Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH

Saturday, 7/2/11 - I leave the campground about 9:30 am heading into Cleveland by myself as Will doesn't want to see the RNR Hall of Fame again. I arrive at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland about an hour latter and find that Nancy and Howard have not arrived, I was so excited I left to early. That's ok, I park the Saturn in the underground garage and check in to the hotel to wait for them in my glorious room with a real flush toilet.

When they arrive in the early afternoon we head over to the RNR Hall of Fame, Nancy & I have been there before but Howard has not. As suggested, we start on the top floor and work our way down. The special exhibit for this year is "Women who Rock" and it was terrific......Nancy's 2 favorites, Chrissy Hinds and Pat Benatar and my all time favorite, Janis Joplin were featured. We had tickets to see a U2 concert in 3D in one of their theaters and lasted three songs. Not that it was bad there was just to much else to see and we didn't have a lot of time.

Great exhibits on all the generations of rock music. Two bummers however, you were not allowed to take pictures of any exhibits, pictures are only allowed on the ground floor and they have the worst retail selection of any museum I have ever been to. You want to spend money but the merchandise sucks. Of course, we did manage to find a couple items................

After the museum, we head for Nancy's favorite restaurant, PF Chang's for a wonderful dinner and a real adventure getting there. I'm sure the taxi we took is no longer running as it sounded that night like it was on its last leg. Great first day in Cleveland and can't wait for day two.

Sunday, 7/2/11 - Bad news has arrived for Nancy and work team on the photo shoot (the reason she is here.) A baseball team photo shoot is always held at the same hotel the team is staying at but due to a mix up this did not happen. The Yankees were staying at the Ritz Carlton and the photo shoot was scheduled for the Marriott Hotel, where we were staying. Yikes, the logistics of working that out was an all day affair. Nancy & I were going to surprise Howard by driving him down to the Ohio prison today so he and Nancy could see were Shawshank Redemption was filmed. We had it all planned, that's why I had to hold all blog posts so Howard wouldn't know what was happening. However, with the photo shoot problems incurred the prison trip was off and Nancy was in full work mode. We just hung around the hotel and tried to keep a low profile and stay out of the way. Much love to all family and friends and I can't wait to see what the next few days bring.

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