41 Little Known Things About Lansing, MI

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1. Lansing got its start founded by two brothers from New York back in 1835. At the time they settled the area just south of present-day Lansing, they called it "Biddle City." Most of the area was actually flooded for most of the year. Ironically, those two brothers were from Lansing, New York.

2. When the brothers went back to New York they reported that the area was fully established and ready for people to move in. A group of excited residents moved there immediately, only to find that they had been scammed and the area was underwater! The people stuck it out, though, and the rest is history.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

3. The highest-ranking Okinawan master of martial arts Beikoku Shido-kan Karate-do calls Lansing home. His name is Seikichi Iha.

4. The co-founder of Google Larry Page actually grew up in Lansing, Michigan. Lives in Palo Alto, CA, now, but everyone knows he started out as a Midwest boy.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

5. For a period of time, the great Malcolm X and his family once resided in Lansing.

6. Lansing was chosen to be the state capital not by reputation, but out of frustration. In 1847 the state constitution required that the capital be moved from Detroit, and it was such a process deciding which city to pick instead that Lansing was finally chosen in order to end it.

7. At the time Lansing was made the state's capital in 1847, there were less than 20 people living in town.

8. If it wasn't for Lansing, Michigan, we would've never had GM's Oldsmobile. Early resident of the town Ransom E. Olds built the first Curved Dash Oldsmobile (before anyone had really heard a guy called Henry Ford) and began his own motor car company in 1904 called REO Motor..

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

9. Before Earvin Johnson became "Magic," he was just a boy from Lansing.

10. Lansing has its own Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's called the "Michigan Walk of Fame," and it honors only state residents, such as state librarian Mary Spencer and hockey star Gordie Howe.

11. Lansing was the first city in the country to establish an organization dedicated to women's history: the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

12. Lansing is one of the only cities to have a minor league baseball team named after a tool: the Lansing Lugnuts.

13. One of the largest family-owned pet stores in the state exists right in Lansing. It's called Preuss Pets. It's the size of a large department store at 22,000 square feet, with shopping space for all sorts of critters. Part of the store feels like you're walking through a rainforest.

14. Everyone’s favorite young adult stories about children fighting to the death would never have made it to the big screen without Art Director and Lansing native John Collins.

15. It's been said that you can't be a TRUE Spartan unless you kiss someone in the shadow of MSU's prestigious Beaumont Tower.

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16. The largest bell in MSU's Beaumont Tower weighs a whopping 2.5 tons.

17. MSU sought to protect its pride and joy in the mascot "Sparty," believed to be the world's largest freestanding ceramic figure, by safely hiding it away inside the campus stadium to protect it from the outside elements. So the campus installed a bronze version of the statue - but that hasn't kept University of Michigan Wolverines from defacing it with paint.

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18. It's been said that MSU has underground "dungeons." Pretty creepy, right? Well, they're actually not dungeons—they're steam tunnels utilized to house the campus utilities. They're so well known that MSU students often go exploring.

19. MSU was supposed to see its first graduating class (of seven students) in 1861, but the students were excused just a few months before graduation so they could join the Union Army in the Civil War.

20. Michigan State University went through five other names before the current name was finally chosen.

21. The MSU Spartans have won 70 percent of all the football games they play at home in Spartan Stadium.

22. You can actually traverse the entire solar system on foot simply by walking through downtown Lansing. It's called the "Planet Walk," featuring a scaled-down replica of the solar system depicting all the plants, starting at the Impression 5 Museum and ending all the way at Potter Park Zoo.

23. In 2012 The Atlantic magazine ranked the Lansing area 16th on its list of "Brainiest Cities in America."

24. You'll probably notice that Lansing's capitol building looks very similar to the one in D.C. That's no coincidence. The structure was one of the first inspired by and built to emulate the nation's Capitol building.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

25. The first capitol building in Lansing was actually made of wood, having been hurriedly constructed once the city was chosen for the capital. A grander home for the state's government wasn't built until 1871.

26. Lansing's capitol building features 20 chandeliers. They're all one of a kind, featuring deer and elk horns.

27. Lansing has one of the few cash-only breakfast diners in the state: the Golden Harvest Restaurant. Most items at $6 or less (yes, really), and to this day it's one of the most popular restaurants in town.

28. Out of all the states in the U.S. Lansing is the only state capital that doesn't happen to be the county seat. The county seat of Ingham County is actually Mason, Michigan.

