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And Cleveland, so we meet again...
2008-12-01 18:57
by Bob Timmermann

Via Craig Calcaterra's Shysterball, which is now part of The Hardball Times, I found this story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the local transit (RTA) train from Hopkins International Airport to Downtown Cleveland.

It's cheap, reliable and fast.

But the RTA rapid that whisks riders from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to downtown in 20 minutes -- for $2 -- has an identity problem.

Airport employees and those who arrive for conventions love it. Vacation and business travelers generally spurn it in favor of cars or taxis.


The rapid helped lure the Society of American Baseball Research convention to Cleveland last July. Many of the hundreds who arrived by air took the rapid to their downtown hotel, said Susan Petrone, director of communications for SABR.

If my cat had not been resting on my lap while I read that, I might have reacted by throwing my computer across the room. Or possibly just gotten more indignant.

I have subsequently discovered that the Marriott people refused to give me any points for staying at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. The Forest City just keeps on kicking me in the groin and standing over me taunting me and pelting me with pirogis.

2008-12-01 19:12:02
1.   Sam DC
I thought you had worked this out?
2008-12-01 19:21:25
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Cleveland RTA decided to pick at an old wound and they made me bleed again.

The obelisk awaits.

2008-12-01 20:34:07
3.   dianagramr
Note to self .... check Washington D.C.'s transit status prior to next Summer's convention.
2008-12-01 21:12:49
4.   Bob Timmermann
I went to DC in August and it was great!
2008-12-01 21:19:44
5.   Bob Timmermann
There's a Google ad for Cleveland on this page now.
2008-12-01 22:08:08
6.   fordprefect
Cold or hot?
2008-12-01 23:22:17
7.   Linkmeister
4 You what? And it was what?

I lived in the DC suburbs for 6 years. August there cannot even be described as tolerable, much less great.

It's a former bloody swamp, man!

2008-12-02 04:36:12
8.   D4P
This past summer was very unhumid by east coast standards.
2008-12-02 08:16:59
9.   invisibleman
Visit Cleveland and win the famous Leg Lamp!
2008-12-02 08:44:17
10.   das411
and for how many years did Drew Carey tell us that CLEVELAND ROCKS!! ?
2008-12-02 08:51:30
11.   Bob Timmermann
I think he took a taxi or had a friend pick him up at the airport.
2008-12-02 11:10:18
12.   fanerman
Can someone provide me with a synopsis of the Timmermann v. Cleveland saga?

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