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Christmas 2010 and a 2011 Announcement

Christmas 2010 was a special one for me. My son was born in March 2008, shortly after Christmas 2007.  By Christmas 2008, he was too young to appreciate it. By the time Christmas 2009 arrived, he was at a decent age. He had some things he liked, but he was not yet able to express himself well. Additionally, he didn’t have any TRUE passions. He just had things that could hold his attention for a while.

In 2010, as Christmas approached, I began to anticipate it more and more. He gained a deep love for the “Toy Story” movies, which was special to me since I adored them as a child (and I still adore them now). His excitement when I gave him a couple of $8 “Toy Story” figures will forever be etched in memory. He still will not go ANYWHERE without at least a couple of his “Toy Story” figures. He doesn’t even like to leave them in the car while we go in the grocery store. Needless to say, I had big plans for Christmas 2010. My son did not disappointment me.

I don’t have any photos of him opening his Christmas gifts because I elected to record the event instead, but his gasp upon seeing his Buzz Lightyear toy made the wait worth while. Also, right before Christmas, he surprisingly really enjoyed another Pixar movie, “Wall-E.” While it is not my favorite movie by Pixar (the Toy Story movies are), I think it’s probably the BEST film they’ve done to date. I’m surprised that he liked it so much because it’s probably the least kid-friendly of all the Pixar films. There’s not even any dialogue for the first 45 minutes or so. Despite that fact, he asks to watch it DAILY.

I didn’t expect to be able to find any “Wall-E” toys since the movie is a few years old. I went to Target to do the bulk of my Christmas shopping for him, but I couldn’t really find anything that I felt would really wow him. I got him a pair of “Toy Story” shoes, then decided I’d head to Toys R Us to see what they had. I was blown away. They had the absolutely COOLEST “Toy Story” toys I’d ever seen. I wanted one for myself! They had a Buzz Lightyear that has a blinking “laser,” AND the wings pop out! But, I digress. lol (Although my birthday IS 2.5 weeks away. Ahem.) While trying to decide on which Buzz Lightyear I wanted to get him, I spotted several equally cool “Wall-E” toys! I knew my son would void his bowels in happiness to get both a Buzz Lightyear and a Wall-E, so I took the wack ass shoes back to Target and blew all my money on Buzz and Wall-E.

So yeah, it was a good Christmas for me, because it was a great one for him. 🙂

NOW, on to my insignificant announcement for 2011. I have a lot of BIG plans for 2011: Paris, Fashion Week in Sept., and ultimately retiring from Corporate America. In the mean time, I’ve decided to start a little project. First, I’d like to give a bit of background.

I lived in and around Detroit until I was 26 years old. During my adult years here, I did the same old stuff. I ate at the same places. I went to the same clubs every week. I hung out with the same people, instead of expanding my network and meeting new people. I had the freedom to do anything I wanted, and I did the same old shit. Then, I moved to California. While I absolutely loved Los Angeles (except the traffic), the city I lived in was a wasteland. There was nothing to do. Due to my situation, I was unable to meet any new people, and I rarely got out of the house. If I did get out, it was usually just to see a movie. During the 2 years I spent in California, I probably went out to a bar/club a grand total of 3-4 times. All of those times were in Los Angeles. While I did see some great sites, do some great photo shoots, and I truly did love spending time in LA, I look back at my time in California as an overall negative experience. It’s not a knock against California. It’s more of an indictment of my situation while I was there. My hands were tied. Tightly.

Fast forward to my return to Detroit. On the surface, returning to Detroit probably seems like a step backward. Again, you did not live in my shoes. You weren’t in my situation. Returning to Detroit presented a fairly large of pros and very few cons. Having been back for a while, I stand firmly behind the decision to return. While I’m not where I want to be just yet, I’m headed in the right direction, and things are FAR better here than they were in California.

The point? Due to my situation in California, I’ve gained a whole new respect for the culture here in Detroit. I slept on the great variety of things to do in and around the city. We have a great art community, and there are a large number of people working hard to bring Detroit back to respectability. I slept on a lot of cool restaurants, cool bars and lounges, and most importantly, cool people. Through Twitter, I’ve expanded my network and thus expanded my culture. I’ve become a lot more of renaissance man – a man about town, if you will. I’ve gained a new appreciation for the city and the diversity of its events and citizens.

Inspired by my love for the city, I’ve decided to tackle a new (and small) project in 2011. I’d like to photo-document a few of my favorite places. This documentation could (and will) include photos of the buildings/architecture, the employees, the people who frequent the establishment, and/or photos of whatever service they offer (food, drinks, etc.). Through the project, I hope to learn more about some of my favorite business. I’ll learn more about the people who work there, and I’ll learn about the people who go there. I also hope to find NEW places to frequent! So when I post about a place, if the posts inspires any of you to suggest a new place to me, feel free! As an unofficial kick-off to the project, here are the oh-so-tasty crab cakes from Centaur Bar on Park Ave downtown!


2 responses

  1. Kris10

    Mike, I commend you! Sometimes people need a change of scenery, or to be all out snatched from what they know, in order to APPRECIATE that environment upon their return.
    Good Luck to you in 2011.
    Looking forward to seeing your business expand.


    January 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    • Michael LaCombe

      SOOOOOOOOOOOO true, Kristin! That’s EXACTLY how I feel! Thanks for your comment, and good luck to you in 2011!

      January 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

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