Come Heller high water …
- I-75 through Oakland County is going to get a billion-dollar makeover but it’s going to take 14 years to complete. So just hang in there until, um, 2030, commuters, and all your headaches will be over.
- Yes, you can go ahead and pull your hair out now.
- Fourteen years! By the time they get to the end of that project they’re going to have to go back to the beginning and start all over again like they do with painting the Mackinac Bridge.
- That’s the difference between Michigan and Ohio. The second you get into Ohio on I-75 there’s a 40-mile construction zone, which is incredible. I’ve never seen one that long. I’m sure it’s a headache but doing it all at once at least means short term pain for long term gain. That’s not the Michigan way, I guess. We build roads that are too small in the first place. Then we don’t repair them. Then we underfund upgrades so they take forever. Guess I prefer the Ohio approach.
- Meme of the week: ‘All this technology but we still don’t have car horns that blurt out curse words.’ I agree with the sentiment but disagree with the delivery system. We don’t need cursing horns. We need programmable digital message boards on the front and back of my car (you wouldn’t be allowed to have them — just me) so I can helpfully encourage drivers to improve their lousy behavior, as in “What part of ‘don’t drive slow in the passing lane’ don’t you understand?”
- Me, I love the Michigan Renaissance Festival near Holly, but not for the jousts, wenches, turkey legs or even wenches-who-joust-wielding-turkey-legs. I just like the people. I’ve always been a people watcher, and there’s no better spot to watch people in all their weird glory than the Renaissance Festival.Why is that the only kind of dress-up festival, though? Where’s the Cro-Magnon Fest? And by the way, they should let people have real sword fights. Or at least let people use broadswords on watermelons.
- Oh, c’mon, like you’ve never wanted to stab a watermelon. Some of them deserve it, frankly.
- I like where we live just fine. But Leelanau County is, I’m sorry, the loveliest county in the state in my book. So lovely, in fact, that people keep stealing M-22 road signs. (Maybe they’re unaware that there’s a company that sells M-22 stuff … or they just like taking stuff.) In any case, the state is sick of it, so they’re removing the M to make them less appealing. Me, I’d have tried better bolts.
- Back to school stuff peddlers tell us summer ends in July. School tells us summer ends right after Labor Day. Astronomers tell us it ends Sept. 21 in the northern hemisphere. I think I side with them.
- This year I’m going to try and not mourn the end of summer and dread the winter, as I usually do. As Steinbeck (my favorite author) wrote: “What good is the warmth of summer without the coldness of winter to give it sweetness?” Please remind me that I said that in December when, if tradition holds, I first start to kvetch. I will hate you for it but remind me anyway.
- Trump is ‘softening’ his stance on immigration. He hasn’t been real specific, but I think that means he won’t put as many machine gun towers on the wall. Baby steps.
- ‘The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.’ — Audrey Hepburn.
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