Category Archives: Places

He (or she) has an eye on you!

By Joel Thurtell Want a great day trip? If you live in the Detroit area, a wonderful — and free — outing is waiting for you at the Leslie Science and Nature Center on the north side of Ann Arbor … Continue reading

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They eat horses, don’t they?

By Joel Thurtell Couple weeks ago, my friend Donna invited me to dinner. I was delighted. Donna has a summer place near our cottage in McGregor Bay, Ontario, and I’ve eaten her food before. She is a brilliant cook. We … Continue reading

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Measuring ‘progress’ in poor countries

By Joel Thurtell I know I’m paying too much for things that only a few years ago I’d have considered luxuries, prestige purchases that drained my savings without contributing lasting good to our household. Things like cell phones, and ¬†even … Continue reading

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Psst, Coach Rod: Spread DEFENSE!!

Joelontheroad will resume tomorrow with recollections and ruminations on Chicago ’68. [donation] By Joel Thurtell I sure learned a lot on Saturday, August 30, as I tromped across the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, heading for Michigan Stadium … Continue reading

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Easy rentals, Days Out and my big burrito

By Joel Thurtell [donation] Memo to self: Never, never go with the lowest bidder. Unless the company has a name you can trust. In the case of my rental car company in Los Angeles, I’d never heard of them. But … Continue reading

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Sagging pants bumps UP THE ROUGE!

By Joel Thurtell Leonard Slatkin got squeezed, but we got bumped. WDET-FM 101.9 found time for the new Detroit Symphony Orchestra director before the station’s 10-12 a.m. “Detroit Today” program ended at noon Monday. Porbably made a difference that we … Continue reading

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UP THE ROUGE! on WDET-FM 101.9

By Joel Thurtell I’m told that WDET-FM at 101.9 megahertz will feature the book co-authored by me and Patricia Beck sometime between 10-12 a.m. today, Monday, July 28, 2008. The feature was created by Chris Mccarus, producer of Michigan Now … Continue reading

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Sins of Mr. Warm

By Joel Thurtell [donation] I want to apologize to readers for dowsing them with the backwoods locutions and curious grammaticisms of my recent guest writer, Luke Warm. I had no idea Mr. Warm would wax on in such extraordinarily inappropriate … Continue reading

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Huntin fer Osamy

By Luke Warm Guest Writer [donation] Hey! Did I say Obama, nutcase? Negatory, good buddy. I did not. I done writ OSAMY. As in Al Qaidee. I’m not no John McCain, see, tryin to get our next Chief Executative assasserated … Continue reading

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Hizzoner vs. hizzoner

By Joel Thurtell Eat your heart out, Kwame. You won’t see this in Detroit: A mob of people swarming the mayor, acting like he’s some rock star. Like Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had and affair … Continue reading

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