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A Look at the 2010 Local Wine Vintage
After a beautiful summer in northern Michigan the big question in the local wine world is what will the 2010 vintage bring? Will it be high in quantity, or high in quality? PAGE
Spirituality and philosophy are driving forces behind the Candle Factory. Its founders chose to sell candles because they bring to mind the safety, honesty and warmth of home. PAGE
The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center It shouldn’t hurt to be a child. That statement is the foundation of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s mission. PAGE
Ho, Ho, Ho!
Christmas. It’s corny, it’s commercialized. With each ho ho ho, Christmas seems to be losing its meaning. PAGE
A WORD OR 3
year is upon us all with the close of 2010. At NM3 we’re heading into our fourth year of publishing the magazine. Where are we heading you’re asking? We’ve got some interesting changes heading into 2011. Some say why change a good thing? We’re bringing you new things and changing constantly, one thing that never goes away in this world – constant change. We’re heading to a bit less gender specific; did you know our readership is close to 50% women, and 50% men? Who knew? No major changes, more additions than changes. Let us know what you think over the course of 2011 So how was your 2010? For most it more of the same, hopefully we’ll break out of this economic funk soon. The political word seems to get nastier each year; hopefully some day soon the politicians will realize it’s about us, not them and their careers. Hopefully 2011 will be the year the your family moves ahead. This time of year there are many who are less fortunate than us, lets not forget them by picking one of the many worthy causes to help. Donate some money, your services or, even better, volunteer. You won’t regret it. It’s part of living the simple life and it will make you feel better as a person. Join us December 16 for Men’s Night in Downtown Traverse City at the corner of Cass and Front. We’ll have some goodies to pass out, including cigars from Nolan’s and food from The Truck – Mobile Eatery compliments of NM3 while it lasts. You can’t miss us that night; we tend to add to the atmosphere by making a bit of a ruckus. If you’ve never been to a Men’s Night Downtown, you need to check it out. You’ll never miss one again. We hope to see you there, but make sure you get your shopping done that night!
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Ho, Ho, No More?
By Godwin Jabangwe
Christmas. It’s corny, it’s commercialized. With each ho ho ho, Christmas seems to be losing its meaning.
Like so many aspects of life today, Christmas is now a political weapon, stolen from the kids who wake up before dawn each year to see what Santa left under the tree, and wielded ruthlessly by anyone with an agenda. From those who clamor for separation of Church and State, to the health-righteous ones among us who say Santa is fat and needs to shed a few pounds to be a good role model for the kids. While I agree with the idea that no one religion should be given prominence over another, I don’t subscribe to the school of thought that advocates the removal of all religion from people’s lives. Instead of getting rid of Christmas, why not teach our kids about other religions and their holidays. Don’t we stand a better chance of fostering tolerance if our kids learnt about Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and others? Then we wouldn’t have to wait for biased TV pundits to educate our future leaders. Hiding behind a veil of political correctness will only breed hatred and lack of understanding. 6
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Though Christmas has been buried under piles of ugly sweaters and gift wrap, one fact remains- no other holiday inspires us to reach out to the less fortunate in society as much as Christmas. It’s sad that it takes a holiday and people braving the cold standing outside shops, ringing tiny bells to care. But, at least we have that one day. In our haste to prove the beliefs of others wrong, let us not tread on the hopes of those around us who only have hope to cling to. Christmas in particular, and religion in general, gives us the faith that there is a higher power that wishes for us goodwill and peace on earth, that whatever circumstances we find ourselves in are temporary and joy comes in the morning. Joy may not come, the heavens may just be empty space, and Santa may just be an old man who smokes between shifts at Macy’s.... but, hope perseveres. Before I sign off, allow me to wish you a Merry Christmas, and a fruitful New Year. Now, go practice the fake gleeful face you’ll have to pull when you unwrap that sweater from Aunt Grace.
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The sad truth is child abuse is not something that only happens in large cities and on Law & Order: SVU.
By Amy Shamroe
It shouldn’t hurt to be a child. That statement is the foundation of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s mission. Imagine being a scared child who has just been abused or sexually assaulted. Whether you are strong enough to tell someone or your abuse is found out some other way, you now have to tell your story. First, it might be to the doctor, maybe a police officer at the same time. Later, you might have to relive what happened to you over and over as you tell other adults who need to know like prosecutors and psychologists. You are taken to the hospital, then maybe the police station, and then to a doctor’s office for an evaluation. It makes an already traumatic event even more difficult.
