Between you and me, I've always thought that state motto was super lame. I'd love something more hardcore. The word "pleasant" just doesn't make us seem very tough. And I mean, who's seeking these pleasant peninsulas? Has anyone ever sought out a peninsula? I doubt it. But I missed the meeting when the motto was decided, so that's what it's gotta be.
Some other little facts about Michigan that you might enjoy:
*Florida has the panhandle, Michigan has the thumb. Even our weather people very seriously say, "a storm will be passing through the thumb later today."
*Canada is right here. Like, right here. I ran another 5K this weekend at the Detroit River Fest and looking over the water could tell that Windsor was having their own festival as well. I couldn't go to that one though, because my passport has expired.
|Of course in the US, we have eagles on our carousels.|
|That land over there across the river? Canada. I'm not welcome there (until I get my passport renewed).|
The mitten peninsula gets more attention than the U.P. for a variety of reasons, namely:
1. No one can make the shape of the U.P. with their hand without a lot of contorting.
2. No one lives in the U.P. (That's not true. It just feels true. It's always a surprise when you meet someone from there.)
3. We resent that they (yoopers) call us trolls because we live under (south of) the Mackinac bridge (which connects the peninsulas).*
4. Kid Rock isn't from there. Neither is Madonna.
5. It's wild and untamed up there (no well-known water parks).
6. There's no Detroit in the U.P.
So there you have it. Michigan is two parts, has a thumb, Great Lakes, Canada next door, and a five mile bridge connecting the two parts. Oh, I forgot to mention that it's awesome. But that should go without saying.
*We actually don't care.