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07/17/2018 - 2:27pm I gave up my season tickets…

I gave up my season tickets. My parents had season tickets from before Crisler opened and I went often as a kid and student. I had season tickets before Ed Martin and dropped them afterward.

I moved back to A2 last year and got season tickets again and attended every game.

Ok, so why quit buying? The cost for seats including the PSD was a bit high, but what really bothered me was paying a PSD for upper bowl baseline seats and watching much of the lower bowl never fill up.

I would like them figure out a way to reward people who actually attend. I did not feel valued as a season ticket owner. I was never even contacted as to why I dropped tickets. There were no surveys on how to improve my experience (unlike football where you get surveys all the time).

Given the lukewarm demand you would think they would nurture basketball season ticket holders, but they do not give two shits.

07/09/2018 - 2:30pm Yes I bet both NESCAC fans…

Yes I bet both NESCAC fans will agree.

07/02/2018 - 5:13pm Thanks Brian. I am almost…

Thanks Brian. I am almost retirement age and moved back to my hometown of Ann Arbor last year. I am registered to vote at my cottage in northern Michigan but appreciate the education of Ann Arbor politics. I am hoping you do this for MSU trustees as well.

I like your comments about gentrification, the train station and especially climate change. I support climate change initiatives but doing so at the local level is kind of silly.

When I was younger I remember council having a vote against Regan, something about the Sandinistas. Their point was fine but passing a motion in a local council was silly.

i also remember when we had the occasional Republican mayor- when the roads got bad enough a republican would get elected on a “fix the roads” platform. The roads would get fixed but social spending would go down, Democrats would return to power once the roads were better.

06/26/2018 - 6:20pm I have been married for…

I have been married for almost 30 years and I am not sure what either of those is.

06/26/2018 - 6:19pm Unless you happen to choose…

Unless you happen to choose a movie like "The Road"

06/26/2018 - 6:17pm Hanging and sanding drywall…

Hanging and sanding drywall gives me stress....

06/26/2018 - 6:15pm Mt mantra for stress at work…

Mt mantra for stress at work "They can fire you but they can't kill you". Stress is self inflicted in my case so I try to put things in perspective.

06/25/2018 - 3:03pm Ace you have a typo "247 has…

Ace you have a typo "247 has actually posted scouting on Deal, they like him the most among the three sites, and their recent scouting gives the feel they'll move him up in the rankings before long."

06/22/2018 - 3:34pm Yes, many ex football…

Yes, many ex football players and what's left of George Perles.

06/22/2018 - 1:27pm Not sure. I think it would…

Not sure. I think it would help if more students and especially Alumni got involved. As far as I can tell they support this present course and are apathetic.

I know I am interested in all candidates perspective on Engler and MSU. I am planning to use this as a way to choose who to vote for beyond just the two Trustees. I am hoping there will be a "clean house" slate. I will probably vote differently than I have in the past.

Here is a telling stat. The ReclaimMSU movement has been pushing for a fire Engler petition for a week or two. They have 50k students and 450k alumni. How many signatures do they have including all non MSU students/alumni?

a bit over 1000.

That tells me the rank and file Spartan could give a fuck about sexual assault and the egregious job Engler has done. But if they had a petition against ESPN I bet they would have had 50,000 signatures. That tells you everything you need to know about many of their students and alumni.

I feel sorry and support the ReclaimMSU group as they are trying to do the right thing with little support.

06/21/2018 - 5:02pm It is interesting. I get the…

It is interesting. I get the urge to yell "what the fuck!" at people decked out in MSU gear.

Here is a telling stat. The ReclaimMSU movement has been pushing for a fire Engler petition for a week or two. They have 50k students and 450k alumni. How many signatures do they have including all non MSU students/alumni?

1000.

That tells me they could give a fuck about sexual assault and the egregious job Engler has done. But if they had a petition against ESPN I bet they would have had 50,000 signatures. That tells you everything you need to know about many of their students and alumni.

I feel sorry and support the ReclaimMSU group as they are trying to do the right thing with little support.

06/15/2018 - 3:59pm I have had DISH for several…

I have had DISH for several years at two locations and only lose a signal during torrential rains. It only affected watching a game once. Many games you can stream on ESPN as a backup if you have Dish.

I hate Comcast with a passion. Whenever I have had a problem with Dish they have responded well. They wanted to charge me for a service call recently but I kept pushing back and they did it for free.

Before I moved back to Ann Arbor the only internet provider I could choose was Comcast - I have switched to ATT but they are looking to jack me up next month so I may go to Comcast for internet only. I'd been a Comcast customer for 20 years and I am thrilled to be gone.

06/15/2018 - 12:55pm You might need to reanimate…

You might need to reanimate Perles to get his perspective. How many years until Dantonio and Izzo are on the BOT?

06/15/2018 - 10:51am He has put a crap ton of…

He has put a crap ton of cronies in high paying jobs so he may be reluctant to resign. Plus remember that the BOT include Joel Ferguson who makes Engler seem enlightened. Plus some of the other BOT members are knuckleheads. As we have learned never assume anything will be done correctly with the current administration and BOT.

