Monday, May 3, 2010
The Windy City
Cleveland is is like being at the beach without a heater. :)
Mike, our pilot yesterday, was chatting about how the wind always blows in Cleveland. It does. Cleveland is right here on the lake, (Our hotel is a block from Lake Eerie.) and the wind is incessant. So, apparently, they decided to put their airport right on the edge of the lake. Not kidding. Yesterday Mike landed his plane in 25 mph cross winds. It made for quite the ride there at the end...better than anything Kings Dominion offers. It was a gorgeous place to land, Mike did an amazing job of landing well, but the descent was a bit like a rollercoaster. :)
So we landed, and the gentleman who assisted Mike offered to drive us to the hotel. Apparently he is also a private pilot who works weekends for extra money to support his habit. He has been into Richmond and said, "You guys had a race there yesterday." Yep, we sure did! So, the quick ride to the hotel (3 miles) was over, we checked in, and unpacked. Time for food.
We head downstairs, and the shuttle driver took us to Tower City which is an amazing structure, but we just aren't shoppers. The driver asks if we are going to the game. Hmmm....baseball. Free afternoon. How much is it? "Oh, cheap!" he says.
Off we go. Come to find out, some of the better seats were half-price, so we got really great seats for very little. We were ten rows from first base. It was a lot of fun...hamburgers, Diet Pepsi, and three hours of baseball.
Here is a question, though, for baseball fans. If there is no hit, but everyone points over toward third base and the runners advance a base, what happened??? I have never seen that before, but...it happened. I had turned to tell Will something and missed whatever it was, but it drew lots of reaction...
Oh, and the other cool thing...there is actually someone on the Twins team with a batting average of 1.00. Really. Ramos, the Twins' catcher, doesn't miss an opportunity to connect with the ball.
So Billy arrived safely, we grabbed dinner (I do not want to see another hamburger again for a very long time!), and we headed back to the hotel. We were in bed by 11, but I don't think anyone slept well.
We leave soon for breakfast and the doctor. Yes, there is some trepidation, but we go with the knowledge that we are where we are supposed to be doing what we are supposed to be doing....