This is where the Children’s Advocacy Center plays such an important role. Locally, CAC works with Grand Traverse and Leelanau county officials and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to bring together all the agencies that handle reports of physical and sexual abuse. Before, a child that had been abused was interviewed by police, lawyers, psychologists and others separately and often in different environments. CAC allows for the child to be interviewed once- in a safe, neutral place. The interview area is child friendly to make it comfortable for the victim and takes some of the unsettling elements out of the process. A forensic interview is conducted by an expert who is part of a team including law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, medical, and victim advocates. This allows for each group involved having their questions asked by a single person, allowing the child to be more at ease. The team approach also means better long-term results for victims.
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Abuse report follow-ups are coordinated and immediate. Prosecution of offenders is typically more successful because cooperation along the way leads to solid cases presented to the court. More importantly, the combined resources make it easier for victims, and their families, to get the support and treatment they so desperately need. The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is one of 435 accredited Child Advocacy Centers nationwide. The numbers are frightening- one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by age eighteen. More than one third of the children who utilize Child Advocacy Centers nationwide are under six years old and the average age overall is nine. The sad truth is child abuse is not something that only happens in large cities and on Law & Order: SVU. Right here, in our area, there are many children who are physically and/or sexually abused. The CAC plays a crucial role in treating these childrenmind and body- and bringing their abusers to justice. To support CAC, please send your donation to: The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center 121 E. Front St., Suite 301 Traverse City, MI 49684 Go to the CAC website to see volunteer needs: www.traversebaycac.org
By Brandon Johnson
There are those among us–we wont call them lazy, exactly–who put up artificial Christmas trees because they don’t want the mess and hassle that goes with having a real tree. For the true Christmas connoisseur, however, there is no substitute for a fresh, honest-to-goodness tree. The debate then is not fake tree versus real tree, but rather cutting your own versus buying a pre-cut. The benefit of buying a pre-cut tree is obvious: most the work’s been done for you. Are there any benefits to cutting a Christmas tree yourself? Believe it or not, trudging through the snow to find the perfect tree, cutting it, wrangling it onto the roof of your car and tying it down is actually the best way to kick off the Christmas season. There’s a romantic aspect to going out and discovering your own tree, and no place embodies that romance more than the Valentine Tree Farm. The Valentine Tree Farm occupies a picturesque 250 acres just outside of Cedar. It wasn’t always so green. When Nello Valentine and family bought the land in the late 70’s, it was barren, run-down farmland no longer good for food crops. When the Valentines first started planting trees, their intentions were purely aesthetic and to help restore the land. When somebody offered to buy 150 white spruce trees he’d planted, Nello had an ‘Aha!’ moment. “I got my first experience of ‘Oh! Trees!’ It wasn’t like planting a vineyard or an orchard, where you know what you’re going to do with it. I’d just
been planting trees to plant trees.” Next he asked himself what would happen if he tried selling “U-Cut” Christmas trees. At the time, trying to sell “U-Cut” Christmas trees was like trying to sell snow to eskimos; there were a lot of tree farms and not much demand. The Valentines kept at it. They expanded and eventually most of the other “U-Cut” tree farms around them closed down. Now many of Valentine’s customers have been coming every Christmas for many years and business keeps growing. Unlike most tree farms, which try to maximize the number of trees per acre, the Valentine Tree Farm occupies a natural setting. “I want people to come out feeling like they’re not where they are 99% of the time,” Nello explains. “I want them to feel like they’re out in the country.” If you decide to cut your own tree, Valentine’s provides the saw and rope you’ll need. You will want to make sure and dress properly and bring the appropriate vehicle for the tree you want. The most obvious benefit to cutting your own tree is financial: at Valentine’s, cutting your own tree saves you $1 a foot. But, according to Nello, in the end most people just want the freshest tree possible. People also relish the opportunity to get outside and do something with family and friends. “Most people are busy,” Nello says, “and you’ve just got to capture the whole family and go as a group. It’s like ‘OK, we’re doing this, and it’s not going to be just five minutes. It’s a ‘have to’ but it’s fun.” There’s an almost spiritual benefit to cutting your own tree. If a Christmas tree gives you a special Christmas feeling, then cutting your own tree intensifies that feeling. “If you go out and cut your own–say it was a beautiful day, say it was deep snow, say it was freezing cold–you have an experience almost like the traditional idea of going out into the woods and finding a tree. We’re coming close to that.”
