Travel Snippets

On my way to the Detroit Auto Show, I’ll be stopping over in Los Angeles for a day to catch up with 1985Gripen and get a little ground time before heading further north.

I don’t know that we have many Angelinos here, but if anyone’s interested in hooking up with Gripen and I for dinner that night, then let me know.

Thursday, January 10 is the date.


Whilst I’m in Detroit, I probably won’t be heading to the GM Style event, which has just been announced for January 12.

Mary J. Blige will be headlining the event, which matches a bunch of celebrities and a bunch of GM cars. The Chevy Beat concept is the only car confirmed so far, but there’ll be many more celebs and cars named in the next few weeks, I’m sure.


Finally, I take no responsibility for the following and I don’t know if they’re true, but in the absence of other info, I’ll add it to my preparatory information for the trip…..

Sent in by David – thanks!


1. 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.

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Part 2 – You know you’re a true MICHIGANDER when . . .

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 can actually drink Vernors without coughing.

25. You know what a Yooper is.

26. You think owning a Honda is Un-American.

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

28. You know it’s possible to live in a thumb.

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

30. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Michigan friends.

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  1. Those were funny lists as my wife and I attended a church in “da UP” for five years. During that time we experienced lots of snow, a frozen water tower, -80 F wind chill, ate plenty of pasties, and met lots of interesting Yoopers. You would like it, Swade. But the rest of Michigan … especially Ann Arbor … yuck!

    Go Buckeyes!

  2. For those of you in the SoCal area who might be available on Thursday, 10 January to have dinner with Swade and I while he’s in town, I’m thinking maybe a dinner at L.A.’s landmark Mexican restaurant El Coyote may be the destination. Those familiar know that this is the longtime hipster hangout and it’s quite possible we might experience a some star-sightings. It was just voted “L.A.’s Best Margarita”. Nothing’s written in stone. I’m just saying. πŸ™‚

  3. Andy – GO BLUE.

    Ann Arbor is mind-numbingly important from a musical history point of view…but I wouldn’t want to visit there :p

  4. Funny!

    Remember: 0 degrees in Michigan is actually -18 degrees C.

    Many of the same things may be said of places around where I live (camo at weddings, lights by house unlocked, heat to A/C same day — like today!!). Rednecks are everywhere.

    Andy, did someone that LOST to a division I-AA school this year say something about football? I didn’t quite hear it…

  5. Did someone mention football in relation to all those boofers wearing lots of padding and rarely kicking the ball?

    Now this is football!

    Interpretive guide – if the ball is in the air, try and catch it. If your opponent has it, try and tackle him. If you’ve got it, try to not get tackled and kick it through the big sticks in the middle.

    I love the Australian game….

  6. Australian football, huh?
    looks like I could get into it alright, but….

    …that is the goofiest looking hand signal for a score I’ve seen yet…looks like the Fonz or something. πŸ™‚

  7. Swade,

    Are you going to set up a dinner night in Detroit? I’m only 5 hours away (sorry, 300 miles), and haven’t been to the NAIA in ages… I’m sure the 9-3 wouldn’t mind a roadtrip…

  8. I am up for a dinner night in Detroit! Let me know, I grew up in the actual city (6 Mile & Davison area), right outside of Hamtramack. I now reside in the ‘Burbs but still know the city pretty well. The city gets a ALOT of bad press (some deserving, others not) but there is a ton of stuff to do and see, if you know where to look.

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