that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|13 weeks 4 days ago||wasn't thinking i'd find a thread||
wasn't thinking i'd find a thread to post this in, but mgoblog never disappoints. we're heading up for a short trip to arcadia this weekend and are looking for cross country skiing areas. anyone know of good places around there? we're not terribly experienced, but have both done it before and are reasonably fit. we'd need to rent equipment.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||i can tell you how it was||
i can tell you how it was when i worked there - it may have changed. thursday night was the night the athletes visited. a group of michigan athletes would walk around room to room, signing hats and talking to the kids. as far as i know, there was a group for every floor and they tried to visit every room, but if a kid was sleeping, had a doctor in the room, was in isolation precautions, etc. they may miss the visit. the vast majority of the time, the athletes were not football/basketball - i met people from golf, softball, baseball, track, cross country, etc. if your friend was there over a thursday, i would be fairly certain they met some athletes.
my story from the golf weekend was the first time it was officially the hutch/griese/woodson deal. the visit to mott was kind of unofficial - some guys were going to do it, and they invited anyone who wanted to come up. since they had such a strong response, it was more organized the next year and i think they had the players all together in one room, where patients could go and visit, with a much smaller contigent walking around and paying quick visits to the patients who couldn't leave their rooms.
one year after the red wings won the stanley cup, one of the players (can't remember who!) decided to bring it up to mott during the time he had it. they kinda just took it room to room. it was pretty cool.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||few stories||
i have told all these before, but i think they are worth repeating. i worked as a nurse at mott from 2006-2013 and had the pleasure of seeing the joy athletes can bring to sick kiddos and their families.
1. when hutch/griese/woodson started 'officially' hosting the golf outing, there was an unofficial visit to mott over the weekend. they invited anyone who wanted to come, but didn't expect many. they ended up with a lot - enough to have a sizable group of players on each floor, when they expected to have just one group. i watched steve hutchinson talking with a dad whose son would die within the next few weeks. i was amazed how warm and kind he was, reaching out to this dad going through something unimaginable. i saw a family that had been there for months have something to finally get excited about - and then their son ended up in a commercial with charles woodson. but the most impressive thing did not end up in a newspaper article or on tv. there was a teenage boy who had had heart surgery - that didn't work. he had to go back for a second surgery during the same visit, and it seemed like he was having a rough time emotionally (very understandably). the players talked with him for a while, and asked what he had been doing to pass the time. he told them he had been playing video games (on a system that had been donated by the funds raised by the football group) but couldn't play as much as he liked, b.c there was one for the floor. later that day, a guy came back with a bag for him - they had gone out and bought him a nintendo DS, along with several games. i cannot tell you the difference it made to this kid that michigan football alumni had gotten him a nintendo DS.
2. so seeing football players at mott is a lot of fun, but it generally happens when they come up as a group or as part of the griese/hutchinson/woodson weekend. one friday before a home game during zoltan's senior year, i was walking down the hallway at mott and this tall guy was walking in the opposite direction. i knew i recognized him, but of course couldn't place him until right after i passed him. it was zoltan mesko. that's my lasting memory of him - the kind of guy who took the time (during his busiest time of year) to visit a child in the hospital, without any fanfare or recognition.
3. i came upon lloyd carr looking a little lost in the hallway - he was looking for a patient and didn't know where to go. i walked him over the the area he was looking for. i was super excited to get to talk to him. but the entire time he was asking ME questions. with the couple words i did manage to get in, i thanked him for coming up, since visits from lloyd or the players lift spirits (of both patients and parents) in ways that we can't. he brushed it off immediately, saying that it's nothing compared to the work that is done by the health care team. i told him it was an honor to meet him - and he said it was an honor to meet me. i'm not a physician, i'm not a high up administrator - i'm a nurse that happened to be in the right place at the right time to walk him over so he could brighten someone's day. and on the way over, he completely made my day as well.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||i'll just throw in that the||
i'll just throw in that the national parks in alaska felt completely different than other US national parks i have visited. instead of instructing you about all the different rules, dangers, limitations, etc., the signs advised how to react to a bear (try to fight a black bear, play dead if it's a brown bear). you can get dropped off in the middle of denali national park and they encourage you not to follow where others have gone, so that paths aren't created. it was pretty remarkable how different it felt.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||no religon.||
|1 year 9 hours ago||planning to start my first||
planning to start my first vegetable garden this spring - can you point me in the direction of the southeastern michigan specific stuff? so far i've been reading general stuff and i'm afraid what i'm learning won't apply in this climate. good luck with the project!
