(The 93rd Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    The winter is here, and I cannot predict how hard of a winter it will be in Michigan, as nobody can and as nobody can predict how many hurricanes will show up this year.  Oh, did you hear an important piece of news related to the prediction of hurricanes.  On December 7, 2011, two men--William Gray and Phil Klotzbach (of the University of Colorado)--who are involved in the business of predicting hurricanes issued a statement that all the work of the last twenty years related to making predictions in December about hurricanes for the forthcoming summer has been, in essence, a bust or useless and that the predictions of the last twenty years have been defective or wrong, and the two men were no longer going issue predictions in Decembers about possible hurricane activity in the forthcoming summers.  And although the country has experienced some warmer-than-usual weather recently (December 2011 and early January 2012), a person has to wonder how people can make useful predictions about what the climate will be like in five years or ten years.  And although there has been some warmer-than-usual weather recently, do not expect to find good swimming conditions at St. Clair Metropark.  What is St. Clair Metropark?  The park is Metro Beach Metropark, which has been around--under several names--since the 1940s, with a new name.

    So you cannot go to St. Clair Metropark (Mt. Clemens of Macomb County) to swim and play in the water--for a bunch of months--so you will have to go somewhere else, maybe the St. Clair Historical Museum, which is at 308 South Fourth Street.  However, you have to be aware you can not simply show up at the museum and tour it, since it is not open every day of the week for just-stop-in visits.  This museum in Michigan is open on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon--at least this time of the year.  In the summer, you should expect the museum to also be open for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday.  Not far from St. Clair is New Baltimore, and at New Baltimore is the Grand Pacific Museum, which is at 36535 Green Street, and it seems to be open on Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 2:00 p.m., and I have seen that, for one, it has a glass case containing old musical instruments.  By the way, New Baltimore is one of those places where they have "polar plunge" events or jump-in-the-cold water events, and this year the event is part of the Winterfest 2012 (organized by the New Baltimore Lions), which was scheduled to run from January 27, 2012, through January 29, 2012.  Of course, if you are really looking for snow, one of the most likely places to have snow on the ground at this time of the year is Munising, which is in Alger County of the Upper Peninsula, and Munising is in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the cliffs of which people like to see by boat  in Lake Superior.  At this time of the year, people still go to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, since it has a roughly twelve-mile Munising Ski Trail,  The Munising Ski Trail is located about one mile east of Munising--along H-58--and it is strictly designed for cross-country skiers and not those who want to walk or do snowshoeing.  From May to October, people who go to the Munising area can choose to tour the Historic Munising Coast Guard Station, which is a part of the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore; the station was used from 1933 to 1960.  Recently, I have been doing some heavy research to learn more about The Mackinaw WAGB-83, which was an icebreaker on the Great Lakes from 1944 to 2006 and is now the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum (at Mackinaw City, Michigan), and it occurs to me that between 1945 and 1960, people could have seen The Mackinaw WAGB-83 out on Lake Superior from the museum area.

    For this report, I am sending out a special request. The Mackinaw WAGB-83 did a lot of work breaking ice in Lake Superior, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair River, and, in fact, I found a news story that reported how, in April 1958, The Mackinaw WAGB-83 had to cut through roughly 15-foot-thick to 18-foot-thick windrows and up to 25-foot-thick windrows of the St. Clair River area by "tunneling," which is done by pumping tons and tons of water from, basically, the stern to the bow while driving all three props forward, and the story noted how it took the ship eleven hours to go five miles, and it was all done to try and free The John Boardman (a ship).  If you have any photographs of The Mackinaw WAGB-83 stowed way, I wish you would consider sending copies to me so that I can put together a better history document of the ship for the volunteers and staffers, which would help tourists.  Contact information exists on this page.  I am looking for properly dated photographs, and they could be, for example, digital copies, which were made by scanning photographs.  The copies that are sent to me will not be published.  What I am doing is trying to figure out the configuration of the ship over the roughly 61 years by looking at old photographs.  Ask your parents or grandparents if they have something that could help me.  Incidentally, my work to learn more about the ship has given me knowledge that has made it possible for me to help the U.S. Coast Guard and "Fred's Place" (which is a Web site for U.S. Coast Guard related persons), since I have been able to make corrections, such as date corrections, to photographs that they have in their picture archives.  (After you contact me, we will make arrangements about how to get the copy photographs to me.)

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    Surprise!  I'm back to Detroit!

