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National Bike To Work Day – Detroit

Detroit Ride Your Bike To Work Day - Ferndale Stop

Happy National Bike Month! Today is National Bike to Work Day and I had the pleasure of taking part in a 9 mile commute to downtown Detroit this morning. The ride was organized by Detroit Synergy, a group committed to generating positive perceptions and opinions about the city of Detroit. I have been wanting to commute on my bike for a while, but had been a little hesitant to ride my bike down Woodward Avenue alone. Continue reading “National Bike To Work Day – Detroit” »

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Happy National Karaoke Week! Karaoke Tips From An Expert.

National Karaoke Week

It’s National Karaoke Week! Karaoke is one of my favorite pastimes  and I fancy myself a bit of a karaoke expert. I even have a 2nd place trophy and a “Karaoke Champion” shirt I was given as a gift to prove it. That being said, I know that everybody doesn’t share my same passion and obsession for the art form. In an effort to encourage more people to take a chance and give karaoke a try this week, I thought I’d share some bits of karaoke wisdom that I’ve learned over the years.

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Angry Birds Cake or: How I Learned to Stop Condemning & Love Kids These Days

When I was 6, I got a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake with an upside down ice cream cone decorated as a clown (the sugar cone was the hat, get it?). In 2011, we celebrate birthdays by giving our kids a PLAYABLE ANGRY BIRDS CAKE:

At first I was enraged, I was petrified…but now I’m feeling better about it. And here’s why…

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Detroit & Quicken Loans Featured In Delta In-Flight Magazine!

Detroit Feature in Delta's Sky MagazinePicture this – you’ve just reached 40,000 ft. in the air on your way to Bali or Hawaii or some other wonderful tropical region. You just missed #SNOMG or Snopocolypse 2011 or whatever you’d like to call it and you can’t wait to rest your feet on the sands of some far off land. The captain has just turned off the fasten seat belt sign and you reach for the compartment in front of you and grab Delta Airlines in-flight magazine thinking you’ll pass the time leafing through the pages. Little did you know, you were about to be introduced to the wonderful world of Detroit!

Delta’s Sky Magazine has put together an incredible 42 page spread about the fair and often misunderstood city of Detroit featuring none other than Dan Gilbert and Quicken Loans. Delta carries people to 348 destinations in 64 countries around the world. Many of these people probably have no idea about some of the truly amazing things Detroit has to offer. Things like: Good Girls Go To Paris – a creperie started by a former French teacher, that we are home to the largest historic market district in the country or that you can drive to Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Buffalo from Detroit in 5 hours or less.

The February 2011 issue of Sky Magazine is packed with fascinating information about Detroit. Quicken Loans Chairman & Bizdom U Founder Dan Gilbert is featured discussing the incredible business opportunities that Detroit offers entrepreneurs of any variety.

It’s a new dawn in Detroit. Things are happening here and the world is beginning to recognize it. As Dan Gilbert says in the magazine: “We’re on the cusp of everything taking off in a big way…”

Not planning on hitting the big sky anytime soon? Don’t worry – you can read the entire feature here.

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Lunar Eclipse + Winter Solstice = Mindfreak

So, last night was the lunar eclipse. Eclipses of any kind are totally awesome.  I remember being a youth and witnessing my first solar eclipse.  I grew up in the era of “be back before the streetlights come on” so all the kids were roaming the streets, unmonitored by any adults, screaming “DON’T LOOK INTO THE SUN!” And then, of course, we all looked directly into the sun. Explains a lot…

Anyhoo, last night’s lunar eclipse started at 1:33am ET.  Unless I am singing karaoke, I am rarely awake at 1:33am ET.  So, I missed it.  However, I caught this amazing time lapse video that shows just how sweet the lunar eclipse was:

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Ever Wonder What Life In Detroit Is Really Like?

It’s pretty much like this all the time:

Detroit’s dancing Santa can’t be stopped.  Where’s YOUR dancing Santa, other cities??

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J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Quicken Loans “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination”

Wow!  We’re honored!  J.D. Power and Associates ranked Quicken Loans “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” – which is what our clients have been telling us all along!  J.D. Power and Associates surveys customers who then rate their experience and we were recognized for this tremendous honor.

Over the years we have continued to raise the bar in customer satisfaction and we’re looking forward to raising it even higher!

Read the full press release, here.

Quicken Loans received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Primary Mortgage Origination StudySM.  Study based on 3,401 total responses measuring 14 lenders and measures opinions of consumers who originated a new mortgage.  Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in July-August 2010. Your experiences may vary.  Visit jdpower.com.

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Quicken Loans Has Closed Over One Million Loans!

After 25 years, we did it.  Quicken Loans has reached and surpassed a major milestone.  We’ve closed our millionth loan!  Watch the video above to view our highly “technical” process for keeping track of all our loans and meet the Biedermanns – our one millionth closed client!  If you’ve ever closed a loan with Quicken Loans – thank you.  If you have yet to do so, now is a great time!  There’s still time to enter our Thanks A Million Giveaway and get your mortgage paid off!

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This House Wins

I'm not sure if you knew, but there has been a long running contest for the Greatest House of All Time and sorry everyone, but this house just won:

 

via TNW Sharables

 

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!

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HI EVERYONE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TODAY IS? IT'S INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! "INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY? WHAT IS THAT? THAT'S NOT REAL." IS PROBABLY WHAT YOU'RE SAYING RIGHT NOW. UNFORTUNATELY, IF YOU DID SAY THAT, YOU ARE WRONG. BECAUSE IT IS VERY REAL AND VERY AWESOME.  IT'S SO REAL IT'S ON WIKIPEDIA.  IT WAS ALSO ON YOUR FAVORITE TECHNOLOGY BLOGS ENGADGET & THE NEXT WEB. THIS IS A SERIOUS AND VERY REAL PARODY HOLIDAY THAT I, FOR ONE, AM CELEBRATING WITH GREAT JOY TODAY.  CARE TO JOIN ME? IT'S EASY. 

STEP 1: TYPE IN ALL CAPS ALL DAY TODAY. 

STEP 2: PROFIT! (PROFITS = PERSONAL LOLS). 

ENJOY THE REST OF INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!

 

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Thursday, November 23, 2017