Saturday, 17 June, 2006

In Troy, MI

After we got checked in to the hotel yesterday we headed out to the mall for some things that Debra wanted to get, and also to get some food since we hadn't eaten since early morning.  We drove by a White Castle store and, since neither of us had ever been to one before, decided to give it a try.  On the positive side, the service was friendly and reasonably quick.  The store was dirty, though, and the food was terrible.  That thin slice of grey mystery meat tasted as bad as it looked.  I cannot in good conscience recommend White Castle to anybody.  People tell me that they used to be very good.  I'll take their word, but I don't think I'll be back to try it again.

World Market in Troy, MI has a great beer selection.  While Debra was wandering around finding stuff for Jill's gift basket, I wandered the beer aisle.  I finally created two custom six packs of mostly local brews--stuff that I'd never seen or had heard of but never had the opportunity to try.  If I can't bring homebrew to a party, I like to bring something a little out of the ordinary.  There's always at least one other person who appreciates good beer.

Michigan traffic engineers apparently have something against left turns.  At most major intersections you can't make a left turn.  Instead, you go through the intersection, make a U-turn, and then turn right.  This maneuver is called a Michigan left.  I haven't seen this in action during rush hour, but I can't imagine it being any better for traffic flow than a normal left turn.  Nor do I see it being any safer.  On the contrary, I'd think that making those uncontrolled U-turns would cause even more accidents.