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Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 08:17 am:

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By FJL (Langoman) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 10:18 am:

If I read that post correctly, a Canadian citizen is boycotting the U.S.$20 bill because of a certain Presidents image on it. Just when you think you've heard everything!! She must take comfort knowing that there is no blood on the Canadian currency.........or is there??? Hope you won't consider this a "rant" but it must be said...

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 11:38 am:

Good morning, everyone :)
Langoman, I happen to admire Kosk for standing up for what she believes in. Nothing wrong in that, at all, eh.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 01:13 pm:

Sur5er I saw your post about Gov.Ryan the other day. We used to live down the street from an Illinois truck license testing center,most of the neighbors called it a "cash and dash" office. With the right amount of cash anybody would get a license.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 01:40 pm:

Hello, Joseph is doing a little better they think his problem came from a yeast infection caused by using a medicine for his allergies. They also took him off of milk. Glad he is getting better so I can get back to my life. I have spent a lot of time studying the French and Indian period of both Canada and the U.S. The difference in the French treatment of the Natives and the English was mostly the French treated the Natives as equals and the English treated them as their subjects. This is a simple expalanation, because of time and space constritions. No baby yet.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 01:54 pm:

Mikie, I am so glad to hear that Joseph is doing better :) My daughter suffers from allergies and I remember her living on yogurt, when she had to have a round of antibiotics, to ward off yeast infections. Hope the newest Du Long makes his appearance soon...poor mama. It may be time to take serious steps, such as a drive down a pothole infested road, with mama, eh ;)

John and Anne, Is that sad or what, when you think of the accidents/fatalities that were caused by one scam and many peoples' greed. Did you happen to read the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday? There is a wonderful article on the second page about the attorney who investigated / exposed the scam. Amazing what one person can do.

If you can't find the articles online, regarding the Ryan case, let me know, and I will be more than happy to scan and email them to you ;)

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 02:08 pm:


You might be interested to know that the "rant" came
from an American citizen, whose dual nationality son is
about to serve in the U.S. Army in Iraq. You're entitled
to your rant too, just thought you'd want to have your
facts straight. After all, we Americans believe in
freedom of expression.

Let's "bury the hatchet."

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 03:37 pm:

Kosk, I am proud of my heritage of French Candian and Irish. We still consider ourselfs French Candian even though my family has been in michigan since early 1800's. If it wasn't for the fact that I am married to Precious I too would consider living in Toronto as it is a safe and very urban city. I would love to go to the corner and hop on a street car and go where I want. Instead I have to drive everywhere I go. My son is a hero also, he is a police/fireman and we are proud of him. I served during Viet Nam and am glad the military men and women are being treated better then we were. The really heroic part of this is your son didn't have to serve to protect us, when I was in we were drafted.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 04:34 pm:


While I was attending U of M, I knew a girl from the
Keweenaw who was from a French Canadian family.
Her grandmother still spoke French.

Toronto is less safe than in the past, but the public
transportation is wonderful.

Good for your son. Police officers and firefighters are
heroes in my book.

You are right about my son--he has chosen to go. It
was his goal ever since he was a little boy.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 05:12 pm:

sur5er, Thanks for the concern for Joseph. Kosk my Grandmother spoke french and tried to teach me while she lived with us. One of my Uncles in WWI I believe was a translator for the U.S.Army while serving in France.

By dave sou (Davesou) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 05:35 pm:

my dad and uncles all spoke French...
they used to tell jokes so we couldn't understand what they were saying.

I've been to Quebec, Montreal and around there, and quite frankly, would probably move up there if I could find a job, but now I'm slowly becoming an old ••••, so getting out of here is but a dream....
I think I would love to learn French even now...and take a nice long trip to Quebec.

I, too, consider myself French-Canadien...and obviously feel a pull for that place.

By Mary Lou Curtin (Marylou) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 06:09 pm: the 40s it was not unusual to hear French or Finnish being spoken on the street corners of Lake Linden.....some of my friends did not speak English till they went to mother spoke French with her French parties, like was mostly French mixed with English (my mother called it "broken English")..being spoken by adults.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 07:35 pm:

The 6:46 picture on Sharon's webcam looks like a painting!

