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Home Sweet Home
July 29, 2009 - Steve Schulwitz
My 3 day tour of the Detroit area was pulled off without so much as a hitch, almost. It was nice to visit the large city, but after the second day it was reaffirmed to me that it is not a place that I would ever want to call home again. Sure the shopping, eating and leisure activities provide a buffet of choices, but the break-neck speed of life drained me. My first thought was why is there a speed limit? Nobody adheres to it anyway. I felt like I was driving the 250th lap of the Daytona 500 everytime I exited on I-75 South. Slow down people, haven't you been reading the headlines in the local papers about the slew of deadly and damage causing wrecks as of late? The local police could boost the county's and state's revenue if they would just enforce the basic speed laws better. As always there are thousands of orange barrels lining the freeway down state. Those didn't bother me so much, because of the jobs the construction projects provide for the local men and woman. The detours however were long, slow moving and a strain on the gas tank. I was thrilled to find a mini-mart type store that offered gas for $1.35 a gallon on Woodward Avenue. Then as I examined my surroundings and the condition of the neighborhood, I decided maybe I would rather pay the extra 20 cents per gallon a few miles north. You could almost here a sigh of relief from the van when we exited the off-ramp in Elger for the final leg of our trip. The trip had been a drain for all parties involved. The game, zoo and concert will be long lasting memories for the two young girls accompanying my girlfriend and I, but the emotional strain made me relish the slow and easy pace of home.
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