If I had a dollar for every time someone said this to us when they found out we were going to move to Michigan, I would have at least $217. At least. But guess what? It's just not true. It really isn't. It is the end of January and we are in Michigan and we have not once needed our own snow plow. Now I totally get it if you want to have your own snow plow, because we gots a bunch of snow 'round here and stuff, but you don't need one. No really, they have city and county services here that plow and salt the roads for us. I know, it's the craziest thing. Plus, and this will probably come as a shock to many people as it did to us when we finally looked at a map....we are not that far north. It's true! We are totally not in the greater Juneau, Alaska metro area. In fact, I have acquired a map to illustrate my point, that point being: there are parts of 17, seventeen!, (18 if you count Alaska) states in this great country that are north of our house, not to mention the entire country of Canada. Observe...
I know! I totally freaked out when I saw it too! The map in my brain had Michigan right next door to the Yukon Territory. And when I was a kid, I used to live here.
Okay, I thought, if I was totally wrong about our relative location in this fine country, maybe I should now take a gander at a map of the world (prepare to have your mind blown again!).
Holy mackerel, Andy....almost the entire. continent. of. Europe is north of my house. Europe! Where people go on fancy, expensive vacations! If I said we were moving to London, would anyone inquire as to the brand of my snow plow? Well next time maybe they should.
What I'm getting at is this: don't knock a place just because of its location. This state is awesome. We get to enjoy all four seasons. We've got beautiful beaches. We've got great schools and fertile soil and wonderful people and ample rainfall. And we are south of Paris.