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Enjoying East Washington Street November 11, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in east.
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I’m really enjoying going down East Washington Street lately. It’s nice to see that there aren’t many businesses closing and there’s no continuing deterioration, unlike West 38th Street. And I’m really starting to prefer East Washington Street to Castleton lately. Castleton has had a ton of construction all year. When one area finishes, another begins. Castleton also seems to be getting more uppity and catering to the well-to-do and the upper-middle class. I’ve noticed this ever since Borders left. I’ve been hanging out on East Washington Street more since A) Teppanyaki opened and B) the Aeropostale there is more likely to carry XL T-shirts and size 34 shorts. East Washington Street has a middle-class flavor to it, and I’m really finding that intriguing and charming these days. The best part of East Washington Street starts at I-465 and stretches about half a mile past Mithoeffer. I never thought I’d hit up Cherry Tree Plaza again after Comic Carnival East moved and closed, but then Teppanyaki moved into that strip mall. Plus, I’m liking Washington Square Mall more and more, even with Teriyaki Japan’s departure. Castleton Square is turning into Fashion Mall Jr., which is annoying me. (Basically, a LOT more stores are women’s clothing stores or only offer products that either appeal exclusively to the upper class or that only the upper class can afford.) I like going to Washington Square because, despite the vacancies and lack of shoppers, it has the middle class feel that Castleton Square used to have back in 2010. Their Aeropostale usually has my size, and it’s actually the best one among the four in town. Sui Feng Ju has the best value of smoothies of anywhere I found- 32 oz. Size for $3! (And that’s their small!) And I think it’s AWESOME that there’s a Target in the mall as an anchor store! This will get me to shop at Target more than anything else they’ve tried. Plus, I haven’t seen construction on East Washington Street for more than a year now. So yeah, I’m definitely liking the area. And to anyone who says it’s full of crime: I HAVEN’T witnessed any crime here ever. I HAVE witnessed crime in Castleton.

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Target vs. Wal-Mart, October 2012 edition November 3, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in east, miscellaneous, north, south, west.
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While I really, REALLY like Target more than Wal-Mart, I prefer to shop at Wal-Mart ’cause every time, Wal-Mart’s prices are cheaper for what I’m looking for. People say that Target is cheaper than Wal-Mart and I give them my “WTF?” face, usually reserved for Lady Gaga’s music videos. I ask them what they mean and they can’t really elaborate. People also tell me that Target has higher quality items than Wal-Mart, which I can see in theory, but again I put on my “WTF?” face, ’cause I can’t really understand how the same size, same name-brand item can be higher quality at one store over another. But I was curious to see if I was right, so I did some price hunting for products I usually buy at Wal-Mart and Target.

I found that Wal-Mart was cheaper or the same as Target in every case except the Irish Spring 8-pack of soap, and some items sold at Wal-Mart aren’t even stocked at Target. One of my friends who works at the Nora Target tells me that each Target prices differently, which is a valid point. There are six Targets in Indianapolis- 3 North, 1 East, 1 West, and 1 South. However, after further investigation, I find that the Glendale, Nora, Castleton, West 38th Street, and Washington Square Mall Targets are ALL more expensive than my close Keystone Wal-Mart. (I’ve never been to the South Side Target at the deadly Emerson & Southport.) It’s a shame, really. I like the atmosphere, order, people, cleanliness, service, stock, classiness, and design of any Target FAR more than any Wal-Mart and really would rather shop at Target. I just wish they’d lower their prices.

Halloween 2012 update November 2, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in east, miscellaneous.
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OK, so we ended up NOT doing dinner Halloween 2012. Apparently the east side Ryan’s now closes at 8 p.m. Shame about that. We showed up there at 8:15, VERY hungry, and they were closing up! Of course, the South Side Ryan’s is open later, but it’s not close to the haunted house we went to- Corpse Manor, located at Post Road Recreation Center (4700 North Post Road). That was pretty nice. Haunted houses don’t scare me. I seriously strutted around that entire haunted house all happy and content like I owned the place, excited as can be! So basically I went with my dad up to my grandma’s for an hour, rushed to Ryan’s and it was closed, hit up Corpse Manor, and then went to Menards to get extension cords. Eh. I have to say last Halloween was definitely better. TWO haunted houses, a FREE dinner at PONDEROSA, and best of all, MICHELLE BRANCH actually TALKED to me at her CONCERT!

Halloween 2011 > Halloween 2012

But Corpse Manor was amazing though. Incredibly worth it.