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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 03:36 AM

state by state speak your mind about...michigan

i have seen michigan across a lake
its a place that resonates with a lot of americans who havent been
detroit flint cadillac saginaw these towns changed america more than once
the american car experience is almost the word "michigan"
but that isnt all the first soft drink vernors is a michigan invention
dominoes and little ceaser were both founded there
christmas tree? yup theres michigan again supplying american again
and yet this great place
this linchpin of america
has been left a dowager
this great builder of our nation deserves our respect

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Reply state by state speak your mind about...michigan (Original post)
SwampG8r Feb 2012 OP
1620rock Feb 2012 #1
roguevalley Feb 2012 #2
Morning Dew Feb 2012 #3
MrScorpio Feb 2012 #4
hfojvt Feb 2012 #5
The Straight Story Feb 2012 #6
FrodosPet Feb 2012 #8
Motown_Johnny Feb 2012 #10
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #7
Motown_Johnny Feb 2012 #9
Mopar151 Feb 2012 #11
Luminous Animal Feb 2012 #12
JNelson6563 Feb 2012 #14
blaze Feb 2012 #16
Scuba Feb 2012 #13
raccoon Feb 2012 #15
JNelson6563 Feb 2012 #17
Luminous Animal Feb 2012 #22
FrodosPet Feb 2012 #24
jsmirman Feb 2012 #18
notadmblnd Feb 2012 #19
sarcasmo Feb 2012 #20
jdadd Feb 2012 #21
UrbScotty Feb 2012 #23
roody Feb 2012 #25

Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 03:41 AM

1. Amen...Michigan my Michigan - Water Winter Wonderland.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:03 AM

2. they're getting screwed by the gov, right? Aren't they the ones getting their towns sold off?

I hate that crap. Most folks I know from Michigan are good folks.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:15 AM

3. Charlotte - home of cable public access icon Ernie Culp

of Uncle Ernie's TNT True Adventure Trails.






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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:29 AM

4. Home.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:44 AM

5. wish again, Michigan

That was the slogan for Minnesota's homecoming in 1980, when we played Michigan. I think we played them tough, but lost, and Michigan went on to actually win the Rose Bowl that year, probably the only time Schembechler ever did.

Going from SD to NY to visit my mom's parents, we drove through Michigan every summer, often camping there. The Mackinaw bridge was awesome, and we often camped at Indian Lake. It seemed to me that Indian lake was only 5 feet deep. We would go out to swim in this lake and walk out to mark off where the deep water was. Only Indian lake got to about shoulder height, and I kept walking, and walking and walking and I was like a quarter mile away from shore and it was still shoulder height. I never did find the limit because I headed back in. Shoulder height was still pretty deep and it felt freaky being so far from shore.

Michigan in the 19th century was populated by a lot of Canadians. I have lots of relatives who settled in Michigan, and looking in the censuses in Michigan I found lots of people with Canadian spouses, or parents born in Canada. I found that interesting that the national border was so porous.

Detroit was, of course, surrendered to the Canadians in the War of 1812, but the Mr. Hull who did so is only connected to me by a very distant line. Not a direct descendant of George Hull and Thamzen Mitchell like I am.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:56 AM

6. I'm a Buckeye, so mi sucks. I can't even say the name of the state without barfing

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:46 AM

8. You Buckeyes are SO totally jealous!

Ohioans HATE Michigan. Michganders think it is funny, chuckle a bit, and plan their next trip to either Cedar Point or "Up North".

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:56 AM

10. Silly Ohio Browneye,

 

just stay where you belong. We will all be happier that way.


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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:11 AM

7. They shaped it like a giant mitten for some reason

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles


The Temptations:



Whenever I think about Michigan I think about Motown.

Also rock bands like Iggy and the Stooges. Also the White Stripes.
Also Eminem.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:55 AM

9. Don't forget Kellogg's ... and The Arsenal Of Democracy

 


IMO Michigan is America in microcosm. I have lived in Ohio, Colorado and New York as well as Michigan and as far as I am concerned MI is the most representative of the nation as a whole. Both it's strong industrial base and it's agricultural products are vital to it's well being.



