Mistakes to Miss in Michigan Move

Here’s how to avoid making these mistakes with your car, health and phone, when moving out-of-state….

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Since I’m facing the real possibility of moving to Michigan (due to my husband’s job), I discovered some things most people don’t consider when relocating to a new state.  I’m sharing my tips with you on how to avoid the following mistakes:

  • MISTAKE #1 – Not changing the address on your driver’s license and updating vehicle registration, title paperwork and car insuranceCar Window Travel Fastpexels-photo-451590

Commonly overlooked when moving, an address change on your vehicle license, registration, and title paperwork is required within 30 days.  However, I discovered that there is no grace period in Michigan—You need to register your vehicle immediately. 

As soon as I establish residency in the state of Michigan, I would need to visit my local Secretary of State office to apply for a new driver’s license, update my vehicle registration and title paperwork. But before that, I would have to provide proof of no-fault car insurance in Michigan (because my out-of-state policy would not be acceptable).

The general rule-of-thumb is that in order to become a Michigan resident, one must reside there for at least 30 days or more; However, there is no such standard actually stated in Michigan law.  If I got stopped by the police and was found to be still driving with an out-of-state license, I would likely have to post bond of up to $100 or surrender my license temporarily (to insure them that payment of the fine would be made).

So, make the necessary address changes and update your vehicle’s insurance policy right away, and you can save yourself some headaches and some money in the long run.

  • MISTAKE # 2 – Not requesting a personal hard copy of medical records and referral for new medical provider (for follow-up visits, testing and Rx renewals)

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Moving to a new state is hard enough, but make things easier on yourself by having important documents with you, like a copy of your own medical records. Even those these files contain your private and personal information, technically these records belong to your doctor.  With the help of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), you now legally have the right as a patient to access a copy of your own files. This is one thing you might want to take care of at least 30 days before you move, as it can take at least that long to compile your medical records.

Because I take medication that requires constant monitoring, blood tests and prescription refills, I will need to find a new doctor in Michigan to coordinate my follow-up care.  After requesting a copy of your personal medical files, the next logical step would be to ask for a doctor referral–in order to continue medical care as laid out by your current physician.  Knowing your patient rights and the transfer process involved in switching medical providers will help make your move easier…in a task that’s often overlooked.

  • MISTAKE #3 – Not checking with current cellphone provider about coverage area and roaming charges with an out-of-state move

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To avoid the possibility of roaming charges by moving to Michigan, I visited my cellphone provider’s website to see if I needed to adjust anything with my current plan. My service and billing address would need to be changed to the new Michigan address, which would incur appropriate state taxes for each line.  Although it depends on your cellphone provider and service plan, you may likely be covered under a nationwide plan and pay no additional costs.  So, don’t make a mistake by not checking with your cellphone provider before moving out-of-state, and know ahead of time what your plan actual covers.

By missing these mistakes most people normally make with their vehicle, health and phone coverage, I hope you have learned something about moving out-of-state.  Stay tuned for more tips, as I prepare for my proposed Michigan move.  Take care.

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THOUSANDS STEP BACK IN TIME AT CHICAGO POP CULTURE CON!

This is my review of the 2016 Chicago Pop Culture Con along with tips for the 2017 convention!

Thousands of people attended the 2016 Chicago Pop Culture Convention at the Pheasant Run Resort Expo Center Saturday.

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Actor Deep Roy at the 2016 Chicago Pop Culture Con.  Deep Roy played Yoda in Star Wars, Willy Wonka, and many other films.

Craig Buchanan of Naperville typically goes to shows in Downtown Chicago, so having a convention closer to home was ideal for the pop culture fan.  “I like anything that is science-fiction related,” Buchanan said. Cindy Buchanan said she would not be at the convention were it not for her husband.

“Even though I’m not totally into it, I am here to support my husband,” she said. “It’s nice to encourage your spouse to experience what he or she likes. It can be interesting.”

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Thousands of people attended the 2016 Chicago Pop Culture Convention Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day convention was a celebration of film, TV, sports memorabilia, sci-fi, vinyl records, comic books and arcade games. The 150 exhibitors filled roughly 75,000 square feet of space at the Expo Center.

Tim Zurko of Green Bay-based Zurko’s Midwest Promotions began planning the convention a year ago based on his semi-retired father’s comic book conventions and antique shows.

“I left my 20-year career as a packaging engineer to help my father in the promotion business,” Zurko said.

Zurko, who designed flexible packages for big names like Armour Eckrich Meats, is now in the business of bringing big names to the masses.

“We host the All-Night Flea Market in Wheaton and see roughly 15,000 people,” he said. “We estimate about 2,000 to 4,000 people will attend this show.”

Zurko said there was a waiting list of 40 exhibitors so organizers have shows planned for next year.

Guest appearances included actor Deep Roy, who portrayed Jedi Master Yoda in several scenes of “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.”

Roy said he had to walk on his knees to get down to Yoda’s height.

“I was the walking Yoda,” he said. “When I got the part, they said I had to walk on my knees because I was too tall.”

Frank Oz was the puppeteer and the voice of Yoda.

“I am fortunate to have worked with great producers and directors like George Lucas and J.J. Abrams,” Roy said.

“I am still doing movies,” he added.

He also played Droopy McCool in “Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi.” And, in the film, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” he was digitally replicated to portray all the Oompa-Loompas. He also played the alien Keenser in the 2009 film “Star Trek” and the 2013 sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

James Azrael of Chicago founded the Horror & SciFi Prop Preservation Association, a nonprofit traveling museum of screen-used and production- made props and costumes.

“My family refers to me as a hoarder,” he said. “I call it collecting. These are all original screen-made movie props.”

Azrael has a walrus cowl mask worn by actor Michael Parks in the 2014 “Tusk” movie that starred Johnny Depp.

Phil Supel was intrigued by anything that brings back memories of his childhood in the 1960s and 1970s.

“I grew up with ‘Star Wars,’” the Aurora man said.

Here are some “Tips For The 2017 Chicago Pop Culture Con”:

  • Do It for the Experience and not the Panels
  • Snacks
    • Bring small snacks to save money and keep you going throughout the day.
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Pickup a program schedule
  • Do You Really Need to Buy That?
    • When you’re wandering the exhibitors’ floor, it’s tempting to buy posters, comic books, toys, etc.  However, before you buy anything, stop and think to yourself: “Can I buy this cheaper online?”
  • Keep Your Cool
    • Chicago Pop Culture Con is crowded, hot, and I can understand the exhaustion.  But please remember how to act like a reasonable human being.

For more information, please visit us on the web at https://www.chicagopopculturecon.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/chicagopopculturecon/

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A screen-worn walrus cowl mask used in the 2014 film Tusk starring Johnny Deep was on display at the 2016 Chicago Pop Culture Convention held Nov. 26 and 27.
THOUSANDS STEP BACK IN TIME AT CHICAGO POP CULTURE CON!