By Cotton (Cotton) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 08:12 pm:

Mike---remember when Mimmer(spelt wrong- meaning Grandma) DuLong used to sit in the living room in her little rocking chair? She was such a tiny woman. She didn't speak word of English. Who was the uncle who was a translater?

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 08:47 pm:

A toast to all those grandmas! Mine didn't
speak English (a few words only)--she
remained a Finnish speaker til she died at the
age of 96 in 1992. How she loved to fuss over
all of us, but never sat down at the
table--always at the ready to serve. There are
so many things I wish I had asked her, but
couldn't without a translator and didn't cause I
guess I thought she's live for ever. More
accurately, I didn't think. I can still sing a
couple of her lullabies, but have no idea how
they were spelled.

Dave; I'm always hoping to learn more than
my pitiful handful of Finnish words and
phrases, so I wish you luck as you take on
French! Quebec is well worth the visit!

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 10:28 pm:

Mike,I am so happy to hear little Joseph is doing better. Allergies and yeast infections are no fun especially for such a little guy.

I believe it was pretty common for people of CC to refer to them selves as French,Italian, Finnish, Croation, and all the other nationalities prevalent up there. My husband thought it was odd as it wasn't that way on the East Coast. I wish I had learned to speak Croation but my Dad never spoke it at home.

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 11:01 pm:

Hei Fran, my step-dad was a Croatian from Ahmeek. Joe Chopp. He used to say some phrases in Croatian, but I can't remember any of them. My relatives could all speak Finn, but no one taught us kids. They said their parents had told them to "forget the Finnish, you gottu learnit dat Englis'". Seems to me that there should be more foreigners (sp?) more willing to learn the English language, if they want to stay here to work.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 11:30 pm:

Kenjamimi, I second the notion that if you want to stay here and work, yah need to learn English. At hubby's company, immigrants who only spoke Espanol and very little/no English were hired to load the semi trucks. This resulted in numerous semis being loaded incorrectly...and loads of fun for the drivers, when delivering to stores, because they had to break down pallets, hoping the items had been mispackaged in other store delivery pallets= entire semis being emptied in store parking lots, rooting for items= no fun in a snow storm or rain storm.

The funniest delivery of this sort, was a load of chow mein noodles that was loaded onto my hubby's semi, instead of sprinkles for the donuts...because the person loading my hubby's semi could not read the English writing on the boxes, marked, "Chow Mein Noodles". Even funnier, no one knows where the sprinkles ended up ;)

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 12:31 am:

Grandma Du Long lived with us in Hubbell for sixteen years and she would pretend not to speak English.Did you know that at one time she was the Torch Lake Township Treasure? Though she was only four foot eight, she was very powerfull. She had one son who was the Justice of the Peace at the same time. I think that Uncle Irving was the one who was the translator. Uncle Chick and your dad went into the service at the same time.I believe they both served in the Pacific, along with several of Uncle LLoyds sons from Indiana. Some of the Indiana cousins have pictures of all the cousins somewhere in the Islands. Grandma was memere and my dad was known LALA, and also as Cy, but Grandma always called him LALA. your grandfather Ransom Cundy was gassed during WW one and had breathing problems all his life because of it. Grandma was a yellow dog democrat and Ransom would claim to be a republican just to rile her.

By Roger Somero (Rsomero) on Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 02:15 am:

I'm 57 years old, was born in Hancock and my first language was Finnish. Stopped learning it when I went to school and wound up with the Finnish vocabulary of a 5 year old. The Franklin Street Apostolic Lutheran Church had services in both languages and I was confirmed in both.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 06:41 am:


I'm in your age bracket, but my father, now 83,
arrived at school in L'Anse unable to speak
English. He's still fluent in Finnish though
there are some times when he finds it difficult
to speak about philosophical topics in
Finnish. However, because he attended a
Danish Lutheran church, he never learned to
read or write Finnish.My mother, who attended
a Finnish Apostolic LutheranChurch, learned
to read and write the language as well as to
speak it. My parents did not speak to me in
Finnish though they did speak ABOUT me and
about adult subjects in Finnish, so out of self
defence, I understand more Finnish than I can

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