Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Now Appearing in HOUR Detroit

My latest literary masterpiece is now available in the December issue of HOUR Detroit magazine (page 86, to be precise). It is an article on the historic Book-Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit and why the place is so cool.

My article appears with a set of amazing photographs by Roy Ritchie. He took some very cool fashion shots that contrasted nicely with the Book-Cadillac in its current, raw and undeveloped state.

The issue officially doesn't appear on bookshelves until Friday, December 1. However, a few bookstores around town already have it out.

I will be at Shop Detroit 3 this Saturday. I'll be happy to autograph copies of the article for anyone. :-)

Oh, and speaking of the Book-Cadillac Hotel, my friend Liza Lagman-Sperl sent me a photograph that she took the other day. This is a billboard along I-75 in Detroit that advertises condominiums in the Book-Cadillac being for sale.

This is a very, very cool thing!

That sign is the result of a whole of effort by numerous people over the past few years. My documentary was just a very tiny part of the whole thing.

Now if someone would just send me a half million or so dollars, I could actually buy one of those condos.

Oh, well - at least the folks who are buying those condos have given me a standing invitation to visit them.

Believe me - I will accept those invitations.

Frequently.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Yahoo! Music

Yahoo! Music

This is the coolest darn thing I've seen on-line in weeks.

It's the guys from Bowling for Soup doing a cover of London Bridge by Fergie. I swear, if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.

Okay - that's not totally true. The guys from BfS are so strange that I'm not sure if there's anything that they wouldn't do.

Now, I just have to make up my mind as to which version of that song I like more. LOL

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The (Foggy) Day After Thanksgiving

There was a dense fog throughout Detroit when I woke-up yesterday morning. It was the day after Thanks- giving so there really wasn't much work to do.

I, therefore, convened a special meeting of the entire board of directors for Prince Igor Productions, Incorporated. We decided to close the office for the day so I could spend the day taking pictures and having fun.

(There are days when it really is a blessing to work for yourself!)

Anyway, I started with the streets near my house. Photographing them in a foggy condition with different exposures and different setting on my camera. After a little while, I decided to move on to River Rouge Park. That was where I shot this cool close-up of a cannon along with a bunch of photos of the baseball diamonds and trees.

You can see all of those photos over on Flickr.

Once I got those shots, I decided to head downtown so I could shoot some more photos along the Riverfront.

The fog was still fairly thick there, but slowly starting to lift. I thought it was so darn cool to snap this photo of a freighter just as it was coming out of the fog.

I snapped a few more photos of the Riverfront in the fog and then made a quick phone call to Amanda. We made plans for lunch and I discovered that her friend Rita was also heading downtown. She was doing the Motown's Downtowns tour that day and was bringing Andi (an exchange student from Germany) with her.

Anyway, I had a few minutes before everyone was ready for lunch so I stopped by the Compuware Building and checked out the Festival of Trees. It's a benefit for the Children's Hospital of Michigan and featured a couple dozen really cool Christmas trees.

Of course, I snapped more photos. (I swear, Flickr is becoming the new crack. You can find the Festival of Trees photos on this page.)

Anyway, the four of had lunch together. I only snapped one photo of everyone because, for the most part, we were too busy talking to even bother thinking about my camera. That's Amanda with her eyes closed, the back of Rita's head and a little corner of Andi's face. (Not one of my best photos, I know).

When we were done, Amanda had to go back to work. I would rag on her for having a boring corportate job, but there are moments when boring corporate jobs are things I dream about. Usually this is when one of my clients is taking longer than expected to pay me. But that's a subject for another post.

Oh, wait - I forgot. That was the subject of an earlier post.

Anyway - Rita, Andi and I had some time to kill after lunch so we went back to snap even more photos along the Riverfront. By now the fog had lifted. It was a bright and sunny afternoon so that made for an interesting contrast to the earlier set of photos that I had taken.

When then did some shopping. I picked up a cool "Cadillac" seatbelt belt at Pure Detroit. It's a seatbelt buckle from an old Cadillac that was reused as a regular belt. I thought it was kind of cool.

We checked out all of the cars inside the Ren Cen (GM's global headquarters - for all of you who read this thing, but don't live in the D.)

Yes, Darling, I was talking about you with that notation. LOL!

Anyway, the Saturn Skye is actually a pretty cool car. Too bad they wouldn't let me take it for a test drive around the building.

Oh!

