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Old 03-08-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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No offense, but I'm as middle class and earthy as they come and liking Olive Garden is a huge signifier of someone being bunchy white trash to me.
A.) My father-in-law is a self made wealthy man who earned everything he has by the sweat of his brow and living well below his means. He is NOT "bunchy white trash" and if he likes the food at Olive Garden, that is his business. Most people would kill to have what is in his bank account, and it didn't get there by eating at four star restaurants.

B.) Even if someone personally thinks that eating at Olive Garden makes someone "bunchy white trash", the polite thing to do is to not voice this opinion but to merely say something like, "Oh, that will be nice." I met the parents of the girl who said it at some of the choir concerts and they are solidly blue collar middle class and live in a rural area outside of Ann Arbor. Sounds like the girl was both impolite and insecure to me. Being surrounded by the ostentatious wealth and faux intellectual snobbery that pervades the campus of U of M Ann Arbor tends to do that to some people.

Now let's get this thread back on topic for the OP, ok?

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Old 03-08-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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A.) My father-in-law is a self made wealthy man who earned everything he has by the sweat of his brow and living well below his means. He is NOT "bunchy white trash" and if he likes the food at Olive Garden, that is his business. Most people would kill to have what is in his bank account, and it didn't get there by eating at four star restaurants.

B.) Even if someone personally thinks that eating at Olive Garden makes someone "bunchy white trash", the polite thing to do is to not voice this opinion but to merely say something like, "Oh, that will be nice." I met the parents of the girl who said it at some of the choir concerts and they are solidly blue collar middle class and live in a rural area outside of Ann Arbor. Sounds like the girl was both impolite and insecure to me. Being surrounded by the ostentatious wealth and faux intellectual snobbery that pervades the campus of U of M Ann Arbor tends to do that to some people.

Now let's get this thread back on topic for the OP, ok?
Just goes to show money and class are two different things. I guess your father-in-law likes eating hot dog buns for breadsticks.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Some people have posted that the driving in Detroit area can get really bad. Is it all highways or just 676? How about living in South Lyon and commuting to Warren every day?
Some highways move more quickly than others, but since you would be commuting into metro Detroit from the western suburbs, you would be in the thick of the morning and afternoon traffic from Oakland County to the inner lying suburbs and downtown Detroit and vice versa, and it isn't very pretty. Coming from suburban Chicago, you already know the inside joke about cities in the Great Lakes regions having two driving seasons: winter, and construction (or orange barrel, as we sometimes call it). I would not want to do that commute, but I'm sure that there are people who do.

A couple of nice areas that are closer are West Bloomfield and Orchard Lake. Our son and daughter-in-law who live in Novi have been marginally looking for a house in one of those areas but really want to stay in Novi, not because those areas aren't just as nice or nicer in some cases, but because they live in a house half a block from a lake with lake access and really enjoy that general area.

I would definitely put those two on your list. Unless you really enjoy being in your car, you might tire of the commute from South Lyon rather quickly, especially if there are lane closures (pretty much a certainty in the warmer months) or snow.

Best of everything to you! I love Metro Detroit and would move up that way in a minute if Hubby didn't think there were too many people and too much traffic, lol.
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