This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
OT: Friday open thread. MGoJen update?
50% off Dominos for lunch? It'll help your diabeetus.
Edit: For those that don't know, all online pizza orders for the rest of the week are 50% off with online coupon code "50off".
This was obviously plotted by Dave Brandon as an attack on America's healthy youth. DAMN YOU BRANDON!!!!!
Posting in 2 open threads.
I'll do my best.
Your "best"! Losers always whine about their best. (finish the quote...)
Home and Mrs. Kass doesn't approve of the rest.....
DOUBLE POS BANG OPPORTUNITY. IM IN.
I'm might do some kayaking tomorrow. Anybody have any suggestions? I need to rent a kayak. Anybody ever been to Proud Lake recreation area in the Wixom/Milford area?
Suggestions on what? Brands?
I would go with Hobie, Ocean Kayaks, Wilderness Systems or Malibu.
I owned Malibu and Ocean Kayaks in the past. I now have a Hobie Revo with the mirage system because most of my kayak is now for fishing purposes.
Just looking for suggestions on a river where I can rent a kayak for a few hours. I am thinking about getting a kayak for fishing in the near future and those Hobie Revolutions look nice.
If your in Michigan, the Pine River out by Luther is a good river. Its probably one of the fastest in the lower peninsula. It also has some pretty high dunes which are pretty fun to climb. Not sure about the fishing though sorry.
I thought it was a cop out at first to get the mirage pedaling system, but it really helps when you ar lugging a bait tank and lots of gear.
I'd steer clear of the Milford run. They have some shitty portages over their dams. Last year a kid and an experienced kayaker (who was trying to rescue the kid) were killed. The kd's boat was sucked back into the hydraulic since the portage has you put in so close to the dam.
Also the rental places there only seem to have sit on top models, which I hate.
Sit on tops are more common for rentals. For me they are more practical since I only use kayks in the ocean.
You get a show along with it.
which empties into Burt Lake. Pretty swift and mighty cold right now, I should think.
Thanks for all the tips and suggestions!
Dowagiac (below Pucker St Dam)
I trout fish all over the state and trust me, these are the three worth having fun.
It's a variety pack for fishing. I strip streamers through there and gotten nice browns, steelhead, smallmouths and walleye. Not as pretty as northern streams, but worth a couple trips a year.
Love the D. Will be fantastic here in a month, swinging big bright stuff.
I leave near there but have not been on the Huron river. It's the same river that run through A2. If you do anything afterwards check out Milford and it has some good restaurants and bars. Wixom not so much. River is very slow moving and has some good wildlife.
http://www.heavnercanoe.com/ rents out of proud lake rec area and island lake rec. I think Island lake is the prettier stretch of river, it's almost all in parks where the proud lake location goes through some backyards here and there (unless you go upstream from the rental place). Both places do hourly rentals or down river pick up. The island lake location is on a lake if that's what you prefer, but you can walk 100yards and launch in the river below the damn.
Be advised the Island lake location is sometimes limited on equipment (most notably kayak paddles) so I would call ahead.
Hoping to post them next week. Question: Anyone know how to embed graphs/charts in a diary? My post would really suck if I didn't have the visuals to back it up.
With good success.
to post a few times on the pos bang threads. My numbers need some rehab after slighting the dorm food and being too enthused about softball. Have mercy on my online identity.
You should get posbanged for your awesome username alone.
Thinking of changing mine to Gristle McThornbody.
Double the pos-bangs.
I'm good with that.
What do y'all want to know?! It's Friday and I'm at work, lol!
In impressed..you get your own thread! #famouspeopleproblems
CleverMichiganReference up to?
I'm killing the last half hour at my sweet new full-time job in LA (take that, new grad unemployment stats!) before flying to Chicago for a weekend of kayaking and drinking with Mr. MichiganReference.
Absolutely nothing. Burgers and homemade cheese fries for lunch, some shopping and then drinking too much beer after seven days straight of work.
I'm catching up on season four of "True Blood." It's some good mixed with lots of lameness.
My image of you, Magnus.
Not better or worse, mind you. Just...different.
The things men do for women...
...you are obviously hot.
You get to see Shivakamini Somakandarkram's boobs.
