Monday, December 28, 2009

YouTube Yooper Videos - Da Yoopers

Rusty Chevrolet is my favorite 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Looking for books on the U.P., especially Copper Country

I'm looking for any books, publications, recordings, etc. that have anything to do with the U.P.  A good list of books can be seen here ...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gotta get up north to do some visiting

The Christmas season doesn't feel right unless I get up to visit folks in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties.  The Keweenaw area is in my blood  mostly due to Lake Superior and the more stereo-typical, little stronger Yooper culture. 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow yesterday, cold today ... that's typical Yooper weather! 

I'm looking to make the best top 10 'You might be a Yooper if's .  I need 4 or 5 better ones to replace the weak ones below.  What do you have for me?

Some favorites right now are ...

You might be a Yooper if

1. You wear plaid shirts in July
2. You put more miles on your snowmobile than your car
3. You think everybody knows what the word 'pank' means
4. You feel sorry for city people, but not enough to want them to move to the U.P.!
5. You've thought that it might not be such a bad idea to blow up 'the bridge'
6. You like to get snowed in now and then
7. You don't go to your cabin, you go to camp!
8. Treating yourself to a meal out means going to McDonalds, BK, etc.
9. You don't see anything unusual about a parking lot full of pickup trucks
10. Highlights of your day may include picking up your mail or feeding the woodstove

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I should just isolate myself so I don't get agitated ...

Just watched Moyers interviewing one of the guys who did the HBO series 'The Wire'.  Just got me going ... hearing somebody saying all the things I've been thinking about why America is on the downhill slide and why.  Watch it here ...
and here ...

Haven't heard anyone for quite a while talk about the whole concept of how a large percentage of our population in America is no longer needed (economically speaking).  I can't contemplate a future with a middle class anywhere near what we experienced during the last 50 years.  If our government were really looking out for the country instead of big business, we'd be preparing for a simpler existence, lower deficits, smaller government, etc. The way the government is acting, you'd think we're in for good times ahead!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This Week's U.P. Postings ... contributions welcome

You Know a U.P. Winter has been too long when ...

You view feeding your wood stove as a major daily event.

You meticulously manage all your parts and tools

You don't think twice about putting wet dishes in the cupboard to dry.

Your coffee consumption exceeds 8 cups a day.

Your native language has seriously deteriorated. Now you "eat medicine", "open the television", and "close the lights off".

The high point of your day is going to the post office in the morning.

Hugging is reserved for sexual foreplay.

Pajamas have become street wear.

You accept alcohol as food.

You know that "one" beer means "let's get hammered."

When a stranger smiles at you, you assume he is drunk or insane.

You know how to prepare hamburger 101 ways.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Yooper Temperature Conversion Chart

50 above - New Yorkers try to turn on the heat - Yoopers plant gardens
40 above - Californians shiver uncontrollably - Yoopers sunbathe
35 above - Italian cars won't start - Yoopers drive with the windows down
32 above - Distilled water freezes - Lake Superior water gets thicker
20 above - Floridians wear coats, gloves, hats - Yoopers throw on a T- shirt, maybe
15 above - Californians begin to evacuate the state - Yoopers go swimming
0 - NY landlords turn on the heat - Yoopers have the last cook-out before it gets cold
10 below - People in Miami cease to exist - Yoopers lick the flagpole
20 below - Californians fly away to Mexico - Yoopers throw on a light jacket
40 below - Hollywood disintegrates - Yoopers rent some videos
60 below - Mt. St. Helens freezes - U.P. Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door-to-door
80 below - Polar bears evacuate Antarctica - U.P. Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival"
100 below - Santa Claus abandons the North Pole - Yoopers pull down their earflaps
173 below - Ethyl alcohol freezes - Yoopers get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg
297 below - Microbial life survives on dairy products - U.P. cows complain of farmers with cold hands
460 below - ALL atomic motion stops - Yoopers start saying... "Cold 'nuff for ya?"
500 below - Hell freezes over - The Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Creation of the U.P.

Da Creation of Da Upper Peninsula

In the beginning dere was nuttin'.

    On da FIRST day, God created da UP. On da SECOND day, He created da partridge, da deer, da bear, da fish, and da ducks. On da THIRD day, He said "Let dere be Yoopers to roam da Upper Peninsula." On da FOURTH day, God created da udder world down below. On da FIFTH day, He said "Let dere be trolls to live in da udder world down below." On da SIXTH day, He created da bridge, so da trolls would have a way to get to heaven.
      God saw it was good and on da SEVENTH day, He went huntin'.

NPR Yooper Coverage

Some NPR links that relate to the U.P. and Yoopers

NPR : what's a yooper?
A trip up north 
Visitors welcome, just don't stay 
The civil war that you never heard about 
U.P. county tops state unemployment rate 

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yooper Nation Welcomes You

This is the start of the Yooper Nation blog. We welcome you to this blog, and invite you to visit UPRESALE.NET or our store in Iron River, which will be called Yooper Nation starting in the Spring. You can also visit our site here ...

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