Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Streets of San Francisco: Chevy Nova

An iconic Chevy Nova, hillside in the smoke and fog, on Dalewood Way near Mt. Davidson.



Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Streets of San Francisco: Buick Electra

Buick Electra 225, complete with gold spoke rims on Terry Francois Blvd. in San Francisco.



Sunday, June 14, 2020

Black Lives Matter



Photographer Jake May of MLive.com highlights local artists and volunteers who painted a Black Lives Matter mural on a block of Martin Luther King Avenue near downtown Flint on June 14. See the series of photos here.




Monday, April 13, 2020

Come what may, this is where we'll remain, in this world with one moon


Just finished Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, which I guess is my official coronavirus novel. Started it when things were normal, chopped up into three volumes to lighten my commute on Caltrain. Finished it in the midst of shelter-in-place, its ending seeming all too prescient.
“I still don't know what sort of world this is, she thought. But whatever world we're in now, I'm sure this is where I will stay. Where we will stay. This world must have its own threats, its own dangers, must be filled with its own type of riddles and contradictions. We may have to travel down many dark paths, leading who knows where. But that's okay. It's not a problem. I'll just have to accept it. I'm not going anywhere. Come what may, this is where we'll remain, in this world with one moon.”

― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Flint and Michigan's Bellwether 5th District

Not an endorsement, just an analysis of Flint's Congressional district as the Michigan primary unfolds:
"Finally, if it’s a bellwether district you’re after, look no further than the 5th District. Racially, this Flint- and Saginaw-based district looks like Michigan as a whole, although it is also one of the least wealthy and college-educated districts in the state. We’re forecasting Biden to get an average of 52 percent here and Sanders to get an average of 41 percent, which closely matches their expected statewide performance. Sanders winning here on election night could be the first sign that a statewide upset is brewing."
See 538's breakdown of the entire state here.




Thursday, January 23, 2020

Flint, Meet Murakami


Sound familiar?

"The town was home to many kinds of people. In the eighteen years I lived there I learned a great deal. My emotional roots are there, and almost all my memories are connected to the place. Nevertheless, the spring I entered university, I heaved a deep sigh of relief when I left.

I still come back for spring and summer vacation, but basically all I do is drink beer."

— Haruki Murakami, "Hear the Wind Sing," 1979


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Flint Water Crisis: From Homes to Schools

Erica L. Green of The New York Times reports:
Five years after Michigan switched Flint’s water supply to the lead-saturated Flint River from Lake Huron, the city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.The contamination of this long-struggling city’s water exposed nearly 30,000 schoolchildren to a neurotoxin known to have detrimental effects on children’s developing brains and nervous systems. Requests for special education or behavioral interventions began rising four years ago, when the water contamination became public, bolstering a class-action lawsuit that demanded more resources for Flint’s children.
Read the rest here.


Monday, October 7, 2019

The Rusty Nail

I've been waiting for this one. An exterior shot of the dearly departed Rusty Nail, courtesy of Jar With Most, in 1982.

1 1/2 oz whisky
1/2 oz Drambuie®
1 twist lemon peel



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mark Perry, R.I.P.

Mark Richard Perry, 62, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at Munson Medical Center.
Mark was born July 23, 1957 in Flint the son of Richard and Patricia (Rasak) Perry. On Sept. 19, 1998 at the St. Wenceslaus Church of Gills Pier, he married Kristen F. (Keefe) Perry, who survives.
Mark Perry was an explorer, contemplating the bigger picture. He was an avid lover of the earth, sky and miraculous universe of possibility. He shared his love through quiet tolerance, acceptance, compassion and wry humor.
He was a courageous journeyman, challenging conformity and adversity throughout a lifetime of originality. He lived many lives: chef, barman, gardener, musician and jazz lover, voracious and eclectic reader and spiritual seeker.
Growing up on Lake Fenton, Mark enjoyed water skiing and sailing at an early age and excelled at snow skiing, which inspired several years of living in the Rocky Mountains.
He was the man who always left his door open. The friend that stayed up all night ... and listened. The brother, mentor, rock and lighthouse in every storm. As a loving son, he enjoyed a rich connection with his parents, sharing his passions and life's joys.
Most importantly, as a husband, he was lover, protector, guardian and best friend.
All he met were captivated, easily striking up a conversation with a perfect stranger. Everyone he knew now feels a void where the light of generosity, curiosity, loyalty and safety once was.
Mark is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Kristy; his father, Richard (Karen) Perry; his siblings, John (Diana) Perry, Timothy Perry, Nancy Perry and James (Ellen) Perry; his nieces and nephews, Patricia, Shannon, Taj, Sol, Tara, Matthew, Amara, Maizey, Sara and Nicholas.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia; and two brothers, Thomas and Phillip Perry.
A celebration of Mark's life will be held at 1 p.m., with the family greeting friends at 11 a.m., on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
Memorials may be directed to the Perry family, PO Box 159, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Flint Photos: Paul's Pipe Shop

Dan Spaniola, the son of the late Paul Spaniola, owner of Paul’s Pipe Shop, in downtown Flint. (Photo by roving reporter Bernard Rosenberg)