So have I.
Boobs are nice and all, but I wasn't impressed. She's hotter when fully dressed.
The first two seasons of that show were watchable... In a surreal, "trippy" sorta way. When season 3 started in "fairy land" I had to tell the wife I was out. It had "jumped the shark"... And was only good as an oddity to begin with. The bits I've caught since then have only reinforced my view.
I liked season one, but after that...meh.
Sookie is mine!
You'll have to fight for her. And I fight dirty. I'm a Werewolverine.
But don't you mean fight your wife?
My wife won't hit women. That's my job.
Kind of like the Doublemint Twins, right?
Double posbang the Doublemint twins?
Well, if someone has to do it...
Soccer apparently! Going to try to catch a local concert tonight.
My last day of work was Monday so I'm just packing before moving to Madison for more school. Hooray returning to school!
So today I will be watching Food Network/Cooking Channel, plenty of soccer games, Brewers game tonight and playing some Majora's Mask. All while enjoying some delicious Shiner beer.
Edit: HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT THE US OPEN?!?
Chillaxin with some U.S. Open, working from home (always nice).
DAMMIT. Is it too early for it to be slightly ironic/clever yet, or do I have to wait until, say, 2015? What kind of grace period are we working with here?
Don't worry, he only said everday use. Bust it out on fine occasions such as today and other fridays.
Listening to Eric Clapton, waiting for the bee guy to come take the multiplying wasps' nests off my house. Fun stuff.
If you got bad news and wanna kick them blues...cocaine
Who is MGoJen?
She straddles the line somewhere between Official Michigan Football Princess and Team Stalker. Half of all M players are/have been her boyfriend, but at least one actually really has been.
She also does in home medical visits with the poor and elderly in Detroit, which makes her awesome.
The wife apparently had it out with a Mustang on the highway late at night and in the process they both hit a pot hole pretty hard. I have to install a new tie rod and sway bar on her car tonight/this weekend. The Mustang apparently lost a tire and messed his rear end up back due to wheel hop, so I guess she came out the "winner".
So now she has my car and hopefully I don't end up doing work on it as well.
/why did I teach her to drive stick and like V8s :(
It's part of how you got her to date you
/remembers the saga
Also, so that you can get matching Chevy SuperSports? Is this tie rod on your G8 or GTO (if I remember your cars correctly)
She has the GTO and apparently is now very fond of the gas pedal. As evidenced by how often I put new tires and brake pads on it.
I personally am going to have trouble buying anything with the name "Chevy" printed on it (aside from the Corvette). Pontiacs very of course just rebranded Chevy's, but still the Chevy brand just conveys something I don't like. I'm holding out hope the SuperSport also appears as a Buick GNX (like how you had Impala SS, Grand Prix GXP, and Lacrosse Super) but I'm not holding my breath.
The GTO is due to be retired to weekend only car. It doesn't have that many miles on the clock, but it guzzles premium and sucks in the winter. With Pontiac dead and gone, we're either going with a Genesis R-Spec sedan or an Audi A6 Quattro with the supercharged V6.
Skip AWD and get a set of nice snow tires instead. That'll give you better winter traction than AWD, and better summer performance as you can opt to go with the summer tires instead of All-Seasons.
Is ridiculous. 3.7 0-60, faster than the M5. I can't wait to see what the RS6 does.
My dad's got an A4 2.0T Manual, it's an amazing car. The quattro's driving dynamics are great and it'll drive through anything. He went into work through 2 feet of snow 2 years ago. I still hear about it.
How would you feel about a CTS-V? You can find used ones with a manual for a decent price
I like driving my wife's A4 (2012). Nice feel, like to make the turbos kick in (although it does aggravate the hell out of her).
My birthday present to myself when I turn 40 will be either the S7, CLS63, or if my wife allows it, a CPO Bentley Continental GT.
Yes I know, cool story bro. But car nerdness must be shared with all. Just like the poster below who wanted to share his/her junk with the roofers.
Is absolutely beautiful. I'm thinking my future toy will have the engine a bit further back, an early 911 would be amazing.
I love driving my dad's A4. It's got about 50 more ftlbs of torque than my CC, combine that with the quattro and it's quite fun.
