Thursday, May 30, 2013

Neighborfood Giveaway Winner

 Congratulations to the winner of a pair of tickets to Dishcrawl's Neighborfood in Tremont
HeyCle!




Friday, May 24, 2013

Neighborfood Tremont Giveaway!


When I escape from the confines of Brunstucky, my favorite neighborhood is Tremont. I can frequently be seen in Grumpy’s enjoying blueberry pancakes or the Treehouse enjoying a Guinness or even one of my new favorites - Prosperity Social Club snarfing down some pierogies made by little Polish ladies.

I'm happy to share with you scoopage about the Tremont Neighborfood on Saturday, June 22.  For a $40 (or free…keep reading) ticket, you will be invited to dine in 8 participating restaurants within walking distance of one another in Tremont. Food is included and tasty drink specials will be available.

Now, here is the best part. If you pre-purchase a ticket using one of the special codes, $10 of your ticket will go to one of 5 Cleveland area non-profits. Here are the non-profits benefiting:

HandsOn NEO - The mission of HandsOn Northeast Ohio is to engage Northeast Ohio individuals and organizations in citizen-managed volunteer opportunities that meet community needs, strengthen community involvement, and build capacity of local nonprofit organizations. Use the code "handson" to donate $10 to this organization. 

MedWish - MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization committed to repurposing medical supplies and equipment discarded by the healthcare industry with the objectives of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries to save lives and reducing waste to save our environment. Use the code "medwish" to donate $10 of the ticket price to MedWish. 
Merrick House - Merrick House has served Tremont and the surrounding communities for more than 90 years. They provide programs and services to the community in areas such as child care, youth services, adult education and more! Use the code "merrickhouse" to donate $10 to this local organization. 
Morrison Dance - The mission of MorrisonDance is to inspire and cultivate public awareness of the art of dance through performances and cross-disciplinary collaborations. They recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary at Playhouse Square! Use the code "morrisiondance" to donate $10 to this organization.
The Gathering Place - The Gathering Place is a nonprofit, community-based cancer support center designed to fill an unmet need in the greater Cleveland community. The programs and services offered address the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their support network. The mission of The Gathering Place is to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge. Use the code "thegatheringplace" to donate $10 to this organization.
Tremont West Development Corporation - Tremont West is a community development Corporation serving the Tremont neighborhood. Use the code "tremontwest" to donate $10 this organization.
So kids, here is where the fun starts. 
Do you want to dine in Tremont for a great cause? 
Want to win a a pair of tickets to Neighborfood? 
Enter my little giveaway!

There are a couple of ways to enter, so make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry. I let a computer do the winner picking so if you don't comment, you lose an entry.

1. Leave a comment telling me which Tremont restaurant you are most looking forward to trying.
2. Tweet the following: "I want to win a pair of tix to Neighborfood from @dishcrawlclv & @clevelandchick! http://bit.ly/13QtMWB  #Tremont"
3. Follow Dishcrawl Cleveland on the Twitter.
4. Follow Dishcrawl Cleveland on the Facebook.
5. Leave a comment about what you love most about Tremont.
6. Follow @clevelandchick on the Twitter.
You have until Thursday, May 30 at 11:59 a.m. to enter. You can tweet once per day. Let's face it, if you tweet more than that, people will want to hurt both of us.  
Good Luck!

Disclosure: Dishcrawl Cleveland offered me a pair of tickets and provided me a pair to give away. My words are mine and are fueled today by diet mountain dew and a spinach salad.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Week With A Chevy Cruze

Chevy Cruze  cruising by the Christmas Story House.
I was approached by Chevy to test drive a few of their cars for a week each and then share my opinion. My current car is a 2003 Saturn Ion 3, which is the first car that I have owned with power windows. So, I of course took Chevy up on their offer.

I picked up my Cruze at Lavery Chevrolet in Alliance was surprised at how roomy the Lordstown's own Cruze looked for a compact car.



The Cruze was the economical next choice after the Equinox.  Don't mistake me, the Equinox was a great ride, but the elation pooped out when I hit the gas tank.


