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08/15/2018 - 1:18pm I get my performance kicks…

I get my performance kicks on two wheels, so my "fun car" doesn't have to be fast. A good ol' American land yacht for relaxed cruising is what I am looking for. My long standing dream has been to own a car that was made in Lansing as close to the day I was born in Lansing as possible.

Something like this would fit the bill:

https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1971/oldsmobile/88/100959362

A convertible would be nicer, but those are five figures and can go for over $20k.

Cutlass S and Supreme models were also made in Lansing that year. Those get thrown into the "muscle car" category so can be a bit pricier and I would just prefer an 88. A friend had a '72 back in the day.

I believe Toronados were also made in Lansing that year. I love the first gen ('66-67) Toros, but am less enamored with the early 70s version. I'd take one but prefer the 88. 

 

 

 

08/14/2018 - 12:44pm I agree that the Harbaugh…

I agree that the Harbaugh/Little Caesar's episode wasn't one of the better episodes. Right now the show is a bit uneven. It has some great moments, but also some that are just so-so. The question is whether they are about to hit their stride and be consistently funny or have they scattered all of their good jokes over the episodes to date and are about to run out of steam completely. 

08/14/2018 - 12:39pm Thank you. Can't up vote or…

Thank you. Can't up vote or I would have just done that.

07/25/2018 - 7:19pm I would love to upvote this…

I would love to upvote this....

07/25/2018 - 7:12pm Me neither...:(

Me neither...:(

07/17/2018 - 6:19pm I should also add that this…

I should also add that this thread is unlikely to get a response from those whose site visits have slowed to < 1x/week. This thread will be buried by the time they check back in.

07/17/2018 - 6:17pm Yes, I have been visiting…

Yes, I have been visiting less. A highly detailed and accurate analysis tells me that the decrease in my visits is 40% because of light/uninteresting content, 30% because I've got other things to do and 30% because of the post reboot wonkiness.

07/17/2018 - 6:11pm At least you can vote....

 …

At least you can vote....

 

 

07/16/2018 - 7:40pm I haven't been on the board…

I haven't been on the board much lately and haven't tracked many of the bug issues. I do know that I can't vote using either Google Chrome or on my iPhone (Safari). 

If there is any resolution to this issue that I have missed, I'd love to know what it is.

07/09/2018 - 4:50pm Their job is to make their…

Their job is to make their site profitable which means maximizing hits/readership while minimizing costs. As numerous others have pointed out, there doesn’t seem to be enough money out there to justify the approach of maximizing quality content. Therefore, the industry is now trying the combination gimmick/bullshit/economize strategy. 

 

07/02/2018 - 4:33pm Wow.

I grew up in Lansing…

Wow.

I grew up in Lansing and while it definitely has its warts, it sounds like there is a very, very, personal story behind this. 

Yikes.

06/30/2018 - 7:14pm Let’s not pile on the kid…

Let’s not pile on the kid. The drama & confusion might very well have been added by the parent telling the story to the OP. It’s the old “telephone game”. 

 

06/27/2018 - 10:35pm No kidding. It’s at least…

No kidding. It’s at least 100%; maybe 110%. 

06/27/2018 - 11:38am Riding a motorcycle quickly…

Riding a motorcycle quickly on a twisty road is a great mental health aid. As speed increases so does the required level of concentration. As the level of focus increases, it crowds other things out of your mind. You are quickly processing a lot of visual and tactile inputs, but on a visceral level the world slows down and melts away. The occasional shot of adrenaline keeps your mind locked. At the end of the day you have a few beers with friends and talk about the ride. I take weekend day rides into the hills of WV with a few good friends and I feel amazing after those weekends. Thinking about and planning those rides is also a decent stress reliever.

Besides motorcycling, I have a cat. Studies have shown that petting a cat or dog can decrease blood pressure. Besides helping me relax, the cat also has a similar effect on my wife. Having my wife be more relaxed also has a seriously positive impact on me. ;)

06/26/2018 - 5:19pm I was born in Lansing in…

I was born in Lansing in 1971 & have always had a dream of buying a car that rolled off a line in Lansing the same day I was born. That might be difficult, so maybe same month is more realistic. The three cars made in Lansing were Cutlass, Toronado & Eighty-Eight. Going for a Cutlass 442 W-30 would be the obvious choice, but I like to do things differently. A Delta Eighty-Eight Royale Coupe would be fabulous. I used to not like the 2nd gen Toros, but in the theme of this article, over the top, they are growing on me. They are big coupes (& I love giant doors) & fairly pimptastic, so what’s not to love?

06/21/2018 - 6:36pm I too am soooo over the era…

I too am soooo over the era of ALL IPA ALL THE TIME.

