The Electronic Dance Music Force That is Black Gold

Brooklyn’s Black Gold is made up of multi-instrumentalist Than Luu and vocalist and keyboardist Eric Ronick, a pair of cool cats who have already earned their “quality” credentials by touring with the backing bands of Ambulance Ltd, M.Ward, Panic At The Disco, Rachael Yamagata, The Hold Steady, Polysics, Scissor Sisters, and Jaguar Love. As their own band, the pair known as Black Gold are known for turning out slickly produced, driving electronica-tinged modern dance pop music.

The band has a wide array of musical inspirations from all eras of rock n roll music. “No style or genre is off limits. We get a real kick out of taking from different artists, different periods, and putting our spin on it. Somehow we ended up with something cohesive and that sounds, undeniably, like us,” says Ronick.

“[Black Gold’s sound is] breathlessly experimental…nearly every song is a potential single begging for an extended dance edit,” raves “Spin” magazine.

Black Gold’s debut album is 2009’s Rush. Meanwhile, they’ve already had a big-selling electronic dance single with “Detroit (Shark Attack Remix),” which has also been released on a limited edition 7″ vinyl record (with a B-side of “The Picture Show”). On Rush, you’ll hear cuts that invoke T-Rex, Satie, Chic, Michael Jackson (when he was R&B), David Bowie, the Brothers Gibb, and The Band. As Ronick said, no style or genre is off limits to him and Luu.

“Detroit” in fact kicks off the Rush album. Listeners will find electronica dance beats that flow in the spaces in between some soulful singing and keyboard work. Then comes “Plans & Reveries” which is a showcase of Ronick’s twin talents of singing and keyboard (here, piano) playing. It seems that Ronick is the pop-mind who knows how to write hooks and sing at an emotionally evocative level that’s a cut above the rest of today’s mediocre vocalists, while Luu knows how to give you the beat and highlight the hooks with musical textures that give the music depth and staying power.

Eventually the album gets to “What You Did” and here it kicks into high gear. The beat is fast and the tasty guitars churn along with the David Rosenthal-like keyboards even as some Stevie Wonder funk-era synths swirl like angry ocean waves in the background. This is a song of the bitterness of a man finding his lover in bed with another, and Ronick’s vocals are at their very best telling you like it is. Black Gold’s Rush is so unique in its modern UK pop mixed with super-eclecticism that Ronick is even given a six-and-a-half minute place to shine on the piano instrumental called “Canyon.”

Look for Black Gold to be a force for some time to come.

What About Whole Life Insurance And Bankruptcy?

Your Detroit Bankruptcy Lawyer always gets asked if a whole life insurance policy can be protected in bankruptcy. A whole life insurance policy is a life insurance policy that has a cash value to it. It is usually more expensive than a normal term life insurance policy, but many people use a whole life insurance policy as a retirement tool.

As with any item of personal property and bankruptcy, whether the whole life insurance policy can be protected depends on each individual’s situation and how much personal property you own and their value.

If you file a Chapter 13, more than likely you will be able to protect the full value of the whole life insurance value. This is because in a Chapter 13, you are paying your creditors back so you will be able to keep all your assets, even those that fall above the exemption amount.

However, if you are in a Chapter 7, the question whether you can keep them or not depends on a lot of things. First off, are you using the Federal Exemptions, or the Michigan Exemptions? You must choose one set and cannot mix and match. Also, how much are your assets worth? House, car, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, personal items, etc. all come into play here in deciding which set to use. Make sure you speak with an attorney to find out which set would be beneficial to you before you file. If not, you risk losing your assets.

The federal exemption, under 11 U.S.C 522 (d) (8) (which is adjusted every three years) allows an exemption of $11,525.00 of the cash value. So if your cash value is only $10,000.00, then you can exempt your whole life insurance policy. Then your creditors or the Trustee cannot take them. You can also deduct the amount of the loan you have against the cash value when determining the exemption amount. So if you have a $25,000.00 cash value, but have a loan of $15,000.oo against it, then you need only exempt $10,000.00. You are safe.

