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Rave Parties Back in the Day


An old friend of mine used to throw these humongous parties back around the year 2000. They were basically raves. But he always liked to put some kind of spin on them. There was one where he had a cowboy theme complete with mechanical bull, another with costume ball themes. The one that was the most fun for me was one that was supposed to be a formal ball, with people dressed in tuxedos and girls wearing their finest gowns. He went all out on this one, renting a ritzy hall off the water and booking a small band to play classical music in one of the seating areas. There was even a lady playing a harp at the front door.

He might have made more money that night if he was the one booking the limo service for everybody, because there must have been about three dozen limousines in the parking lot of this place. Stretch limos, party bus, coach rental, vanosines, the danged Hummer limousine, they were all there. My friend had Ron Jeremy host the event so this guy had to be picked up in his own limo rental from airport services and driven to the event in luxury transportation of his very own. Not to mention, my buddy also booked a couple big name DJ guys for this thing and of course they needed limousine service.

Anybody who drove by this waterfront club would have thought there was a bachelor party or a wedding transfer or prom service or other gala event going on with all of these limousines, party bus, coach and luxury transportation rental going on. I’m not making this up, I believe there was even somebody who did a hearse rental for the night and showed up in that. I wonder if he rode in the coffin.

Whoever was running the hourly service for all of this limousine rental must have made a fat check on that night. The valet guys probably did pretty well also. This party was like a wedding, bachelor party and funeral all wrapped up in one, not to mention the “celebrity” guests that also needed limo service. It was like Christmas come early for these limo drivers and the limo rental service business was booming on that night. Better than my wedding limo service

My fondest memory of that evening was when a girl I was friends with got into a fistfight with another girl while we were on our way out. There was security on hand and a couple police officers stationed out in the parking lot to keep an eye on this strange party, so I had to break up the fight and get her out of there before she got herself arrested. So my night ended with me carrying this drunk friend of mine over my shoulder, weaving around all these coach limos and stretch limos and party wagons and vanosines and Hummer limos and maybe even a hearse rental, who knows. I made my way back to the limo rental we had lined up and told the chauffer to step on it before the cops could stop and ask what was going on. Good times.

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Balkan’s Blog on Local Business in Michigan

Hi my name is John Balkan, and I used to own a video gaming website previously before I decided to change the site into a blog website to support my new passion which is to marketing for local businesses and doing reviews for them to get them more customers.

A little background about me, I started the flash video game site years ago when websites were still very retro and people would spend hours on playing video games for hours. I never chose to monetize it which is because I believe those flash games should be available free for everyone, to kill time and get through the boring day of everyday office work.

If you want to pay for games, there is always game boys but as Internet involved and the games became more and more complex, I lost traffic because my games were very simple and retro, I only made them from basic programming languages I learned in High School and Early College in Michigan State University (Spartan Nation) I really enjoyed making those games and at what time my site was generating 50,000 visitors per month. It was really fun but as internet evolved so did my interest in other areas. One of them was partnering up with my friend who ran a carpet cleaning business, and then there was a falling out where he moved out of state but I got a state of seeing what its like to go out there and make your own money and being an entrepreneur. So in order to raise some capital till I can start my own business, I decided to change this powerful blog into a review site where I create awesome articles for local businesses which will help customer acquisition for that business and it will be a good way for me to get to know the owners which is half the battle and once I know the owner I can begin to work out a partnership where I can possible earn commission  on new businesses I bring in.

One of the first companies I’ve been talking to in the local area is Taxi owners and Limousine owners and here is why.

These guys run a service based business and the turn around is great. Less overhead costs and as long as you have a good system in place, the rest is simply revenue. Besides limousines are very cool. So I’ve been looking for a good limo owner in Metro Detroit area, particularly where there is more upper class demographics like West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills, Beverly Hills, Novi and surrounding areas.

I’ve been doing my due diligence to try and find a good reputable limo company in the area or taxi company and going through various sites, and actually calling the actual business and pretending like I’m a customer and asking for their service to see their quotes and how they handle the customer. I came across one company that had a really great guy on the phone which it turns out was one of the owner and he was really great on the phone. His tonality was someone that I can trust, and he sounded like he knew what he was talking about.

He was friendly but he was also very directed and straight to the point. Like in programming you have to know the solution and you can get the code to straighten out and work for you. If you don’t know the solution the codes will run wild and take a life of its own and your day will be filled with debugging. Many limo businesses I spoke to usually are using someone that’s hired on a minimum wage and working from a time table. But a business owner with experience knows what the customer wants, and will direct the customer to exactly what he or she needs or requires. Much the same way I felt I was directed well by this man and he seems to be a great closer as well.

I asked him a bit about his business and himself, and he told me he has the largest operation in Michigan and he has been in business for over 25 years. So this perked my interest, since if I will write reviews and promote a business I want to promote the best of the breed for my viewers.

He has several different offices one of which he is building a big operation in West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills Michigan, if you visit their site you will find out very quickly that they have very cool / unique limo and party buses that’s hard to come by in your typical limo company that run with hummers and stretch lincolns.

I have more phone calls to do to look for other reputable company but for now I think I found my first company to write a solid review about and start promoting.

I will let you guys know what I come up with in the upcoming weeks.