Michigan -- The Big Mitten

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  1. motor_city_tele

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    Welcome to the Great Lake State, Winter Water Wonderland.

    Home of Elderly Instruments
     
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  2. vanklomk

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    Grand Rapids man, here! Beer City USA!
     
  3. Jim72

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    Up North Michigan here! Grew up in Flint, I will never, ever, ever live in a city again!!
     
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    gitold Friend of Leo's

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    UPEAERS are scarey. Grew up at 7 mile and Southfield, lived in the Big D from 1954 till 1977. Lived in Co. ever since...So glad I left.
     
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    I'm not a yooper, still a troll living under da bridge. :eek: I just live in the woods in what is considered Up North, where the flock drive to every weekend to get out of the city. Yes, some yoopers can be scarey, as can some members of any other locale in any state. Most of the yoopers I have met are really good people. I left Flint in '77, came back for 4 more years and left for good in 1986. Would never consider a city again. Living in the city convinced me there are a lot of less than really good people in this world:(.
     
  6. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

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    Just kiddin about yoops;^)
     
  7. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    I like the UP.

    Some great scenery and great bars!

    rz
     
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    I live in Sault saint Marie Canada which is a 5 minute drive to Sault MI and have lots of friends there. They are some of the nicest people I've ever met.
     
  9. Jim72

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    I figured you were, hope I didn't come off preachy or upset. I can't imagine living anywhere other than Michigan, 'cept the winters are becoming more of a pain. However, Michigan in the spring, summer, and autumn can't be beat as far as I am concerned. So much beauty, and water, and so many places to go to see cool stuff. We have taken a beating economically for a long time, hopefully that will improve. This state has a lot going for it.:)
     
  10. burtonfan

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    I'm a yooper and proud of it. Contrary to popular belief amongst those who've never (or rarely) been here, most of us are intelligent educated people. I enjoy the derogatory, arrogant, and thoughtless comments made by non-yoopers...especially those who live in the seemingly far superior 'mitten'. It only serves to expose their close minded ignorance.

    For those of you who are curious, we have: indoor plumbing, electricity, cell phones, internet, TV, radio (even XM), paved roads, and even a couple of universities!

    If you are among those who believe yoopers are scary, keep on believing. Your ignorance acts as a filter for those of us in God's country...it keeps you away from this beautiful, serene, quiet playground known as the U.P.

    We live here because of the beauty and serenity the area offers. Most yoopers are of the opinion: "the less people, all the better".

    I hope my post doesn't 'scare' anyone. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

    PS-I'm willing to bet there are talented intelligent people in West Virginia also.
     
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    Pretty touchy eh. I took my ex to the U.P. in the 90's because she had never been and had a great vacation. Once again..Just Kidding.
    P.S. My Dads from West Virginia and he is intelligent and talented.
     
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    Tonefest 2013

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    I planned on attending this but since I won't have my amps finished by this weekend, I only "might" attend.
     
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    Left MI in the early 70's for Los Angeles...lots of great memories of Michigan though. Woodward Ave and the first sighting of the '64 GTO as it scuttled out of Royal Pontiac in Royal Oak and the muscle cars that followed, beep beep. Athens Coney Island and Bob's Big Boy Friday and Saturday nights. Memorial Park and Roland Kirk playing 2 feet away in the jazz club on 8 Mile (Baker's Keyboard?), Caseville camping in the wilderness with bonfires 20' across and a few hundred motorcycles strewn about. Hunting and fishing and tromping through the snow. Michigan is a great place to be from...:lol:
     
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    Almost forgot about all the great bands and music; MC5, Bob Segar, Rationals, SRC, Teegarden and VanWinkle, Frost, Third Power, The Stooges, Frut of the Loom, Savage Grace, The Amboy Dukes, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The whole flipping Motown Roster and Alice Cooper off the top of my head...and a whole lot of high energy bar bands...
     
  15. Mark Adkins

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    I'm a fairly new Michigander. I was born and raised in West Virginia, and before moving here (Petoskey, Emmet County, MI) March of 2012, I was a Jacksonville, FL native for 12 years.

    While living in Florida, I became friends with a family originally from here. I then took a few vacations up here (both summer and winter) and absolutely fell in love with this place. Even though I already wanted to move here, that desire only grew stronger after meeting the woman who is now my wife. For our honeymoon, we did a week long camping and sight seeing trip in the U.P. What a beautiful place with the nicest people ever. I believe Porcupine Mountain will be an annual adventure for us.

    Glad to be a Michigander now! However, I hope no one gets too upset if I still root for the Mountaineers and the Gators! :)
     
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    Just down the road a piece from Marquette.
     
  17. donthurtme

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    I'm from round abouts Marquette too.

    Elderly. My friends used to think I was crazy to ride my bike there from MSU every now and then just to go play some guitars I was never gonna be able to afford when I already had more than one guitar sitting in my dorm.

    Built my first guitar with UP maple in my dad's basement and brewed my first beer there too. Now I half joke with my friends that that's pretty much my early retirement plan from the current job.

    Campfires on Superior, fishing the lakes and streams... stuff as simple as riding my bike TO the mountain biking trails... Sometimes when I get to talking to people about Michigan and the UP I wonder to myself if I'm being overly nostalgic... but I've decided I'm not. You're just surrounded by so much that other places don't have all together in one place. And you get all that with a car culture and music culture to boot.

    I was never too crazy about the song myself, but it was a major source of pride when I was at a fancy ass wedding in England (huge hats and everything) and the third song at the reception was "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock and that was the one that got everyone dancing.

    Man I miss Michigan, but I know I'll end up back there some day. I've lived in a few different places now, but Michigan still feels like home.
     
  18. Jimmy C

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    Hey guys and gals. I love the UP too, but have only vacationed there (many many times). Tough times up there too, and my hat's off to Yoopers. Some of the hardest working, gentlest and kindest folks I've known in the mitten were Yoops. I grew up in Berkley two blocks from Woodward and fell asleep every night in the summer listening to the Chargers and Cutlasses and Goats racing up and down. We didn't even lock our door at night back then. Heck on hot nights we didn't even close it--just the screen door. Lived in Buffalo for my twenties, which was a little like Detroit before the freeways--neighborhood bars every couple blocks.

    I'm in A2 now, married with children but carrying on a passionate affair with Telecasters. I'm such a bad player I'll just say I can't play guitar, but I write songs and would love to hear from other area folks. Also, like most everybody here I build partscasters when I can afford the parts. I've been looking to build an all-Michigan tele. But what do you think the woods should be? White pine? Cherry on birch? Maple/black walnut (the Fudgecaster?) Any thoughts, or tips on how to source wood I can be sure is from Mich, are very welcome!
    Jim
     
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    I dated a woman from Marshall MI for a while in Va, and it cracked me up that everytime she met another Michignader they would throw up the "mitten hands" to tell each other where they were from.


    Now I'm from>>>--->

    Florida, home of elderly people.
     
  20. 3waytie4last

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    I'm from various places in Michigan, both in the U.P. and Detroit area. Been living in Chicago for many years, but still consider myself "from Michigan", and my vacations and holidays are spent there visiting family and friends. I will live there again some day.

    I do all my guitar gear shopping through Elderly, regardless of if it's the best price or not. I like supporting Michigan businesses.
     
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