The Michigan exemption is much more generous. Under Michigan’s exemptions, you can exempt the entire amount of the cash value. Sounds great? Well, remember that you must choose either the Federal Exemptions or the State Exemptions, you can’t pick and choose. While the Michigan Exemptions has some greater allowances than the Federal, the Federal does have some greater allowances than the State.

It is important to speak with your Detroit bankruptcy Lawyer and discuss all your assets and their values. Only then can I provide an analysis on which set would be beneficial to you and to protect what you own. You do not want to attempt this on your own, because only an experienced bankruptcy attorney can protect what you worked so hard to get.

If you have a whole life insurance policy and need to get out of debt, call us today at (586) 439-4297, Extension 0, and set up your free consultation. We will discuss your situation and decide whether the Federal or State exemptions would be best for you.

The Effects of Text Messaging

According to Nielsen, American teenagers send and receive, on average, 2,272 messages per month. This equates to nearly 80 messages a day. In fact, text messaging is so popular that in North America (as of 2006), 40% of cell phone users actively use SMS. In Europe the average is 85%. Throughout the world, the use of text messaging has developed very rapidly. In 2000, 17 billion text messages were sent. By 2004, that number reached nearly 500 billion, that’s almost 85 text messages per person in the world.

The popularity of text messaging has placed people in positive and negative situations. For example, former Detroit Mayer Kwame Kilpatrick had his whole life turn upside down through a text messaging sex scandal. He went from being the youngest to the only mayor to be charged with a felony in Detroit. On the positive side, text messaging is utilized as a source of information and reminders. Many credit card companies provide SMS reminders on upcoming due dates. With the increased popularity of cell phones with internet capabilities, people would be able to pay their bills upon receiving the alert. In addition, one can send a text message to Google to find out directions, weather, flight status, sports scores, etc. Services like ChaCha allow us to answer any of our questions. All you do is send a question to ChaCha and a live person will send you a message back, within a few minutes, with the answer to your question. However, these convenient services, as well as general text messaging, have its outcomes.

Many experts agree that text messaging has served more bad than good, especially to the teenage population. There are obvious safety concerns, especially with recent proposals to ban text messaging while driving. This obviously creates a distraction to drivers, putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Even while walking, people have most of their attention to typing their messages, instead of what’s ahead of them. Especially in busy places, I’ve noticed people still don’t pay attention. The other day I was walking by Times Square and got very annoyed at people who suddenly stop in the middle of the sidewalk to finish a message. That, and a combination of tourists, makes Times Square a trap.

Teenagers are easily distracted at school. Instead of paying attention in classes, students are texting away. I’ve seen this happen a lot in college. Especially in high schools, this leads to falling grades, and poor report cards. Some kids are up late messaging their friends, which experts believe could have a significant impact on sleep. I’ve seen a lot of people struggle in college because they use their phones so much. I think this is because when you send a text message, it is likely that you are in the middle of a thought. Thus, a response means the inclination to respond right away, distracting you from other things (studying). I saw this happen at my school library all the time. Especially during finals, it would take forever to find a table. It’s really frustrating when people take up study space but just sit there typing on their phones. During group projects, there is always one kid who keeps pulling his or her phone out to send a message. This creates a huge distraction from work and has significant impacts. I’ve also read articles that provide cases of students using text messages to cheat. Even though teachers and professors state not to bring phones to exams, they never enforce the rule.

I would think that increased cellular phone use, especially for text messaging, could have negative effects for your hands. The concept of texting is similar to typing, which has proven to cause problems for many. Although text messaging is not as comprehensive as using a computer keyboard, the increased usage may still be enough to cause musculoskeletal disorder. However, data is very limited on this subject.

What about the use of the English language? One would think the use of abbreviations, short messages, and incomplete sentences could lead to sloppy language skills. Although text messages are brief, they are sent so many times that in aggregate, it could have an impact in linguistics. Many experts feel this way; however, others present an interesting counter-argument. Text messaging may not be all that bad. Some experts add that the use of abbreviations is a novel way of communication that demonstrates dexterity and creativity. This method of communication expands our language capabilities and demonstrates ingenuity. There are cases in which people catch themselves using “text message lingo” in academic papers, while causing no harm for others.

