Open Thread: what’s on your mind this weekend?

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  1. Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I was going to add, “The fucker,” but decided to keep it clean.

    As I understand it, this photo was actually taken here in Ypsi, during the early days of telephones.

    So, what do you want to talk about tonight? Anything special going on? Any events you’d like to plug? Any advice you’d like to offer? Any stories that you’d like to share? Anything you feel the need to confess? Now’s your chance, people.

  2. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Lots on my mind…but I will start with…

    Why the hell are they remaking the Rockford Files?? I know Rockford was not Shakespeare, but that show IS James Garner! He was the first older man I thought was totally hot when I was a teen. And now as a 40 something, damn I look back at his early movie years…and oh my my he was the Man.

    It also pisses me off that in this freaking huge country, can’t we come up with any more original thoughts. I dream of getting a screenplay read, let alone produced, and all hollywood does is remake things. (Same with Science and Technology…just remake old ideas, like the Newton).

    And another thing, Ugly Betty is getting canceled, only show I watch on ABC…one of the only primetime shows I watch period. Oh well…

  3. DRich
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I keep thinking that the video surveillance cameras on the highways around town are hawks.

  4. Randall
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I guess they are also remaking the movie “The Last Dragon”. It’s the 80’s Berry Gordy movie with sweet characters like Sho-nuff and Bruce Leroy. The rumors for the remake involve Rihanna and Sameuel L Jackson…. yuck. No need to remake that movie, it was perfect the first time.

    Who’s the master?

  5. Confession
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I would love to pretend to care about a pornstars self esteem and true self, find out she always wanted to be an artist and sign her up for an art class. “off to my art class, look out picasso!!! :)” she’d twitter but when she shows up her class is 12 sketchy guys and I’m wearing a cartoonish artists outfit with an oversized hat and salvadore dali mustache. She’d appraise the situation and her face would start to quiver and I’d throw 2k at her feet and tell her to start sucking.

  6. Dirtgrain
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    I know a Ypsilanti Public School teacher who sends his kids to another school district (that accepts students from other district boundaries). His wife transports them, a good 25-minute drive one way. That concerns me, as my kid will be school age in a few years. Is it that bad in Ypsilanti schools?

    My wife went through the Ypsilanti Public School system twenty years ago, and she hated it. I student taught at Ypsi High a bit over ten years ago, and the teacher I worked with was terrible. Still, she retired, and I know the district has brought in a number of new teachers since then.

    Can anybody with recent experience of having a child attend Ypsi schools give me some insight?

  7. Lacy
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Tomorrow is daylight savings time. Spring forward everybody! I propose that we pressure legislatures to shift the change, in coming years, to a Wednesday, say around 4 p.m. That way, instead of losing an hour off our weekend, we lose and hour off our workday.

    I’m cool with falling back though.

  8. applejack
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    the afl-cio endorsed virg bernero for governor. good for the primary, bad for the general?

  9. Oliva
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    I think I saw an eagle fly by yesterday, here in Ypsilanti, a few blocks from the river. Not a hawk at all, not anything but an eagle!

  10. Like Grains of Sand
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    After a few wasted days perusing the archives, I’m wondering if this Dirtgrain is the longest continual commenter on this site? If so, is some kind of award due?

  11. Dana T
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    It looks like the Ann Arbor Skate Park may finally become a reality now that Washtenaw County has pledged $400,000.

    http://annarborchronicle.com/2010/03/10/county-offers-400k-match-for-skatepark/

  12. Posted March 14, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Why is it that almost every screened in front porch in Ypsi is full of junk? Srsly. Junk. The X-mas tree from six years ago. Cardboard boxes thrown together in no apparent order and never stacked neatly. One never knows if they have anything in them. Broken space heaters, shelving units, vacuum cleaners, etc.

    I’ve ever only seen this phenomena in Ypsi. Please someone, explain?

  13. Dirtgrain
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    That’s Americana. Ypsi’s culture is rich and manifold.

  14. Aaron
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Dirtgrain, my son of 14 just moved in with me from his moms in Warren and transfered to Ypsilanti High School…. he was having a lot of trouble in his old school but is doing well at Ypsi High and likes his teachers. He even said he thinks the kids are nicer in Ypsi then in Warren.

