Detroit. Detroit Michigan. Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Ever been there?
I live in Canada. Been to ?The States? on many, many
occasions. Florida on vacation quite a few
times, (hell, my folks used to live there) up & down the Eastern seaboard as a kid, D.C. to see the seat of
power and the monuments, N.Y City a couple of times, South Carolina to golf. I
haven?t been lately though. It?s the whole Bush terrorism thing. Scary shit.
Anyway, the past few days, I?ve had occasion to visit
Detroit twice, once today, and once yesterday. It?s a fair drive from where I
live, about 3 hours each way, but it was work, I was paid to go. Which quite
frankly, is the only way you would ever get me there.
The city itself has quite a few impressive edifices, but as
a whole, is very depressed with a lot of empty buildings and a depressing
oppressive atmosphere. The first thing that greeted me was a guy in a dark
uniform with a gun. They were in the custom booths at the border. They directed
me to an area where my car was examined, where there were more guys in dark
uniforms with guns. Jesus fucking Christ on a fucking rubber crutch!
GUYS WITH FUCKING GUNS!
This, apparently, is the United States of America. Guys with
I must say, if I lived in Detroit, I?d feel much safer with
a gun too.
I was uncomfortable being there. I felt I was at risk. I
mean, there were guys with guns there, presumably to protect the public. Lots
of guys with guns. EVERYONE with a uniform, and there were LOTS of them, had a
GUN. But one never knows. They all had patches?.?Homeland Security?. The signs
were in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Fucking wild! I get pissed off when I
pick up a package & have to read the French side first! I can?t imagine a
package in Arabic. I think it must just be a border thing. ARABIC????? Gimme a
break! It?s DETROIT!
You know, when I crossed the border & got back in to
Canada?..sweet safe Canada??.I felt an immediate sense of relief. I couldn?t
get out of Detroit fast enough.
I feel the same way about Detroit as I feel about NYC. I?m
scared to go there. If I have to go to either place again in my lifetime, it
will be too soon.
Guys with guns place???you can keep it!
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