Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Guy Day in Detroit.

Going back to visit, I saw quite a bit of my eleven year old nephew, The Spud.
Saturday was "Guy Day", and my father and I took the Spud out to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle. Here he is, showing us how pilots of old steered Great Lakes freighters.
And here he is, looking through the periscope of the old USS Tambor (SS198), a submarine that served with distinction in World War Two and which subsequently wound up in Detroit as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel until it was taken out of service in 1958 and scrapped.

Here he is, looking chipper with my father as both sit in one of the old swan boats that used to be part of one of the attractions on the old Boblo Island amusement park, now long gone.

And finally, here's the boy in his element...with FOOD! We decided that he was finally old enough to appreciate a true culinary institution and we took him to Lafayette Coney Island. My old man was taking me there thirty years ago, and there's truly no restaurant that says "Detroit" like Lafayette Coney Island...unless of course it's American Coney Island, right next door and owned by the same family.

It was a good morning--three generations out on the town. We don't do it nearly often enough.


  1. Sounds like a great day and I know you were happy to spend time with family!

  2. Glad you guys had a good time.

  3. Anonymous5:22 AM

    Looks like fun.

    You were so close and didn't stop by. Our family would have let you buy us lunch...but only on one condition....bring Lagniappe.

  4. Well darn it, Ladybug...next time. Let me know where you're at.

    And Lagniappe almost always travels with me.

  5. Anonymous7:24 AM

    My girls think Duke and Lagniappe need to get together. We're in Wisconsin, not that far away from where you were.