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HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE
Two–time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey gives the performance of a lifetime in Casino Jack, a riotous new film starring Spacey as a man hell bent on acquiring all that the good life has to offer. He plays in the same game as the highest of rollers and resorts to awe–inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to get what he wants. Inspired by true events that are too over–the–top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, Casino Jack lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Jack parlays his clout over some of the world's most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence. When the two enlist a mob–connected buddy (Jon Lovitz) to help with one of their illegal schemes, they soon find themselves in over their heads, entrenched in a world of mafia assassins, murder and a scandal that spins so out of control that it makes worldwide headlines. -comingsoon.net
The Tourist revolves around Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Angelina Jolie) is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance but soon finds himself the pursued as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.
Release Date: December 10
WHY SEE IT: Angelina Jolie. Oh, and Johnny Depp is back to his quirky, weird self.
Release Date: December 17
WHY SEE IT: Kevin Spacey delivers. Almost all the time. 10
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Everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big screen in Yogi Bear. Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors -and, even worse, Yogi and Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they've ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever. -comingsoon.net
Release Date: December 17
WHY SEE IT: You’ll know what’s going on. For once the kids will be asking you the questions. You’re cool again.
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On the wall inside the Candle Factory hangs a wood-carved triptych featuring a traveler. The left panel represents the home the traveler left in Central Europe and the right panel represents his new home in Northern Michigan. The center panel represents his spiritual and philosophical journey through life. The idea is that he spends his life searching for something but in the end returns home. Spirituality and philosophy are driving forces behind the Candle Factory. Its founders chose to sell candles because they bring to mind the safety, honesty and warmth of home. The Candle Factory occupies a 1901-built building which, as the gasification plant, powered Traverse City’s street lamps. In 1974 it was a decrepit building seemingly beyond repair having sat vacant for sixty years. John Teichman of the Candle Factory began cleaning the walls, which were black with soot. Since then, the restoration has been a slow, constant process which continues to this day. Currently, the workers of the Candle Factory are redoing the ceiling after business hours. By incorporating nature into the retail store, the Candle Factory contributes aesthetically to Traverse City. “We feel one of our jobs, at the foot of downtown and an anchor in this area, is to preserve our green space,” explains Teichman’s son, Hans. “We’re just about the only lawn in the downtown area, and we keep a section of trees out back that are all native. We keep those almost as a reminder of how Traverse City started, before all the development, and to bring a little serenity to the area.” It’s important to the Candle Factory to have a building the locals can be proud of seeing on the waterfront. Often, what entices people to stop in and see what they sell–which happens to be candles–is the historical and unique building.
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In forty years of business, the Candle Factory has learned the art of candles as retailers rather than manufacturers, which gives them the unique ability to provide a variety of high-quality choices they can feel proud to sell. They test-burn candles over and over. Upon discovering that a very popular line of candles, when blown out, filled a room with soot to an unacceptable degree, they quit selling them, sacrificing profit. “We want to honestly feel that we’re giving the customers the best that we can,” Hans insists. Sustainability is also important. In an attempt to move away from candles made form petroleum-based paraffin, the Candle Factory offers a large line of soy candles and they carry the largest selection of beeswax candles in Michigan. While the Candle Factory has been fortunate to have very loyal customers who’ve come in since childhood, they’ve also found other ways to stay economically viable. They are now a major internet provider of candles through their website (www.candles.net). When they ship orders throughout the United States, they send a reminder to the recipient of where their purchase comes from. Included with each order is a regional map they produced, making it clear to consumers that along with candles, they’re getting a part of Northern Michigan. The Christmas season is a great time to visit the Candle Factory. Every year, wood carver John Shermer comes for a day in December to work on the Candle Factory’s woodcarvings, which include the triptych and statues of philosophers. The Christmas display, including an eighteen foot tree, is spectacular. “We’re trying to create an experience, having the wood carver and the giant Christmas tree,” says Hans. “We try to produce a bit of magic for people.”
By Christine Krzyszton
If you have a traveler on your gift list you’re in luck; here’s a list of travel items any wanderer would love to see under the holiday tree.
About.com published their list of most wanted travel gifts and they included: a GPS, noise canceling headphones, a cashmere wrap (put me down for one of those!), resistance bands (for working out in hotel rooms), a multi-device charger, electronic language translator and day passes for the airport lounge. This list is a really good start but, before you hit the internet, read on for some more original ideas.
