Travel Log – 9/04/2007
Michigan Rehabilitation Services – Lansing
Today was our first customer meeting day. rick and I woke early to start a new routine. We both worked out (!) – we must have been a sight to other campers (probably on vacation), seeing the two of us lifting weights on our portable weight bench outside our 5th wheel. We then started learning a new “getting ready at the same time” dance. Although difficult to travel through big cities like Chicago, the extra space in the 5th wheel comes in handy.
We spent the day with our customers at the Michigan Rehabilitation Services. We all realized that we have been working together for 10 years! The What’s New training is going very well with the attendees learning quickly; providing many good ideas for their rollout and AWARE. Brian Cousineau was on site working closely with Kevin Spurgin at the Alliance Olympia office and Kerry Lehman from Michigan to tun the server as we trained.
-Lisa and Rick
Lansing is the capital city of the U.S. state of Michigan, and the state’s sixth largest city. it is located mostly in Ingham County, although small portions of the city extend into Clinton County and Eaton County. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 119,128, an Urbanized Area (UA) population of 300,032, and as of July 1, 2006 a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) population of 454,044. The even larger Combined Statistical Area (CSA) population, which includes Shiawassee County, is estimated at 526,956.
The Lansing metropolitan area, colloquially referred to as “Mid-Michigan”, is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, business, and high-tech manufacturing institutions, including three medical schools (two human medicine and one veterinary), two nursing schools, two law schools, a Big Ten Conference university (Michigan State), the state capitol, the state Supreme Court, an appellate court, a federal court, the Library of Michigan and Historical Center, and headquarters of four national insurance companies.
Lansing is the only U.S. state capital (among the 46 located in counties) that is not also a county seat. The county seat of Ingham County is Mason, Michigan.
Famous Lansing Individuals
- Stevie Wonder – singer, attended the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing (born and raised in Saginaw, MI)
- Joel Bakan – Canadian law professor and documentary filmmaker
- Timothy Busfield – actor/director
- Jim Cash – screenwriter of Top Gun and many other commercially successful films
- Ed Emshwiller – visual artist and founder of CalArt Computer Animation Lab
- David Fairchild – botanist
- Thom Hartman – radio talk-show host and author
- Andy Hilbert – NHL hockey player
- John Hughes – film director
- Magic Johnson – NBA basketball star
- Matthew Lillard – actor
- Suzanne Malveaux – CNN television news reporter
- Ryan Miller – NHL hockey player
- Muhsin Muhammad – NFL football star
- Ransom E. Olds – automobile manufacturer; founded Olds Motor Vehicle Company
- Larry Page – co-founder of google.com
- Greg Raymer – 2004 World Series of Poker champion
- Burt Reynolds – actor
- Steven Seagal – actor
- John Smoltz – MLB star and 1996 Cy Young Award winner
- Jim “Soni” Sonefeld – drummer and percussionist for Hootie and the Blowfish
- Debbie Stabenow – U.S. Senator, began political career in Ingham County
- Malcolm X – human rights activist