|1 year 7 weeks ago||we were state champions.||
we were state champions. so.... there's that.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||not a baller but||
i did synchronized swimming in high school.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||this from their main||
this from their main site:
MSU ALERT: At 1:00pm we had a report of a person with a gun at Bessey Hall. MSUPD found a person using a training weapon and there is no threat.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||i scrolled down the comments||
i scrolled down the comments just to find this one. i feel like i win for knowing someone else would notice the aim and comment on it.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||we're going to be in ithaca||
we're going to be in ithaca this weekend for a family wedding. it's early, so there is a good chance we will be able to catch some/all of the game. is there a way i can find out how it will be broadcast in ithaca, if at all? i'm not sure we'll have the ability to make it to little joe's, though that would be fun, but we'll have access to a television.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||yeah, wasn't sure if there||
yeah, wasn't sure if there was any way to embed a non-youtube video. i poked around on the site for a while and couldn't figure it out.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||it's up!|
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Quick -||
Let's change the subject to something that people feel even more passionate about - Zingerman's or Maize and Blue?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||To throw||
my $0.02 in, as a michigan alum - i worked for five years with children in health care (congenital heart disease, not cancer) and my reaction to the story when i first heard it was, "what a great idea". you need something, ANYTHING, to motivate and lighten a long, hard, dark, scary, depressing road that no one can prepare you for or tell you how it ends. if that family has had anything near a typical chronic illness experience, they have had a completely disrupted life, in the midst of which they had to try to figure out how to help their 12 year old little boy get through the hospitalizations, painful procedures, mutlple strangers doing all sorts of test and exams, not being "normal".... i get where you're coming from, but i really think that when you're in that situation or you are around it, you understand that anything that can add laughter or give you a way to speak to a child about death and illness is a good thing. because for that family it isn't just, 'har har, we beat michigan'. it's what you use when he is tired and doesn't feel good and doesn't want one more poke to get an IV - developmentally, i think "we gotta do this to beat michigan" is better motivation than "we gotta do this to beat the cancer". and i'm glad he beat my school.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||you rang? edit: guh, meant in||
edit: guh, meant in response to DingoBlue.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||no religion.||
|1 year 44 weeks ago||i think it's pretty||
i think it's pretty hilarious.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||well, you wouldn't want to||
well, you wouldn't want to confuse him with pitbull.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Security||
I think the security is interesting to think about. On the one hand, there are lots of rules - no bags, etc. - but it's really really easy to get around those rules. I've been with multiple people who have put sizable bags under their coats and gone in a busy gate, and there is no second look. If you wanted to get something in, it's pretty easy. On the other hand, last year I was in the student section behind a guy that was sitting with his head in his hands for the 3rd quarter, while the rest of us stood, and he appeared to be alone. He wasn't noteable for any other reason. Midway through the quarter, two police officers came to talk to him, ask for his ID, etc. How he was identified among the thousands of people, I have no idea, but they have some way of detecting abberant behavior. FWIW, I think he had a fight with his girlfriend, and wasn't a terrorist - I saw him at a later game, standing and cheering with her.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||the best part||
is the guy jumping off the bench on the far right of the screen. before the shot went in.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||i've posted this story before||
and i will continue to do so every time hutch is brought up.
i was working as a nurse during the golf weekend (the one in the video). steve hutchinson came into the area i was working in and made his way around, talking to all the patients. steve talked to one dad in particular for a while. the family was from out of state and not michigan fans. they also had a baby who passed away shortly thereafter, a difficult situation for anyone, but perhaps more so for people whose profession is in a different field. steve impressed me with his warmth and grace talking to this dad - not as a NFL player or former michigan star, but as a human being. i'm proud he is a former michigan player and NFL star - but that incident is the thing i will always remember the most.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||we landed on the moon!||
we landed on the moon!
|2 years 21 weeks ago||i can't speak to how it's||
i can't speak to how it's changed, but i can make some observations from this year and last year as a grad student with tickets. i have been in a group both years with fellow students in the nursing school. when march rolls around and the idea of buying tickets in a group is brought up, everyone jumps on the bandwagon and wants in. people seem to come to the first game - school hasn't really started, weather is nice, good excuse to tailgate/get drunk, etc. One girl in my group hasn't come to a single game since then. One friend hasn't come to a single game because her boyfriend would rather tailgate then go to the game. I've bought a lot of her tickets for friends who wanted to go, but she didn't mention that she wasn't going to the msu game and i didn't specifically ask her, assuming she'd at least go to that game - but she didn't, and her ticket was completely unused. The other people who come in my group come to maybe 50% of the games, always come late (mid 1st quarter or beyond), prefer talking to watching the game, and always leave early. this seems to hold true for the majority of people we sit around (row 64ish). come late, leave early, lots of picture taking for facebook, lots of texting, lots of drunkenly falling all over. my conclusion is a LOT of people who buy tickets don't enjoy football, but do it b.c it's cool and they do enjoy the tailgating. i'm not sure what you do to discourage this though. raising ticket prices would be criminal for those of us who go to games to (gasp) actually watch football.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||a real good time|
|2 years 33 weeks ago||so.....||
after morbid fascination compelled me to read through the comments, my hesitation in contemplating the outcome of the game (due to perceived reality outweighing what i feared was only wishful thinking) has morphed into a fanatical desire to........
|2 years 35 weeks ago||if you really wanted to know....||
it's the first time a pregnant woman feels the baby move inside her, roughly around 18 to 20 weeks gestation (can be earlier for women who have had babies before).
|2 years 36 weeks ago||nope, i did too. i'm not even||
nope, i did too. i'm not even sure what quickening means outside a pregnancy context.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||yes, and they can also choose||
yes, and they can also choose to stay on scholarship without playing football
|2 years 40 weeks ago||yeah, i agree with you, and||
yeah, i agree with you, and i'm not calling for psu to be burned to the ground. it isn't that i have some specific punishment in mind, i just don't think it's necessarily sufficient to say, well, everyone involved is gone and we changed some policies. that may be sufficient for the culture to change at psu (an absolute requirement, and i'm not too convinced it's happened). but there has to be something about it that motivates everyone in a similar position to say, how can we prevent this from happening here? and maybe the long, drawn out process that started in november and is sure to continue for years is going to be enough for other schools to put in preemptive policies, but i'm not convinced it's enough. again, i don't feel like i have the right answer, i just want whatever is necessary for a future university employee/administrator to go straight to the police when they come across something wrong.