I find myself oddly in love with Detroit. I didn’t know much about it before we left, but it turns out to be kind of magically empty. There are people everywhere, just not as many as you expect to see given the infrastructure. All these gorgeous buildings are being left to themselves, like giant, crazy-expensive sculptures. Plus there’s all this amazing modernist architecture going for a song. It feels like it’s on the verge of a thousand artists descending and making it a freaky creative wonderland. Anyway, I didn’t have much time to go on photo safari, but here are a few shots I got. If you’re looking for shots of Melissa and her crew, they’re on Flickr.

Keg in the Bathtub

In Kalamazoo, Melissa and I score an upgrade to a suite at the Radisson. It’s enormous.

Melissa: This room is the first time I’ve ever wished I was a teenager again, so we could throw a raging party.
Me: And have hot teenage sex.
Melissa: There’s no such thing as hot teenage sex.
Me: What!? You’re forgetting all about the hot teenage boys.
Melissa: I guess you could have like twenty seconds of hot teenage sex.
Me: Hot teenage hotel room sex with someone in the bed next to you who has to pretend to be asleep.
Melissa: Haaaaaaahhht.

Hank hearts Melissa

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Hank hearts Melissa, originally uploaded by MaggieMason.

Sorry for the interruption in service yesterday. I had wine-related technical difficulties. Mainly that I forgot to post until after it was imprudent to post. Detroit rocks so far.


My presentation is tomorrow, and then we’re headed to Detroit for a few days.

Best thing we’ve seen here so far? A girl in her car using the cigarette lighter to plug in her hair crimper. Not nearly enough hair crimping going on in parking garages these days.

Weekend Plans?

I’m doing a presentation at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library* IUPUI University Library Auditorium (755 W. Michigan Street) on Sunday! I’ve never been to Indianapolis, so I have a good buzz of curious anticipation going.

If you live anywhere near there, please come. There’s a reception afterward where I’ll be signing books, and drinking tea, and possibly feeling slightly bewildered (the way these things can sometimes make you feel). At that time, it would be so lovely for you to say, “Hi Maggie, I’m [your name here].” And then I’ll say, “Nice to meet you!” And then we can make faces at the baby.

See you there!

*Oops! The library is co-sponsoring the event, the university is hosting.

In D.C.

We’re in D.C. for Adaptive Path’s User Experience Week, and we’ve decided to roll with the baby’s jetlag, as midnight to 8 a.m. is a far more awesome schedule than his usual 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. It’s a much bigger conference this year, and AP encouraged a few of the speakers to bring their babies along (which partially explains the much higher proportion of female speakers than you typically see at other conferences). The presentations have been surprisingly moving so far — a lot of speakers who are really using design to change people’s lives in meaningful ways. More later.