Another Detroit solution – hit the lights

January 13, 2014


Following Michael Jackman’s blog last week lambasting P.J. O’Rourke for his “How to Save Detroit” article, my own mom, visiting from the UK, offered a tip.

Driving to a restaurant on Friday night (January 10), mom said, “It’s no wonder Detroit’s in trouble – look how many Christmas lights are still on.”

She’s kinda right too. First of all, keeping your Christmas lights on following the twelfth day of Christmas (Jan 6) is bad luck. Four days over the deadline might not sound like a lot, but bad luck is bad luck. Nobody wants that shit.

If you didn’t have time to take them down (believe me, I understand), just quit turning them on at night. Easy.

A bit of British thrift wouldn’t go amiss. Save a bit of power now and it might help later. Or, as they say in England, take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Thanks mom.

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  • Amanda Ellen Menard

    Mrs. Callwood for Mayor!

  • Kristin

    Mrs. Callwood! <3
    …But just a thought – if the Christmas lights you're referring to are the ones downtown, in/around Campus Martius, is it possible that those are somehow being funded by Dan Gilbert, not the city of Detroit? (Especially considering all the other Gilbert-funded changes that took place around there over the last year or so)