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  1. Oblivio
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Cool DaVinci-inspired crop circle.

  2. Oblivio
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Remember that abortion rights protester killed in Michigan last week? According to his son, he didn’t care about abortion – he just hated women.

    I have no idea how he felt about fried chicken.

  3. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Jon Stewart on Acorn.

  4. Burt Reynolds
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    How long does everyone think it will take for Dave Curtiss or Stewart Beal to buy all of Ypsilanti. And further, is there anyway to help speed this process along. Without them, it would like like even more of a hell home than it already does. I’m ready to take up a collections. Who’s with me!!!!!!

  5. Simple Sam
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Dave Curtis is the guy who operates the diarrhea factory on Michigan Ace, right?

    Seriously, has anyone ever eaten at the Mongolian BBQ and not gotten sick?

  6. roots
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Hell home?

    Simple Sam: That’s funny, but I didn’t get sick when I ate there. Just a bit frustrated.

  7. Burt Reynolds
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    sorry…”hell hole.” Although I do live here, so I assume “home” would work as well.

  8. Burt Reynolds
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I’ve never actually ate at the Mongolian BBQ. I did once shit my pants before leaving The Bomber. IBS is a cruel, cruel, friend to have.

  9. watching laughing
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Dave Curtis operates Pub-13, Divine and the new Mongolian Barbacue on the corner.
    He owns the properties, that Pub-13 and Divine are in;
    but rents from Mauer Management for the Mongolian Barbacue.
    Stewart Beal is buying a lot of blight houses and fixing them up.
    Hats go off to both of them.
    But, they have enough money apparently and don’t need a hat passed around for them.
    There are plenty of viable business’s in Ypsilanti; that could use a boost in revenues to continue to give the people of Ypsilanti and surrounding areas places to frequent and buy things.

    Watching Laughing.

  10. Gretchen
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Curtis also used to own the Vu.

    So, I guess you could say that whole strip is kind of built on pussy.

  11. watching laughing
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Dave Curtis managed the Vu’s.
    He has done a great job in Ypsilanti, for sure.

    Watching Laughing.

  12. watching laughing
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I don’t think, you really have to look far to find, a ton of very beautiful women walking around the Ypsilanti area. They are everywhere.

    Watching Laughing.

  13. Christine M
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Do you think a lot of the people on the internet really do self diagnose themselves with Aspergers? I often wonder if my husband and I both have a touch of it or if we are just both socially inept?

  14. Milton
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    If by “beautiful” you mean “feral,” yes.

  15. Milton
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    And if you want your disease to be taken seriously, don’t call it Ass Burgers.

  16. Steve
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    What’s more fried, the chicken at Haab’s or Gerhardt’s brain?

  17. Joanne
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    If you are a Democrat, or interested in John Lewis, the annual WCDP fundraiser is 10/3 at EMU, with Congressman/Civil Rights leader John Lewis as speaker. You can go to the Washtenaw County Democratic Party website for tickets.

  18. dp in exile
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    The Mongolian Grille is quite good, actually. I eat there once a week for lunch. If you got sick it’s most likely because you used too much seasoning.

    The Keystone Martini Bar downstairs is utterly fantastic, give it a try!

  19. KB
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    The pizza dough from the depot town bakery is beyond fantastic. Find it in the freezer at the Ypsi co-op. Let it thaw. For the first time I can make pizza at home that’s better and cheaper than anything I can order anywhere. It spreads easy. Bakes super great. I’m really making the best pizzas I’ve ever had and the thing that stumped me has always been the dough. Try it but just please save me one weekly bag.

  20. Babe
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Nothing says fine dining in Ypsi to me like tepid overspiced meat financed by stripper’s pussy. Talk about your property investors. Buy low live high. The martini bar, indeed! I can hardly keep my cocktail down.

  21. HauntedChickenCoop
    Posted September 19, 2009 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    tracking back up to Oblivio’s earlier post on the abortion rights activist who was killed – friends from the Owosso area have told me that there were occasional claims from his older children of abuse. But, there were also claims from the other side that those children were drug addicts & out for money. One of his younger daughters took on the responsibility of caring for her older sister’s kids (children of the drug addict) and he helped raise all of them.

    Posted September 19, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I don’t think, you really have to look far to find, a ton of very beautiful women walking around the Ypsilanti area. They are everywhere.

    Watching Laughing.

    So astute & observant. Probably quite lovable, that WL.

  23. Posted September 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip on the pizza dough. I’ll have to check it out.

    As for the guy who was killed in Owosso, I haven’t really been following the case that closely, but, from what I can tell, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that he was killed because of his views on abortion…. If anyone’s heard differently, let me know.

  24. Posted September 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Michigan’s been in the news a lot lately. We’re also home to that woman who’s accused of raping the son she’d given up for adoption a decade ago.

  25. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I caught this article about a possible new mining era in the UP, and, at the risk of souring folks on it merely by my approval, the thought delights me.

    If the proper environmental respect is in place, this could really be the perfect thing for Michigan right now. Here’s why I think that:

    The price of metals is up a lot lately (ironically for me, this may be related to the very inflationary devaluation of the dollar I’ve been railing against), which makes it profitable to mine them, even in pricey-labor environments like Michigan.

    The other great thing about it is, you can’t outsource mines. They gotsta be where the rocks is, which is in da U.P.

