I wonder if there's a way to tell my corporate travel booking site to never offer me flights that come through here. On the way out I connected in Atlanta, a city I'd much rather be stuck in.
The hotel offered a free shuttle to anywhere in a five mile radius. This wasn't a fancy hotel either; it was a Holiday Inn Express (which happens to be my favorite). This tells me that the area isn't safe to walk around in.
At that point I didn't care if they were offering me a free ride to the restaurant I could see from the lobby ... I grabbed an apple and a coffee and called it a night, hoping that my second floor room wouldn't take any stray bullets.
While having breakfast (in the hotel) I watched a local news broadcast where they were talking about how GM is laying off 1,500 more people, and then they talked about how electric cars don't work very well in the cold because the batteries don't work well in low temperatures and people also tend to turn on the heat.
And in case people are wondering how bad some areas of Detroit really are, check out:
Airport has the monorail that IGlet really likes.
The monorail was not running. I can only assume that someone shipped its job offshore.
After seeing it for myself I am joining the ranks of those who believe that the entire area of the state should be leveled.
I lived in Detroit for 4.5 months over 2 years. The company I worked for had an office in Downtown Detroit. I was there from 2009 - 2011. I would stay downtown Detroit for a week at a time. Downtown was dead after 6PM. My first time up there I walked the 6 blocks from my hotel to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. There were less than a dozen people in the place including servers, bartenders, and customers. There were no cars moving on my walk back.
"If you don't read a newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read a newspaper you are misinformed."
-Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, all said this at the EXACT same time on their Twitter feeds.
I have a new hobby. Perhaps for a roadtrip.
I think I would totally be on board for that. Do I need to buy magic underwear?
So, actually not a Road Trip? Har har. ;-p
Here is a pro tip to anyone taking a flight in the next few weeks.
Casually mention to the people next to you that you have been stuck on a flight with a bunch of Chinese tourists.
Mention that the air was so dry in the cabin everyone was coughing and how that air gets circulated.
Fake a loud nasty hacking cough into your hands, snuffle a few times, say "woa, that doesn't feel right" and then rub the arm rest back and forth a few times. BAM! you have control of the arm rest for the remainder of the flight.
Which is funny, because there is no way the TSA would allow me into a plane to begin with :P