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|5 hours 42 min ago||Rage||
Ferns dropped from #84 to #128? That drops him to the top 0.011% of all high school football players in America, instead of the top 0.007%!!! Unbelievable!!! <Insert recruiting service here> SUCKS!!!!
|10 hours 15 min ago||and the results are in||
Met Mike over lunch and determined that we are both dorks, but that he is a bigger geek, while I am a bigger nerd. So there you go.
Also, nice meeting you in person, Mike!
|13 hours 23 min ago||I used to call white people||
I used to call white people "Occidental" ;)
Almost nobody got that :(
|1 day 8 hours ago||Mike and I work at the same||
Mike and I work at the same company and we're having lunch tomorrow. We can report back on each others' levels of dorkiness...
|1 day 8 hours ago||lol||
My sister would always pull the "Oriental is a rug" thing in high school and make people very uncomfortable (while we were giggling inside).
I'm a bit less politically correct than my sis.
|1 day 10 hours ago||First female left tackle at||
First female left tackle at UM. She's already riding donkeys.
Then again, I don't really know how I'd feel if my little girl were 6'7" and 310 lbs... Yikes!
|1 day 12 hours ago||I nearly busted a gut at this||
I nearly busted a gut at this comment, lol
|1 day 12 hours ago||Thanks for reminding me to||
Thanks for reminding me to back up all my family pics/vids on my external hard drive.
|1 day 12 hours ago||That is SO awesome. Soo, if||
That is SO awesome. Soo, if I give you my address and my kids' head sizes... ;)
|1 day 12 hours ago||The dingo ate my baby!!!||
The dingo ate my baby!!!
|1 day 12 hours ago||That is totally cute. Just||
That is totally cute. Just wait until he's older and he asks to go to Costco for the free samples. There is an upscale grocery down the street from our house and my youngest always asks to go there for samples on Saturday.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Ok, you got me||
And I'll keep with the baby theme.
My first when she was just a couple months old:
My second at about 1.5 years old (and you can't tell from this picture, but I'm actually wearing the same shirt as the picture above - 2 years later!):
|1 day 12 hours ago||They're not babies anymore,||
They're not babies anymore, but my 2 girls last spring in AA
|1 day 14 hours ago||http://www.futuro-usa.com/wps||
I have a few pairs of these I wear when I'm on a plane (average 4-6 times a month) and they're pretty awesome.
|1 day 23 hours ago||The following year||
We had UN secretary general Kofi Annan, so we had it pretty good.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Inigo, not Indigo. I have||
Inigo, not Indigo. I have nothing else to add, as all this football stuff (weird that you'd talk so much football on a site dedicated to The Princess Bride and The Smiths) is out of my depth. Did I mention that I'm just here for the submarine sandwiches?
|6 days 7 hours ago||ah yes||
Good ol' Snoop Lion...
|6 days 7 hours ago||Mark Dantonio with his||
Mark Dantonio with his primary rival.
Oh bummer. It appears their "main rival" already has a date with osu...
|1 week 8 hours ago||wow||
They miss Michigan, michigan state, ohio state, and Penn State, and get Maryland and Rutgers from the East. The only reasonably tough team is Nebraska. Yeesh, that's just silly.
|1 week 12 hours ago||question||
What does "Lacks some functional strength" mean? That he just needs to bulk up and get stronger, or something more specific?
|1 week 1 day ago||Well||
At least we're sure it isn't hoke's toilet, which would be a normal white toilet with gold poop.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's right||
It's pronounced Mizurruh.
|1 week 2 days ago||That cartoon thing on the||
That cartoon thing on the left side of the front page (currently) might be a bit inappropriate with some of the imagery, but he's definitely taken to it otherwise.
|1 week 3 days ago||Dream school - love it!||
Dream school - love it!
|1 week 5 days ago||RCMB crashes chrome on my||
RCMB crashes chrome on my iPad. Just saying.
