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|5 weeks 1 day ago||M PDX Alumini Group has a happy hour Weds 3.22, 6 pm||
At Lucky Lab at 1700 N. Killingsworth. I'll be there wearing the only objectively handsome Adiddas M gear ever made - their track jacket with the winged helmet sleeve. Its special.
17 years in Detroit
7 in Ann Arbor
24 in Pdx
I'd love to log more time again in A2, but PDX is pretty damn nice.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Duh... Brad Underwood||
He's a quality coach, great weave, great screens. Players have enthusiasm
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Pint Goes Best in the Small of your Back||
You are much more likely to be found out if the pint is in the front of your pants then the small of your back, which has a natural inward curve (depending whether your physique is more akin to Brady Hoke or Jim Harbaugh).
I've brought traveler fifths in the small of my back (i'm skinnier than Jimbo) into many stadiums with no problem at all.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Throwing us a bone||
Yes, I don't know how enduring the Flying Circus has been, but when I saw Grail at Wayne State campus in high school, I realized there was a whole world to which I had not yet, but needed to be exposed.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||No helmet, no cycle||
No matter how great of a cyclist you are, you WILL go down. Whether it's road conditions -- some marked, some unmarked, human error -- yourself, another cyclist, pedestrian or driver, or mechanic probs.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Disc brakes can...||
Save your teeth (or more) and save your wheels (dirt plus clinching down on brake shoes will wear your wheels down until they are no longer structurally sound).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Bike Recommendation||
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Delay from a Defense Lawyer's Perspective||
Starters, I've never practied in Michigan, but I'm M '88, M Law '91. I've handled all kinds of cases (good and bad) in state and federal courts in the lawless land of Oregon. Mostly criminal and civil rights, some complex civil litigation. I've tried A LOT of cases and hangle A LOT of cases with sex crime allegations.
All things you point to are correct, but still from a strategic point there are many, maybe uncountable numbers of reasons for delay.
1. Delay gives time for a defendant to show they are good person, get in counseling, undergo evaluations, show this was an aberrant mistake in the context of their life;
2.Delay gives defense investigation time to percolate, which means not only digging up dirt on the witnesses, but pursue counseling records and other impeachable evidence; the prosecutor's case is handed to them, seldom do they do any post-charge investigation of any sort;
3. Delay gives lawyers a chance to develop a relationship and negotiate; while I love efficiencies and "let's cut to the chase," time lets it ferment and get better;
4. Delay sometimes soften's the blow of the case, makes the victim less angry, makes the behavior seem less shocking; sometimes system folks will get more numb over time;
5. Delay allows you to wear down the prosecutor and court's resistence to what is really a fair resolution (from client's perspective);
6. Delay give lawyer a chance to build a solid relationship with client so lawyer and client can know they are truly on the "same team" and can come to a joint decision;
7. Delay happens because of docketing concerns, i.e. there are way too many cases charged, way more than the docket can handle if they all went to trial; I can recall when I was a public defender advocating that we send every case to trial and break the dockets, exert some political power over the DA's who make stupid charging decisions (clearly I was fired up from reading Lenin and thinking I was representing the lumpen proletariat); and
8. Many, many other good reasons.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||O.J.: Made in America, ESPN 30 for 30||
If you haven't seen it, its highly recommended. Besides giving tremendous societal insights into race relations in L.A. and how the unhealthy dynamic certainly contributed to the surprising verdict, it has great courtroom scenes and really captures the trial drama and strategy in a very-true-to-experience fashion.
And the scene where OJ appears before the Nevada Parole Board and gets questioned about the grisly double homicide is PRICELESS. Makes me believe parole is unlikely.
As a matter of background, I was a newby LA lawyer during the Rodney King riots -- having fled downtown as I watched the city burn, started as a public defender during the OJ Bronco slow-speed chase, and the OJ trial was a great topic of conversation amongst my peers. Watched the verdict in presiding court with collegues, including a good friend prosecutor.
25 years later I'm still a trial lawyer, having represented many charged with grisly offenses and having tried (and won and lost) many difficult cases. What you see in this trial is how the unexpected comes up, minute details which can be exploited by talented attorneys, and how the social construct, i.e. institutional racism in LA directly led to what appears to most, including me, as a horrible miscarriage of justice.
O.J. was a monster. That double homicide was incredibly gruesome.
M '88, M Law '91
|9 weeks 1 day ago||2016 Honda Pilot Elite||
Last month I picked one up with about 8K miles on it. Granted I am up in the mountains a lot and need the AWD. I also went Elite because I'm up in the mountains a lot and figured the extra safety features were worth it vs. one bad accident on a mountain road (with kids or wife). Ran about $42K.
Sold a 2005 Acura MDX.
