Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm a Loser

Ahh, the joys of being savaged in the comment section of The Flint Journal:
"Who cares what some guy that leaves town for 20 years thinks? Does he have some sort of credentials relating to Urban Planning? If not, Why the heck is this guy's opinion even news-worthy? Because he has a blog about living in Flint 20 years ago? What a waste of space."
I often ask myself the same questions and reach the same conclusion.


  1. Being attacked on Mlive by idiots is a badge of honor. Well, it would be if so many of their posters were not idiots.

  2. I'm not sure that I would plunge head first into the icy Flint River after being dissed by a creature who calls himself "cretin".

    I'm just saying...

  3. Würstside WarlørdJuly 6, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    I'm waiting with bated breath for Lndscpurbnsmfhtritydnrm's blog. It should be pretty killer.

  4. I guess that person would prefer it if we all left Flint and then never said anything about it ever again.

  5. Holy crap, Gordon! If a 20 year absence makes you irrelevant, I'm prehistoric. My grandly unsuccessful attempt to unseat the venerable Bill Lamb as Flint' number one deejay happened almost 60 years ago. I follow your blog and think about the Flint that used to be and my big, beautiful '51 Dynaflow.

  6. ROFL

    Go Gordon man, keep that hilarious sense of humor!

  7. In reply to the young man who wrote in the Flint Journal comment section. People leave their home town for various reasons but the memories of growing up there are a part of you as long as you live.

    You stated that you don't care what "some guy" thinks and that is your perogative. How about some old "broad" who left Flint fifty years ago? My eyes teared up when I saw the pictures of the steps I ran down as child in Kearsley Park and later when I took the "short cut" walking to school at Central.I hope with all my heart that Flint will live and breathe again, and I am thankful for all the people who share their memories and care about rebuilding a great, historic town. You don't have to have urban planning credentials; you have to have faith.

    So tell us your ideas about reviving Flint. Perhaps a concert with the proceeds to a charity that helps the homeless. St Francis Prayer Center is a good one. Even better, write your Congressman about your ideas.

    Pat McFarlane


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