Welcome aboard! Go Blue!
|1 week 5 days ago||Wrong||
Clearly, they are planning to announce their decisions at the Michigan Men's Glee Club spring tour concert at Alice Tully Hall in NYC on May 18th.
They will join the alumni on stage for the singing of Varsity and The Victors.
|1 week 6 days ago||Ha!||
So true. And did I mention that I typed my applications and essays on a Brother electric typewriter? I changed a few ribbons, for sure. I don't think youngsters these days truly appreciate what a pain it was to get theapplications aligned to the ribbon so they'd type above the lines and not ON the lines!
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||or maybe Oregon. Utah and||
or maybe Oregon. Utah and BYU also get their fair share of Polynesians.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||but||
Voltron is still on, right? Right????
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Mine||
TL;DR version: I grew up in Atlanta and applied to MIT, Columbia, Cornell, Michigan and GT (in order of preference). I was accepted to all except MIT. Somehow, I ended up choosing Michigan over the more prestigious Ivies.
Really long version:
I grew up in Atlanta, but knew I wanted to get out of state. I fancied myself a reasonably smart guy and just assumed I'd be getting into good schools, so I only applied to 5 schools. In order, from top to bottom choices - MIT, Columbia, Cornell, Michigan/Georgia Tech.
I actually received a scholarship offer from GT if I applied to and was accepted into their Textile Engineering program. Needless to say, I filled out the application one afternoon lying in front of the TV and was accepted within weeks. Tuition paid for, but still on the hook for books, room and board. Not that tuition was particularly expensive for in-staters at GT back in the mid-90s (it was once voted the top bang for the buck school or something). So that was one in the bag. If nothing else, I knew I was going to college SOMEWHERE.
My older sister ended up at Michigan in a journey not unlike mine, so that is where the motivation to apply there came from. She recommended that I send in my application as soon as rolling admissions opened, so I did. I believe I submitted the application in early September and found out I was accepted by mid-October. I know this because I scheduled a trip to visit my sister in AA after my acceptance, and it was the week of the 1993 Purdue game. Michigan was only 4-4 at that point, but pulled out the game in the 2nd half (first half was a bit of a snoozer, ending in a 10-10 tie, I believe). Anyway, I had a good time, but still didn't seriously consider it
My top choice was MIT. I thought I wanted to be an engineer (I'm not now), because it was either that, or lawyer or doctor. What else was an Asian kid to do, right? Anyway, I applied early entry and heard back in December that my application had been deferred. It was a long wait until April to hear I had finally been rejected.
Columbia was my clear #2, mainly because it was an Ivy and I really wanted to live in NY. I heard back in the spring that I had been accepted. However, my mom really put the kibosh on it. She was dead set against me moving to NYC, especially with all the outlandish horror stories she had heard about Harlem and crime and all that. No amount of arguing could change her mind, so that fell off my list and Michigan moved up another notch.
Cornell was my clear #3, so I visited my friend's older brother there in the spring. Of course, he was studying for MCATs and pretty much ignored me the entire time I was there. Thanks. Anyway, I was waitlisted in March or so, and I had to wait until last April - literally days before the deadline to confirm my enrollment somewhere - to hear that I was finally accepted. Of course, by that time, I was a bit soured on the Cornell experience. The campus was fine and school obviously great, but I had a horrible time there. There was nothing to do or see. It was also a GIANT pain getting there, as my PHL-ITH flight was cancelled and I had to fly into Elmyra and then get bussed to Ithica. Based on those experiences, I dropped them from consideration.
So now it was down to Michigan and GT.
The complicating factor - my mother had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease the year before. When it came down to it, I was having a crisis about whether to leave home for myself, or stay home for my mom. I knew she'd be ok with me at Michigan b/c my sister was already there, but I also know she wanted me close by. She did try to bribe me with a NEW CAR! Ultimately, I felt I had to do what was best for me and selected Michigan. There was a lot of angst, prayer, and discussion over the decision to Go Blue, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.