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“We’ve been waiting so long… …we need just one victory and we’re on our way…”

Game three of the 2016 NBA Finals… Cavs are down 2 – 0 in a best of 7 Series against the Golden State Warriors…Photo taken on May 31, 2016 on Carnegie Avenue near East 30th Street.

“Just One Victory” – Todd Rundgren (1973)

We’ve been waiting so long,
We’ve been waiting so long,
We’ve been waiting for the sun to rise and shine
Shining still to give us the will

Can you hear me, the sound of my voice?
I am here to tell you I have made my choice
I’ve been listening to what’s been going down
There’s just too much talk and gossip going ’round

You may think that I’m a fool, but I know the answer
Words become a tool, anyone can use them
Take the golden rule, as the best example
Eyes that have seen will know what I mean

The time has come to take the bull by the horns
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit ’em one more time)
We’ve been so downhearted, we’ve been so forlorn
(We may be losing now but we can’t stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)
We get weak and we want to give in
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit ’em one more time)
But we still need each other if we want to win
(We may be losing now but we can’t stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)

If you don’t know what to do about a world of trouble
You can pull it through if you need to and if
You believe it’s true, it will surely happen
Shining still, to give us the will

We’ve been waiting so long,
We’ve been waiting so long,
We’ve been waiting for the sun to rise and shine
Shining still to give us the will
Bright as the day, to show us the way

Somehow, someday,
We need just one victory and we’re on our way
Prayin’ for it all day and fightin’ for it all night
Give us just one victory, it will be all right

We may feel about to fall but we go down fighting
You will hear the call if you only listen
Underneath it all we are here together
Shining still to give us the will
Bright as the day, to show us the way

Somehow, someday,
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit ’em one more time)
We need just one victory and we’re on our way
(We may be losing now but we can’t stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)
Prayin’ for it all day and fightin’ for it all night
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit ’em one more time)
Give us just one victory, it will be all right
(We may be losing now but we can’t stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)


“…talkin’ baseball… baseball and the Tribe…”

“Talkin’ Baseball” – Terry Cashman (2008)

Today is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in many cities across America (and Canada!) The hopes and dreams of October championship baseball are alive and well for fans of every team!

Today in Cleveland, the Indians play their chilly home and season opener against the Boston Redsox with David Price the starting pitcher for the Sox, and Cy Young Award winner, Cory Kluber taking the mound for the hometown good-guys.  First pitch at Jacobs Field is scheduled for 4:10 PM.

Pictured above: The 28-foot neon sign that adorned the 74,000 seat Cleveland Municipal Stadium at Gate D for 32 years. The old stadium was demolished in 1996 with the Tribe’s new home, Jacobs Field, opening on April 2, 1994.

Some time ago,  I wrote a post about the inspiration and reason behind the “Indians” team name. The cartoon mascot “Chief Wahoo” has caused controversy among some, but to me Chief Wahoo is simply an emblem representing my baseball team!

Today the Chief Wahoo sign has been preserved and is on display at Cleveland’s Western Reserve Historical Society (as seen in my photograph above, taken December 30, 2014.)


“…The blacksmith and the artist reflect it in their art… forge their creativity… closer to the heart…”














“Closer to the Heart” – Rush (1977)

When a business stays vibrant and prosperous for over 100 years– especially in a competitive, Capitalist Free Market system, it speaks volumes about the highest standards of quality, dedication, and perseverance that that company undoubtedly has had to maintain over the course of time.

One such company, The Rose Iron Works, located at 1536 East 43rd Street, between Payne and Superior Avenues in Cleveland, has been established at this address since 1911 and along the way has successfully made an outstanding name for itself as a maker of the finest decorative metal works available anywhere in the world.

Founded by Hungarian-born, American immigrant, and master craftsman blacksmith Martin Rose– the Rose Iron Works has been a family owned and operated business since it’s inception in 1904. Martin Rose chose Cleveland to embark into the new world with his family, for the city’s international reputation as a standard bearer in steel production and metalworking. He also believed in Cleveland’s promise of greater opportunity for him and his family.

