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Old 11-06-2005, 10:42 PM   #1
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As you could guess by my SBS name I am from Michigan. Born in Detroit and raised in the burbs. I lived there for just over 23 years until I decided it was time to move and try something new (which was Seattle).

Michigan has been good to me. My family is still there. Went to Culinary school there. A lot of my friends are living there.

It's nice to get home a few times a year. I guess you don't realize how much you miss a place until you leave.

Yes, Michiganders say "pop" instead of soda. We like our Faygo, Better Maid Potato Chips, and Vernors.

Let's hear from the rest of you Michiganders here at SBS.

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Old 12-01-2005, 11:25 PM   #3
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This is long, but those from Michigan will enjoy it:

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Michigan.

If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Pellston is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Michigan.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Michigan.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Michigan.

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Michigan.

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Michigan.

If you have worn shorts and a coat at the same time, you might live in Michigan.

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Michigan.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Michigan.


1. "Vacation" means going up north on I-75.

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).

7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.

9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.

15. Down South to you means Ohio

16. A brat is something you eat.

17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole barn.

18. You go out to fish fry every Friday.

19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

21. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

22. You drink pop and bake with soda.

23. Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and you know it's not medicine.

24. You know what a Yooper is.

25. You think owning a Honda is Un American.

26. You know that UP is a place, not a direction

27. You know it's possible to live in a thumb.

28. You understand that when visiting Detroit, the best thing to wear is a Kevlar vest.

29. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Michigan friends.
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The current Michigan state flag is the third official state flag and was adopted by Public Act 209 in 1911. The first flag displayed a portrait of Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason on one side and the state coat of arms on the other side. In 1865, this flag was changed. Stevens T. Mason's portrait was removed and the flag displayed the Michigan coat of arms on one side and the United States coat of arms on the other side, perhaps in response to the end of the civil war. Today the flag displays only the Michigan coat of arms on a field of blue.

Depicted on the shield is a lake with a yellow sun rising over the blue waters. A man is standing on a peninsula with one hand raised in a greeting of friendship and the other hand holding a rifle. An Elk and a Moose support the shield between them and a Bald Eagle grasping an olive branch and arrows in its talons is shown above the shield.

Three mottos are shown on the coat of arms: "E Pluribus Unum (From many, one)," "Tuebor (I will defend)" and "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)." These mottos are reflected in the coat of arms pictorially. "E Pluribus Unum," the national motto, aligns with the depiction of the Bald Eagle. "Tuebor" is represented in the arrows clasped in the eagle's talons and the gun held in the man's left hand. "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice" is supported by the warmth of the sun, the man's friendly greeting from the peninsula and the olive branches held by the Bald Eagle.

The Bald Eagle represents the United States and the Elk and Moose represent Michigan.
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Well I'm a part time resident of Michigan, being that I go to college here. So I'm only here Aug-May. That will soon come to an end though as I graduate in 2 weeks and have a job in Wisconsin.


A couple of things about Michigan, being that I'm from Minnesota orginally. They use their hand to show you where they are from. Try it, look at your hand, palm facing you and you will see the shape of downstate Michigan, thus you have people that live in the thump or even the pinky (Traverse City area). I have not yet made it downstate, but friends tell me I need to see the bridge someday. So I'm told I don't have the best taste of what Michigan really is. It snows a ton up here at school, check out the pictures below and check out my schools Webcams. Definatley a good place to go to enjoy the winter activities.


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Old 12-02-2005, 03:10 PM   #6
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This home-grown Yooper had better chime in!

I grew up in Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Michigan (pop in area of about 30,000)...up in "da' U.P."...home to the largest wooden ski jump in the world, hometown of Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci, the birthplace of Kingsford Charcoal, and overall a beautiful area!




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Michigan seems to be a state that people are FROM, not where people still LIVE. I visited the state back in 1990. I watched the Wolverines beat the crap out of my Bruins. Nice stadium, but not a place for wide bodies. Passed by MSU as well. Then we got the heck out of there and drove to Chicago.

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born & raised in the 'burbs of Detroit.

i'm over the road, and right now i'm sitting in Louisiana tho. the temperature is more than double what it is up there, so i'm gonna hang out down here a little longer
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Old 12-04-2005, 01:28 PM   #9
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Detroit is one of my favorite cities, the architecture there is beautiful.

I used to spend summers playing baseball in Grand Blanc Michigan. Love summertime there.
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Detroit is one of my favorite cities, the architecture there is beautiful.
Even if it is all burned out and boarded up. As a suburbanite in this area, I can honestly say that Detroit is one of the ugliest and most currently useless cities ever.

Watch the Super Bowl this year and count the number of times that the blimp shows areas around the stadium. Chances are, you won't reach one.

If I had the chance to be from Michigan and not in it, I'd be gone quicker than GM and Ford cuts jobs and benefits. I *might* miss it, but not likely.

Give me Denver any day. Heck, give me New Jersey, even.
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Man.. I remember raving in Detroit as a student across the way at UToledo. And the auto show is always killer.
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Detroit is one of my favorite cities, the architecture there is beautiful.
Even if it is all burned out and boarded up. As a suburbanite in this area, I can honestly say that Detroit is one of the ugliest and most currently useless cities ever.

Watch the Super Bowl this year and count the number of times that the blimp shows areas around the stadium. Chances are, you won't reach one.

If I had the chance to be from Michigan and not in it, I'd be gone quicker than GM and Ford cuts jobs and benefits. I *might* miss it, but not likely.

Give me Denver any day. Heck, give me New Jersey, even.
It is a shame that Detroit hasn't had a good mayor for 40 years. Yes much is boarded up, but if you look past that you can see the beauty that was Detroit in the 1920's.
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I moved back here back in '99 to be closer to my fiance'. (Lives over in Windsor) Michigan does take getting used to. There are only two seasons: Winter and Road Construction. Otherwise its a nice place to be.
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I moved to Ann Arbor, MI from Milwaukee, WI. I lived in Michigan only for a few years, and the weird thing is I never had one bad day in all those years. I loved my experiences and friends in Michigan and look forward to moving back at some point in my life. I love the people and love the car culture as well.

Southeast Michigan still remains midwestern to me but also has a good touch of east coast, which is what I really like about the people and the place.

To disagree with an earlier statement a lot of people do live their and choose to live their despite having the means to be able to live anywhere. Many of the celebrities that came out of Detroit and Michigan believe it or not still live there. Some musice celebs come to mind, Eminem, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock a number of boxers still live there, Thomas Hearns, Michael Moore (maybe both Michael Moore's not sure) a number of Motown legends. The place has good character and people.

As for Detroit, could have a million abandoned buildings and would still love it. Lots of history. Love you Michigan.

Despite growing up mostly in Wisconsin, I will always consider myself a Michigander, no matter what.
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I have grown up in Michigan as well, born in Dearborn, lived there, Redford, Canton, and now Livonia. It has its good parts, as in anytime between March and September, but I dont want to live here for the rest of my life.

The drivers are TERRIBLE, I have been to many states, and except for Ohio and Florida, I have not yet seen worse driving, and people that were as rude as they are around here.

But, I also disagree that Detroit is a waste. I spent a lot of last summer there doing volunteer work at Ford Field with my fraternity, and I have to say, it is not that bad. It has improved a lot in recent years, and yes, it is not perfect, no city survives that long without problems, but a good majority of the city is great. You can have a lot of fun there, and I never real feel unsafe. There are areas, of course, like Cass, but simple logic keeps you away from there.

Anyway, cant wait to leave this state, I hate the roads, the drivers, the governor, the construction, the weather and the construction.
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