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ome things are never meant to be tion may doom us. If you're young, you
can't afford to get a college degree to
understood: Why are we here;
become some middle-management serv-
S • why do• moths circle a light bulb;
ice industry type whose job has been
and why do people
outsourced to India, and the factory
sit on folding chairs
that your grandparents worked in has
on the curb and
long been closed. So get in line, you
fumes for eight hours have a great future selling from behind a
counter at Starbucks or Costco.
to watch cars go by.
And who cares, because we're all
I'll try to answer
to die anyway. That point was
these as best I can in
driven home on Sunday night.
no particular order.
KI RS BAUM
Reason For Being
the HBO series Six Feet Under
I'm a car fan, "write
we all saw the fate of each
a monthly car col-
character in a moving and depressing
umn, and I get to drive some pretty
cool automobiles. But my love for cars
As good as the series was, I'm glad its
stops at the Woodward Dream Cruise,
Unless you're a surgeon or a bus
the one-dg August event that sonAehow
working the late shift, there's no
affects traffic *ii.g WOodward
to think deep thoughts on
Oakland County for Week.
Some bdsiriesses along the rd.* close
Also on the news that night, hun-
("You can't get here from anywhere"),
dreds of people, including some of
and employees get the weekend off.
Hollywood's most famous names,
Many people I know who live within
appeared at Hunter S. Thompson's
spittin' distance of Woodward are,
Creek, Colo., farm, gathered to
nowhere to be found on Cruise week-
watch his cremated remains get shot up
end. Some plan their summer vacations
into the sky by a rocket. The "Gonzo"
around that date, and ,Frn: sure you
journalist, whose fans include almost
know people like thaqt6o.
every journalist alive, shot himself in his
The 11-year event, which I'm sure
on Feb. 20 because of his declin-
started out innocently enough, turned
into a moving car show and a vehicle
for the auto industry to show
off their cars irk rented parking
lots and abandoned gas sta-
tion property (Did you see
the Saturn display on
Woodward and Maple?).
Sure, with millions of peo-
ple walking around the 16-
mile stretch, there are many
things to see, but unless I'm
driving a car, I can't imagine
sitting in a chair facing traffic.
Woodward Avenue during the Cruise
After the gushing, weeklong
media Cruise coverage, the Sunday
We're all on this planet for the briefest
paper was sobering, if not depressing.
times, and how we get here, as well as
Climbing gasoline prices, at record
reason for being, is anyone's guess.
high levels, may cause inflation, the
live, we love, then we go, sometimes
Northwest Airlines strike may bankrupt
quietly, sometimes kicking and scream-
the company, and the prepaid college
ing. You want a better answer? Talk to
tuition savings program known as the
the clergy, I'm a columnist.
Michigan Education Trust is faced with
a 20 percent increase, and may make it
impossible for average-income parents
to send their children to college.
Michigan's love affair with transporta- Now for the last question: Why do
moths circle a light bulb?
Who cares? Kill it before it eats your
Harry Kirsbaum's e-mail address is
hkirsbaum @thejewishnews. corn.