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Howdy, Neighbor, Howdy!

Nope, nobody could extend a warm welcome like good ol' Porter Wagoner.

Well, no.....somebody probably could, like Emily Post, or someone of that ilk.

Anyhoo, here's Porter.

 

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Added by Stir Young on December 8, 2012 at 3:53pm — 4 Comments

Livin' Out Here on "The Leelanau": The End!

Uh, no, its not the end of the "Livin' Out Here on the Leelanau" blogs.....and no, 'The Leelanau' itself is not coming to an end (at least I don't believe it is).  This is a picture blog, taken today out at the northernmost tip of the Leelanau Peninsula.  If…

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Added by Stir Young on September 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Livin' Out Here on "The Leelanau": Home, or back home?

It was sticky hot yesterday, when I got home from work.....hot and humid.  

Its been one of those kinds of summers, alright.  The fans in the house were moving hot air around.  Jacques Young the cat and Monae Young, his sister, were listless, and sprawled out on the floor trying to catch some relief.

I went outside about 7:00, clad only in a pair of old cargo shorts, and sat on the front stoop.  I like the term stoop.  It was used more when I was a kid, I think.  I don't really…

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Added by Stir Young on July 31, 2012 at 1:50pm — 6 Comments

Pops and his politics

George was my dad. He passed in 2002, on May 30, so this will be the tenth Father's Day without him. I must say, the time has flown by.

George usually signed his first name in the abbreviated form, Geo. Thus, he was often refered to as Gee-oh by the family members, and mostly addressed as Pops, the same name he used to address his father. We boys also called him Dad on occasion.......he didn't seem to mind any of those names.

Pops was a pretty mild mannered guy, he mostly took…

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Added by Stir Young on June 16, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Back when they were known as......

,,,,,Crosby, Stills, Nash and Svensson.

 

Well Brothers and Sisters, as you may or may not know, today is Neil Young's birthday.  Ol' Shakey is now sixty-six!

What a storied career the guy has had....whether playing by himself, or with his numerous bands, or when he was in the mega-group, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Ah yes, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young....what a supergroup that was.....four giant egos (OK, maybe only three and a half) coming together for a…

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Added by Stir Young on November 12, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Fathers Day 2011

My dad died in 2002, and I don't have any kids, so Fathers Day, other than as a time for some introspection, has diminished in value for me over the years.

Today, however, my mother, one of my brothers, and I had a unique experience....we had brunch with my nephew and his wife and their four month old daughter.  The nephew and family live in the Chicago area, and were passing through our neck of the woods on their way home.  We met up in the city to the south of us.

This was…

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Added by Stir Young on June 19, 2011 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

"My dirty life and times"..............................on My Atlantis and TBD, that is.

I lifted that title from from a song of the same name, from the late Warren Zevon's final album.  The song really doesn't have much to do with this blog....its more of a teaser.

I felt compelled to jot down my thoughts on My Atlantis, my involvement with the site, and how it all impacted TBD/Ning.

When TBD closed up shop, about two years ago, TBD/Ning was provided to us, by Robin Wolaner, as I remember, as a "landing strip"....a place to sort things out and find our way on the…

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Added by Stir Young on April 21, 2011 at 1:00pm — 25 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": The Road Wearier 1978. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse

I take a bicycle ride out the the Grand Traverse Lighthouse quite often. Its located at the very tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, in the Leelanau State Park. The lighthouse is administered by a non profit group under a lease with the Sate of Michigan.

 

 

For reference, here's a picture that I've posted before. Its the entrance to my subdivision. The road heading toward the top of the picture is due north. That's…

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Added by Stir Young on August 19, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": Off the road and on the patio!



Sometimes we all just need to kick back....take a little respite from our travels and travails. Such was the case this past weekend when several of my old buddies made their annual trek "up north" to play golf. Then they continued on to my house to stay the night. This routine has been going on for years and years.

Needless to say, a few pops were consumed, and we regaled each other by telling and retelling the old tales. Heck, I've known…

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Added by Stir Young on August 10, 2010 at 12:41pm — 3 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": The Road Wearier 1978. Down the Old Plank Road!

Well, here's a little number from Uncle Dave Macon called "Down the Old Plank Road". We aren't going down any plank road, but we will take a look a little used dirt road out here on "The Leelanau". I'm a big fan of Uncle Dave, and this is one of my cheap tricks to include music where it doesn't really belong.