29. Just out of college and ready to start somewhere new? In 2010 Kiplinger named Lansing one of the "10 Great Cities for Young Adults."

30. Sparrow Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center - an honor only held by 6 percent of hospitals in the country.

31. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, founded in Lansing, was named the second best law school in the country last year by U.S. News and World Report.

32. Lansing Community College, believe it or not, has an extension site for students located in Otsu, Japan. That's a long way away to get to class.

34. Lansing's Green Cab Company service uses cars that meet the standards for Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicles—the highest energy-efficient status a gas-powered vehicle in the U.S. can achieve.

35. The popular Peanut Barrel of Lansing celebrates an odd holiday: "National Eat Outside Day."

36. Lansing's Beal Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operating botanical garden in the country, and holds more than 5,000 species of plants.

37. If it wasn't for Abraham Lincoln and the Morrill Act of 1862, Lansing's Michigan State University might never have been the same. The university was, in fact, one of the first federal land-grant institutions established after the Morrill Act.

38. You don't have to be anywhere near the Mississippi to enjoy a riverboat cruise. The J&K Steamboat Company offers such a cruise down the Grand River, right through Lansing, and it even offers music and a murder mystery theater show.

39. Lansing was initially a contender for the state's capital over the more logical (and larger) Detroit because the bigger city was considered too close to British-controlled Canada at the time.

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40. The Greater Lansing Ballet Company has garnered international attention, and hosted dancers from the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland and the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg.

41. Although not considered the largest city in the state (it barely makes the top five), Lansing kills the competition when it comes to education: two medical schools, one veterinary school, two nursing schools, two law schools, and, of course, Michigan State University.

What’s your favorite fun Lansing fact? Tell us in the comments below!

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Moving Stats: 2016 in Review

For those of you that are just looking to move an infographic highlighting the stats of the moving industry in 2016 as compared to 2015 is probably boring.

I get that.

I however find them interesting.

I’m biased. I know this. But it gives me a good picture of where the industry was headed and where it may go.

BY knowing this data I can pivot a little (or not) to give you all the best moving service possible.

And I know you guys like that.

So here is the infographic. I hope you like it.


Moving Trends: 2016 Annual Relocation Data Survey by MyMovingReviews.

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What Movers Will Not Move

What Movers Will Not Move

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Moving Insurance Claims and Complaints

Moving Insurance Claims

moving insurance claimsIf you believe that your mover didn’t treat you or your belongings right, you have options available to try to set matters straight.

Your first avenue for claims should always be with the moving company itself, and the sooner the better. The most common complaints fall into three categories:

  • If anything lost or damaged, note it on the mover’s copy of the inventory sheet before you sign it. If you don’t discover the loss or damage until after you’ve packed, you must file a loss and damage claim within nine months after delivery.
  • You may feel that you’ve been overcharged, particularly if you’ve used a nonbinding estimate or if you feel you’ve been charged for services that weren’t provided. You’ll need to file an overcharge claim with the company.
  • If you have unforeseen expenses because of a delay in pickup and delivery, you may be eligible for some reimbursement. Your belongings must be shipped with what’s called “reasonable dispatch,” which means that your mover needs to pick up and deliver on the dates you have requested–unless the movers encounters delays that are beyond its control, such as weather, road construction, or equipment breakdown.

If the delay occurred because of such circumstances, you may still want to file a delay claim, although under “reasonable dispatch,” the mover isn’t contractually obligated to pay you.

On the other hand, if your mover missed a guaranteed pickup or delivery date and no such mitigating a guaranteed pickup or delivery date and no such mitigating circumstances were in play, you are entitled to an agreed-upon reimbursement rate. But you’ll still have to file a claim.

Arbitration

If the moving company doesn’t settle your claim to your satisfaction, you can request arbitration. The company is required by law to have an arbitration program, and you should have received information about it when first received an estimate.

Be aware that under federal regulations, only loss or damage claims on interstate shipments are subject to mandatory arbitration.

Filing a Complaint

If you want to go on record with a complaint against your mover or if you believe your mover has broken the law, you can file a complaint with FMCSA’s Household Goods Consumer Complaint hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or online at www.1-888-dot-saft.com/CC_main.asp. You should include your name, address, and telephone number, as well as those of the mover; the mover’s DOT and MC numbers (if available); and a short narrative of specific violations that you allege.

