“have we gotten boring?”

Friday night… my wife erin and i are walking down the riverfront, enjoying the view, the nice weather and each other… there are a few couples scattered about, taking advantage of Detroit’s greatest asset with us… we walk past the RenCen and see all the movers and shakers inside Seldom Blues… erin turns to me and says, “that looks like a life i’ve never lived”… i told her that we could live it if we wanted, but that we haven’t really chosen that lifestyle… she agreed… we got to the end of GM promenade and had to turn around as the joining of that portion of the riverfront and Hart Plaza’s is yet to be completed…

as we walk on she asks me, “do you think anybody knows about this place?”… she was referring to the riverfront, and i explained how people just still have a hard time believing that Detroit can actually be a nice place… that will change in time, especially if they keep doing big events downtown (and also so long as they can keep the bird poop off the sidewalk and railings)…

heading east of the GM promenade we saw what will be a parking structure with retail on the bottom… an Asian Village is slated to be created in this area, with Dominic Pangborn as the initiator… erin and i talked about how it’ll be great if it happens, but that it prolly won’t be like a Chinatown that you’d find in other big cities… the cost of setting up shop right on the riverfront will likely be too costly for most new immigrants from a foreign country to contribute… that and the fact that you don’t typically just decide to create that kind of place, it just happens…

we went as far east as we could until a gang of seagulls thwarted our trek… as we turned around, erin looked across the river and shared how she’s been missing her family (she’s canadian)… we agreed to schedule some time with her fam in the near future…

while heading to our car she then asks me, “have we gotten boring?”… after a long discussion, which lasted the whole way home, i concluded that you’re not boring just because you like to talk with your spouse and walk around the city on a Friday night…

but maybe we’ll head to Seldom Blues some time soon……….

1 Comment so far

  1. Jeppy (unregistered) on November 5th, 2005 @ 9:38 pm

    that stretch of walk is well known to plent of petanquers (www.detroitpetanque.com). We played boule on all of the hard-packed sandy paths along the cobbled walkways. It’s an ideal location for viewing the river activity, getting semi-fresh air, and feeling — at peace.



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