I’ve noted a few ways in which text messaging benefits individuals. One other way is that this method of communication connects people. Many people are in constant contact with each other. They develop a strong interest to know what’s going on in people’s lives and share information that they wouldn’t otherwise. Some conversations, or at least topics of discussion, would never arise in direct dialogues. Sometimes it’s because we’re too scared or forget later on. There are other situations where sending a text message may be more appropriate then conversing on the phone (in a quiet public place). Thus, it adds a lot of convenience and doesn’t distract others.

I have mentioned many ways in which text messaging harms human beings. I’m fully aware that these interpretations are only valid with credible data and statistical analysis. However, the rise in text messaging is a recent phenomenon, and not enough data is available to construct definitive conclusions. Many experts have developed a number of hypotheses that they hope to test in the near future. I’ve come across a few studies, but found a lot of flaws that lead to inaccurate justifications. Some studies sample just a few students from one specific high school, which leads to invalid results. I chose not to share this data or conclusions for these reasons. For a future study, it would be interesting to stratify data by type of cell phone (compare regular phone vs smart phone and see if there is a significant difference in effects – whether positive or negative).

4 OHL 50 Goal Scorers From 1989-90

1989-90 was a bit of an offensive lull in the Ontario Hockey League. Keith Primeau of the Niagara Falls Thunder won the Eddie Powers Trophy with 127 points. It was the lowest point total for a leader since Rejean Houle of the Montreal Junior Canadiens led the league with 108 in 1968-69. There would be a leader with a lower point total again until 1995-96 when Aaron Brand of the Sarnia Sting took the Eddie Powers with 119 points.

Consequently, there were just four 50 goal scorers in the league that season. There were six reaching the milestone the previous year and seven the following season. In turn, three of the four went first, third and fourth overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Keith Primeau of the Niagara Falls Thunder led the league with 57 goals while playing the full 68 game schedule. 1989-90 was Primeau’s third of three seasons in the OHL and the following season he was a regular with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Keith was selected third overall by the Red Wings in 1990.

Primeau played in the NHL from 1990-91 to 2005-06 with the Red Wings, Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. In 909 regular season NHL games, Keith scored 266 goals and totalled 619 points. He served as team captain in Philadelphia for his final four seasons.

Paul DiPietro of the Sudbury Wolves came second with 56 goals, playing two less games than Primeau. It was DiPietro’s fourth of four seasons with the Wolves and he also finished second to Primeau in points with 119. Paul was taken in the fifth round by the Montreal Canadiens in 1990.

Paul DiPietro played 192 regular season games in the NHL between 1991-92 and 1996-97 with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings. His name is inscribed on the Stanley Cup, winning it with the Habs in 1992-93. Paul left to play pro hockey in Europe for the 1997-98 season and is still active in Switzerland’s elite league.

Mike Ricci of the Peterborough Petes finished third with 52 goals, two less than his total from the previous season. In both years, he accomplished his totals while playing just 60 games in each year. Ricci played three years in the OHL from 1987-88 to 1989-90, all with Peterborough. The Philadelphia Flyers drafted him fourth overall in 1990.

Mike played in the NHL from 1990-91 to 2006-07 with the Flyers, Quebec Nordiques / Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes. He moved over to Quebec in 1992-93 as part of the famous trade that sent Eric Lindros to the Flyers. Ricci played 1,099 regular season NHL games, scoring 243 goals and totalling 605 points.

Owen Nolan finished fourth with 51 goals in just 58 games with the Cornwall Royals. It was Nolan’s second of two years in the Ontario Hockey League. Along with his 58 goals and 111 points, Owen also spent a whopping 240 minutes in the penalty box in 1989-90. Nolan was the first overall pick at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Quebec Nordiques.

Owen played 1,200 career regular season games in the NHL between 1990-91 and 2009-10 with the Nordiques / Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild. He scored 422 career goals in the NHL and contributed a total of 885 points.

