1. We can tread water in freezing temperatures.
The Great Lakes are gorgeous and we love them, but they don’t get very warm, even in the summer. If we have a really cold winter, they might even have ice until mid-June. But a true Michigander has the ability to jump in the chilly water and enjoy our short-lived summers while they last.
2. We can negotiate with anyone.
Before Michigan was allowed to become a state, we spent several years arguing with Ohio over the Toledo Strip, a piece of land which is now part of northern Ohio along the Michigan border. In the end, Michigan gave up the Toledo Strip in exchange for the Upper Peninsula, which provided us copper, iron, and timber, as well as one of the most gorgeous places in the midwest.