I recommend a translator called Lingo Navigator. You type in the phrase you want translated and it will speak the translation in one of twelve chosen languages, allowing the person you are speaking with to hear it as well. Pronunciation problems disappear with this clever tool. Though not cheap at $89.95, how can you put a price tag on finding a restroom in Tokyo or starting a bar conversation in Munich? Another gift choice is a product
called Luggage Huggers. They are wide stretchable bands of bright colors and patterns that fit around your luggage so you can recognize them at baggage claim. At $16.95, a nice alternative to that pink yarn you tied to your handle on your last trip. My favorite travel gadget is a little radio by Ambient Weather that you can power by turning the handle to charge the battery. It also has a solar panel, USB for charging your cell phone/computer and a flashlight function. This amazing little radio is light, compact and only $30. A travel basket with useful inexpensive travel items can be a welcome gift. Include such items as: ear planes (special soft foam ear plugs), towel tablets (about the size of a quarter, they turn into towels when adding water), gum, mints, herbal jet lag pills, small packs of tissues, pen and notepads, TSA approved locks, and antiseptic wipes. Put some travel size (3.4 ounces or less) toiletry items in a TSA friendly quart Ziplock bag. Add a good paperback book, the most current issue of Budget Travel (there’s something in it for everyone!), guys magazines or some trashy tabloid publications (we all secretly want to read them). Include a city map of your traveler’s destination and if international, a starter supply of local currency (Pesos, Euros, etc). The currency can be ordered through your local bank and will come in handy for that initial taxi/bus ride to the hotel. Guide books are great gifts and can be purchased at a discount in the clearance section of local bookstores. If that special person is going on a cruise, you can order drink coupons from the cruise line and they will be delivered at dinner on the first night. A Borders or Starbucks card is a great gift for a traveler as major airports have these stores. An inflatable pillow is a handy travel gift, as well as a lightweight travel alarm, luggage tags, a leather passport cover, and a converter/adapter are also practical gifts. Luggage can make the ideal gift so watch the newspaper for luggage sales; I recently saw a five piece set for $69. As a present to yourself and others, you can keep two pieces for you and fill the other three pieces with travel items and give to three separate travelers. You can also buy one nice piece and fill it just the same. I’m all about cheap luggage because cheap luggage is light luggage. All of these items can be found in local stores. So go out and shop for that traveler and maybe you’ll find a little gift for yourself. Don’t forget the pink yarn.
Traverse City Alpine Ski Racing: Domination Downhill ski racing is a tradition in Traverse City.
Our high school teams have dominated the competition since 1975. The boys' TC Central team has been particularly dominant, winning eighteen Michigan High School Athletic Association state championships and seven runners up from their inception in 1975 through their last in 2010. Traverse City split the one high school into two in 1997 - TC Central and TC West. Prior to the split the Traverse City team won fourteen championships over a twenty-year period from 1975 to 1995, including eight in a row from 1988 to 1995. Since the split of the schools the talent is a bit more diluted, but the Traverse City teams have won four championships and three runners up. Last seasons 2010 teams faired well with the TC Central boys winning the championship, and TC West boys taking 3rd place. The TC Central girls were runners-up, with TC West girls placing 4th in the State. Many skiers from both programs have gone onto higher-level ski competition in college as well as amatuer national and pro skiing careers, including TC West coach Ted Lockwood, who skied on the US National ski team in the late 70â€™s and early 80â€™s.
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A Look at the 2010 After
By Brett Gourdie
a beautiful summer in northern Michigan the big question in the local wine world is what will the 2010 vintage bring? Will it be high in quantity, or high in quality? The Leelanau and Old Mission wine regions continue to grow in popularity around the world, as witnessed by the many national and international awards they have earned in recent years. Will this year live up to their high standards? We consulted Michigan State University and representatives from a few of our local wineries to get their take on this year’s prospects. According to data compiled by MSU, growing degreeday accumulations for 2010 rivaled 2005, an exceptional year for Michigan wines -- red wines in particular. Growing degree-days (GDD) are a measurement of the growth and development of plants during the growing season. Development does not occur unless the temperature is above a minimum threshold. There are factors other than temperature that impact the growth of grapevines, but GDD is a widely accepted means of assessing development.
