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Old 04-23-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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Never thought I would say that I missed Michigan but after a year and a few odd months living in Buffalo, NY I really wish I were at home again. I grew up in the downriver area and lived in the Brighton area last.

I've hear bits and pieces and watch NBC local news on the internet off and on, but not living there has given me a sense of isolation. I have heard unemployment is horrible and foreclosures are rampant.... with Chrysler and GM close to bankruptcy I know things must be scary. (In fact our move to NY was due to do the loss of my husband's job in an auto related company shortly before the bottom fell out.) While I have friends and family still in the downriver area and friends in Brighton they usually say; "things are the same here" when I ask what is happening.

I would love to hear from southeast Michiganders.... and don't put a shine on your comments, I truly want to know how "My Michigan" is fairing.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Never thought I would say that I missed Michigan but after a year and a few odd months living in Buffalo, NY I really wish I were at home again. I grew up in the downriver area and lived in the Brighton area last.

I've hear bits and pieces and watch NBC local news on the internet off and on, but not living there has given me a sense of isolation. I have heard unemployment is horrible and foreclosures are rampant.... with Chrysler and GM close to bankruptcy I know things must be scary. (In fact our move to NY was due to do the loss of my husband's job in an auto related company shortly before the bottom fell out.) While I have friends and family still in the downriver area and friends in Brighton they usually say; "things are the same here" when I ask what is happening.

I would love to hear from southeast Michiganders.... and don't put a shine on your comments, I truly want to know how "My Michigan" is fairing.

Thanks in advance.

IT HURTS so greatly that I AM NUMB
And No longer feel the pain
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Buffalo is only 2 1/2 hours away...you could drive over to Michigan on a day off.

Right after Michigan, I moved out West and worked in national parks, we regularly drove sometimes 2 or 4 or 6 hours just to get to a decent city to buy shoes or books, etc.

Kind of funny to hear of someone in Buffalo just a few hours outside of Detroit...and referring to 'expat' which gives a sense of being half way around the world and way too far for a casual visit

Anyways, I'm a native Michigander as well with Irish ethnicity...but living in Japan
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
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Buffalo is only 2 1/2 hours away...you could drive over to Michigan on a day off.

Right after Michigan, I moved out West and worked in national parks, we regularly drove sometimes 2 or 4 or 6 hours just to get to a decent city to buy shoes or books, etc.

Kind of funny to hear of someone in Buffalo just a few hours outside of Detroit...and referring to 'expat' which gives a sense of being half way around the world and way too far for a casual visit

Anyways, I'm a native Michigander as well with Irish ethnicity...but living in Japan
It's about a four and half hour drive from Buffalo thru Canada to Detroit and I think about another hour if you stay on the road in the U.S.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Diwnriver is still a lot the same. A few things have closed, but nothing of particular significance. THere is talk about one ot the Trenton Crysler plants closing soon and the brand new one may close in 2011. There is also tal that Chrysler will file for bankruptcy this month. If they liquidate rather than reorganizing, downriver will chage dramatically very quickly.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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It's bad - I agree with the person who says that they are numb to it because honestly, that's the only way you can take the news anymore. You've got to let it roll off of you because thinking about your town going under is just overwhelming.

Everyday, you wonder who's going to be laying off/firing workers next. I mean, you watch the news and it's almost like a death toll - 1,500 workers here, that plant's closing...etc.

I live close to Auburn Hills/Sterling Heights, so everything is in a holding pattern until we know what's going on with Chrysler. Then you have GM and Ford on top of that - plus all the suppliers, and the people who have been unemployed competing with the newly unemployed....you get the picture.

Did you hear that around Christmas or New Years the unemployment system shut down because it couldn't handle the volume of calls? That should tell you something right there.

Everyone else outside the state of Michigan is just starting to feel what we've been enduring for years now. There isn't a lot of room to empathize anymore because there's so much going on in our area right now and people are focused on taking care of their own.

There are a few bright spots, like the Final Four coming to town, but everyone's really just waiting to see what's going to happen with the autos because it affects so much of what happens in the area.

Be glad you are somewhere else right now.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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Buffalo is only 2 1/2 hours away...you could drive over to Michigan on a day off.
Actually, the drive from Buffalo to Detroit through Canada is 4-1/2 hours. The drive from Buffalo to Detroit through the US is 6-1/2 hours. We traveled both ways, and use the Canadian route as often as possible. Don't know what route you've driven (or how fast you drove) but I don't of any way to get to Michigan in 2-1/2 hours by car!

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Kind of funny to hear of someone in Buffalo just a few hours outside of Detroit...and referring to 'expat' which gives a sense of being half way around the world and way too far for a casual visit

Anyways, I'm a native Michigander as well with Irish ethnicity...but living in Japan
While Buffalo may be only "a few ours outside of Detroit", depending what you call a casual visit, it can be too far... 4 to 6 hours travel time makes even an overnight visit a push. We are here until our retirement, which does give us a sense of "being half way around the world". Removed from our kids, grandkids, an aging father, friends and all that is familar to us makes for the Ex-Pat feeling, much the same as my parents described they're feelings when the moved here from Ireland. (BTW, they flight to Ireland is ONLY 5 hours)

You mentioned you're living in Japan. Is that a permanent move or temporary? If it is pemanent you should understand our feelings. If temporary then perhaps that's why you don't understand.
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