Sunday, October 30, 2011


That is all. For now. Kisses.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

rounding it out

I have a thing for things abandoned. I like to imagine how they were before. Today I looked into what it was like, in the picture above, many years ago.

The Nickle Plate Frankfort Roundhouse in Frankfort, Indiana. Built in 1924 and was functioning until 1991. Now it is this:

What a shame. There are hopes to revitalize it and turn it into a museum/shopping mall extravaganza. Small town dreams. Hope they come true.  Click on the photo just above to find out how.

**Happy Birthday Pappaw Charlie Horsey Pig!!**

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

carbon, math and logic

A wise man once said that there are three things you can count on: carbon, math and logic.

After Pappaw's 80th birthday party, the real reason for our trip to the mid, there was a bonfire. Tales were told, smores were made, hot dogs were eaten. It was grand.

Then there was a science experiment. It was said that if you took a copper pipe, stuck it inside a piece of garden hose and threw it into the fire then magic would happen.
Wise man said, "Oh, I have some of that." He disappeared and came back with the
makings for magic.

I was gonna be a big dork and research how and what makes this work but I'm really lazy so I found this very thorough post about it instead.

A hillbilly 4th of July! Except it's October.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

don't you carry nothing...

...that might be a load. We had so much load we had to leave some behind. Oh well.

About the picture above. Do you see the amazingness in the background? The thing that we had to go back for and leave behind because or tiny Nissan crapversa wouldn't fit along with two adults, a Sweet Baby and an almost full drum set?

Oh. That's not all.

It reclines. And it was a steal. So excited for this to make the trip east with Ely James' parents when they so kindly make the long trek to bring us this bad boy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

ease on down the road

After work last week, I went uptown to pick up the rental car. Something told me to get insurance. I never have before but overnight drives are not a good idea. Seriously. I then drove to Brooklyn and picked up Ely James and Sweet Baby. It's true what they say about NYC. Once you are here, you never want to leave. But really, it's because it's ridiculously hard just to physically get the fuck out of town.

When we were more than half way through that good awful state of PA Ely James said, "They should have split this into more than one state. That way you would feel some progress." I'm surprised we made it. It took 3 tanks of gas and we were only side swiped once (thank goodness I had that premonition to get insurance).

First order of business:

"Local legends aren’t just born, they’re brewed. And no beer in the Midwest has a grander brewing tradition than Grain Belt. For over 100 years, Grain Belt has been the beer that fathers have passed on to sons and friends have passed amongst each other at local bars and watering holes. It is a beer with tradition that spans generations. Which is why it has become legendary–both here and across the country."

Ely James' family brings this beer back to Indy from Wisconsin by the multiple case full. Ordering beer online just seems silly but it can be done here.

Second order of business:

Ultimate margaritas. We decided against the 22oz and got the 16. Yum.

Third order of business:

Drunk thrifting! The canisters, in the first photo, I happen to already have in my kitchen. Orange, of course. Ely James really loved that old record player. Alas, $500 we do not have. However, we did walk away with a ceramic spitoon, a floor to ceiling lamp, a sparkling bracelet, and a glass bottle from my hometown. Imagine that. Going all the way to Indiana to find a vintage glass bottle from a small town in Connecticut.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

the long one

This is just some of the haul we brought back. ely james had these bad boys in storage at his parent's house. His mother got these for him at an auction. For $15. Nice.

When I get used to being back I will add more. Maybe tonight. We shall see.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

the west of the mid

 Systems are go! Ely James, Sweet Baby and I are hitting the road. We look forward to smoke stacks, cherry bombs and carry out beer: