Saturday, March 16, 2019

You Live Where? Giveaway.

Duffy Brown                                                                                                                        Cycle Path Mysteries. 
      “How does this keep happening to you?” Fiona asked me as we stared at the body on the pier. “Mackinac’s a little island but guess what, you come across yet another body!”
     “Hold on a minute, stop right there. Forget the you part about the bodies. Okay, the first one was mine I’ll give you that, but the last one and now this one is definitely a we body.”

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Evie Bloomfield here from the Cycle Path mystery series. I’ve come to Mackinac Island from Chicago. Some of my friends say that one place is just like another but they are so wrong. So I gave them instructions. This is how you know you are on Mackinac Island and you are so not in Chicago. 
... if you have ever gotten frostbitten and sunburned in the same week. (though truth be told this could be Chicago too)
... if you can identify an Ohio accent.
…if you don’t need car insurance
…if a fender bender is a two-bike crash
... if you learned to pilot a boat before the training wheels were off your bike.
... if you point at the palm of your right hand when telling people where you live
... if "Down South" means Toledo.
... if a Big Mac is something you can drive across.
... if you have no problem spelling Mackinac Island.
... if you have as many Canadian coins in your pockets as American ones.
... if the trees in your backyard have spigots.
... if you know that a place called "Kalamazoo" really exists.
... if you bake with "soda" and drink "pop".
... if you know what a pastie is.
... if you know how to play Euchre.
... if fudge and bicycles remind you of  home sweet home.
... if you can name all 5 of the Great Lakes, and point to their locations around your left and right hands.
... if you know that Pontiac and Cadillac are cities.
... if you can actually pronounce Ypsilanti.
... if you own only three spices - salt, pepper and ketchup.
... if you design your Halloween costumes to fit over a snowsuit.
... if you keep track of the miles you put on your snow blower.
... if you think everyone from the city has an accent.
... if you think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie.
... if your snow blower gets stuck on the roof.
…if you save your Christmas tree to help mark the path across a frozen lake for the snow mobiles
... if summer takes place the second week of July 
... if you find -20F a little chilly. 
... if the kids drive to school in a snow mobile.
... if you know the 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Yesterday was summer.
... if you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by.
... you know the day the horses get off the ferry and return to the island
... if you have worn shorts and a coat at the same time.
... if you often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
... if you see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings.)
... if down South to you means Ohio.
... if you go out to a fish fry every Friday.
…if the whole town is 500 people strong
... if you know what a Yooper is.
... if you know that UP is a place, not a direction.
... if you know it’s possible to live in a thumb.

What is the best part of living on Mackinac Island? I’ll give away two Tandem Demise key fobs from the answers. Email to be added to my newsletter. 


  1. I do know what a Yooper is. I was born in Saulte Ste MArie.
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  2. I do have as many Canadian coins as American coins in my pockets since I am Canadian but lives in the states. This was amusing, meaningful and very entertaining. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I have been to the Great Lakes and have vacationed at Lake Huron many times. I love the area so much. What a special and unforgettable place. Living on Mackinac would be wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Being from Michigan I found your post was not only funny, but true. People from Michigan also know how to pronounce Mackinac and that Mackinac and Mackinaw are pronounced the same. I love the island, it's quaint and beautiful. Also love this series.

  5. Visiting Mackinac is on my bucket list. I grew up in the Chicago area so I've visited Michigan many times, especially the Warren Dunes. Some of the items on the list could also fit parts of Minnesota (where I currently live) and upper Wisconsin, especially Madeline Island.

  6. Fudge. Walking... I’m beyond bikes...though truth be known, I can fall and break bones just walking!

  7. That you don't need car insurance and that fudge is readily available, lol. Congrats on the release!

  8. "... if you think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie." This has me written all over it.


  9. Definitely the fudge! Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. I'd say pretty much everything is the best--it's all within walking distance, there's peacefulness if you want it, great scenery, a bookshop and a grocery, what more could a person want? I could probably hibernate there in the winter lol Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

  11. That wherever you go, someone knows your name! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  12. ... if you know that a place called "Kalamazoo" really exists.
    ... if you bake with "soda" and drink "pop".
    ... if you don't need car insurance.


  13. Being a Canadian, but from the west, I was surprised just how many of those comments apply to my part of the world. I especially loved :
    - baking with "soda", but drinking "pop"
    - knowing the names of the four seasons. Wow, does that one ever apply! In fact, every year!
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