The complaint will be maintained in the carrier’s file as part of its permanent record, and if FMCSA decides to take enforcement action against the mover, you may be contacted to provide additional information.

You should also contact your own state’s attorney general, the Better Business Bureau, and your state’s moving association.

 

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Moving With Pets

Moving with Pets

moving with petsAs if the move weren’t hard enough, you can’t put your pets on the moving van.

Huge temperatures swings and the lack of food and sanitation in the moving van would make life extremely hard on your pet. But it does mean you have one more thing to plan for, the sort of thing that lives and breathes and depends on you.

On the other hand, if you’re driving solo cross country (or across town), your pet might make pretty good company.

Get a pet carrier, if you don’t already have one and put it in the back seat where it’s safest. Take your pet for a few short rides to get it used to the car.

Pet travel kit. When you travel with a pet, you’ll need to keep it both safe and comfortable. Vets recommend the following:

  • A kennel, cage, or appropriate container that you keep the pet in while traveling.
  • Food, a dish, and a can opener if necessary.
  • Drinking water brought from old home.
  • Bedding
  • A favorite toy.
  • A pooper-scooper and plastic bags.
  • A collar with license, rabies tag, pet’s name, your name, and contact info.
  • A leash where appropriate.

If the pet gets carsick on short drives and continues to do so, talk with your veterinarian about medication that may help.

Smaller animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and birds can travel in their regular cages. Make sure they have food and water and the cage door closes securely. Cover the cage with a cloth to help them keep calm.

Fish are harder to move. What you need to do will depend on the type of fish you have. Check at the pet store to see if you’ll need special containers or a battery powered aerators.

Simple Tips

  • Feed your pet five or six hours before leaving, but not any closer to the time you are set to leave.
  • Make plenty of rest stops when traveling and protect the upholstery by covering it with plastic tablecloth.
  • Get a collar for your pet that bears its name, your name, your new address, and a phone number where you can be reached.
  • When you take the pet out of its carrier, be sure to put your pet on a leash.

Pets–especially those that get carsick–need plenty of air. Run the car’s air-conditioning or leave the windows open an inch or two. Smaller animals such as gerbils, rabbits and hamsters are sensitive to temperature extremes. Keep the car at a temp you find comfortable, and they’ll be comfortable too.

Don’t leave any pet unattended in the car for any length of time. The summer’s heat and the winter’s cold can be fatal. If you have to leave the animal in the car for a short period during the warm weather, open the windows part way, or leave the air-conditioning on to keep them from overheating.

If you’ll be on the road for more then a day, check to make sure the hotel or motel you’re staying at allows pets in the room. Pack a jug or two of tap water from your home, and water and feed your pet once daily. Strange water can mean upset stomachs…and you don’t want that.

Check state and local pet regulations before you leave home. Regulations for cats are usually as simple as getting the animal a health certificate, rabies shots, and a local license. But if floppy is a dog, chicken, horse, llama, or something more exotic than your average turtle, there’ll be stricter requirements that you need to know about and meet before making the move.

 

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Matthew McConaughey Moving To Lansing?

Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He’s Moving to Lansing, Michigan

Matthew McConaughey moving to lansingLANSING, Michigan – In a huge surprise to everyone in Los Angeles, Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey reveals in a new interview that he is moving to the Lansing, Michigan area. He tells the magazine that he is “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and is looking for a big change in life.

“I’m just tired of the L.A. lifestyle and I feel like, at this point in my life, I’d rather just live in a place full of real, genuine people. I’ve been to Lansing a couple of times over the years and the people there are real… they’re genuine, and yeah every community has its problems but the people there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live,” McConaughey told the magazine.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just looking for a change in life and I think I’ve found that in Lansing,” McConaughey reassured fans. Let us know what you think in the comments section below especially if you’re a resident of the Lansing, Michigan area.

Here is the where you can find the original article.

While this is a great article, it is truly just link bait.

I’ll admit it: I know that this article is fake but I also know that I can get a bunch of people to click on the article and come to my website, thus making my  website that much powerful. So I am using an SEO technique called “news jacking” to get more viewers of my website for the express purpose of getting higher rankings in the search engine, thus making more money.

