Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Detroit


I went to Detroit with Shiying and her family this weekend, the main reason being that she had an extra ticket to an Offspring concert and nobody else to go with her. Now, to put it quite bluntly, I don't listen to the Offspring. At all. The dude just can't sing. But I thought, "ah, what the heck. I don't have anything better to do anyways."

...have you ever agreed to do something you thought would be mediocre, only to realize in the middle of it that you were having an amazing time?

Well, the concert freaking rocked.

First on was a band called Time Again. They were... energetic. Nobody really stood up and sang along or anything because most people were here for the next two bands. Still, they were amusing to listen to. Not my kind of music, but that's okay.

Next up were the Dropkick Murphys. Wooooooww. Here's a picture of their backdrop:


Is that sick, or is that sick? This is the first band I've heard of that combined Celtic folk stuff with punk rock, and it was really, really awesome.

Lastly, the Offspring. At the point, we decided to get out of our seats and head down to the stage area. We were literally a metre away from the stage, and my ears died that night. But, I've gotta say, although I don't like their music, the Offspring are amazing performers. Not to mention the lead guitarist's name is Noodles:
It's Noodles!


However, being a metre away from the stage always means being in the same area with the drunken and sweaty guys who are trying to get everyone to mosh but failing due to the fact that there are SEATS nailed to the ground. (In the end, one guy actually tore one off...)

We also wandered around on the streets of downtown Detroit. On four separate occasions, random guys asked us to take pictures of them. It seems downtown is just overrun with these kind of people, because other than them, there was practically nobody on the streets. One of those people asked us to give him a call. He did this while talking to someone on his cellphone. -facepalm-

The next day, we did what we do best. Shopping. At the biggest outlet mall I've ever been to. Being the nerd that I am, I spent a great deal of time in Borders, but still managed to get a few nice pieces of clothing.

All in all, this was a pretty fun trip! I can't say Detroit would be my first pick for a vacation destination, but it was better than I thought it would be! To conclude this excessively long post, here's a picture of me and Shiying being crazy as usual:

I'm the crazier one.


It's hard to take self portraits with a huge-ass DSLR camera.




 

2 comments so far.

  1. John on July 1, 2009 at 4:19 AM

    There's a lot more to Detroit than crime and poverty! You should really check out the underground art scene. There's a ton going on, and a bunch of great art fairs taking place everywhere. I don't know much about the music scene, but I know it's pretty large, considering all the activity radiating from the place (I mean, a whole genre called TECHNO originated here!)

  2. Enzo on July 1, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Glad you had a nice time! I've also had experiences like this -- the ones which I thought would be "Meh." but ended up being "YEAH!"

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