Just a Guy from southern Indiana Premium

'54: born in the sylvan hills of southern Indiana, SW of the town of Hitchcock, within earshot of the historic Monon Railroad. '71: while working night shift at a gas station/hot-rod shop at nearby Campbellsburg, I bought a '65 289 Mustang and "souped 'er up". '73: a teenage hell-raiser, I almost wrecked her while "pink-slip" drag racing a '68 396 Chevelle at the Georgetown Flats section of Highway 56 (between the towns of Little York and Canton). But I still won. '74: dropped out of Hanover college after only one semester, then joined the Army. '82: living on a leaky, creaky houseboat and starting as a bartender/bouncer, I bought a run-down canoe livery/greasy-spoon diner/tavern on the banks of the Tippecanoe River. With absolutely no business sense, I soon ran it right into the ground. Now retired and living only off of Social Security in the town of Furnessville in NW Indiana, within earshot of the historic South Shore Line. Numerous jobs, a few regrets, but many, many stories.

Recent Comments

  1. about 8 hours ago on Drabble

    True story: in 2003, when I lived in Michigan City, a neighborhood kid bought a set of lawn darts (a.k.a. “Jarts”) at a garage sale. He and his friends took the darts to Eastport Park, and threw them straight up into the air. When it comes down, the dart hits him in the head. The kid survived and related his tale on the Maury Povich TV show. See:

  2. about 16 hours ago on Free Range

    And plastic bag pollution is going to get much worse… all grocery stores (at least, in my area) banned reusable bags from being brought into the store.

  3. about 16 hours ago on Drabble

    This is why lawn darts was banned.

  4. 1 day ago on Monty

    “When you resort to personal attacks…”, writes the person (you) who wrote “don’t be so naive”. So you are a hypocrite. If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out. “You are incapable of civilized discussion”, writes the person (you) who desperately resorts to outright lies (implying that I wrote things that I did not). What is wrong with you?

  5. 1 day ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    I wonder when General Mills will be coming out with Tear Gas Cheerios. A good portion of the cereal aisle seems devoted to Cheerios and all of its different flavors.

  6. 1 day ago on Ziggy

    “I see you… you’re lost in a blizzard…”

  7. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    Around here (northwestern Indiana), we call them “FIPs”. The “IP” refers to “Illinois people”, Chicago residents, who love to flock to (and hog up) our beaches and resorts on the shores of Lake Michigan. I can’t, for the life of me, remember what the “F” stands for in “FIP”. “Fine Illinois people”? “Fabulous Illinois people”? I can’t remember.

  8. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    The low current draw of LED flashers can make the vehicle system think that the bulb is burnt out… so you get the “fast blinker syndrome” which makes you think the bulb needs replacing.

  9. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    My philosophy is, you shouldn’t be conflicted by moral turmoil, such as, “should I use the turn signals? Is anyone else around? Does it matter?”. Just use the turn signals! Are you worrying about the turn signal bulbs burning out? They’re only $3 or $4 dollars!

  10. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    I agree. I have a theory that the problem is that certain people think that it is a sign of weakness to do common courtesy actions (like using turn signals or dimming bright headlights) for the benefit of other drivers.