Category Archives: Special Projects

The New York Times covers the Beezy’s ZipCap campaign… and I make it into the paper of record on the chest of Bee Roll

In tomorrow’s New York Times, you’ll find a story about my friend Bee “Ypsilantian of the Year” Roll and the work she’s done through the California-based company ZipCap to raise working capital for her restaurant, Beezy’s, by essentially demonstrating to lenders that, while she doesn’t have a lot in the way of hard assets, she […]

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Joey-X Day… my new favorite holiday

Today, thanks to Facebook, I discovered that two of the most influential men in my life share the same birthday. Both Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little) and Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Ross Hyman) started their journeys on May 19, and, in their honor, not only am I drinking a beer right now to their memories, […]

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Ypsilanti Immigration Interview: Cassie Byrd

It took a long time, but my persistance paid off, and I was finally able to track down the very busy Cassie Byrd for her mandatory immigration interview. Cassie, for those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of making her acquaintance, is a relatively recent transplant from San Francisco, and a veritable whirlwind […]

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Challengers take on 200 feet of meat and raise $6,000 for Fly Children’s Art Center at Ypsilanti’s second annual Wurst Challenge

If you weren’t at the Wurst Bar last night for the second annual Wurst Challenge, you missed a hell of a good time. Ungodly amounts of sausage were eaten, many laughs were had, and, by the end of the night, we’d raised just over $6,000 for the FLY Children’s Art Center Creativity Lab in downtown […]

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Who should I back in this year’s Wurst Challenge?

I’ve got $20 set aside to support this year’s Wurst Challenge, but I’m torn as to which competitor I should back… Should I put my money behind defending champion Jason “Knifebeard SausageHawk” Youngs, reclusive roboticist Cre Fuller, local midwife turned professional sausage eater Kate Stroud, or one of the many others who are presently locked […]

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