Sunday, May 07, 2006

MS Walk

Tomarro or shall I say today I will be participating in a yearly MS Walk. This one is early in the morning (your welcome my love [I know your not making me but I think you should still say thank you.]) But its at Grosse Pointe and we will be walking three miles. For all of you that don't know MS or Multiple Sclerosis is "is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild such as numbness in the limbs, or severe - paralysis or loss of vision." So I think it is a good causes among many. But if you wanna look at the website it is http://www.nationalmssociety.org/mig


~Peace~

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Last Class Blogging

The class ended April 21,2006. It was a very nice final day. I want to take this time that I enjoyed working with each and every single one of you. I really enjoyed this class. It really helped me more to look deeper into my writing but still I think I need more improvement. I liked participating in class more but the quality of my presentations is still yet to be desired. I was never really good at presenting at all which made it more difficult in one of my classes in a high school where one of my presentations had to span the time of one class period. I would like to thank Ms. Kim Lacey for the very nice instruction in our class and a very nice job in linking the theme of our class to what was going on in Detroit now. I really enjoyed writing these blogs as well. They were a nice outlet to me and to my experiences that I have had so far this year. It is a nice thing to look back at to see what I have done and what was going on. I will try to keep posting and I will keep the links as the same. But hopefully I will see everybody in our later classes and hope that everyone does well. You can always catch me on campus, on AIM, email me, my myspace and so on. I bid everyone farewell and good luck on your future endeavors.

Best Pizza EVER in Detroit




Ok, there are alot of places in which I thought they had the best pizza. It was very good pizza but not compared to Niki's in Detroit. It has been a while since I had had the pizza but I can still remember how it was. Because do you remember reading the article about it in class? Well my dad has been there before a couple of times and always bragged about it when he came home saying that he had Niki's Pizza for lunch because he was in the area. We went there and oh my. I was impressed. The pizzas were pricey and we did take them home (remind you I live in Sterling Heights) which was a good 40 min drive. And we were still able to keep the pizzas piping hot. So many flavors came when you bit into the pizza. The Cheese was tasteful, the sauce slightly garlicy, the bread firm and still fluffy, and the crust was crunchy and had a hint of olive oil that they used. The only problem was there was not always enough sauce on each slice. But it was still good!!! So if you are in the area, you have to get this pizza!! Atleast have ot once, it is soo good!

Still Sticking to My decision - Best Detroit Team


Its so great right now that we have teams that are doing so well. The Pistons are doing great, the Tigers are doing better than what they normally do but the Wings...o man. They just went into the playoffs against the Edmonton and the first game was extremely great. They had went into double overtime to decide who would win the game and the Wings did. But the second game tonight wasn't so great. They lost 4-2 but it was really close through out the whole game. The last goal was just because that the Wings took out their goalie to put anohter player on the ice and they scored the goal. But I know that the Wings are going to make it or atleast go to the final round. They have a great team this year but so does the rest of the times. Only time will tell and we will see which team holds the Stanley cup.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Best Recent Metro-Detroit Concert


Ok, well I went to a concert on March 24th for my birthday :). It was the Queen + Paul Rodgers concert that was at the Palace. It was their first tour since they had their last concert in 1982. And I am glad to say that the music had hardly changed. Sure, it didn't sound exactly the same because Freddie Mercury wasn't there to sing because he had passed away. Still, this concert was so great because they played alot of the best songs and it wasn't one to miss!!

Paper Subject : "Detroit Rock City"

See I have picked Detroit Rock City for a reason among many. One of them being to add alittle more diversity among the projects that were being presented. The rock genre is still a great music form that can portray the same message or different messages that many other genres do as well. In my song, Kiss had used a DUI car accident to portray issues of drunk driving. They had used the dark atmosphere and the repretation of Detroit to aid in doing so. However, the song is very up-beat and you get lost in the chourus to find the message. Still, among many bands that use this genre to send messages Kiss did utilize the idea of it.