The Pilot is a major, major upgrade, tons of safety features, drives beautifully. Love the lane assistance and driver assisted cruise control. Very roomy. Easy to use interface, great heating system. Second row captains chairs, heated, keeps the kiddos very happy. Heated steering wheel makes the wife very happy. Handles great in the snow.
There are killer deals on financing right now. I went on light to Lightstream (division of SunTrust Bank), got approved in under 24 hours for 1.9% on a 36 month loan.
I expect to be driving this for many years to come.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Sometimes Divorce is the Only Choice||
My first marriage was the perfect "sham" marriage. Looked great on the outside, unhealthy on the inside. Shocked family, friends, and neighbors when separation became public as we were the anchor of a large group of friends and family.
We carried on keeping the conflict from the kids for an extended period of time (separated for a year w/o the kids knowing) trying to protect them from harm if we could work it out. In the end, I pulled the cord because staying in the sham marriage was too stressful and took a serious toll on my emotional and physical health -- not to mention my law practice.
I gave the ex plenty of warning that if things did not change and she did not re-engage meaningfully, the rip cord was coming, and really when I pulled the cord it was because of the physical toll. I realized the ex didn't care that my health was suffering (heart disease runs in my family) and that I had to divorce my ex BECAUSE I loved my daughters, they needed me as their mom was "checked out" and undergoing an extendd identity crisis, and that I was not going to make it much longer w/o long term effects.
Pulling the cord was one of the most painful things I've ever done, but I have no doubt it was the right choice and I'd do it again in the same situation.
I'm happier, healthier, and learned a ton from the experience.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Get Thee to a Parenting Coordinator||
Much of what you describe is familiar to me and my life. Not going to run down my list of horrors, but can wholeheartedly address this approach:
1. Stop fighting with the ex and learn to accept that this is toxic person who is inexoraby in your life, that you'll have to deal with this person for years for the health of your children, and if you just stop fighting (not give in, just withdraw), it'll make you a heck of a lot healthier and happier. And can keep negative stuff from bleeding into your new marriage (which sounds a lot like mine, not perfect, but much, much healthier and with someone who really loves our kids, puts them first);
2. Find a good parenting coordinator. Mine is a clinical psychologist who is often appointed by the courts (we did it on our own). Parenting coordinator gives a) a neutral third party who can check the ex on her behavior and choices; b) a safe forum to explain why what's going on is bad from your perspective; c) someone who can tell the ex that I don't have to accomodate her temper tantrums, that parential alienation is bad for the kids, and I get to say "no" to endless parental accomodations and she has to learn to deal with it.
Added expense to the post-divorce life = worth every penny.
One last piece of advice, every time your ex is a jerk, just treat it as a welcome reminder why divorce was necessary and that it would have been miserable life had it all "worked out." Sometimes I have had a running internal dialogue where I think "Thank you" and smile, thereby turning a possible negative interaction into a positive.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||Imagine the worst||
Rubber neckers in large cities destroy the flow. I used to go crazy during my 2-3 year stay in So. Cal., the "fake" traffic jams caused by a car on the side of the road, not impeding a lane at all, but one little brake causes an accordian ripple which eventually results in a 10 MPH stretch.
Traffic is getting bad in Pdx too, which is why I opt out as much as I can for my velocipide.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||Average age of cars on the road 11.4 years||
I'm surprised and thought with all of the new technologies and rapidly increasing efficiencies that your comment would be off, but you're spot on.
If we could just hold gas at $6.00/gallon (many places we could put the tax revenue), I do think the consumer would be more likely to turnover their cars, or look to alternatives.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Jersey Fit/Running Not Recommended||
I have the Maize race jersey medium and the heavyweight long sleeve shirt medium.
I'm 6'0" 175# (trying to get back to 168# after a bike accident and rehab from a complete AC separation), long torso, long arms, and the mediums fit me perfectly, but I like my cycling clothes to fit pretty tight (no wind flapping when I'm out with the crew).
I really like the Maize as its pretty high visibility and I'm often riding on the hills on two lane roads. These are very sharp, I get lots of positive comments from them. High quality.
I agree I would never wear them running as what I'm looking for in a running shirt is different, no elastic, no rubber seams, slightly looser fit, less zipper than you'd find on this shirt. I think these would be uncomfortable for that purpose.
Like them enough that I just ordered the Great Lakes jersey and arm warmers. Have not tried the bibs or shorts as "full kit" is too flashy for me if I'm not on the "team," so cannot comment further.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Lawrence Tech, academics made the difference||
Lawrence Tech, academics made the difference
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Ufer's Play-by-Play is Greatly Underrated||
So much love for Ufer for his "homer" calls, but really when I go back and listen to tapes of his play calling, it was incredibly descriptive, players, formations, movement. Something that makes today's radio announcers generally un-listenable. I love Brandy and Dierdorf, certainly, but not for how they call the game. Frank Beckmann was much better -- even if his career ended on a downslide and an unfortunate newspaper column controversy.
