On a daily basis, I drive past businesses and wait to see signs of the so called recovery. While sometimes it seems to me as though Michigan is dragging its heels in this respect, there are itty-bitty signs that the times are changing. I often see giant wind turbines going from one place to another along the freeways and they're a sight to behold on a truck. They really are huge--so big, only one part at a time fits on the truck--and they're made in Michigan. While we're used to building cars here, at least the turbines show we're capable of changing a business paradigm. Another new and interesting business around here is the movies. Sara saw Wallace Shawn (you may know him as Vizzini in The Princess Bride) downtown last weekend. My friend Judi was going downtown for dinner two weeks ago when she saw a film crew shooting, Detroit 187, in front of the restaurant she was headed for. She was thrilled to see Michael Imperioli up close and personal. She called me up to tell me Christopher smiled at her.
One industry I see that seems unaffected by our economic doldrums is medicine. The parking lots of medical office buildings, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies seem full. My family is doing our own part of boosting that particular business. In the past month, two of us have had an MRI, one is getting a biventricular pacemaker for what the doctor says really is a heart after all, one is getting elective Lasik eye surgery, without which, he cannot be a secret agent man and one may need a shoulder repaired. Let us not forget the canine amongst us who saw a doctor, too.
I'd much rather promote a different industry. The movies sound good, though I don't ever want to be the subject of one of Detroit 187's episodes.
Here's a trailer to watch. You know, I always loved "Cristoffa" in The Sopranos and even though I'll always think of him as a "made man", I have high hopes for this show.