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.


Monica Lewinsky

failure of land conservation

cigars (for smoking)

NBA basketball


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

Some MT classified advertisers, apparently

Republican legislation


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)


Newt Gingrich

Hoffa Jr.

Heidelberg Project (Blow it up? Not yet!)

Cellar Door-SFX

affirmative action

Marilyn Manson (blowing parents' minds)


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)




swing dancing


Left Bank

assisted suicide (blowing open all kinds of legal issues)

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



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


People Mover (blown away)

Beastie Boys

Toxic toys



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!)


affirmative action

glam rock


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



Yogic flying

Furby toys

Pure Detroit

assisted suicide

Utne Reader

Duet (Blow a wad)

Fiona's Tea House


domestic partner benefits

Grand Circus Park

Fewer Potholes

Hamtramck Blowout

Neighborhood Revitalization

Retro '80s Bands

Parachute Pants

People Mover (blown away)


Tinker Toys

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