For the truth about this, and any other celebrity you may think is moving to your small town check out this great article: http://www.snopes.com/celebrity-moving-small-towns/

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ABF To Start Charging California Compliance Surcharge

California Compliance SurchargeABF Freight System has instituted a $5.92 surcharge for each shipment going to or from California.

This month, the Arkansas-based, LTL division of ArcBest Corp.  began the California Compliance Surcharge to offset the state’s higher operating costs and stricter regulations. The surcharge does not apply to shipments moving under Volume Price, TimeKeeper Price, a TurnKey Price or U-Pack quotes.

In recent years, truckers have had to meet progressively stricter emissions standards in California. Additionally, the state’s courts upheld the state’s meal and rest break rules for truckers and ordered carriers to reclassify independent contractors as employees in several high-profile cases.

– See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/major-carrier-to-start-charging-california-compliance-surcharge/#sthash.kON9VUk1.dpuf

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Do It Yourself Move: Hiring Pros For Part Of The Move

We are talking about hiring pros to do some of the move you to make it a partial do-it-yourself move. Last week we presented you with part 1 of this which you can see here.

Hiring the Pros

do-it-yourself moveYou pack, they drive. Self service moving companies will deliver a truck or a trail to your home for you to pack and load, then a moving company driver will pick it up and deliver it to your new home. In some cases another family (or two) may share the truck with you.

Charges are usually assessed based on the percentage of the truck that your possessions take up. The truck may take several days longer to reach your new home if other families are involved.

Hire help for loading and unloading. Both self-service and full-service moving companies provide workers on a hourly basis. Check the fine print for extra charges. You can also round up college or high school kids, but if you do, be sure your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your possessions and possible injury to a helper.

Piano movers. Pianos–even uprights and spinets–are amazingly heavy. They can cause serious injury and harm if anything goes wrong when moving one, especially up or down stairs. Unless you have already moved one yourself or know someone who has, it is almost always best to hire a pro.

Hire a handyman to help disassemble and reassemble. Some aspects of moving require carpentry, plumbing, or wiring expertise. If you prefer to have someone else take care of this work for you, hire a general contractor or someone with more specialized skills.

A few national moving or crating companies will send pros to your old home to do the work needed to get you ready to move and then send workers to your new home to help get you set up. Items that call for special skills include:

  • Appliances such as the washer, dryer, refrigerator with icemaker, or dishwasher.
  • Heirlooms such as grandfather clocks and china cabinets with curved glass fronts.
  • Recreational equipment, including pool tables, exercise equipment, and swing sets.
  • Some furniture items such as waterbeds and wall units.
  • Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other electrical items.

The Container Storage Option

PODSNew players in the self-move category–and an increasingly common sight on streets and driveways–are containers that can accommodate the contents of one room or a room and half. The rental company drops off the containers; you load and pack them. Then the rental company picks them up and delivers them to the new home or a storage facility.

It generally takes several days longer to reach the destination than the traditional moving truck because the move is coordinated with other boxes in the area. It’s also convenient option for families who are downsizing and want to move a roomful of stuff into a storage facility.

 

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Jennifer Lopez Moving to Michigan

 

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In a big surprise to everyone in Los Angeles, Hollywood actress Jennifer Lopez claims in a new interview that she is moving to the Rochester Hills, Michigan area. She tells the magazine that she is “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and is looking for a big change in life.

“I’m just tired of living in a gated community full of other rich people walled off from the rest of the world. That’s just not real life. I feel like – at this point in my life – I just want to live in a place full of real, genuine people and I’ve found that in Rochester Hills. Every community has its problems but the people in Rochester Hills are good, genuine, friendly people and they care about their community and those are the most important things to me when choosing a place to live,” Lopez told the magazine.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just looking for a change in life and I think I’ve found that in Rochester Hills,” Lopez reassured fans.

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Do It Yourself Moving Options May Be Costly (Part 1)

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Do it yourself Move

do it yourself moveFor many homeowners a do it yourself move is a necessity–hiring pros is just not in the budget, or so you may be led to believe. Others do so by choice, consciously carving out enough time in their schedule to save major money that can go into new furnishings or home improvements. Either way a little self-assessment will save you unpleasant surprises once your move is underway.

Counting the human costs

first decide whether you have enough time, energy, and patience to make a do it yourself move. Expect a workout comparable to a week long backpack through a national park. Keep in mind that it’s easy to underestimate everything that is involved in a move, especially if you haven’t done one for a decade or so.

