Just two days ago, the editors of Patum Peperium had the good fortune to tour the preperations for Superbowl XL and The Motown Winter Blast. For Superbowl XL, and with the aid of snow machines imported from Montreal, the Superbowl host committee planned to have city of Detroit transformed into a 14 block-long snow-filled street festival complete winter sports, apres-ski comestibles, ice sculpture gardens and music shows. It is with much regret that the editors of Patum Peperium have to inform the world that due to unseasonably warm January weather, The Motown Winter Blast has been melted out.
Unfortunately, Patum Peperium's camerawoman was unequal to the task of showing to the world just what a monumental 5 million dollar cock-up by the host committee this melt out is. But thanks to good old-fashioned gumshoe blogging, we have located a webcam that will keep you up-to-date as this disaster unfolds (click on 24/7 webcam). As we type, the dogsleds are being re-fitted with wheels, the wooden infrastructure of what was to be the 200 ft long snow slide is being wrapped in the plastic sheeting reserved for the abandoned buildings, the Ford logo on the ice rink in Campus Martius Park is pooling and the fate of the 32 ice sculptures of the NFL team logos as well as the rest of the ice sculpture garden or the marshmallow roasting and hot cocoa tents remains unknown. Oh, the humanity.