So, back to where I left off…
So I was looking for a connection between Apple and Saginaw, and still haven’t found much. I did come up with a few possibilities though. The first is that some Apple employee is from the area. The second is they threw a dart at a map, or some other coincidence. The third (and favorite) is that it could be a sign of the future. There are currently 101 Apple Stores worldwide, 99 in the US. After some looking, I found a list of the 500 largest metro areas in the US, here are Michigan’s part of the top 500:
12 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 4,452,557
31 Warren-Farmington Hills-Troy, MI 2,391,395
38 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI 2,061,162
87 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 740,482
127 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 447,728
132 Flint, MI 436,141
169 Ann Arbor, MI 322,895
175 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 314,866
201 Holland-Grand Haven, MI 238,314
217 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 210,039
248 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 170,200
260 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 162,453
263 Jackson, MI 158,422
285 Monroe, MI 145,945
305 Battle Creek, MI 137,985
312 Traverse City, MI 131,342
367 Bay City, MI 110,157
385 Allegan, MI 105,665
405 Adrian, MI 98,890
450 Midland, MI 82,874
491 Owosso, MI 71,687
And, if you add up Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland, you get:
140 Bay City – Saginaw – Midland 403,070
thus, we are top 150 nationwide (in theory, there is likely an overlap between Saginaw-Bay City, etc…). Now, consider that in Michigan, we have Apple Stores in Troy and Novi, and the one in Grand Rapids is coming this year (they are currently hiring actually). Between those three, the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas are mostly covered. This leaves Lansing and Flint ahead of us. Granted, there are other considerations other than population, like major colleges and universities (Lansing of course has MSU, Flint has Kettering and Mott, and Saginaw has Delta and SVSU).
OK, so we probably have a while, and Saginaw was probably a coincidence, so what.
Jenn, Scott and I went to Old Great Wall buffet on Friday, was good as always.
Room is still going.
Poll is back, vote or die.
Jenn and I are going to NAIAS Tuesday (and maybe Apple Store), Tim might be coming too. Info Wednesday.
If everybody was weird, then nobody would be.