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Page 8-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-City-Thursday, September 9, 1993

Continued from page 1
What one can discover are the benefits of good restaurants, fine arts and
consumer access that po-dunk South Dakota just can't offer.
Public transportation does exist. There is enough crime that the police don't
spendall theirtimeworrying aboutjaywalkers. (Jaywalking has become apastime
around here.) There are enough different flavors of people that a trip down most
streets can become a dissertation on human society at any point along the
Homogeneity is never a concern. If you bring your retro-style sleek, long,
wide, bell bottoms in hopes of making a fashion statement one fine evening -
forget it.You won't be the center of attention you dreamt of being. You might be
just in time for 70's night at the Nectarine Ballroom though.
WhilenotjustanotherMayberry,AnnArbordoes possess its quaintsmall town
qualities too.
The farmers' market rarely stops by town, the Beverly Hillbillies didn't move
to California from here and Willie Nelson is not permanently poised at the top of
the Ann Arbor Top 25 charts.
Kerrytown, however, is a throwback to the country outdoor market. Fun for
people who have been over-sterilized by constant trips to Meijer and Kroger's.
People leave Meijer and Kroger's believing that radishes are grown in the
flower department and then transported over to the produce section. We are not
sure where frozen pizzas and bagels come from though.
Even the homeless residents of the city are recognizable by face and many by
name -they too are part of the smallness of town. They are not over-aggressive
street punks, but instead, people down on their luck who can give everyone a
chance to see life from the other side of the fence. Meeting these individuals
affords people an opportunity to reflect on how lucky they are to have a home and
three squares aday. Ifthe homeless residents were not here, who would remind us?
It is possible to walk straight through City Hall to within two or three doorways
of the Mayor's office. The Mayor might even know your name if you call in
advance. That is when the City Council is not too busy writing nuclear free-zone
and environmental policies for the tity
So when does the middle ground appeal of Ann Arbor really hit home?
Probably at times when in the span of two hours your mood changes from one of
homesickness, when you see a family walk by with kids darting through the
crowd; tooneofexhilaration, when you realize you areonly oneperson in thehuge
rat-race taking place all around you. Mom and Dad won't be there to scold you or
help you out of a jam.
Loneliness is a beautiful thing when taken in the context of a growing
experience for people when they are getting away from home for the first extended
period of time. There needs to be fear of the unknown mixed into anyone's life.
Living in a city with some urbanity definitely provides that necessary ingredient.
When times get too tough, though, knowing you can find places that make you
feel like home also become crucial to one's survival in college life.
Ann Arbor is able t9 provide the different entities that help carry students
through the rigors of their first as well as fourth years of college. A diverse city
intertwined with an active University provides a unique setting for people to grow
while not driving them to insanity in the process.
Allof these things occurred tome when my peer from Michigan State said Ann
Arbor is just not a good place to go for an undergraduate degree.
I couldn't imagine what she was looking for after going over my checklist of
the different varieties of things offered here.
Then Irealizedtheproblem, coming fromEastLansing, she probably couldn't
imagine the possibilities either.

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Touchdown Cafe Cafeteria-style
bar that looks more like a neon Burger
King. Lots of room, several televisions,
and occasionally live music. They too
have food specials and this really fun
computer-trivia game. I haven't been
there in a while, but you might want to
check it out for yourself.
Dominick's If only U of M were
located in Phoenix and we had suntan
weather all year round, this would be
the world's most perfect bar. As it is, it's