Kristy McClellan Tasting Room Manager Bowers Harbor Vineyard
Before this year, 2007 was the best growing season and vintage since we planted our first vines in 1991. 2010 has proved to be equal, if not better, than 2007 as far as ripeness and quality of fruit. Starting with the adequate amounts of rain this spring, the vines had enough water to start their bloom. The summer improved on the process with high temperatures and many clear, sunny days. While September was a bit gloomy, it actually triggered the flavors to enhance in the fruit. The cooler weather almost scared the fruit to produce an abundance of last minute-type sugar before the winter. October came back with sunny, warm days to dry off the fruit. This is essential so pre-mature molding doesn’t occur, meaning we would have to harvest before the desirable time. We tested the degrees Brix, or sugars levels in the grapes, all throughout the fall and saw some of the highest sugars levels in history from our property. We are all dry-farmed at Bowers Harbor Vineyards (no irrigation), so we rely on Mother Nature to produce high quality fruit. Unfortunately, yields were lower than expected in 2010. We think that the Mother’s Day frost in May damaged many of the buds, which would have lead to more fruit. Overall, 2010 wines will be a bit lower in production quantity, but some of the highest quality fruit that we have worked with thus far.
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“Overall, 2010 wines will be a bit lower in production quantity, but some of the highest quality fruit that we have worked with thus far.”
Local Wine Vintage “I expect the white wines to have powerful aromas and rich body with great acidity. They will be wines to keep in the cellar.“
Bryan Ulbrich Left Foot Charley
2010 was a very friendly vintage. We tend to equate the quality of the vintage with how much time you could spend on the beach during the summer. The early spring frosts did thin the crop a little too much but that early start gave us ample time to ripen the grapes. The hot summer kept us ahead of pace. Just when we thought things were ripening too fast, the September rains and cool down put on the brakes. This gave us some coveted time to allow the grapes to develop all the intense aromas and body that we love in ripe wines. I expect the white wines to have powerful aromas and rich body with great acidity. They will be wines to keep in the cellar. The reds are equally interesting, though it will be another year before we can truly gauge how they are developing. In general the 2010 vintage is excellent in quality with very low yields. Wine lovers should procure their 2010s early because they will sell out fast.
Sean O’Keefe Chateau Grand Traverse
“The very cool weather in September slowed ripening down considerably...”
The 2010 Vintage. We switched places with the West Coast for most of the season: very early spring, warm summer (though lots of rain). The very cool weather in September slowed ripening down considerably; giving the grapes more time to hang on the vine and preserving our regions trademark crisp acidity, especially for Riesling. Harvest took place in October with fantastic quality across the board for all varieties. The downside is that the grape tonnage was down by a third from what we would normally expect. I’m guessing that letting the grapes hang on the vine last year into mid November (2009 vintage) weakened the vines and there was some winter damage resulting in less fruit clusters. Some lower elevation vineyards also got hit by a late spring frost. Meanwhile, over in California, Oregon and Washington, they had a year like we did in 2009 and have been whining nonstop about cold temperatures, high acidity and low harvest sugars. If they respect the vintage and refrain from doctoring the wines to the nth degree, then we might finally see some elegant, lower alcohol wines coming from the West Coast (that don’t taste like fruit bombs and jammy ports!) It appears that the 2010 local vintage should be a high quality but yield smaller batches. A vintage to collect for sure. You better hurry though, because they will be good and a bit more scarce than past years.
It appears that the 2010 local vintage should be a high quality but yield smaller batches. A vintage to collect for sure. You better hurry though, because they will be good and a bit more scarce than past years. NM3 MAGAZINE ■ DECEMBER 2010
Meet December Cover Girl: Kelly Korbel By Hanna Burdek
Stunning, smart, and oh so charming cover girl Kelly Korbel is a force to be reckoned with.
At twenty years old she has traveled to nine different countries around the world including Argentina, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Canada, England, Sweden, Denmark, and Uruguay. The bilingual cover girl speaks fluent Spanish and lived in Buenos Aries, Argentina for six months this year. She tells us “exploration is an addiction for me” and we believe her. Her holiday plans for next month consist visiting the pyramids in Egypt. For a young woman who has seen so much of what the world has to offer she still says Traverse City is one of her favorite places in the world. When asked why she explains, “Traverse City is my home, its beauty is unlike any other place I have ever been, and cherries are my favorite fruit!” In all fairness though cherries are more than a summer treat to Kelly. Her uncle is the owner of Redpath Orchards and has been farming cherries since she was a little girl. Her uncle and her coworkers at Benjamin Twigs Cherry Products will be her sponsors this summer when she runs for The National Cherry Festival Cherry Queen. When asked about her future plans she gets excited about her studies at Central Michigan University. Taking after her parents Nancy and Chris Korbel who both work at local schools, Kelly wants to be an educator. She will finish student teaching in May 2013 with a major in Spanish and a minor in English as a second language. Between traveling the world and being a full time college student it’s amazing that Kelly finds time to volunteer in her spare time. On the weekends she walks dogs and plays with cats at the humane society, and on occasion she will dedicate her weekend to the Special Olympics. Its because of her beauty, passion, brains, and compassion that NM3 has selected Kelly Korbel as our December cover girl. As blessed as she is, it’s hard to believe how she remains humble. Thank you Kelly for being the total package of brains and beauty. You’re a gift to all of those around you this Christmas.
