Spit Shine Your Black Clouds

Josiah: What are you doing for the 30th birthday?

Jon: Seeing Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen live.

Josiah: What? With who?

Jon: Alone. I couldn't find anyone t—

Josiah: Forget that. We should go somewhere. Name a place.

Jon: Billings, Montana.

Josiah: [pause] Seriously. Austin? New Orleans? You'd love New Orleans.

Jon: I know I would. That's why I don't live there – or Vegas.

Josiah: You know, there are no gyms in New Orleans.

Jon: What?

Josiah: Outside of hotels…

Jon: Hmm… My friend Danielle's wedding is a week after my birthday. Two trips in one fortnight?

Jon: I am NOT missing a Jewish wedding. It may be my only opportunity.


Each year, kids in 11th grade take the Michigan Merit Exam to see if they are college-ready. In 2011, 90 percent of Highland Park students failed the reading portion, 97 percent failed the math section, and 100 percent failed the social studies and science portions.

The ACLU collected writing samples from a few of the children. Quentin, a 14-year-old boy, spells his name incorrectly. [source]


Man, only Delta flies directly to Detroit. Would you pay $164 more for a non-stop flight?

An additional $164 vs. an additional 3-4 hours each way.

But I need to pay for a hotel room and (probably) a rental car too.

Oh, but the red-eye I covet, the only red-eye available, is a direct flight.

If I'm gonna spend $434 on airfare, though, I'd want to stay at least a week to get my money's worth, which means spending more on accommodations.

I suppose I could beg Jon Wilcox for a place to crash.


Josiah: What would you do in Detroit for a week after the wedding?

Jon: I dunno. Film a documentary? Visit Chicago?

Jon: I'm compiling a list of eateries to try whilst in Michigan.

Josiah: Zingerman's, Slows, Crunchy's… Dr. Sushi?

Jon: It's, um, "Detroit's only underground sustainable sushi take-out."


Disney's Motorcity
The series is set in a fictional, futuristic Detroit, called Detroit Deluxe, which is an elevated metropolis built over the old Detroit. It is owned by evil billionaire Abraham Kane (Mark Hamill). Ruling the citizens under strict laws, and banning personal freedoms including automobile transportation, Kane now faces one last obstacle: a group of hot-rod wielding rebels who call themselves the Burners. Led by Mike Chilton (Reid Scott [Dan on Veep]), the Burners rise to stop Kane from conquering Detroit's last oasis of freedom—an underground refuge dubbed Motorcity.

One thought on "Spit Shine Your Black Clouds"

  1. I'm glad you're at least writing about my open invitation to Billings. Please do something other than going to see Bieber though. Get a Vegas trip together and I'll meet you there.

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