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|29 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed JeepinBen. I was||
Agreed JeepinBen. I was replying to 'Sports' who said, "The argument that my purchase helped anyone in Michigan is nonsensical." I totally agree that the purchase of pretty much any car helps the American economy in some way, I just wanted to clarify this misconception that's been going around that since the Camry is made in the US, it benefits us all more than some Chevy that's made in Canada. Not necessarily. People seem to equate final assembly with the entirety of the auto industry. Final assembly is a small part of actually making a car!
|29 weeks 4 days ago||As an employee of Ford, I can||
As an employee of Ford, I can tell you that none of our vehicles don't have at least some engineering done here in Dearborn. Portions may have been led out of Europe, but we have way more resources here and because cars are so complex, Dearborn is heavily involved in at least some aspect of everything. We are a very well-integrated company globally; most of my meetings are with people in Cologne, Dunton, Shanghai, Brazil, or Australia.
Your purchase absolutely helped Michigan. Ford employs many tens of thousands of white-collar workers here and we are paid by profits from the global company as a whole. And recently, nearly all of our profits have come from US sales, regardless of where the vehicle was built or where you think it was engineered. Ford is a Dearborn company through and through, and every cent flows through this city. Also, refer to my comment below about final assembly being but a small part of what's involved in producing a car. Many thousands of well-paid (American) employees are required before a single component is ever made or assembled into a car.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||You are very incorrect. Not||
You are very incorrect. Not only does Ford produce more vehicles in the US than any other automaker, the much-publicized shift of production to Mexico for the Focus is being replaced by the Ranger here in Michigan. The Focus factory is not being ramped down or closing; it will produce something different than what it's producing now (and a vehicle that maybe, just maybe, Ford will actually make a profit on unlike the current Michigan-made Focus).
|29 weeks 4 days ago||There's a lot more to making||
There's a lot more to making a car than its final assembly. There are a lot more people involved than the few thousand factory workers at the final assembly plant. The department I work in for a Big 3 employer has over 100 engineers dedicated solely to determining fuel economy. Tens of thousands of engineers, marketeers, finance people, etc etc etc, whose wages depend on sales of cars that may go through final assembly in Mexico or Canada. Also, all of the company's profits go through their headquarters and get distributed from there, whether it be SE MI or Japan or Germany or wherever.
Again, I can't stress this enough, the people involved in final assembly of your vehicle is just a small portion of the workforce required to completely produce that vehicle (and thus a small portion of who gets paid to produce that vehicle!).
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I was just about to say the||
I was just about to say the same, assuming that I'd for sure be the only person to do so! Ideally, I would have spent the winter prior to the summer assembling the car in my garage. I really hope I get the opportunity to do this someday!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||John Beilein this past||
John Beilein this past Friday, pumping gas at the station across from the DQ on Packard Rd in Ann Arbor. A few weeks ago, Jim Harbaugh driving on Stadium Blvd, then a half-hour later after doing our grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, Jim Harbaugh again going the other direction in the same spot. Last winter, Sandie from last year's Jeopardy Tournament of Champions at Grizzly Peak.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Nah, I was just out for a||
Nah, I was just out for a walk anyway and don't want to get into a big whole thing with the team I root for. Not sure if things would be any different this Summer/Fall. I'll probably happen upon an outdoor practice again at some point.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I like to call it 'watch from||
I like to call it 'watch from the Stadium Blvd bridge sidewalk'.
Seriously though, I only tried that one time last August while going for a walk and was told to move along after a few minutes by a guy down near the practice field.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I think the AMG cars in that||
I think the AMG cars in that era were mostly of the supercharged V8 and V6 variety, so the V12s were of the more 'garden-variety' S600 and SL600 types. Which is pretty much the same as today. I prefer those to AMGs anyway since to me, Mercedes Benzes are about luxury, not so much sport.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||My contact was through the||
My contact was through the Ann Arbor BMW/Mercedes dealership that I worked at in the late-90s/early 00s so I also got to drive a number of BMW M and Mercedes AMG cars. But probably nothing compares to that short ride in the 575 Maranello. A 2015 Mustang GT is probably pretty high on the list with a 0-60 time well into the 4's.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Growing up around Ann Arbor,||
Growing up around Ann Arbor, I had some contacts at Car and Driver magazine, and one time the then-road test editor took me for a ride in a Ferrari 575 Maranello. A Ferrari V12 at full song on Jackson Ave is quite the experience!!!
Slowest car would be my great-uncle's late 50s Willy's Jeep that he mostly used as a farm implement and snowplow. I don't think it had been registered for a few decades but we took it in the woods and such.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Which street is it if you||
Which street is it if you don't mind my asking?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||A sitting president comes to||
A sitting president comes to town and he stays in some dude's apartment?! What?! Was Falk's apartment the second floor of the golf course clubhouse or something? That would make a little bit of sense, but still. I don't know of any other buildings surrounding the course where there might be an apartment other than in one of the houses on State St. Were there no hotels in Ann Arbor in the 70s? Bo or the the pres of the university couldn't share their homes? I need to get this book just to figure out how this all came to be!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||1998 Volkswagen GTI, in 1998.||
1998 Volkswagen GTI, in 1998. Slow version, though -- 2.0L I4 w/automatic. My dad worked for Volkswagen, and the company car perks he got (and still gets as a retiree) for the family were amazing. Mostly because it meant a new VW every year for my brother, dad, and I, and included corporate fleet insurance. I'm 33 and still have never had to get car insurance. I can only imagine how much $$ that has saved me and my family over the years. I'm on VW #18 now with one Audi thrown in there. He was just a normal white collar office worker, not a manager, and is now retired. I still can't believe the deal VW gives their employees!!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Karl Pilkington! What a||
Karl Pilkington! What a treasure. The Gervais/Merchant/Pilkington podcasts have accompanied me for countless hours of road trips over the last 5+ years!
