Saturday, January 31, 2015

Great Big Home + Garden Show Winner

And the winner of the ticket giveaway is Chance! He has been notified. 

There is still time to purchase tickets online here and use promo code PIEROGI15 to save on your tickets! I look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Shoveled The Finish Line?

Boston Police Department Twitter feed, January 28, 2015. 
The great Blizzard of 2015 may have been a bust for New York, but it lived up to the hype for New England. The east coast got pummeled with snow and flooding. Most people heeded the weather warnings and were tucked in their homes, French Toast Kits (milk, bread, eggs) ready.  The roads in Boston were snow covered and icy under two feet of snow, eerily quiet. No hustle. No bustle. 

Except, for one stretch across Boylston Street, the Boston Marathon Finish Line. The site of 2013's terror attack was clear of snow and the Finish Line could be seen clearly. A stranded hotel guest watched a man shovel the Line clear and snapped pictures from high above and the virtual hunt was on to figure out who shoveled the Finish Line. 

This small, but symbolic act was done without fan fare. There are no duck faced selfies while shoveling posted across social media. One man decided that the Line should be cleared, showing the neighborhood that no matter what, Boston was still strong. Power outages, blizzards or terrorist attacks, it didn't matter. 

The man who shoveled is a bartender named Chris Laudani for a place called Back Bay Social Club, down the street from the Finish Line.  I have never met him and it has been years since I was in Boston, but I assure you, if I were in town, I would buy him a beer. A simple gesture to thank him for shoveling. I can't help but compare this small act to a quote by coaching great, John Wooden - "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."

Laudani's snow shoveling shows that one person can make a difference; that one small act can snowball into a greater series of actions.

What have you done today to make a difference?

Back Bay Social Club bartender, Chris Laudani shoveling the Finish Line. 

Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

Spring is coming. I'm starting to look around the house and plan home improvement projects and a vegetable garden!

The best place to get new ideas is The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show at the I-X Center, Friday Feb. 6 - Sunday, Feb. 15. With over 1,000 home industry experts and more than 600 exhibitors, there will be someone to answer any question you have about home improvements, gardening and more.  

Some features this year include:
A 2,400 square-foot, fully constructed Idea Home, built by Blossom Homes to inspire visitors with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating their own homes

A 1,500 square-foot Xtend Technologies High-Tech Entertainment Homes to fire up new ideas for indoor/outdoor entertainment and recreation areas.

The Garden Showcase with...are you ready? Cleveland Rocks-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio's top landscapers.

Celebrity guests include Matt Muenster - Host of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and HGTV's Dream Home, Todd Wilbur- best selling author and self-proclaimed Food Hacker (awesome), Ramsin Khachi - nationally recognized design/build contractor and Tom Silva - from This Old House and Ask This Old House. 

You can take a break in the full-service, white tablecloth restaurant, Cambria Bistro or enjoy your favorite pub grub in Danny Vegh's Break Room. 

You can purchase tickets online here and use promo code PIEROGI15 to save on your tickets!

Now for the fun part. Want to win a pair of tickets to the Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show? It is super easy, so make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure you come back and comment on this post after you complete each task.

1. What home improvement or gardening project is your dream?
2. Follow The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show on Twitter and Facebook
3. Follow The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show on Pinterest
4. Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram
5. Tweet the following: " I want @ClevelandChick to send me to the @GreatBigShow!"

Winner will be selected on Saturday, January 31 at noon. 

Remember, you can tweet once a day, so get chirping.

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of tickets to give away and a pair for my own use. Words are all mine and are fueled by entirely too much Mountain Dew. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CIFF Get Shorty Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that entered the CIFF Get Shorty Giveaway. 

The winner has been contacted!

There is still time to buy tickets here

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CIFF 39 - Get Shorty Giveaway

Cleveland is full of amazing and awesome things to do. One of my favorite events is the Cleveland International Film Festival. Much like Cleveland sports, there is something for everyone.

The 39th Annual Cleveland Film Festival (CIFF), features over 350 films during the March 18-29 run. The majority of the films will be screened downtown at Tower City Cinemas, however, and this is an awesome however, CIFF will take the show on the road and have some screenings at neighborhood joints like the Beachland Ballroom, Cedar Lee Theatre and the Akron Art Museum.  

Get Shorty, in its 12th year, is part of this year's Film Feast line-up sponsored by Hyland. The Film Feasts are a way to connect with the community, rev up some new film buffs and have an all around good time. 

Get Shorty is one of the most popular events because YOU get to see some short films, vote on your favs and have a say in which short films are shown at CIFF.  Get Shorty takes place on January 29 at the Capitol Theatre. Attendees can enjoy tasty food and beverages provided by Culinary Occasions before the films. 

You can purchase your tickets here for $100 each OR you can win a pair from me!

Want to win a pair of tickets? It is super easy, and since it is super easy, make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure to comment on this post after you complete each task. 

