Happy Birthday, Michigan! The state is 179 today. But as we all know, 179 is the new 140. I've lived here long enough to where I can put this list together with some gravitas.

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My five best things about Michigan:

5. It's not New York.

4. There aren't a lot of round-a-bouts. Yet.

3. Dean's Ice Cream in Plainwell. Nothing like cruisin' topless on a summer day over to
Dean's.

2. Michigan-brewed beer. Whether it's from Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids or
even Detroit. We have it good here.

1. Up North. From Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes to the Mighty Mac...ain't
nuthin' better.

Happy Birthday to us!