Have you seen the new Pure Michigan advertising campaign? Dreamy billboards plastered with breathtaking vistas. Gorgeous commercials playing tranquil music.
Now, I suppose I'm biased, since I'm "made in Michigan" (to riff on a nifty tee shirt I saw at Summerfest). But Michigan in the summer is absolutely fantastic. Splendid sunsets. Luscious fresh fruits. Sun drenched days. Cool nights. The insistent call of a whippoorwill outside my old bedroom window. Being surrounded by water. Ahhhh.
None of the other states I've lived in--Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin--have quite this combination of natural wonders. They have their own wonders, assuredly, and the 'Sconnie Nation is certainly tugging at my state loyalties, what with all the dairy and hoppy goodness. But there's something inexpressibly wonderful about Michigan in the Summer.
Michigan's having some tough times, tougher than most other states. But, to quote the illustrious Destiny's Child, "[We're] a survivor/[we're] not gonna give up."
We have nowhere to go but up (economically. professional footbally).
To quote Jenny Cruisie, we're looking for "nothing but good times ahead."