Miracle on Third Street

My friend Paul, with whom I carpool to Wayne State, was running a little late providing me a few minutes of non-work, non-school time ( I think those that aren’t perpetually swamped call this “relaxation”). Anyway, I decided to wait at the Third Street Saloon on Anthony Wayne drive instead of chillin’ in front of his car. I figured a cool refreshing Budweiser, that “stays cool from the moment its born until the minute I drink it” would quench my thirst and assist me in my quest for rest.

The problem was I had only plastic on me (bank card); and since I did not plan on spending $10 on beer in the next 30 minutes – I tried to barter with the bartender. I asked if I could get an inhouse credit to be used at a later date – he declined. He asked if I would be willing to wade through the “door men” at the liquor store across the street to get cash from the wall – I declined (he also mentioned casually that there was a bg drug bust there a couple weeks ago). I politely thanked him for a glass of water and went to take my seat by the window, head hung in shame; when a guy named Zack at the bar told the bartender to throw my bud on his tab. Its these moments, when people are just plain cool to each other that show you how a city like Detroit can still be loved in spite of its bad statistics…Charged with benevolence, I gave out a few “squares” to the bums on my way to the car later that night.

Final score:
Bad guys 1
Good guys 2.

4 Comments so far

  1. ed (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 3:43 pm

    Is 3rd Street open again?


  2. Jeppy (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 4:30 pm

    Hey Doug, Where’s MY square?


  3. observer_mike (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 8:22 pm

    Thats really cool of that guy to get your beer for you. I get uncomfortable when guys buy me beer though. The last guy that bought me a beer had on a strange cologne.


  4. Doug (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 2:10 pm

    Ed, Third is open again…I’ll be honest, I didn’t know they were closed :) until you said something, I was walking down Anthony Wayne and saw a big-ass sign that said “Now Open”.

    Jeppy, I got your square. Lemme know when you are in the neighborhood. :P

    Mike, I normally get a little wierd about it too, but he was with two hot girls…I know what you are thinking…maybe they are shopping buddies…not so…he was making out with one of them and making pretty regular contact with her nether regions with his hand. lol. Your comment reminds me of the time I went to Ohio State to watch the Michigan/Ohio game (My friend and I thought it would be funny to go to the away team to watch a “home” game); anyway, this guy offers to buy me and Paul drinks, we declined several times. Finally he says, “its cool, I’m the owner…” so we drank for free all night. Most of the way through the game he asks, “are you guys cops?” We said “no.” As soon as he found out we weren’t there to crack down on underage drinking the flow of beer stopped. I had no idea what was going on – but hell, free is free. :)



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