Chevy's Cruze comes available with MyLink and they explain MyLink better than me -
MyLink works with your compatible smartphone and Bluetooth® wireless technology to stream content to its 7" diagonal high-resolution color-touch screen. Through voice commands or touch controls, tune into Pandora® or Stitcher SmartRadio™or listen to commercial-free programs through the three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You can also connect your music-loaded flash drive or MP3 player through the USB port. Gracenote® will even organize your music library by populating song information and album art.
The ease of making a call through the system after linking my smartphone up via Bluetooth was a ticketsaver. Many communities (including Beachwood, which I have to frequently zoom through) will happily write you a ticket if they see you fiddling around on your phone making a call.

I can't get over how technology has changed the driving experience. Between the MyLink, Bluetooth, XM radio, and the ability to check the air in the tires from the driver's seat, it was a pretty sweet ride.

Another crazy feature that the Cruze has that I did *not* try (because I am admittedly a chicken) was the Driver Shift Control. Get this...with the available 6-speed automatic, with a quick tap, you can switch from automatic to high-performance manual operation.  Whoa.

The Cruze Eco gets 42 MPG on the highway, the most of any gas powered engine in America and is packed to the gills with safety features from TEN airbags (yes, ten), anti-lock brakes, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and OnStar.

So what did I not like about the Cruze?

The Chevy Cruze was a bit small for me. It isn't Chevy Spark small, but it is smaller than I am used to. It was easy to buzz through traffic and to parallel park (important features in my mind), but as a general rule, I like a little more car.

I give the Cruze an A and while it isn't on my list of options when my Saturn dies I can endorse it for you. Like I typed, it is the car's size that took it off my list.

Have you driven an Cruze? Please share your opinions in the comment section.

Disclosure: Chevy gave me a shiny new Cruze to drive for a week and share my opinion with you all.  My words are all mine. Also, thank you to Lavery Chevrolet in Alliance. They have been super nice during my car hopping.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tribe Rewards and Bleacher Tales


The Cleveland Indians have rolled out a new program for season ticket holders called Tribe Rewards, which I am fully taking advantage of.

I have a partial plan in the bleachers, and I am included in the program. Basically, you get "points" for your ticket plan and for listening/watching away games and plugging in little codes. You can redeem these points for everything from bobbleheads to suites.

With my little plan and small amount of points, I thought for sure I would be stuck with nothing more than a pile of skateboard decks and C block ts. That is until I saw the option for Batting Practice on the field. I cashed out about half my points for this experience and I am madly scrambling for more points so I can do it again.

You and a guest get a couple of ts and then are escorted down on the field to watch the Tribe take some swings...that and Nick Swisher lining little kids up to do the O H I O. Sadly, no autographs for us that day, but there is something special about being down on the field. I highly recommend the adventure.

Speaking of adventures, I had a doozey in the Bleachers recently.

If you have never sat in the bleachers, the best way to describe it is remembering back to the days of being a kid on a field trip. Where did all the rowdy kids gravitate to? The back of the bus. The bleachers my friends, are the back of the bus.

While John Adams takes his perch at the top, the seats below are filled with a weird mix of families, drunks and miscreants. The bleachers are also quite like a reception, people dropping in and out, sitting where ever their butt lands.

After batting practice, my pop and I took our seats and watched a drunk hammered young man repeatedly get tossed out of somebody's seat. He was like that little cartoon cat...he just kept coming back.

Then, a loud couple sat behind us that clearly had a favorite word. Sometimes it was hyphened, but it was always present. Cursing, for the most part, doesn't bother me. I don't like it in front of kids or old people and I certainly don't like every other work screamed in my ear. It was so bad that I was contemplating how to get security involved when the guy behind me pushed me to the brink. I heard Popeye's voice in my head "That's all I can stands cause I can't stands no more."  I was wearing my Matt LaPorta jersey and the guy loudly proclaimed MATT LAPORTA SUCKS!

*sigh*

I turned around, giving the guy the evil eye just the way my grandma taught me, much to the delight of his girlfriend. "Ooooo...she heard you!" followed by "Hit him! Hit him."

The guy then tried to scooby doo backwards, "oh hey I didn't say nuthin" he muttered, waving his hands at me.

I said something to the effect of if he has an opinion fine stand behind it but I would prefer that he shut his pie hole.

