Back To The Old Haunt

Yesterday was a fun, full day here in Detroit Rock City. For the early part of the day, Sarah, Mark and I made our way back to Royal Oak, MI to do a bit of shopping at my fave Detroit area record shop UHF. Detroit used to have lots of really great record stores but now the number of open stores is quite small. On my last visit home, I did some shopping at Dearborn Music … this time, I wanted to hit up UHF — and, of course, I hit the vinyl jackpot. I spent the evening with my parents at my home, home before I met up with the group at the Punchbowl Social House to kick off a night of mirth and merriment. Sarah and I ended up at City Club after midnight to close out the night … a place she and I have clocked many, many hours back in the day. It was good to be back again. More »

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Painting The Town Red

Last night my friends and I went out for a sumptuous dinner at my fave place ever, Little Tree sushi in Royal Oak, MI, before we made our way to downtown Detroit to do a bit of bar hopping to close out the night. I deff try to get out to Little Tree every time I come home … and this time, I came prepared. My friend and fellow Sons of Anakin member Emily gifted me a pair of Darth Vader light up lightsaber chopsticks that I’ve been saving for use … so I brought them home to Detroit with me and broke them in last night. After dinner, we made our way to Gold Cash Gold for a drink and then settled in to The Sugar House nearby for a few more drinks. It was cold as EFF outside but the booze kept us warm on the inside. More »

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I’ve Tasted The Michoacán And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Last night, Sarah and I met up with our friend Erik for a night of dinner and catching up in the oh-so-cold Detroit Rock City and we had a blast. We did a fair share of catching up over dinner but it was only after we made our way out for drinks afterward that the sharing really got good. I always have a great time when I’m with Sarah and Erik and last night was no exception. It may be cold in The D but it’s so good to be back home with my peoples. More »

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For The First Time Ever, I Watched ‘Dirty Dancing’ Last Night

It’s never been a secret that that, up until last night, I have never seen the pop culture classic movie Dirty Dancing. Whenever I’ve mentioned it to friends, strangers or here on the blog, people respond as if I just said, “I have never breathed air before”. “How have you never seen Dirty Dancing?“, people often exclaim. To be honest, I don’t even know. The movie was originally released back in 1987 so my memory from those days is kinda hazy. It just became one of those movies that I never got around to watching (like Goonies, I’ve never seen Goonies either) and then, as the years passed, it just became a thing for me. My BFF Sarah has always been mortified that I’ve never seen DD, which is one of her beloved favorite movies (a movie that she has watched repeatedly much like I’ve watched movies like Footloose, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc. repeatedly and lovingly over the years). For my birthday last year, my friend Eileen gave me a Blu-Ray set of the the movies I’ve never seen (including Dirty Dancing) so I figured, it was probably time for me to watch the damn thing. But after all these years, I couldn’t just *watch* it willy-nilly … it had to be a special showing. So, on my first night back home in Detroit last night, I watched Dirty Dancing for the first time in the home (aka Den of SlackTM) of my BFF Sarah with a meal of Jet’s Pizza. And I have some thoughts on the movie below … More »

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Errands

Yesterday was an errands day for me ahead of my trip back home to Michigan later today. I had a million things to take care of here at home and then I had to run out and take care of a few things. I had to swing by the Beverly Center to handle some thangs and was very proud of myself for not buying anything I didn’t need. I considered buying the sweatshirt you see to the left but realized that after I Instagrammed it, I couldn’t possibly be seen wearing it in public ever again so … I ended up passing on it. I was smart enough not to even walk into my favorite stores. All I needed was pen refills. What has my life become? More »

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Movie Review: ‘Selma’

At long last, I finally made my out to the movies to see the Academy Award-nominated film Selma in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I have to tell you — I was absolutely floored by what I saw. For hours after the movie, I found it difficult to synthesize my feelings about the film because of its powerful impact on me. I actually cried very early on in the movie (if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about) and continued to quietly sob for the duration. I studied the work of Dr. King in college but it’s one thing to read about the events portrayed in this film and it’s quite another to see it play out in motion. I truly loved this wonderful and important movie but two very glaring things kept sticking in my mind like a burr that dug into my brain. First, I was angry to see the things playing out on the big screen echo and remind me of the injustice that still happens today. Second, I was dumbfounded that David Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for the Best Actor Oscar because I can assure you, he delivers one of the greatest movie performances of the year — hands down, absolutely no question. More »

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Basking In The Afterglow

After my very busy morning yesterday running the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland, you’d think all I’d want to do is rest and relax for the remainder of the day. Nope. That’s not what I did. After a quick shower, I packed up my stuff, checked out of my hotel and met up with my friends at the parks for a good ol’ Sunday Funday. I may have been walking around a bit slower but I had a lot of fun with friends — old and new. I even ran into a friend from my teaching days in Grosse Pointe, MI all those years ago. It was another great Sunday for me. More »

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May The Course Be With You

Today has already been a very fun day … and it’s not even noon yet. After I spent the day completely wrecked yesterday after I ran the Star Wars 10K (dunno why, I just keep sleeping and eating and sleeping all day), I woke up refreshed and ready to run the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon … which would complete the Rebel Challenge of running the 10K and the Half Marathon back to back. I got to take some fun photos along the way, I got to see NEW backstage/behind the scenes areas of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (the course was much different from previous races) and I was met by a group of my dear Sons of Anakin SC friends at the finish line … which has made today the best day ever! More »

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Running Back To You

Lots to update today … last night, at long last — after many, many years of waiting — I finally got to see Vanessa Williams live in concert. I’ve been a fan of Vanessa since the early 90s and have always wanted to see her in concert. Because I’m staying in Anaheim, CA this weekend for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, I have a room here for the weekend. So after I ran the Star Wars 5K in the morning, I had to drive north all the way into the valley to see Vanessa in concert at California State University Northridge. THEN I had to drive all the way back down to Anaheim so that I could run the Star Wars 10K this morning. So busy but so fun. More »

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Racing Toward A Fun ‘Star Wars’ Weekend

So, this weekend is going to be a crazy fun one for me. It’s the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and, as you may know, I signed up to run the inaugural Star Wars 5K, Star Wars 10K and Star Wars Half Marathon (running the 10K and the half makes me eligible for The Rebel Challenge race as well). Yesterday evening, I made my way to Anaheim to pick up my race materials for the weekend, grab some food, check in to my hotel and then attend the Wookie Welcome Party inside Disneyland to get the weekend started right. More »

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