Over the years the firm has catered to those desiring customized, ornate wrought iron and stainless steel decor. The best residential and commercial architects of the time during the company’s development, all sought The Rose Iron Works “touch,” to add further distinction to their architectural building projects including Walker and Weeks, and Charles Schweinfurth, (highlighted regularly in this blog.)

Today, the heritage, artistry and direction of the Rose Iron Works is in the hands of grandson, Bob Rose.  And like his father, uncles and grandfather, before him, the company continues to offer only the finest one-of-a-kind, custom-made forged metal creations.

Photos taken August 27, 2015


“One, two, three, four…”

“1234” – Feist (2007)

The W. Bingham Hardware Company Warehouse Building
Built: 1915
Architect: Walker and Weeks
Today: “The Bingham” (luxury apartments)
1278 West 9th Street
Warehouse District
Downtown
Cleveland, OH

Photo taken May 21, 2015


“There’s a meat market down the street…”

“Dance Anthem of the 80’s” – Regina Spektor (2009)

State Meat Market
Ukrainian Village
5338 State Road
Parma, Ohio
Southwestern Cleveland suburb

Photo taken January 25, 2015


“Welcome to Believeland!”







“When this grey world crumbles like a cake…”


“It’s Not My Birthday” – They Might Be Giants (1989)

When I was a kid, there was nothing better than waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and finding a white box printed with the famous powder blue Hough Bakery insignia, waiting for us on the kitchen table! Pretty much a luxurious staple for any family in Northeastern Ohio– Hough Bakeries pastries pies and cakes were to die for!

Established in a small bakery on Hough Avenue on Cleveland’s east side in 1903, the family owned and operated business grew to become one of the ten largest multiple-unit bakeries in the United States. In 1941, the Pile family purchased the old Star Bakery building, pictured above, and expanded Hough Bakeries operations.

The company thrived throughout the years, but competition and a lack of modernized equipment and facilities proved to be too much for Hough Bakeries survival. In 1992, the old family owned bakery closed the facility, located on Lakeview Avenue and it’s 32 retail shops located throughout Northeastern Ohio, and filed for Chapter Seven bankruptcy.

Photo taken September 9, 2014


“…come along with me misery loves company… you’re welcome at the home of the blues…”

“Home of the Blues” – Johnny Cash (1958)

At E. 4th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown… one of the many concert venues that this town offers… And from the interior of the Cleveland House of Blues, a picture I took a few years ago, and posted here!

Photo taken August 9, 2014


“…So if by the time the bar closes… and you feel like falling down.. I’ll carry you home… tonight…”

“We Are Young” – Fun. (2011)

A local hot-spot in the Gordon Square neighborhood arts district on Cleveland’s west side. Spice Kitchen and Bar is a tantalizing restaurant that uses only best locally grown and raised food sources for their Five Star menu offerings. The bar is a popular weekend hang-out along the Detroit Avenue drag, in this part of town. A great, spacious, rear restaurant patio is ideal for summertime festivities and a spot to enjoy a bourbon and cigar, or late night coffee.

Photo taken April 8, 2014


“…and all I do is pour… black coffee… since the blues caught my eye…”

“Black Coffee” – Peggy Lee (1953)

And for comparison purposes, the last picture in this 4 picture set– taken by an unnamed photographer in the early 1950’s (courtesy of The Chesler Group.)

At the northwest corner of Detroit Avenue and West 29th Street, on Cleveland’s near-west side, sits a refurbished relic from days gone by… Originally built in 1895 to house the Cleveland Steel Range Company, and later a different company that produced pistons for automobiles and airplane engines, the Van Rooy Coffee Company purchased and moved into the Romanesque-Revival style industrial building in 1935. The company provided “Hotel Quality” roasted Arabica coffee beans from Brazil and around the world as well as teas and spices from The Orient, and quickly developed a “second-to-none” reputation for the highest quality of products. The Van Rooy Coffee Company, still in operation, moved from this building in 2003, to a site just outside Cleveland. The old Van Rooy Building is listed both on the National Register of Historic Places and the Cleveland Landmark Registry.

