It’s Wednesday night and I’m half-way thru my work week here in Fairlawn, Ohio, where I’m staying at a very nice Residence Inn by Marriott.
I flew up to Akron/Canton (CAG) Airport in Ohio Monday morning, while the other Steve (DOS) took off earlier in the morning for his mileage run to make Executive Platinum. DOS’s trip this week was from Orlando to Miami to San Juan (overnight) to JFK to Las Vegas (overnight) to Miami (overnight) to San Juan (overnight) and back to Orlando on Friday, when I return home from Orlando. I already have Executive Platinum with American, so he’s playing catchup, as much for fun as it is for the status. I really think he’s misses his piloting days!
While my flights weren’t as exciting as DOS’s, I flew from Orlando to Charlotte on an Airbus 321 in First Class 4D, and connected to a CRJ-900 Regional Jet in 3A First Class. While I napped most of the flights, I did take a couple photos as we got close to Akron/Canton Airport of the Goodyear Blimp, which was on the ground, adjacent to a LONG hanger. Intrigued by this little bit of serendipity, I looked this up when I landed. Here’s a link to Goodyear’s web page that discusses their Blimps and airbases. They actually have 3 Airbases around the country, with the one in Ohio the oldest and closest to its headquarters – who knew? Had I know well ahead of time, I would have emailed to request a visit – pretty cool stuff!
Anyway, just catching up now on emails in my hotel room. This Residence Inn, (along with the Residence Inn in LAX) is one of the nicest Residence Inn’s I’ve stayed at; clean, modern, fresh, and friendly staff. My large one bedroom suite is quite comfortable, and the evening manager’s reception Monday – Wednesday is very good as well.
The city of Fairlawn where I’m staying is in-between Akron/Canton and Cleveland, and is a nice place to stay. I’m working only five minutes away, which is super convenient, and they have so many restaurants in the area it’s hard to choose where to go. I went to a couple neat places for lunch so far, both casual: one a sub shop, and the other a sit-down burger stop. Both restaurants were unique in their design and furnishings, coupled with great food and music.
Dave’s Cosmic Sub’s is a really cool sandwich shop, with a mini-Hard Rock Cafe type decor. The counter-service restaurant, while not huge, is decorated floor to ceiling with Rock memorabilia, with rock music playing in the background. From signed guitars, albums, posters to T-shirts, the place really has a cool theme. The food is quite good and not so simple either, with gourmet-type subs and sandwiches all made to order. I didn’t buy it, but next time I’m in there (I’m coming back here in three weeks) I’ll get one of their 60-s like tie-dyed T-shirts they sell for $20. Dave’s Cosmic Sub’s was a nice surprise, considering I just thought it was a regular ‘sub shop’ until I went inside. There are quite a few Dave’s in north-Eastern Ohio, so if you’re up this way, stop by and give them a try.
I also went to a cool burger place, that like Dave’s, was not just a regular burger place. The Rail Burger is a sit-down western-themed restaurant with cool chandelier light’s, posters, a long bar and friendly service. The food is locally-sourced and fresh, and is customized to your preferences. I had a ‘naked-burger’; i.e. without the bun, atop lettuce, tomato and bacon, with a tad of horseradish sauce – properly grilled, it was delicious!
So not much else is new with me; hopefully I can get DOS to post his exciting trips this week when I FaceTime him in Miami shortly. Until then . . . Happy Hump Day!