Cleveland...sigh.

  • pandx970

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    Jan 30, 2009 4:55 AM GMT
    Hey y'all,
    Been having a decent time here in Cleveland the past few days and am now out of ideas for the rest of the week and weekend. I know some of y'all are much more traveled than I am and now I am trolling on here for suggestions. Been out in the Western 'burbs with other tech guys and girls, icon_wink.gif but I am ready to let my hair down and let loose a lil' bit and be with a crew that's less code and 1337 and more glittery or masculine. icon_cool.gif Hell, I just don't want to be talkin with my favourite 47 year old papa bearsicon_eek.gif. I want to talk with some rough and ready 27 year old bear boys. icon_twisted.gif
    Any thoughts anyone?
  • jc_online

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    Jan 30, 2009 11:36 AM GMT
    This weekend is the Asians and Friends annual new year's dinner (www.afcleveland.org); the Out and about hiking group is doing a snowshoe hike on Saturday at the Holden Aboretum, a beaucolic property east of Cleveland about 1/2 hour (www.clevelandoutandabout.org); Club Argos sports bar is having a Super Bowl party on Sunday (www.club-argos.com); every weekend a local group is canvasing door-to-door to fight an initiative to overturn a recently established domestic partner registry in the city of Cleveland - info on that and other things are available at the LGBT center's website (www.lgcsc.org). If you're looking for just dancing, drinking, and flirting the weekend hot spot should be Union Station/Club Bounce (www.clevelandcocktails.com). The gay bowling league plays on Friday nights (www.ncbafriday.org) and the volleyball league plays on Fridays and Sundays (www.northcoastathletics.org). If all of this doesn't appeal to you, check out the mainstream hip things to do at www.pluggedincleveland.com.

    I hope this helps!
    -JC
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:43 AM GMT

    Post pics of you with your "hair down and loose"! That'll be lovely to see. Goodluck. xx
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    Jan 30, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    Have you tried dropping lit matches into the Cuyahoga River?
  • jc_online

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    Jan 31, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    Ya know.......Cleveland has that reputation of the river burning; but, it wasn't the only - and it wasn't the worst -- of the fires during the 1970's when everyone was disregarding the environment. AND the pictures used during that time weren't of the time period - they were actually of a fire decades earlier.

    Sorry to sound defensive, but Cleveland doesn't deserve this continued reputation. really. No one still refers to Chelsea in NYC as it was known 40 years ago. Update your expectations, please.
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    Jan 31, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    Um, why do you think that in other parts of Ohio we use the phrase "That's so Cleve!" It totally deserves its reputation ;)
  • DanBasil

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    Jan 31, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    Yeah check-out
    Bounce/Union Station
    Great for dinner and the dancing later, tends to be on the younger side though for the dancing
    The Grid has dancing, but can be a bit sketchy at times
    The Tool Shed and Man's World are an older crowd, but can be fun
    Twist has a younger crowd on the weekends
    Akron area has the Interbelt, which I like the atmosphere of
    Flex (the Bathhouse is also worth checking-out if that's your thing, the new venue used to be the Goodyear blimp garage, so it's got a nice set-up and is quite large.
    Hamilton's is gay downstairs, and it's nice upstairs too, where the Martini Lounge is.
    That's all that's coming to mind at the moment, but the Gay People's Chronicles lists a number of places and just ask people at these places and they'll tell you what all is out there.
    -daniel
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    Jan 31, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    HotToddy saidUm, why do you think that in other parts of Ohio we use the phrase "That's so Cleve!" It totally deserves its reputation ;)

    Don't be jealous of Cleveland.
    Ohio is fun, Cleveland is great and the Holden Arboretum hike is worth it.
  • DanBasil

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    Jan 31, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    Yeah and the Zoo and Art Museum are world-renown. As well as University Hospital for Heart care, but no one lives there, so the economy is like ----------- flat lined. Go SteelYard shopping Plaza!
  • jc_online

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    Jan 31, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    FYI
    the Grid closed. Lack of business, like so many other gay bars across the country. Because we (homos) are more mainstream, there is less of a need for the gay clubs. Also, Twist is closed for remodeling. Flex was a Greyhound garage, now a bathouse; LOL - Goodyear blimp storage would be so much larger! That's in Akron, about 1/2 hour south.
  • DanBasil

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    Jan 31, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    You know what you are right about Flex, I'm space Cadet sometimes like that. But the Garage vibes are nice by any means. And I had no idea the Grid closed, that's crazy. I haven't been to Cleveland since Thanksgiving, so thanks for the updates and clarification.icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 31, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    jc_online saidFYI
    the Grid closed. Lack of business, like so many other gay bars across the country. Because we (homos) are more mainstream, there is less of a need for the gay clubs. Also, Twist is closed for remodeling. Flex was a Greyhound garage, now a bathouse; LOL - Goodyear blimp storage would be so much larger! That's in Akron, about 1/2 hour south.


    LMAO! I have been to CLE a number of times (and, yes, actually like it!) and I was like thinking Goodyear blimp garage - theres nothing like that downtown - WTF! And your post cleared it up. Where was Grid? It sounds familiar. Unfortunately, I havent been to CLE for five years. God, I miss it. People there are so hospitable to us Jersey boys.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 31, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
    Cleveland is a very beautiful, historic old industrial city with a lot of architectural, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Like my hometown of Buffalo, Cleveland has been getting beat up by narrow-minded critics who can't tell the difference between a real city and a fake, wannabe city. The rest of you guys from Ohio are just envious of Cleveland because it is probably the best major city in your state. The people of Cleveland are quite friendly just like they are here in Buffalo. Granted both Cleveland and Buffalo have their serious urban problems but so does everyplace else. There is no perfect place in this imperfect world. Perfection just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But the rest of you Ohio realjocks need to leave Cleveland alone. Go beat up on someplace else.
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    Mar 14, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    Native Clevelander here...now living in Columbus. Ian Hunter and Drew Cary are right....."Cleveland ROCKS!" Maybe it isn't the biggest or newest city in Ohio, but is is the ONLY one that is "COSMOPOLITAN" and feels like a "BIG CITY". Love the various neighborhoods and all of the festivals, etc. The Parks are WONDERFUL, The Lake...is amazing! If it weren't for the winter Lake Effect, I'd still live in Clevelend ...anyone remember, WMMS "The Buzzard", or The Micheal Stanley Band, or the "Cardiac Kids", or The Blizzerd of '78, , or any number of other very Cleveland events, places or things?
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    Mar 14, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    Ahhh... Cleveland... the Mistake on the Lake!
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    Mar 14, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    Cleveland, at least, has a gay football team forming.
    (Ask me if you are interested in playing!)