NM3: What’s the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard? KK: One time a guy walked up to me and said “hey I saw you smiling at me from across the room, when are we going to get out of here?” NM3: What’s your ideal date like? KK: Having engaging conversation over dinner with a guy who's not afraid to go out with a girl who loves a burger or a steak. NM3: Which Traverse City restaurant would your dream guy take you to? KK: Bubbas! NM3: In the rare event that you have spare time, what do you like to do? KK: I like going to the home football games at CMU, playing board games, baking, playing intramural sports, and hanging out with friends. NM3: Out of the nine countries you’ve been to which is your favorite and why? KK: The Dominican Republic - the country itself is so beautiful; they haven't wrecked the natural beauty with urbanization. The people there are the happiest I've ever met, even though they have close to nothing. They are rich in what really matters. NM3: What in life really matters to you? KK: My family and friends matter the most to me. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. NM3: Who is your role model? My soccer coach has always been my role model. When we were fourteen years old he brought us all a rose on Valentine's Day because he wanted the first guy to give us flowers to be a decent, respectful one. He has taught me about so much more than just soccer; he believed in me when I thought no one else did, and introduced me to coaching, which in turn gave me the drive to become a teacher.
One time a guy walked up to me and said “hey I saw you smiling at me from across the room, when are we going to get out of here?” 18
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I just started dating a girl, and things have been going well, but she has 3 cats! Not only am I allergic, but she has 3 cats! Am I an assif I stop dating her?
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First things first- If you like her, the allergies are a non-issue. Unless they're serious, just take an allergy pill and forget about it. The girl and the cats are a package deal. That leads me to the trickier part of your question. 3 cats? That's a red flag. One cat, proceed with caution, two is too many. By 3 cats, we're in cat lady territory. My guess? This girl is ready for a family. If you don't find that adorable, have a serious talk with her. How far has the cat thing gone? If she's started putting them in Santa hats for a Christmas card picture, it's time to run. You're not an ass.
My girlfriend and I just moved in together and she found a box of stuff from an ex and she is demanding that I throw it away. Do I have to get rid of the stuff?
This all depends on what's in the box and why you're keeping it. Are we talking about concert tickets that you'd want to keep, regardless of who you went with, or are we talking about her underwear that you stole and sometimes like to snuggle? Are you keeping it because it reminds you of the nice times that you had (although you know the breakup was for the best), or because you can't get let go of the ex? If it's fairly innocuous stuff and you are truly over your ex, just have an open talk with your girlfriend. Offer to show her what's in the box and tell her why you're keeping the stuff. Make sure she understands that the ex is completely in your past and you've moved on. However, if you aren't over your ex and you're keeping her stuff because you can't let go, you owe it to your girlfriend to be honest. Follow us on
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Photography Courtesy of Fabulous Faces.
by Aaron Gooch
2010 was a great year for music. Instead of rehashed reviews for each of my favorite albums, I opted to write haikus about the ones I like best. In no particular order, here are ten of my favorite records that came out this year.
