Jan 8, 2009

Recap of Christmas and New Year's trip

Here's a recap of some parts of my Christmas and New Year's trip:
  • Visited with a lot of relatives and family
  • Went to two museums in Detroit that I'd never been to, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Historical Museum

  • Saw "Kwame a River" at the Second City, which was an excellent show, and also made me feel good about having followed Detroit politics during the past year

  • Drove through ghetto streets on Detroit's east side. Didn't get shot at.

  • Saw the Michigan Stadium expansion construction

  • Spun the Cube

  • Gorged at Zingerman's. Didn't have to look at the menu to know what I wanted. Left with several pounds of baked goods, including a $20 pumpkin pie

  • Saw the ruins of the Warren City Pool (if you want more, also see this)

  • Ate a Big Boy combo and a hot fudge ice cream cake

  • Ate enough Buddy's Pizza to not want to eat it anymore
  • Ate multiple kinds of Americanized Polish food in mass quantities. Passed lots of Americanized Polish gas. This picture below shows only half of my Polish dinner. There was another plate, which was also part of my meal, with two pirogi, a crepe, sour cream, and onions. My gas would create an extra hole in the ozone if I ate like this every day.

  • Ate Dunkin' Donuts
  • Ate Lafayette Coney Island
  • Ate at another coney island
  • Ate raw oysters
  • Ate White Castle

  • Ate Taco Bell
  • Lost money at the Greektown Casino
  • Cooked Chinese food for the family
  • Cooked French food for the family
  • Saw Gran Torino and Marley & Me
  • Went to REI and exchanged my four and a half year old hiking boots for the newest model, since the sole was falling off and my Chinese cobbler wasn't able to repair them (Thanks, REI)

  • Saw a crap load of movies on the airplane ride, which I would rank from best to worst as follows: The Duchess, WALL·E, Hellboy II, Ghost Town, Henry Poole Is Here, Death Race.
  • Almost bought an orange t-shirt that shows Kwame Kilpatrick's face with the words "You've got jail" stenciled beside it. Figured I'd get shot if I wore it in Detroit, and that people outside of Detroit wouldn't know what the heck it meant, so I decided to save the eighteen bucks.


Anonymous Greg said...

Eric, Did you ever go to Miller's Bar on Michigan in Dearborn for a cheeseburger? When Robert Hilburn of the LA Times flew to Detroit several years ago to interview Jack White of the White Stripes -- that is where they went for the interview. Seeing how much you love Detroit and Detroit food, you should try it next trip. Some people rave about Kavans in Warren, but it can't hold a candle to Millers.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Eric said...


Thanks for the tip, next time I'll check those places out.

5:49 PM  

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