Peppers at 10, which seems low.
It's a slow Saturday, hopefully there will be a Hello Post tomorrow afternoon for Luiji Vilain. In the interim, I saw on Harbaugh's Twitter that he spent his lunch break at Pretzel Bell, carving a block M into a table. It reminded me of the time that I carved my initials/grad class into a tree near the duck pond on North Campus. I'm sure some of my fellow MGoVandals also left an indelible impression somewhere on campus. Anyone care to confess?
Watching the Tigers, drinking a few Oberons, and researching our next National Park trip.
What's your favorite National Park? Least favorite? Just read this 538 interesting article on how the NPS has never been more popular: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-national-parks-have-never-been-more-popular/
Like many, I have a goal to hit all 58 National Parks. My stretch goal is to accomplish that by the time I turn 40 (10 years... god, I'm getting old). But, Alaska and Hawaii will make that tough.
I'm new to the NP-craze and I've hit some of the big ones, but not many: Smoky Mtn, Arches, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Everglades, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mtn, Grand Canyon most recently. Just 49 to go! Hoping to hit California this fall for a few; maybe Cuyahoga since it's so close.
My favorite was easily Zion. I'm a water guy, in general, and hiking the narrows was so fun. Angel's Landing was fun despite my relative fear of heights. I'll definitely go back. I barely remember much of Everglades; I was a kiddo.
Atop my list to hit include: Glacier, Olympic, Crater Lake and (believe it or not) Death Valley.
The rolling disaster that is the Olympic Games continues to escalate in Rio, as the burgeoning Zika virus has prompted 200 doctors to urge the postponement or relocation of the Olympic Games this August. This is on top of widespread turmoil in Brazil.
I've grown increasingly weary with the politics and corruption involved in the Olympics, and it is increasingly clear that no city should ever subject themselves to them again.
But they are two months away. At this point, what would you do? Brazil has already spent basically all of the money to produce the massive infrastructure the IOC requires (which is a huge part of the problem, because bids are built upon
systematic mega-dollar kickbacks the promise of massive and expensive building programs to make the host city a showcase for the Games, making this an absurd proposition for most locations). Traveling and television production plans have been made. The tickets have been purchased.
But even beside all this, where would you put them on short notice? I sometimes speculate that the World Cup should be moved from Qatar to the US, because that's obviously smart and logical. But that works because the US has so much sports infrastructure that the only question would be which $500 million stadiums would lose out in a bid. Everything is there.
But the Summer Olympics require an infrastructure that is virtually impossible to find in existence anywhere, let alone produce on short notice. Obviously, logical options would include previous hosts of the games, but even many of those cities can no longer hold them on short notice. Just finding a stadium with an Olympic-sized track is a chore, because stadiums that size have very poor sightlines for other sports and are often modified or destroyed. Atlanta, for example, turned theirs into a now-about-to-be-defunct baseball stadium. The LA Colisseum has been modified for football. Turin built a brand new stadium with track for World Cup 90, and it was such a disaster that local team Juventus eventually bought the thing just to demolish it.
This is not even considering the many other sports that need to be held. Gymnastics needs at least half of a basketball arena, and there aren't many Olympic swimming/diving complexes that also have a lot of seating available.
There's always a delay... but how long would it last? Zika might not cease to be a problem in 12 months.
Feel free to drift here and discuss other Olympic "issues."
Myself along with our fellow Nashville-based Wolverines are petitioning the State of TN to have its very own "University of Michigan - Go Blue" license plate. This is being developed with help from the UM Alumni Association and the TN State Legislature.
The plates will be $35 and proceeds will help TN based non-profits. We have a goal of 520 signatures.
- If you are a TN resident (looking at you Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville alumni clubs) use this link to sign up.
Important: The individual that gets the most referrals for this campaign receives a pair of tickets to the Wisconsin game. Please put the name of your referral as "DONATE TO MOTT".
Help me further infiltrate the SEC and get a child at Mott to experience a game!