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31 August 2011


Detroit! I grew up in Michigan, and I never knew a different Detroit. We would go to Tiger Stadium for a ballgame. It would be so crowded around the stadium, and then while driving through the city there was nothing but abandoned building. I wouldn't even see people. Although back in the 1970s and 1980s and city workers were required to live in the city, and little enclaves were developed.

On the brighter side from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/fashion/the-young-and-entrepreneurial-move-to-downtown-detroit-pushing-its-economic-recovery.html

Someday we will have to talk about Detroit. I know its decay has been going on for a long time, but I still just find that so surreal. Although once when I drove through Chicago to get to where they filmed Oprah (that's right, I once attended an Oprah show, when I was young and innocent), I remembered the same kind of feeling: nice block, falling-down block, nice block, scary block. All right on top of each other. So weird.

Thanks for the link! I heard on the radio the other day that a lot of artist types are moving to Detroit for the cheap rent, the person on the air was calling it the "New Brooklyn." Kind of made me happy for some reason.

I can't believe you went to see Oprah! That just tickles me to death. You have made my day, CR. What was the episode?

Oh, Venta,
I went to Oprah a million years ago, largely to take a friend as her birthday or christmas present or something. The episode was about some movie Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio were in, so I think Diane Keaton was the guest. It was okay, but as we were leaving the parking lot a scary guy rammed my car while we were getting in and even grazed one of my friends--we were just lucky she wasn't seriously hurt. We even got to go to an iffy police station, where we gave them the license plate number and they just laughed, informing us no way would the guy have insurance. Picture a group of WI girls, nicely dressed, hanging out in a cop shop that seriously looked like a set from Law and Order (that is: scary). It was a lousy day, and has always given me more reason to dislike Oprah.
TMI? :)

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