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January 27, 2006

da UPers

Last night I went out to celebrate with a birthday boy and his evil Sith master Darth Jersey at the Green Lantern Shirtless Men Drink Free night. There was actually a hot crowd there for a change. Now, I'm from the north, and then there's North, and birthday boy is from the frikkin' Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For those of you who need a geography refresher course, there is the lower peninsula where you can find Detroit, and then there's the upper peninsula that sticks off the northern part of Wisconsin into Lake Superior. No one lives there and it's cold as hell, and what people you do find there are depression-prone folk of Finnish descent. But Birthday Boy was pretty perky for a UPer (you-per). Darth Jersey was quite the hottie too, I must add.

Tonight I am going to Sterling, Virgina via Metrorail. After work I will be going from College Park on the Green Line to the Orange Line, then all the frackin' hell out to Vienna, where I will be picked up then driven to the party. I only do this once a year, and as I recall last year I believe I made a vow to never do that again. But my memory sucks and I forget my vows. Days like this suck when you don't have a car. I have my passport and bulletproof vest ready.

I'll be doing this on Sunday with the D&D gang. It's like the video link, but there's like 6 of us.

Posted by jimbo at January 27, 2006 11:24 AM


Both of my parents went to Michigan Tech in Houghton (its in the tip thingy). It's where they met. My aunt went there and met her first girlfriend. I guess you could call the UP my family's mating grounds.

My parents once bought a cassette called, "Yoopie-do-wah," which had these crazy Finnish/Yooper songs on it, most of which they knew from their school days.

I am scarred from having to listen to that tape.

Posted by: Jason at January 27, 2006 1:13 PM

I like 'you per'. I have always said 'you pee er'. I knew a 'you pee er' from Wisconsin originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan. She was a Finnish daddy's girl who had bad teeth. Actually I had my first lesbian crush on her. Thanks for reminding me of fun UP memories.

Posted by: Sarah at January 27, 2006 3:29 PM

I went to school in Upstate NY.. way upstate. Where you get only two seasons, SNOW and WHen its not Snowing.
Canada was a 10 min drive away and the nearest major city was Kingston.

I miss the snow

Posted by: Dax at January 27, 2006 7:03 PM

I lived in the Upper Peninsula for three years. It is really, really cold there in the winter. I mean, really, really, nasty cold.

Posted by: homer at January 27, 2006 10:26 PM

Sterling is gross—I used to work out there at this shitty logistics company. I'm sorry you had to endure. But I guess you're a survivor, right?

Posted by: Josh at January 28, 2006 2:47 AM