|Poor guy is just a lanky bundle of jutting limbs.|
|. . . Even on foot.|
|Sibling rivalries. If Akron is Kevin Arnold, Cleveland is big brother Wayne.|
On the whole, the RNC defied most people's expectations. Oh sure, there were some memorable moments: Melania Trump's cribbing from Michelle Obama's term paper (or Twilight Sparkle Pony, depending on whom you believe).
|"From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. And one day you will be judged not by the content of your character, but by the luxuriousness of your rainbow-sparkly mane."|
|"When I said 'Vote your conscience,' why did y'all assume I meant 'Vote for someone else'"?|
|"There won't be any more crime or terrorism after January 20th. So we got that goin' for us, which is nice."|
|Surprise, America -- This is NOT Cleveland.|
|However, in true @$$hole older-brother form, many Clevelanders will try to tell you this is Akron. But we loaned them LeBron James, for which they should be on their knees thanking us every godd@mned day.|
|Actual police quote: "You're on fire, stupid."|
Cleveland Police relied quite a bit on bicycle patrols to help keep things under control. The advantages of the bicycle unit, which was only recently formed specifically for the convention, are said to be that the officers have better mobility and maneuverability through crowds while being "friendlier" and "less-intimidating."
|The bikes are also equipped with gear packs, radios, lights, and|
fire extinguishers (handy for extinguishing potentially
self-immolating flag burning protestors).
The Cleveland bike patrols received training from Seattle police, which have used bike patrols for some time now. Seattle police trained the new Cleveland patrols in tactical uses and crowd control formations. In some cases the bikes can be used to move quickly around the city, and in other cases, police used the bikes as moveable barricades to separate opposing protestors, or to help move and direct crowds.
Though the new bicycle unit was formed specifically for the RNC, the unit got to make their debut at last month's massive celebration parade for the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. That parade drew approximately 1 million people (!) easily making it the largest gathering in the city's history, and one of the largest sports parades in American history. It was especially noteworthy for being incredibly peaceful and non-destructive.
|And in Akron we say, "You're Welcome Cleveland."|
Lastly, my favorite bike related thing to come out of the convention was this guy:
|"Make America Read Again."|
Here's the best part. Harris was one of my former high school students. I gotta say, I'm proud of the guy. Last note to fellow bike retrogrouches -- if you look closely at the photo, you'll see Harris' bike is a vintage Austro-Daimler. I actually remember that bike because he brought it to school once (it's got to be 12 or more years ago now) so I could help him fix the brakes. I notice he's added a Brooks leather saddle since then. Nice to see he still has it.