Ideas for a low-key weekend trip on Metra from Chicago? [more inside]
This frog-like beastie was hanging out next to our pond. It looked to be about three inches long. My best googling makes me think it's a baby bullfrog but I'm a bit confused by the dazzling yellow chin stripe. This is in suburban Bloomington, Indiana.
I'm planning a week-long road trip for me and my dad for the coming spring. The tentative plan is to drive from St. Louis to the small town of Waverly, TN. That's a trip of only 280 miles if we take the shortest route, and could easily be completed in one afternoon... but that's no fun. The Duffell family likes to take leisurely, meandering road trips. Help us take this thing off the interstate and enjoy the scenery. Don't be afraid to take us out of our way. [more inside]
Why aren't there threatened corporate boycotts of states that have placed legal restrictions on women's rights to legal contraception and abortion the way there were threatened boycotts against states that passed "religious freedom" laws discriminating against homosexuals. [more inside]
I can work from anywhere, and I'm considering a move to Indianapolis. I have a few good reasons for doing so, but I'm not sure if it's a place that I'd be happy as a single, introverted 30ish femme lesbian. If you're at all like me, please let me know what it's like to live there! [more inside]
Trying to find a hotel within walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center in the last week of the month and they are ALL booked. I know I've left it late, but what are my options? Getting a bit frantic about it. [more inside]
Recently moved to South Bend IN from Southern MN. In MN there were plenty of local parks and areas that allowed foraging on their land. Around here it seems every single park disallows foraging. Outside of just going to random people (I don't really know anyone around here) and asking to forage on their land are there any areas that allow for open foraging? I've been seeing ramps coming up and it kills me knowing I can't take them.
Apartment complex gave me 3 days notice of either immediate lease renewal with rent increase or a fee for staying month to month. Obviously, details behind cut. Yes yes, I know, you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
My family just moved to Tippecanoe County in Indiana, and we're baffled by the seemingly arbitrary rules that dictate when babies are and are not allowed in bars and restaurants. [more inside]
I just moved back to my hometown after being away for a couple decades. Are there any good alternative stylists around these days? All I've been able to find so far are trendy salons with stylists who don't really listen to me and leave me with soccer mom hair (which is great if that's what you like but it's not what I'm looking for.) Difficulty: neon hair with very difficult to work with texture and thickness combo. Thanks in advance!
At my mother's house in central Indiana and she's been hearing this sound from the woods, all night, for several weeks. Who can identify this? http://clyp.it/rfyfb33n (@ 0:01 and 0:014)
I'm trying to get to the bottom of something that happened over the weekend -- to nutshell, was cuffed and placed in a holding cell and charged with an OWI. Never been in trouble before. Looking for a lawyer, but seem to either be told that they have fees that I could never afford to pay, or that they can get me into a diversion program which I'm pretty sure is offered to first time offenders anyway. Help? Details behind cut. [more inside]
Tomorrow I'm driving from Indianapolis to Terre Haute, and have 3-4 hours longer than I need to make the drive. Any good detours or stops I should consider? [more inside]
Central Indiana - I need elder care help today! Please help us! [more inside]
Our nephew will be attending the Kelley (sp?) Business School of the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He will not have a car, and will be living in the dorms. Mrs. W and I would like to get him some gift certificates to nice eateries within walking distance. What restaurants do you recommend?
This summer (mid June) I am carting my family off to a wedding in Bloomington, IN. However, due to various issues, we are flying into and out of Chicago and then driving down. So I need suggests for where to stop along the way so that I don't kill my kids (5 and 2 years old), and they don't go crazy from boredom. [more inside]
Coincidence or something real? Two "relatives" have contacted me with a similar story: born to teenage mothers in Indianapolis in the 1960s or 1970s. Was there a home for unwed mothers there? [more inside]
What are the must see spots, best time of year, and best route on a road trip around Lake Michigan? [more inside]
We're looking for a bakery that can make us a small cake or a small batch of cupcakes with a mind to allergy restrictions (nuts and dairy are the major concerns, but there are a few other items we'd like to avoid as well) somewhere in the vicinity of Indianapolis or Bloomington, IN. Having someone deliver to those areas might also be an option if the price isn't astronomically high. Google turns up one bakery that can accommodate the dairy restrictions, but not the nut restrictions. Any recommendations, or do I need to get out the spray bottle and apron and figure out how to do this myself...?