1.  What movie do you watch over and over and over?
2.  Follow CIFF on the Twitter and Facebook.
3.  Follow CIFF on Instagram.
4.  Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram.
5. Tweet the following: "I want @clevelandchick to send me to @CIFF's Get Shorty Film Feasts! #CIFF39"

Winner will be selected on Sunday, January 25 at noon because that's easy. 

Remember, you can tweet once a day, so get chirping.

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of tickets to Get Shorty to give away and a pair for my own use. Words are all mine and are fueled by sparkling red raspberry spring water and Combos. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Johnny TMZ

Johnny Manziel getting his party on as shared by TMZ. 
I was working at East Tennessee State University when I first heard about a kid in Knoxville that was the next big thing. Peyton Manning played for the Tennessee Volunteers and was all that anyone talked about. I moved to Indianapolis right before Peyton graduated, so I followed the 1998 draft closely to see where Peyton ended up.

That year, the debate was who was going first...Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? The Colts had the first pick and interviewed both men. Well, tried to. Manning showed up with a notepad full of questions for the Colts. Ryan Leaf missed his interview. 

Many thought Ryan Leaf had greater potential than Manning. The San Diego Chargers put it all on the line for the future of their franchise with Leaf. The night after the draft, Leaf flew to Vegas and partied like a rock star. He barely made it to his press conference in the morning, yawning his way through it. The drama of Ryan Leaf continued, his career nothing more than a disappointing foot note with an asterisk tagging him as the greatest bust in NFL history. 

I was spoiled as a Browns fan living in Indianapolis. I saw Manning as the model of what an NFL quarterback should be. A strong arm, a little cocky, dedicated to the team and the city and most importantly, an understanding of the game and what it means to be in the NFL. While other quarterbacks were crashing their motorcycles and being reckless in other areas of their life, Manning wasn't. In an interview, Manning said he doesn't join in a pick up game of ball or snow ski to avoid injury. He said, "I feel like you have an obligation to your teammates, your coaches and the fans. These people that buy season tickets want to come see you play and want you to be out there. I feel an obligation to be out there."

Little league Johnny. 
That brings me to Johnny Manziel.  

Finally, with the draft, the Browns were going to be relevant again, and not for the sports fail reel or that jersey with all the names of all the quarterbacks on it. The picture of Johnny Manziel as a little leaguer in Indians gear circulated.

It is meant to be!

The autographing scandal, missing Manning Camp meetings and being tossed out to bar room brawls.  Didn't matter.  Arrests, angry tweets, Mercedes driving, Cabo vacationing. 


With a promise to Wreck This League, the Browns drafted Johnny and whipped the fan base into a frenzy of tshirts and Johnny F-ing Football beer mugs. 

He was brash, smiling flashing up his money sign to the crowd, something more out of the play book of rock star Gene Simmons than an NFL quarterback.  That is what we wanted...Cleveland wanted a *reason* to be cocky. A Heisman trophy winner fills that empty hole in our collective heart. 


Sure, he liked to party. But, so did Joe Namath. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is not a bad place to end up.

Then, Johnny went to Vegas and hung out with Gronk. In his start, he flipped off the Redskins bench...on live TV.


He bought his Heisman trophy a Rolex.

Johnny's Heisman's Rolex. 
The kid has swagger.

But, then came the parties, the booze swigging while floating on a swan,  the hugging scandal

We all make mistakes. 


Manziel had a hamstring injury and he told the media he wanted to take things more seriously. He is going to be around more in the offseason and work hard to be the guy. And, a few days later, he threw a party that caused him to miss a meeting (sounds like the Manning Camp all over to me), and Josh Gordon to be suspended. Allegedly.

The next announcement was he was going to be accountable and stop "looking like a jackass."

I shouldn't care. 


I shouldn't.

But, for some reason, Manziel makes me irrationally angry. I understand that if he snorts a line grape Pixie Stix off center court at the Q while wearing a Yankees cap with Drake, it plays zero role in my life. I'll wake up the next morning, and go about my life. 

I'm bothered by the fact that this guy has the skill to be great. He could help the Browns win. With each Instagram or TMZ post, I see him fade in to distance in the rear view mirror. I don't think he cares a bit about the City of Cleveland or the fans. Why does it aggravate me so much? I want him to do his job to the best of his ability. Maybe I'm just a demanding person. If I'm paying someone, which, we can argue that by buying Browns or Manziel gear and tickets, paying taxes, etc, we are paying his check, I want them to do their job. If I go out and order a gin and tonic and I get a gin and soda, life will go on, but I assure you, I will be cranky. If it happens a second time, I will be grumpy. If it happens a third time, I will just switch to coffee. 

Right now, Manziel is acting like a defiant 22 year old kid. 

Yes, he is a 22 year old,  one with a crap ton of money and advisers. 

When will he listen to his advisers and get serious? Maybe he needs to take time to visit with Ryan Leaf.