I have discovered the Midwest. I mean, not by myself or anything, but after a life lived on either coast I was abandoned in Indiana* and I LIKE IT. There are things I miss, like good bagels, but right now I'm stuck in my log house in a snowstorm. How cool is that? Think hot cocoa and warm fireplace. And shoveling snow is very good exercise.

Does anyone else think Chicago is wonderful-er than New York and LA combined? Have you experienced a state fair where they actually have fried Oreos?

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Comment by Tracy Revalee on February 5, 2009 at 13:06
Brenda brings up an important point: How to live without a nearby shoreline? This was my mother's reason for joining the Navy in 1952. And why, many years later, the folks built a seaside house @ Duck, N.C. We usually get at least some Atlantic ocean time. ISince Mom & Dad died just last year in an auto crash on the way to Duck, it's been hard to face the house but the beach will be there when we're ready.

I'm living in Liberty, Steve, south and west of Richmond. My daughter has been accepted at IU, Butler U. and Franklin College so far. Frankly, I like Bloomington the best.
Comment by Brenda Rogers on January 30, 2009 at 18:14
But how do you live without a shoreline within easy driving distance? Can't imagine not living relatively near the coast.

And snow? That's why God invented mountains! :)

Glad you love it, though.
Comment by Steve Godsey on January 30, 2009 at 16:41
Where are you in Indiana? I was born in Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!) and lived in Indianapolis for many years.
Comment by Denise Riffle on January 30, 2009 at 10:35
I think Chicago is the most wonderful city there is. I L-O-V-E it there.

Of course, I've never been there in the winter. I was there once in October when it snowed; and I was there in the summer when the temperatures were in the high 90s, if I recollect correctly.
Comment by Tracy Revalee on January 30, 2009 at 8:04
My husband travels for work, and he in in South Carolina right now, too. Hmmmm. I have shoveled 4" of drifted snow from the driveway this AM. BUT a local farmer came down with his tractor, unasked and uncompensated, to do the heavy lifting. I never had a friendly farmer in California. lol.

Now as to the things I miss...live shows at the Comedy Club, the scenery from Malibu to Oxnard, very fresh avocados, and OMG, the beautiful year-round weather.

Maybe I just like being a big fish in a small sea rather than the converse. Pretty soon, we're going to put a stoplight in town. I'm sure it will cause more accidents than it will prevent for awhile but progress has its costs, too. Furthermore, I like those fresh fried Oreos. Who knew?
Comment by Steve Godsey on January 29, 2009 at 19:18
I loved Indiana in the spring, summer & fall. It was the winter I hated (unless, like you, I was snowed in & didn't have to go to work).

When people here in South Carolina ask my why I left Indiana, I tell them "I got tired of shoveling six to twelve inches of 'little or no accumulation' off my driveway!"

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