pretty damn close. The mixed pitchers
are amazing, but fair warning, head to
Dominicks before you buy your se-
mester books, because these pitchers
hover around 10 bucks. The Jamaican
ice tea and margaritas are strongly rec-
But to off-set the prices, Dominick's
has great homemade food at rock bot-
tom prices. Try the tortellini. Here's a
helpful hint.Next spring, talk your TAs
into holding class here. If it's English or
Philosophy, you've got it made.
Blind Pig This great little joint is
named after the watering holes from
Prohibition. This small,
intimate club is the best
place to hip with the
hipsters and check out
very cool, young bands.
Past examples include
Nirvana, Soundgarden,
and Pearl Jam. Oh yeah.
bring your sunglasses.
The Nectarine
This used to be the spot
ago, butthen things went
downhill. Way down-
hill. But with the recent
on Wednesdays, the
Nectarine is back on the
map. As an added bo-
nus, those who wear
disco garbpay nocover.
S Definitely a retro treat.
Gloria Gaynor fans, re-
~-article would be com-
plete withoutgiving you
TacoBell is aprime spot
for inebriated partiers.
But before you stuff
down too many Taco
Bell Grandes, keep in
mind, they don't let you
use the restrooms.
The Brown Jug is a
greatplace because they
not only serve beer, but
onion rings and om-
elettes to repair your
Lastly, The
Fleetwood is the best
addition to the late-night
munchie scene. It's way
downtown, but worth
the trek. It's the closest
thing to an honest-to-
goodness diner you'll
find this side of New
York. Everything's
cheap and Shakey Jake
shows up regularly af-
ter 11:00 p.m. If you
don't yet know who he
is, you've still got a lot
to learn, but this is a
ges he 7 start.
ominable! Bottom's up!

re basicaly keg central," says stock god Scott Boyd. Blue
Front on State and Packard offers snacks, groceries and the
popular Ben & Jerry's ice cream for $2.89 a pint. Besides the
usual snack fare, Blue Front offers soups, sardines and a
wide array of "lunches in a cup." Blue Front used to sell porn
magazines in the 70s, said Night Manager Andy Shaver, but
although customers still ask for the mags, the store no longer
specializes in skin publications.
This party story on the south west side of campus
benefits rom its prime location. But cashier Mike Holtz
said Diag's popularity was more than its address. "The
employees are the most courteous and we are the only
party store that has a lottery machine on campus," Holtz
said. Owner Jerome Kaumano said Black Death
cigarettes are the most unusual product in the store -
but he will order what customers request. Diag offers a
range of sandwiches and single serving salads.
Both of these franchised party stores east of campus offer
the usual chain amenities: 24-hour-a-day schedules,
frozen sodas, hot dogs, condoms and theft. Hop-in boasts
of its bulk foods, 690 for mini-yogurt pretzels (per quarter
pound). Dairy Mart sells fireworks. Hop-in clerk Tracy
Oppenheim said,"The strangest thing is when people ask
for cigarettes and they whisper."
This North Campus party store carries a bit of everything in
its well-lit, grocery store-wide aisles. No nonsense panty hose
costs $2.19 and Real Value Macaroni and Cheese are 2 for
$1. "Someone might buy a pop on their way to class and pick
up toothpaste," said cashier Elizabeth Conner. Conner said
ecletic North Campus community gives itself away with its
food purchases - chips for dorm residents and groceries for
apartment dwellers.
The Hill area party store is scheduled to start serving pizza by
September. Strickland's also offers deli service with salads
(Potato Salad is $1.39/lb.), cheeses and cold cuts-(Football
Loaf is $3.49/lb.) Manager Sham Kaliano said, "if you don't
find it here, we'll get it for you." Among the items that can be
found in Strickland's two aisles are Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
for 990 and TyLing smoked mussels, $1.59 for $3.66 oz.
Part party store, part wine cellar, part grocery store, Village
Corner sells the ingredients for a meal to impress. Alongside
69o Wonder bread sits bread from Ann Arbor's Ed's Bread's.
VC employee Scott Pepperman said 5o candies and Diet
Cokes are popular with sorority women. Pepperman said
"townies" - Ann Arbor residents - usually buy the specialty
items while students stick with standards like yogurt and
In her 13 years as head cashier at White Market, Head
Cashier Betty Warboy has seen throngs of incoming students.
"You can tell the first time shoppers ... they have no concept
of prices." The small grocery store on William sells fresh
produce (seasonal prices), deli items (heat in the in-store
microwave) and dry goods. Warboy said most students pick
up a bagel on the way to class, but one student stands out for
his unique purchase. "I had one students who bought, every
day, a 390 box of macaroni and cheese."



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