Archive for the ‘Indiana’ Category

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Ball State Cardinals

October 5, 2008

In the Top 25 for the first time ever.

I went to Grad School at Ball State.  Indiana is first in my heart, my alma mater, but I am still happy when BSU is doing well.

Though it still hurt when they beat us.

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Wedding Pictures

September 8, 2008

Here are a couple of photos from the wedding.

We’ll upload the rest of them to a photo sharing site once we get them and I’ll post the link.  You can click each photo to enlarge.

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Back Home Again in Indiana

April 8, 2008

Martinsville High School in Indiana just gained a hell of Band Director. (And I’m going to miss a great friend)

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Jimmy Chitwood

January 2, 2008

Indiana University Men’s Basketball Team, undefeated in the Big Ten.

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The Indianapolis 500 part duex

June 5, 2007

If you didn’t watch it, this year’s Indianapolis 500 was even more exciting than usual. There was a ton of on-track passing and 23 lead changes. The race only went 166 laps due to rain but that didn’t take much away from it. Watching the sudden change in strategy when the teams realized the rain was coming almost offset the early finish.

I was lucky enough to get hold of some close-up images of the race. Here’s the race winner, Dario Franchetti, crossing the finish line in the middle of a downpour.

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Some mid-race action with #11 Tony Kanaan, #3 Helio Castroneves, #27 Dario and #6 Sam Hornish Jr.

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#6 Tim Hereyford in close pursuit of #1 Joe Grindstaff.

Joe and Tim

#26 Terry Swift, thrilled to complete a lap without being put in the wall. He obviously doesn’t realize that Hawey “The Hammer” Wells is closing fast behind him.

Terry Hawey

The eyes of a true racer, #89 Mike Scott.

Mike

Dario in Victory Lane with his wife, Ashley Judd. Congratulations Dario.

Dario and Ashley

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Indianapolis 500

May 15, 2007

If you’re from Indiana, there’s a good chance that the first thing that comes to mind when someone brings up the Month of May or Memorial Day, is the Indianapolis 500.

If you’ve never been, it’s one hell of a treat. The people watching is unparalleled and the first green lap is one of the most amazing things you can ever experience.

I try to go every year but rising airfares kept me away last year and it’s starting to look the same way this year. Also, both this year and last I was in the middle of a big project at work that limited the days I could take off. This year tickets have been $500 plus since I started looking about a month ago and now they’re up to $650 if you can find a seat. Here’s the current view of Southwest’s availability:

Southwest

Next year I’ll have to adjust my budget and plan so I’m not sitting at home watching the race on TV. Unfortunately, I said the same damn thing last year.

The sting is lessened somewhat by the fact that for the first time, the race is being shown in HD.

Fortunately, the internet makes it a lot easier to be half a continent away. One of my the best websites for keeping up with all the gossip is Trackforum.com. The past few years it has featured great pictures and commentary from a gentleman that goes by the name Walter Zoomie. Here is this year’s edition.

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Kurt is up in Heaven now

April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922 – 2007A brilliant curmudgeon to the end. R.I.P.

‘And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, “Kurt is up in heaven now.” That’s my favorite joke.’

Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country