Today marks the first day of the last year I'll spend in my forties, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. Age ain't nuthin' but a number, as the saying goes, and 49 is the new 39 blah blah blah. But, it does mark the passage of time that only seems to increase in speed as we get older. What's up with that?
George Carlin said life was backward. He thought we should start out as children with our adult peak salaries and make less as we age. Louie Anderson echoed that observation in his act, saying that he taunts children at the store by saying, "See that candy? I could buy all of it. But I don't want it. Well, see ya." I'm paraphrasing Louie's act from memory but his point, and George's, is rock solid when you think about it logically.
This is why you see so many men with my hair color, which is to say color-less, driving Corvettes and not going on $1,000 shopping sprees at Al's Toy Barn. I would have said Toys "R" Us, but, well, pfffft. Talk about a double serving of lemons; even if I did grow up still wanting to run wild in the Matchbox and Lego's aisles with my paycheck in hand, Toys "R" Us is no more and thus it wouldn't have the same feeling.
I couldn't tell you what I did on my 39th birthday (or birthdays 29, 19 and 9 for that matter). I suppose there was cake, and merriment, among family and friends. I made wishes and dutifully blew out candles.
But, my 40th I do remember. My wife was 5 months pregnant with our daughter and yet found the energy to schlep my suddenly middle-aged self to SoCal for a tour of L.A. to Palm Springs to San Diego. I drank Scotch, ate steak and listened to Mel Torme's daughter tell stories about The Velvet Fog himself.
And then a few months later I was a dad. And a few years later I was still a dad… with an adult paycheck… and Toys R Us was still in business.
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🥂 The hard seltzer craze is hitting a new level in Metro Detroit and things are getting fizzy. This winter, you can attend the first hard seltzer festival in Royal Oak.
🚗 It's not just you. If you think that your trip to the drive-thru is getting slower, you're right. In fact, it's taking 20 seconds longer to get your food and this is why.
Time to celebrate National Pizza Month
🍕 That's right! October is a month dedicated to one of America's favorite foods. Any way you slice it, pizza comes in all kinds of styles, with all kinds of toppings, and what's not to love? Friday, for Dine In The D, we're going to a pizza joint downtown that offers a "pizza of the day," every day! Would you try a slice of their Breakfast Pie?
If you're looking to get your fill of "za", check out some pizza spots we've been to before.
- PIzza Plex in Southwest Detroit
- The original Cottage Inn pizza in Ann Arbor
- Comos in Ferndale
- Curry on Crust in Canton
Are you ready to get into the Halloween spirit?
👻 This week Tati found the courage to visit one of the scariest attractions in Metro Detroit. Do you think you could make it through?
🎃 Get your fill of scares at these 5 Haunted Attractions you can check out around Detroit
🍫 What's your favorite treat? Don't trick us. Check out the Halloween Candy Bracket and vote for your favorite.
Did you see this on Live In The D?!
🍎 How would you describe the flavors of fall? Do cider and donuts come to mind? This family owned and operated cider mill in metro Detroit invites you to take a trip to Franklin and start a new family tradition.
✈️ A woman from Detroit is about to become the first black woman to achieve something that's never been done before in the world, and it's happening this weekend.