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    I was in my third year at Michigan State and that storm sticks out for a lot of reasons. For one, MSU and GM (where I was working at the time) shut down for three days giving me a three day vacation.  That's  almost unheard of.  MSU has only shut down a few times in its history and never before for more than a day.  GM shuts down a bit more often in bad weather due to its drawing of a work force from a much larger area along with supplier problems, but still, 3 days was extremely rare.  The mounds of snow were monumental.  People were skiing down the sides of them (short ski trip, but still). I remember walking (more accurately, plodding) to the only place open, the Dunkin Donuts on Michigan Avenue and watching the Governor at the time, Bill Milliken, go to work in his mauve tank (unarmed, of course. I think rick snyder's is fully functional.  If it isn't, it should be).

    It was also a memorable event because of the ensuing flooding that spring.  I lived in a lower section close to the Red Cedar river and the flood waters that spring were just incredible.  Drowned out a large section of the east side of Lansing and a good part of campus as well.  That was a real dilly of a storm.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:17:43 AM PST

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