Not too long ago in the scope of time, I was born in a small hospital in a small town in Northern Michigan. Now for those that know that Michigan has an Upper Peninsula and a Lower one, this town or city as some would call it is in the upper portion of the Lower Peninsula. It is the biggest “city” within an hour and a half drive with about 12,000 people. It’s called Cadillac and many people in Michigan don’t know where it is, so if you don’t you certainly don’t need to feel bad.
I then went to college in a small town in central Michigan (at Central Michigan University). Mt. Pleasant was busy and bustling during the school year and a bit of a ghostly kind of town in the summer. I lived there for almost two years.
After that I moved to Grand Rapids. I moved there to live with my mom because I had no more money for school, lots of debt, and a few other issues to be concerned with. It just happened that my mom moved to Grand Rapids in March and I needed a place to stay in May. Before that I had met a Internet friend and we started spending more and more time together. In September I married him and in September of the following year we left Michigan behind because we were seeking more secure employment. Really I only lived in Grand Rapids for 16 months, but none the less I found myself feeling excited and even tearing up at the following video.
So…this is the story. In January a site called mainstreet.com (I have never heard of it, but that doesn’t mean much) named Grand Rapids, MI number 10 on their list of dying cities. The harsh thing is that News Week and other sites and news stations picked up the news. Well…Grand Rapids and many of its citizens didn’t really like this. So, they got some money (quite a bit of it) and people (quite a few since it took more than 5k people to put it together) and did the world’s longest lipdub. What’s really cool is that the video is a cool one, artistic, funny, and it shows off a ton of the city. It makes me proud. It also makes me miss home a bit. But such as life.
It took six weeks worth of practicing and a 3 1/2 frame with the roads closed down. However, they have put something together that has people nation wide looking at Grand Rapids, Michigan with their lipdub. Well…I am off to write some more.