Earlier this year, I visited a few internet friends in Cleveland.
Originally, we were going to visit another internet friend, Greg Wicker, as his travelling Anime Match Game road show was to make a stop at an anime convention in C-town in January. Due to professional responsibilities, Greggo had to cancel.
The cancellation notice was published in mid-December — approximately one month before the convention. Within that week, another internet friend — Randy Amasia of Los Angeles — died after a battle with cancer.
Still, while the weather was very cold, Cleveland was quite fun. While I never got to meet Randy in person, Tom Hornikel, Mike Klauss and Wayne Rhine shared many great stories of Randy.
This weekend, Tom, Mike and company are hosting “X!: The All New Game Show Convention” — the 10th version of a gathering of game show fans from all over. I would go — but vacation time’s already been set aside for other trips. Plus, this should’ve been the week the new news set at WDAM was to be constructed (since delayed due to unforeseen circumstances). Still, I need to be here since a fellow producer’s on vacation.
Also, former Rock 104 co-worker Rick Eberhart is back in Cleveland — working at the same Clear Chuckle station that let him go a few years ago. While I remain no fan of CC, Rick’s quite funny. His impression of professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Archie Bunker are right on the money.
And the sales manager at WDAM is going on a business trip to C-town soon — but mixing a little pleasure with a Indians/Yankees game, a visit to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (I’ve been there) and a fabulous meal at Alice Cooper’s Cooperstown restaurant (meant to go in January).
Memo to self: Cleveland’s more fun in the summertime — and warmer!