Hard to Find Phone Numbers – Computer and Internet Retailer

This alphabetical list contains a lot of hard to find phone numbers of Computer and Internet Related stuff. This is a basic rough list which I’ll try to update periodically. It’s not perfect as I’m sure I left plenty of companies out and all the phone numbers are US phone numbers with the exception of TuCows, which is a Canadian number and Logitech’s remote control number (They rule!). You may need to put a “1” in front of the Toll Free numbers where applicable. I tried to give customer service contact numbers as much as possible and used the latest phone numbers I could find:

Acer (for notebooks) 800-816-2237 (for Aspire) 800-938-2237

Amazon Support 866-216-1072

Amazon MP3 Support 888-802-3083

Amazon Associates 701-787-9740

AOL:

USA & Canada: 800-827-3338

High Speed Broadband Support: 888-849-3200

Billing: 888-265-8003

Cancellation: 888-265-8008

Apple 800-APL-CARE

ATI 905-882-2626

Buy.Com – 800-800-0800

Canon 800-OK-CANON

CNET 1-800-616-CNET

Compaq (Part of HP) 800-652-6672

Dell 1-800-624-9896

Ebay 800-322-9266 888-749-3229

ESET (NOD 32) Technical 619-876-5400, press 3 Toll Free. 866-343-ESET 3738

EPSON (Dot Matrix Printers) 562-276-4350 (Laserjet Printers) 562-276-4382

Gateway 800-846-2301

Godaddy 480-505-8877

Google Headquarters 650-253-0000

Google Ann Arbor 734-332-6500

Google Atlanta 404-487-9000

Google Boulder 303-245-0086

Google Cambridge 617-575-1300

Google Chicago 312-840-4100

Google Coppell 214-451-4000

Google Dallas 214-559-5400

Google Denver 303-524-1123

Google Detroit 248-593-4000

Google Irvine 949-794-1600

Google Kirkland 425-739-5600

Google New York 212-565-0000

Google Phoenix 480-384-1000

Google Pittsburgh 412- 297-5400

Google San Francisco 415-736-0000

Google Santa Monica 310-460-4000

Google Seattle 206-876-1500 206-876-1800

Google Washington DC 202-346-110

HP (Hewlett-Packard owns Compaq) 800-474-6836

IBM 800-IBM-SERV

Linksys 800-326-7114

Logitech:

Corporate 510-795-8500

Billing 888-863-8312

Consumer Sales 800-231-7717

Online Orders 800-884-9480

Remote Controls (Canada) 1-905-273-4571 Main

Memory Store 877-ADD-RAM9

Micron 877-894-5693

Microsoft 425-882-8080 866-234-6020 800-Microsoft

Microsoft Product Support 800-360-7561

MSN 800-386-5550

NEC (Except as listed) 1-800-632-4525 (Floppy Hard & Optical Drives) 800-632-4650 (Monitors) 800-632-4662 (Printers) 800-632-4650

Nero Software (818) 956-7551

Netflix:

Corporate 408-540-3700

Customer Service 800-585-8131

Customer Service 888-638-3549

Customer Service 800-279-5688

Customer Service 800-715-2120

Netgear 888-NETGEAR

Nintendo 425-882-2040

(ESET) NOD 32 Technical 619-876-5400, press 3 Toll Free. 866-343-ESET 3738

Norton Anti-Virus 408-517-8000

Paypal 888-221-1161

PC Tools (Registry Mechanic & Spyware Doctor) 800-764-5783

Registry Mechanic 800-764-5783

Sony (PC Support) 888-476-6972 (Monitors) 866-357-7669 (Handhelds) 877-760-SONY

Spyware Doctor 800-764-5783

Symantic (Norton Anti-Virus) 408-517-8000

3Com 847-262-0070

Toshiba (PC Support) 800-457-7777 (PDAs) 800-949-7993

TuCows (Canada) 416-535-0123

Yahoo 408 349-3300 866 562-7219 408-349-1572

Highest Valued 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee Rookie Hockey Cards

The 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee hockey card set marked the company’s first NHL production since 1940-41. This was the first time the 1967 NHL expansion teams were included in a set. Of course, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins leads the way when it comes to value. The top four rookie cards are not far behind and feature some pretty impressive hockey players.