Friday, March 31, 2006

"Hate Radio" Response

Here's the thing...I do agree with some of the responses that were made in the selection in matter of fact most of them. It is just that those shows may be racists, sexists, sadists, etc... the main radio shows that were portrayed such as the Howard Stern Show or the Rush Limbaugh Show could not be entirely sorrunding those subjects. They have shows that portray what the audience wants and what the demand is. There are always going to be people who have opposing views that either could be positive or negative. In this case, extremely negative. However, this all depends on the listener. All of these broadcasts could be taken extremely seriously, or just be listen to for enertainment purposes and not be taken serious at all. What they say can be extremely serious but it also infringes on their admendment I rights. It is true that some words etc can be contolled by the FCC but they still have the right to discuss topic manner as they see fit. Which under the same admendment allowed "Hate Radio" to be written as well. The rights are the same for every body, however they unlike people should not be discriminated against. Even so, it may not always be the case but the admendment still allows people to say what they want and if that freedom, among many others that we hold dear and use frequently, is taken away we would definately lose more in the future.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Detroit 5 Images





Graffiti Response


Graffiti I think could be considered an art form. Examples such as this created, a lot in other countries, are also considered graffiti. I believe artwork is supposed to inspire aspirations, to suppy inspiration, and to be able to express yourself however you see fit. However, in the broad look at it, not all graffiti is as elaborate as this. In a long run it could make a city look run down and not safe. Still, looking at "graffiti" like this is quite impressive.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Best Detroit/Michigan Representation in the 2006 Torino Olympics

There was some very good representation of Michigan in the 2006 Torino winter Olympics. There were 10 people who were born in Michigan or who currently reside in Michigan. Those Olympians are: Ben Agosto, Tanith Belbin, Mark Grimmette, Derian Hatcher, Alex Izykowski, Mike Modano, Jean Prahm, Brian Rafalski, Brian Rolston, and Doug Weight. There competitors have done their best to make our nation and state very proud of them. Also to bring a better reputation that we do originally to this area. However, the couple of Olympians that I will be focusing on are Ben Agosto and Tanith Belbin.

Ben and Tanith have earned the United States a silver medal in the Ice Dancing Competition. A medal was not earned in the competition in the United States for more than 30 years. To say at the very least their performance was spectacular. The original dance had moved them up from 5th place to 2nd place, in a nice position to attempt to win the gold medal. But the Russian team was really strong with no mistakes and very technical. Ben and Tanith's free dance did have a mistake where they fell but still overcame the struggle to win the silver medal. They have made the nation and the state very proud in representing us in the Olympics.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ultimate Nights Out


Some friends of mine came from out of town and wanted to have a good time one weekend. They had asked me to show them around to great performances that take place here in Detroit. We share the same interests in music and I show them what I feel would impress their taste in music.
Thursday evening, I thought of the idea to start with something, soft and easygoing. Something to have a big boastful impression that would be a nice start to the weekend. We have all played in a band during high school and enjoyed the large orchestrated pieces that we had played. We have never really gone to a performance, maybe once or twice however; we have never seen the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I had taken them to the show to see an interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor and to take them to hear a familiar composition Fantasia on a theme to hope to hear some familiar tunes. I thought this way we would be able to hear the different aspects that classical music presents such as dramatic dynamics, extravagant expressionism, and the large, voluminous sound of the Orchestra. Then followed by an exquisite meal at Cuisine which is conveniently located near the performance. The French-American options, spicy foods and elegant deserts would make it a fine ending to the sophisticated night.
The next evening we would return to the Max M. Fisher Music Center but not to visit another DSO performance but to experience a night of Jazz. I would pick up the weekend adding improvisation to the mix. The blasts of brass instruments, the strumming of percussion and the shuffling of the woodwind instruments all intermingling together, expressing themselves with solos along with the ensemble. We would experience professors of MSU perform a powerful performance of explosive jazz and to hear the Jazz that is developing in the area. I would not know the experience of performing Jazz, but my out-of-town friends would. Of course we would also enjoy the music with the passion that it is played. Followed by our experience with Jazz we would dine at Harlequin Cafe, where we would enjoy the dishes of cuisine food and live Jazz entertainment.
The next night would be the grand finale, the coup de grat of the weekend. We would first start off with lunch/dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit. Experiencing the surroundings that the Hard Rock Cafe is well known for, and to soak up the atmosphere along with the rock genre. The other event would be quite far from the Fisher Music Center, even Detroit, but it will still be a great event. At the Palace of Auburn Hills, I would take my friends to see Queen and Paul Rodgers. The licks of the guitars, explosiveness of the drums along with the amazing show that Queen is notorious for putting on. It would be great to experience an event with an ambiance that is bigger and better than you are, and that you are apart of that event that is taking place. It would be a great event to end the whole weekend and is my idea of the ultimate night out.

Posted by: Sarah Burton, Shaunte' Ethington and Patrick Watson.