First three photos taken April 8, 2014


“….made eye contact with a solitary pickle…”

“Reading Time With Pickle” – Regina Spektor (2002)

I couldn’t pass-up this ad artwork, without grabbing the camera and clicking the shutter release… A cartoon pickle clinging to the Terminal Tower. A banner advertising “Cleveland Pickle”— a downtown sub shop, located at Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street. Awesome!

Photo taken February 28, 2014


“Well I was layin’ in a hospital bed… a rock and roll nurse went to my head… hold out your arms, stick out your tongue… I got some pills, boy, I’m gonna give you one…”

“Pills” – Bo Diddley (1961)
“Pills” – New York Dolls (1973)

A billboard on the side of this building at 2541 Carnegie Avenue in downtown– Cleveland: the home of world class healthcare, AND the birthplace of “Rock and Roll!”

In the mural, a play on words… and some simple directions. To the left, several city blocks north: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. And to the right, one of Cleveland’s many excellent hospitals: the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, just a few blocks south.

*As a side note: Bo Diddley was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1987– The New York Dolls… Hopefully one day!

Photo taken February 13, 2014


“…looking for soul food and a place to eat…”

“Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed (1972)

Along Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken September 14, 2013


“Damn this traffic jam… how I hate to be late… it hurts my motor to go so slow… time I get home my supper’ll be cold. Damn this traffic jam…”

“Traffic Jam” – James Taylor (1977)

Another bridge icon in northeastern Ohio spanning east and west over the Cuyahoga River Valley. The Valley View Bridge, better known as the I-480 Bridge, was opened in 1977 and connects eastern and western suburbs of Cleveland. It consists of two parallel sections 4,150 feet in length. The bridge rises 212 feet above the river valley below.

Photo taken December 30, 2013


“I’ll get down in any neighborhood I swear that my friends will take me…”

“Funky But Chic” – David Johansen (1978)

On Cleveland’s near-east side, at the southeast corner of E. 36th Street and Euclid Avenue, near the central downtown area… Hatton’s, in existence since the 1920’s, was the first deli establishment to make the claim, “Best Corned Beef in Town” when Duane Hatton affixed the neon sign to the building in 1965.

Photo taken December 13, 2013


“…and I’m a skinny little boy from Cleveland Ohio, come to drink your women and chase your beer…”

“Skinny” – Alex Bevan (1976)

The grand daddy of local breweries in Cleveland, The Great Lakes Brewing Company was established in the Cleveland west side neighborhood of Ohio City, across from the West Side Market, in 1988. Today, the vastly expanded brewery is a favorite brew pub and restaurant night spot, where connoisseurs and happy-hour partiers can hang out, drink and eat. In 2011, The Great Lakes Brewery was the 18th largest craft-brewery in the United States. The beer is phenomenal! In the warm months in Cleveland, the establishment’s sidewalk patio along Market Avenue is THE place to be!

Photos taken November 14, 2013


“If you want to destroy my sweater.. hold this string as I walk away… watch me unravel– I’ll soon be naked…”

“Undone – The Sweater Song” – WEEZER (1994)

Coyote Ugly Saloon
1722 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City
Tampa, Florida

Photo taken September 9, 2006


“Irish and proud, baby, naturally… but you got the luck of a Kennedy…”

“Diane Young” – Vampire Weekend (2013)

Decor inside P J McIntyre’s Irish Pub
Kamm’s Corner Entertainment District
17119 Lorain Avenue (& Rocky River Drive)
Cleveland, OH

Photo taken May 4, 2013


“No stop signs… speed limit… nobody’s gonna slow’re down…”

“Highway to Hell” – AC/DC (1979)

At the corner of East 9th Street and Superior Avenue, in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken June 14, 2012


“All the world’s a stage”

“All the World’s a Stage” – William Shakespeare

The Stage on Broadway
412 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Photo taken on February 14, 2007


Hand rolled cigar city

Arturo Fuente Cigars
Ybor City
Tampa, Florida.

Photo taken September 9, 2006


Urban Revitalization

Market and West 25th Streets, in the revitalized Ohio City near-west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The West Side Market tower stands poised and dignified, surveying the urban landscape.

Photo taken June 2, 2012