Saturday, November 29, 2008


It's the time of year when people give thanks. Fine, whatever, as long as we don't have to give thanks for Blogger, which caused us to lose numerous posts with the click of a button. However, we suspect that the lost posts will barely be missed, and are therefore grateful for that.

Other things we are thankful for include, but are not limited to:

1) These people may be screwed, but with copper collapsing, think of all the ornamental roofs, fountains and indoor plumbing networks in Detroit that will live to see another day.

2) No matter how disappointing this never-ending weekend has been, we could have been in Mumbai or Bangkok. Or at the Club Bleu Room Experience & Gun Show.

3) Everything's cheaper in Windsor again. Actual visible excitement reserved for when the dollar achieves parity with the pound. Toronto is no London.

4) Thankfulness-wise, we're grateful that our Black Friday plans did not include an early morning trip to the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, NY. Also excellent: This did not happen in Michigan, where apparently, nobody got out of bed before noon yesterday.

5) We do not run a Detroitland-based automotive company, in which case we'd be sweating our next trip to Capitol Hill.

6) Detroit may be on thin ice, but in the process of chasing the sunshine, recently, we were reminded that other cities have drama too right now. Take, for instance, Miami, governed in a recognizably dysfunctional manner, where canyons of shimmering new high rises stand virtually empty, half-finished buildings sit there all ugly/Mexican beach resort-style, the property market has ground to a halt and the downtown (pictured above), with the second most worthless public transport boondoggle in the United States after the DPM, is still little more a non-colorful, lethargic edition of your typical third world bazaar. Then again, instead of, say, Ferndale, they've got that little city across the bay, the one they call Miami Beach, as a neighbor. Oh wait - hurting over there, too.

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