Monday, August 5, 2013

Friend Makin' Monday - My Community

Happy Monday!  Spent a lovely weekend breaking in my new camera (over 300 pics at 9 different cemeteries - call me weird but I love the art & history & in this case - adventure!) and going to the Yankee Candle Boney Bunch Preview Party - but I only bought 2 pieces.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section over at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

My Community

1. Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born in SE Michigan and joined the Navy after high school to get away! I graduated with most of the same people I went to kindergarten with.  My parents lived in the same house for 50+ years.  Mom still lives there.  Sadly - I now like about 10 miles away.

2. Tell us about your favorite spot in your city. I would have to say the park at the end of my street.  It's got a nice walking trail on my half - its separated by a river - on the other half is a bunch of play structures & picnic areas & a disc golf course. Lots of trees on both sides.

3. Do you volunteer for any organizations? Nope. I used to be a Girl Scout leader until my co-leader and another stay-at-home mom stole my troop. Bitches.

4. Tell us about your favorite local restaurant. Oh man,  There are several.  Pings is a family-owned Chinese place & they have the best food.  We've gone there so much, we basically watched their son grow up. The hubby likes a little pancake house called Granmas.  I think they're OK.

5. Has your city ever experienced tragedy? If so, how did it recover? I don't know if this is classified as a tragedy - there is a large park area like 2 miles away that was "THE" place to go back in the 50s...until a nearby landfill contaminated the area and in 1974, the parks were shut down & all buildings demolished.  Happily, in 2001 - the EPA declared the area clean !  There's a Blue Heron rookery and nice nature trails to walk.

6. Share at least one unique thing about your neighborhood. The park I mentioned as my favorite spot used to be owned by the boxer Joe Louis in the late 1930s.  He raised thoroughbred horses and had a nice stable and track.  The house was renovated into a restaurant that was frequented by many local black folks. During renovation, they found the house had been a stop on the Underground Railroad.  There was a ginormous cedar tree there called the Beacon Tree that could be seen for miles.  Joe lost his farm in 1944, it was a Nike Missile Base from 1954 -1964 and the DNR took it back and it became the lovely park it is now.

7. If you could do one small thing to change your community, what would you do?  Hmmm.  I don't really know!

8. The Powerball is currently up to 400 million dollars. Would you move to a different place if you won?  I'd probably stay here until Miss Angela is off to college (or finishes since she plans to go to community college first). Then I'd love to buy & restore an old Victorian house and have lots of land. Hubby would want to go back to Arkansas and I'm OK with that.  I like it there, even if I'd melt in the heat & humidity!

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions! Don’t forget to go over and link up in the comments! Happy Monday!

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