Back from Michigan

I left Thursday morning to head back to Ypsilanti, MI, home of my alma mater, Eastern Michigan University for homecoming festivities. A quick run down of everything that transpired follows.

  1. Josh and I hung out with some of my fraternity brothers Thursday night and had a rather hilarious encounter with some girls from Bowling Green State.
  2. I hung out with Chris B and the crew at Pub 13 on Friday night and didn’t get to bed until 5:30AM the next morning.
  3. I rallied for tailgating, which started at noon on Saturday. As per usual, I didn’t make it to the game and, instead, opted to go to BW3’s to hang out with the old school Sig Taus.
  4. Saturday night I hung out with Charlie and some of the younger Sig Taus; after the old farts had went home to their wives and kids.
  5. Sunday I went up to West Branch with Jonathan and Erika to have lunch with my mom and dad. I had quite possibly the best burger of my life at Applebee’s. It was their new burger with pesto and mozzarella.
  6. Sunday night Josh and I hung out with Melissa and her friend Carrie to watch the Tiger’s second game of the World Series.
  7. Monday I went home.

All in all it was a great trip. I was able to catch up with a bunch of old friends and, after my weight loss and training, got a bunch of double takes from said old friends. It’s amazing how much people change, yet stay the same. Most of my friends from college are married and a good portion of them have kids, which scares the hell out of me.

You know you're from Michigan

  1. “Vacation” means going to Cedar Point.
  2. At least one member of your family disowns you the week of the Michigan vs. Michigan State game.
  3. Half the change in your pocket is Canadian.
  4. You drive 86 mph on the highway and pass on the right.
  5. Your idea of a traffic jam is 40 cars waiting to pass an orange barrel.
  6. You know how to play (and pronounce) Euchre.
  7. It’s easy to get Vernor’s Ginger Ale, Sanders Hot Fudge sauce and Faygo Pop.
  8. You know how to pronounce “Mackinac”.
  9. You’ve had to switch on the heat and the A/C in the same day.
  10. You bake with soda and drink a pop.
  11. The movie “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” wasn’t funny. You consider it a documentary.
  12. Your little league game was snowed out.
  13. The word “thumb” has geographical meaning, rather than anatomical significance.
  14. You show people where you grew up by pointing to a spot on the back of your left hand.
  15. Traveling coast-to-coast means driving from Port Huron to Muskegon.
  16. You measure distance in minutes.
  17. When giving directions, you refer to “A Michigan Left”.
  18. You know that Kalamazoo not only exists, but it is either raining or snowing there, and it’s not that far from Hell.
  19. Your year has four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.
  20. Owning a Japanese car was a hangin’ offense in your hometown.
  21. You drive 60 mph thru 2 feet of snow in a raging blizzard, without flinching.
  22. You think Devil’s Night is celebrated everywhere.
  23. You know what a “Yooper” is.
  24. Octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hot dogs and baseball.
  25. The snow freezes so hard that you can actually walk across it and not break it or leave any marks.
  26. You lost your virginity up at Higgins or Houghton to some skank from Detroit.
  27. You know how to spell and pronounce “Ypsilanti”
  28. Your favorite holidays are Christmas, Thanksgiving, the opening of deer season and Devil’s Night.
  29. Your car rusts out before you need the brakes done.
  30. At least 25% of your relatives work for the auto industry.
  31. You know more about chill factors and lake effect than you’d ever like to know!
  32. Your snowblower has more miles on it than your car.
  33. Shoveling the driveway constitutes a great upper body workout.
  34. Half the people you know say they are from Detroit, yet you don’t personally know anyone who actually lives in Detroit.
  35. You learned how to drive a boat before you learned how to ride a bike.