Websites are posted along with my links.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Worst Detroit decision Ever Made


Ok, this decision has really made me angry since I have heard about it in the news and on the radio. I believe it is the worst decision that Detroit has ever made. The city has claimed that the Zoo is one of our "gems", and now they are going to get rid of it. Many people from inside the city and from the suburbs both enjoy the zoo and the many attractions it brings to adults and children. The city board believes that this is a control issue, that they aren't "slaves" anymore. (Saying that the city is the black populous and the suburbs are the white populous and that the suburbs are trying to control the city's decision). Race shouldn't even be an issue, since racism is something we are supposed to be trying to get rid of to begin with. The city should look at what effect taking the zoo might be to the surrounding area as well, since the suburbs do supply a source of income to the city. This zoo is importaint to everyone in the surrounding area, young or old, black or white it doesn't matter. The zoo does alot for the city and is something that should be kept not taken away.

Ways representation and perception is effected though presentation.



Many people use this example in our history to go back to time and time again and can be related to other instances concerning representation and perception being effected by presentation. Propaganda is a form of what this idea really is. In WWII the Nazi movement used flyers and sent messages to try to represent themselves differently. They tried to change the perception of the movement by attempting to present themselves in a different light. This strategy did work for a very small ammount of people but the other people knew what they we're all about.
These images were used to attempt to stur up emotion and make the person think more about how the movement appealed to them. This is what they based their propaganda off of representation and pereception or their movement being presented differently.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Representation of Philadelphia, PA

In class Wednesday we had researched a major city for each group. My group had chosen Philadelphia. We have found 2 negative articles, 2 positive articles, and crime stats comparing Philadelphia and Detroit. We have also found some pictures and we were given another website in Friday's class.

2 Positive Articles
"Got a gun? Turn it in, get Sixers tickets."
"Cherished Rink Still on its Feet"
2 Negative Articles
"2 Men Sentenced in S. Philadelphia Crossburning"
"School Teacher Makes Deal to Avoid Sex Trial"
(All four articles are from www.philly.com from the Philadelphia
Iquierer, if you want web adresses just ask)

Statistics
In 2000
Philadelphia Detroit
Murders: 314 N/A
Rapes: 1,021
Robberies: 10,425
Assults: 11,047
Burglaries: 12,049
Thefts: 46,952
Car Thefts: 16,147

In 2004
Murders: 330 385
Rapes: 1,001 719
Robberies: 9,757 5,451
Assults: 9,814 9,358
Buglaries: 10,536 12,202
Thefts: 37,808 20,640
Car Thefts: 12,587 24,573

Population in 2004
Philadelphia - 1,436,287
Detroit - 970,996


Images that we looked at can be found at http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/photos/

Friday, February 17, 2006

Best Metro-Detroit Mexican restaurant


I know there are many great Mexican restaurants that are out there in the area, and I know a few that pretty much can match up to this one but a restaurant that I highly recommend is Abuelo's in Sterling Heights on Schoenherr Rd just off of M-59. It offered the most unique Mexican food that I had. They have many different types of enchiladas, tacos, burritos, etc. But a new item that I had tried a cheese chile relleno which was excellent. They have many creative tomato based, sour cream, and ranch based sauces that comer along with the items. Salsa and tortilla chips are complimentary but you can also purchase a variety of dips that you can have along with the chips. Most importantly soft drinks are bottomless at $1.99, because some of the plates that they offer are spicy but still very tasty :). It is pricey (not the worst I have seen) but well worth it. This is the only location that exists in this state but there are many in the country and looks like the origins lie near Texas. The ambiance of the restaurant inside is very comfortable and upbeat. That aspect is very important to me and they had fulfilled it. Very upbeat, very friendly, and gourmet food. I highly recommend this restaurant.

website: http://www.abuelos.com

Response to Monday's class and RCL "School Shooting and White Denial"

I really just wanted to make the comment that there are various publications (such as in this book) that approach this topic. There was alot of talk about the Columbine High School shooting so I want to suggest a movie on this topic. I know that this writer/director/producer is very liberal and is known by some people to put a spin on a topic but I suggest Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. It takes a look at different reasons of what could have caused this incident such as reasons at home, violence that is portrayed in the media, violence in video games (and its involvement in Columbine), Lockheed Martin (located within the same city), poverty, easy axcess to firearm ammunition (K-Mart),NRA, difference of violence in Canada compared to U.S (i.e. lack of violence in Canada) etc. It doesn't really blame any aspect, it just searchs for a reason that could have caused this. It also doesn't look at Columbine, it also looks at the poverty of Flint, a shooting at an metro-Detroit elementary school, a look at our Michigan Militia etc. Being that Michael Moore is from Michigan, some of the aspects do come back to our state. So I really recommend this movie because it is informative. Check it out!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Best Detroit Radio Station

I KNOW by far that the best radio station in Detroit is 101.1 WRIF. Expecially now, how they are covering of the Super Bowl events it is just amazing. They play great music, and the radio personalities make it just fitting for the general rock genre. They have good contests, great concert update info, and they fit well with the general public. They do have a website http://www.wrif.com. It is also a great website.


