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|3 weeks 1 day ago||I know it's early, but that's||
I know it's early, but that's still the dumbest thing I've read today.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I agree completely. Go||
I agree completely.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know if it differs||
I don't know if it differs for the Athletic Dept. or not, but here is the University Brand and logo useage style guidelines.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||I suggest Bloody Mary's. The||
I suggest Bloody Mary's. The tomato juice and celery provide food so you don't have to stop for meals.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, it's Pasquale. He was||
Yeah, it's Pasquale. He was promoted this year to Marching Band Director as well.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I had the same||
I had the same experience...
unfortunately I put it all back on and then some once winter semester rolled around.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||The MMB has a new director||
The MMB has a new director this year. It'll be interesting to see the changes. The old director (Dr. Boerma) will still be duing music arranging, though.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Congrats! Joining the MMB was||
Congrats! Joining the MMB was easily the best decision I made in college.
Your daughter is going to make a boatload of life-long friends in the coming days, months and years.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||See for||
See for yourself
|36 weeks 2 days ago||It's Kevin Rose (the founder||
It's Kevin Rose (the founder of Digg) defending his dog.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Sounds delicious.||
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Depends WHEN you want to hear||
Depends WHEN you want to hear the band. Your suggestion is great for when the band is in the stands, unfortunately they will face away from you for most, if not all, of pregame and halftime. With the band now mic'd, you can hear them decently well from anywhere in the stadium, so sitting on the Michigan sideline is nice for halftime and pregame.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||A band-centric game day.||
-CMU tickets were starting at about 55 last time I checked stub-hub. Not bad at all.
-The band sits in the front of section 28. If you sit at all behind them the sound won't be an issue. All of the instruments are directional, after all. They do turn around for "Lets go Blue" sometimes, but that only happens a few times a game. As long as you're not RIGHT next to or behind them this won't be an issue.
-There's a lot of parking in the area around the stadium that can be had for $25-$30. Virtually every house in the Brown/Davis/Green street area will be selling spots. There are enough students for it to be fun, but not so much that it would be an issue to have kids/a family in the area. Personally, I suggest 833 Brown St. I used to live there, and it's still occupied by band kids We charged $30 when I lived there, I assume it's still the same. They'll also probably let you use the bathroom (we're very proud of it) which may be nice for kids.
- Definitely watch the band practice/drum step show/step off to the stadium. Practice will probably go from about 10:00-noon at Elbel. This is especially nice if your seats are in an area where you won't be able to see/hear halftime that well. The drumline step-show starts about an hour and a half before kickoff and takes place on the steps of Revelli Hall. Show up a bit earlier to get your kids to the front. The band will do inspection and step off for the Big House approxomately 1 hour before kickoff. This is also pretty fun and can get quite raucous (there are usually a good number of drunken band alumni around harassing the current bandsmen) The whole Hoover St area gets pretty crowded, so keep your kids close, but it is really fun and quite an experience.
- Law Quad is obviously gorgeous. Really, I don't think you can go wrong walking around campus. Students will be moving in and everything should be nice and exciting. I also suggest checking out the Clements Library (boring for the kids, but still a gorgeous reading room. Better than the Law Library in my opinion.) Then take the kids for some fun times at Pinball Pete's. Video arcades are practically a foreign concept for kids these days, so it should be pretty neat for them. As for other kid friendly activities on Friday, I suggest hitting up some museums. UMMA (Art museum) is great, but will probably bore the kids. I would suggest going to the Ruthven Natural history museum. Admission is free (but a donation is nice) and has some excellent dinosaur displays. The Hall of Evolution has several dinosaur skeletons and is really great.
-Food: see the "where to eat in Ann Arbor" article under useful stuff at the top of the page.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||The band plays it after every||
The band plays it after every game, along with a few other traditionals and selections from that week's halftime show. Most people don't stick around for the post-game show, though. I won't blame you for not knowing.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||The Baconomicon!||
|1 year 3 weeks ago||BEERS AND SUBS||
BEERS AND SUBS
|1 year 3 weeks ago||UPVOTES FOR EVERYONE||
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I hope U-M makes an effort to||
I hope U-M makes an effort to keep playing the non B1G Michigan teams. I seem to recall reading that NMU wanted to keep playing U-M, but only if Michigan was also willing to play in Marquette (ie. No payday games in Ann Arbor). I wonder if any of the other Michigan schools have taken that stance.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||NOT a good year for me so||
NOT a good year for me so far.