And the three of us even managed to get out photos taken with Santa Claus. He was in the building. I suppose he was trying to give folks at GM a profitable fourth quarter or something.

Anway, when we were done shopping, eating and photographing - Rita and Andi headed back to Ferndale. I headed over to Southwest Detroit. Amanda mentioned that there was this market there where you could get Coca-Cola from Mexico.

Coca-Cola from Mexico is cool because they still use real sugar there instead of high-fructose corn syrup. I've heard a lot people rave about the difference and I've been wanting to try it.

Not badly enough that I'd head all the way to Mexico, but I still wanted to try it.

Anyway, I found the place. Honey Bee Market on Bagley.

And they did indeed have Coca-Cola from Mexico.

They even had it in old-fashioned 12 ounce glass bottles, no less.

I picked up a few bottles of it. I learned a couple of things in the process.
  1. Coke really does taste better when it is made with real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Why the folks at Coca-Cola aren't making this stuff in the U.S., even as premium brand or something, is beyond me.
  2. Because of it's longer, skinnier size - a glass bottle of Coke will not stay put in a conventional automobile cup holder, at least not when you make a turn.
FYI: I lost half a bottle of Coke learning that second lesson.

Oh, well - lesson learned. It was still a fantastic day.

Now, if everyone will excuse me. It's 7:30 p.m. so I have to figure out what I'm going to do this evening.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I Saw Myself in the Comics

It's weird. The other day I was reading through the comics section of the Detroit Free Press and I saw myself.
Not literally, mind you. Rather, I saw a comic strip that made me say aloud, "Oh, my God! That's totally me."

Yes, I am Jon Arbuckle and Garfield all rolled into one package. (Although, I'm not totally thrilled with Wikipedia calling Jon a "fictional character". He seems all too real to me.)

Anyway, if you excuse me - I have to go meet up with Pooky the Teddy Bear. We're going to play "Guess the Burp."

Friday, November 10, 2006

Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse

TIME.com: Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse -- Page 1

Oh, this is just priceless.

First, Donald Rumsfeld resigns as Secretary of Defense.

Then, not to be outdone, the German government announces that they are seeking criminal prosecution of him, and several other officials within the Bush Administration, for their involvement in torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Priceless. Truly, truly priceless.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Two Important Notes

::: MOZELLA :::

I have two important notes for everyone.

First, go vote! You have to live with the results of today's election for years to come. You may as well make your voice heard.

Second, when you get back from the polls, log back onto your computer and listen to some music from Detroit-native Mozella. Her debut CD I Will hits stores and iTunes today.

If her song "Love Is Something" doesn't get your toes tapping, please consult a physician immediately.

Monday, November 06, 2006

W.C. Fields Goes to Vote

W.C. Fields once remarked, "Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against." With a pivortal election happening in less than 24 hours, I can't help but think about that.

Of course, when the election is over, I'll undoubtedly go back to repeating my other favorite quote from W.C. Fields:
It was a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer - New York Times

U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer - New York Times

Okay, I've learned over the years lot to expect very much from the Bush Administration when it comes to basic competence. But sometimes they manage to suprise me.

Like by posting detailed descriptions, in Arabic, of how to make an atomic bomb on the internet.

I mean, really - what were they thinking?

How did they ever win not one but two presidential elections?

Oh, yeah - I forgot. Al Gore and John Kerry each dropped the ball in a major-league way.

Will someone please wake me when it's January of 2009?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

This just cracks me up

One of my friends, Jessica Jones, is constantly sending around jokes via email. The one that she sent me yesterday is my personal all-time favorite.
Three rural ministers met for lunch and naturally talked shop. One complained about his church's squirrel infestation. "They bother the congregation coming in, they chatter in the attic, they even gnawed through the insulation and ruined our sound system. But what can I do? They are God's creatures."

The second minister had the same problem. "They moved around the rafters during services and distract the congregation. My congregation gathered them up, drove them far away, and released them deep in the woods, but they were back within weeks. But, you're right: they are God's creatures."

The third minister said, "My church has also been afflicted with squirrels, but we found the perfect solution." The other two listened attentively. "We baptized them and made them full members of the church. Now we only see them on Christmas and Easter!"
I think the reason why I love that joke so much is that I've been working with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and a group out of Philadephia called Partners for Sacred Places to create a training video on how to preserve historic houses of worship. There are three ministers that I've met through that who I can totally imagine having that conversation. LOL