little fish, little pond

Local Ypsilanti cheerleader and shit-stirrer-upper, Steve Cherry, recently posted a Coolest of Ypsilanti poll on his site, The Seat of Revolution. Its a great idea, and I applaud Steves efforts, but I have a few qualms with it. For instance, hes included hero of the Greek Civil War, Demetrios Ypsilanti, in the Coolest Famous Ypsilantian category, even though, as far as I know, hed never stepped foot on North American, let alone the little town of Ypsilanti. (I think he would have been better suited for the Coolest Honorary Ypsilantian category.) Even more ridiculously, Mr. Cherry has included yours truly in the running for Coolest Famous Ypsilantian, right there next to Iggy Pop, Phyllis Diller and famous African-American inventor, Elijah McCoy. Its totally fucked up animation pioneer Windsor McKay didnt make the cut, but apparently I did.

Fortunately, Im losing I think maybe Steve did this to teach me some kind of lesson about hubris. Maybe he thought that I was getting a little too big for my britches and he decided to take me down a peg or two by showing mw that even the old and frail Phyllis Diller could kick my ass up and down Michigan Avenue.

Here are the latest numbers. I just got them off of the CNN site:

Oh, if you dont recognize the name John Norman Collins, hes a famous serial killer who used to live down the street. For what its worth, I dont think that he should be in the running either I think having killed several of your fellow Ypsilantians should probably disqualify a person.

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