Oh yes, it's yet another installment of the Ralph's-seemingly-never-ending-it-took-on-a-life-of-it's-own Birthday extravaganza. I would like to tell you that this will be the last installment, but I am not making any promises.
I shared with you that I planned, and planned, and planned some more. You've seen the unveiling of the dream-come-true vacation adn the pretty wrappings, as well as the uncorked merriment that ensued on the airplane ride.
I will try (try) to be brief here as I touch on some highlights of the trip.
Suffice to say that we made the most of every moment (literally) of this vacation. The first night (Saturday) we went into Kent (as in the home of Kent State) and partied like rock stars..okay, not so much, but what we did do was go to a very cool brew pub named Bar 145, (recommended by the darling little coed working the front dest at our hotel)and we listened to a three piece band that played original stuff, mixed in with some killer 80's rock. I got myself a sweet tee with their awesome tagline...
...and now I am jonesing for some red Chuck's. (You know I collect white dishes of any kind, right?)
We arrived the next day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just as they opened, and we were there until they closed. Ohmygosh, if you love rock and roll, put this place on your bucket list.
Not only are there the expected things (Elvis memorobilia, Beatles artifacts...) but the unexpected....
...things like Timothy B.Schmit's room key collection. (Think about it. Kids today do not even know of a time when hotel rooms used real keys, and he collected them from every stop on each tour.) and the ca-razy drum kit that Alex Van Hallen used in the 80's.
Heck, they even had Pink Floyd's, "The Wall" all set up to walk through.
I know. I'm surely dating myself. I wasn't exactly a giant Pink Floyd myself, back in the day, but...wow.
It was amazing.
Along with all of the mind-boggling items to see, and the oodles and toodles of videos to watch, they has some of the most interesting employee hosts I've ever interacted with, all along the way, sharing fascinating details and antecdotes about these legends.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame was a repeat of fabulous-ness, and did not disapoint. We were there from open until very nearly close as well, and as luck would have it, we managed to be there just one week after they had installed the newest NFL video in the theater focused on the fantastic Superbowl XLVIII, which was all about those Seahawks. This made some of us very happy.
It turns out the third day of our trip is a post in itself, so I'm glad I didn't promise this was the last installment.
Tomorrow we'll be talking thrift shops, bakeries, weather, and horses and buggies, folks. Trust me, you don't wanna miss it.