Sunday, March 29, 2015

It's Usually #NovelSnip

I'm afraid this wildly popular feature will have to be posted tomorrow.  We're just home from a 10 hour drive from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I just can't fiction right now.

Fortunately, I've been inundated with requests to tell about the fine city on the east of the Midwest that we just visited.  Here's the story: Ann Arbor is a fun college town with some beautiful buildings.  We toured the law school (gorgeous, and the library was a finalist to stand-in for the Great Hall in Harry Potter), the business school where Uncle Shea studies about making money (modern and very hip), and the School of Social Work, which is slightly nicer than Peik Hall at the University of Minnesota.  Peik is where I did My Stupid Master’s Degree™ and it's not nice at all.  The University of Michigan School of Social Work has a study area, at least.  And probably well-stocked vending machines.  Here's a pattern I've noticed: If the alumni of a certain School don't tend to make a lot of money, said School is not that impressive to tour.  Just saying.

There's some cool public art at Michigan like The Cube.  It's a sculpture you can push and spin.  And there's a very good deli that President Obama himself has frequented.  It's called Zingerman's.  It pays the employees a livable wage and everything.  We also visited the University's Archeology Museum which wasn't such a huge hit with the boys.  We did, however, see mummy sandals and Mac showed off Egyptology knowledge gleaned from The Magic Treehouse series.

Something we learned is that Ann Arbor has a high cost of living.  Also, Sister Mary and Partner Shea have tired of the cold weather.  Finally, the stadium (The Big House)  holds 110,000 people, which is more people than the population of Ann Arbor.

If you have an occasion to visit Ann Arbor, I recommend the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.  I give the city 3.5 stars.  Not as cool as other college towns like Bloomington, IN and Madison, WI, to which I assign more stars.

I hope this review was helpful to you.

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