Daysleeper, Cleveland

I’m sometimes quite impressed with the ways people can find a place to enjoy a nap in the middle of a large urban area. Today’s Pic du Jour is one case in point.

I spotted this man, laying on a small pier on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, from the Detroit-Superior Bridge. I hummed this the rest of the day.

Snapped on 28-Aug-2013
From U2's Zoo TV tour at the Rock and Hall of Fame

Hanging out at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Pic du Jour)

These classic DDR trabants, left over from U2′s Zoo TV tour, will always have pride of place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. I try to stop by, even if just to stroll along the lake front, whenever I’m in town. And these cars always put a smile on my face.

Trabant-curious? From a post a couple years ago:

The average lifespan of the vehicle was an astounding 28 years. Officially it went from zero to 100kph/62 mph in 21 seconds and emitted four times as much pollution as the average car in Europe at that time. In all, 3,096,099 rolled off the assembly line.

There’s a 60-second video tour of one in that post, too.

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“A dream deferred” – rally in Cleveland on the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

Cleveland Rally on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington – Notebook and Photo Gallery

Cleveland, Ohio, USA – About one thousand people gathered for a rally in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’. Eighteen photos from the event, one of several held throughout the country on Wednesday to remember and reflect upon King’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, are below.

The event, organized by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland chapter of the National Action Network and other community and civic groups, included brief speeches by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, and other community, political and religious leaders.

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner


Turner, who announced her candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State in July, was the most passionate speaker on the afternoon bill addressing the importance of pushing back the recent assault on voting rights, something that King other activists were fighting five decades ago. “There is no such thing as an off-year election,” she said. “All elections have consequences.” You can catch a bit of her infectious passion in this recent segment of MSNBC’s Ed Show where she spoke about the attempts to suppress voting today in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio.  “It’s a class issue. It’s a race issue.”

“We have to make sure Dr. King’s dream stays alive,” Fudge, who also spoke at a commemoration of the event earlier in the day in Washington D.C., said. The third-term member of the House of Representatives serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Jackson, who was elected Mayor in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, told the crowd that he remembers watching the 1963 march and King’s speech with his grandfather.

“If it were not for the movement, I would not be mayor today,” Jackson said. “Even though we have made significant strides, we still have a way to go.”

Enjoy the pics – if you’d like to use any for a personal or organizational blog or website, feel free. Just please leave the credit intact and drop a quick line to let me know.

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Weekly Sunday Drive – 60-second Trabant Tour

When I was a kid growing up in the U.S. midwest, Sunday afternoons were oftentimes about drives. Usually into the nearby countryside east of Cleveland, much of which has long since devolved into developments with monstrously enormous homes. It was the same for a colleague Edwin, who grew up in the former East Berlin. But his drives weren’t enjoyed from the back seat of a 1969 Ford LTD. He and his three younger sisters were squeezed into the back of an early 1970s Trabant, similar to the one in the video above.

He didn’t tell me how long his parents waited before their legendary DDR limousine was finally delivered, but my guess is that when it did, they held on to it for some time. The average lifespan of the vehicle was an astounding 28 years. I’ll ask him next time I see him.

Officially it went from zero to 100kph/62 mph in 21 seconds and emitted four times as much pollution as the average car in Europe at that time. In all, 3,096,099 rolled off the assembly line. The one above wound up at the Historiale Berlin Museum and four wound up hanging in a U2 display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (pictured below). I have no idea what happened to the rest.

Anyone want to describe the riding experience?

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December Pic(k)s

Too busy snapping faraway nieces and nephews and friends during my holiday visit to Ohio, but I did manage to take a couple others as well.

This is at the Cleveland Museum of Art, whose renovation is supposed to be completed this year. They allow photography as well, so if you’re interested, here a few items from their permanent holdings.

A handful of other personal favorites from December, shot in Cleveland and Athens, Ohio and in North Carolina, are here.

Previous pic(k)s of the month from 2008: [Nov 08] [Oct 08] [Sep 08] [Aug 08] [July 08] [June 08] [May 08] [March 08] [February 08] [January 08]

Cleveland 015, originally uploaded by pirano.

Adam Ant – Old Snaps 002

This fuzzy snap was shot in the basement club of the old Agora in Cleveland in December, or thereabouts, of 1982. It was a meeting arranged by the Cleveland Plain Dealer rock music writer Jane Scott for the area’s budding high school newspaper reporters. Most of them were fairly wide-eyed and star struck. I remember him being quite soft-spoken, almost shy.

Adam Ant was among the first of the Brit New Wave acts that made it relatively big in the US in the early 80s. He was already solo at this point and his Goody Two Shoes was in fairly heavy rotation. As far as I remember, that was already the beginning of the end. [If you must, check out the video here.]

Apparently, after suffering from depression in recent years, he’s staging a comeback.

Google Translate adds Slovenian

As many Slovenian bloggers pointed out in recent days, Slovenian has been added to languages available on the google translate scroll down menu. Who’d have thought?

This language spoken by about 2 million at home –and another 50,000 or so in the greater Cleveland area– was among 11 added late last month. Others added: Catalan, Filipino, Hebrew, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

It works as well as expected, but there was at least one somewhat amusing glitch reported early on. Forms of the word Slovenkih, a possessive form of Slovenian, was at first translated as Croatian. Keying in Slovenian coast, for example, returned Croatian coast. Oh well, it is a very small coastline after all. It works fine now, all is forgiven.

American Slovenian, linguistically speaking.

1907spine.jpgI scanned these from a 1907 edition of Dom in Svet (Home and the World), apparently a year book of sorts, that I picked up for about 50 cents at a bookshop sale last year.

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While this collection includes several Anglicized bastardizations of “words” spoken among the Slovenian diaspora in the U.S. a century ago, it’s amusing to me because you can still hear many of these terms even now in the Slovenian clubs of Cleveland, Chicago or Pittsburgh. I certainly heard quite a few while growing up.

Even more amusing is that forms of these terms have found their way back home, and can be heard in regular everyday usage among Slovenians in Slovenia today.

A few of my favorites:
- Fajtati (to fight)
- mufati (to move)
- Krezi (crazy)
Apštes (upstairs)!

If you’re in Cleveland between now and the 13th…

tour_banner.jpg…Check out its traveling impressionist collection, Modern Masters, aka Monet to Dali, which was a big hit recently in Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul.

The traveling exhibit included 144 pieces, but it was expanded at home to include several pieces that don’t travel well, including the museum’s version of Rodin’s Thinker that was damaged in a bombing in 1970. (Who says Cleveland is boring!)

Best of all, since much of the museum is closed for rennovation/expansion, it’s free!

self-port-w-hat.jpgOne of my highlights was this self-portrait by German painter and print-maker Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, a founding member of Die Brücke (The Bridge). It reminded me of African woodcuts, and I really liked his hat. In the early Nazi years, 608 of his painting were seized from Museums and labeled as ‘degenerate art.’