In the meantime, just what is Captain Underpants doing floating above downtown Detroit? Hmmm… I smell an essay contest! I only saw about two minutes of the Thanksgiving parade. Jim and I parked beneath Grand Circus Park on our way to the Lions game, so we got there just in time to see this impressive aircraft before heading over to Ford Field. I spent several days in Detroit, but I’m back in Chicago now.
This is Burger. He is a Good Dog, if that isn’t obvious from this photo. My sister Ellen brought him with her to Dad’s house, so Burger & I got to renew our acquaintance. If anyone has any insight as to what breeds might comprise Burger’s lineage, please feel free to share!
This sculpture made me smile. It is in Grand Circus Park in Detroit, and it also functions as a bell if one swings its clapper.
Yes, that’s an ugly score, but it was not unexpected. The Lions are the only winless team in the NFL at 0-12, while the Tennessee Titans stand at 11-1, so I walked in ready to see a serious whuppin’. The local papers called the loss “embarrassing” the next day, but I can’t quite agree with that view. Now if the Lions had beaten the Titans, THAT would have been embarrassing – for the Titans. Indeed, if any team were to lose to the Lions, THAT would be embarrassing. But when the worst team in the league gets trounced by perhaps the best team in the league, I don’t think that’s quite the correct adjective. The above photo is the beginning of the play on which the Lions scored their only touchdown of the game. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper (#11) is about to throw the ball to Michael Gaines, who was already standing in the back of the end zone out of frame when I snapped this. As you can see, we had an excellent view of this play – and many others that were far less cheery.
After the game, it was off to Dan & Nancy’s for T-Day dinner. Unlike the game, everyone was a winner in this arena. We followed up the meal with a few hours of euchre. If you’re not from Michigan, you have a decreased chance of knowing what that is. I would hazard a guess that it is more popular in Michigan than just about anywhere else. btw, it’s a card game.
The following evening, I accompanied Dan and my nephews Noah and Andy to the Pistons game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The outcome, as you can see, was far superior to that of the game I’d attended the previous day.
This lovely bit of woodworking was created a few years back by my father. It resides in Dan & Nancy’s living room. I wanted to show it here not only because it’s very attractive, but also to introduce a note on my dad. One of my major aims on this trip was to spend a lot of time with my dad, and I’m happy to report that I did just that. We spent a couple days talking, and talking, and talking some more, about a great diversity of topics. I think that made both of us happy. A result of that decision on my part was that I did not have time to look up any of my many Detroit friends. On top of that, there were two of my seven siblings that I didn’t get to see this time around, but I trust they will understand my choice of priorities.
I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday as well!