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Travels with Princess – Part 2

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One night, I set my cot aside and slept on the ground; I wanted to get the feel of the dirt. You see, my parents are buried in a cemetery not far from there; I already have a spot reserved for me. I wanted a preview of what the ground might be like in years to come. While I would never move back to Cleveland – the winters there are just too brutal – apparently I have no qualms about spending the rest of eternity there. But who knows; I may live to regret that decision. (Eh, maybe that was not the right way to phrase that.)


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As I wrote last week, Princess and I drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway in the reliable, old Mazdamobile. As much as possible, we tried to avoid the crowds and the traffic jams. We took the road less travelled. This year we went camping.

After 1,500 miles wandering back roads up the eastern United States, we landed in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, before you begin, I'll tell you I have heard most every joke there is about my original home town; heck, I have probably told most of them. It's outdated, but one of my favorite jokes went like this: What do Michael Jackson and the Cleveland Indians have in common? They both wear a glove on one hand for no apparent reason. Not true any more; I donno how Michael Jackson was laid out, but the Indians have been at the top of their division several years in a row. I guess I'll have to retire that one. Oh wait; I can just recycle it for my current home town: Tampa, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, who finished the season about 48 games out of first place. Well, it is their first year. But wherever I go, defeat seems to tag along.

I still have a T-shirt from my last visit to Cleveland. On the back of the shirt it says, "Cleveland: Cars, bars, and a few weirdos."

Oh, I found it. Here it is:

   

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