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Incredible Pizza Company at Lafayette Square Mall: now closed March 25, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in news, west.
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THIS is disappointing. The Incredible Pizza Company at Lafayette Square closed last Monday. Now I have no reason to go back to that area! http://www.incrediblepizza.com/home/locations/indiana/lafayette-square-mall (Update: the link is dead as of fall 2012. The image it showed is below.)

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I miss Borders March 17, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in downtown, north, south.
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I still can’t believe it’s been since September that Borders is gone. I really enjoyed going in there and browsing graphic novels, CDs, DVDs, and sometimes even books. My favorite one was the one at Keystone at the Crossing, though my most visited one was the one at Castleton Square. The employees were so laid back the layout was good, and everything was neatly organized. The selection was pretty good too. I loved the music playing in the background, the employees being helpful and willing to find something, the vibrant color scheme, and the overall casual atmosphere. Plus, whenever my friends and I would hang out at Castleton Square, we always met at Borders. And now it’s all gone forever. And I’m sorry, but Barnes & Noble just doesn’t do it for me. The employees walk up to you and stare at you if you’re there past closing, the layout’s weird, everything’s a mess, and the selection (especially at the location by my house) is awful, which reminds me why I switched to Borders by the time I got to high school. I miss Borders so much…I had so many good times there, with my friends or just by myself. The closest thing I’ve found to it is the Books-a-Million at Traders Point, which is like Borders, minus the vibrant colors and helpful employees. I wish Borders had gotten their online presence and marketing strategies sooner. Maybe they’d still be here.

Jet Lag- to the EIGHTH power!!! March 15, 2012

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I have been listening to this song since I discovered it October 21, 2011 at 11:52. Pretty much nonstop, in case you were wondering. For whatever reason, I am STILL not sick of it…8 versions and 3 languages later. The only song that trumps this is my favorite song, “Breathe” by Michelle Branch. Breathe was almost demoted by this song, which managed to dethrone Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” as my 2nd favorite song! But anyway, I thought I’d treat you to all 8 versions of…JET LAG!!!!!

Natasha Bedingfield:

Marie-Mai (French Version):

Kelly Cha (Chinese Version):

Tantri Kotak:

Fefe Dobson:

Vanessa Amorosi:

Jenna McDougall:

Saidah Baba Talibah:

Goodbye, Old Country Buffet March 14, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in south.
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I got a nasty surprise on January 27, 2012. I went to go get takeout at Old Country Buffet on the south side on Hanna & East streets, when I saw that they were CLOSED! I mean the “out of business” type of CLOSED! I was shocked…I hadn’t been there in a few months, it was the last one left in the city, and I REALLY enjoyed eating there! That was one of my favorite restaurants, and they don’t have buffets like that on my side of town. Yeah, there’s Golden Corral, but it never held a candle to Old Country Buffet, Ponderosa, and Ryan’s Steakhouse, all 3 of which are southside exclusives…well, except there IS a Ryan’s at 6th & Shadeland on the east side. Anyway, my point is, you can’t find good country cooking that good on the north side. And I looked it up online that the owner was going into bankruptcy and closed 81 stores. And I hate to admit it, but there weren’t too many people in Old Country Buffet the last few times I went there, though I hadn’t been there since September 3. Ryan’s Steakhouse is owned by the same company though. Both locations, US-31 & Stop 11 on the South side and 6th & Shadeland on the east side, are ALWAYS full, so at least they’re still there. But Old Country Buffet was 6th on my top 10 favorite restaurants, and they had the BEST mashed potatoes, fish, ham, and chocolate milk. Had I known they were closing, I would’ve gone there one last time. I’m gonna miss it as much as I miss Borders.

A good time at the bad Old Navy. March 10, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in north.
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So on Jan. 11, after hanging with my best friend Gabriel and going to the comic store, I decided, purely on a whim, to check out the Old Navy at Keystone at the Crossing, since I was so close to the area. Just some background on that one: it’s my least favorite Old Navy store of the three in town. It’s small, mostly women’s clothing, the items are disorganized, the selection is low, my size is rarely in stock, the employees are rude, they count the items you take into the changing room, clothing is smashed together and up a wall, and it’s hard to tell where one section ends and another begins. But to my surprise, I actually had a good experience there for the first time ever. I walked in and I found two pairs of pants (one insulated) and a jacket in my size. The men’s section was paired with the girls’ and the women’s with the boys’, so you could tell what section ended where. The layout itself was neater and not up a wall as much, and the employees were very, VERY nice, attentive, and helpful. It was almost like I was at Greenwood Park Mall or Traders Point, which is saying a LOT! I actually have been back to this location a few times since that day. It still doesn’t offer me as much as the other two locations do, but hey, if I’m in the area, I’ll be inclined to check this store out. It’s been getting better lately and worth a second look, and it didn’t used to be that way!

There are two Wal-Mart stores unlike the others. March 6, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in east, north, south, west.
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Indianapolis has a LOT of Wal-Mart stores, 96th & Hague, 71st & Keystone, 86th & Michigan, 46th & Lafayette, East Washington Street, Southport & US-31, Emerson & Victory Drive, Emerson & County Line, and Pendleton Pike. Wal-Mart stores vary, but most of them are similar. I find the 71st & Keystone, 86th & Michigan, 96th & Hague, and Southport & US-31 locations to be huge. I have never been inside the East Washington Street or Pendleton Pike locations. But the last two, 46th & Lafayette and Emerson & Victory Drive, are the most unlike the others. They are very small compared to the others. It’s hard to navigate where you’re going, the items are not neatly stocked and placed on shelves, and their stock is more limited, so you don’t always find what you need. I try to only go to these two stores IF I’m in the area and IF I’m trying to find a common item; these two are still Wal-Marts and can be very useful, of course, but no way are they a destination stop.

 

Super Bowl Village March 2, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in downtown.
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Indianapolis had the honor of hosting the Super Bowl this year, and they re-did Georgia Streetto host a ‘SuperBowlVillage’ for everyone to go to. I can’t believe they didn’t expect a lot of attendance. By the 2nd Thursday, the Village was already at capacity with the locals! Even I enjoyed it, and I’m not even a sports person! There were soooo many photo opportunities. I even got to see an ice sculpture with the Indianapolis Super Bowl logo freshly made. The Super Bowl stuff even extended to Monument Circle, which had a giant “XLVI” logo and several cars from the Indy 500! I went there a week and a half before the Super Bowl to get pics for the paper and I enjoyed it so much I went back again the Thursday before the Super Bowl. The second time was warmer, but a LOT more crowded! I enjoyed the scenic sights, but I didn’t do the zipline- I have a thing against heights. I checked out the Huddle inside Circle Centre, I got more photos, I saw the ice sculpture, I saw newscasters reporting live, I saw several concession stands, makeshift lounges, heat lamps, trivia booths, and cornhole games going on. Best of all? I saw KATIE STAM at Circle Centre…and she remembered me! I tried to see her sing the national anthem the night before, but I got off work late. We talked for a bit at the escalator on the 1st floor of Circle Centre. It was a tough time getting out- my dad dropped me off and intended to join me, but he never found parking! Ah, I love the social atmosphere and the unusually warm 50-degree weather that was going on that day. I kinda wish Super Bowl Village would stick around past Feb. 5, but that would be impractical. VERY impractical.