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|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, I skipped my own||
Yes, I skipped my own graduation in the stadium and just went to my department ceremony and reception for exactly that reason. But since then, I have attended a lot of other similar graduations at large universities and have learned to appreciate the atmosphere of a very large group of people celebrating a very happy occasion. Attending graduations of the children of siblings has become a tradition in our extended family. But to be completely honest, the biggest event for all of us that weekend is my son's commissioning ceremony.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for alll the||
Thanks for alll the suggestions!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The owners of Kana passed the||
The owners of Kana passed the business along to their sons, who moved it to West Liberty and turned it into Pacific Rim - a high-end Asian fusion place. I've had some great meals there but it is very different that the original Kana.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I have been a season ticket||
I have been a season ticket holder for 26 years minus a one-year break during the Brandon years. Ticket price increases, including the seat license fee added by Brandon, are probably the biggest factor in the drop in attendance. I was one of those fans who was unwilling to pay 2-4 times a much for tickets when Brandon decided to gouge us. Now I am sitting at the top of the upper bowl looking at a half-full lower bowl and wondering why the Athletic Department hasn't done anything to repair the damage they did to long-time fan loyalty.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Huron High, not Ypsi||
Cindy Ofili went to Huron High in Ann Arbor. I remember seeing her in HS meets when my son ran for Skyline.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||These are also great||
These are also great marinated in teriyaki sauce for an hour before grilling. If you don't have time to make the sauce, use Soy Vay Island Teriyaki for a savory-sweet taste or Kikkoman Spicy Miso Teriyaki for something with a bit more kick. This is one of the easiest, quickest, and tastiest things you can grill.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I am pretty sure it was also||
I am pretty sure it was also a massage parlor for part of the time between Bo's and Seoul Garden. That incarnation was closed during a big crackdown on massage parlors in Ann Arbor in the '90s.
Regarding the earlier comment about how unsuccessful restaurants in that area have been, Seoul Garden has been the exception. I think it was the first place in southeast Michigan to serve Koren BBQ. I haven't been there in years, but I remember some great meals there.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Absolutely true. I don't||
Absolutely true. I don't understand either why people look down on agriculture as a legitimate area of academic study. Is it because it is too "practical"? If that's your reason, how is it different from engineering? Or is it because people look down on farming as a profession? If that's your reason, maybe you should trying growing all of your own food for awhile.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I am a huge fan of the books||
I am a huge fan of the books - read through the whole series three times. Great writing!
|2 years 2 weeks ago||When my oldest was a senior,||
When my oldest was a senior, about 160 kids from his class at Huron HS were accepted at Michigan. But the desire to get out of the town you grew up in can be very, very strong.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||My three kids grew up in Ann||
My three kids grew up in Ann Arbor and while they love the place, they were all strongly motivated to leave town. Two choose to go to other schools, but the third decided at the last minute to go to UM. In the end, they all made the right choices.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I'll add another vote for||
I'll add another vote for Logan. Had dinner for 6 there this Friday and everything was great. I think it is the best high end, white tablecloth place in town right now.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||If I remember correctly,||
If I remember correctly, Manny Harris got an injury that nagged him for a substantial part of the season the one time Beilein had a Midnight Madness practice.
The lack of a Midnight Madness practice never bothered me. Save the hype for the games.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Sorry - I looked, but missed||
Sorry - I looked, but missed the earlier post. Feel free to delete.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Zoom in using the slider at||
Zoom in using the slider at the top right. Detail goes down to each zip code.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Jasper - I went to your web||
Jasper - I went to your web site - very nice photographs!! I am envious.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Thanks for the comments and||
Thanks for the comments and advice. With the "no bags" rule I will leave my 300mm at home, just take my 18-200 on the camera, and hope I don't end up having to walk back to my car to drop it off.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Why stop at one? After the||
Why stop at one? After the first one, additional ones are easy. And sometimes they keep each other busy so you can get other things done.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||As a parent of premie twins,||
As a parent of premie twins, I can relate. Serious sleep deprivation for about 6 months. It does get better - mine graduated from college this year.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Congratulations! Welcome to||
Congratulations! Welcome to life's greatest adventure.
