Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dear Rednecks….Oops, I Mean Hoosiers

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With only two more days to go, I thought it fitting I should bid you farewell. I would like to pay tribute to your fine state, by providing a list of expectations for all potential visitors. Now, keep in mind, I have only lived here for almost three years and I have only lived in two other states and one other country; therefore, my opinion is based on an outsider looking in. So, to all those looking to move here, let me share with you my top 5 favorites……

 No. 1   Customer Service, Work Ethic and Nonchalant Attitude

 Once you find a place to live you will most likely want to get set up with internet/TV. The fabulous locals here who work for these companies have the utmost desire to make your experience the best. They want you to feel like you just have a bunch of friends hanging out, so much so, that they will lay in your living room for over an hour talking on their cell phone as if they were at home. Now, they will most likely give you the wrong equipment, install it poorly and be several hours late, but they do it with a smile. And don’t worry, this excellent customer service is generally seen anywhere and everywhere and not just in relation to TV installation. Additionally, there is so much freedom in one’s work schedule here. The typical day is technically “8am – 5pm”, but what that really means is “when you get here – when you don’t feel like working anymore”. Everyone seems to be able to determine their own schedule!

 No. 2   Redneck Hoosier Pride

Rednecks Hoosiers take great pride in their vehicles and their individuality. They feel close to their automobiles and choose to cherish them forever by keeping them in their original state with little to no upkeep. As you can see, they also want to make sure you are fully aware of what kind of person they are, just by looking at their vehicle. I have also seen them go to such great lengths to keep their car that they have completely covered the rear end in duct tape to prevent any parts from falling off. Such dedication!

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 Also, many of the Rednecks Hoosiers have grown up here, gone to school here, their families are from here and also grew up here and so on. They have a culture of their own (literally) and adore their fine dining restaurants such as Denny’s, Chili’s, and Applebee’s. Nothing global or outside of the box here!

 No. 3   Animals and the Circle of Life

deadIndiana is farm country and with that comes wildlife. There are lots of animals running around such as foxes and opossums in addition to the standard house pets. People here abide by the laws of nature and allow for dead animals to continue to stay in the road so that the vultures, insects and other animals have food to eat. No need to at least move them to the side of road; where they die is where they lie.

 No. 4   Rules that Make Sense

signThe first one here that comes to mind would be the alcohol laws. In Indiana you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays, but you can go the bar and drink it. Another one I love is that Indiana has come together on the issue of gun control and publicly stated that they “will block any federal infringement on the Second Amendment”. This means that they are actively working on passing an ordinance (here) that would require law enforcement to ignore federal law. And finally, traffic laws….I don’t know about other places, but here in Indiana you better stop for children in the crosswalk!

 No. 5   Community & Togetherness

 In some cities there are zoning regulations imposed by the city which determines what types of developments can be constructed in certain areas. In these cities you will typically have single family residential areas separated from multi-family and trailer parks are usually in rural or industrial areas. Not here. In Indiana your multi-million dollar home can be just a few short blocks away from your friends in the trailer park. Everyone is one, big, happy family!

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Versatile Vegas Frau

vbI have to say that although I am new to the blogging community, I love the peer recognition that exists through the awards that are given out by one fellow blogger to another. What a great way to show appreciation for all of our different writing styles and concepts! That being said, I am happy to report that I have been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award! I am flattered that the very humorous and adventurous Linda at  http://expateyeonlatvia.wordpress.com/ felt me so deserving of such. Thank you Linda! If you haven’t already, you should definitely take a look at her blog as you won’t be disappointed.

So for every award comes a set of rules to follow as shown here and as follows:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

As I mentioned, I am fairly new and unfortunately many of those I would have chosen were also nominated at the same time as myself, so I will do the best I can to complete the requirement of 15.  If you have received it already, I hope you can receive it more than once! :) My nominations are:

Susan in Hanoi

Cygnoir.net

Surviving M.E.: Life In Italy

Joaninja

The Diary of Sugar and Spice

Harsh Reality

Englishman in Italy

Germerican Denglish

Oh God, My Wife Is German

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Well, I almost made it to 15! I do have to say that I would have definitely included Gypsy in the ME who was also nominated with me and  Tai Tai Life who received it just a few weeks ago. Both of their blogs are also wonderful!

And so now, here we are, with the 7 random things about myself:

  1. I have never broken a bone and I suppose I could have just jinxed myself which leads to #2.
  2. I am superstitious :)
  3. I am terrified of heights, bees and swimming in anything other than a pool. Who knows what is in the water!
  4. I am from Las Vegas, Nevada and I have never played a table game.
  5. I love 80′s music and I’m not afraid to admit it.
  6. I can’t bring myself to own a Kindle or any eReader as I love the feel of a real book in my hand too much.
  7. I went to my first Zoo when I was 32 (although my mom insists I went to one when I was around 2 but I don’t see how that counts!)

Thanks again to Linda for nominating me with this award and congratulations to all of my fellow Versatile Bloggers!