My daughter, Lucy, is a corporate event planner in Chicago. She has done work for the president, Oprah, McDonald’s, Coke and Target. She has worked gigs from Turkey to Australia. Maybe I’m not allowed to say all this. (I’ll clear it with her.) She said to me, “We’re doing something [in Chicago] for Topshop. Do you know what that is, Dad? It’s a women’s fashion store from London. They want to bring in their own fashion-show coordinators from New York. They don’t trust Chicago.”
Chicago is fourth — behind New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — in American coolness, Lucy said. “They think we’re hicks.”
What do Londoners think of Cleveland? Do they think it’s in northern England? I think Cleveland is in northern England. [Yes, it’s a county near Scotland.]
Cleveland, Tennessee. Magic Chef makes stoves there.
Boston. That was a cool town once. In the early 1970s, young people headed to Boston. The town was popular because, for one thing, it had James Taylor . . . “[The turnpike was covered] from Stockbridge to Boston.” The Ohio Turnpike was covered from Youngstown to Toledo, but nobody noticed that.
New York wasn’t that popular in the 1970s. Chicago wasn’t either.
These days Chicago attracts young people from all over Big Ten country. Whenever I meet baby-boomers in Cleveland, I assume their kids are in Chicago unless told otherwise.
I like Pittsburgh.
“Keep Austin weird.” That’s so lame.
I would like at least one of my three adult children to move back to Cleveland. But I’m not twisting my kids’ arms. Cleveland ain’t happening, at least not like the Big Four (Chi, LA, SF and NY).
The Big Four gets old when you get old, kids.
Which city is number five? Minnie? Seattle? DC? Cleveland?
Cleveland. (I just polled myself.)
JEWS, GOD AND BAKERY
My challah purveyor is On the Rise Bakery in Cleveland Heights. I know the owner and some of the help.
I went there to put up a poster for a klezmer concert:
The cashier said, “We don’t do religious events.”
I stammered, “It’s not religious. It’s the Workmen’s Circle. It’s secular. It’s bluegrass and klezmer.”
I wonder if the owner is against religion. I’ll have to ask him. I don’t think he is. He’s Jewish. I get along with him. The cashier said, “I’ll have to run it by the owner.”
I went back a week later, and the poster was up.
What if the poster hadn’t been up? I would have had to move my challah biz to another bakery — one with “religious” flyers.
Thank God, the poster was up, because I really like On the Rise.
For tix to the Klezmer Mountain Boys concert, click here. The concert is 7 p.m. Sunday, Mandel JCC, Cleveland.