Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Monday, May 9, 2016

Stadium Junkies-Day 1

Three cities, three stadiums in three days. This past weekend was a complete blur, but an epic one.
The first leg of our baseball trip was to Cleveland. Val and I took a redeye to Cleveland and met up with his friend Halina at the airport. From there, the three of us beelined it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Breakfast in Cleveland
 Outside, the HoF looks like the Louvre.

Guns & Roses (we're going to see these guys in August) and David Bowie:
I knew well ahead of time exactly what I wanted to see at the Hall of Fame, but I made the obligatory rounds through all the floors and saw all kinds of things I'm glad I didn't miss
 Michael Jackson's Glove and shoes.

Public Enemy and Biggie Smalls.
 Chrissie Hynde and Run DMC
 Prince, Prince, Prince & Prince:
 Beastie Boys: 
And finally, one of my FAVORITE bands of all time: Pink Floyd. 

 The Wall exhibit was pretty awesome.
 Roger Waters, musical genius:

And my Other Favorite Band of All Time, U2.
There was so much to see. Val, Halina and I kept splitting off into 3 different directions as we walked through the museum but  would end up meeting back up again at bands we liked in common. It was a lot of fun.

This was all I found of Lou Reed. He got me through some tough days in college:
 NWA, minus Easy.
Halina had been the one to suss out T'hings to See in Cleveland. She had found that the original house used in the movie A Christmas Story was in Cleveland, and we headed there after leaving the HofF. Val wasn't that excited about this initially, but he was out-voted.
 The house had fallen into disrepair but was purchased by a movie fan and restored to the way it appeared in the movie. It's now a museum and runs tours twice an hour!
 EV-ER-Y-THING is exactly like it was in the movie.
 The lamp. THE LAMP!
 They have bunny costumes for sale and just to try on--in adult sizes!
 The cast:
 The rifle that The Old Man had hidden behind the desk.
 The cupboard under the sink where the little brother hid. The boys bedroom:
 Me hanging out in the Parker's living room.
Halina and the Leg Lamp! Thanks for finding this place, Halina!!! 
After the museum tour and gift shop, we stopped in neighborhood tavern to eat pierogis. Halina is Polish and said they were pretty authentic. They were delicious! I ate a knish in NY and didn't like it at all, but pierogis get a thumbs up.
Actually, according to the tour, the people in the neighborhood played extras in the movie. And the owner of Ralphie's house used to hang out in this tavern all the time.

After the pierogis, we checked into our Airbnb and took a short nap before finally heading out to Progressive Field. 
Halina is as big a baseball fan as Val and I, so this entire day was just perfect for us. Don't you just LOVE a baseball park?
 Zero waste baseball treat:
 I WAS ON THE JUMBOTRON!!! And Val even got a picture!
 Halina's Happy Dog. What is a Happy Dog? Well, it's FRUIT LOOPS on top of macaroni & cheese on top of a hot dog, of course.
 Dodger stadium does not have mascots......thank goodness! Lol.
After the game, we went back to the Airbnb & called it a day. We had to have Halina back to the airport by 5:30am in the morning and Val and I were going to run a 5K before driving to Toronto for Stadium #2.


  1. OMG that happy dog! WOW! O_O

    I haven't been to a baseball game in ages but I've heard that all the stadiums are doing crazy food things now. I never would have thought to put fruit loops on a hot dog... what was the verdict on it?!

  2. Halina said it was "interesting" and "it works". That testimonial wasn't enuff to get me to try it tho!

  3. I'm so angry with myself that I lived so close to Cleveland for several years and never spent any time there.

    What did you think of that happy dog? The flavor combo does not sound appealing to me at all, but I wonder if it's one of those things that sounds gross but works.