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Indianapolis sucks. If someone has a better way of putting it, well, help.

I love rolling into a town I’ve never been to. I like stumbling onto things you’ve heard about in the news or wondered about growing up. Maybe it’s a sports team or a landmark or some chain of weird fried chicken eateries.

Didn’t do too much wandering around Indianapolis. Drove and drove. My mind was elsewhere.

The downtown does have an overabundance of beautiful, dramatic landmarks. The place is set up on a simple, flat-as-that-Midwest grid, so, getting around is pretty easy. All the big roads lead downtown, which made for easy access to the monuments and hustle and bustle.

389. “Monument City.”
390. “I barely escaped an encounter with a ferocious Hoosiersaurus.”
391. “Used cars.”
392. “All you need: Puff & Chew.”

I was in town primarily to see Mark Kozelek. But, after a long day of doing pretty much nothing, I just threw the towel in on waiting around to see him and split north towards Chicago. I’ve seen Kozelek a couple times, and, it would’ve been great to see him again, but, maybe not that great. I was more interested in the fact he was playing in Indy. That is what was peculiar to me. Next time, you crooner.

I drove for awhile, enjoying dusk country roads and a brilliant sunset. Then things got ugly as I got towards the Gary area. (Always does, hell.) I got caught in an ugly rainstorm that was pouring down real hard. I got back to the interstate, rolled a couple miles and waited it out in a rest stop. The pounding rain and thunderstorm slowly moved on, I drove another 20 miles and took shelter in a La Quinta Inn, in Marrionville, Indiana, or something. Wait, no, it’s “Merrillville.” Yeah.

393. “An Indiana sunset.”
394. “These clouds were little brothers to the big sonaofabitch storm that overtook me shortly after this…”

Merrillville has EVERYTHING! Wendy’s, Staples, Best Western, Cingular, Steak & Shake….

There Are 9 Comments

Indianapolis does suck, thought this might help put a smile on your face, quite clever:

thinking of Gary.

Posted by: Aaron on 10/03/06 at 9:25 AM

Hang out in Chi till thurs and see WHY and Yo La Tengo.
Also alot of cool signs to ogle(Think Westsiiiide)
shit I’ll even buy u a ticket.

Posted by: tim on 10/03/06 at 10:11 AM

those tivioli audio radios are rad, just so pricey for such small sound…thay sound great thos, like for a bedise or kitchen counter, freind has one…

Posted by: jim Golden on 10/03/06 at 11:28 AM

You seriously need to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, it’s insane, plus it’s in the infield and you get a real sense for how big the place is. White Castle right down the street: BONUS!



Posted by: Cris on 10/03/06 at 7:36 PM

Why didn’t you pop by beautiful Michigan Shitty? Woulda loved the commentary. B.

Posted by: Dickhead on 10/03/06 at 11:59 PM

I can’t think of anything to recommend in Indianapolis (or the whole state of Indiana, for that matter), I found it to be a hellhole both times I was there. I think the best thing during either trip was some decent Indian food way out of town somewhere, but you can get that in any decent-sized city.

In other news, I’m in Nashville now, headed to Louisville, then across southern IL to Missoura, hope to rendezvous w/ you and Ryno somewhere in the “Show-Me State” early next week.

Posted by: PJ Chmiel on 10/04/06 at 9:32 AM

omg, Merrillville is a hole! so close to the unmentionable town I was born in… icky.

Posted by: Natalie on 10/04/06 at 10:36 AM

Apple Z baby. Move on….

Posted by: XTM on 10/04/06 at 1:29 PM

I want to get the hell out of here but I am latched on by a clingy mother who doesn’t seem to understand that I can’t spend the rest of my life here if the only thing she wants me to do is put on her fuckin’ socks and watch HGTV

Posted by: From Indy but wants to despertly leave on 04/30/07 at 6:32 AM
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