 

06/13/2018 - 3:05pm Thank you. 

I remember when…

Thank you. 

I remember when “Standard English” was a real thing & I could speak it as well as write it. 

Now I speak & write a muddled mess like everyone else. 

06/13/2018 - 10:19am I had an ‘84 (last year of…

I had an ‘84 (last year of that body style) Regency Brougham Coupe. The doors were huge & awesome.  It had the 5L engine which was a total dog. It floated down the road & the seats were silly comfortable. With an updated or warmed up power plant, it would be a class A Interstate or Main Street cruiser. 

06/08/2018 - 1:21pm Your perception of VA Tech's…

Your perception of VA Tech's academic quality is off by a fair bit. VA Tech might not even be in the top ten of southern schools. UNC, Duke, GA Tech, UVA, Vanderbilt...that's 5 schools that are much better academically and 4 are south of VT. Schools like NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Miami and others are in the same ballpark and quite possibly better than VT as well. That's just off the top of my head. All of those schools but 1 (UVA) are further south than VT.

As for how clean the football program is, I think you're off there as well. VA tech only started cleaning up its act in the late 90s after hitting a pretty low bar. According to wiki, they had 22 football player arrests in 15 months in 1997. With that much bad press, they had to do something and they tightened things down...supposedly. Remember the Vick brothers? I doubt Mike  was a saint who magically became a piece of excrement after he left Blacksburg. It took two years for Marcus to finally get permanently kicked off the team. Was academic cheating part of the Beamer era"? I don't know, but I think there is enough evidence to be skeptical of claims that the program was (or is) anything close to squeaky clean.

06/08/2018 - 12:36pm A fine question 

A fine question 

06/01/2018 - 3:28pm That's one of those bullshit

That's one of those bullshit legends that the haters always trot out. I grew up in Lansing and it was always trotted out about GM/Oldsmobile workers, yet the 2-300x per year that I went by one or more of the factory or office parking lots around Lansing, the amount of non-GM vehicles (let alone non-US brands) was nowhere near half. Even during the worst years, the employee discount was more than enough to overcome any real or perceived deficiencies. The non-GM cars you did see did tend to be older. It's harder to be choosy when you're spending <=$2000 on a car. You simply take the cleanest thing you can find.

06/01/2018 - 2:53pm Toyota and Hyundai, just to

Toyota and Hyundai, just to name two brands, have done fine in the "not performance, not luxury, not economy" brand space. In fact, half of the industry occupies that space.

05/31/2018 - 3:14pm Jalen had a smooth easy going

Jalen had a smooth easy going persona, but he had a competitive drive that should not be sold short, especially late in games.

05/29/2018 - 2:20pm Here’s another solution,

Here’s another solution, instead of driving 15k miles commuting & trying to maximize MPGs, live closer to your job. I currently put less than 3500 commuting miles per year on my car. I have never put more than 5000 commuting miles. At those levels of driving mileage & fuel prices are almost itrelevant.

It’s a choice. I’m not saying it’s easy. It gets complicated with a two income household trying to triangulate a house location. In a region like DC that is already expensive & growing you definitely will be paying a premium on the real estate side (and/or getting less SF) to live closer in. For me the price has always been worth it.

05/25/2018 - 5:17pm I upvoted and like the basic

I upvoted and like the basic point. However, as far as median family income is concenrned Michigan is a bit of an outlier here. Yes, the median family income for incoming freshmen at Michigan is substantially higher than that of the state as a whole and likely compared to most other public universities. Nonetheless, I would guess it is well below those of the other 9 schools on the list. The average Michigan student is middle to upper middle class. At those other schools is upper middle class+.

Maybe it doesn't matter though. Maybe median freshmen family income isn't the measure, but rather just the actual total number of incoming freshmen from wealthy families. Michigan may only have 15% of incoming freshmen who are truly wealthy, but that may be a similar number of freshmen as Harvard.

05/15/2018 - 4:41pm The self righteous preaching

The self righteous preaching in the Grant Newsome threads is unbelievably nauseating.  

 

 

05/15/2018 - 4:35pm 67 for the win, no contest.

67 for the win, no contest.

05/10/2018 - 7:06pm I watched a lot of basketball

I watched a lot of basketball back then. Your revisionist claims of over-the-top thuggery are like most things revisionist; untruths and exaggerations wrapped around a small kernel of truth and coated in a lot of drama. There were rules back then. Sure, some were unwritten, but there were rules. Not all hard fouls were by any means equal. For those of us who watched the game, the difference between a clean and appropriate hard foul and a dirty play or cheap shot was obvious. Admittedly judgment sometimes got blurred by the jersey the player was wearing, but that's all sports in every generation. If your passion doesn't negatively impact your objectivity from time to time, you're simply not much of a fan.