    I suppose they could hire illegal labor to skirt pricier labor, though. But modern mining is more of a skilled-labor job than it used to be, what with most of it being done by fancy machines, explosives, and chemicals these days.

    Good time to get that mining engineering degree in Houghton you’ve always dreamed of.

  26. Posted September 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    The new Jolly Pumpkin restaurant on main st. ann arbor is my new favorite thing. They seem to be doing everything right there. Great food, pretty cheap (for main street ann arbor), and pretty good beer from what I’ve had so far. The place has a very cool decor aside from some weird hawaiian kitsch scattered around. Yesterday I had a basil limeade that was amazing.

  27. Posted September 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    What else is good at the Ypsi Coop. I plan to try that pizza dough myself, it sounds good.

    Not everyone wants the U.P. to be mined. It could be done right but if it’s not done properly they could ruin a wonderous place.

  28. KB
    Posted September 19, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    The spinach dip. It’s not cheap, but goodness me oh my. I’m embarrassed to say I ate it a year before finally heating and serving. Hell oh! Heat it. Dip and drool.

    I’m working up to using it as sauce for the pizza dough but I’m a little scared that there may be no going back.

  29. dp in exile
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    If you want REALLY good food, prepared by local Chefs, then cancel your afternoon plans and come to Hope’s Harvest. This is the 5th annual benefit dinner supporting Growing Hope. You can purchase tickets at the event, rumor has it that there are about 30 seats left out of 200.

    Menu highlights include:

    “Roll Your Own Roll”: Fresh Vegetarian Spring Roll Demonstration
    Chef Benjamin Meyer, Chen Chow, Brasserie

    Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
    Aubrey Thomason, Zingerman’s Creamery

    Adobe Baked Stone Ground Whole Wheat Pizza
    Chef Nick Seccia, Executive Chef, The Henry Ford Museum

    Mixed Organic Greens, Beet, Plum , Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad
    eve – the restaurant

    Zucchini and Squash Cakes with Spiced Tomato Sauce
    Chef Brandon John, The Grange Kitchen and Bar

  30. Lisele
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Everything at the Riverside Bakery rocks. Try some of the pies. YUUUUUM. My favorite bread, tho it is hard to pick, is the Three Seed Sourdough. The Ypsi Tower of Sour is also fine. The potato garlic is a delight. When they are making it, the apple bread is superb. And (as an ex-Philly area resident who should know) the whole wheat sourdough pretzels — with salt — are an excellent riff on the genre. They have a delicious hard crust washed with salty moisture and tender yeasty interior. With the super hot mustard at the farmer’s market, they are outstanding. Plus there’s the spent grain bread (obtained from Corner Brewery) and the ale dip — mmmmm. And, actually, Riverside makes a very respectable ginger scone, as well. I’m grateful to have access to such a wonderful bakery — all their wares are available at our food coop and you can find some at Ann Arbor’s People’s Food Coop, too.

  31. Joe
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Is anyone else pissed off that Aubrees shrank their beers from 25 to 20 ounces and only dropped the price from 5.75 to 5.50? A quarter for five ounces?

  32. Posted September 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    What’s this, Joe?!

  33. Oliva
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    More co-op . . . with its lovable people, employees and volunteers:

    Not food but excellent for baby (and other) gifts: Maggie’s Organics clothing and toys.

    Southern Fried Tofu good for a quick protein snack.

    Favorite thing, though not for eating: CitraSolv, which cuts through skunk smell, cleans windows, works miracles, makes cleaning much more pleasurable and happily fragrant. Comes concentrated and goes far.

    And much, much more. (Am also very happy for that pizza dough tip, KB.)

  34. HauntedChickenCoop
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    This is like a delayed reaction to Mark’s question about if the abortion rights protester was killed based on their protesting or views or whatever…my impression is that the murderer, Harlan Drake, (an “occasional” employee of his mother’s landscaping business) just went on some sort of early AM rampage and had a hit list in his head of three people. I think he said he killed the protester b/c he didn’t agree with his views. The other two targets had previously terminated the mother from employment, but no other rationale or connection has surfaced. Luckily the one target came out alive/untouched b/c he wasn’t at his new home. A friend’s family knew/knows all four individuals and commented that Drake had done landscaping work at their Owosso home & always seemed slightly “mentally slow.”

  35. Robert
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Regarding the Aimee Louise Sword case up in Waterford; Millions of children are victims of sexual abuse every year in this nation. Fox 2 just chose this particular case for its sensational value. They are purposely not reporting the boy’s age (15) and are speculating about premeditation when there is no evidence of it. Fox just wants to get as much mileage out of the story as they can. In the mean time millions of children are victimized in this country and next to nothing is being done about it. Instead, the media just jumps in to exploit select cases for their own benefit, and the public responds like Pavlovian dogs, further eroding the masses standards of decency.

  36. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    John Pilger – Obama and Empire

  37. Chelsea
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    To answer your question: Um…anything but politix?

  38. Dan
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    So Time is going to send reporters to live in Detroit for the next year and write about it. Perhaps everyone knows about this already, but I found it interesting. see:

  39. Posted September 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Dan. I’d seen the cover story from Time, but I wasn’t aware that it was part of a bigger commitment… I’ll add a comment to the new thread that I just started (on that Time article).

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