My friend is moving with her family to West Lafayette, Indiana to take a position at Purdue, and has asked me to consult the Hive Mind for advice. They're coming from a big city, so small town living will be new to them, and they're looking to buy a house. What neighborhoods should they be looking at? [more inside]
Where's the best place to get pie in Bloomington, Indiana? [more inside]
I am traveling to Indiana from California for work. I need to get from South Bend to Indianapolis. I was originally planning to just rent a car, but I've never driven on snowy roads and my family is convinced I'm going to kill myself. Can you help me travel safely? [more inside]
It appears as though my wife and I will be driving from Toronto, Canada to San Diego between Christmas and New Year's because that's what life presents you with sometimes. We're on a timetable so we can't stop at every cool thing, but it would be nice to find some scenic spots and local chow that isn't Denny's. Route and other details inside. [more inside]
Are there any reliable, local high-speed options in the Indianapolis area without data caps? [more inside]
Sold my old house: is it legal for the new owners to change the locks and start working inside the house prior to closing? [more inside]
[Very last minute U.S. Midwest travel filter] Going to be in Bloomington for a conference and then have a couple days planned in Chicago...what to do with the three extra days? [more inside]
I'm going to be working in a corn field in Noblesville, IN, for three days. Do you have recommendations for either the field work or restaurants in Noblesville? [more inside]
Have 10 days vacation and would like to take a cheap vacation within 1 day drive of South Bend, IN. (Say 10 hrs on road, one-way.) 2 people and we don't have much money ($1500 but maybe pushing it). Don't have to spend all 10 days away but at least 7. Have any cabin suggestions with nice towns or sights nearby? Hoping to eat out once at a decent non-chain restaurant for my birthday. Feel free to post vacation-planning sites if you have any.
Road Trip (!!!) Filter: Show me a good time between Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI. [more inside]
My wife really likes run down tourist attractions and old fashioned "medical" spas, both of which are found in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For her birthday this month I need something closer to Indiana (within 200 miles of Indianapolis). Recommendations? [more inside]
My dad died intestate, in Indiana, in 2003. My mom took all of his estate. [more inside]
I was pulled over for speeding and the state trooper claimed he smelled marijuana and was going to call out the K9 unit. Ultimately nothing happened, but I have questions about the situation and procedures. [more inside]
My boyfriend is about to face a court date next week for a furnishing alcohol to a minor charge.... he would gladfully face punishment for this crime, however, he didn't furnish alcohol to a minor. The prosecutor wants him to accept the plea agreement and not waste anyone's time. My boyfriend just doesn't want it on his record. Any ideas? [more inside]
Driving between Cleveland and Milwaukee with a day to spare; any ideas about interesting things to see? Not that interested in Cedar Point. Leaving the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to go to Alpine Valley Music Theater for Pearl Jam's 20 Anniversary concert, if that context will help. Like national parks along with man made attractions.
What are the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Bloomington, Indiana? What else should I be sure to do while I'm there for a conference this weekend?
Birthday gift for dad to turn his focus to other non-work parts of his life? [more inside]
Help me find books (and authors) that are similar to Clive Cussler for a gift for my dad. Indiana Jones-ish derring-do! With author recommendations... where to start? [more inside]
Indiana Real Estate - can you recommend any real estate professionals (buyer's agent, good inspector, or lawyer)? [more inside]
My fiancee and I are looking for wedding reception halls in Bloomington, Indiana. We've looked at Indiana University's Memorial Union but we're having some difficulty finding other venues. If anyone is familiar with this area or has gotten married here, can you suggest some other places to look at? Thanks!
YANAL, but that's what I need. How do I go about finding a decent child support attorney in Indianapolis? [more inside]
Is the fact that someone looks young legally enough reason to pull them over? [more inside]
My fiance and I just graduated from Purdue and we're preparing for moving to California... him to San Francisco (job at Dreamworks) and me to Los Angeles (grad school at UCLA). Pre-dreamworks-job-offer, we thought we would both be in LA, so all the problems/considerations for the move pretty much just doubled. Not to mention that when it is all said and done, we're going to be doing the long-distance thing for at least a year. I know that we're capable people and can get through this just fine together, but I'm kind of overwhelmed at the moment and could use some advice. [more inside]
What neighborhood of Indianapolis should I live in? [more inside]
A friend of mine is getting married the last weekend of July. I have some vacation coming up in July/August. This is good. My friend is getting married in Jasper, IN, down in the toe of Indiana. This is... a little daunting, from a vacation standpoint. [more inside]
What are some places/restaurants I can visit while I'm in Indy city? [more inside]
Does anyone know where to get a knockoff Robert Indiana LOVE t-shirt reading LUST? [more inside]
Does any airline fly direct from anywhere in the Los Angeles area to Indianapolis? [more inside]
Movies inspired by films of the 30's-50's? [more inside]
I need suggestions for South Bend, Indiana restaurants. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good bar in South Bend, Indiana? [more inside]
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