Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Sea of Blue, An Ode to Indy

Did you hear, the Colts won? Being as lame as I am, I fell asleep. Am I turning into a middle-aged fat guy? I didn't even have a beer.

The enthusiasm for the Colts is heartwarming, and contagious. I've resisted buying a jersey or hoodie because I'm cheap and they start at about 30 bucks. They do not go on sale, let alone clearance, ever. I'm just going to have to break down and fork it over. The Colts are not only a great team, they do a lot for Indy, in many positive ways. The least I can do is give them part of thirty bucks.

I'm really very happy in Indy; who could have predicted that one? Out of all the places on the map we stuck proverbial pins into, I would not have put Indy in the top five for I Can Tolerate Anything. It turns out that I really love it here. It's got that mixture of the blue and white collar vibe I fit into so well.

I like not knowing everyone and their brother here though, and the history behind every building. The only people who know I used to be a Republican here are the ones I tell. It's a shameful secret that I haven't always shared with everyone.

I like living in a city. I find it funny when people say parts of Indy are "bad". They are bad like Ypsilanti bad. Not very bad ass at all. Knock wood, I'm never fearful. That's not to say Indy is without violent crime; it just seems that the cops have a fair handle on it and it's not like a war zone.

There's so much to do, no matter what your age or background or interests. We've got art, we've got music, a zoo, sports, theatre, lots and lots of food. We Hoosiers like to eat out, and we've got every type of restuarant you can imagine. People are for the most part very nice and friendly and everyone really tries to get along. People don't think you're weird if you pass the time of day with them. It took me a while to get used to people I didn't know talking to me; I couldn't imagine why they would be.

Now, I sometimes talk to strangers. Me, socially awkward me.


Ronni said...

I never noticed you were socially awkward...when did this start?

Lisa said...

Always, Ronni, always. I've always felt like the third wheel or the outcast and sometimes I blurt out really stupid things.

Example: at a bonfire with a bunch of people we didn't really know, one girl said she was a dental hygenist. My response: "Wow, I give you a lot of credit for sticking your hands in strange people's mouths!"

judemiller1 said...

I'm glad you are happy there, it IS a nice town. I was there once, so I don't really know for sure, but the people I met were friendly and down to earth. Socially awkward? Yeah, me too==mine comes from being so tall and feeling out of place in a crowd.