But they really have a great morning radio crew too. Drew and Mike have covered the Super Bowl very well. They have represented WRIF and Detroit with great ambassadorship. They present events, interviews and their own views with a great truth and reality. So if you listen in the morning on your morning commute I highly recommend to tune into this station.
You can listen to this station online too! http://www.wrif.com/listenlive

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Response to Park Slope: Notes on a Middle Class "Utopia" from "Reading City Life" and Response From Wed. Class

Today's assignment was to read "Park Slope: Notes on a Middle Class 'Utopia' ". My inital response was that the story didn't seem exciting at all. The selection seemed too generic. The story was descriptive and did portray the setting well. However, somewhere in the middle Jan Rosenberg had just lost my attention. Pretty much it seemed like a sub-urban community. In class discussion did point out a few things, and brought some aspects to life. However, it still didn't do enough for me. The reason for my lack of interest could be the voice that the story was told with, the way it was told just did not seem interesting. But a story that I did enjoy that did seem to be told in the same way was Cold Sassy Tree by: Olive Ann Burns, which was life in Cold Sassy, Georgia in the early 20th century. I did enjoy the book, but the rest of the class's opinion was similar to what we had in class today. They thought that the book was not that enjoyable. But if you do read it is a pretty good book that I would suggest.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Best Detroit Team

I know, I know that this will create conflict but my opinion is that the Detroit Red Wings is the best Detroit team. I know how well that the Pistons have been doing however, this team is my favorite team. They have won many chapionships, awards, trophies...you name it. They are dated before November 22, 1927 (when the Olympia Stadium was built), and originated from Windsor, Ontario where hockey was created in Canada. I have gone to two of their games and they were absolutely amazing. That is why I think that the Detroit Redwings is the best Detroit team.

Response to Bloods/Crips Proposal for LA's Face Lift from "Reading City Life"

There just something about that proposal that doesn't seem right. Sure the proposal and all of the suggestions are very sound and nessesary for some/most of the proposals to be achieved. But at what cost? The Budget Demands from the conclusion were as follows...

Budget Demands
Proposal for LA's Face Lift - $2,000,000,000
Educational Proposal - $700,000,000
Law Enforcement Proposal - $6,000,000
Economic Development Proposal - $20,000,000
Human Welfare Proposal - $1,000,000,000
Total - $3,726,000,000
Thats three billion, seven-hundred twenty-six million dollars. To me that is unrealistic in the ammount, in which no one can afford it. The taxes to be payed for this will be placed upon the middle/low classes and will solve nothing. It would make people poor and poor people poorer. Some of this shouldn't all be placed upon the govenment. People should take some of the issues into their own hands and try to make the area a better place. It just seems like the public doe not care what happens and it just takes something big inorder to change something, it is a problem in many areas of the nation. I would also hope that something along these lines would be placed into Detroit, to try to make the city better than it is now.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Best River Front Restaurant


There is a restaurant on the river that I had been to twice called Sindbad's Restaurant. The first time I had been there, I had a special that they had there. It was a chicken alfredo pasta dish that was extremely delicious. The service was very nice and the ambience and scenery in the restaurant was beautiful. There was free valet parking but it is always nice to tip. My second visit was almost as nice, but we arrived later and it was more crowded. I did bring some extra money and tried their lobster dinner, which was quite nice. They also had a shuttle service to and from events (both occasions I had gone there for Red Wings games). The menu has many tasteful dishes and the prices do vary. So if you want to check them out they do have a website @ http://www.sinbadsdetroit.com Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Message, Method and Medium

This is a picture that I have chosen for my english class concerning message, method and medium.
I have chosen a political cartoon rather than an add because the very nature of a political cartoon utilizes what message, method and medium is all about. In reguards to the message of the political cartoon, it is portraying a message that shows the general public thoughts about the weather in 2005. The symbols over the baby's head show that the public is afraid of what that is coming in the year 2006. The method and medium is all apart of the political cartoon and is what makes the political cartoon what it is.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Smells Like Team Spirit - Nirvana (Music Video)

Free video hosting, video codes at www.vidiLife.com

The first post!!!!

Yeah...this was created for my English course but it is also nice to have other places where I could post. Hopefully other people will read this and hopefully reply? *tries to be optimistic* I already have a myspace account @ http://www.myspace.com/40383618. So If you wanna check that out that would be a great place too :).