Bernie Parent – Philadelphia Flyers

Number 89 in the 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee set features Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers. With a book value of $250, this is the highest valued rookie card in the set. Interestingly, Parent played 39 of Boston’s 70 games in his rookie season but Topps did not include him. He played another 18 with the Bruins in 1966-67 and 38 with the Flyers in 1967-68, making him nearly a veteran by the time his rookie card finally came out.

Bernie retired after the 1978-79 National Hockey League season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984. Along the way, he played for the Bruins, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Parent also spent a season in the WHA with the Philadelphia Blazers.

The Flyers perhaps would not have been two time Stanley Cup champions in the 1970’s without Bernie Parent. The team won back to back in 1973-74 and 1974-75. In each of those seasons, Parent was awarded the Vezina Trophy during the regular season and the Conn Smythe Trophy in the playoffs.

Mickey Redmond – Montreal Canadiens

Number 64 in the 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee set is the Mickey Redmond rookie card and has a book value of $70. Redmond played in the NHL from 1967-68 to 1975-76 with the Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. Mickey won a Stanley Cup championship with the Habs in 1968-69 but became an individual star in the league only after he was traded to the Red Wings. In 1972-73, Redmond scored 52 goals and the following year he scored 51.

Keith McCreary – Pittsburgh Penguins

Number 193 is the Keith McCreary rookie card and has a book value of $40. However, the card is valued so high because of an error. There were some that were produced with the card number absent from the back. These cards are the ones valued so high. If the card actually has the number 193 on the back, it is valued as a simple common card.

Keith’s NHL career began in earnest back in 1961-62 when he played one playoff game for the Montreal Canadiens. He played nine more games with Montreal in 1964-65. However, it wasn’t until the 1967 NHL expansion when McCreary became a regular in the National Hockey League. He played until the end of the 1974-75 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Atlanta Flames.

Garry Unger – Detroit Red Wings

Number 142 is the Garry Unger rookie card and has a book value of $30. Unger is the number 2 ironman in NHL history, holding the record for most consecutive games played until Doug Jarvis, the current ironman, broke it a few years later.

Garry played in the NHL from 1967-68 to 1982-83 with the Maple Leafs, Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Flames, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. His first year was split between Toronto and Detroit and Unger is shown as a member of the Red Wings on his 1968-69 hockey card.

Ford’s Story of Success and Pride

The headquarter of Ford is in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. This is the place where the ex-chief engineer of the Edison Illuminating Company, named Henry Ford founded the, “Ford Motor Company”, on June 16, 1903 with a capital amount of $28,000 along with twelve other investors. The famous scientist Thomas Alva Edison was a great friend of Henry Ford and he encouraged him to go ahead with his idea and dream of establishing an automobile company which will manufacture simple and affordable car for the Americans.

At the beginning only two to three workers worked on each car. On July 23, 1903 the company sold its first produced car, Ford Model A and Dr. Ernst Pfennig a dentist from Chicago, became the first owner. Other car manufacturers made cars for wealthy people but Ford developed a design and manufacturing method that reduced the price of the Model T, which made its debut in 1908 at a price of $825. In its first year a record sale of over 10,000 cars was reached. Four years later the price dropped to $575. By 1914 Ford claimed a share of 48% of the automobile market. The car was sold like hot cakes. With the rise in demand, Ford was able to reduce the assembly time of the Model T from 12.5 hours to less than 6 hours. Ford created history and became the change maker of the automobile market.

World War 1 came to be a turning point as it changed the course of automotive history. Henry Ford was able to draw a large profit at that time. Ford Model T cars were used by the several armies for war purpose. It not only served as ambulances but also as delivery trucks, staff cars and artillery movers. As soon as America joined the war, Ford started producing ambulances, trucks, vans, tanks and submarine chasers. Ford’s Trafford Park factory in Manchester supplied the British army with 30,000 Model Ts as ambulances and transporters of troops, water and munitions carriers.

