(The 56th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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- - - Travel Thoughts for Everyone - - -

    In the 1980s and 1990s, I did all the work on my father's Chevette to keep it running, and work also included doing painting, mostly done to remove rust spots (though one job that I had to do was a repair on the front-end spoiler, which had been damaged by a tow-truck operator).  To remove a rust spot from a car, such as a rust spot that it about the size of a quarter, I often used a sandblaster (gun) attached to a compressor, and when the sandblaster is used to remove a rust spot on a metal panel, such as a front quarter panel, and when the rust is removed, the surface of the cleaned metal looks like the surface of the moon--there are tiny craters on the surface of the metal.  My father was happy to have his car in good shape all the time, and I was happy to make him happy, and the type of work that I did was just another in the many types of work that I can do. So have you ever done any removing of rust from a car, as I have, and seen the moon-like landscape that can remain on a piece of cleaned metal or are you one of those persons who really has not done much and experienced much, letting or hoping others will do things for you?

    I expect no answer.

    The more types of things that a person knows, the better a person can be at making decisions related to what the world is, and so the more that a person sees of Michigan, the more the person can understand what Michigan is; for example, if a person never leaves Detroit, the person will have a false impression of what Michigan is and what peoples exist in Michigan.

    For instance, do you--as a Michiganian-- know this?  On Tuesday, December 2, 2008, the "Capitol Visitor Center" opened up to visitors in Washington, D.C., and the center was originally expected to cost no more than $265 million to build, but it ended up that the cost to build the place was about $621 million, and the opening was delayed about three years (Zongker, Brett. "CAPITOL CELEBRATES NEW CENTER," Detroit Free Press, 3 December 2008, p. 4A.), and it was the day that the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid (a Democrat), said: "In summertime, because (of) the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol" (Wilson, Brian.  "Reid: Capitol Visitor Center Will Mimimize 'Smell' of Tourists: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is looking on the bright side as the Capitol Visitor Center opens years behind schedule and millions over budget."  FoxNews.com, 2 December 2008).  There are hints that the Barack Obama administration and many politicians in the U.S. Congress want to create a national health-care program, the proposed cost for which as reported by such people surely would be something that must be considered wrong and unlikely and unrealistic.  Based on the Capitol Visitor Center mess, a proposed cost to start up--just start up--a national health-care program would probably be at the very least half what would be needed, and now that the country is in a recession, the thought of starting up such a program would be ludicrous, and I know some Michiganians who are not eager to have a socialist medicine system run by the federal government in the country (such systems are failed systems in Canada and Great Britain and other places), and the Michiganians are not eager to use their money to care for illegal aliens or for people who are given outright citizenship through some new immigration act and really do not deserve the right of citizenship (having been in the country illegally), who should be working to straighten out their dead countries, such as Mexico, which has been a "junkie country" (as I say informally) for years and years and years.  The Michiganians that I know and I are not "world citizens"--we are citizens of the United States of America and we know it is not our duty to save the world from everything, especially when it will badly affect the United States of America, and should a national health-care system be set up in the United States of America by the legislators in the U.S. Congress and Barack Obama, we will be angry, and that is a part of what Michigan is. Oh, the estimates are already in the trillions of dollars for a proposed national health-care system, which would, for one, have federal government officials, such as of a federal medical board, set policy for medical care for individuals and result in federally controlled decisions about medical care for individuals, and I say that that would be "garbage" policy.

    Keep in mind, Michiganian: U.S. Senator Harry Reid, who made the "smell" statement, which shows his dislike of people or even his disdain of people, would be a poor person to have involved in setting up a national health-care system for the individuals of this country, since, really, Harry Reid's goal does not seem to be aimed at the true betterment of the individuals of this country.  U.S. Senator Harry Reid should have kept his mouth about the "smell" idea, which his aides had urged him to do, because he showed in ugliness.  (Wilson, Brian.  "Reid: Capitol Visitor Center Will Mimimize 'Smell' of Tourists: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is looking on the bright side as the Capitol Visitor Center opens years behind schedule and millions over budget."  FoxNews.com, 2 December 2008.)