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be (Sub Pop Records)
Fuzzy bedroom pop 60s girl group melodies Lady stoner vibe
Beach House – Teen Dream (Sub Pop Records)
Dark, dreamy and lush Neo-Psychedelia So pretty, so warm
Kylesa – Spiral Shadow (Season of Mist) Two insane drummers Lay down a solid base for Spacey songs that swirl
Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars) Relentless shredding Gives so much energy to Crazy rock n roll
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart (Jagjagwaur) The ghost of Janis Joins with Led Zep and Sabbath Feels vintage yet new
Sleigh Bells – Treats (NEET)
Loud loud loud guitar Can never be loud enough Screaming dancing beats
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Merge Records)
Obviously good Exploring suburban sprawl With symphonic swells
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
(Bad Boy Entertainment) A robot hybrid Michael Jackson and James Brown Funky, soulful jams
Best Coast – Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Breezy West Coast tones Marijuana and sunshine Also Snacks the cat
The National – High Violet (4AD) Full of metaphor Feelings translated to words Bloodbuzz Ohio
All of these albums can be found at Sound it Out Records, located on Union Street, between 7th and 8th Street, in the Old Town District of Downtown Traverse City. For more end-of-the-year lists and write-ups, please visit www.sounditoutrecords.com 22
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The Best of the Rest - 2010 By Amy Shamroe Yup, it’s December. Everyone is telling you about the best of 2010. The truth is that the reason for this is two fold- most people who make lists like to think they are experts and they are also a bit lazy. Rest assured, I am not an exception to this rule. I really did spend a good hour or so on compiling this list. Enough time to gather up some of my favorites, but not so much that when the inevitable complaints of missed entries surface there can be no debate that such objections might be warranted. These are the best of the rest. Books that were released in hardcover or paperback this year and just might have escaped your notice.
The Patience Stone
by Atiq Rahimi (Other Press $16.95) In Persian culture, a patience stone is a magical stone thought to take on the troubles and woes of those who confide in it. Rahimi takes this concept and brilliantly gives it human form- a jihadist (seemingly in Afghanistan) who has been shot and lies in a coma. He is frequently visited by his wife who begins to confide in him about the politics of current events, how oppressive life is as a woman in their culture, and deeply personal admissions. The narration offers rich details of the woman’s world without ever leaving the confines of a single room. Fair warning, this is one you'll pick up and not want to put down.
The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases
by Henning Mankell (Vintage Crime $14.95) When I read Mankell’s first book in his Kurt Wallander series, Faceless Killers, it brought me into the landscape of the story in a way only Solzhenitsyn had managed to before. On a beautiful, sunny Memorial Day I shivered from the chill of a cold, Swedish night. Mankell’s talent lies not just in the description of his scenes, but the realistic and complex characters that populate his books. He was one of the originators of the Swedish noir genre that has gained such popularity over the last few years (and made Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy possible) and Wallander has even made it to the small screen, played by the venerable Kenneth Branagh. Whether you are familiar with Wallander or have never heard of him before, this collection of short stories are a must read. All the cases covered in The Pyramid are from the early days of Wallander’s career, a glimpse of the character before Faceless Killers. Favorites from the series make appearances and we learn more about his relationship with his ex-wife and the demise of their marriage. Above all, as Mankell does best, these stories are great commentary on modern Swedish society.
by Pete Dexter (Grand Central Publishing $14.99) In Spooner, Pete Dexter has created a character that is difficult to actually like. Despite this set up, Dexter is such a great writer that you want to push through and make the entire journey with his creation, the hapless Warren Spooner. Ultimately, the tragicomedy of Spooner’s life is one everyone can relate to and it is worth the effort to take the trip with him.
The Best American Comics 2010
edited by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $23.00) Many people are aware of The Best American series, especially when it comes to their Non-Fiction and Short Stories collections. Still, despite this notoriety, their Comics edition is not as widely known or carried. That is a shame. This collection offers a glimpse at some truly outstanding comic book series, including Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe. These not to be missed samples from 2010 are must-reads for the comic enthusiast and anyone who can appreciate the art of storytelling in both the written and visual forms. 24
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Men’s Night in Downtown Traverse City Once again, just in time for Christmas, downtown Traverse City hosts Men’s night for men to complete their shopping for that significant other. This night is like no other shopping night you’ll see anywhere. We know the word “shopping” strikes fear into the hearts of many men, but this night is very different. Many, if not all, merchants will have special promotions geared just for men. Some have food, sodas, and even “adult beverages” for the hundreds of men completing their traditional holiday shopping downtown. This is meant to be a night of fun, an “event,” for most of all, it’s our chance to get that special gift for someone on our list. NM3 will be set up near Santa’s house on the corner of Front and Cass again this year near Morsel’s. We’ll be a gathering spot for the evening, with nourishments compliments of NM3 and our new friends The Truck – Mobile Eatery to fortify you with some great food while it lasts for the tough night of shopping ahead. Of course, we’ll supply cigars, while they last, from our friends at Nolan’s along with some giveaway items, and NM3 tee shirts. Mark this event on your calendar now: Thursday, December 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. But you’re going to need to get there early! Let’s pack the streets and make this evening an even bigger success than in past years – tell ‘em NM3 sent you. 26
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Thing You’ll Ever BUY
Running low on mojo? Need a massage to your ego? Here’s a solution - buy your woman lingerie. Not online. Walk into a shop, pick something out, pay, leave, run for public office. We all do it, strolling in the mall or walking downtown. We all see the tempting doors with the naughty names and we walk on, noses turned upwards like British butlers,almost ashamed that such places of business are allowed to exist. Yet, in such places lies the secret to our liberation as men, the equivalent of a mountain gorilla strutting atop an anthill and beating his chest in ferocious masculinity: THE ACT OF BUYING A WOMAN UNDERWEAR. Apart from the appreciation you’ll receive when you get back home, the women in the shop will look at you like you’re moonwalking on water. Do this right and you’ll walk out feeling like Andy Dufresne crawling out a sewer drain. To make your foray into Victoria’s Secret or [PLACE SHOP OF CHOICE HERE] more rewarding, we’ve created a DOs and DON’Ts list to guide you through the adventure.