Organizing. This article will help you simplify the organizing process. Moving is a major organizational challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to reassess your possessions and dekludge your life.

Lifting. The contents of an average three bedroom house )two adults and two children) weigh between 8000 to 10,000 pounds. Even if you’re using a hand truck (dolly) to move boxes and furniture onto the truck, you may still need to hoist some of them. And taking the hand truck up and down stairs can be difficult. In some situations you will need to hand carry many boxes. Most furniture items must be carried by hand.

Do you have the physical endurance and can you round up enough able-bodied helpers to get the job done at both ends of the move?

Think about the friends or family who may be helping you. Are they really up to the challenge?

Find out whether your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance would provide coverage if someone is injured in the process. It would be very unfortunate for you to find out that your insurance didn’t cover personal injury and someone was severely injured. You would be liable both financially and possibly criminally.

Driving. Taking a 26-foot truck on a crowded freeway can be a harrowing experience, especially if you’re exhausted after a long day of loading; you may not be up to the task.

Saving money

The primary motivation for moving yourself is the money you’ll be save over hiring the pro movers. Typically if you pack your possessions and drive them to your new home in a rented truck, you’ll cut the moving bill in half in terms of actual dollars. But each move is unique, with its own set of considerations that affect not just the monetary cost, but also your investment in time and energy.

Before you commit to doing it all yourself, add up the REAL costs. Compare the cost of two or three estimates from licensed and insured moving companies so you can accurately assess the advantages (or disadvantages) of a do it yourself move.

Time and loss of income. Packing all your stuff, renting a truck, moving furnishings, driving the truck to a new location, unloading, and unpacking takes up a HUGE chunk of time. Can you do all this with significant loss of income?

Truck or trailer rental. To rent a truck or trailer, you’ll sign a rental agreement for a specified number of days. The charge will include deposit to be refunded upon return of the vehicle (provided it is left in good shape) and a certain amount of free miles. Check the contract to see if there are extra-mile charges or fees for one-way rentals.

The rental fee will probably be higher during the peak moving season in the summer, as well as on a weekend rather than a weekday, or around the first and last days of the month.

Fuel cost, vehicle wear and tear. Calculate the cost of fuel used while driving the rental vehicle–a 26 foot truck fully loaded will average about 8 miles per gallon. If you are driving your own vehicle, factor the cost of wear and tear.

Penske-car-carrier1Towing your car. How many cars do you have? Are you going to drive them? A trailer package from a rental company can cost an additional $150, plus $45 to install a trailer hitch. And don’t forget to add in the the trailer rental as well; depending on your location can be substantial.

Insurance. When you move yourself, the basic insurance offered by the rental company will generally cover damage due to a major catastrophe like a fire or accident. Damage to fragile items because you had to slam on the brakes will be considered a packing problem and will not be covered. Typically you will be lucky to have anything covered by their insurance unless you can prove it was the fault of their equipment.

It’s generally a good idea to pay extra for cargo insurance, available from the rental company on a per-day basis, to cover accidental loss or damage to possessions while in the truck. Be sure to read the fine print.

Packing materials. The cost of boxes, if you’re buying rather than scavenging them, will be roughly the same whether you do it yourself or use a moving company. However you will probably need to rent a hand truck and a supply of moving blankets.

Travel expenses. In addition to the cost of gas, you will also pay for tolls, meals, and lodging if you’re driving a long distance. When calculating how long it will take, factor in the need to drive slower than you would in a car and the possible need to modify your route based  moving helperson clearance or construction issues.

Helpers. Be sure to factor in the cost of hired hands, plus food and beverages for any friends and family who are helping with the loading and unloading at both ends of the move. If your children are small, you may need to pay for a babysitter while you load and unload the truck.

Possible damage to your past and future home. If you old home is damaged while you are moving out, you may need to compensate the incoming family. If the damage occurs to rental property, the landlord may pocket your security deposit to cover the repairs. Check you home  owner’s or renter’s insurance for coverage.

 

Conclusion

Yes, you can save a lot money, at least on the surface, when you move yourself, but there is a great deal of hidden costs associated with moving yourself. And not being prepared for them can be a costly mistake.

And in the long run, in most cases, it is actually easier and cheaper to hire the professional movers when doing your move.

Come back next week for Part 2 of this article.

Ciao.

 

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