16-16 headed into the weekend.
5 elite eight teams left
3 final four teams left.
On the upside, I picked FGCU and Ole Miss. I almost looked awesome with Southern, but stupid Gonzaga had to win.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Oh, I'm well aware. This||
Oh, I'm well aware. This bracket methodology is probably the only thing my History degree has been useful far.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I started doing brakets||
I started doing brakets before I really started following college basketball because my friends were doing a pool and I decided to get in on it. Of course, I knew nothing beyond how teams were seeded and I didn't want to go with that, so I developed my own personal mascot challenge system. I choose every games based on which mascot would win in a fight. Sometimes it's obvious (eg. a Wolverine beats a jackrabbit 10 times out of 10) but sometimes it gets interesting and you have to do some reasearch. Does a Spartan beat a Trojan (yes. A Spartan would never fall for the old wooden horse trick) Does a commodore beat a boilermaker (again, yes. Presumably the commodore has a fleet, or at least a warship , at his disposal. The Boilermaker just has a train.)
I haven't done my bracket yet this year, so I haven't had a chance to look at any particularly interesting matchups, but if you need help deciding a game, I suggest using the mascot method.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I generally hate Ishpeming||
I generally hate Ishpeming (Go Redmen, etc. etc.) but I was so happy to see them win it all this year. Good for you, Hematites!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I can't speak for most of||
I can't speak for most of these arenas, but I thought the write up on the Berry at NMU was pretty much spot on. I grew up going to games at the old Lakeview Arena and then the Berry and always had a great time. Also, Marquette is great and everyone should visit.
Seriously, bring us your tourism dollars.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yep. Pretty telling that half||
Yep. Pretty telling that half of the elite 8 teams are from the B1G (Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State and Nebraska). Too bad PSU and Minny have to play each other so there's not the potential for an all B1G Final Four.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||you can't really tell from||
you can't really tell from the still image, but in a video replay you can see his arm get pushed into his helmet which forces the ball out, so I dont thing that rule would apply anyway.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Strange?||
I don't know about that. I've always thought that gymnastics was maybe the best overall display of pure strength and general athleticism in the entirety of the olympics.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I believe you mean Michigaine||
I believe you mean Michigaine Stadium
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale||
Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale for now. I might switch to something harder in a bit, but I have to get up at 6:00 for work, so we'll see if that happens.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I know you specifically||
I know you specifically mentioned hand rolled, but I'm going to completely ignore that and suggest http://international.villiger-cigars.de/en/round-and-pressed.html . Specifically the box pressed, maduro variety.
I have very little experince with cigarillos or flavored cigars, but those little Villigers cheap and a really excellent short smoke.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Take it from me, I'm a tobacconist.||
If the price of the cigar seems too good to be true, it (of course) is. It's not at all un-common for people/stores to put fake bands on cigars and Cuban in order to prey on American tourists. If you do decide to buy them find a reputable business to purchase them from, avoid anything too touristy. If you're not willing to pay a decent amount, there's no reason to get Cubans because you'll just be paying a premium for the country of origin.
Now, if you're looking to get some Cubans just for the novelty of it, go for it. If you're expecting them to be miles ahead of what you can get in the US, don't waste your time. Yeah, a good Cuban Cohiba or Montecristo will probably be great, but it's going to cost the same or (more likely) more than an equally good, if not better cigar from Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic.
As to sneaking them back into the US I have no suggestions. I know people who have had no problems at all, and I know people who have had them confiscated, more often than not people seemt to bring them back without too much trouble. Putting them in a checked bag seems to be the easiest way. However, you should know that maintaining good humidity and temperature is crucial to keeping the cigars in good quality (70 farenheit at 70% humidity is a good rule of thumb) and maintaining this in the cargo hold of an airplane is quite difficult.
My advice? Buy a good Montecristo or Cohiba in Brazil and smoke them with a great cup of coffee. Then come back to the US and buy an Opus X or a good Padron (like the 1964 or 80th anniversario). Even better, find your local tobacconist and talk to him about what's good that he has in stock. [Time for a shameless plug->] If you're in Ann Arbor, come to Maison-Edwards and we'll get you situated.