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weeksbr1 Donating Member (59 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-16-06 12:18 AM
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15. They join the mil because they're all poor...
Edited on Sun Jul-16-06 12:20 AM by weeksbr1
no one has any money in the UP... that's part of its charm, but also very sad since lots of kids think that they have no other choice after high school. Poverty is a big problem because all of the mines closed years ago and the lumber companies now have huge machinery that does all the cutting so employment went way down, and nothing has taken their place. The UP is dying. The only young people who stay there after graduating stay because they are either financially trapped there or, because of the f-ing poor excuse for sex-ed in this country, they get pregnant at a young age and have to grow roots there. I'm very lucky compared to many people that I graduated with (2003) because I got out with a lot of help from my mother. Lots of people don't have that. The over-zealous Iraq sentiments might be a coping mechanism for having so many young people there. I can imagine that saying the war is pointless would be pretty hard if your kid is getting shot at.

And I'm not defending Michigan... I'm defending the UP (the bastard child of Michigan). In the LP there's a lot of discrimination against people from the UP. It hurts when people think that I'm an ignorant biggot who probably can't read because of where I was born. So I think I do have a reason to defend it.

As for the crankiness... I have no idea. I've never experienced or expressed it while I'm at home unless people start knocking the UP (that's another story all together). Everyone I've ever talked to except you has raved about how friendly everyone is there.

As for Wisconsin... screw them. Let them eat their cheese, get constipated and vote republican all they want! ;) just kidding. But '04 was a little too close for comfort there.

The edit is because I accidentally typoed Wisconsin and put a "g" at the end of it and I didn't want you to think that I'm a moron.
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