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“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’ ”

Work has brought me to this glorious one-of-a-kind Mackinac Island three times this year.

This fourth time is completely different from the first three visits.

Why ?

Because I’m not working! (Well, kind of not working. More on that later.)

Life is completely different when you don’t have to get up several hours before the crack of dawn.

Don’t get me wrong, I love doing what I do to make a living. I’m just not thrilled with the 4 a.m. wake-up call.

It took our “family” vacation (and no work) at the Grand Hotel (a jewel) to learn everyone can make their own sno-cones down by the Esther Williams gigantic pool — as many sno-cones as you’d like, till you fear your lips might be forever blue!

It took this fourth visit to actually get an ice cream cone from Sadie’s at the Grand. (OK, two cones). First, butter pecan 9in honor of Grandpa Harry9, and then on the walk from the great Jockey Club to the main hotel, a salted caramel vanilla that is vying for current favorite. I might have to have one more to be sure. I love research.

I say “family” in quotes because, with four kids between the ages of 16 and 26, it is now virtually impossible to get everybody together at the same time. You may have experienced this in your own family.

As far as “not working” goes, I actually am, but just a little.

I hosted, emceed and did the “play by play” for the 51st Annual W. T. “Bill” Rabe Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament ! Pretty serious stuff, it will take 89 skips to get in the Guinness Book.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

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