Blowout of the year 

Blow. It's a noun, a verb, an expression of disgust.

And it has so many othernuanced meanings, too. So, in the name of looking back at the year that was, we decided to give the word -- be it blow, blew or even blue -- a blowout of a workout.

Heck with the old lists of what's in and what's out. It's time to get with the '90s, while they still exist. In and out lists are definitely out. So here, for your interpretation, is the Metro Times official list of all that blows. Or doesn't.

BLOWS

Monica Lewinsky

failure of land conservation

cigars (for smoking)

NBA basketball

casinos

Carmen Harlan's TV hair (blow-dried!)

Some MT classified advertisers, apparently

Republican legislation

Viagra

General Augusto Pinochet

Kimberly Camp (Blew out of her old job at the Museum of African American History)

Spice Girls' bare midriffs

Ron Williams and Laura Markham
(blew our minds by blowing town)

WCHB

Newt Gingrich

Hoffa Jr.

Heidelberg Project (Blow it up? Not yet!)

Cellar Door-SFX

affirmative action

Marilyn Manson (blowing parents' minds)

Motor

Club X

Lions & Tigers (Oh, my!)

Polish Wedding

U-M basketball

First International Film Festival (It just blew)

Detroit Newspapers circulation

Mitch Albom (blow-dried blowhard)

downtown Royal Oak

Great Lakes Crossing (blew the budget)

Boston-Edison

Cappuccino

Condos

swing dancing

Elmo

Left Bank

assisted suicide (blowing open all kinds of legal issues)

Fox 2 news (the fine art of blowing nothing into something)

Ritual

Industry

L. Brooks Patterson whining about Detroit

cigarette companies passing on costs to customers (blow that smoke the other way, willya?)

Harmonie Park

road construction

Hamtramck Jail

Mall Sprawl

Retro '70s Bands

Bellbottoms

People Mover (blown away)

Beastie Boys

Toxic toys

 

DOESN'T BLOW

Jennifer Granholm

cheap gas

cigars (as sex toys)

WNBA basketball

Don Barden

Tara Lipinski

Women's Survival Center of Oakland County has a new home

living wage in Detroit

medical marijuana

Chilean wine

DIA Curator of 20th Century Art MaryAnn Wilkinson

Spice Girls' pregnant bare midriffs

Donnie and Marie

Robin Hardin (blown out of a job)

Soupy Sales

Hoffa Jr.

fuel cells (won't blow up!)

Daimler-Chrysler

affirmative action

glam rock

Lush

One X

Red Wings

Out of Sight

MSU basketball

detroit contemporary

Motormouth & City Detroit

Hurricane Mitch (It still blew, just less!)

downtown Ferndale

downtown Detroit

Southwest Detroit

Chai

Lofts

Yogic flying

Furby toys

Pure Detroit

assisted suicide

Utne Reader

Duet (Blow a wad)

Fiona's Tea House

divas

domestic partner benefits

Grand Circus Park

Fewer Potholes

Hamtramck Blowout

Neighborhood Revitalization

Retro '80s Bands

Parachute Pants

People Mover (blown away)

Beck

Tinker Toys

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