Hamtramck, east of Highland Park.
[north corktown, detroit, mi.]
after almost 15 months, i’m finally back in the IMAX booth!
Michiganders: Call Gov. Rick Snyder’s office NOW and urge him to veto “Right to Work” legislation!*
*$2.00 for the first minute, 45 cents each additional minute. Children, get your parents’ permission before you dial.
@laura_witkowski ruins the illusion. #hell #hell, michigan #michigan (Taken with Instagram at Hell, Michigan)
The Detroit Institute of Arts NEEDS YOUR VOTE August 7th. Check their new Art is for Everyone campaign site for more info. Spread the word!
if you care at all about me, art, history, or detroit - you’ll vote YES on august 7.
if you seek a pleasant peninsula or vagina, look about you. #michigan #sayvagina (Taken with Instagram at Hamtramck, MI)
About 8 doors down from us on Lumpkin in Hamtramck, MI. Somebody made this sad abandoned house a little less sad and abandoned.
It is officially Autumn again.
always & forever.
“My heart belongs to Detroit” print. Available on Etsy.
yesterday was my first saturday off since august. and my first non-holiday day off since march. as this is clearly a rare thing in my life, i wanted to make the most of it. so i got up early and did things. i am too exhausted from all the excitement of yesterday to write much about it myself - also, amercian cycle and fitness in royal oak tried to kill me by turning my bicycle into a death machine, so i kind of almost died this morning on my ride to the gym. fortunately for them i did not die, nor was i injured [despite having to run into oncoming traffic to rescue my pedal from the giant escalade filled with lutherans on their way to church that was about to run it over.] it’s no coincidence the bionic woman is my namesake, i’m kind of unstoppable. okay, fine - i didn’t actually come close to getting killed, but my right pedal did fall off as i was going through an intersection. anyway, you just read what Laura wrote about my almost last day on earth.
Let’s see… Started off the morning by checking out the new Astro Coffee in Detroit, then drove to Plymouth to visit Rumi’s Passion Gluten Free Bakery… Next stop: First ever visit to the Motown Museum (SO awesome. Go NOW if you haven’t ever been there), then off to the Live Green Fair in Ferndale (mostly to eat fries) along with stops at Rustbelt Market and Signature Tattoo. THEN a late lunch at Amici’s Pizza & Living Room in Berkley and a quick nap before catching the opening night of ‘Thank You For Being a Friend:The Unauthorized GOLDEN GIRLS Musical Parody’ at the Ringwald Theatre. Finally, wrapped up the night at Small’s in Hamtramck to see William Elliott Whitmore and the Thornbills. Even better, it was all with this girl on a very, very rare day off. Whew! All in all I’d say all this points to a resoundingly successful, ass-kickingly good Saturday in and around Detroit…
doug coombe is by far my favorite photographer around these parts. he also happens to be a super great guy.
the boy behind the camera, scott allen, sometimes makes me think there’s something to this “liking boys” thing maybe? #ScottAllenCharismaCrush
this past september my friend charlie and i took part in our first detroit critical mass. the ride was a total of about 25 miles. this was the longest bike ride either of us had ever done. when we reached the end, we felt so good and excited about the whole thing, we thought, “hey, if we can do this and feel alright, why not an even longer ride?!” two weeks later we rode our bikes from hamtramck to ann arbor. that ride totaled 55 miles. for that trip we got a ride back to hamtramck from our friend d’anne, but we got a pretty good idea of what we were in for. we felt great. we decided then our next ride would be to ann arbor AND back!
this past monday we did just that - hamtramck to ann arbor and back.
i had hoped to take more pictures of our adventures in bicycling, but it turns out, taking photos while riding a bike in traffic and on bumpy roads/paths is quite difficult. it is even more difficult when you can barely keep up with the person you’re riding with. when they seem to be no less than a city block ahead of you the majority of the ride - calling out to them against high winds and traffic is like screaming into your own face.
just trying to stay hydrated.
we also did rugged manly things like, gnaw on beef jerky to keep the protein levels up.
it’s hard to capture in pixels just how steep this hill is, but if you take a look-see at the elevation map i’ve provided, you’ll see that this hill starts at what was our highest elevation point, and pretty much goes STRAIGHT DOWN. going up a hill that steep? not much fun. we had to walk our bikes up the last part of it (we rode our bikes 86 miles that day and you didn’t. don’t judge). but the straight down part? that was really fun. but then we gave the finger to mother nature and we held on for dear life. we FLEW.
pee break! - i’m not sure what this building used to be [i’ll have to look into that some other time], but if you look closely, all the way to the right, you can see charlie’s penis. i kid, i kid!
the pussy monster is a real problem here in detroit. whether you’re a resident or just visiting, you best watch out.
i know for some people an 86 mile bike ride isn’t a lot, but i feel okay saying that is for most. and it certainly is for me. before this past year it had never even crossed my mind to ride a bike that far. especially for no other reasons than the enjoyment of it, and to show myself that i could.