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Friday, June 15, 2012

Drive up to Indianapolis - and Bill's good news.

On Wednesday we did go out to enjoy the day. Took the convertible and headed up through the farms towards Indy. Stopping first in Bean Blossom to eat at Brownie’s Bean Blossom CafĂ©. Delicious and very inexpensive breakfast. We used to go there a lot but just got out of the habit – shame on us. Now that we remember about it we’ll go more often. This week in Bean Blossom is the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festivities. The campground is packed.

From Bean Blossom we just go straight north right to the center of Indy. About 30 miles. Just as we neared downtown was this great mural – Don't know anything about it.
Then a couple of blocks almost to downtown this glass walkway.
After asking a policeman we found parking ($7.00 an hour) and walked over to Monument Circle. This is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Some info about it.
Recognized as one of the world's outstanding monuments, the structure has become the symbol of both Indiana and the city of Indianapolis.This 284-foot limestone monument was dedicated in 1902 and stands as a tribute to the valor of Indiana's soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil and Spanish American Wars. Its total height is 284 ft. 6 in.
(15 ft. shorter than the Statue of Liberty).The monument is considered the largest of its kind in the United States that honors the everyday American soldier and sailor.The Limestone used for the monument is gray oolitic limestone from the Romona quarries of Owen County. If you want to read more
You can go to the top to an observation deck. First sign I saw said the deck was warm and confining. Nope didn't interest me. There is an elevator - small - to go up then three flights of stairs to reach the deck. Also you can walk up!!!! Saw this t-shirt inside.

330 steps - 30 flights of stairs - NOT ME
A closer look at one side of the monument.

We were there around noon and lots and lots of people were out enjoying the lovely day and many were sitting on the steps surrounding the monument eating their lunches.
We were quite impressed at how nice and clean downtown is. Not crowded and old like so many other cities. I love the street lamps – wish we had one.
Walking around we found these pedal cabs – and I do mean pedal – everyone has a set of pedals to propel the vehicle. Everyone – not just the guide.

All in all it was the perfect day to be out and about. Not to warm and no humidity. And a leisurely drive home through lots of corn fields trying to grow with lack of rain.
Yesterday was a very nice day too – and shamefully I spent most of it in front of the TV watching the Burn Notice marathon. Watched all the episodes we missed while in Mexico last winter. And the first one of this years season. Yipee – something to watch at 9:00 at night instead of reality or news.
Just got good news – I think – Bill’s leather work will be displayed for sale at the Hoosier Artist Galley downtown. http://www.hoosierartist.net/  Check it out some neat art stuff there.
His work had to be “juried” what ever that means to be accepted – the other artists displaying their wares there got to judge his work. So now he is a “juried” artist???? Will have to look that up. A juried exhibition,
 has an individual (or group) acting as judge of the submitted artworks, selecting which are to be shown.
Sounds kind of snobby to me. The funny part of the whole thing is no one bothered to call him to let him know he was accepted and when ever he called the gallery no one knew anything - or even where his pieces are.....The the husband of the main lady that runs everything just had bypass surgery so she is a little preoccupied. Eventually I guess we'll learn more.
The bug man comes today - hope he can do something about our flying friends.


  1. I've never seen pedi-cabs where everyone had to peddle. Hmmm--good deal for the guide. Congratulations to Bill. I think it's a pretty big deal to be a juried artist.


  2. Haven't had a chance to read your blog in awhile. Glad you two are out and about doing fun things. Congratulations to Bill....it sounds like quite an honor to be "juried."