The NBA game went down hill quite a bit in the late 90s and through the early 2000s. It has largely recovered, but my Pistons-red colored glasses tell me that it has not come all the way back. I'm still an NBA fan and am watching a lot more now than I was 10 years ago, but the league hasn't gotten me back completely. Most of that is not the NBA's fault, I simply don't watch as much of anything as I used to.

05/10/2018 - 3:43pm I hate this question

because I hate both of them. 

05/10/2018 - 3:42pm Way more physical? I call

Way more physical? I call bullshit. You can't touch a superstar in today's NBA and the game is much less physical. That started with Jordan and only has gotten worse.

05/09/2018 - 4:49pm Your comment starts out

Your comment starts out discussing college football and ends with the Lions. I think there is an important distinction. My tolerance level for mistakes and my ability to hold my tongue is much greater for college football than it is for the NFL. I agree that college players "deserve a break" for under-performing, making mistakes, etc. It doesn't mean I won't criticize or call out problems, but I will do so charitably. For college coaches and administrators, I will be a bit less charitable, but still maintain some level of generosity. This is not because they deserve it, but because of what you note regarding recruits and players; criticism of the coaching staff does impact the kids on the team.

When it comes to the NFL (or any other pro sport), I try to maintain realistic expectations, but I have very little concern about being charitable to players or coaches. They're big boys cashing big checks.  It doesn't excuse being a jerk to them, but it does mean a LOT less sugar-coating.

 

05/09/2018 - 1:00pm My work travel has ebbed and

My work travel has ebbed and flowed. From 2006-2011 it was a couple of times per month 1-3 days. From 2012-2017 it dropped down to only a few times per year. Over the past year it has started to creep back up  to about once/month. I'm generally happy traveling in the +/- 25% (+/- 5 days/month) range. I find that is enough to make my wife miss me, but not enough to make her resent the time away.

My work is largely collaborative/team-based, so I am often travelling with co-workers and/or meeting co-workers at my destination. Evenings generally involve dinner and drinks at a restaurant with the team. My focus is on going to a good (that might mean expensive, but usually means local, interesting and tasty) restaurant and getting time to check out the town and walk around a bit. I've been lucky to generally have like-minded co-workers that enjoy good food and cities.

Sometimes dinner leads to additional drinks someplace else and a late evening, but generally I am back to my hotel room sometime between 8-10 PM. At that point it's probably been a long day, I am behind on emails and all of my other projects and I probably have an early meeting or flight the next day. I generally spend an hour or so on emails and the fall asleep with the TV on. 

When I do travel solo and am not spending much time with co-workers, it usually works similarly, but I may turn in a bit earlier. I track down an interesting local restaurant, take a longish walking route to get there and then am back to my room by 8 ish, catch up on email and other projects and go to bed.

I am usually meeting in urban centers and walking where I need to go. Thankfully I don't spend too much time at airport hotels or in suburban office parks. Occasionally a tight schedule means I have to eat at a hotel restaurant or the airport and sometimes the locations require driving everywhere, but I am usually "downtown" and prefer being able to walk. If I haven't been to the city much, I will try to find extra time to walk or drive around.

05/09/2018 - 12:01pm Even the ZXs weren't great in

Even the ZXs weren't great in that regards. In general Japanese cars were overhwelmingly rust buckets (at least in northern climates) until the late 70s. They were still a bit spotty through the early 80s, but by the mid 80s they had generally figured it out.

05/08/2018 - 6:18pm This may be breaking the

This may be breaking the rules, but growing up in the late 70s & 80s, I liked a bit older cars. In the unobtainable category, I LOVED the Lamborghini Miura. The Countach is great, but I always preferred the more flowing & organic lines of the Miura.

In the more obtainable category, I loved the original Toronado (‘66 & ‘67). One appeared parked in a driveway down the road from my house when I was in HS. It didn’t have a for sale sign, but it didn’t move for a month. I was just about to knock on the door & ask if it was for sale & it disappeared. I also really liked the first gen 2 seater Z cars (240, 260 280, not ZX). There was a ‘76 280Z for sale at a corner used car lot near my high school for $1695. I stopped & checked it out. It had fresh paint but the doors were at least 1/3 bondo as were the front quarter panels. I wondered what else the shiny paint was hiding & walked away.

05/01/2018 - 2:48pm I am an undergrad & grad

I am an undergrad & grad school alum & was in AA 89-95. I have great memories of sooo many bars:

Blind Pig/8 Ball for music & my favorite “default” bar, Dominick’s = beautiful spring days & summer is near, Rick’s for cheap drinks, boozy nights & flirty girls, Ashley’s for single malts & conversation, Charley’s for sneaking drinks underage, Scorekeepers & the Fab Five, the Brown Jug was a good place to start or end (slice from backroom) the night.