    On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, the big story in the Detroit media--television, radio, and newspaper--was that the proposed light-rail system for Detroit had been killed by the federal government, and that information inspired me to make this special section in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips, and the focus is Detroit, which, in the previous edition, I noted that I will no longer promote Detroit as a place to see through Michigan Travel Tips, since there is big trouble in Detroit.  In Michigan Travel Tips #67 (which can be reached by using this Travel #67 link) and Michigan Travel Tips #68 (which can be reached by using this Travel #68 link), I talked about a man--Donald Weber--who came to Detroit and lived in Detroit in the 1920s, when Detroit was growing, and I say that one reason that he came to Detroit is he saw opportunity in Detroit, and I can report that Donald Weber did not come to Detroit because the managers of Detroit built roads and streetscars (which were commonplace in Detroit at the time)--a person does not go to a city because the city is building mass transit, hoping to spur economic development.  A rule of man is a road gets built when a need for the road is called for, and you do not build a road first and hope it spurs economic development, which is a thought in the head of the defective thinkers who are running Detroit.  On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh was a guest by telephone on The Frank Beckmann Program (which is a weekday radio program hosted by Frank Beckmann on WJR-AM, Detroit), and Charles Pugh made a number of comments that help prove again the nonsense that is Detroit, and what Charles Pugh said was said fairly well for the most part (given that he had once been a broadcaster/anchor on WJBK-TV, Channel 2).  One thing that Charles Pugh said is: "...The, the light rail is more lucrative for a city's investment than buses, because you can change bus routes at any moment--you can elimate bus routes--but a rail is a significant infrastructure investment, and that's not gonna move.  It will not go away.  And so when you build, ah, ah, when you do development around the stations, that is permenant, that is growth, that is economic activity.  And so that's what we were looking forward to as a byproduct of building the light rail.  It wasn't just to move people up and down Woodward.  People are moving up and down Woodward now.  But this was about the transit-oriented development and the connection beyond Eight Mile.  So, you know, it's frustrating.  I think it's a huge mistake.  I do, however, see, um, the good piece of, ah, connecting to the state's push toward, um, bus rapid transit, because it really could help us in the long run to actually merge SMART and D-DOT and, and, and get rid of both of those systems withering on the vine before our very eyes."  Charle Pugh also said: "...We need some creative solutions.  But I think we can still do both.  I mean I think that light rail should still be part of the conversation, ah, even if only to the Boulevard, 'cause then you at least take it to the AMTRAK line, where, you know, there's movement ta, you know, get, um, high-speed rail, ah, to Chicago, you know, ah, and, and other parts here within the state.  So, you know, I think that the light-rail discussion should not be over.  I think that light rail all the way to Eight Mile may be, ah, history, but, um, the light-rail discussion--'cause you got to look at all those investors."  And near the end of the interview, Charles Push said: "...City Council had nothing to do with this decision [to kill the project].  If it were up to us, ah, light rail would still be on, on the table, and they [light-rail systems] might be money losers as a transportation system, but if you look at the transit-oriented development--the development that has cropped up around the rail line--then I think that it has more than paid for itself with the, you know, for every one dollar of investment in light rail, there is six dollars of economic impact."  When I analyze Charles Pugh's words, I can come up with a bunch of defects in his logic.  Think about this: If people are moving up and down Woodward now, how does putting in the light rail change things in any significant way, given the people are already there?  Charles Pugh was--it seemed--concerned about the investors who had already dumped money into developing the light-rail system, and I say--"Who cares about the investors and their money?  The investors did not think clearly enough about the viability of the project.  They goofed, and so it goes in life.  And there comes a time when investors--private-types or government-types--must cut their loses."  And Charles Pugh's argument about the return on investment on light rail--which is a money loser as a rule--is like the same defective argument that people who push movie-tax credits make (and to learn more about that subject, you should see my document entitled Film and Television Production Tax Credit: The Bad Side of the Issue, which can be reached by using this link: Tax Credit).

    I must add that around Friday, January 6, 2012, people were hearing that the light-rail system might not be dead yet.

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    During the last few weeks, while tracking down information about The Mackinaw WAGB-83, I found about two-hundred old stories about the ship, and many of those described what ice conditions that ship had to deal with during "breakouts," the time of March and April of a year, when The Mackinaw WAGB-83 and other icebreakers of the Great Lakes worked to open up the shipping lanes for the spring-through-early winter shipping season.  I found times when the ice conditions were really bad and times when the ice conditions were not bad, and I found that the 1904 shipping season was one of the longest shipping seasons in about a one-houndred-year-plus period because of warm weather, especially in December 1904.  If you are traveling in Michigan and meet me, maybe on the bridge of The Mackinaw WAGB-83 in the summer, do not pass along the manmade-global-warming crap to me, espeically if you say that government should set rules that will save the planet!

    Enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan!

    Stay well!


    P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslaver"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children).  (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)

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

    The Grand Pacific Museum, New Baltimore, Macomb County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Munising Ski Trail, Munising, Alger County, the Upper Peninsula.

    The St. Clair Historical Museum, St. Clair, Macomb County, the Lower Peninsula.

    St. Clair Metropark, Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, the Lower Peninsula.

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