06/13/2018 - 11:57am me too. would be interesting…

me too. would be interesting to see traffic stats since the change.

06/13/2018 - 11:54am spacing! I agree the issue…

spacing! I agree the issue is too much whitespace, too much scrolling. I am sure I will like it better over time but just too much space between everything. Right now I prefer old.

05/28/2018 - 11:10am Agreed MSU 2015

While in the big picture the MSU game with the punting fiasco was not important - it is my personal worst. For a lucky team like that to get a gift like that and then name it and claim it as an earned win is the worst feeling.

05/21/2018 - 3:34pm A friend worked with

Richard Harden. You guessed it he did not use Richard, Rich, Richard as his first name - but instead used Dick Harden. My dad had an elderly woman client - Mrs Harry Nut.

05/17/2018 - 3:15pm Old man

RR '76. We sucked at everything but hockey.

05/15/2018 - 4:12pm along with

Dingle balls and pillows in the back :-)

EDIT - I forgot static strips as well.

05/15/2018 - 4:04pm Agreed

I have a 2017 "midsized" club cab Chevy Colorado that seems bigger (it is a foot longer) and carries less than my first truck a 1966 Chevy 1/2 Ton.

Full sized trucks today are monsters. I remember owning an Datsun pickup - a great econobox truck.

05/15/2018 - 3:54pm I saw a graph showing

There are more than 100 million lines of code in a new car, mostly produced by humans. They test the hell out of it, but still...

05/15/2018 - 3:45pm I have 2 CRVs

I have 2 CRVs. My toaster looks better and may even be faster. But since my wife and daughter drive them I am okay with that.

We had a mid 2000s Murano that looked great at that time.

If i was buying I would have chosen a Subaru Crosstrek last time but my wife preferred the CRV

 

05/15/2018 - 3:39pm I have put about 150k miles on Chevy Trucks since 2005

I have put about 150k miles on Chevy Trucks since 2005 without any of the failures you note.

Now some of my Chrysler cars were crap.

Different people have different expiences. I have had Audis - great cars but expensive if anything does break, a Porsche that was expensive to fix, Nissan, Honda, Lotus, Mercury, Dodge, Chrysler, Datsun, Jeep, Pontiac, Mini Cooper - all have been pretty decent but I do not keep most cars past 100k and several were lease cars.

The only brand I would stay away from based on personal experience are Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep - despite the fact I like many of the Jeeps and am looking forward to seeing the Jeep truck.

05/15/2018 - 2:15pm Just wait.

I work in the world of Internet of Things. They will have all these sensors talking back to the appliance manufacturer and auto maker and even the shirt you are wearing.

This could be good in that hopefully they will be able to proactivly fix things - or tell you something is about to break. But it will give them endless upsell options - "I have noticed your car is especially smelly, would you like an air freshner?"

"I see you can't park for shit, would you like to upgrade to our auto park feature for $9.99 a month?"

05/15/2018 - 2:07pm Same thing

My Jeep rental car also had the auto stop feature that made me crazy. What was odd is that you could put it in park and it would run forever.

05/04/2018 - 6:35pm Had a similar call from Case Western for Engineering

Got a call from CW for both my kids. But with only a weekend to decide and a massive cost differential both kids choose in state schools.

Neither got into Michigan out of High School, Michigan does zero favors for Alumni kids.

My daughter graduated from GVSU in Engineering and my son has two degrees from Michigan. He was accepted into Michigan after one semester at GVSU and just finished his Masters from SEAS formerly SNRE.

05/04/2018 - 2:08pm without leaving my donation level

I could not improve my seats without leaving my donation level, so I stayed put. I am about as close to the edge of my donation level as I can.

I prefer being in the middle of the section and not the aisle- because your sight lines are better when people walk up and down.

For basketball I had our aisle and people going up and down during the game were a pain.

04/26/2018 - 1:16pm Our version of the

We will get new Chrysler K cars and GM X cars or other cars rushed to market when gas prices rise.

04/26/2018 - 1:11pm Amazon Prime

If you have Prime try Bosch. I think there are 3 seasons.

04/25/2018 - 8:32pm Not a ton of time in TC

I do not spend a ton of time in TC, a few days a summer. A couple of summers ago I was lucky enough to spend the summer at my cottage north of Manistee. Hope to do it again soon.

At one point I would have chosen TC as my favorite place to live and I still love downtown but like anything it's gotten a bit more crowded especially in the summer.

I used to have a place north of Northport at the tip of the Leelanau Penisula near the lighthouse, but driving an hour past TC to get there was tough.

My current place is near Pierport which has an artesian well with a plaque saying it is "Old Facefull", kind of fits this thread. I am a bit south of Arcadia Bluffs golf course - I don't golf anymore and am too cheap to play there anymore but it is near to have nearby. They have a second course opening up nearby.

I have not made it up north much because I am living in a fixer in Ann Arbor and trying to get much of it fixed before I get too old and more broken down.

04/25/2018 - 5:40pm Not Glen Lake but not to far
Not Glen Lake but not to far away and Lake Michigan frontage.
 