My advice regarding your questions:
1) Remember that your family is more important than your fandom. There will be times when the right decision is to record the game and watch it later
2) Rather than focusing on indoctrination, teach her to be a good fan. When it comes time for college, if Columbus or some other place is best for her, give her your love and support. You don't have to root for her school, but you do have to root for her.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I'm not sure why it matters||
I'm not sure why it matters that he isn't an alum. It is an administrative position, with job responsibilities very similar to a lot of other adminstrative positions. There are a lot of administrators at UM that aren't alums, just like there are a lot of professors who didn't graduate from UM. Should every coach and administrator in the Athletic Department be a former UM athlete?
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I haven't seen any evidence||
I haven't seen any evidence that the organization is falling apart. Alumni organizations exist to help keep alums connected to their schools. They encourage you to join by providing certain services that you may or may not like or want - things like a magazine, alumni events, discounts for things like insurance, etc. If you don't like those things, don't join. I joined the Alumni Association for one reason - access to Camp Michigania. For me, that made it worth well more than the cost.
I agree that donations (above the cost of AAUM membership) are better directed elsewhere in the University. I give annually to the School I graduated from. I know I got a good education there and I feel that I am paying back for the financial support I got from UM while I was a student. I love UM sports, but refuse to donate to the Athletic Department, including PSDs - which has caused me to give up my season basketball tickets after 23 years.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||You are all missing Camp||
You are all missing Camp Michigania - the best membership benefit of the Alumni Association.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||This is a great discussion of||
This is a great discussion of Beilein's offensive strategy. I don't have any X's and O's stuff to add, but I do think it is important to acknowledge how important the unselfish team culture that Beilein, his staff, and his players have created is in making this offense work. For as long as I have been a Michigan basketball fan, a common question has been: who will put the team on his back late in a tight game. I don't worry so much about that anymore.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||When we left last Saturday,||
When we left last Saturday, there was still a small pile of left over winter crud where the plow dumped everything all winter. I am hoping it's gone by the time we get back.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||On the beach in South||
On the beach in South Carolina after a very long Michigan winter.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||No sour grapes - didn't like||
No sour grapes - didn't like him before Michigan played them and still don't like him. Two vacated final four appearances at two different schools is enough to convince me he's a cheater. And no, I wouldn't love to have him in Ann Arbor. Better to have a very good clean program than a great dirty one.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Great analysis of the pros||
Great analysis of the pros and cons of staying. What I appreciate the most is that the OP doesn't presume to tell Nik, Glenn, and Mitch what is best for them. This is a really complicated, very personal decision. I am dismayed when I read comments that speculate on college athletes personal financial circumstances (e.g., "Glenn's father was an NBA star so he doesn't need the money") or that imply that leaving is disloyal - largely because it would disappoint fans. None of us can put ourselves in their shoes and they don't owe us anything.
As a fan, I have really enjoyed watching all three of them. I would love to be able to see them play for Michigan for couple more years, but I respect whatever decisions they make, and will follow their future athletic careers wherever they end up. And whatever they decide, I am optimistic about next season.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I started watching Big 10||
I started watching Big 10 basketball seriously during Orr years and have been a season ticketholder since the beginning of the Fisher era. I like watching disciplined, unselfish teams that play above their individual talent level. In that respect, Beilein is far superior to either Fisher or Frieder. Similar to a previous comment, I left many games during the Fisher era thinking I had seen some amazing basketball talent, but rarely that I had seen a well-coached game. Not so during the Beilein era.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||As a Michigan fan with season||
As a Michigan fan with season tickets for the past 23 years, I am very, very proud of this team. How can you not love a team as unselfish and over-achieving as they have been? Credit to the Beilein and the coaching staff for creating a great team culture. I am looking forward to next year.