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Added by Stir Young on August 4, 2010 at 7:23pm — 8 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": The Road Wearier 1978. Highway to Hell!

Aw, I'm just using a sensational headline for a teaser. Today we're gonna take a bike ride out to the Leelanau State Park, located in Leelanau Township, right at the tip of Leelanau Peninsula, which of course is part of Leelanau County. And its certainly part of "The Leelanau". Thats a lot of Leelanaus, huh? Its about two and a half miles from my house. Lets hit the road, then.

The road on the right goes into my subdivision.…

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Added by Stir Young on July 28, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": The Road Wearier 1978. Hey, wanna see my equipment?

No not THAT equipment....get your minds out of the gutter! I'm talkin' 'bout my cycling equipment!

Here we have it, ready to roll. Check out that big-ass water bottle! Its kind of hard to tell, but that bag under the seat used to be a rich shade of orange. The tops of the saddle bags are now pink, and were once a nice robust shade of red.

Look at that rust on the…

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Added by Stir Young on July 25, 2010 at 4:37pm — 5 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": The Road Wearier 1978, An Introduction.

Well, its been awhile since I've done a blog on "The Leelanau". Oh, there's been plenty to write about, but I just haven't been motivated.

Now, however, I think I'll share my upcoming (hopefully) adventures as "The Road Wearier, 1978". Nope, that's not a typo...I'm no kind of "Road Warrior". After I ride, I'm pretty weary. See, I dragged my old bicycle out of the crawl space, and took it down to a bicycle shop in the big city, and told 'em to fix 'er up. I want to start riding…

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Added by Stir Young on July 22, 2010 at 4:04pm — 7 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": March marches on.

Well, we're now three days in to the longest month of 'em all, out here on The Leelanau. Lots and lots of folks leave for the winter, especially those who write poems and books about how great it is to live here. March is really a nothing month. There's still a lot of snow on the ground, and still good chances of winterlike storms. Yet the sun is often out, and the temperatures can climb into the 30s and 40s.

By March, most of the touristy businesses in town have closed…

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Added by Stir Young on March 3, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau": Where did ya come from, where did ya go, how did ya get here, Cotton Eyed Joe?

Before I get into today"s topic, I thought it might be appropriate to pass along a little bit about the word "Leelanau". First, its pronouned LEE-lan-aw, not Lee-LAN-aw. Sometimes a telemarketer might call, and in an effort to become chummy, will say something like "So, how's everything in Lee-LAN-aw county today?" I don't buy from these types, they probably don't have my best interests at heart.



Its generally believed that "leelanau" is a Native American word for "Land of Delight",… Continue

Added by Stir Young on January 8, 2010 at 12:08pm — 3 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau". They paid their last respects to Harry today.

Today I attended the funeral service for Harry. He was one of the old boys. He was a link to times gone by, and he lived in Leelanau County...."The Leelanau" was not his home.



Harry was not an book educated guy. He left school at a very young age, and went to work. It was rumored that he couldn't read or write. He joined the US Navy during WWII, and put himself in harms way to save his ship. He never said much about it, but it took 41 years before he was awarded a medal for his… Continue

Added by Stir Young on December 28, 2009 at 1:13pm — 2 Comments

Livin' out here on "The Leelanau". An introduction

I live on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula, which also comprises almost all of Leelanau County. Thus, I'm equally correct if I say "I live on the Leelanau Peninsula", or if I say "I live in Leelanau County".



Its a beautiful place to live...we're surrounded by Lake Michigan on three sides (well, two sides actually, as the peninsula is a triangle). We have forests, we have lots of inland lakes, and we have great tall hills with panoramic views. We have picturesque little towns, both… Continue

Added by Stir Young on December 20, 2009 at 4:07pm — 10 Comments

"Stir" takes to the road again!



Hey, its me, Gary Young! You know, the smart alecky guy who was gonna go out west??? I thought I might try doing one of these blog thingies about my trip to Yellowstone Park and back.



So who is Stir? Well, that's been my nickname since I was in high school. I was originally called "Youngster" by one of my friends, I guess because I only looked about 12 years old when I was a Junior. As time went on, "Youngster" got shortened to… Continue

Added by Stir Young on August 19, 2009 at 1:00pm — 200 Comments

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