a terrible blight on our fine country
This offseason I ran into an interesting problem regarding my Michigan gear accumulated over the years. I've bought many t-shirts, sweatshirts, a few hats, etc., over the years and received several others as gifts. The bottom line is I have too much, and only wear three t-shirts and maybe two sweatshirts while the others just sit idle.
Here's the question - what's the best thing to do with the excess gear?
With all other surplus clothing, my family finds suitable charities to whom we can donate clothes, etc. It's a family ethic to put unused items in the hands of the homeless and disadvantaged, and we do what also we can to help financially too through solid local and national charities.
So why not donate Michigan gear the same way? For context, I live in a large urban area with a fair (unfair?) amount of crime and substantial homelessness. If I give away 40+ articles of Michigan gear to the homeless shelter, our downtown grifting areas will look like a downtrodden Michigan alumni convention within a week or so. I have been propositioned by one drug-addicted homeless person wearing another school's colors which was both enormously sad on the human level and a tiny bit funny that the propositioner was wearing a well-known school's gear. (I won't disclose the school, because it would not be fair to Ohio State for me to do so.) I've also been hit up for spare change, etc., by others in college gear.
Adding to the problem is the fact that I'm a grown-ass man. I've thought about donating the gear to a children's center since there are teens my size or bigger, and the gear might get good use from a teen in need. There are also some refugee organizations that might get good use from the gear, so that's an option but would involve a drive into the 'burbs.
So should I just bite the bullet and put the gear in the hands of the local homeless shelter? (I honestly can't tell if I'm just being vain in worrying about this, or if a donation of a chunk of gear like this does Michigan's reputation a smidge of incremental harm.) Should I direct the donations so that the gear ends up in the hands of folks less likely to grift or end up in a mugshot?
What say you, board?
Road tripping from California to Michigan (Grand Rapids area) in August and looking to fill the family truckster with Michigan beer to share upon my return. Since nothing is distributed here (I'm not in San Diego), people get excited to taste fresh bottles and I have lots of orders from friends for Founders, Bell's and 3 Floyds since I have to drive through Munster, IN. Anway, it has been a few years since I have been back in Michigan so looking for new things to bring back. Tasted a bottle from Dark Horse this year that impressed me so definatley heading there. But Marshall is about as far east as I will be going and only want to buy freshies straight from breweries, so any advice would be great. Also, great to know opinions on possible brewery only beers at the established places that I should seek out.
In less than 2 weeks, on Tuesday, August 11th, Brian will be making an appearance in downtown Washington, DC. He’ll be doing a presentation followed by a Q&A session with the audience, so be sure to bring all of your burning questions. This is an event sponsored by The University of Michigan Club of Greater Washington, DC, and will be held at 6:30 in the private back room area of RFD Washington. Food will be provided and there will be specials on drinks for purchase. The event is filling up fast, but you can still get tickets by clicking the register now link within the event info at http://alumni.umich.edu/connect/event/evening-brian-cook-mgoblog. Tickets are $20 for AAUM members and $25 for non-members. Hope to see a bunch of you there.
Well, back on an actual Tuesday again! We're a hateful buch of car nerds, as last week's "Cars you hate" thread saw >100 responses.
This week, let's get the bragging and whatever the opposite of bragging is. What is the FASTEST car you've owned/driven/ridden in (whatever makes the best story) and similary, what is the SLOWEST? Slow could mean your jalopy, or that 48 HP Austin Healey that's so fun at the limit... despite the limit being low.
Let's hear about the fast and the slow
I thought it might be interesting to see how people weigh their loyalties to the various teams they follow.
If you want something a little more concrete, rank the teams you follow in order of how happy you would be if they won a championship. I'm thinking specifically pro and college big 4 sports teams, but feel free to throw in national teams or non-revenue sports teams as well if that's your bag.
1. Michigan Basketball
Spending the late 90s and early 00s as the only UM basketball fan in my school was tough, but that makes the current success that much better.
2a. Indiana Pacers
Indiana kid's gonna Indiana. I spend about 5 minutes as part of my morning routine seething about the fact Reggie Miller(and Austin Croshere) never got a ring, but I have that slight disdain for pro sports holding be back from calling them #2 alone.
2b. Michigan Football
I had the great pleasure of getting into sports right after UM won the football title in 97, so I haven't gotten the good pleasure of enjoying a championship as it happened.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Of course the team I care least about is the only one that has won a championship while I've been following them. All hail St. Peyton. All hail St. Andrew.
5. Any team representing the USA in international competition.
Share yours so that I know who to downvote reflexively if you like teams that I don't.