Month: July 2013

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That’s better


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I like these pictures better. The shadow and dark background well what’s that all about? These images invoke happiness and contentment and that’s what I want to see when I log on here. 

I need to figure out how to stop each post from jumping straight to facebook as I don’t think each one needs to be posted on my timeline, that’s annoying. 

The header image was taken in Good Hart Michigan a couple years ago. The bottle, Honkers Ale and the book The Old Man and the Sea. That’s actually the first time I read that book even though it’s old and probably something many people read as a kid? I don’t know. I’m looking forward to going back in a month and I hope it’s as good a vacation as it was then. Image

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Not so sneaky


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Not so sneaky

During a recent home inspection I was exiting the attic, located in a teenagers bedroom closet, and this is what I saw on the top shelf of the closet. I laughed inside at the thought of this kid sneaking beers but not really attempting to hide them well.

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Little Yellow Building


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There’s a little yellow building in Ypsilanti that has become my favorite place to eat with excellent food, one of those little “mom and pop” places that you would probably not visit without a recommendation. It’s not just my favorite place but at least two of my kids call it their favorite too. The building is quite old and has been a restaurant for years though it operated under a different name when I was a kid living in Ypsilanti. Actually for a while it was owned by a family I knew but I only visited a couple times never really getting into the food much just more of a visit for us to tease our friend working there. We all grew up and I took a course that pulled me away from things, friends, those places and so no.

Forward many years later, perhaps 25, and a friend mentioned this little restaurant in Ypsilanti that serves really good Chinese food but that’s small and really not fancy inside. His description was something like, “it’s so small you would easily drive past were it not painted bright yellow.” Indeed this building is merely a speck squeezed in between larger red brick and stone businesses so without that yellow paint you really wouldn’t even notice it.The sign out front is faded and parking down a tight alley is limited giving it even more of a mysterious look.  After talking about the history of the restaurant and telling my friend I knew the place but had not been there in years I decided to give it a try and to take my family or at least any one of them that would go with me.

The first visit didn’t leave a good impression really and in fact I know at least some of us didn’t care for it at all. I knew next time I saw my friend Dean I would ask him what his comparison is because honestly the food was nothing special. Telling him about it he asked me what I got and I told him the typical American Chinese food you get anywhere, sweet and sour deep fried stuff. That was the problem he said, “they do really really good traditional food but not so much the American variety.” So I decided to try again but this time he would go too so as to show me the way and I am glad I did, wow really good. So I could go on and on about the place but that’s not really why I decided to write this blog.

After that second visit I knew I would be a regular and would try to get my family to go too which didn’t go as planned but my boys love the place and we go there often, just last night actually. The more we went the more we looked forward to it and it became kind of our thing to do. Go to Hidden Dragon, hit up the food co-op for goodies and then the park for a walk. This is one of the things we do together and I always look forward to it picturing they will one day do the same  even at the same places while telling their kids how dad always took them here. Who knows if that will happen but I like to think it will.  Whatever the future holds I know I will have these memories forever and will continue to do my best making more memories with those I love and for that I consider myself a lucky man.

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Coins and trains


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 Growing up in Ypsilanti there were train tracks down the road from our neighborhood that we would walk down to Depot Town once in a while. Usually the trip was to visit the comic shop called Barron’s Comics where we would pick a couple to read for the week. My favorites were Hulk and House of Mystery comics especially the horror comics. 

On the way, if we got lucky, a train would pass and we’d scramble to neatly place a couple coins on the tracks for the train to smash leaving a flat oval shape sometimes with an outline of the featured president. Taking the walk Depot Town was always one of my favorite things to do and now with kids of my own I take them. The comic shop is long gone but we like to visit the Co-Op for goodies and Sidetracks Bar and Grill for great burgers. The train tracks pass right outside of Sidetracks where this sign is and there’s even schedule inside to let you know when to expect the next one. While I’ve thought about moving I am glad I’ve stayed right here to share some of the same experiences with my kids. 

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Cactus Flower


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Cactus Flower

Photo taken in Phoenix Arizona last year. I’ve been to Arizona three times and each time vow to one day live there. The look and smell of the desert has always made me feel at home for some reason as if there’s where I belong. Who knows one day I may live there but there’s another contender and that’s the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Flower


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Flower

This photo from last year reminds me I have not been to botanical gardens yet this year. I used to enjoy it there but so many of the trees are dead now walking around makes me nervous. It’s already July and I don’t feel like I’ve done the things I want to do as much as I wanted to do them. Business has been really good so that’s part of the reason, less down time. I’ve tightened up my schedule some and plan to get back to the gym something I am looking forward to doing. I can’t wait to exercise regularly.

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New blog old hat


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I’m making the move from LJ to wordpress for no other reason than LJ is rather empty.  I really don’t know if I will keep this or not but here I am.

My blog will of course be about whatever is on my mind at the time, my interests, trials perhaps and may be odd at times but that’s me.