cab driver at one point was crazy-negative about Cleveland and questioned why someone would want to come to Cleveland to visit. These people are ambassadors to the city and they are as negative as the comment-posters on cleveland.com. Not a good impression to give a tourist.
The conversation was inspiring and I wanted to retell it to you all this morning. Have a great weekend.
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