Saturday, May 23, 2009

Good Luck x 19

There's this superstition that bird droppings are supposed to be a sign of good luck. Since I currently have a half dozen proposals pending for my production company, I'm wouldn't be too worried about one or two bird droppings.

But in the past 24 hours, my car has been hit 19 times.

19 times.

And I wasn't even parked under a tree or anything.

19 times.

Okay - I'll take the good luck. But can't we spread it around a little?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Detroit 4, Anaheim 3

The Detroit Red Wings laid it all on the line this evening - and skated away victorious.

I'm really glad. This town really needs something to celebrate at the moment.

Michigan Central Station Matters

Inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "This Place Matters"initiative, Preservation Wayne and the Greater Detroit Historic Preservation Coalition have partnered to stage a group photo in front of the Michigan Central Railroad Station (2001 15th St.) on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 pm.

Please get the word out to EVERYONE you know. It would be great if this is the largest group picture in Michigan, maybe even the country! The photo will appear on Preservation Nation.

For those not familiar with the "This Place Matters" initiative, the project aims to identify historic places throughout the country that truly matter to people. In Michigan, and Detroit specifically, the MCS has been identified by many as a place that they want to see saved. More details may be found on this website: http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/

Details:
Please meet in front of Michigan Central Station on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 pm. The photo will be taken promptly at 5:45 pm.

Afterward everyone is welcome to participate in dining and cocktail hour at one of the many Michigan Avenue - Corktown establishments.

I encourage everyone to come out next Wednesday. In the mean time, I leave everyone with a video about why the Michigan Central Station is important.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tiger Fans Are EVERYWHERE

I was surfing through YouTube a moment ago. I found this video about the Bikini Meter Maids from Surfer's Paradise in Australia. Let's just say that it grabbed my attention for obvious reasons.

Of course, the thing that really blew me away was the guy wearing the Detroit Tigers baseball cap towards the end of it.

Tiger fans really are everywhere.

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Weird Dream

I had the weirdest dream about the Michigan Central Station on Saturday night. I mentioned this dream in my Facebook status, which prompted a couple of people to ask about it. Since there's no way I could possibly describe this one in the limited space that Facebook gives for status updates, I figured I would make this into a blog post.

Anyway, in my dream, I was walking near the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station. The building was in its current condition. I remember the sensation that there were a couple of other people walking along with me in this dream, but I'll be darned if I can remember who they are.

Then things started getting a little weird.

A random generic looking guy (white male, brown hair, brown eyes, average height, medium build, wearing a gray suit) walked up to one of the doors. He tried to open them, but discovered that it was locked. The doors weren't chained or anything like they currently are - just locked.

He then walked up to me and asked if the station was going to be open soon. I told him that some folks were trying to get re-opened but that it was still vacant.

As I looked back at the Station, I noticed that all of its broken windows had been fixed and the graffiti had been removed. The generic looking guy then said, "thank you" and walked back towards the Station.

A revolving door had somehow appeared. He walked through it and into the station.

I remember being shocked, both by the fact that there was a revolving door and that this man in the gray suit was able to walk into the Michigan Central Station in the first place. Of course, to make things even weirder still, the Station itself seemed to change as soon as the man walked inside.

The building's classic Beaux-Arts design became much sleeker and more modern. The windows morphed into this blueish- green color.

My friends and I were curious about all of this so we followed the man inside. When we entered the building, we were shocked to see a place that looked futuristic as did the hundreds of people who there. This sounds odd, but the scene was reminiscent of the Promenade from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - except that everyone in sight was human. There were crowds of people booking passage for one destination or another and lots of people walking around, all seeming to be on their way to someplace important.


At that point, another friend of mine - who happens to be an architect - walked up to us in this dream. He seemed excited. He smiled broadly as he described what it was like to work on bringing the Michigan Central Station back to life.

We were interrupted by a smiling blonde woman in a blue suit who described how the Station's rebirth was financed. She mentioned a series of tax credits, including the jobs tax credit, which - oddly enough - expired back in 1984. (I had this weird desire to look it up as soon as awoke.)

I woke up right after this woman explained the financing to me. It's hard to explain, but I just felt really, really surreal.

Since then, I been mulling over different part of my dream; wondering what they all meant.

I had this feeling that the man in a gray suit was important so I Googled "man in gray suit". I was shocked by what I popped up.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit was a movie from 1956 starring Gregory Peck. It was based on a novel of the same title by Sloan Wilson. Anyway, the man in my dream looked a lot like Gregory Peck's character in this movie - except that combed his hair differently and didn't wear a hat.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit is one of those movies and books that I read about long ago. However, I don't think I've ever actually seen the movie or read the novel. It's all about a man's struggle to support his family and still find a sense of personal meaning in the modern business world.

Anyway, I'm still not sure how all of this connects to Michigan Central Station or anything else. All that I know is that I have this sudden desire to track down a copy of Sloan Wilson's novel or rent the movie.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

RIP - Chuck Daly

Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly passed away this morning at the age of 78 after battling pancreatic cancer. Mr. Daly coached the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA Championships and also coached the original Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992.

Coach Daly will be missed by Pistons fans everywhere.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Carrie Prejean Is Having A Bad Day

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean had a very bad day today. She is only a few months into her tenure but today saw two key events come to light.

First, there is the fact that folks at theDirty.com got their hands on some steamy photos of Carrie Prejean. They posted them on their web site this morning. These photos are nothing if not captivating. (Translation: I spent a good 20 minutes drooling over them.)

Within minutes, the photos of Carrie Prejean were posted again on Hollywood Gossip; not to mention a dozen or so other blogs and web sites.

If this wasn't bad enough, a few hours later officials it was reported that the Miss California USA pageant disclosed that they were seriously thinking about stripping Carrie Prejean of her title. (Yes, astute readers, I did use the words "Carrie Prejean" and "stripping" in the same sentence quite deliberately.)

Pageant officials are reportedly troubled both by the photos from this morning as well as Carrie Prejean's new role as spokeswoman for anti-gay marriage group, National Organization for Marriage.

Anyway, there's a part of me that feels at least a little bit sorry for Carrie Prejean.

I'm not a lot sorry for her, to be perfectly clear.

I mean, Carrie Prejean has brought much of this on herself.

Still I do feel just a little sorry for her.

Love This Quote

Albert Einstein once said, "Problems cannot be solved the by same level of thinking that created them."

I love that quote. It reminds me that we I can't find a solution to a certain problem, I have to raise my level of thinking about it.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Aretha Wants Royalties For Wearing Inaugural Hat

Aretha Franklin reportedly wants royalties for wearing the now famous "bow hat" that she wore to President Barack Obama's inauguration this past January - or at least some free hats. The hat, of course, was designed by Mr. Song Millinery on Woodward. However, Luke Song doesn't want to give her anything.

Personally, I think he's rather foolish to not give Ms. Franklin some free hats. If her wearing one of his designs caused orders to flood in then it would stand to reason that by her wearing more of his design, he would get even more orders.

Oh, well. This is just an opportunity for another designer to step up and make a killing.

Original article posted at WWJ Newsradio 950 - Aretha Wants Royalties For Wearing Inaugural Hat.