Another road trip

Kyle and I headed out on our quasi-monthly road trip last Saturday. We were heading to Plainfield to Metropolis, and then off to points unknown. How very unknown they would turn out.

We started out Saturday afternoon towards Indy and then to Plainfield. There’s a mall there called Metropolis. It’s huge, tons of stores and even more pedestrians that we had to dodge to drive around the place. It’s one of those open air malls that are becoming so popular around here, though I’m not quite sure why given that it’s winter here for 4 months of the year.

One of the first things we noticed about Plainfield was that everyone seemed to be in a bad mood. There were no smiling faces of consumerism, just blank stares as they made their way about the stores. Plainfield was officially sad. We drove around the mall, decided there was nothing that we really wanted to see and headed off to Starbucks for a tea/bathroom stop. After that we headed to Long John Silvers for a quick bite to eat before we headed out again to the great unknown.

raccoon.jpgWe had seen a place called Raccoon, Indiana on the map and thought maybe we should go check it out. We did, there was nothing there. As you can see from the sign, it’s a small place, in fact some maps don’t even show it, Google Maps had no idea what we were talking about. We drove down a road for a bit, “town” was a few houses on one road followed by an amazingly bumpy gravel road that we soon turned back on.

Since we were sort of close we headed up towards Crawfordsville and a town called Lapland, it was on the map but turns out it didn’t exist at all, not even a sign to take a picture of. Crawfordsville as we found out is home to Wabash College. WC is not in Wabash, it was named for the river, not the town. Who knew?wabashcollege.jpg

Crawfordsville brought a McDonald’s Sweet Tea run and the journey back towards Indy on I-74. Once back in Indy we headed to Trader Joe’s, my new favorite hippie grocery store. I’ll be stopping in there soon enough to pick up some things that I just didn’t want to get since they had to be kept cold and we didn’t know where the rest of the day would take us.

Turns out that the rest of the day was spent at Castleton Mall, followed by a trip to an out of business restaurant and another restaurant that had too long of a wait. We journeyed home and ended our epic road trip to no where. We saw parts of Indiana that few have dared to venture too and I’m sure we’ll never venture too again.

Next time? Richmond, the highest point in Indiana and who knows where after that. Good trip man, I look forward to the next one!

The first snow is falling

Indiana is gearing up for the first real snow of the year. Predicted 3-5 inches tonight through tomorrow afternoon. There have been flurries a few times already this year but this is the first real snow that is supposed to add up to anything. As I sit here writing, the flakes are just starting to fall. It’s cold, crisp but not windy out, seems like the perfect setup.

I ran out to the market tonight, a few 10 for $10s that I wanted to get before the sale ended. Plenty of snacks and even some more real food in the freezer and pantry, ready to go for a while.

Nothing is really sticking yet. I’m ready, c’mon snow. I need a good snow day or at least a late start.

Summer to Fall

Fall ArrivesIn Indiana they say that if you don’t like the weather then you should wait 5 minutes and see what happens. Well it’s not quite that bad in reality but as you can see, the weather changes from summer to fall quite rapidly. Of course this is happening all over the country and we’re not unique, but still the change is quite dramatic. At 2pm today the temperature in Indianapolis was 91, that is not only a record for the day but also a record for the entire month all time. In other words it has never been hotter in October than it is today. Amazing. Tomorrow 20 degrees colder and then 10 degrees less on Wednesday. Fall will arrive this week.

Why is the library so F-ing hot!

I just got to the library about 15 minutes ago and honestly I just got on the computer. You see I went to the lab to meet Ben so we could sit next to eachother, of course the computer I pick is one that isn’t working. I’m at a different computer now, it works obviously but the library is approximately the same temperature of the sun right now. Why is it so hot? I have no idea, it’s only about 50 outside right now, definitely no sun to warm the place. What the F!?

I think the heat is getting to me, making me more and more mad basically. The good news I guess is that tonight it’s going to get down into the 20s and then down into the … well its supposed to be 5, is that like the 1’s? Either way it’s going to be freaking cold soon. After the thunderstorms and the snow of course… Indiana, what a place….

News of the day…

So I’m cruising the ‘net today, working on nothign as usual… Some interesting stories came up today though, here’s a quick peek:

Curious George co-editor found dead: MSNBC

I think it’s a bit odd that just days before the release of the movie this man who helped write several books and many of the short films about Curious George is found dead in trash bags at his Florida home… Something is up here.
Related note:
The Jack Johnson Curious George soundtrack is pretty good, give it a listen.

Walmart to open over 1,500 new stores in the coming years: MSNBC

They opened 341 last year and are expecting more than that this year. When will it end. I seriously cannot stand to see Walmart in every community. Millions of square feet of empty Walmarts are vacant useless to so many communities around the country because Walmart left for a better deal. Millions of people are without adequate, affordable health-care because of Walmart. When will it end?

New Muncie curfew to hold parents responsible WTHR

Muncie isn’t a large town, but its a college town with plenty of mischief to be caused. For the youth of the city that isn’t yet in college a new law will make parents know a little more about what their children are doing. I know that if I was faced with a fine of up to $2,500 I would know exactly where my child was and when he was in the house. Exceptions have been made to allow for school and religious events. But I think it’s about time that cities got more strict about parents being responsible for their children.

Blogger thinks of starting new category Here

I think I’ll call it “Get off my lawn.” After the supposed stereotype of old men who yell at those “damn kids” to get off my lawn. My soapbox if you will… Any thoughts?

Closing Snippets
Apple unveils new iPod Nano, drops price on Shuffle

Isn’t this thing dead yet, the shuffle is so low-tech.

Alabama church fires

Find them and hang them

Coretta Scott King Funeral

A bit overdone, but she was worth it

Google to pay Dell $1B to put software on new machines

Stop putting extra crap on my computer!

Old Oaken Bucket Pics

Ben jumping over the fire The great classic rivalry in Indiana was contested yet again on Saturday, of course I’m talking about the IU/Purdue game otherwise known as the Old Oaken Bucket game. We all headed down to Bloomington bright and early, of course traffic didn’t let us get there as early as we would have liked, Erin, John, and I missed the first half of the first quarter. No biggie though. It was a nice day, we all had fun and of course IU got their butts kicked 41-14. There’s always next year right? After half time half the people left so we headed down and got better seats, some fans eh? Here’s some pics, links go to the larger versions.

The pics on the left are as follows:

  • Hey, Hey the gang’s all here!
  • IU with good field position
  • We sat really high up the first half.
  • Really high up
  • Erin and I in our IU best
  • John and Ben looking as cute as ever!
  • Franki and Erin, our girls are tough in the cold
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire

We had a great day

The Valley BelowErin and I headed to Edinburgh today. Well at least that’s how it all started. We headed out early in the morning, got to the mall and started walking around. It was big enough I guess, but I just wasn’t that impressed honestly, we covered the whole thing in like an hour and a half. Since it was still early we headed down south a little more and went to Nashville in Brown County. Man, what a beautiful place. I seriously think it was one of the best days we’ve had in a long time. We walked all over that town, I bought a cowboy hat, a coin set, a gift for my g-pa and some other stuff. I really don’t know how to explain how cool it was down there, the winding roads, the trees are just starting to turn. If you’ve never been to Nashville be sure to check it out soon.
Motorin' Down the RoadWe had salt water taffy, fudge and saw all kinds of junk that we hadn’t seen before. I dunno, I just really enjoyed the whole day.
The pics on the right should allow you to click on them to see a larger version. Erin took them on our way home.
An Old Road