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UNIQLO Recycles is Good for the World

UNIQLO Recyles and that's cool!UNIQLO, a really cool  (and very affordable) Japanese clothing store that I love shopping at when I've over there, does something to make me like them even more.

They run a program called UNIQLO Recycles. Simply put, you can take your old UNIQLO clothing into any store and they will distribute them to needy people around the world. Very cool.

I probably have 20 UNIQLO t-shirts. The other day Quicken Loans President Jay Farner said to me "Clayton, you have a lot of t-shirts. I've never seen you wear the same one twice." Now you know my secret (though I admit I do wear them all more than once).

Here's one of my least favorites in the pic above, but I still like it (or I wouldn't be wearing it).

UNIQLOhas one U.S. store in New York City (on Broadway in SoHo), so American's can get their UNIQLO on while hanging out in the Big Apple.

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China’s Got Talent – You can say that again! Pianist Liu Wei plays with his feet.

This is amazing and proof anyone can do ANYTHING.

Lui Wei is a 22-year old who lost his arms in an accident.

That didn't stop him from becoming an amazing pianist. I've never seen anything like this in my life.

Not sure I've ever seen a better video for this blog.

Enjoy!

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Detroit Doggy Daycare – What the Dogs Think

When I heard that Canine To Five was offering Quicken Loans employees free doggy daycare for a month in order to welcome us to our new office in downtown Detroit – I was filled with mixed emotions.

Obviously, I was happy and excited to take my dogs, Betty Bacon and Murdoch AKA "The Doctor" to daycare every day for a month.  I hate leaving them at home alone all day. We generally spring for daycare once a week, but this offer gives them a pass to run around and play all week long!

But I was also a little nervous.  Would they like this place?  Would they get along with the other dogs?

This morning, I took them to daycare for the first time.  Like a mother dropping her child off, I fought back tears as I gently removed their collars…

OK – there were no tears, but I was excited to hear that I could see them on Canine To Five's Flickr page around noon. 

The clock struck 12 and off to Flickr I went.  How were they doing?  Were they having fun? Click through to find out…

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Plant a Tree Without Leaving Your Home!

Green is good. But for most of us, we've got too much going on to really help the environment. Well, there’s good news. With the help of the Odwalla juice company, you can now make a difference from the comfort of your own home!

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Odwalla is sponsoring its popular “Plant a Tree” contest, making it possible for states to buy new trees for their state parks and recreation areas.  For every Michigan vote received, Odwalla will donate $1 toward tree purchases for Michigan.  There is no contribution required.  According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Michigan received more than $50,000 from Odwalla in 2009. 

So go check it out, pick your state of choice and plant a tree. The voting continues through August 15, 2010 or until 175,000 total trees are donated in the U.S.

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A Penny Saved is a Penny on Ebates.com

Ebates Recently I was ordering something online with one of my friends and before she went to place the order I asked if she went through her ebates account. She looked at me dazed and confused not knowing what I was talking about. I could not believe that she had never heard of ebates before. I informed her immediately and referred her to the site.

If you have never heard of them before, ebates is a site that will give you a certain percentage of your online purchase back to you with no hidden fees or charges in a “big fat check” quarterly. For example if you purchase something from Macy’s online they will give you 6.0% cash back and sometimes they even have free shipping added onto your purchase.  This may not seem like a lot but since 2008 I have received $73.91 back from them in a check with all my online purchases, and since I am such a bargain shopper this is a lot to me! During the holidays they run specials of double cash back and the percentage of cash back can be up to 20% to many popular stores.


They have over a 1,000 stores, services and websites listed on their site that will give you cash back. Some examples are: Netflix, Target, AT&T and Verizon, and ebay.


Check out their site at www.ebates.com and if you refer a friend you get $5 added onto your “big fat check” after a purchase if made from your friend. I absolutely love this site and every time I make an online purchase I start off with making sure I can get an ebates reward!

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Japan’s Mini Houses are Cool!

Microhouse1 Leave it to the Japanese to take something as uncool as a 300 sq. ft. home and make it very cool.

I guess that's what happens when land is at a super premium.

It's hard for me to imagine that, coming from Detroit, where land is pretty much as cheap as it gets.

But evidently, Japan is a little different than Detroit and the good people there make the best of a difficult situation.

Recently, NPR.org ran a very good article on Japan's tiny homes, In Japan, Living Large in Really Tiny Houses. Here is a bit from the article:

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Michigan Corps – Former Google Exec Helps Rebuild Michigan

Michgan Corps is cool!Great article today in the WSJ about Michigan Corps, a non profit intent on boosting Michigan's ailing economy. Michigan Corps was recently started by Rishi Jaitly, a New York native and former Google executive.

Here's some info about Michigan Corps and Mr. Jaitly from the article:

The New York native and former Google executive this week launched Michigan Corps, a national nonprofit intent on boosting Michigan's economy and creating wealth for its residents. Founding board members include Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt, CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, author Jeffrey Eugenides and former Digg CEO Jay Adelson.

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Detroit Scooter Rally – Motor City Shakedown 6

As you may or may not recall, I am an active member of a vintage scooter club, The Rovers.  This weekend marks one of my favorite times of the year.  Our scooter club throws its annual scooter rally in the city of Detroit.

Motor City Shakedown 6 logo

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Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day is August 5, 2010!

Today is Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen! What does that mean?

From the Miracle Treat Day site:

One thing's for sure, Dairy Queen loves kids and kids love DQ®. That's why $1 or more from every Blizzard® treat sale on Miracle Treat Day, August 5, 2010 will help sick and injured children in your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since 1984, DQ has raised over $81 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Let's make 2010 a record-breaking year! Join DQ  and help make miracles happen.

Totally joining in on this one. I think I'll get an Oreo Cheesequake Blizzard. What will you get?

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Canine to Five Doggy Daycare Says Welcome to Quicken Loans

Canine to Five Doggy Day Care in Detroit Gives Free Care for Quicken Loans DogsI love Canine to Five, a dog boarding and daycare facility near downtown Detroit.

I've used them to board my dogs and attended their dog park events and even took my youngest dog to training they offer.

So when Liz, Canine to Five's owner, made the incredible offer for Quicken Loans team members moving downtown (1,700 of us in the next few weeks) to attend dog daycare for free for one month, I HAD to share that here.

That's an incredible offer and I hope many of my fellow Quicken Loans team mates take advantage of it and support Canine to Five once the free offer expires.

Liz has done a great thing with Canine to Five, taking a previously abandoned building in the Cass Corridor neighborhood (just north of downtown) and turned it into a viable, clean and overall wonderful business. It's businesses like Canine to Five that are helping Detroit turn the corner and become a better place.

The neighborhood has a lot of meaning for me. I went to high school down there (at Cass Tech) and I have to say that after years of watching the area decay, it's finally turning the corner.

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