[PBP2013] Ypsilanti, Mich.

I’m off my antihistamines cos signed up for an allergy study in exchange for delicious moneys and (hopefully) free experimental drugs, so I’m at a loss on what subject to pull out of my arse for a second “Y” this weekend, so here’s a photo of my favourite “local shrine” of Southeast Michigan:


Uncanny, no?

So, the town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, was founded by French-Canadian fur traders (initially as a trading post) and named after Demetrius Ypsilantis, a hero in the Greek War for Independence. There’s a bust of him in front of the weiner tower.

Needless to say, the water tower has local infamy, and is even somewhat famous on the Internet as one of the world’s most phallic man-made structures. It’s considered a rite of passage for University of Michigan students to come over to Ypsilanti for the first time just to see the tower and take a photo with it.

If I were thinking and seeing better, I’d go on about some of the mythology around the tower that I’ve gathered from Ypsilanti’s local spirits, but I’m doing really poorly right now. I’m sure anyone who might be empathic enough to go from photos can pick up some of it –in which case, feel free to share!

I have to go get cat food, now, or Chunk and Nigel will eat me in my sleep.

About Ruadhán McElroy

Ruadhán has been a traditional Hellenic polytheist for about a decade, and has also maintained devotions to Eros and Apollon most of that time; his status as a devotee of Nyx is more recent. He also paints, makes music, makes jewellery, and writes novels set in the Mod Revival (UK) and Swampie (Oz) subcultures of the 1980s. He also gets a lot of odd little experiences that he jokes will forever render him an insufferable Goth.