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You Know You’re From Flint When…

I got this e-mail from my sister, Cynthia and friend, Rita at the same time…

You Know You’re From Flint When…

  • You demanded a “feathered hairdo” after 1985
  • You think the Genesee Towers is a TAAAAAL building
  • You have to go to Jolly O and Skip’s before you end up at Bubba’s
  • You think that traffic on Miller Road is too heavy
  • You know what a coney is
  • Going away to college is a choice between Mott and U of M Flint
  • Saginaw is “Up North”
  • Your idea of culture is The Whiting Auditorium
  • You’ve been to a Generals game
  • You know a short cut between Robert T and Court
  • You remember Chicago 21, Rush St Wild Bill’s or The Light
  • You were an underage drinker at the Mikatam (And can remember those 10 for 1 drink prices)
  • The Blue Hawaiian’s are your favorite band
  • You shopped at The Small Mall
  • The vast majority of your family income came from “THE SHOP”
  • You know what a “40” is
  • You bought a record at Rock-A-Rola or Wyatt Earps (or at Hatfield’s Records in downtown Flint, Bill Lamb’s record store in the Northwest Shopping Center or visiting the record department in the mezzanine at Smith Bridgeman’s)
  • You participated in a cruise at The South Flint Plaza
  • You know what an Eastsider is
  • You have ever ordered fries with gravy at 3 am
  • You know what a Boston Cooler is
  • You have had a few too many at The Torch
  • Your definition of rich is a Power’s kid
  • You refer to all paper bags as a “Hamady sack”
  • You have heard Rosie Sing “Won’t you come home Bill Bailey”
  • You have ever been sledding at Mott Park or Swartz Creek
  • You know someone who had to go to the School of Choice
  • You were bussed to The Skill Center
  • You have bought beer at Awad’s
  • You know Mt Holly has “good powder”
  • You spent the day after Prom at Cedar Point
  • Your Friday night party was at Circle Drive
  • You put vinegar on your Luigi’s Pizza
  • A gourmet meal is “two up to go”
  • You remember when WFBE only aired instructional and educational programs such as “Polly Piano and Roger Rhythm” and “The News Of The Week” that you heard in elementary school
  • You remember getting your picture taken in the 4 for a quarter photo booth in the basement at Kresge’s
  • You remember the guy with the “bug” eyes that came up the
  • elevator as the sidewalk opened up by Kresge’s You remember attending a “Battle of the Bands” at 60-Second Pizza on Clio Road
  • You remember that the jocks on WTAC were “The Good Guys” and WTRX was “The Home of the Jones Boys”
  • You can remember those Sunday afternoon free concerts at Wilson Park — where not only could you enjoy the music — but there was the smell of baking bread at the Taystee bakery not too far away from the park
  • You can remember when Channel 12 was the home for “Rae Dean and Friends” and “Mr Magic” for the kids and “Michigan Polka Party” and “The Connie Dycus Show” for adults
  • You can remember seeing “Viva Las Vegas” at the Capital Theater, “A Hard Days Night” at the Palace Theater and “Deep Throat” at the Royal Theater
  • You can remember getting your “first license” at Safetyville
  • You can remember going to Kearsley Park to go swimming and for the 4th of July fireworks
  • Your first savings account was at Citizens Bank and you started that account with the booklet that Citizens Bank gave kids to save their dimes in
  • You can remember going to Cook’s Drug Store for a ten cent Chocolate Coke or Cherry Phosphate
  • You signed petitions against the antiballistic missile and the Vietnam War at Peace Watch on Kearsley Street
  • You can remember the cement Indian at the Trading Post on Franklin Street and Utah
  • You can remember the sign on the Miller Road Dairy on Corunna Road that read: “You can’t beat our milk, but you can whip our cream”
  • You can remember going to the Friday night movies at U of M and having to tolerate Michael Moore’s speeches before the flicks
  • You can remember “The Freedom Reader” (the alternative newspaper before Michael Moore’s Flint Voice)
  • You remember that man who worked the cash register at Halo Burger on Harrison Street shouting out your change as “one hundred and one dollars” when it was only $101
  • You remember such places as “The Beaver Trap” and “Tit City”, but never knew anyone who went in those places
  • Everyone knew someone who said that Bob Seger owned that big house in Grand Blanc and that they seen him there
  • You can remember as a kid playing with the white light electric eye that opened the doors at the A&P store on Dort Hwy
  • You knew that if you couldn’t find what you were looking for at Yankee’s — you could find what you wanted at Arlen’s
  • You remember watching “Sesame Street” on Channel 12, because Flint didn’t have a public television station
  • You picked up the latest paperback, magazine or newspaper at Readmore on Saginaw Street
  • You remember getting your haircut at the Barber College when it was near the tracks in downtown Flint
  • One of the ways that you knew it was January was when the Shrine Circus came to IMA Auditorium
  • The only bologna and hot dogs in your house had the Koegel label on them
  • You didn’t associate “The Colonel’s” with Kentucky Fried Chicken or “The Varsity” with any school
  • Your family didn’t eat Thanksgiving dinner until everyone got back from the Northern/Central game at Atwood Stadium
  • There was nothing that could compare to a King Arthur pasty
  • You can remember one or two items that you purchased at the Touch Boutique
  • Juvenile home was known as “The Pasadena Playhouse”
  • the only place to go for ribs and sweet potato pie was Bob and Ethel’s Rib Crib
  • Weekend television on Channel 12 meant watching monster movies on “Creature Features” and scary movies with “Christopher Coffin”
  • Your generation’s “Krispy Kreme” went by the name of “Dawn’s Donuts”
  • You avoided driving during certain hours of the day because of “shop traffic”
  • if you lived on the east side — you went to Aunt Nina’s for a hamburger and a shake
  • You remember Wild Bill’s before it became L-L-T
  • Halo Burger is and was the only place where you could order a cream ale with your burger and fries
  • The best fish n’ chips in town were at Third Avenue Fish n’ Chips
  • The two most trusted sources for weather was either the Citizens Bank weather ball or Channel 12’s John McMurray
  • You can remember a Hire’s Root Beer Float (bottled by Buckler Beverage on Lapeer Road) or a ice cold bottle of M&S Red Pop or Orange Soda
  • If you still remember the Paramount Potato Chip Slim Chipley jingle


