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Now, no offense to anyone that lives in Indiana, but I'm living at Ball State for 4 weeks at this music institute and WOW! Coming to a more or less rural town right from living in Chicago for 2 years without leaving has been quite the culture shock! We went through some pretty country on the way here, though!

Anyway, I won't be around as much because I'll be too busy practicing incessantly. So happy summer everyone! I'll try to drop in a every few days!

Also, I miss my Leo-baby
post #2 of 20
My fiance is from Evansville, In hehehe
post #3 of 20
This will be quite an experience for you!
post #4 of 20
I live in Muncie!! What a metropolis this is, eh? I went to Ball State actually. I've lived here for the past 7 years, a very long seven years! I'm moving in August, so I can definitely understand what you're saying. There are some interesting things to do in this town, if you need any ideas
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
This will be quite an experience for you!
....have a good time!
post #6 of 20
Muncie
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Originally Posted by captiva
Muncie


One of the women at work is from Muncie. No wonder she moved up here!
post #8 of 20
You are all just jealous! David Letterman went to BSU- that's how most people know of it. It isn't a horrible town, there just isn't much to do or much to look at. There is a really great festival coming up called "Local Flavors and all that Jazz" with slowfood and organic cooking demos, plus the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra. We do have some fun things going on

I'm originally from, and will be moving back to, Ft. Wayne. Fort Wayne is essentially just like Schaumberg, IL, only bigger and without the Ikea.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
My fiance is from Evansville, In hehehe
really? That's awesome! That's where I live! It's a small world!
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by esrgirl
I live in Muncie!! What a metropolis this is, eh? I went to Ball State actually. I've lived here for the past 7 years, a very long seven years! I'm moving in August, so I can definitely understand what you're saying. There are some interesting things to do in this town, if you need any ideas
Imay be taking you up on that! I'm really disoriented and can only find this little strip of campus town and an IHOP near Bethel...Where else can I go??
post #11 of 20
Are you 21? If so there is a fun Martini bar in the Village, which is that little strip right off campus. We certainly have our fair share of bars! We have a mall, but it isn't all that impressive.

On Saturday the food/jazz fest goes all day- starting with the Farmer's Market at 7am, cooking demos at 10 am and 1 pm, and the free jazz concert at 7:30pm. Minnetrista is a nice place to take a walk or view some exhibits. It's on Wheeling Ave, which is within walking distance of BSU. I'm assuming you're staying at Noyer Hall, or somewhere in the vicinity- basically if you were to walk or drive down Riverside Ave, away from campus, you'd get to Wheeling.

There is a really nice locally owned bookstore called Danner's on Wheeling as well.

There is a nice coffee shop in the Village, the downstairs of the martini bar. There are a few excellent restaurants in town- Vera Mae's Bistro, Mezza Luna, and Vince's at the airport. Vera Mae's and Mezzaluna are downtown- right across the street from each other. We also have a very, very good Thai restaurant in town called Thai Smile, on Tillotson Ave- also close to campus.

Ok, so maybe there isn't a lot to do here! We do have a nifty bike path that will take you through several towns and a couple hundred miles. There is a resevoir outside of town. There is quite a bit to do in Indianapolis, but that's about a 45 minute drive south. You may have driven through Indy on your way here, oddly enough.

There are a lot of restaurant chains, including the Olive Garden (where I work) on McGalliard Ave.
post #12 of 20
There are at least 3 of us here that live in Evansville, Indiana.
We are right across the river from Henderson, Kentucky.

Small world.........
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
... because I'll be too busy practicing incessantly. (
So what do you play?

(I am leaving for England in about 12 hours for a music festival in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. I play the bassoon, my husband and son are percussionists, and my daughter plays the violin!)

Have a fun summer. I always loved summer camps, etc.
post #14 of 20
Have a good time!
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Originally Posted by kluchetta
So what do you play?

(I am leaving for England in about 12 hours for a music festival in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. I play the bassoon, my husband and son are percussionists, and my daughter plays the violin!)

Have a fun summer. I always loved summer camps, etc.
I play flute! And I can absolutely not get enough of these summer programs either!
post #16 of 20
I lived in Indiana for about 4 years, thats where I met and married dh, and gave birth to dd. I loved it!
The pay was low, but so were expenses. I almost died when we moved here, west of Chicago, and found bread to cost over $2.00 a loaf. The first time I came home from the grocery store I told dh we were all going to starve, as we cannot even afford peanut butter sandwiches! LOL!
I thought people in Indiana were more friendly, and honest, than anywhere else I have ever lived, including Michigan, South Carolina, and Illinois. Approach it with an open mind. Not as much excitement as Chicago, but so much more friendly!
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I thought people in Indiana were more friendly, and honest, than anywhere else I have ever lived, including Michigan, South Carolina, and Illinois. Approach it with an open mind. Not as much excitement as Chicago, but so much more friendly!


I'm glad you enjoyed your stay here!!!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
This will be quite an experience for you!

Keep us posted if you can. Have a great time..
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I almost died when we moved here, west of Chicago, and found bread to cost over $2.00 a loaf. The first time I came home from the grocery store I told dh we were all going to starve, as we cannot even afford peanut butter sandwiches! LOL!
Lol, yeah I saw an apartment for rent. 3 Bedrooms, Utilities included, 600 a month. I almost died! I'm paying 630 to share a 900 square foot 2 bedroom and gas is our only included utility! I also went to get coffee and almost died again when my latte was only 2 DOLLARS. You'd easily pay twice that in my neighborhood!!

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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I thought people in Indiana were more friendly, and honest, than anywhere else I have ever lived, including Michigan, South Carolina, and Illinois. Approach it with an open mind. Not as much excitement as Chicago, but so much more friendly!
On my run today, at least 3 people said or waved 'hi' to me! Usually in Chicago, I'm too busy dodging rampant CTA busses and people in Porshe Carreras to notice if there's any kind of friendliness happening! Although I have noticed several random acts of kindness on teh city streets, something as simple as being said 'hi' to is usually not a daily occurence.

There's not a lot here, but it's kind of a respite from all of the distractions of the city. I found it really hard to sleep on my first night here...there was no El train rushing by and no taxis honking! Too eerily quiet!

I do have but ONE complaint about having to spend a month here: The pizza down here is really...for lack or a better term...BAD. I guess I'm spoiled living less than 2 blocks from Gino's East at home!
post #20 of 20
The pizza at Greeks is decent. Their breadsticks are just swimming in butter! The food here definitely doesn't compare to Chicago. Maybe it's just me, but I have noticed people saying "hi" in Chicago when I visit (usually twice a year). That might be because I say "hi" first though! When I visited the University of Chicago (for the social work program) I looked around at apartments and found small studios for $900 a month within walking distance of the University. The place I live at here is $500 a month and 750 sq. ft. The place where we are moving is over a 1100 sq.ft. and $700 a month. You cannot beat the cost of living in Indiana.

I just love eating at the Chicago Diner! It was a dream when I was vegan because I could eat the most yummy vegan boston cream cake in the universe. I still love eating there! I would love to live in Chicago, getting my masters in social work from the Univeristy of Chicago has always been a dream of mine.
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