For those who are familiar with the WishesNetwork channel (on its way to being deleted off of YouTube), some would know I live in the Greater Detroit area, particularly in Macomb County. Outside of Macomb, there are two cities, Rochester Hills and Rochester. Rochester has a thriving downtown area with many shops, bars and also trails. You like biking trails? Rochester has two, the Clinton River Trail and the Paint Creek Trail. On the second Sunday of December, Rochester has its annual Christmas parade. I’ve been to it from 2013 through 2017 and I also went there when I was 7 in 1989. Back in 1989, I wanted a red balloon but they ran out of those, I was pissing and moaning about it through half of the parade. Apologies to my family for that one.
For the 2019 Christmas parade, I didn’t take any pictures, so some of these photos are from the 2016 parade, and a few I borrowed. The parade usually starts at 2 p.m., and I and a friend arrived shortly before noon. Our bar hopping Adventure started at Rochester Mills. I have been to Rochester Mills plenty of times before and the bar has a band playing most Fridays and Saturdays. The place is also pricey for their alcohol. My friend had a Bloody Mary and I had Blake’s Hard Cider and a shot of Jose Cuervo, cost us 30 bucks.
We next went to City Tavern, which was formerly Mister B’s. The transition happened the same year of this posting, 2019. It’s a bummer because I like Mister B’s. It had that 90s Vibe, and I enjoyed many good personal pan pizzas there. I had a coffee and alcohol mix.
Another place that went under in downtown Rochester is the Paint Creek Tavern. The folks who owned the building also bought O’Shea’s BBQ which is next door inside a plaza next door. O’Shea’s BBQ, although open, was still being renovated at the time. The kitchen wasn’t open yet, so any food was strictly appetizers. When I was at Paint Creek Tavern two years back, they were serving hot chocolate mixed with alcohol, O’Shea’s was doing the same this time around. All three places that we went to had holiday music playing. Back in my good old loser days from 2007 to 2008, I was working as a dishwasher/busser at my aunt’s restaurant during the holidays. The radio would be tuned to WNIC which usually goes all holidays in early November. They have been ripped on by some local critics a few years back. Besides being annoyed by WNIC going all-in for the holidays, they barely played the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, that’s some bullshit there. After O’Shea’s, we walked to the 4th Street and Main intersection where is the announcer booth was set up. Some local and state politicians were among the first in line. Next up where the high school marching bands. They have the whole thing here on YouTube, take a look:
Just shortly before the end, we decided to get some food. We went to the Rochester Chop House. This restaurant has two restaurants in one, the other is a pretty damn expensive backdoor steakhouse. I have seen some items on that menu that ranged from $30 to $50, little too much for my “kinda rich” self. In the front is the Chop House, it was one of the smallest restaurants I’ve seen. Not as small as the now-defunct Shelby Grill in Shelby Township, but quite close. One of the things that makes Rochester so great during the holidays is the big bright light show. We left Rochester before 5 p.m., that’s when the lights turned on, so we didn’t see them that day. However, I was in downtown Rochester on Black Friday night. Too crowded! The photos of Rochester that day were kind of crappy. So here are some photos from 2018:
Well, for our third post on this amazing blog, I was intending to talk about my time at the Rochester Christmas parade, but I’ll push that for another time. I also didn’t take any photos they’re so I’ll have to borrow a few. I think most people in the United States know by now, a commercial making people angry has made its way on the social medium. I’m not going to describe the commercial, so I know why it’s angering people. The husband buys his skinny wife a Peloton bike and she is enjoying the hell out of it. I suppose some large wives are threatening divorce if the husbands buy this for them at Christmas.
In my preteen to my teenager days, on average, I watch 6 Plus hours of TV on a non-school day, I watched MTV when it was good. The commercials that would annoy the hell out of me back in the day was the 1-800-Collect commercials. Back before when even poor people had cell phones, if you need to call someone on the payphone but didn’t have the change, everybody and their mothers know to use 1-800-Collect. The commercials were all over the place in the 90s, then AT&T had their own with 1-800-Call-ATT, with David Arquette in most of the commercials. Then came 10-10-220, where the late George Carlin did one of those. These commercials annoyed my lazy teenage Couch Potato self to no end. I think I spent a little too much time complaining about those commercials when I was 11 to 14 years old.
Going back to the Peloton commercial, I can’t see anything in it to get angry about it. I probably won’t buy the bike, it’s $2400 according to Tom Leykis, and the subscription service for the motivational videos that go along with it costs $20 per month. The complex that I live in has a gym, so I used the equipment there. I just need to get my 197-pound fat ass over there more often than not. Plus I don’t like that $20 per month for motivational videos. So, for me, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be buying one of these bikes, including the subscription service. There’s no offense to the commercial despite the idea that my fat ass has gained some weight, I don’t feel personally insulted by the commercial.
If this commercial Premiered 20 years ago, there wouldn’t be much of a commotion. I don’t want to elaborate too much of my so-called professional life, but the stress of the holidays is getting at some of my co-workers recently. I got quite a few co-workers getting angry at me pretty fast. One could say, they are bringing on the attitude. Last week, on and off of work, I had quite a few people get upset at me for small things and also, I saw a few frowns on the faces of some folks I made eye contact with. I was joking with a friend that the folks who’ve got pissy or frowned ruthlessly at me (being PC here) are women I don’t find attractive or people who are overweight or obese. And I added that they’re probably not happy with the Peloton commercial. It’s quite sad that there are grown adults getting upset over a commercial. Yes, my Special Ed 11 to 14-year-old self got upset over 1-800-Collect, but I could use an excuse, I was young and in Special Ed. I find it rather interesting that people are getting upset over it. But we live in a hashtag ban ‘fill in the blank’ society, I suppose they can try doing that.