Anyone who has been reading the Rant for a while knows that I tend to gush when it comes to my friends at University of Michigan. With graduation just around the corner, I couldn't be more proud or excited that they are making the journey to New York in May. Until then, I have a few YouTube videos that were just posted to tide me over.
First up are two of my best friends, Michael Lowney and Jessica Hershberg, singing the glorious duet "Say It Somehow" from one of my favorite musicals The Light in the Piazza.
Next is Max Kumungai singing "Muddy Water" from Big River, which he performed a full production of earlier this year in Ann Arbor. Gives me chills every time!
Ann Arbor is a fantastic city. A mere forty minutes away from the armpit known as Detroit, it's an artistically fruitful environment with charming boutiques and restaurants on almost every corner. Chief among those unique Ann Arbor restaurants is the sandwich shop Zingerman's, which is about as close to a tourist destination as there is.
My first trip to the behemoth sandwich shop, which seems like a cleaner and trendier version of NYC's Carnegie Deli, was a bit overwhelming. I believe we went on a Saturday afternoon, where the line snaking through the cramped deli counters pushed me up against windows hiding slabs of meat and barrels of mac and cheese. It was well worth braving the crowd. The sandwiches are big enough to feed the Big Friendly Giant, which means I can successfully make it through about a quarter of mine.
Last week, my wife on Facebook Jessica, my brother because we grew up doing musicals together Michael and I, took a walk through the winter snow to stuff some Zing in our bellies.
(Nah, let's shoot a JC Penney ad!)
(She just found out I'm GAY.)
(Top model jump. Very difficult after gorging at Zingerman's.)