Sunday, February 05, 2006
super bowl weekend
Well, the weekend's over and our visitors have departed. For those of you who weren't aware, Nathan and I entertained some out of town friends this weekend, Paul 'n Carrie and Steve 'n Melissa. The plan was to go downtown on Friday night to check out the Motown Winter Blast and then travel west to Ann Arbor to see Aimee Mann on Saturday night. Unfortunately, Aimee Mann postponed the show due to the death of her brother-in-law, Chris Penn, but we still had a blast despite the unexpected change in plans.

As planned, we did travel to downtown Detroit on Friday night to check out the super bowl festivities. Like most other Metro Detroiters, I was incredibly excited to see the city looking so awesome and jam-packed with so many visitors. Unlike most metropolitan dwellers, Detroiters are not used to having their streets packed with people and having trouble getting into local bars and maneuvering through the city on a Friday night. It was pretty awe inspiring to look down the street and see hundreds of people stretched out in front of me. As for the Winter Blast itself, we expected it to be crowded, but I don't think any of us expected it to be as crazed as it was. It was pretty difficult at times to walk through the streets and the events, and it was damn-near impossible to get into any of the restaurants or bars. Lines to use the bathroom (especially the women's room) were uncomfortably long and waiting for the shuttle back to our car at the end of the evening was a bit of an adventure (that's Nathan holding the shuttle sign with a very nice volunteer), but the weather was pretty mild on Friday, which made waiting in those lines a bit more pleasant than they might have otherwise been. Thanks to the crowds we didn't do much more than look around while downtown, but it was a pretty amazing thing to be a part of, and we had fun nonetheless.

For Saturday night we headed to Ann Arbor, hoping that the crowds wouldn't have spilled out that far west. Thankfully they didn't. In Ann Arbor we enjoyed shopping at Borders and Urban Outfitters, a great meal at Zanzibar, and then traveled to The Blind Pig, a local bar, where Steve and Melissa schooled all of us at darts. After Ann Arbor, we braved the weather to head back to our tiny house and rounded off the evening with more food, darts, and hanging out in the sink for a bit.

Sadly, it's Sunday night again and I have to wake up in seven hours to brave 140 14-16 year olds, but I had a fantastic weekend and some very funny pictures as a souvenir. Now, Nathan is shouting at the television, Chloe has collapsed from the exhaustion of protecting her guests when she wasn't molesting them, and I am ready for bed. Thanks to everyone who came to visit our humble abode and here's to hoping that Kwame can keep up the momentum that the super bowl has brought to my city.


Blogger Carrie said...

Thanks for having us Maggie and Nathan!

2 weeks????

Blogger Steve said...

Thanks for putting us up, guys. We had a blast.

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