Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fast Times in the Old Stomping Grounds

It's been an emotional couple of days. I've had a lot of important conversations with family and friends. I've also done a whole of lot of sleeping having rediscovered the lost art of sleeping in past 10:00AM by means so occult as to escape my understanding, but hey, gifts and horses and mouths and all that. I went out with Em and RC yesterday night. We had drinks at the Blue Martini in Birmingham, Michigan and chatted about our lives and families. I had a Cosmopolitan and a Flirtini (Yay for half-price Ladies Night!), and I'm definitely going to try to replicate their recipes because mmmmmm, tasty! To "sober up," we got some good coffee at the Java Hutt Cafe, and adorable place with dark paneling and cobalt walls accented with original artwork. It was a good place to keep talking, much quieter than the Blue Martini.

My uncle took my mom and I on a driving tour of Detroit on Tuesday night. I hadn't seen any of the work they'd done for the Super Bowl this year, and it had been too long since I'd visited my city. I have no illusions about the economic and social issues that Detroit faces, but I love the city. I grew up from 0.5-10 miles away from it, I visited it with friends for dinners and festivities, and I learned a lot about its history. Seeing my uncle point out building after building that is being restored, seeing restaurants and cafes being put into key locations, and tasting the ongoing health of the Greektown district (hello, baklava!), I'm excited about what's happening in the city. I just hope the momentum keeps up.

Other than those evenings out, I've spent a lot of time talking to my mom, a little to my dad, and way too little to my brother. No matter how long you have, it's never enough. Still, though I'm off to Ann Arbor for this ordeal, at least I've enjoyed the few moments I got. More to come, lads and lasses, whenever my brain comes back down to roost.

2 comments:

Jackscolon said...

Death Cab for Cutie rocks. I was in a store the other day, and they were playing Death Cab as ambience, I got so pumped up I bought something I didn't want or need just to reward them for being totally sweet. I think it was Sears...

Em said...

It was lovely to hang. Must do it more often... By the way- please say "hi" to T. for me and CN, ok?