Are you excited about President Obama? Are you one of the ones that are clinging to their wallet? Are you just happy that we are Bush free?
Whatever your views on the topic, today is a historic day. The good Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 80 last week. The year President elect Obama became President elect Obama marked the 40 year anniversary of Dr. King’s untimely death. For years I have wondered what our lives would be like had that not happened.
I know over a billion people around the world are excited about today. There is a lot of hope surrounding this Presidency. More so than I remember in recent terms. Is it because we all believe that together, Yes we can?I believe that. in fact, I started Motor City Connect on the belief that together we will accomplish far more.
I can assure Dr. King will be watching a ginormous smile on his face. Will you?
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* The views expressed in this post are Terry Bean’s. You can have them, share them or argue them, but ultimately I hope we can agree to respect one another’s views. I am encouraging conversations about the events of today, BUT I want us to consider that Politics IS a polarizing topic that will put people at odds. Remember, it’s the views with which we are at odds, NOT THE PEOPLE. Be respectful. Always.
Exactly one year ago I skipped out of my then bosses office as he told me the “bad” news. I could hear how irritated he was at my jubilation as I rapidly left his space. It’s worth noting that I could hear him even though I am a very loud skipper.
Today’s tear down was quite a bit different. We had a group of us show up at Blight busters. and make a difference here in our Detroit by tearing down a badly burned and abandoned house. I think it very important to note: I don’t care from where you are, this goes for you too America, we all need a stronger Detroit. We all need to take part in making it stronger too. The greatest things start with the smallest of efforts.
It’s wonderful to be a part of something that you can feel making a difference as you do it. I think it makes the subsequent highs from it that much better.
We had about 18 people from www.motorcityconnect.com pair up with about the same amount from www.quickenloans.com. I have been to three different days at blightbusters in the past 6 months and although this was the smallest crew, we knocked out much more in a shorter time. Axes and sledgehammers were wielded with precision, wood was slivered and the dust flew. It was interesting to have first hand experience with just how much trash and broken down house debris can fit into a small dump truck.
The best part about it was the connections we made. I think all participants bonded with others, gained a better sense of self and were touched by the spirit of Detroit. The energy we shared, as tired and worn out as we were, was pure. It was very empowering.
I am very proud of the members who showed up. They represented what is so great about MCC. It was also cool to work with the guys from Quicken. BTW, I am looking for Steve. He’s in I.T. for Quicken and he likely works in Livonia, MI. Good guy.