Friday, July 9, 2010


I spent four years of my life in Cleveland, at its nadir, witnessing the burning of the Cuyahoga River, the tail end of the Hough-Norwood riots, and I noted that part of the grey pall over the city (snow turned black in winter) was from the sadness at Jim Brown's departure.

In my current location I've seen the ungrateful disappearance of A-Rod, the sad leaving of Ken Griffey, Jr., of Randy Johnson, and the evaporation of an entire team into thin red air (well, so did Cleveland). Omar Vizquel took his RC racers and headed off... to Cleveland. I've watched a team trade Dereck Lowe and Jason Varitek for Heathcliff Slocum. And that's not the only horrible trade.

So, regarding the graceless exit of LeBron James from Cleveland, I have these two words of advice and sympathy for the citizens thereof:

Get over it.

Update: Looks like they took my advice:


Anonymous said...

Yes, I enjoyed watching LeBron make Cleveland squirm like a bug on a pin, but then I like sticking bugs with pins myself.
Spent a miserable January weekend in Cleveland as a young kid, moving from North Dakota to Virginia, we weren't planning on staying, but got snowed in, which is sayin somethin since we were from North Dakota...All I remember is the hotel smelled like dirty gym socks...
Didn't know Derek Lowe played for the Pilots, he's havin a great year with the (soon to be World Series Champs) Braves...
HEATHCLIFF SLOCUM?!?!?!?!?!? Had a 3.79 ERA his last season, too bad it was 2000...
and how many World Series did A Rod get to play in with the Pilots??? Thats right, ZERO. He's the one who oughta be pissed he had to waste 5 years in your God For Saken State...
But hey, ya got Ryan Langerhans...

Frank "See you in Oktober" Drackman

tom said...

You're Back! I had kind of given up on you.

From my perspective, neither party seems interested in doing the right thing for the Country-too much to ask as such behavior would require a set aside of personal/party agendas which after all is what drives politician/politics.

Want to make a difference, keep pointing out the conflict of "what I stand for and what I do" of both parties. For example, "I am for family values--did you see the new intern he/she is really hot-get me number.

I will put an end to government waste-ear marks for my state aren't waste, they are investments.

I will demand transparency in all that the government does-unless it works against me.

The real tragedy is the apparent apathy of the country-but then who cares.

I live in CA we are broke, have a 19.1 billion dollar deficit for the year that started 9 days ago and the legislature is on summer recess- a perfect term for their grade school behaviors.

Sid Schwab said...

Hmm, tom, I've been posting pretty regularly here lately... I've been "back" pretty steadily for months.

I'm not sure how your comment fits with the LeBron thing, but I do agree that both parties are guilty of hypocrisy. At the moment, though, it seems pretty clear to me that one party IS trying to accomplish things and IS addressing tough problems, and the other is simply being obstructionist and wildly disingenuous. I think the contrast, in those terms, couldn't be greater. The solutions are far from perfect; but I think had the other party deigned to cooperate, they'd have been better.

On the contrary, as we've seen time and again, any Republican who even hints of cooperation to get things done is soundly defeated in primaries. This is deeply destructive, and even if -- in fact, especially if -- they win a majority, there will be hell to pay for the country to an extent even worse than the damage they managed to wreak upon us in the prior eight years.

You heard it here last.

tom said...

Good points, California Senator Dave Cogdill and Assemblyman Mike Villines, republican leaders got, fired by their caucus' last year because they voted for California, not the republican party.

No is not a solution,no matter how much you may believe it is

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