    Oh, I urge people new to the country to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to see Independence Hall before traveling to Washington, D.C., to see the Capitol Visitor Center, where a person might get the idea that it is the U.S. Congress that sets the "aspirations" of the country, which is wrong, since it is the individual that sets the aspirations of the individual.

    Also, did you know there is a museum called the Rockwood Historical Museum in Michigan, particularly Rockwood, Michigan?  Rockwood is a place in Monroe County of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Let met see.  If a person had an electric car, which allowed the person to travel up to 50 miles between charges, would that person be able to get to the Rockwood Historical Museum easily?  If the person lived in Ann Arbor, the one-way trip from Ann Arbor to Rockwood would be about 25-miles long, so a person might be able to get back to Ann Arbor without recharging the vehicle, and if a person lived more than about 25 miles away from Rockwood, how would the person get to Rockwood (without recharging the electric vehicle once, twice, or more times)?  Of course, a person could have two vehicles--one of which is an electric vehicle and the other of which was something else, such as a regular gasoline-powered vehicle, which would allow the person to get more things done--but that would defeat the purpose of hoping to have only one vehicle (it would require the person to spend money for insurance and more on two vehicles).

    By the way, if a person only had an electric vehicle, how would the person drive long distances to see things in Michigan and help tourism?  If a person lived 500 miles from Copper Harbor, the person would have to recharge the vehicle some ten times to get to Copper Harbor (if the electric vehicle had a range of only about 50 miles on a charge).  How long would it take to charge such a vehicle?  How many days--instead of one day--would it take to travel 500 miles in an electric car, given an electric car would have to be charged regularly?  (What cubic-feet space is available to carry or store people and materials in an electric car?  Is it less than what is available in a regular vehicle?  I have not researched that yet.  Think about it.  Oh, boy.  What if the battery system fails while a person is traveling far from home--how expensive will the repair be?  If you replace one battery of a multi-battery unit, how soon are the other batteries likely to fail?  They probably will--think of batteries of any electrical device.  Instead of replacing one battery of a battery unit, is it better to replace all the batteries of a battery unit, which will cost thousands.  What a mess we could get!)

    Special comment: Michigan--let alone the United States of America--is too big for the electric car to ever become viable in the country, except for some city travel, given how much in the way of materials and people that have to be moved to keep the country going, and, in essence, for the long run in this country, the electric car is a "dead issue" (which is an informal set of words that I sometimes use to describe things and events) for most people, unless people are going to have to have more than one vehicle or are going to be forced by the government to rarely travel long distances (which a communist or socialist politician should like and would want in order to control the movement of people).  (Note: The "hybrid" and traveling will be one topic in the next edition of Michigan Travel Tips.)

    And also, do you know there are some Michiganians who feel they were betrayed by the news departments of the main broadcast networks (ABC-TV and CBS-TV and especially NBC-TV) and their associated services for the political news offered in relation to the presidential campaign of 2008, and my guess is many more people are going to take on the betrayed feeling over the next couple years as more and more true information becomes public knowledge, such as through mostly magazine articles and books (certainly, the broadcast networks mentioned in this paragraph will offer no reliable information). (For more information on the subject, you should see T.H.A.T. #55, which can be reached by hitting this link: T.H.A.T. #55.)

    Let me see. While I write this, snow is falling outside, and if the weather continues to be as it has been for the last week or so, this winter will end up with more snow for vacationers in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula and in the Upper Peninsula than that of last year. I think I will now end this edition and go do something--I think I will go do a bit of shoveling of snow (with a quality snow shovel), which will keep me from getting fat like so many do-nothing people.

