Clevelanders are both hopeful for Republican convention chaos and fearful things will happen to embarrasses our reputation. We're still suffering from the Cuyahoga River catching fire in the 1970s when we became the butt of jokes for decades. Our dream come true would be for the Republicans to be the only idiots in play against the backdrop of our historic city, bucolic suburbs, thriving businesses, and beautiful parks.
Cleveland will vote Democrat in November. Greater Cleveland which is the surrounding suburban counties, will be hotly contested. That's why the Republicans are coming. There are people I know and love who enthusiastically support Trump. (?!) Can I remind them that Cleveland was called "The Mistake by the Lake" because unbridled greed killed our ecosystem? Cleveland is the reason the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exists.
We have racial demonstrations and conflicts without conventions. Something unpleasant will probably happen in July despite the regular reassurances on the nightly news that the police have everything in hand. I don't think I'm the only one who's cringing at the coming storm.
I don't know anyone who will be in Cleveland during the convention. I'm almost certain no one I know will be interviewed for "man/woman on the street" interviews and that whatever tv shows you about my home will be skewed in significant ways. All I'm asking is that you blame the tornado on the visitors instead of the natives.
As for the real weather tornado, I was happily playing on my grandparents’ living room floor when Grandpa came in and hurried my sisters and I to the basement while Grandma threw windows open in a rush so the glass wouldn’t break in the tornado.
We waited and waited in the basement… and then we started hearing a strange noise. It got louder. It really did sound like a train was going to run over Grandma’s house. There was a wild few moments when things that didn’t normally flutter fluttered around, and then the train moved off and the sun came back and we went back upstairs.
There were mangled trees and houses, and a street sign had flown sideways several inches into a large tree’s trunk. I started to understand Dorothy getting blown to Oz.
I used to watch water spouts on Lake Erie, but water-bound tornados don’t really do anything other than suck up fish. The first one I saw got me all rattled and perturbed though. I was driving along the lake with my little brothers and the water spout was enormous and close to land. I ran into the building with the boys and told the security guard about it. He just laughed at me. No big deal to old-timers.