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grant228 2020-08-04 22:14:05
Half your luck, Dave! It's been a while since I've taken my kayak out. Your example might inspire me! Enjoy the beauty and tranquility.
dave 2020-08-04 12:40:51
I meant to say that's in Michigan, of course.
dave 2020-08-03 12:36:29
Grant, There does tend to be a stereotype of Michigan in that its imagined as being synonymous with Detroit, while in reality - as big as it is - Detroit is only one small corner of a vast state that encompasses two peninsulas and has more miles of Fresh water lakes on its border than any state, and perhaps anywhere in the world. I'll be kayaking here next weekend:
grant228 2020-08-01 08:35:43
Dave, I agree with you about media sensationalism. It would be a boring story if there was no confrontation or controversy, although your fair land does have form on the board when it comes to wars, civil and uncivil! I must add, I was impressed by the lush appearance of your state. My perception used to Detroit was Michigan, industrialised and urban, but the scenery looked inviting.
dave 2020-07-30 12:17:11
Grant, hard to say but it seems we are currently having issues with extremism on both sides for sure. I can't imagine armed insurrection going to far, or why - in a nation where we can simply vote for new leaders when we don't like things - that insurrection would be a better choice. I'd further invite anyone that thinks revolution is the way to go to study the outcomes of the french and Russian revolutions. The media tends to focus on things that may not be 100% reflective of the big picture in order to create sensationalism.
grant228 2020-07-28 10:42:16
Dave, I have just watched a report by an Australian reporter who drove through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan to see the lay of the land in these important states in your November election. He emphasised the deep divisions between voters of the two major parties and at the end chatted with members of the Michigan chapter of Bikers for Trump where the distinguishing emblem would appear to be a beard plaited into what we called rat's tails. (I wouldn't have been surprised to see female members of this group with a beard!). From your reading of the situation, are things in your great nation that parlous with whispers of armed insurrection if results do not suit some?
dave 2020-07-21 20:13:20
Grant, I hear you. Those dates are interesting too though.
grant228 2020-07-18 04:17:55
Thanks, Dave. You know I have run short of options when both features rely on the person's death day!
dave 2020-07-17 13:27:16
Grant, great choice for the last feature quiz!
dave 2020-07-09 12:02:25
yes, a very different Indian scenario from the plains cowboys and Indian movies, and a very tragic event.
grant228 2020-07-08 08:07:01
Dave, I did see some Native Americans protesting at a South Dakota get-together involving your elected leader. Some of the most poignant images I've seen are those involving the Trail of Tears.
dave 2020-07-06 18:33:16
Grant, not really. Right now in America, most of the focus is on negative aspects of our European heritage with respect to African Americans, and to erase that history. Native Americans and the injustices done to them have not been in that conversation at all.
grant228 2020-07-02 07:47:29
Dave, there is a large push to make Australians more aware of Aboriginal history, culture and languages, similar to the steps taken in New Zealand with the Maori population. Is something similar happening the US with your original inhabitants?
dave 2020-06-29 17:17:05
Grant, Most of the Old Cowboy and Indian movies in America were focused on the Great Plains Indians, which were really only a few of many North American Indian cultures, so it tends to distort, or create a tunnel vision of pre-US America

On the John Elway quiz, I'm not sure. Either someone on a very big site gave us a link, or possibly it's not legitimate. I'll have to have a closer look.
grant228 2020-06-28 23:08:49
Dave, what's happening with the John Elway quiz? You'll be rivalling Facebook with user traffic!
grant228 2020-06-25 05:36:43
Yes, Dave. I was raised on a diet of 'cowboy and injun' movies where little thought was given to why American Indians were trying to save what was theirs. My country has a similar poor history when it comes to dispossession of native people. It was only when I was researching a quiz for PeopleQuiz on Joseph Banks I discovered he (Banks) was the recipient of the pickled head of a local freedom fighter, Pemulwuy, who wrought bedlam among the first white settlers for many years. Thankfully attitudes are changing.
dave 2020-06-24 17:28:54
Grant, I suspect it was more like at the time Wisconsin was a vast wilderness and the main inhabitants were still Indians, so it was swiped from the state before there was any organized western liaison there to contest, and I think we know the prevailing attitude of early Americans about respecting Indian territory, unfortunately.
grant228 2020-06-24 01:36:23
So, Dave, at the risk of incurring the ire of any Wisconians/Wisconsinites/Wisconsinians?, are they the push-overs of your region?
dave 2020-06-23 12:58:12
Grant, yes, I recall from what you said, and/or other info, that the Tasmanian Devil is not that vicious. The Wolverine certainly is.
In the land dispute with Ohio over the Toledo territory, Ohio won the battle there, but as consolation Michigan was granted the vast wilderness of the upper peninsula of Michigan. I'd say Michigan came out pretty well and Wisconsin was the real loser.
grant228 2020-06-23 02:35:21
Dave, it sounds like Warner Bros should have used your vicious wolverines for their cartoons instead of picking on our poor, maligned Tassie Devil!
dave 2020-06-19 14:12:29
Grant, great question, and I'm impressed that you know that its questionable how many - if any at all - wolverines were ever in the state.
The most popular theory involves the Michigan Ohio dispute over a strip of land between the two states, in which the Ohioans called us Michiganders "as vicious and bloodthirsty as wolverines", and Michiganders adopted it.
There's a bit more on that at
Wolverines are known to be quite vicious by the way.
grant228 2020-06-18 07:52:57
Dave, while watching one of my favourite shows, "Planet America", they did a quick run-down of Michigan as one of the possible swing states in November and spoke about your home being the wolverine state. Why is it called that if you don't have any native wolverines?
dave 2020-06-11 17:38:43
Ha, ok thats right :)
zendyk 2020-06-10 20:27:31
Dave, there is no Nell. That was me. Thanks for your help, BTW.
dave 2020-06-10 14:48:48
Nell, click on my name wherever you see it hyperlinked. That takes you to my profile. then look right under my picture. There should be a button that says "send a private message". I'll send you one, then you should be able to click on private meaages on the left rail, click on the message, and reply.

Zendyk. No problem. glad your back.

We used to have a "contact us" menu item. not sure where it went. I'll have to look into that.
zendyk 2020-06-09 20:21:50
Finally back! Thanks, Dave!
NellMHW 2020-06-08 13:47:46
Dave, there is no option for me to send a private message here as NellMHW. I will try your email. Thanks.
dave 2020-06-08 12:31:05
Lis, I will work on this but give me a day or so. Can you start a private message thread here so we can converse there , or you can email me at innovativeamb at gmail dot com. whats happening when you try to change your password? it should send the new one to your email I think.
NellMHW 2020-06-08 01:18:00
Sorry then.
grant228 2020-06-07 21:53:40
Good morning, Lis. That's the other Grant from Australia. I'm a Heaton.®    Introduction    Privacy Policy    Conditions of Use    

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