Then we can get into things like music and sports and the cultural impact Michigan has had on this country as well, but that would take forever.

I love Michigan. It has it's problems but it is a great place.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:56 AM

11. The Michigan Mad Man - EJ Potter!

Fearless daredevil, tinkerer, innovator - best known for his series of "Widow Maker" v-8 motorcycles. EJ on knowledge: “Ignorance is a powerful tool if applied at the right time, even usually surpassing knowledge.”





Nice story here: http://bangshift.com/blog/the-bangshift-interview-ej-potter-aka-the-michigan-madman.html

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:59 AM

12. Lived in a small town on the banks of the St. Clair River (Hi Canada!).

Swam nearly every summer day in Lake Huron. Ice skated from my front steps to the skating pond a block away. Went sledding in the graveyard across the street. Had a mad crush on Steve Bewer when I was 7. Horribly abused by Catholic nuns. Learned "publics" were bad even though most of those "publics" were members of the Catholic church. Ran around in my uncle's woods and my other uncle's orchard and my grandmother's farm. Had a great aunt who, at age 90, cut off her toe while chopping wood, and uncle who could blow smoke out of his left ear. Licked cream off the top of frozen bottled milk, licked salt from the bottom of the salt vats of the Diamond Crystal salt company, ate raw wild rhubarb, ran around barefoot in the snow. Grew my own tomatoes on the edge of the graveyard. Buried my cats there, too. Loved hanging out at the Boulier's across the street... 11 girls and 1 boy... with the parents, 14 people in a small 3 bedroom house. Loved driving to the beach in the car that had no back seats so we sat in beach chairs and I would watch the road go by through the hole in the floor. Hated feeding the chickens. Loved watering the cows, catching lightening bugs, and flashlight tag. Fascinated by the slop truck and its gazillion flies and the tinker man who who stop and give us wheelbarrow rides. Happy that I had a cousin named Mouse, another named Jump And Do, an uncle named Pink, and an aunt named Moo. Learned how to pray for my ever shriveling soul and how to lie during confession and that god left his hand print when fashioning the earth and created Michigan!

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:53 AM

14. lol Fun read!

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 08:30 AM

16. Loved this! nt

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:43 AM

13. Just say "Porcupine Mountains" and Michigan is a winner!!!

 

Love Da Yoopers!!!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:58 AM

15. To me, best known Michigander--Michael Moore. nt

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 08:30 AM

17. OMG It's Michigan's turn!

SwampG8r, I have greatly enjoyed this series of posts!

I love Michigan, have lived here all my life. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit (my dad was an accountant with GM). Now I live up by the pinky of the mitten, in beautiful Traverse City.

Our fair city by the bay in the summer



Check out the fall colors!



Here's where we have our parties, come join us!



We've got an awesome downtown theater that Michael Moore led the way in saving.



Cherries! We're the Cherry Capital! We have a bash we call the Cherry Festival every summer, about 250,000 come to visit (and wish they could stay).



We do get some brutal winter weather from time to time (not this year!) so we drive whatever gets us through the snow because we also throw awesome parties in the winter!




One last shot, serenity.



Here's how we see the neighbors




We've got just about everything here! Come see us anytime!

Julie

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:18 PM

22. Lovely! (nt)

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 01:21 AM

24. Awesome pics!

I would love nothing better than to live near T.C. (maybe Bellaire, the Mission Peninsula, or near Alden). Even Grawn, Chums Corners, etc. would be good.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 08:33 AM

18. Go Blue *

nm

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 10:28 AM

19. Michigan, the only state that you can use your hand to point out where you are-

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 10:49 AM

20. My home state kicks ass when it comes to music.

Jack White/ The White Stripes

Iggy Pop

Stevie Wonder/ born in Saginaw, my hometown

Diana Ross

Madonna

Del Shannon

Jackie Wilson

Anthony Kiedis/ Red Hot Chilli Peppers, born in Grand Rapids

Kid Rock

Ted Nugent


All of the above were born in Michigan.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 11:17 AM

21. Nine outa Ten ain't bad....Ted Nugent?

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Response to jdadd (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:25 PM

23. Every state has those kinds of people!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 09:56 PM

25. the Michigan Women's Music Festival!

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