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  •  Thank you (none)
    I'm trying, I really am.  I have been in every city in North America, and I always said MI is the one place I would never live.  So admittedly I got here with strong reservations.

    But I am a person that tries to make the best of everything.  I've shed enough tears since I've gotten here, so now I'm trying to find something good about the place.

    I will say the little town I live in is very pretty.  It has a wonderful fountain in the center of town, and it appears to be a rather touristy place.  The downtown area is quite charming.  For those of you familiar, I live in Marshall.

    I made one girlfriend right off, a teampenner like myself (it's a horse thing), but 10 days ago she was given 2 weeks to live - cancer.  So that has me somewhat down as you can imagine.  

    But, I'll hang in there, take the suggestions you guys have made, and see how it goes.  The Ann Arbor thing sounds right up my alley.  I love bookstores.

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 1700+ dead Americans, 100,000+ dead Iraqis, all on your head. WWJS?

    by Miss Blue on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 11:21:20 AM PDT

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    •  Good for you! (none)
      If you ever go to Ann Arbor, I would suggest checking out the following places for books:

      1.  Borders.  Yes it's corporate (wasn't always so), but their flagship store in Ann Arbor is worth a look, even if you just walk out and buy nothing.

      2.  Shaman Drum.  Much more intimate, lots of scholarly books.

      3.  U-M's graduate library.  You can get lost in the stacks in this place.  Immense.

      I'm sure others have suggestions as well.

      Oh, and get a sandwich at Zingerman's on the west side of town.  Trust me on this.  If you like beer, there's a couple of decent brewpubs (Grizzly Peak and Arbor Brewing Co.) and Ashley's, which has a great selection on tap.  If you go in the fall, you'll see the leaves changing...very pretty.

      I do know of Marshall.  You might want to drive west from there to the Lake Michigan shore...lots of pretty towns to see.

      And we'll all float on okay - Modest Mouse

      by Linnaeus on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 11:43:14 AM PDT

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    •  Saugatuck/Douglas area... (none)
      ...is very nice, and not too far from you. Lots of art and coffee shops. Good beach area. Full of artists and gay folk. Very "blue", so to speak. :-)

      If you want a long road trip, head for Ludington, Manistee and all points north. It's beautiful up there. Forest everywhere.

      Oh, and about the snow...well, there is this thing called "lake effect". You'll see. Marshall might be far enough south to avoid the worst of it...but West Michigan tends to be very cloudy from November through April.  

      •  Honeymooners (none)
        Ludington's a popular honeymooning spot for Michiganders ; you can have a nice time there if you can't afford a fancier trip.

        And we'll all float on okay - Modest Mouse

        by Linnaeus on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 04:29:08 PM PDT

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