Interrogating NIMBY Folk Wisdom. Or, Thoughts on Parking.

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The Ann Arbor Observer provides a window into a particular subset of local life. I have fond childhood memories of reading occasional copies of the Observer brought up north by visiting family. And now as a long-time resident, I eagerly dig in when it arrives. The “Marketplace Changes” column rarely disappoints, offering up endearing (and… Read more »

The first rule of Chicken Club

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The first rule of Chicken Club is everything wants to eat your chickens. If you’re going to have animals, you need to be prepared for them to die. Sometimes prematurely. Last night something opened the coop, climbed in, and killed our chickens. The timing and the carnage point to maybe a raccoon or an opossum… Read more »

More Buses, More Bikes, More Walking: Why I’m voting YES on May 6

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On May 6, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsi, and Ypsi Township will have the opportunity to vote on a millage to support improved public transit for our communities. Here’s why I’m voting YES… I live in the rather pretentiously named but decidedly modest “Upper Water Hill” neighborhood. We’re the less-hipster-more-hill sibling of “Water Hill.” I love… Read more »

Goals for 2014

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Inspired by E and this, I’m setting a few goals for the year. Instead of resolutions, I’ve tried to give myself measurable objectives and think about why I want to achieve them. Stretch. Daily. Foam roller is my homie. I’m in a better mood when I’m not in pain. Lift weights/strength train three times per… Read more »