As a youth, I seldom watched M football, but almost never missed Ufer calling the game on the radio. When I did turn on the tube, the tube's volume was off and Ufer was on the radio.
WTKA had a great feature on M's bye week last season where they played an entire game from the Ufer era. I'm looking forward to the bye week next season -- highly recommended!!!
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Nice Alter-Ego Image||
Haven't seen yours before, we might be brothers!
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Zingerman's is not "just a deli"||
Granted I visit the temple of gastronomy about one a year these days -- I used to live about 1/2 block away -- but its really an incredible food speciality store. Not saying others cannot make outstanding sandwiches, salads and desserts, but the place is special. Every item, every ingredient. Granted also, the price tag it comes with is extra special.
I get too there is much resentment of the place because of the long-standing aura and that students are priced out the place unless you're a trust-a-farian or the parents are in town, but the place is epic.
My other favorites from years gone past (some around, some gone):
Angelo's (the old man was a grump, but I loved running into Shakey Jake and spinning his ear)
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||Didn't Jamie leave the M||
Didn't Jamie leave the M staff on less-than-positive terms? I don't recall the scuttle, but recall it surprising me. He was a great back, immense heart.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I'd love a decent quality pic||
I'd love a decent quality pic of diamond M end zone in the Shoe if anyone has a line. Worth framing for certain.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Hit me up if u have a line<br /><br />[email protected]||
Hit me up if u have a line
|14 weeks 4 days ago||My first hourly job was at||
My first hourly job was at Taco Bell on Ford Road in Garden City. $3.35/hour and disco burnt orange uni, circa 1983-84. I thought I was rich!!
Stuff I ate then I wouldn't touch now, but I still hit the drive thru when I'm on the road in a pinch. Spicy bean burrito and 7 layer burrito, no sour cream, w/green sauce, two fire on each and I'm good to go.
Green sauce is a great hidden menu add-on, but not all carry it.
I'd prefer La Shish (many locations in MI, now closed) or Mediterranean Garden (A2, open still?), but take out would be cold by the time it got to Portland.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Portland Will Not Support NFL||
We've got the Blazers, Timbers and Thorns. That's as big as we want to be. Seahawks are close enough.
Most likely new franchise in Puddletown is NHL -- we have a very successful minor league franchise.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||M Fans Eat their Young||
We are fortunate to have one of the very best coaches in college football. Bright, funny, bleeds Maize and Blue. We have got to take a deep breath and realize how far we have come.
In Year Harbaugh -1: 5-7, terrible team, embarrassingly disorganized. Led to ouster of HC and AD, rightly so.
In Year Harbaugh 1: we overachieved at 10-3, could easily have been 8-5 (losses against Minny and Hoosiers). If that occurred we would have been understandingly a little less rosy about prospects for the next (this) year, but would know we were headed in the right direction. Instead, we set the bar very high for Year Harbaugh 2 because we were ahead of schedule, fortunate in a couple of very close games.
In Year Harbaugh 2: we hit it about right at 10-3. Yes our three losses were by a combined 5 points (pretty remarkable), and yes some of the good fortune from Year 1 did not make it to Year 2, but 10-3 in Year 2 is pretty damn good. Yes I'd like to have 8 more strategically placed points, but we are headed in the right direction.
In Year Harbaugh 3 we had better be careful, knowing how much we lose in senior leadership, Peppers and Newsome, that we don't risk Harbaugh wondering if he can "feel the love" somewhere besides A2. Yes I want a BIG title and Nattie 4. We will get there.
Perspective people. If we chase Harbaugh off, or 18 year old recruits with stupid Twottters, who's going to take the helm at Schembechler Hall.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Ponzi Winery||
Another Michigan connection. I knew Ponzi relatives growing up in greater Detroit. Decent wine too.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Carl was a damn good coach!!!||
Carl was a damn good coach!!!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||When D'ohTonio retires Sparty||
When D'ohTonio retires Sparty is going to propose to Narduzzi, and they just might get him. Hope they don't, but can easily see him returning.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Why not put a camera on the||
Why not put a camera on the first down stick? Hard to get a more integrated camera position than that.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||No Chance at Les||
First, Les wants to be No. 1, not No. 3 behind Harbaugh and Brown as DL coach, or if OL coach, he'd be No. 3 behind Harbaugh and the new OC (or Fisch).
Second, Les sucks too much oxygen out of the room, if he and Harbs disagreed, it'd be much too much lockerroom stress. Too many cooks...