I had posted this picture on Facebook with a very brief explanation of what it was. It was done with the misunderstanding that most of my FB friends would already know who Day 26 is. Turns out that most of them don't. I bet Diddy would be delighted to know that. Well in the process of trying to elaborate who and/or what it is, I also recalled that it had an interesting story that coincided with it.
I was sitting in the Fishbones restaurant enjoying my Pasta Orleans when I overheard two ladies at the table next to me having a conversation with a guy who was passing by. One of them had mentioned to the guy that she thought he looked taller on television and asked what time their concert was. That's when I looked up to see who she was talking about. The guy definitely looked familiar and I figured out why.
At the time, I couldn't think of his name. I just recognized the face and the goatee so I had been calling him "goatee dude" in my Facebook pic. I confirmed later that his name is Will. He's one of the five members from the group Day 26. That's the group that was featured on Diddy's (Sean Puffy Combs, for those of you that don't know what a "Diddy" is) MTV show "Making the Band". The bad thing is I actually watched both seasons (yes, there were two seasons featuring these guys) of the show and I STILL couldn't remember his name.
I did have my cell phone on me at the time but he was gone too soon before I had a chance to catch him. However, I noticed that since he was passing thru the restaurant which was attached to the hotel where I was staying, there was probably a pretty good chance the group was staying there as well. This was confirmed by the two ladies at the table sitting next to me. It was further confirmed when I was using the hotel's business office (because remember, the lappy decided to stop working on that trip) and saw him walking thru the lobby.
I approached dude and asked him about their concert. He said they had a gig with Trey Songz and somebody else whose name I can't remember at some spot just around the corner. He couldn't remember the name though. I take it his group must have been the headlining act because it was already pushing 7ish and there he was in the hotel. You would have thought he'd be at the spot getting ready to go on stage. You would have also thought he would have known the name of where they were performing.
I asked how far away it was and he said it was just a couple of blocks over. He told me that you could look out the door and probably see the line for it. A line? Was it like that, really? After I snapped a pic and he got on the elevator, I went outside to look for myself. Now mind you, it was already nighttime in Detroit. I wasn't going to be walking too far. I just looked outside to see if I could see this line he mentioned. Nothing.
The computer was already up and going anyway as I was pounding out my next post. I figured I might as well check and see exactly what concert Will was talking about. It turns out it was at some place called St. Andrews Hall in downtown Detroit. As far as it being "around the corner", it was actually closer to four blocks from where I was staying.
For a minute there, I considered going to the show. It's not like I had anything better to do and it wasn't really that far away. However, I started considering how feasible that would be. There was no way I was walking that far in Detroit downtown at night by myself. I could have driven there but with parking pretty much non-existent, I would still be just as far away once I parked the car. Was it really worth all that to see a Day 26 show? I think not. I've seen both of their "Making the Band" seasons so I figured I was straight.
There was also the issue of a ticket for the show. I didn't have one. I couldn't even find out anywhere online how much tickets were. So what if I braved the perils of downtown Detroit only to get there and find out that they were sold out and I couldn't get in? Or worse yet, what if they were charging too much? That's when it dawned on me that Will should have offered me a complimentary ticket. Yeah, I know we only had about a 30-second conversation...so what? We were hotel-mates so that should account for something. Instead, I enjoyed a nice quiet evening in Detroit spent watching movie channel-less cable.