  15. Kim
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Dirtgrain, there have been some pretty good conversations here lately about the state of Ypsi elementary schools. Here’s a link to the most recent one:

    http://markmaynard.com/?p=7629

  16. Posted March 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Confession, if I’m not mistaken you posted an almost identical comment here a few years ago… This must be something you think about an awful lot, huh?

  17. Posted March 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    And that’s weird about your seeing an eagle, Oliva. My cousin’s husband just sent me some photos of a bald eagle in Kentucky. I wonder if it has something to do with global warming…

  18. Posted March 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    And, speaking of Ypsi schools, did anyone catch the story a few days ago about the 1st grader who, having fallen asleep on the bus on his way home from school, found himself locked inside the bus, at the bus depot?

  19. Mark H.
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen eagles in the sky above Ypsi a few times over the years, and am told that there is, or has been, a nesting pair in a woods not so far from town. So Olivia’s sighting is credible. They’ve made quite come back!

  20. Dan
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    I saw a bald eagle flying over the Huron River, above Riverside Park, a couple months ago.

  21. Posted March 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    At what point can we start hunting and eating them? I’m anxiously awaiting an opportunity to order a Cheesy Weezie Eagle Melt at Biggie’s.

  22. Brackinald Achery
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Were they Ospreys?

  23. Brackinald Achery
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    “During Michigan winters, bald eagles are seen throughout the state (almost all counties), while they nest mainly in the Upper Peninsula (especially the western portion) and the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula. These eagles don’t really migrate, they just move south enough to stay ahead of the ice and congregate near open water. Immature birds may move further south. ”

    Source.

  24. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    So, I’ve been shooting (low quality) video of the shows I’ve been going to here in Ypsi. Here’s my youtube page, if you’re interested.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAndyYpsilanti?feature=mhw4

  25. Larry Seven Larry
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    A cool evolution film.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhKDjI49KfA

  26. Alice
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I think what you’re calling a eagle is actually a majestic horned smeet.

  27. Dan
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Michigan Ladder was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal today

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703502804575101214031697940.html?KEYWORDS=haeussler

    When I biked by at 7 there was a satellite truck parked out front.

  28. Dan
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    The accompanying video

    http://online.wsj.com/video/the-economy-vicious-cycle/6B16B8D9-FE0A-4A9A-AC8D-64BBF51AC298.html

  29. Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Dan. I just posted something on the front page.

  30. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    For Freaking 20 minutes now there have been a parade of freakin idiots driving around the post office and downtown honking over and over and over again! Signs in their cars say, “Honk if you are against health care takeover”
    AGAINST AND HEALTH CARE are in bold so at first glance it seemed to say, “Honk against health care”. (they spelled health care as one word too)

    Fuck them, all of the idiots that waste time protesting abortion and against Health care – fuck them all. Just had to drop my care because of costs. So fuck them.

  31. Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Amen to that.

  32. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about all the fucks – I was home with a chest cold napping and the idiots woke me up and reminded that I could be doomed if it turns into “freakin” pneumonia.
    I think they all should have gotten some kind of ticket…unlawful parade, disturbing the peace…hell the city could have made a ton of money today writing tickets for all of them.

  33. Posted March 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    “Sorry about all of the fucks” would make a great greeting card.

    And don’t worry about it, Uncool Kid. Sometimes a good, long string of fucks is warranted.

    I hope you feel well soon.

    P.S. You should have gone over and coughed in their faces.

  34. Stella M
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    It’s Prison Creative Arts Project time again.
    “The exhibit runs March 23 through April 7 at Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan North Campus at 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 23 from in the gallery. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Monday.” via Heritage.Com

  35. Posted March 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I welcome Mark, and all you faithful markmaynard.com readers, to visit my website, http://www.palmer2010.com. I’m offering my time, knowledge, skills and abilities in service as a candidate for Michigan State House District 54.

    Over the next few months I’ll be collecting the 600 signatures I need to get on the ballot as an Independent. If you like what you see on the website, send me an email, or say hello on facebook, it would be an honor to meet-up for conversation and for you sign my petition.

  36. Edward
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    What’s your party affiliation going to be, David?

  37. Posted April 1, 2010 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Edward: I’m running as an Independent, without party affiliation.

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