Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Derek Jeter's High School Yearbook Photos

Before the New York Yankees Derek Jeter was a two-sport athlete at Kalamazoo Central. He followed the natural progression from "Winterfest Court," to computer lab tutor, to Major League Baseball. Photos compiled with help from the Western Michigan University Archives Library and Kalamazoo Central High School.

Freshman Year

Freshman Year

Freshman Year Baseball

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year Baseball

Sophomore Basketball

Junior Year

Junior Year

Junior Year Baseball

Junior Year Basketball

Senior Year

Derek Jeter Senior Picture

Senior Year Baseball

Senior Year Basketball

Friday, August 19, 2011

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Voelker on Fishing

"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of the television commercials, cocktail parties and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant - and not nearly so much fun." — John Voelker | via @jrt219

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Herman Melville on the Great Lakes

“For in their interflowing aggregate, those grand fresh-water seas of ours,—Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan,—possess an ocean-like expansiveness, with many of the ocean’s noblest traits; with many of its rimmed varieties of races and of climes.” — Herman Melville, Moby Dick | via @AdamSchuitema

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Battle of Wheats: Bell’s Oberon vs. Arcadia’s Whitsun

Bell’s Oberon, in many respects, is the gold standard of Michigan beer. Oberon has the widest reach and the most mass appeal, and the release of Oberon in the spring has become a holiday in Michigan. But as the big kid on the block, Oberon, justifiably or not, is often criticized. No sooner had I discovered Oberon as an undergrad at WMU than Kalamazoo beer enthusiasts started selling me on Arcadia's Whitsun as a superior alternative.

While Oberon needs little introduction, Whitsun, a “full-flavored” summer brew, flew largely under the radar until recently when Arcadia stared selling it in cans. I’ve enjoyed both beers, but the debate about which is Michigan’s best summer beer rages on. Recently—by accident—I just happened to have a six-pack of both in my refrigerator, so I decided to sample them together to see which of the two I actually preferred.

The differences begin at bottles-cans and keep going from there. Whitsun is dark orange in color, almost brownish, whereas Oberon is light orange, almost yellow. Whitsun is much cloudier than Oberon, and has a larger, thicker head. The feel and taste of the two beers is worlds apart. Whitsun is all spice and orange—tingly, with a tart finish that stays on the tongue. Oberon on the other hand is subdued with a creamy flavor that is distinctly wheat as opposed to the more fruit-flavored Whitsun. Oberon is smooth, where Whitsun is surprising and lively.

In the right setting I can enjoy either—beers are situational. But since the post is titled “battle of wheats” I’ll force myself to pick a winner. As a summer beer, brewed to be refreshing, Oberon is a bit smoother and easier to drink. If I’m sitting on a porch with a cooler full of beer, I’ll give the edge to Oberon, but I sure wouldn’t turn down a Whitsun.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Young entrepreneur turns lemonade stand into thriving business

"Kuipers, 9, of Muskegon, has taken the classic lemonade stand, an old standby for children looking to make some money during the summer, and improved on it. Instead of selling a tiny paper cup of instant lemonade for 25 cents, Sebastian’s Gourmet Lemonade, his stand at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market, sells his own secret recipe lemonade, starting at $2 for a 12-ounce glass, and adds 16 different flavors for 25 cents each."

This "young entrepreneur" happens to be the son of a friend of mine from Muskegon. Impressive. Read more and view photos at the Muskegon Chronicle: Young entrepreneur turns lemonade stand into thriving business |