Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ohio pride

With all the hoopla about the NBA championships and LeBron's abandonment and blah blah blah, I decided it was time I contributed my two cents about this whole Cleveland business.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone ask me "Cleveland? What's there to do in Cleveland?" or how many times I've heard a fellow Ohioan joke about how lousy our state is. In fact, I was said Ohioan at one point.

In high school, I wanted nothing more than to get the heck out of this state. My main concerns about which college I'd attend were 1) Is it out of state? and 2) Is there a chance that someone I'm graduating with might be attending the same college? I hated the town I grew up in save a few select people and places. Lots of rich, snobby kids who complained that daddy bought them the 2005 Eclipse instead of the 2006. You know, rich people problems.

Anyway, that was what drove me to Chicago. And while there are a few select locations besides Ohio that will always have a chunk of my heart (see also: Chicago, IL, Ligonier, PA, and Great Falls, VA), Ohio is where I belong. By my senior year of college I was desperate to come home. The people here, the relationships I've formed, and the general spirit of this state is unsurpassed. I mean, we haven't won a freaking championship since 1964. And yet we truck along. We have hope that maybe one day we'll clench a title. Any title. Really. Call us cautiously optimistic because we generally know how it will turn out but we choose to hope anyway.

So while we may not be the most glitzy state in the country, we are proud. Most of us are happy where we live, work, and play, and wouldn't trade it for anything. So next time you hear the classy ole "what's round on both ends and high in the middle" shtick, you can respond knowing that there's no shame in this Ohioan's heart.

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