Landline Creative Labs in Metromode

A few weeks ago, in an kind of oblique way, I referenced the debarking of a 400-pound slab of black walnut. Well, here, thanks to the good folks at Metromode, is a photo of me standing next to the aforementioned piece of wood in what will eventually be the Landline Creative Labs conference room at 209 Pearl Street… Here, if you’d like to read it, is a link to the article, which is all about the resurgence of communities along the Michigan Avenue corridor, like Ypsilanti. I’d like to say more, but I just got back from the building, where, for the past three hours, I’ve been putting polyurethane down on the floors, which wouldn’t have been too bad, had my sweat not somehow activated the cat urine which was apparently hiding in my t-shirt, just waiting to be released, like a genie in a bottle. So I’m going to go boil myself in the tub now, and then collapse into bed… But, before I go, I’d like to thank Metromode for taking the time. It’s nice to know that people care about what we’re doing at 209 Pearl and see it as being somehow connected with the good things happening along historic US 12.

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  1. karen
    Posted March 21, 2017 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    from now on, you should let the press take pictures of jesse instead of you.

  2. Posted March 22, 2017 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks for taking the time to put down your drink and leave a comment, Karen. I appreciate it. I know you’re just trying to be a jerk, but, for what it’s worth, I agree. I wanted Jesse to be there. And he was, for a while. But he had to take off before the photographers got there. They were driving out from Detroit and apparently got caught in traffic, and Jesse had to be somewhere.

  3. Posted March 22, 2017 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    As for smelling like cat urine, I think our recently adopted cat, Pumpkin, must have pissed a little in a basket of clean laundry yesterday. I didn’t notice it when I was putting my clothes away, but, after a little investigative work, I suspect that’s what happened. And, when I started sweating, it just kind of brought it all to life… So, when I got home, I threw all my clothes in a tub with some Nature’s Miracle after posting this… Hopefully it works as advertised.

    Pumpkin, as I understand it, lived with an elderly woman in Ann Arbor. When it became clear that she could no longer take care of herself, due to Alzheimers, her house was put up for sale, and she was moved into an assisted living facility. And Pumpkin was put outside by the home’s new owners. Well, with winter coming, our big-hearted friend Nina lured her into a box and made us take her. In addition to pissing on our clothes, she also drools nonstop. And we’re all allergic to her. But she’s got a good life now. And she’s caught two mice for us, which is a bonus.

  4. Kestral
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Is this the same Karen Maurer who supporter a John Bircher for City Council?

  5. Posted March 22, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Yeah, and she’s been known to leave odd comments about my penis on the site in the past. #PenileTruther

  6. Jcp2
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the article. We also have an allergic cat lover in our house; fortunately she is content to visit rather than own.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Not everyone is helping to move Michigan Avenue forward. This is the same Karen Maurer who refuses to participate in the DDA’s dumpster program, instead instructing her tenants to leave their garbage on our downtown curbs. Not a great look for Ypsilanti as people travel down Michigan Avenue.

  8. Janette Rook
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Cat Urine & Polyurethane – should be the title of an ode to the pure glamor of small business

  9. Glen S.
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Mark – You must find it reassuring to know that no matter how well-known or successful you end up becoming … your “family” will always be here to pull you back down to earth.

    In any case, congrats on the Metromode article, and the upcoming opening of LCL!

  10. Kristin
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Pumpkin lived with an old lady in Ypsi. I’m sorry if she isn’t working out, we should talk if it is awful.

  11. stupid hick
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Nice article. I find the photo caption intriguing. I never thought to describe Mark Maynard as a “businessman”. Are you going to quit your day job soon?

  12. Posted March 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    It’s not awful, Kristin. We love pumpkin. We just can’t really touch her without getting really itchy. Otherwise it’s good. I think she’s happy, and I suspect she’ll give a good long time here, as both of our last two cats made it to about 20 years old.

  13. Posted March 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    No quitting the day job. At best, this venture will pretty much break even. It’s certainly not something that I can support the family on. Still, though, I think it might be a step in the right direction. We’ll see where it leads.

  14. Posted March 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    And I didn’t even share the most glamorous part of last night. I had to fish a dead bird out of a toilet.

  15. Kristin
    Posted March 23, 2017 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    That is glamorous, and I’m glad you can abide by Pumpkin. She doesn’t care for me, but I have enough love for both of us in that relationship.

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