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Lost in the East

From: Judah Bruce Leblang
Length: 05:59

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A humorous look at the life of a Midwesterner in the East

Default-piece-image-1 "Lost in the East" is a lighthearted comparison of daily life in the Midwest (Cleveland) vs. the Northeast (Boston) from one man's point of view. The piece outlines some of the adjustments the writer had to make to survive on the east coast. The essay also delves into the pleasure and pain of loyalty to one's birthplace, and sports teams--and the mixed blessings of following a consistently heart-breaking team....

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"Lost in the East" is a lighthearted comparison of daily life in the Midwest (Cleveland) vs. the Northeast (Boston) from one man's point of view. The piece outlines some of the adjustments the writer had to make to survive on the east coast. The essay also delves into the pleasure and pain of loyalty to one's birthplace, and sports teams--and the mixed blessings of following a consistently heart-breaking team....

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Judah writes about his existence as a Clevelander living as a Bostonian and how that relates to his sports world. This piece reflects a love for Cleveland that isn't quite Harvey Pekar-ish, but if you can relate to Harvey, you can relate to Judah. Coming from neither Boston nor Cleveland, this piece doesn't hit home with me like it might with a Browns or Indians fan. If you are a Cleveland or greater Ohio public radio station, Judah's work is worth listening to.

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A Dispatch from the East

By Judah Leblang/2004
Word Count: 772

On weekday nights, when I’m driving home from work on the outskirts of Boston, I search the radio dial. With no less fervor than a resident of an Eastern Bloc nation in the years of the Cold War, I turn to “Radio Free Cleveland” to catch a snippet of an Indians game, an update on the happenings of my old hometown, and a few of Mike Trivisonno’s (a local ‘sports-talk’ show host) opinions on the decline of the Cleveland Indians. And if my news is jammed by rain, snow or natural disasters and I can’t hear the 50,000-watt clear-channel signal of 1100 WTAM AM, I fall into a furious funk that may not lift for days.
My need for a dose of Cleveland Indians baseball comes from years of sacrifice at the altar of the cellar-dwelling teams of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, when I was growing up in a city more famous for a burning river...
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