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Dentist or pharmacist. Good||
Dentist or pharmacist. Good hours, can work anywhere, can have your own practice, and pretty high pay without the rigors of being a full M.D. That said, I'm pretty happy being an engineer.
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|1 year 33 weeks ago||I think you'll respect it||
I think you'll respect it when it walks away from an F50 to 60 mph!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Yep. I noticed you picked||
Yep. I noticed you picked the CTS V Wagon below. Solid choice. Wagons have at least as much utility as a large-size SUV, but in the case of the wagons we picked, are faster than just about anything short of a supercar in a straight line. And not much slower on a track.
Also, the Mercedes AMG Wagon has 4Matic all wheel drive. It's truly the most impressive all-around vehicle I can imagine!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Merc E-Class Wagon AMG.||
Merc E-Class Wagon AMG. Surprised to not see any BMW M cars on here, considering their excellent balance of space, utility, performance, and rarity. If I didn't see any need to haul around a family, then it would be a 911 Carrera S. The E-wagon has more than enough utility, tons of luxury, and so, so much power.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I enjoy Dick Vitale as an||
I enjoy Dick Vitale as an announcer, and Duke as a basketball program.
Attending football games is such a pain in the neck. Takes all day, weather is usually bad, expensive, prevents me from watching other games, etc etc. I enjoy attending basketball games much more.
I admire the Nebraska football program pre-Mike-Riley. Doesn't bother me at all that they split our 1997 Championship. Not their fault.
It annoys me when people complain about the high number of bowls. Um, so don't watch. It's college football, our favorite sport! Why would anyone complain about there being more of it? Do these people complain about getting frequent paychecks because going to the bank takes 10 minutes of your time? If you like CFB, then don't complain about having the opportunity to watch more of it, especially during the holidays when we're at home with nothing else to do!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Writing that it's a bad idea||
Writing that it's a bad idea is fine (and correct). Threatening to destroy his future is different.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||We know that we don't have an||
We know that we don't have an athletic director with one lick of experience in an athletic department. That is the issue. There are many options with experience and instead, if you believe the tweets, we landed on a retiree with no direct experience. That's what we know, and it's frustrating when considering Michigan's resources and options.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I believe that in this thread||
I believe that in this thread we're discussing the implications of what Bruce Feldman and others have said is true - that Hackett is the permanent AD. I don't care if the search takes a long time and he's interim for awhile. But to just hand over the reins to him because he's already settled in the office and Schlissel doesn't want to deal with athletics is what bothers me (also a hypothetical, granted).
|2 years 2 weeks ago||[Dbl Post]||
|2 years 2 weeks ago||You know who might be even||
You know who might be even more different than Dave Brandon? An actual Athletic Director with experience being a successful Athletic Director! Of which there are many with Michigan ties! Why should we be in the position of 'hoping for the best' when we can just HIRE the exact description of what want???
|2 years 2 weeks ago||There's also no evidence to||
There's also no evidence to say that this is a GOOD thing. Just the virtue of not being Dave Brandon does not qualify someone to be athletic director. We should not have to hope and pray that it works out. Haven't we done enough of that recently?
|2 years 2 weeks ago||You know who else isn't||
You know who else isn't Brandon? Me, you, and most other human beings on the planet. "I'm Not Dave Brandon" shouldn't be the best statement on the resume of the person hired to run one of the largest athletic departments in the country tasked with making a critical football coach hire. There are so many other options out there that have actual experience working in an athletic department - or even as Athletic Directors!!! - that also aren't Dave Brandon. Come on, we deserve better than to hire someone that's not DB and hope he works out. If this is true, it's like the Hoke hire. Lazy. Schlissel has told us that he'd rather do anything else other than worry about athletics, and he's proving that he's a man of his word with this.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Congrats on making it to the||
Congrats on making it to the ToC! A friend of mine who was a 1-day winner in the 90s has great stories from his experience on the show and we enjoy rewatching his episodes every year. His interviews with Alex were particularly cringeworthy.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||What if universities turned||
What if universities turned "Athletic Performance" into a major, like "Clarinet Performance" or "Modern Dance Performance" are? The athletes could be seen as merely fulfilling graduation requirements, not acting as employees. I've long thought this was a good idea just for the reason that universities wouldn't have to deal with putting window-dressing on the academic pursuits of athletes. Football is a form of entertainment just like dance or music, so why not make it a major, right?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Having memories of my parents||
Having memories of my parents at my current age makes me feel old. It doesn't seem so long ago that they were my age, and NOW look at them!