Friday, September 10, 2010

Doing our part for economic recovery

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.

7 comments:

Silliyak said...

Saw this and thought of you and all your wooly cohorts.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100909/ARTICLES/100909467/1350?Title=Poles-bring-stares-and-smiles

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

inner cities all over the country are bad but in west palm beach we got lucky and someone bought up the worst part and tore it all down and built city place which seems to be doing pretty good. the places torn down were not anything worth saving, nothing historical, just a bunch of crack houses and dumps. with water views. (!)

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Brenda said...

Thanks for the info. I will be watching this one. Maybe St. Louis will be next. The media and or news is always reporting us as one of the worse cities in the country. Hey...we got George Clooney to film here. I just finished watching the early Dirty Harry movies on AMC this week. I don't know what it is about these shows that gets my attention. Maybe because they after the bad guys..

Gail said...

I will be watching!

Rositta said...

I suppose we were very lucky in Toronto not to feel the recession a lot but here in Greece things are very different. There is a feeling of doom, gloom and depression amongst the population that shows on their faces. Tomorrow the truckers are going on strike and there will be no fuel for who knows how long. It will also affect the delivery of goods like food. I've heard there will be blood on the streets this month with demonstrations. All in all not a pretty picture...ciao

WildeThymeKnits said...

Not a profession I want to support either, especially since we've felt the recession so hard personally......but got to see the doc tomorrow to try to sort out the raging thirst I've been experiencing. Feel like poo and need some answers!

Sandy said...

Wow, looks like a good cop show..