|Saved and archived are some of the previous articles I've written for my "blog" that has been nuked. Too much spam.|
|originally posted June 13, 2010
|Hi. Mike here. Im a life-long
resident of Michigan, and proud of our diverse state. Married to a wonderful gal, Louise,
who owns and operates a nice, small retail business: J.J.
Cardinals Wild Bird & Nature Store. I grew up in the 50s & 60s in the
Metro Detroit area, then moved north to Greenbush when my family converted our summer home
to a year-round residence. Life along Lake Huron shore was a great experience
thoroughly enjoyed living in a small town!
It was at Central Michigan University that I picked up the dementis canis nickname (Mad Dog). Good friends Ted & Gary had left a note on their dormitory door: MD-20/20 were down the hall, cmon down! It was easy to find em just follow the sounds of Jethro Tull echoing through the building; upon entering the room I was met with a loud chorus of Mad Dog! Ted later explained it was merely a spin on my initials and the popular rot-gut beverage Mogen David 20/20 which I think I drank once. And only once. But the name had a rather roguish quality, and Mad Dog stuck. Kids in the dorm would introduce me to their parents (as Mad Dog) when they visited which became even more of a hoot when I became a Resident Assistant (RA) in the dorm; I can only imagine a few parents had interesting conversations on their way home wondering if junior or Jane were safe. (Yeah, it was a co-ed dorm. Naturally.) Years later I was giving a presentation at a CPA firm in Saginaw and from the back of the room one of the junior accountants attending the program exclaimed loudly: well, if it isnt Mad Dog!
Since many of the comments Ill likely post to this blog will relate to current events, news, and politics Id like to mention my political orientation is solidily independant. Some have accused me of being a Democrat or liberal as if thats something one should be ashamed of. Prior to the 2000 elections I guess I considered myself to be basically Republican voting for Nixon, Ford, Dole, Reagan, and G. H. W. Bush. But there was no way I could support George W. Bush and felt his election (and amazingly his reelection) was a bad sign for our country and history has proven that concern to be valid. The man was completely unqualified to be President and without his family heritage theres no way he would have gotten as far as he did. Anyway, after struggling with 8-years of W I learned to view the world and politics more objectively. Since that time Ive seen the Republican party shift even further to the right and its not a pretty sight.
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