So not Leelanau County but southern Benzie County. About 30 mins south of Frankfort, 45 mins to Empire/Glen Lake less than an hour from Traverse City. The house looks to be in good shape 100ft of Lake Michigan. Sandy beach. It has been for sale for awhile so i think iot could be had for less.
 
I have no interest in this property but have a place close by.
 
13694 Lakeview Rd,Bear Lake, MI 49614
04/25/2018 - 2:23pm That is why I keep sharing

That is why I keep sharing this story. If alumni along with students and faculty can apply pressure to the BOT and Engler maybe things change.

The problem is they - Reclaim MSU - had a rally to oust the board and Engler last Friday and the turnout was maybe a hundred people. It proved to me that the vast majority of students, faculty, staff and alumni do not care.

If they do not care enough then I hope the University is sued into oblivion and students who do care transfer to other Universities..

04/25/2018 - 12:51pm Zion, Sleeping Bear, headed to Yellowstone in May

I would say Zion was fantastic. You can fly into Las Vegas and get to Zion, Arches, the northern part of the Grand Canyon. I have not been to many of the parks mentioned but I would put Utah parks as the best I have visited.

In early May we have a trip to Yellowstone before my son starts work at Sleeping Bear. Seems like a portion of the park will be closed due to snaow but should also be less crowded.

I like the parks in the west becasue they are so different than the midwest.

04/25/2018 - 12:45pm Carlsbad Caverns

The most I remember about Carlsbad Caverns was that half of the other visitors were speaking Spanish and the lot was full of cars I did not recognize with Mexico plates. So it is an international destination - as are most of the parks.

04/25/2018 - 12:38pm My son

Seconded. My son - a Michigan SNRE/SEAS Alumnus starts his 3rd summer working at Sleeping Bear doing Ecology restoration work. Hoping to turn it into a full time gig at somepoint.

Real Estate prices in the area never really bounced back from the 2008 decline so the cost might not be as expensive as you think. There is a house with 100' of lake Michigan frontage near me (south of Frankfort) for $450k  - and it has been for sale for a long time. It is not cheap, especially for a second home but probably about the cost of a house in Ann Arbor.

04/25/2018 - 11:58am I am beginning to he hopeful

I am beginning to he hopeful that lawyers will take every last dime from MSU. Might take years to do so however. Any kind of jury trial - without 100% Spartan slappies - would favor ther plaintiffs.

04/19/2018 - 8:46am I am so old

I am so old the McDonalds on campus was new - next to Nickels Arcade long since demolished. That was Sunday night dinner for West Quad. 

04/17/2018 - 10:45am 1. Full time professional

1. Full time professional referees for Power 5 college sports with their grades posted

2. MLB Baseball - May - September including the World Series. Also 1 minute between innings for commercials rather than 2. Put advertising everyeher on the uniform to offset the loss of TV revenue.

3. For nothern college baseball. Leave the NCAA and play with wooden bats in May-August

4. For NCAA basketball. Either direct to the pros or stay 3 years. Same for college hockey.

04/16/2018 - 5:23pm Beilein "Mr March"

Beilein "Mr March"

or #MeTooMSU 

or #NotOkayMSU

 

 

04/09/2018 - 5:53pm I am approaching that age

I am approaching that age and hope to do the same if I can ever get my A2 fixer upper finished.

04/09/2018 - 5:00pm I'll be there

I'll be there, I can't puss out like those MSU fans last weekend.

04/09/2018 - 4:58pm You would love anywhere

You would love anywhere where you were getting sex twice a day.

04/09/2018 - 4:49pm Do you like classic cars?

If you like classic cars then you have seen the ads for Hagerty Insurance in Traverse City. But not much industry outside of tourism. But I know a few people who do telecomuting tech jobs in TC.

04/09/2018 - 3:53pm Many

Ann Arbor, Traverse City (3 seasons), Sedona, AZ (does not get quite as hot as Phoenix), Boulder, CO, Lexington/Louisville, KY, Santa Fe, NM

I don't care how good the weather is in California. Between the congestion and cost I would not live there as much as I like San Diego.

I recently moved back to Ann Arbor, I only wish I had been able to afford a place walking distance to downtown/campus. I can walk to games but it is a bit of a haul.

Ideal scenario: Ann Arbor Spring/Fall, Lake Michigan in the Summer, and Sedona in the winter.

04/09/2018 - 3:50pm I like Louisville/Lexington

I like Louisville/Lexington and have often wondered about Chattanooga. Still have seasons but weather is much better.

04/09/2018 - 3:48pm Second Santa Fe

Second Santa Fe, Albuquerque is a pit from what I saw.

04/09/2018 - 3:47pm I have heard great things about Austin

I have heard great things about Austin, but it sounds like it is outgrowing it's infrastructure and is getting congested. 

04/09/2018 - 2:19pm Wasn't

Wasn't Payday in the pool scene of Caddyshack?

04/09/2018 - 2:15pm Black licorice

Black licorice and of course Good n Plenty, malted milk balls...