I remember being a teenager and thinking, I can't wait to get the hell out of Michigan - and I eventually did. I was 22-years-old and headed down to Florida to start a new life, with a new guy. We rented a place on Cocoa Beach, I got a job, and thought I was finally happy. Three months later I was back in Michigan. I missed my mom, and I missed Michigan.

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That was obviously a long time ago, and I am glad I decided to come back. Even now, with so many Michiganders on opposite sides of the fence on so many issues, I am choosing to look at the bright side. There are so many things in our state that make it great, I am just giving you the top five things that popped into my head first. My list is composed of food, music, sports, and beverages, and the great outdoors. Five things in my opinion that make Michigan so damn cool.

Clearly there is more to Michigan than just my list. I want to know what you think makes Michigan so great too. Have you lived here your entire life, if not what brought you to Michigan? What do you love about our state?

I did not include 'people' (as in you) on my list. Maybe I should have? I hope that it goes without saying - regardless if we agree, or disagree on Flint style coney dogs, or Detroit style  - I am happy to be living in the state of Michigan with you.