16 January 2009

One Sandal Mexico!

One Sandal Mexico - Another trip!

12 July 2008

One Sandal Colombia

12 January 2008


ok so i should not go this long without traveling as my skills get rusty, which i guess is ok but the scammers abound. rule number one, if approached in a place frequented by tourists and are approached, say _ in french even if he speaks english _ we walk, we chat; that is fine. but i buy nothing and go to no shops. a dude honestly told me to f-(k off today (in english) because i would not buy a tee shirt for 15 bucks or any drugs from him

rabat is nice enough, the chellah is interesting and it was nice to see the sea but i am ready to dive into fes. i have a train at three fifteen and i think i am going to slum it at the hostel because i am ready to talk to someone in english (or even french if they are patient) who does not want anything from me

i am getting used to the very sweet morrocan mint tea. i had moroccan food last night; a good lamb tajine and a better dish of moroccan aubergine

for those new to my blogs they are usually more intersting but this keyboard tries my patience

check with yous later

07 January 2008


Oh come let's sing Ohio's praise
And songs to Alma Mater raise
While our hearts resounding thrill
With joy which death alone can still
Summer's heat or winter's cold
The seasons pass the years will roll
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship ... OHIO!

16 December 2007

Visit League Park

"League Park opened on May 1, 1891, with the legendary Cy Young pitching for the Cleveland Spiders in their win over the Cincinnati Redlegs. The park remained the home of Cleveland's professional baseball and football teams until 1946. In 1920 the Cleveland Indians Elmer Smith hit the first grand slam home run, and Bill Wamby executed the only unassisted triple play, in World Series history. Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run over the park's short right field wall in 1929. With the park as their home field, the Cleveland Buckeyes won the Negro World Series in 1945."

So read the official Ohio Historical marker at what remains of League Park. Located in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood on the city's East Side, I visited the park in November of 2007. There's not much to see, but it's still a pretty neat place to check out.

Here it is at the corner of East 66th and Lexington.
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Here is a picture I found on the web of the park in its heyday. I think that the street at the bottom is Lexington, and the street on the left is E. 66th. If I'm correct, that makes the building in the bottom left of the photo the ticket office.

The biggest piece of the park that remains is what I understand to be that original ticket office.

The ticket booth is obviously in pretty bad shape. Unfortunately, as is much of the neighborhood. (That guy panhandled me and my brother-in-law moments before this photo.)

For whatever reason, the area immediately adjacent to the ticket office is fenced off.

This is the view from E. 66th - at the end of the wall in the photo is the ticket booth/Lex. Besdies the ticket office, this wall is all that appears to remain from the original park.

This is looking the other way on E. 66th. The brickwork is pretty cool. I think this is the wall that would have been immediately behind the grandstand behind home plate.

It's an ultimate neighborhood park, with houses all around. If you're ever been to Wrigley Field, it makes it easier to imagine a thriving park in the heart of an inner-city neighborhood. Pretty amazing that parks like Fenway and Wrigley have survived. My understanding is that the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium was built in an unsuccessful attempt to lure the Olympics to Cleveland in the 1930s. It makes me wonder, what sort of fate the park would have had, or for that matter the City of Cleveland, has this relic remained a thriving inner city park?

Evidently, there are efforts to preserve and restore the park, with both the Indians and the City uniting to do the work. I hope they are successful!

(For more on the history of the park, click here or here.)

02 December 2007

On The Road Again

14 February 2007


huancgaco lunch
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