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  1. Readers' eyes turn to Bookstock, Michigan's largest used book and media sale

    I'm salting the mine. Seeding the clouds. Hiding some particularly shiny needles in a haystack. Michigan's largest used book extravaganza starts Sunday, spread across Laurel Park Place in Livonia.

  2. Detroit to stop handing out 313 area code

    Beware: The 313 is coming to an end. Sort of. That's the area code, not the city. The city isn't disappearing any faster than usual. Also, 'coming to an end' is relative. Pending a revised estimate next week, the last of the 313 telephone prefixes is expected to be handed out four years from now, in the second quarter of 2018.

    • 8:32 AM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Affirmative inaction: The college admissions playing field needs to be accessible to all

    If your kid walks past crack houses to get to high school and my kid walks through clover, the playing field is not level.

    • 8:49 AM, Apr. 15, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    The man who ticked off the NRA — and PETA

    David Farbman once came up with a business idea so inspired, innovative and ingenious that it was going to change the perception of hunting and even hunting itself. At least, that was the plan.

  3. They may be the pits, but our potholes stack up — or sink below — anybody's

    A list of America's worst cities for potholes rolled through CNN and went zipping around the Internet last week, and we weren't on it. This was preposterous. Our newly sprouted potholes are so deep they have echoes and so wide they have ZIP codes. I will stack them up — or down — against anybody's.

    • 12:54 AM, Apr. 10, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Funny thing about Moosejaw: it's leveraging laughter to sell outdoor gear

    Today's lesson in advanced business techniques comes from Moosejaw Mountaineering, and it goes like this: Don't call yourself fun-loving unless you're willing to unleash the hamsters.

    • 1:14 PM, Apr. 8, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Ants in the manse

    I have ants in my kitchen. I would just as soon not have ants in my kitchen, and I am taking steps to assure that they will not remain in my kitchen much longer. Gary Parsons says I am overreacting.

  4. Baseball and baloney

    He said his name was Paul Johnson and that he's from Livonia, but considering where he was and what he did, there's not a lot of reason to believe him.

  5. The Tigers' singing hot dog vendor is still out in the cold as Opening Day dawns

    For the first time since Charley Marcuse was still in high school, the baseball season will start in Detroit without him hawking hot dogs, waxing operatic with his familiar two-word aria: 'Ho-o-o-o-o-t Dogggs!'

    • 10:24 PM, Mar. 26, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Ducks? Eggsactly!

    The empty lot to the south of Suzanne Scoville's duck farm used to be a crack house. The one to the north was just a lot, at least after the house on it burned down, and Detroit has plenty of those. What makes it noteworthy, at least in a tale of a one-woman duck depot, is that the owner traded it to her for tiling his bathroom floor.

  6. Attorney general doubles down on state's weak case against same-sex marriage

    Larry and Kitty Dubin first spotted one another in the undergraduate library at the University of Michigan. They've been married 44 years.

    • 5:24 PM, Mar. 23, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    FootGolf is headed to Metro Detroit

    FootGolf seems like a silly concept until you see it played, at which point all doubt is removed.

  7. It's the season of baseball and tree planting — if the darned ground ever thaws

    Let's not even suggest Greening of Detroit is trying to outsmart Mother Nature, because that rarely seems to work out well.

    • 10:07 AM, Mar. 18, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Cowboy music throwback Riders In The Sky rolls into Ann Arbor

    Listen to Riders In The Sky sing 'Home on the Range' and you'll want to go roam with the deer and the antelope. Or the buffalo. Or whoever does the roaming in that song.

    • 6:51 PM, Mar. 16, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Fenderberg. Carnacle. Readers give names to those snow chunks behind your tires

    While I appreciate all of the suggestions for what to call the clumps of dirty, frozen gunk that build up behind our tires when it snows, a sizable number of ...

    • 11:30 PM, Mar. 12, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    The people have spoken: Find out which 4 choices should end up on Mount Michmore

    Last week, we posed a question: Assuming Michigan had its own Mount Rushmore, which four people should be commemorated there? We’ve had a president. We’ve had ...

    • 8:36 AM, Mar. 11, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    #313DLove is an all-out blitz on the upside of living in Metro Detroit

    Thursday will be March 13, as in 3/13, which makes it the ideal day to hear and say uplifting things about the 313 in the 313's 313th year. For $31.30.

Metro Columnist

Neal Rubin began writing his Detroit News column in June of 2000. His theoretically humorous look at life appears Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A Michiganian since 1984, Rubin grew up in Southern California and Colorado and attended the University of Northern Colorado on a 7-card stud scholarship. He prefers dogs to cats, game shows to reality shows, and writing to actual labor. Reach him at nrubin@detnews.com

  • Favorite book: "All Quiet on the Western Front"
  • Favorite movie: "The Last Picture Show"
  • Career distinction: Banned by the World Wrestling Federation..

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