What better way to start the holiday season than with a throwback of the Christmas Story house. While passing through Cleveland, OH during our summer vacation we took a few hours to stop and take the tour, it was awesome! The house is the original from the movie and restored perfectly. While inside you can handle an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, witness the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window and experience the taste of Lifebuoy soap, you can basically touch everything. Heck they even provide you with pink bunny suits if you choose to look like a deranged Easter Bunny! I myself could not resist and transformed into a pink nightmare. Sadly Dwayne’s Photo ruined that roll of chromes during processing. The words Ohhhh fuuudge were repeatedly used! Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!
If you are passing through Cleveland I highly recommend you stop and take the tour, I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!
This weeks “Photo of the Week” is of the Holmes County “Bicentennial” barn near Holmesville, Ohio. I photographed this barn in 2012 while traveling. Ohio Celebrated it’s Bicentennial 1803-2003 and artist Scott Hagan completed his five-year mission of painting the Bicentennial logo on at least one barn in each of the 88 counties in 2002.
Today’s trip down memory lane takes place on Sunday September 19th 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. My wife is from Ohio and she is a Cleveland Browns fan. Yes I said she is a Cleveland Browns fan, I know right!
In 2007 our oldest son Michael decided he wanted to play youth football here where we live. My wife and I were a little nervous but extremely excited. During his time playing football we wound up becoming very good friends with another family, as a matter of fact a very wonderful family. This is where it gets interesting, they’re also Cleveland Browns fans. I know what your thinking because I thought the same thing myself. How is it possible that 350 miles east of Cleveland Ohio in the small town of Endwell, NY was there more than one Browns fan. I thought I’d have better odds in Vegas!
Over the course of a few years our friends “The Wagstaff’s” had been traveling at least once a season to Cleveland to watch a game. On the side lines of our sons game one afternoon we thought wouldn’t it be fun for us all to travel to Cleveland for a game. Finally on September 19th 2010 piled into two cars we caravanned to Cleveland for the Browns Vs. Chiefs game. Yes the Browns lost, only by two points and not that it was any shocker.
I thought that I would take this opportunity and post this for “Throwback Thursday” as the Cleveland Browns are 6-3 and sit atop of the AFC North. Yes sports fans I said the Cleveland Browns sit on top of the AFC North! I can just hear the Squealer, I mean Steeler fans cringe! Maybe you should throw in the towel now?
I am a New York Jets fan and I too have suffered year after year with defeat. Over the course of our 20 year history my wife’s beloved “Brownie’s” have slowly begin to grow on me. I find myself becoming a bigger fan season after season. I think I have this deep affection for the underdog. Its been exciting to watch Cleveland native “Brian Hoyer” under center. Johnny Football “Johnny Manziel” was all the rage during the draft, however “Hoyer” appears to be the man leading the Browns “HOPEFULLY” to their first playoff appearance since 2002.
Some of you who are reading this might have seen this image before. However it is one of my favorites in our collection of recent family photographs. The date is Sunday, September 19th 2010. Our family traveled from New York to Cleveland the day prior in order to watch the Cleveland Browns host the Kansas City Chiefs in their season home opener. I am a J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets fan and I understand the suffering. However my wife is from Ohio and loves Da Browns.
The photograph you see here I absolutely love. I have a passion for family photographs and this one here resonates deep. Maybe it was the whole experience in Cleveland, the people we shared it with or just that being a family is intoxicating. I was able to captured this photograph of our two sons Max, left, and Michael gazing out our 16th (I think there is a theme here) story hotel room of the Crown Plaza in downtown Cleveland without them having a clue. This would be their first NFL experience and were mesmerized by the crowds of Browns fans and vendors lining the city streets below in celebration of the home team. Shortly they themselves would be rushed into the roaring crowds. Sadly the Browns lost to the Chiefs 16-14!