I love the CTS-V. The deal is I'm always afraid of how beat to hell they are on the used market. The deal is if we want to go the RWD route, we get a Genesis R-Spect with a 10 year / 100k warranty for the price of any used CTS-V I could find. The wife has family that works for Hyundai so we get a nice discount on anything we buy. I'm betting I could tune the 5.0 liter V8 up to over 400 lb/ft of TQ and that would be plenty for daily use.
I also have some latent anger at GM for shooting Pontiac and dumping the corpse in the garbage. It kind of makes me want to avoid doing business with them. I was a Pontiac loyalist so I need to work past that.
@ShockFX: We mostly want the AWD for its handling. We're retiring the GTO because even with the snow tires it sucks. It's just too stiff and if you get any play in the rear tires the whole car gets unpleasant to drive real fast. Also whatever we buy in the next round of car purchases will be used when we have a kid (a couple years away, but still). So it will have to haul two large dogs, two people, and a baby. The wagon form factor with the dogs in the very back seems fairly attractive since neither of us want a SUV.
Hauling people and dogs you say??? I found you a winner:
Indeed. Also a wagon that blows by Shelby Mustangs would be awesome. The problem is there aren't a lot of wagons on the used car lots yet.
the ultimate sleeper. As long as you pull up next to someone and note vice versa (so they see the "V").... it's a corvette. It's ridiculous.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't AWD just shifting power to the wheels with more traction? So if the drive tires have traction, you'd be fine with FWD or AWD even in snow. I think the bigger problem is the GTO is too sitff and liable to spin around.
I'd consider if the AWD is necessary on a modern car, because you might be adding 200lbs, decreasing performance and eating up more fuel for something you don't need. I put Blizzaks on my 335i and I've had absolutely 0 issue with snow driving. It handles better in the snow than any other FWD I've had and feels as stable as a 4x4 Explorer.
Just my 2 cents, I think AWD would be a waste on a nice modern car like an A4/6, which are FWD based anyway if I remember correctly.
There are 4 main drive types for cars, and they often get mis-nomered (disclaimer, you can drive any type of car safely or terribly in any weather):
Front Wheel Drive - the engine's power goes directly to the front wheels. Most cars sold today use this configuration. The "sporting" performance isn't as good as other configurations but in bad weather it's good-to-great. The engine (weight) sits right over the drive wheels and helps with traction. You're less likely to spin the tires (or the car) and the wheels that steer get torque as well. That helps in bad weather.
Rear Wheel Drive - the engine's power goes directly to the rear wheels. This gives you better performance (think physics! It's also why your front brakes are bigger) and the driving dynamics feel different. The car is "pushing" you instead of "pulling" you. You're not adding torque to the wheels that steer, so they are free to steer and not be messed with. Big german cars (your 335i, BMW, Mercedes) and sports cars favor this set up for the dynamics. Pickup trucks are also set up like this. Worse in bad weather - less weight on the drive wheels (usually) and the wheels that control your direction have no input - you can't add torque to a front wheel. Easier to spin out on.
Part time 4 wheel drive - rare these days. Vehicle is set up like a RWD vehicle and is a RWD vehicle until a transfer case is engaged. Think Jeep Wranglers and pickup trucks. Usually these have locked transfer cases and give 50-50 torque between the front and rear wheels when engaged. The fact that the transfer case is locked means it's not so good on dry roads
All wheel drive (full time 4wd) - very common. vehicles have a differential in the transfer case and allow varying amounts of torque to go between the front and rear wheels. All cars with AWD (audis etc) are set up this way and have sporting intentions or "safety" intentions. Most SUVs have this set up now too because the driver doesn't have to input during bad weather. The "sporting" advantages are that you have 4 wheels to put the torque to the road, not just 2 and you get most of the benefits of FWD and RWD. The downside is you add weight.
I had a 2004 4.2L TT V8 - 450 hp/400 tq. Thing was badass. I got it up to 160 and it felt like it was only half way to the top. I cannot imagine what the 5.0 TT V10 is like.
a real car to this-
Should have stuck to the bikes.
