Thursday, April 16, 2009

How My Friend Cooper The Union Carpenter Outdid Himself (and me)

As you may know I've got these interesting friends, Gay Buddhist Buddy,  Unitarian Beer Snob, Ex-Nun Turned Irish Dancer, and all those Poet Pals.  

It may surprise you that I know a few regular working types as well. One of them is Cooper the Union Carpenter.  




Cooper collects old tools, drinks cheap beer and buys American.  As in American factory remnants. 

He also has a lot to say about everything.  

I've often encouraged Coop to start up a blog, but no--why waste time on blog when you can star in a video story by the journalist Max Ortiz of the Detroit News?

But seriously, here's a WONDERFUL short clip with Cooper reminiscing about the now shut-down Automotive Components Holdings plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan (link below).




It accompanies a story called, Selling off America's manufacturing might, a factory at a time.

Please click HERE and watch it.  It's a lovely piece of work--one in which Cooper redeems himself for drinking that piss water he calls beer.
btw, I'll be in San Francisco this weekend getting my Hippie On. Cheers!

posted at Humor-Blogs.

20 comments:

ReformingGeek said...

Have fun! Drink some wine. Smoke some weed....er....if you wanna that is.

April said...

Have fun in SF!

The Acorn King said...

Nice, have fun in San Fran. Hippie it up!

Hit 40 said...

I think I could take him on with my thoughts about the loss of jobs/factorys in America. Tired of buying awful China made products that try to kill us - lead painted toys, poisoned drywall, fake pills made of drywall, etc

Arizaphale said...

Liked your friend's commentary. Very poignant. So much for the free market hey?

bernthis said...

I like your man cooper. I agree with Arizaphale, very poignant.

Have a great trip.

Chris Wood said...

Enjoy the San Francisco beer!

Kirsten said...

Where do you get all these interesting friends? I'm jealous!
btw, have fun in SF. I'm jealous again!

Suzie said...

Have a good trip

NannyGarcia said...

Have fun getting your hippie on! That's my favorite weekend activity too!!!

Hit 40 said...

Thank you for popping by my blog today ;-) I agree with your thoughts on the porn. I have talked to him about forwarding nude pics that are sent to him and deleting the pics. The girls are so aggressive!

sage said...

Enjoy the city by the bay... the story is a sad one and I often wonder why it was that I moved to this part of the country five years ago, was it so I could witness this first hand?

Jocelyn said...

The music in that news story is so gorgeous.

I hope the moon is in the seventh house for you this weekend. I'm terribly envious.

Debbie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time.

Sami - Life, Laughs and Lemmings said...

Love San Fran! Have a great time.

Diesel said...

Wow, Rush Limbaugh lost some weight!

musing said...

Sobering video, excellently done.

Matt-Man said...

I hope you're having a hippie good time. Cheers Meg!!

A Free Man said...

Enjoy Sodom.

Liked this video - it's a bit sad to think of the American factory as a thing of the past.

Jeff said...

Little late to the party. Loved the video. Hope you had a groovy time in SF!