U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced that he will not accept his salary during the shutdown but will donate it to charity. — Tom Jackson
When will ‘next year’ come?
Only diehard Cleveland sports fans understand the full breadth of the iconic “next year” joke. “The Drive,” “The Fumble,” José Mesa’s blown save — I was only alive for the latter, but much too young to remember it. These are a few of the slew of disappointments fans have endured over the years, with no solace in clear sight.
It seems that each fall the Cleveland Indians tease me, offering a glimmer of playoff hope before quickly snatching it away, a la the Boston Red Sox loss in 2007 or this week’s embarrassing outing against the Tampa Bay Rays. “There’s always next year,” I mutter, already knowing what’s in store. Reporter Andy Ouriel’s story in Wednesday’s paper, which highlighted some older Tribe fans, was very touching but also a bit alarming. I wonder, will I see a World Series victory in my lifetime? Or will I someday be a gray-haired, 90-year-old woman, also still wondering, “Hmm, maybe this year is ‘next year?’” Oh dear, I hope not. — Alissa Widman
Overpass route tricky to navigate
A week ago, I wrote a story about the new west end overpass route. For months, I pestered state transportation officials to provide me a map so I could understand what the new layout of various streets. They couldn’t do that.
So I asked Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci, shortly after the bridge opened, to escort me around the entire area, ensuring I understood every nuance of it. I then relayed the information to staff photographers, designers and editors about how we could create a map and relay the new route to readers.
Needless to say, we finally produced an accurate map of the entire area. But don’t rely on me to give directions on how to get to the Erie County Humane Society or the Tea House of the Dancing Lady. I’m still getting familiar with it. — Andy Ouriel
Ghost tales at Merry-Go-Round museum
I worked recently with wood carver Steve Hottinger at the Merry-Go-Round Museum, learning how he restores or carves new carousel animals.
That was for my “On The Job” series appearing in today’s paper. It was a great time, and I found the place fascinating, helped by being with someone so knowledgeable about the horses and the museum. Hottinger and I went down into the basement where most of the work is done.
There are some amazing old finds down there — old horses waiting to be restored and two small display antique metal carousels, to name a few items. One thing we did not encounter: paranormal activity. Legend has it that there are tales of a playful little girl, who runs around the museum, giggling and whispering.
Employees, volunteers and guests said her spirit exists and claim to have “experienced” her. There is even a carousel horse said to be haunted by the wife of its creator who fell in love with her husband’s work. Unfortunately for my story, I did not experience any of this. I guess I have to spend more time at the museum. — Melissa Topey