June 20, 2004 @ 12:59 am by sean
I’ve got my own house. It’s amazing. Food. Internet. Air conditioning. Fully furnished. XBOX. Big T.V. and stereo playing Denison Witmer. Two dogs. A cat. A telescope in the corner. It’s amazingly decorated. A wonderful deck in the back with a grill and tables and candles. A pool. Beautiful flowers outside.
I got the house Thursday. Unfortunately I have to give it back Monday. I’m house/dog sitting for Sean’s family. I love it. This is the third time I’ve done it. It is cheaper than putting the dogs in a kennel, and I don’t mind at all. They just finished the deck, and I’m glad they did. Last night Ben, Lisa, Carley, Ian and Erin came over. We all sat out on the deck and socialized. Even better was it kept Ben and Lisa off the computer. I don’t remember the last time I hung out with them in the vicinity of a computer and Internet and was still able to fully socialize. They even had their Mac with ’em. We only used it to figure out Bob Ross’ last name, watch the videos in the link on the last post, and then, when Lisa was reading and everyone else left, Ben and I watched movie trailers. It was a splendid evening.
I went to my friend Amie’s graduation party tonight. (Sat.) Her and Jenny were the only people I knew besides Amie’s family, but I still had a good time. We were hoping more people from high school would show up, but no one was around. She lives on a dirt road. I love dirt roads. Us used to dirt roads drive real fast on dirt roads. I live on one, but it’s not like the ones out by Amie’s. She lives on 36 Mile road. That is technically 36 miles out of the center of Detroit, and she lives by Van Dyke, which is straight north out of Detroit. 36 miles doesn’t seem like much, but once one gets to about 32 mile road, it’s pretty much all farms and orchards. North of 32 most roads are dirt too. Van Dyke up by 36 is 55 mph, and I was going 60-65 mph on 36. By Joel’s old house there is a dirt road we used to go up to 80 on. It’s frustrating to be behind city folk on dirt roads ’cause they don’t usually go over 30 mph.
I think ‘mile’ roads are a great idea, even though out of staters make fun of them. They are quite convenient. I live between 26 and 27. My old church is on 23. High school on 32. Brad is on 27. The mall, Jeff, Katie, Kelly and Andy, Ben and Lisa are all close to 20(it technically isn’t 20 Mile Road, I guess there isn’t one, it’s just Hall Road.) It’s quite simple and helpful for directions. If one has to go north(up) the numbers get higher, if one has to go south(down), the numbers get lower. They are all 1 mile apart. If one has to go to something on 9 Mile Road, even if they’ve never been on it, they know exactly where it is. And if they are on a mile road, they know exactly how far they have to go. If one is lost, just find the nearest mile road and figure out where one is. Some cities even do addresses using an equation with the mile road. I forgot the equation, but one who knows it can figure out what mile road one lives on. I think one divides by 2000 and adds something. There is a really simple way to do it, but I can’t think of it. So I technically live on 26.6… something mile road, though I’m not technically on a mile road. If I remembered the equation, someone could give me just their street address and I would be able to figure out exactly how far north or south I needed to go. And parts of Michigan are divided up in to ‘townships'(done before some states were even around, made it easier to claim land fairly.). Shelbly Township goes from 20 to 26 Mile Road. Then Washington Twp. 26-32. Then Bruce Twp. 32-38. 38 Mile Road is Boardman Road, which I think is the end of Macomb County. I used to work out there. The esate I worked at was way up there. On a dirt road of course. I blew out a shock once going to fast through some pot holes.
That’s a lot on Mile Roads. Now to convince everyone of the benifits of the ‘Michigan left.’