We've just gone through a sub-zero Polar Vortex -- or a BiPolar Vortex, as I called it -- and now we are faced with rain and temps of nearly 50 degrees on Saturday. I guess it's just good planning for No Pants Cleveland, part of the the global No Pants Subway Ride.
Come up to Cleveland and take your pants off......hehehehe. With or without Betty White, it will be Hot in Cleveland on Saturday.
True, we have RTA and don't have a subway so riders are being asked to show up fully clothed -- except without pants -- at 1 p.m. outside the West 25th Street RTA Rapid Station on the front island where the giant sphere sculpture is.
I think this is a clever idea and people who live in Northeast Ohio think nearly 50 degrees is a "heat wave." Those of you in Arizona or Florida probably don mufflers and and gloves when the temps reach 50. And by mufflers I don't mean the car part, for those of you who are vehicly-challenged.
Created by New York City's Improv Everywhere 13 years ago, Cleveland got on board in 2010. The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car (insert RTA train here) at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.
The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.
Participants in the past have donned boxers, briefs, shorts, even kilts. My brother-in-law wears kilts all the time.
Saturday's Cleveland event is free, but riders must pay their own fare ($5 for an all-day RTA pass), and are asked to remember that this is a family-friendly event.
You can tweet, retweet, or supertweet them at @NoPantsCLE using ?#?NPSRCLE? for local coverage.
Afterwards, Chef Michael Nowak at Black Pig will have some complimentary food and NoPants cocktails.
Know that this event takes place -- in one form or another -- in over 60 of the hippest cities around the world.
So, unless you're dead, come visit Cleveland.