The couple quieted down for the rest of the inning until they decided to stumble on for another Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Just another day at the ball park.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Club - Gone Girl

Even tough guy Henry Rollins reads.
I'm enjoying my book club of one. No Shiraz swilling friends forcing me to read books I have no desire to spend my time on. Nope, just me keeping a promise to myself - to read for fun - after the disaster known as "The House of the Seven Gables." I still shudder with hatred when I hear that title.

When I asked friends, followers and tweeps for a book suggestion, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl came up over and over and over.  Both men and women suggested it, so I figured it had to be worth a shot.

Oh my, what a shot it was.  This is the first book that I have read in a long time that is current. Many books are set in the past or in a timeless bubble that it fits into today or ten years from now.  This book is in current times, and with the endless news cycle of late, it could have been yoinked from today's headlines.

Gone Girl is about Nick and Amy, a couple that move from their perfect New York apartment and lives after a series of events most people can relate to these days; financial distress, job loss, and family illness, to Nick's hometown in small town Missouri. 

The morning of their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy disappears.

Did she leave her life behind for something else or was it something more sinister?

What happens next, we have all seen too often. Nick goes in front of the cameras searching for his wife  as the distraught husband, to the scorn of the public when the bright light of the media turns on him. The first section is Nick's narrative interwoven with excerpts from Amy's diary.

Two very different stories emerge.

There are so many twists and turns in the second half that I don't want to give anything away.

I was left rereading the last page, once, twice, a third time.

Wow.

Hop on over to your library or the internet and check it out.

After you read it, leave me a comment. I'm dying to talk about the last page :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Week With A Chevy Equinox

Shiny new Equinox in front of the Rock Hall. Woot.
I was approached by Chevy to test drive a few of their cars for a week each and then share my opinion. My current car is a 2003 Saturn Ion 3, which is the first car that I have owned with power windows. So, I of course took Chevy up on their offer.

I picked up the vehicle at Lavery Chevrolet in Alliance and was surprised to see the Equinox waiting for me. The Equinox is Chevy's stylish entry into the crossover market and with my previous comparison being my mom's Explorer, the Equinox was the winner.  

Sure, sure, the Equinox has a smooth, quiet ride but I loved the MyLink system most.

Chevy explains MyLink better than me -
MyLink works with your compatible smartphone and Bluetooth® wireless technology to stream content to its 7" diagonal high-resolution color-touch screen. Through voice commands or touch controls, tune into Pandora® or Stitcher SmartRadio™or listen to commercial-free programs through the three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You can also connect your music-loaded flash drive or MP3 player through the USB port. Gracenote® will even organize your music library by populating song information and album art.
In other words, I loaded some tunes onto a USB drive, plugged it in and then I was treated to a little Yaz blasting through the speakers. With the controls on the steering wheel, changing tunes or answering my cell was a breeze.

The rear view camera in action. No worries, I wasn't moving.




The Equinox has a rear view camera, which I have always maintained was for lazy wusses. That was until I was parallel parking downtown for a Tribe game. With a rear view camera, you still need to look around, don't be crazy, but it made parallel parking easy in a tight spot.  If you are too close there is also a warning alarm that dings at you before to crunch into something.

There are lots of storage and special features in the Equinox, including eco mode to save highway gas mileage, stabilitrak for driving in slick conditions and these amazing cup holders. Not only is there a little light in them, but they also hold most size cups. If you have ever put a diet coke or a water bottle in a cup holder only to take a turn and then have it splash all over the front seat, you understand my point.

To assist with blind spots, there are these great blind spot mirrors, which I greatly appreciated.

The Equinox gets 32 MPG on the highway and is chock full of safety features from six airbags, 4 anti-lock brakes, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and OnStar.

So what did I not like about the Equinox?

The only thing I disliked about the Equinox was the placement of the window controls. Each time I tried to roll the windows down, I hit the wrong button and rolled down the back windows instead of the front.

I give the Equinox an A and it has been added to my list of options when my Saturn dies and I go car shopping.

Have you driven an Equinox? Please share your opinions in the comment section.

Disclosure: Chevy gave me a shiny new Equinox to drive for a week and share my opinion with you all.  My words are all mine.