Sunday, July 30, 2006

Harold & Kumar Go To Cleveland

Time for a weekly post. Sometimes they come quicker, other times, not. That's how we roll around here. In this post, we'll talk about a number of things, but only one thing went down that was relevant to my week. As usual though, I'll still come through with a post for you to read through and hopefully it turns out with good reviews.

I'm not the type that posts a lot of jokes and stuff because people get sick of that junk in their emails. Speaking of, what's up with people forwarding stupid emails that you're never going to read anyways? I never did get that. Oh well, they must get a kick out of it. I was bored one day and clicked on someone's MySpace bulletin and actually read the thing for once. So I'll waste your time and post this joke that I thought was kind of clever. I'm not a guy that normally posts jokes because most people skip over them, but this one was new to me, so here you go:

I was at the mall the other day eating at the food court. I noticed an old man watching a teenager sitting next to him. The teenager had spiked hair in all different colors: green, red, orange, and blue. The old man kept staring at him. The teenager would look and find the old man staring every time. When the teenager had
enough, he sarcastically asked, "What's the matter old man, never done anything wild in your life?" The old man responded, "Got drunk once and had sex with a peacock. I
was just wondering if you were my son."

Yesterday was a trip to Cleveland with my boy Spank. I've been looking forward to this one for a while. No, it wasn't an Indians game as you might have guessed. This one was for Ring of Honor Wrestling and it was unbelievable. I'll talk about the wrestling part in a bit, but I'll start things off with the actual road trip. You can't ever have enough road trips is my theory.

I did the driving for the festivities. We rolled out of E-Town around noon or so. We hit up some Wendy's action in Bridgeport. We didn't think anyone would be at that one as we thought it was an old dirty dump that was about to be finished. It was packed, a madhouse. After that, we get on Route 50 and go about our business. A road trip with a guy that is a huge rap fan? That makes things better. Those don't happen much. I couldn't take all of my CDs in the car because that'd be a bunch, so I grabbed the case labeled "#-D", meaning all of my CDs that are alphabetically from a rapper starting with a number and going through the Ds. Almost 90 degrees and he's drinking coffee on the way up and I'm chugging some hot chocolate. We're weird cats.

We get into Cleveland which I love the city. Very easy to get to and you can't get lost. I'm a guy that sucks at driving and even I can handle Cleveland with no problems. On the way up for CDs, we listened to DMX, 6 Shot (nobody has heard of him reading this, but he's very good), Benzino, Biggie, and you can't roll into Cleveland without going with some Bone Thugs. As they famously say, "Cleveland is the city where we come from, so run."

So we get into town around 5:00 or a bit earlier and start checking out the area. We park for $10, which wasn't bad and it was close to where we needed to be. The Indians played at 7:05, a few blocks from where we needed to be, so town was hopping. We ate at this Tally place called Alesci's I believe it was. You can eat outside there, so that's what we did. I got a few strombolis (a fancy name for a pepperoni roll is what I always said) and it was good stuff. Also, while there, we saw this hot Tally chick outside working and doing the sales for the drinkers. Beautiful and had it all going on for her or so we thought. Everything was going great while checking that out until she busted out the cigarette. Doh! As me and my cousin Ozzie say, that's when she gets X'ed off our list, no questions about it, it's over for the girl then.

Then it was time to go to the Cleveland Grays Armory. They told us we could get tickets at 6:00, so we were one of the first in line that didn't get their tickets online. An hour later, and we're still in line. I'm talking about dripping buckets out there. Interesting crew we hung with while in line though to say the least. People from all over came to this show, you'd be surprised. Anyways, we get 4th row seats and have a great view. About 500 people were in the crowd. For anyone who is even somewhat of a wrestling fan, do me a favor and check out Ring of Honor, I can't say it enough. It's nothing like what you see on TV that is watered down. You get one of the most respectful crowds I've seen, great chants if they have to cuss people, and the in-ring action is bar none the best there is. My second favorite wrestling show in person ever, hailing only closely behind the CyberSlam 1999 ECW show at the best wrestling arena ever, the ECW Arena.

I won't bore anyone with too much of the actual wrestling part. I know most reading don't want to hear that. I will say though that the claim of Bryan Danielson being the best wrestler in the world is no joke. If he's not #1, he's definitely very high on the list. Just amazing stuff and in person it's even better. At the end of the night, the fans were chanting, "Best in the world!.." over and over. I also got to see a great Christopher Daniels against Christian match in which Christian lost. Generation Next's last night together with that name got beat by newcomers Davey Richards, Jerrelle Clark, and Irish Airborne in an insane 8-Man Dragon Gate Rules Tag Match. Yeah, I realize I'm typing this last paragraph to myself, but I won't go into anymore how awesome ROH was. They return to Cleveland on October 6th and I hope to be there again.

Time to wrap this road trip up. On the way home, we were starving. Spank was craving Pizza Hut, but it was closed, so I saw White Castle and knew that was our answer. I've never been, but I'm a huge Harold & Kumar fan, so that sold me. We ended up ordering 10 cheeseburgers, onion rings, clams, a cinnamon bun, sausage biscuit, and 2 drinks. The burgers are tiny though, but pretty good. I could probably eat 12 of them or so if I had to with no problem and I'm not a big eater. Spank figured he'd sleep the whole trip back, which I wasn't tired, so that didn't bother me. Back to the CDs. I listened to more Bone on the way out of Cleveland just out of tradition. Radio on this trip sucked. I couldn't even pick up a rap station in the area and there were no sports radio stations that would come in good, ugh. Radio, at least I gave you a chance. Back to rap the rest of the way home. I popped in some Clipse (best rap performance I've seen in person) and The Dayton Family for the rest of the trip. Got home around 4:30 and woke up around 2:30. Good times.

Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week:

3 Quick Thangs:

1. CM Punk with his in-ring TV debut for ECW on Tuesday night, sweet.

2. Gum fans, does it get much better than Big League Chew?

3. Let's go with some birthday for Monday, July 31st. Wesley Snipes turns 44. Kevin Greene of the Steelers days is also 44. Superman Dean Cain goes for 40. Former Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware hits 38. Another QB, Gus Frerotte, best known to me for headbutting the wall and hurting himself, Happy 35th. There ya go.


Anonymous said...

Definately agreeing with the cigarette comment. Got a cigarette....get outta here. Gotta say I'm not big on White Castle though....maybe I just had a bad experience there, but it's last on my fast food list.


Anonymous said...

Interesting post Ed. You love your wrestling and rap so you were set huh? Did ya fix the birthdays last week to include mine???? K