Average JoeOhio Tour cont: Leaving Mass yesterday morning, a friend walked up and said: “Well this is it Joe, (Election year) 2008.” And so it is… Since the polls are showing I’m still, oh, a little bit behind, I went to stump, and volunteer, at “The Storefront,” a Catholic Worker outreach to the poor in the area. One guy who was new approached me and said that someone had told him I was running for president. “Is that president like what George Bush is right now?” He asked somewhat incredulously. Ok, so I’m not a household name yet… On a more sober note, another group of guys who stay in abandoned buildings and vehicles in the area, told me they heard a lot of gun shots about 3 a.m. New Year’s Day morning. “Are you sure they weren’t fireworks?” I asked. One guy smiled and said gunfire sounds nothing like fireworks, especially close by. “Pow, pow, pow…” he demonstrated for emphasis. And thus another new year is rung in in Cleveland, currently the country’s poorest city.