I know I am missing a few more, but thanks for indulging this trip down memory lane.

04/28/2018 - 2:22pm Bien sur

Bien sur

04/28/2018 - 1:59pm Back in the early 90s a bunch

Back in the early 90s a bunch of guys on the track team lived near there. They also had a raccoon problem. Its hide ended up hanging on the wall with a ~.22” hole in it. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of the raccoon. One of the guys who lived there was from southern OH. I am pretty sure raccoons are a staple of the diet down there, so stew is a distinct possibility.

04/27/2018 - 10:45am Not endorsing the strategy,

Not endorsing the strategy, just observing facts.

04/25/2018 - 6:14pm They can't miss out on a top

They can't miss out on a top 3 QB with the 1st and 4th pick. If they take a non-QB 1st, there will still be the three top QBs left for picks 2, 3 and yes, 4.

04/23/2018 - 3:37pm The Tigers won the World

The Tigers won the World Series in 84 and went to the ALCS in 87.  Both of those would seem to be after you were born and before you turned 20.

04/20/2018 - 5:33pm Yup, blame the zoning

Yup, blame the zoning ordinance. That's every developer and architect's excuse. :)

You are right of course. Most ordinances inspire max envelope boxes.

04/20/2018 - 5:30pm Even in a best case scenario,

Even in a best case scenario, 7 home games and year with 2 rivalry games (if that ever happens again), you are looking at ($5k*2)+($3k*4) = $22k for game day weekends. Renting it out for game days pretty much wraps up what you're going to get out of it in the fall. I suppose you could rent it for $2k/month the rest of the year...maybe. That would be another $16k.

That means we're looking at $38k a year in revenue. Let's say you pay cash and expenses run 15%. That gets you down to a very optimistic $32,300/year in revenues for a $700,000 investment. That's less than 5%. Even if you get the occasional $10k weekend, that will be offset by the years with a crappy home slate and 6 home games. 

I think it's hard to see this as an investment. You won't lose your shirt, but there are lot of better places to put your cash if return matters.If you have to finance it, forget about it.

If it's a "trophy" property, it's ugly and it has only location going for it. I suppose the interior could be fabulous and all that glass would allow you to capture the view and feel of being across from the stadium. 

That being said, it will sell and probably for over $700k, maybe well over. As I said, it only takes 4 people to get excited by the idea. Ultimately it is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. 

 

 

 

04/20/2018 - 5:13pm If you go both spring and

If you go both spring and summer, you can 12-16 credits in between the end of winter classes and the start of fall semester. That's like a whole extra semester. Do that between first and second year and again between second and third years on campus and that's an extra year of classes. 3+1 = 4.

Of course it gets even easier if you redshirt.

04/20/2018 - 10:26am There's a TH in Ashley Mews

There's a TH in Ashley Mews listed at $700k. For 358 days of the year, that's arguably a better location, unless the train tracks bother you.

The question is how much the novelty of being right across the street from the stadium is worth. Somewhere around $700k woud make sense, but it only takes 4 buyers to get excited about the location so it wouldn't suprise me to see units go for $800k+.

That's a lot of money in a town with a median household income of maybe $60k.

04/20/2018 - 10:16am It is pretty bad. I am trying

It is pretty bad. I am trying to find a redeeming quality, but struggling. Assuming the light gray areas are metal panel and not EIFS, I suppose the material quality is decent; there's plenty of glass. It's basically an 8 car garage with a big box of housing on top. 

Of course LOCATION and as long as the interior has trendy finishes, most people won't care.

 

04/19/2018 - 10:25pm Busch League sucks, but is

Busch League sucks, but is still better than Natty Light League.

04/19/2018 - 1:04pm I was pretty broke in

I was pretty broke as an undergrad and graduate student at Michigan. Scholarships, grants and loans paid for everything. Reading this thread is making me wax nostalgic for being broke..... 

04/19/2018 - 12:59pm Back in the early 90s, the

Back in the early 90s, the econ department and B-school sometimes ran trading simulations where they paid participants. Your pay was based upon outcomes of the simulation, but you generally pocketed arround $20 for <=60 minutes. Sometimes you would show up and they would have too many people and they would still pay you $10-15 to go away. Back in those days you could stretch $20 to two nights of drinking and a slice or two.

04/11/2018 - 12:29pm I found the missing two .. for your ellipsis.

You're welcome!

04/09/2018 - 11:35pm I’d love to end up in Western

I’d love to end up in Western NC/EasternTN for some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. The weather is reasonable. I like the topography & environment in general.