Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A "Handy" Map

The theme of Winter Carnival this year was "From all over the state, what makes Michigan great."

And I think this was my favorite statue.

First of all, it was very well done.  It was one of the overnighters, so it was done quickly and really well.  Hands are hard to do!

Second of all, I think the hand map thing is one of my favorite things about living in Michigan.  I think it's the coolest thing when you ask a Michigander/Michiganian where they are from, and they whip out their hand and point it out exactly.  Sometimes people will just say, oh, I live near the knuckle of the index finger or something, but I love when they just show you right on their hand the most.

At first, I thought the special hand map was only for the Downstaters, but I have since learned that Michigan indeed has two hands.  While people downstate often only need to use one hand to show where they live, we Yoopers (I'm totally a Yooper now, right?) use both. (Or if we do use one hand it's the other one.)

For the record, I live in the knuckle of the thumb of that top hand, which is also the coolest place to live, by the way.  That thumb juts out into the middle of Lake Superior, and the canal that our bridge spans cuts right through the thumb knuckle so ships don't have to go all the way around the peninsula (the thumb tip).
Thumb knuckle
Maybe it's because I'm such a visual person, but I just love the handy map!
The girls are still getting the hang of it, however.

I have 81 other pictures of Winter Carnival to share.  All about the many cool things that make Michigan great.  From cars to sports to construction to lumber to snow to ships to Kellogg's.

Stay tuned.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. That is really great! I LOVE it! I can't wait for what is next.

  2. Never knew about the hand thing---very cool! And I'm excited about Kellogg's.

  3. I remember your pictures from last year!

    I'm a visual person, too, so I totally get the hand thing.

    Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

  4. I knew the lower peninsula was the glove -- my neighbor is from Bay City, but that's great that you can do the hand thing on the UP as well. :)

  5. I'm a troll (-: and I always whip out both hands to show various locations of MI things. Never considered not acknowledging the Yoop with the hand map, just wouldn't be right. Also, while I'm here, there'll be a live webcast of the Brahm's Requiem and John Adams' "On the Transmigration of Souls" (commissioned for the 1 yr anniv. of 9/11) played by the DSO and sung by the choir I'm in (UMS Choral Union) at on Sunday, Feb. 26th at 3:00p.m if you're interested.

  6. That is the coolest thing ever. When we lived in Seattle, we actually lived on Mercer Island, which is shaped just like a footprint. We didn't always use that image - what with having to remove our shoes and all - but occasionally I'd hear someone say, "If the island were a foot, my house would be..."

  7. I love when you post pictures about the winter carnival. We never have cool things like that where I'm at. Of course, we never get snow these days. I'm not sure I mind that much.

  8. That is really cool - thinking of the state like a hand. The state of Iowa is like a rectangle, and if you were to make a bullseye in the center of the rectangle, my small town is basically in the very center of the bullseye. I'm pretty much in the center of Iowa, in the center of the contiguous United States. Crazy!

  9. I've never heard of the hand trick. How cool!