When World War II started there was a boost in Ford’s economy as they were serving both the sides. They produced roughly around 2,82,352 war Jeeps in the years 1941-1945. Ford’s bomber plant at Willow Run, located in the Detroit suburbs manufactured automobiles for war and not for public transportation. Ford V3000 ambulances were used in World War II by the Germans. Ford of Germany built a total of 80,000 trucks for the German army during the war.

Ford did not limit itself in manufacturing only cars. They also manufactured trucks, vans and tractors. In 1925 they also manufactured airplanes. They also produced some important cars in the history of automobiles apart from the Ford Model T. Ford 150 Pickup remained a best seller for almost six decades. Ford Mustang is the first American “muscle car”. Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, Lincoln Continental, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Transit, Ford Capri, Ford Escort is some of the most popular Ford cars.

Engines play a vital role in car’s success. Ford produced 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 cylinder engines till date. Some of the important engines manufactured by Ford, are Ford Model T engine, Flathead V-8 engine, Cobra Jet engine, Boss engine, Ecoboost engine, etc. The 1.0 Ecoboost is a UK-designed 3-cylinder engine which has won awards from industry judges and experts. The Ecoboost engine is developed to be more fuel saving, more Eco friendly and less costly. Ford is not only famous for producing beautiful cars, but also for producing one of the best engines and creating history in the competitive automobile market.

The Ford family is a proud owner of the company for more that 100 years. It is one of the few notable brands in the world whose ownership stayed in the family of the founder for more than a century. They take pride in producing the first ever car for the common man by breaking the idea that a car is a rich man’s property. Ford always created examples in the automobile industry. “$5 day”, is an important day in the history of mankind because around 10,000 people gave line with a desire to get employed at Ford when there was a salary hike of $5 per day. It created an impact within the society as well as in the automobile industry as the production rate and quality of Ford cars got raised after the hike.

Today Ford factories are located in the USA, Britain, Germany, India, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Russia, Spain and many more. Henry Ford is considered to not only be a car manufacturer, but a change maker who changed the fate of the automobile industry.

Baseball Fans In Toronto Have Had Little To Celebrate On Canada Day Games

It should have come as no surprise that Toronto lost yesterday, in spite of the many things working in its favor. After all, the Blue Jays had won eleven of their last thirteen at home, there was a sell out crowd at the Rodgers Centre, and they were playing a Detroit Tigers club that had just suffered a thirteen game losing streak.

Unfortunately, the game happened to be on Canada Day, a National holiday for the Northern neighbors of the Untied States. It also happens to be, based on history, an unlucky day for Canada’s baseball team.

The Blue Jays have played thirty games on Canada Day in their home park over the course of their forty year history, and all thirty have been celebrations of the National holiday. Overall, though, the baseball team has had little to celebrate on the field.

In those score and a half of contests since 1977, Toronto has won just nine while losing twenty one. There have been eleven occasions on which the Blue Jays played on the road on Canada Day, and they probably wish for an away game much more often than that after the calendar turns from June to July.

As one would have expected from looking back at past occasions, the Blue Jays appeared to be doomed to lose on Canada Day again in 2018. They trailed the Tigers heading into their last at bat, and they in fact were one strike away from another holiday loss.

At that point pinch hitter Justin Smoak drew a walk with the bases loaded, allowing Toronto to tie the score and send the game into extra innings. That free pass incited the crowd at the Rodgers Centre, who felt for sure that this Canada Day would break with history and see their team succeed.

That hope proved short-lived, as the Tigers struck back in their next at bat. Shortstop Joe Iglesias hit a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit a 3-2, which ended up being the final score.

Fans around Ontario can take some comfort in the thought that the one run loss was not nearly as bad as the one back in 2001, when the division rival Boston Red Sox drubbed the home team by a score of sixteen to four. A decade and a half before the Blue Jays suffered a Canada Day loss almost as bad, the Seattle Mariners laying an eleven to two loss on Toronto.

In spite of the poor record on Canada Day in the club’s history, there is still reason to be happy when the Blue Jays play at home when July opens. Toronto’s two World Series Championships came in 1992 and 1993, both seasons in which the Blue Jays happened to win on Canada Day.

