6 Questions I Get When I Say I'm From Detroit

6 Questions I Get When I Say I'm From Detroit

Believe it or not, I actually love my city.
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While I am technically not from Downtown Detroit, I live about 20 minutes outside of it, in the suburbs. When I moved to Miami, I found that people seem to recognize my area more when I say I am from Detroit. But, through the experience of telling people where I am “from” and the reactions I have received, perhaps I have given them the wrong idea.

These are six of the most common questions / reactions I receive after I tell someone I am from Detroit.

1. “Do you live by 8 Mile?”

No, I don’t live on 8 Mile. Nor have I ever stepped foot onto 8 Mile. In fact, 8 Mile isn’t really even something you would encounter unless you’re looking for it. But, if you do happen to pass it on your way into the city or just by accident, you probably can do so without being shot.

2. “Do you know Eminem?”

I do not know Eminem and have never met him. I saw him in concert once though.

3. “Ohhh…??”

…yeah? Maybe people recognize Detroit as being some ghetto, poverty-struck, “dead” city. But, let’s not forget we are the Motor City, and that the music all of you listen to was born in Detroit. NOT Los Angeles or any other part of California. For all the uncultured musicians or "heavy music fans".

4. “I owe you my condolences, isn’t the city abandoned ever since it went completely bankrupt?”



This was an actual question an Uber driver actually asked me. It would be a lie saying that Detroit wasn’t hit pretty hard by financial issues, specifically in 2008 after the recession hit. That doesn’t mean the city is empty, let alone abandoned. Detroit is full of people who would die for their city, and chose to stay there even after it was hit that hard. They chose to stay and suffer the consequences with their city. Would the people in your city do that?


5. "Do you know any gang members?"


Yeah, you don't?

6. “Wait, you actually like it there?”


Yeah. Not to brag but the Jackson 5 became famous in my city. The origins of the car you drive and the music you listen? We created. Our theatre district is second to New York’s and our restaurants are amazing. And also, if you want to hate on Detroit, I hope you’re not a Ginger Ale drinker since that originated here too. But yeah, I love my city. And I’ll always carry a piece of it with me.


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Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

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Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

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Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

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Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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10 things i learned while visiting california

Here's a list of 10 things that I learned about myself and California while visiting there last week.

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I recently traveled to San Fransisco California for the first time, and it truly changed my life so much that I felt the need to write about it. This says a lot because I have also traveled to parts of Europe and Hawaii, and I didn't think it could get any better than that!

1. Alabama is too small for me.

I've always known that I wanted to move out of Alabama as soon as I could, but visiting California just showed me that there is a whole different lifestyle outside of these southern states.

2. There are just so many openminded people in one state.

I have blue hair. I am an openminded person. But I still get a few strange looks or comments like "your natural hair would look so much better" when I'm in my hometown. But in San Fransisco, I got at least 5 genuine compliments on my blue hair a day!

3. Speaking of blue hair, everyone has dyed hair!

When you have dyed hair and you meet someone else with crazy colored hair, you automatically bond with that person through your creativeness. I bonded with half of the state.

4. I Feel like San Fransisco has a place for everyone.

Whether it be China Town, Fishermans Wharf, Haight Ashbury, The Castro, or The Mission, there is most likely somewhere where you belong in San Fransisco alone. If you're like me it might just be at the dog park across the street from the Painted Ladies.

5. I think sea lions are even cuter than dogs. At least from a distance.

Don't get me wrong I'm a dog lover all the way, but I cried so hard at Pier 39 when I saw the tons and tons of sea lions being the good boys that they are. They are just big blubbery water dogs, and I love them.

6. I thought that the entire state would reek of marijuana but it, in fact, did not.

The only time I caught the slightest whiff was when we first turned on to Ashbury Sreet, which was honestly expected.

7. There weren't as many naked people as I was told to prepare for.

Maybe I just picked a good time of year. Maybe I just didn't notice the naked people. Who knows? Maybe the weather just wasn't the right temp for all of the streakers out there.

8. The souvenir shops were a lot cheaper than I had expected.

Everyone says that California is expensive, and they may be correct. BUT they obviously have NOT been talked into a sweet deal for sunglasses in China Town the way that I have. Three pairs of REALLY NICE sunglasses for $30.00? Wham bam thank you, Maam!

9. California does not care about my southern accent. At all.

Everywhere else that I have ever traveled, I have always had people freaking out over my accent. It was not brought up once while I was there.

10. Just one part of California is more eco-friendly than the whole state of Alabama.

They charge 10 cents a bag for the plastic bags we use when shopping, to get you to bring your own reusable bag. They have SO much more public transportation than we do. And almost every trash can is accompanied by a recycling bin. Alabama needs to step it up, just saying.

I love my home in Alabama, don't get me wrong. But I think and hope everyone gets the chance to explore new and different places like this. It was truly a blessing for me. I think all of the amazing things in the world are just a million times more amazing once you get out and see them for yourself. You would be amazed at the world that's out there waiting for you.


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