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dave 2020-05-28 12:14:06
Apple and other fruit orchards (cherry, pear, etc.) are a big industry here in Michigan
 
 
grant228 2020-05-27 07:52:16
Thanks, Dave. The inspiration comes from an article I came across in the weekend newspaper which spoke about the influence of apples throughout history.
 
dave 2020-05-26 12:45:27
Grant, perhaps. Also I like the quiz on the apple. Great quiz.
 
grant228 2020-05-25 20:43:06
Dave, at least the rain might keep your protesters at home.
 
dave 2020-05-22 12:12:39
Grant, yes, my sister lives in Bay City, just down the road from the area in Midland County that flooded. She is in charge of traffic in the city of Saginaw and much of that town is flooding from the Saginaw river also, so she has her hands full at work right now. Down where we are at it was wet but all good now. US 12, the road to my parents - a 40 mile drive which I've probably driven 1,000 times in my life and never seen flooded - apparently flooded the other day also. My daughters drove out the other day and told me it was flooded. I told them that was impossible until they showed me the pictures.
 
 
grant228 2020-05-21 19:33:33
Dave, your state received another mention on our news last night! (In the almost 12 years I have known you, this year has been a big one for news about Michigan!) It appears things around you have been a tad damp?
 
dave 2020-05-21 12:47:38
Grant, right you are. Poetic License I think it's called in some cases.
 
grant228 2020-05-21 02:21:56
Dave, like many legends, this one has grown to spawn a number of versions. As they say in the good tradition of storytelling, don't let the facts stand in the way of a good story!
 
dave 2020-05-18 15:58:16
Wait, Grant, I stand corrected. It seems the actual Rosie was in California. I'd have sworn it was Willow Run. However, there was a relationship with the Willow Run Plant here outside of Ypsilanti, MI. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter it says:
....Rosie the Riveter became most closely associated with another real woman, Rose Will Monroe, who was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky[22][23][24] in 1920 and moved to Michigan during World War II. She worked as a riveter at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, building B-24 bombers for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Monroe was asked to star in a promotional film about the war effort at home. The song "Rosie the Riveter" was popular at the time,[2] and Monroe happened to best fit the description of the worker depicted in the song.[25] "Rosie" went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized icon of that era.
 
dave 2020-05-18 13:01:25
Yes, Cuomo has been impressive in his communications.

Her name was Rosie, and she got the nick name Rosie the Riveter because she put rivets in on the B-24 bombers being made right here across town in Ypsilanti Michigan. At it's height the Willow Run bomber plant was producing a completed B-24 bomber ever hour. No small feet for such a complex piece of equipment.
 
 
grant228 2020-05-14 23:49:58
Dave, I know the poster is from WWII in a bid to encourage more women into the workforce but not much more. I agree with your comment about change! The lack of sympathy shown for the victims by your leader is in stark contrast to Governor Cuomo whose forthright dealing of the crisis has, from the other side of the world, been all you would expect from a true leader.
 
dave 2020-05-13 20:42:58
Grant, actually I don't think they are, but I think its important to get a change in Washington this fall, in my humble opinion. Hopefully US citizens can - in general - hold on to a decent value system, humble ourselves, and work hard, and things will be fine. Comprise and moderation will be important too. Do you know the story behind this pic?
 
 
grant228 2020-05-13 07:37:39
Dave, thanks for reading the story which is typical of the many we're getting. I know good stories don't get much of a look-in so hoping things are not as grim as indicated.
 
dave 2020-05-12 16:07:10
Grant, I read it. Time will tell the story.
 
grant228 2020-05-09 20:10:31
Dave, I had seen the wonderful clip you referred to but looked at it again to refresh my memory. What Jeff Daniels says is damning because it's true. When he says "We never beat our chests" I was reminded of political rallies where the chant of "USA" is repeated in a fashion similar to religious fanatics reciting scripture - no thought but with the hope repeating it often enough will make it true. The picture we, and the rest of the world, receives is of a dysfunctional society on the brink. Today one of our major papers (Sydney Morning Herald - smh.com.au). had an excellent but worrying article titled 'Genocide by default': https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/genocide-by-default-america-prepares-for-a-brutal-coronavirus-slow-burn-20200508-p54qzc.html America prepares for a brutal coronavirus slow burn". If you can read it, do so as such stories make the rest of the world fear for your nation's future.
 
dave 2020-05-07 12:34:34
Grant, I didn't hear the story but the reality is, your right. I think America has a lot of issues, going way back before the virus. I think that much of it begins after world war II when America became a political, military, and economic powerhouse. In particular, the standard of living was very high, and we had it pretty good. But I think a certain arrogance crept in over the ensuing decades, and at the same time, those strengths began to erode. We need to accept the way things are in the world, and begin to improve from there, instead of clinging to some ancient air of superiority, in my humble opinion. I think this YouTube Commentary on America by Jeff Daniels underscores my sentiment, though it's only a movie clip (I think).
 
grant228 2020-05-06 21:04:39
Dave, I suppose the media wouldn't show the vast majority of people doing the right thing as there is no sensational value to a story like that. We also saw coverage of the tragic incident where a security guard was shot in Michigan. It beggars belief that someone would do such a thing. Admittedly I'm a long way from you, but given shocking instances like that, the mounting virus death rate and resulting unemployment, your country doesn't appear to be in the best possible shape. I hope you all recover soon.
 
dave 2020-05-06 11:46:32
Grant, It definitely didn't seem like a good thing to me. I don't think it has much support though. A small group of folks who don't want to be told what to do by their government perhaps. My take is that - for anyone educated - you're not going to go out and have physical contact anyway, regardless of whether the government mandates it or not.
 
grant228 2020-05-02 11:28:32
Dave, I saw tonight on our national news your protesting Michiganders are becoming more strident in their demands to be freed up. Was the invasion of your state legislature as worrying as it looked on TV?
 
dave 2020-04-28 18:21:01
Yes I did. and yes it's moving.
 
zendyk 2020-04-27 20:21:39
Thanks, Dave. So you actually watched it? It moved me to tears.
 
dave 2020-04-27 13:12:17
very cool zendyk. Here it is with a hyperlink:
https://youtu.be/uFOqN6saP60
 
zendyk 2020-04-26 03:33:54
I guess you'll have to copy and paste the link.
 
zendyk 2020-04-26 03:33:01
This is so moving and beautiful. My favorite singer, Dimash. https://youtu.be/uFOqN6saP60 I hope you like it.
 
dave 2020-04-23 11:43:44
Thanks Grant. Took the day off and had a nice dinner with my family.
 
lmcubs 2020-04-21 20:27:35
Dave- Hope you can celebrate your birthday in a grand way!
 
grant228 2020-04-21 10:07:31
Dave, many happy returns! You deserve the recognition. You are in good company with HM Queen Elizabeth. You might ask your daughter to update today's feature quiz!
 
dave 2020-04-21 09:11:01
Grant I,m blushing. My daughter wrote that quiz when she was around 10 years old.
 
dave 2020-04-17 17:19:47
Yes, its snowing here today too. uncommon weather for Mid April in Michigan but not unheard of.
 
grant228 2020-04-17 07:14:11
Dave, thanks for that balanced assessment. Yes, they were doing that. The beards and lumber jackets made me think they were from outer Michigan! Regardless of their origin, it looked very cold with sleet interfering with their protest.
 



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