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PATRIOT


The Patriot is unapologetically American. The mantle above his fireplace mantle glitters with limited edition “Lest We Forget” com- memorative coins because if it didn’t, the terrorists win. You won’t find him occupying Wall Street. He occupies nation states and the hearts and minds of the faithful back home. He knows these colors don’t run. BY T Y L E R DE JONG


DO


When Armageddon comes (and it will) the Patriot will be pre- pared. His bunker is stocked


with enough survival equipment to weather a nuclear winter, or at least the Obama administra- tion. Shaun Olinger, hunting department manager at D&R Sports Center services his Second Amendment needs. “All of our customers are re- sponsible citizens that have the right to own a gun, and they do it properly. We do the best in our ability to moderate that.”


D&R Sports Center 8178 West Main St., Kalamazoo dandarsports.com, (269) 372-2277


DRINK


The Patriot declares ale inde- pendence. He takes his IPA seriously and, keeping the


tradition of founding fathers Washington and Jefferson, he brews his own. Allison and Ben O’Connor of O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply make providing him with equipment, service and raw materials their personal patriotic duty. “Brewing your own beer gives you the freedom to do what you want,” Allison said. “It’s very do-it-yourself, and America was founded on that mentality.”


O’Connor’s Home Brew Supply 613 Lyon Street NE, Grand Rapids oconnorshomebrew.com, (616) 635-2088


LISTEN


A good old-fashioned ho-down is what gets the patriot’s boots knockin’, and Brad Paisley


knows how to get a little mud on the tires. As he sings, “It ain’t hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns and mama (yeah that might be true), but this is country music and we do.” Plus, Scotty, that little southern kid with the deeply drawling voice from “Idol,” is a right fine American.


Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery


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Van Andel Arena 130 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids Jan. 12 vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600


EAT


Forget those hippy bean blobs pretending to be meat. The patriot is a red-blooded


American who likes his meat red and bloody. But don’t take him to one of those pretentious steak- houses with stringy instruments playing in the corner. He needs a booth where he can let a few notches out from the belt buckle. A local joint like State Burger has a hook where his green trucker hat would hang nicely.


State Burger 6284 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage stateburger.com, (269) 324-4855


WATCH


Telling the patriot to support American troops abroad is like telling a fish to be wet (duh).


Thank God for Michigan: Stories From The Civil War has everything that fires his cannonballs from interactive role-playing and artifacts be- longing to George Custer and Robert E. Lee to 150-year-old cracker-like military food rations. Chris Carron, historian and director of collections said the exhibit addresses, “Questions that are relevant to patriotic Americans today: like what are the costs of winning and preserving the freedoms that American citizens enjoy.”


Thank God for Michigan! Stories From The Civil War Grand Rapids Public Museum 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids grmuseum.org, (616) 929-1700


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