Humidity in Michigan

Michigan is one of the States in the US that experiences a humid climate during the summer season. Summer season means a hot climate in the entire region of Michigan despite being bi-peninsular in nature. The state of Michigan is divided into two regions namely the southern region and the northern region. It is also divided by the lower and upper Peninsula.

The southern region along with the lower Peninsula experiences lower humidity compared to the northern region and upper Peninsula. The southern region experiences warm climate and humidity during summer can be very high. It does experience a shorter winter compared to the northern region where it experiences longer and colder winter. Unlike the southern region, the northern region experiences a warmer climate and higher humidity during summer. The northern region with the upper Peninsula experiences extreme weather conditions as it is hotter in the summer and colder in the winter.

The state of Michigan has eight strategic places where the average humidity is being measured yearly. This is done to provide necessary information for the local residents of each place and its neighboring community to take the necessary precautionary measures from possible heatstroke and other ailments due to the rise in temperature and humidity. The eight strategic places where humidity is being measured for data collection are situated in Alpena, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Houghton Lake, Lansing, Muskegon and Sault Ste Marie. Daily readings that are averaged in a 24-hour basis are taken every 3 hours. The reading in the morning is set at 7am and an afternoon reading is also taken which is set at 4pm.

Listed below is a short summary of the annual average humidity in the state Michigan according to the 8 strategic points where humidity measurement is recorded. The numbers represents the percentage of humidity measured and recorded. It is arranged as daily reading, morning reading and afternoon reading respectively.

For Alpena’s average humidity during the day is 74 while the morning reading is 83 and afternoon reading is 60. For Detroit’s typical reading is 71 while AM and PM reading are 81 and 58 respectively. For Flint’s daily reading is 72 while AM and PM reading are 82 and 59 respectively. For Grand Rapids’ daily reading is 73 while AM and PM reading are 83 and 60 respectively. For Houghton Lake’s daily reading is 75 while AM and PM reading are 85 and 61 respectively. For Lansing’s daily reading is 74 while AM and PM reading are 84 and 61 respectively. For Muskegon’s daily reading is 73 while AM and PM reading are 81 and 63 respectively. And for Sault Ste Marie’s daily reading is 77 while AM and PM reading are 85 and 66 respectively.

Bradshaw/Montana No Show

Ok, so usually something like this wouldn’t bother me – but the more I got thinking

about it, the more steamed I became. All but three living Super Bowl MVP’s were

present for the Pre-Game Ceremony. Those players were Terry Bradshaw, Joe

Montana, and Jake Scott. Oh, Jake Scott was traveling in Australia and could not

make it you say? Well were Bradshaw and Montana with him? No, they weren’t! Wait,

did you say they were both in Detroit at some point last week. What could have

happened that would have kept them from attending a Ceremony honoring a game

that has been both good and lucrative to them – let’s see:

1.) Death in the Family – Nope not that, I called and spoke with every immediate

member of the Bradshaw and Montana family and all alive THANK GOD!

2.) Sickness – Nope, not that either. These were two of the toughest players ever

to suit so there was no way a cold would have kept them from that

So then what is left? I’ll tell you – MONEY! Bradshaw and Montana declined coming

to the Super Bowl because it did not pay enough. Who do they think they are, Ted

DiBiase? Not even close – They are two guys who owe at least showing up to a sport

that has made them, if nothing else……FREAKIN LOADED.

Joe Montana reportedly was asking for $100,000 dollars as an appearance fee. That

is $99,000 more than Steve Young received for showing up and although I believe

Montana was a better QB, he wasn’t 100X better!

Terry Bradshaw – 4 time SB Champion – 2 Time SB MVP….NO Show! Although he

didn’t come out and say it’s about money….it’s about money. Bradshaw is one of

the highest paid Motivational Speakers in the country so he is paid big time to show

up at events. Here is the kicker – He was in Detroit appearing that week to talk to

some group. Oh, another thing I just remembered, The Steelers were in the Super

Bowl! Nice Terry, way to support your team….ASS!

People talk about today’s athlete and how it is only about the money and how the

athlete of yester-year did it for “The Love of the Game” Well Jerome Bettis, modern

athlete, showed up to play the game he loved while Bradshaw and Montana, well…

you know.