Friday, April 18, 2008

If that's wrong then I don't wanna be right.

The Detroit City Council has been getting a lot of media love lately. It's kind of thrilling.

I don't like to get too worked up about goings-on in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center because, frankly, it's a bit of a freakshow. It's a shame, really, because a lot of real work does get done there, but you wouldn't know it from the insanity that occasionally ensues.

But I do have to remark about something that is actually kind of sweet that happens once a year in the Council Chambers. On her birthday each year Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins wears her birthday tiara to work.

Guess who just walked in wearing the SAME TIARA?

As far as BRC goes, I am not one of her fans. I worked for the U.S. House of Representatives in DC when she was a Congresswoman and thought she was a half-wit then, and I think she's a half-wit now. But people really seem to have latched onto her tiara-wearing as a symptom of the whole city's dysfunction, and I don't think that's fair. As a matter of fact, I don't think I want to live in a city where you can't wear a tiara on your birthday.

So keep it up BRC. You get a pass on the tiara from me. And I'm not even going to comment on the shoulder pads. Happy belated birthday.


Anonymous said...


LOVE your site!! I've spent an hour laughing uncontrollably (and appreciating some of the more serious reflections on city culture and politics.) Last year's Halloween post (well, both of them)put me on the floor.

I'm far from home and found your blog through a search on Warrendale. Gigi's always held a fascination for me, and I thought I would die of shock when, walking by it one day, my staid old grandmother told me it had been a gay bar for as long as she'd lived there. Jesus Maria, what secrets the old neighborhood held!

Can't wait to catch up on your posts. Thanks!


darren said...

i don't even know what to say. except that i want to know why i don't have a birthday tiara.

Anonymous said...

It's probably a family tradition for her to wear this costume in her birthday, and I think she has fond memories about it, which she honors no matter how silly it looks.

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