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Be A Kid Again

I found this while I was surfing in the internet. I thought it was really cute and I enjoyed reading it.

And since most of us are now in our 40’s, we need to remember that it’s only a number and we need to enjoy each and every day we have!


Be A Kid Again

  1. Do a cartwheel.
  2. Sing into your hairbrush.
  3. Walk barefoot in wet grass.
  4. Play a song you like really loud, over and over.
  5. Dot all your “i”’s with smiley faces.
  6. Read the funnies. Throw the rest of the paper away.
  7. Dunk your cookies.
  8. Play a game where you make up the rules as you go along.
  9. Step carefully over sidewalk cracks.
  10. Change into some play clothes.
  11. Try to get someone to trade you a better sandwich.
  12. Eat ice cream for breakfast.
  13. Kiss a frog, just in case.
  14. Blow the wrapper off a straw.
  15. Have someone read you a story.
  16. Find some pretty stones and save them.
  17. Wear your favorite shirt with you favorite pants even if they don’t match.
  18. Take a running jump over a big puddle.
  19. Get someone to buy you something you really don’t need.
  20. Hide your vegetables under your napkin.
  21. Stay up past your bedtime.
  22. Eat dessert first.
  23. Fuss a little, then take a nap.
  24. Wear red gym shoes.
  25. Put way too much sugar on your cereal.
  26. Make cool screeching noises every time you turn a corner.
  27. Giggle a lot for no reason.
  28. Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today.

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Looking for Quarters

I thought this would be the perfect place to ask for some help. We are looking for “new” quarters.

Here are the “new” quarters that I need (I need at least $3.00 worth of each coin).

Letter “P”


North Dakota

South Dakota






Any help on this task would be appreciated.

Thanks, Sylvia

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A True Michigander!

Got this from Colleen (McGinnis) Murray and I thought I would share it.


Are  you aware that Jeff Foxworthy is now picking on Michigan?… funny and acurate!!!


You might live in Michigan when …

1. If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by.

2. If you’re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Pellston is the coldest spot in the nation.

3. If your local Dairy Queen is closed November through March.

4. If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of  the year.

5. If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there.

6. If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of  his forehead.

7. If you have worn shorts and a coat at the same time.

8. If your town has an equal number of bars and churches.

9. If you have had a long telephone onversation with someone who dialed a wrong number.

Part 2 –

You’re a true MICHIGANDER when . . .

1. “Vacation” means going up north on I-75

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).

7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.

9. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the pot holes are filled with snow.

11.  You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern  accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

14. You were unaware that  there is a legal drinking age.

15. Down South to you means Ohio.

16. A brat is something  you eat.

17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole barn.

18. You go out to fish fry every Friday.

19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

21. You find 0 degrees “a little chilly.”

22.  You drink pop and bake with soda.

23. Your doctor tells you to  drink Vernors and you know it’s not medicine.

24. And you can actually drink it without coughing.

25. You know what a  Yooper is.

26. You think owning a Honda is Un-American.

27. You know that UP is a place, not a  direction.

28. You know it’s possible to live in a  thumb.

29. You understand that when visiting Detroit, the best thing  to wear is a Kevlar vest.

30. You actually understand these  jokes, and you forward them to all your Michigan friends.

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37 Things You May Not Know!

Thought this was interesting…

1. Coca-Cola was originally green.

2. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

3. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

4. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

5. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

6. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

7. Women blink nearly twice as much as men!..

8. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath..

9. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

10. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you Sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

11. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

12. The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the

toughest tongue twister in the English language.

13. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze; you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

14. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from History. “Spades” King David; “Clubs” Alexander the Great;” Hearts” Charlemagne; “Diamonds” Julius Caesar.

15. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

16. If a statue of a warrior on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has a all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

17 What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?

Answer: All invented by women.

18. Honey This is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

19. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

20. A snail can sleep for three years.

21. All polar bears are left handed.

22. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

23. Butterflies taste with their feet.

24. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

25. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

26. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

27. Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump’.

28. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

29. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

30. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

31. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

32. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

33. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

34. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

35. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

36. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different

37. And finally 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

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