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The other half of the story

posted by Mel 

With my last post I fear I might have given you all the impression that it’s all hairy showers and crusty dishes over here. There’s lots of good stuff, too– like the other day when I was helping Vanessa get the dogs to the car to go to daycare and Eric rushed out the door behind us because he thought we were going for a walk, and he wanted to go too. There were the pork loin medallions, mashed potatoes, and green beans we made for dinner the other night, when he was silent with the ecstasy of a hot home-cooked meal eaten aound a dining room table. There was his exclamation that “People around here are awesome!” when someone stopped and asked us for directions to an art gallery in Fountain Square last night– this because someone we don’t know talked to us, and we answered, and it was all very friendly, making me wonder just how hostile the suburb where he and his mom lived has gotten if someone wouldn’t stop a stranger for directions! We’re glad he’s liking city life! There’s also the fact that, unasked, he scooped up all the dog poop in the yard for the last week, and I didn’t even know it. I felt a little guilty about complaining after Vanessa told me that.

Today we’re taking him to the orchard I’ve been going to since I was an infant, and we’re letting him pick out his very own pumpkin to carve for Halloween. I’m going to pick apples for a pie. Yeah, I have my Betty Crocker moments, and it’s nice sometimes to get to play mom.



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Best Thai Ever, and it’s on the South Side!

Katie and I tried Thai Spice on County Line Road in Greenwood for the first time last night. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get to another restaurant in Greenwood again. It is that good. I would go back there again tonight if I didn’t have a commitment that demands I be in Fishers tonight. Damn it. I’m taking Vanessa there this weekend.

One reviewer (see link above) has said that its not vegetarian-friendly. I didn’t find that to be the case. There are lots of veggie options on the menu. Perhaps it’s hard to get truly vegetarian Thai anywhere b/c of the fish sauce  so frequently used. I’m not a vegetarian but often prefer to order that way. The veggie Pad Thai came with beautifully steamed broccoli, carrots, bok choy, bean sprouts, and the most divine lightly fried tofu (also available as an appetizer)– crisp on the outside, spongey on the inside. It reminded me of Indian paneer but without the bad breath problem I always seem to have with goat cheeses (an allergy I think).

If you’re in the Indianapolis area and like Thai food even a little, you have to try it. Thank goodness for another non-chain option on the South side. This will be my Greenwood restaurant of choice from now on.


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Napoleon Street Data

Posted by v. 

We bought a property on the southside of Indy a few years ago near Garfield Park. Our street is a relatively short street. There’s the 2100 block which is north of the park and the 2600 and 2700 blocks which are adjacent to and south of the park. We live in the 2700 block.

The county released tax data yesterday, and the data are very interesting. This information is based on assessed value which is supposed to reflect market value. The amount is before any exemptions. In our case, our assessed value is about 4% more than what we paid for our house in 2005.

I don’t have all the data crunched, but I’ve come across some interesting info. Two of the higher assessed properties on all blocks are right across the street from our house. Our neighbor to the north is assessed about $10k less than us, and our neighbor to the south is about $30k less (her house is a small two bedroom). The median value is somewhere in the low $90s. I’m missing some houses from the data so that number might change. I think I have about 2/3 of the data. Based on the data I’ve seen, we bought below the median, but our assessed value is at or right above the median.

Another thing that jumps out at me – Those properties that have been remodeled are about $20k above the median. For example, three bedroom houses like ours are mostly clustered around the median or lower if they haven’t had any remodeling. Three bedrooms with remodeling (adding a shed dormer, enclosing a porch, etc) are all clustered in the $110k area. The one across the street from us was listed for $120k two summers ago.

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Bring Mom to the Egyption Festival

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Garfield Park

For more info about the event and performers, see:

Garfield Park Arts Center
Faten Munger
Caravan Workshops

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Cinco de Mayo and Car Art at Garfield Park Saturday

From the Garfield Park Arts Center –

In celebration of the race season in Indianapolis, the
Garfield Park Arts Center
will present a collection of automobile-inspired art that will feature the work of Ron Burton, Deanna Morae, ‘Creative Native Art Competition’ winner Glen Walker and Scott Robinson. Big Wheels will also feature memorabilia from The Marmon Club, former racers Connie Rhoton and Dick Kinsey, Adesa Auto Auction and Indianapolis Car Exchange.

Enjoy an opening reception for the Big Wheels exhibition on ‘First Friday’, May 4th from 6 to 9 P.M., with a classic car show featuring Marmon vehicles from The Marmon Club as well as local car enthusiasts’ own vehicles. To benefit the Garfield Parks Art Center and “Friends of Garfield Park”, there will be a silent auction of two pieces of Ron Burtons’ silk screen art. This exhibit will be open until June 30, 2007 during regular Arts Center hours.

On Saturday, May 5,Garfield Park Arts Center will partner with the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration with a “Low Rider” Car Show featuring vehicles owned and customized by local car enthusiasts.” Sponsored by the Indy Racing League (IRL), The Marmon Club, Friends of Garfield Park and ALMA.

All events are free and open to the public.

Big Wheels – The Art of the Car Exhibit

Date: Friday, May 4Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (Opening Reception)* Low Rider Car Show* – Saturday, May 5; All day event

Exhibit runs through June 30th, 2007 during regular gallery hours.

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Parallel Universe

The sign at Johnny’s Park Inn usually reads something like

Happy 54th Birthday Stella!

on one side, and something like

$9.95 Steak Special

on the other. 

Today, both sides of the sign read 

Sabor Latino


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Cinco de Mayo at Garfield Park

Garfield Park will once again host a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 5th:

ALMA ( Association of Mexican Leaders) and the Mexican Consul is proud to announce the fourth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration  to be held on May 5th at Garfield Park. It will run from noon until 8pm. It is a family friendly event featuring food, music, arts for the children, and community outreach. Included in this year’s event will be a display of “low riders” auto to tie into the art exhibit at the Garfield Park Arts Center. We will also have the selection of the Queen and her court. The Queen and her court is a fundraiser for a local person in need of a kidney transplant. For further info contact:

While you’re at the celebration, you can also check out the complementary exhibits at the Garfield Park Arts Center:

To celebrate the Race Season In Indy, the Garfield Park Art Center is presenting an exhibition/event entitled “Big Wheels”, which will offer the public a collection of Automobile inspired art, memorabilia and car shows that will feature both historic and contemporary car or Race themes. In our lower parking lot, we will also feature an exhibit of custom and classic cars and “Low Riders” from some of Indy’s most talented auto artisans. “Big Wheels” will be an all ages exhibit. The opening reception for “Big Wheels” coincides with First Friday, on May 4th. On Saturday, May 5th, Garfield Park will host the Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, part of the Mayors Office Cultural Events calendar. We anticipate well over 8000 visitors to visit Garfield Park and the Art Center during this two day event. The exhibit will be open until June 30th, 2007, during regular Arts Center hours.

Indianapolis Indy 2007 Cinco de Mayo

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