KNOW HER SIZE. Apart from making your trip much shorter, it impresses anyone within earshot. Also, getting the size wrong can send the wrong message. Too big means you wish her breasts were bigger. Vice versa. So, while she’s away, or sleeping, rummage through her drawers and find out the size. Have a good story on standby in case you get caught. MOJO +4 KNOW WHAT SHE LIKES. Once you cross the threshold into
the aisles of bikinis, thongs, and pushup bras, you’re at the mercy of floor assistants who get paid on commission. If you don’t know what she likes, they’ll get you to buy anything. A man walking into Victoria’s Secret is almost certainly going to buy something, so they’ll be on you like white on rice. Know what she likes and stick to it. Again, buying the wrong thing can send the wrong message. Too risqué will suggest you think she’s boring. Too “Margaret Thatcher” will say, “Hey, tone it down a little, Chastity” (the most popular stripper name, according to freestrippertips.com) MOJO +4
BUY MORE THAN ONE ITEM. Let’s face it, the chances that
you’ll be spot on with your choice are tiny, especially since you’re inclined to buy something… tiny. So, increase your chances of impressing by picking two or three different items. You’ll score with at least one. If not, have a diamond ready, because she’ll see your failure as a sign that you know nothing about her. MOJO +2
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GUESS. Do not guess. Lingerie shops
have strict return policies, and the romance of the moment will wither away the moment she realizes she’ll have to make the trip and exchange the bra for another. Don’t point at the floor assistant’s rack and say, “Like yours, but bigger.” Don’t do it. MOJO -5
BE CHEAP. You’ve made the trip, you’ve already put your manhood to the test and conquered. Don’t take it all away by saying stuff like, “This tiny thing is thirty bucks?” MOJO -2 LINGER TOO LONG WITHOUT PICKING OUT SOMETHING.
You’ll only look like a pervert who gets off on women’s underwear. And you can’t go home and just tell her you tried. You get no points for trying. MOJO -1
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Cars We Like
Santa’s Red Sleigh 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Owned by: Dan Juliette, Kewadin, MI. Imagine Santa blasting around the globe in this iconic red ’57 Chevy. We think if Saint Nick had his choice, he’d choose the Chevy Bel Air over his sleigh and reindeer to deliver gifts this Christmas season.
Rudolph may be put out to pasture if Santa has a chance to ride in this sleigh.
Today, the 1957 Chevrolet is known as the ultimate "Classic” Chevy. The mere mention of ‘57 around a bunch of old car buffs and everyone immediately knows exactly what you mean. A red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air was the dream car of many a baby boomer and hot rodder in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Almost from the day production ceased, it's been in demand not only as the last of the "Classic” Chevys, but the best. In fact, except for the early Corvettes, the 1957 Chevrolet remains the most collectible car from the 1950s. This car has been highly modified from it’s original state with a modern 430hp Chevy small block 350ci engine, automatic transmission, disc brakes on all for corners, and a nice touch with the vintage Rochester mechanical fuel injection system. Rudolph may be put out to pasture if Santa has a chance to ride in this sleigh. We think Dan should hide the keys on Christmas Eve just to be safe!
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For The Perfect
Just See Dave. We have a wonderful collection of jewelry you won’t find anywhere else.
Many are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that will tell the woman in your life just how special she is to you.
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When she pulls the bow,