    Incidentally, it is hard to find a good snow shovel for sale in Michigan today (I have talked about this thought with people who work at hardware stores).  For instance, there is a lot of "crappy" stuff available from China and such these days, which have the blades pitched incorrectly or have handles that are too short.  Even a type of aluminum-scoop-type shovel that I have used for years and years is being made cheaper and cheaper (having poorer quality, such as no extra metal guard or strip at the end).  Those ergonomic shovels--those with the curved handles--are nonsense.  I think it is time to rebel and get back to rejecting "crap" (materials and ideas) from foreign places and get back to rejecting the idea that this country--one part of which is Michigan--should be like foreign places.

    Your travel tips of Pennsylvania and Michigan in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips are:

    Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    The Rockwood Historical Museum, Rockwood, Monroe County, the Lower Peninsula.

- - - Public Service Copy for Broadcasters (four pieces) - - -

Number One:

    Oakland County is one of the counties in the Lower Peninsula

of Michigan, and if you were to look for the county, you would

find it right north of Wayne County, which is where Detroit is located.

Oakland County has a lot of things that have "Oakland" in the name.

For instance, there is the Oakland County Courthouse, which is at

Pontiac, and the Oakland Hills Country Club, which is a golf course.

However, a famous restored house called the "Oaklands" is not in

Oakland County, as you might think.  On the other side of the Lower

Peninsula--in Kalamazoo County--is the restored house known as

the "Oaklands."  In fact, the place is on the campus of Western

Michigan University--at Kalamazoo.  The building is an Italian

Renaissance Villa built in 1870 and something to see in Michigan.

To see the "Oaklands," head to Kalamazoo of Kalamazoo

County--and not Oakland County.  And enjoy your safe traveling

in Michigan!


Number Two:

    Over decades since the early 1900s, the styles of cars

has changed regularly.  One of the first really popular cars

in the country was the "black" Model-T from Ford Motor

Company of the early 1900s.  Yes, "black" was the in-thing

back then.  Color soon showed up, such as bright blues

and bright greens, and there have been such cars as the Corvette,

the GTO, the K-car, the electric car, and the hybrid.  The car

that you have or may soon have may be black, green, blue, or

some other color.  A car that is white is a popular car, but a car

that is white can be a problem for other drivers.  When it is snowing

or when there is snow on the ground, a motorist on a two-lane

outstate road can have a hard time seeing an approaching car that

is white.  If you have a white car, always have those headlights

on-on low--when you are on a two-lane road.  Make it easier for

other motorists to see you, and enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan

this winter.


Number Three:

    One really good thing about winter in Michigan is there

are no mosquitos to worry about--those frozen little buggers

are out of the way.  So, for example, if you were to go to

the hiking trail known as the Mosquito Falls Trail, which is

a part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore of the Upper

Peninsula of Michigan, you should find no mosquitos, unless

you did some truly precise hunting.  Instead of looking for

mosquitos in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan now, go to the

Upper Peninsula to look for whatever can be seen along the

cross-country-ski trails, such as the Munising Ski Trail system,

which is in the Munising area of Alger County.  Escanaba has

the Escanaba Cross Country Ski Pathway.  In the Calumet area

of Houghton County are the Swedetown Ski Trails.  And the

Northern Hardwoods Cross-County Ski Area is part of the

Seney National Wildlife Refuge of Germfask.  And enjoy your

safe traveling in Michigan!


Number Four:

    Here is a message from Victor Swanson, who publishes

Michigan Travel Tips on the Internet every month and runs

The Hologlobe Press.  In Comins, there is a red-painted caboose

on display.  By the way, the downtown of Comins was destroyed

by a tornado on July 3, 1999, and people have been doing rebuiding

ever since.  Truly, most of the people of Michigan live many miles

from Comins, and it can take hours to drive to Comins.  If everyone

had an electric car, which could only run 50 miles before having to be

recharged, the tourism traffic would probably drop a lot at Comins,

and that would be bad for Comins and Michigan.  Fortunately for

everyone, the electric car is no big thing in the country, so people

can easily get to Comins, and because the electric car is no big thing

in the country, people can easily get to all places in Michigan.  So

push to keep your ability to travel easily in Michigan in the future.

And enjoy your safe traveling!


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File date: 10 December 2008

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