She loves drifting through Michigan lefts and the round abouts on Geddes. GTOs are terrible drift cars, but she still does it. If you went through there early in the spring and saw rubber on the road, I know who put it there. It must be genetic or something. Drives me nuts, but she'll drift the GTO around with the K-Pop turned up so she doesn't have to listen to all the angry warning beeps from car's computer. Her favorite trick is to pick me up from the bar and then drift the roundabouts until I get sick since I'm already disoriented from drinking too much. Then I get lectured on my drinking habits.
I am always fascinated by your tales of your Korean wife-to-be. This is just outstanding- and hilarious. Good stuff, CRex.
Now my wife. I even managed to end up with two wedding anniversaries. One for when we went and filled out the paperwork so she could avoid the whole HS1B mess. Another one for when we actuallly had the ceremony.
I managed to have mine only once every 4 years.
But then, every Vietnamese person I know seems to have two birthdays, so it offsets...
Ever been to Phu Quoc? We did our honeymoon there. My wife was getting pissed off because everyone assumed she was Vietnamese and would refuse to switch to English since they were certain she had to know Vietnamese.
If you have the orginial stories I posted, feel free to post them up on the board. It's slow and then we can update the MGoHall of Fame with them. It looks my copies didn't survive migration between laptops. If you'd rather not post them, I can give you my email. I'm working up the wedding one and Little Sister is a mover and shaker in it, so people will likely need backstory.
That funny. Even if she spoke fluent Korean to them, they were probably too stubborn to accept it.
Some people look a lot like their nationality.....others could pass for a number of different ones.
I recommend it. There's a great resort (Bo Resort) run by a French guy north of the city. It's a 160,000 VND cab ride to the city and a bit of a trip to the southern beaches, but it's a solid place. Very rustic and peaceful. I'd recommend going before they finish the giant new airport. That's going to increase traffic and spike the prices. It's a good place to kill 4 or 5 days on the beach and drinking. Longer if you want to do all the tourist type stuff like touring the fish sauce factories and the pearl farms.
When we go to Sanpei out in Canton, the waitresses speak Japanese to my wife. At Best China the owner tries to talk to her in Chinese. I guess I married a generic looking Asian.
I'd rather not have.
Though it DOES explain the smell...
rehabbing the facade of a beautiful building on a beautiful day. Worried they can see through my window and see that my apartment's in a mess and instead of cleaning it or working, I'm on MGoBlog. Fortunately they're focusing on their work.
Their metal scaffolding supports are blue, so it's all relevant.
I walked out of my bathroom a month ago. Buck naked since I had the place to myself and was enjoying the freedom. Only to discover the roofers had arrived early and were in the process of climbing up their ladder. The ladder right in front of the bay windows. Hooray.
I can teach you how to sign, "You like what you see?"
I learned the hand gestures for "How about a quickie?" the other day. Never knew sign langauge kept up on emerging trends like that.
Deaf people are horny, and with skilled hands.
Dude, true story.
I had a friend in undergrad who dated a girl who was deaf. They would sneak off to the bathroom together all the time and show up 15 minutes later like nothing happened.
How would she know if she was being too loud in public?
Did you have a sort of Archie in "A Fish Called Wanda" moment there, even going so far as toy cover up with someone's family photo?
I one had to use my MacBook Pro. You know the MacBook Pro that uses its metal case as a heatsink and gets rather hot. I don't like Macs so much anymore.
at U of M hospital. I start on July 9th.
Congratulations on the new job!
Obscure fact: I turn 34 on July 9th as well.
A great day all around.
EDIT: So if anyone knows someone who works at the Central Pharmacy at UMHS, tell them to take it easy on the new guy in a few weeks. Also, I was told I can wear scrub pants and U of M shirts......There is a good chance I make a huge purchase at the MGoStore.
Thankfully, I'm off site now. Just getting to UH can put a damper on your day before it even starts.
If you're on a shift that starts at 8 AM, the Catherine Structure normally has spots. Although ithas a bunch closed for construction now so that might not be true anymore. Otherwise just park up on North Campus and take a Blue bus in or park at US-23 and Plymouth and ride the #2 in.
Once they finish increasing the shuttle service between the old Pzifer complex and the main hospital, things should get tolerable.