Last night was a night spent in three four bars, and it kept me sleeping until 5pm today.
- First stop was the Bronx Bar, a Detroit hole-in-the-wall down near Wayne State University. My sisters wanted to visit an old friend. They chatted while “Poison” played on the jukebox. BBD’s song, not the group. “Crazy” also played. Not Britney Spears… Patsy Cline. That’s about right for a Detroit joint.
- Second stop was the Magic Stick. There was a concert going on upstairs, so we stayed on the main floor and saw a show of our own. It probably made as much sense as the punk bands upstairs might, but here’s what it involved: a man with a big beard, a woman with only her bra on, a skinny kid with his shirt off, and another skinny girl holding her bloody nose. They came out of the bowling area and swept through the place until security escorted them out. They actually tried to come back later. We met up with my cousin Liz who was there to see the show on the second floor. Some of my sisters’ friends that are getting married next year dropped in (congrats again Beth and Ben), and another of Tammie’s friends from grade school was hanging out with his friends (hey P-funk). A stranger drew pictures of us in green crayon on the back of concert flyers. My sister, Tammie, ordered some pizza. I quizzed her on the latest Killers song that was playing. Becky and I drank 24 oz. beers. We wondered why the word dapper isn’t used more. That’s about right for a Detroit joint.
- Third stop lead us into Greektown, across from the casino, to The Well. Tammie’s other old friend, Joe, was down there with his crew. Some girls were dancing on the bar. The DJ was right behind us playing T.I. The area we were in was about 12’x12′. They flashed the lights at about 1:45am for last call. We all finished our drinks and headed next door to…
- The Baltimore, our final stop. We ran into a family member we haven’t seen for years. Tears were spilled over some more beers. Becky took forever putting all our numbers in our cousin’s phone. The music playing was Journey or some other 80’s band. A half hour or so later, we all departed into the winter rain. We bid our farewells and journeyed home. That’s about right for a Detroit joint.