Sunday, October 21, 2007


I lived in Lafayette, Indiana on 3 seperate occasions. Altogether I lived there for 6.5 years. For most of those 6.5 years I wondered: what in the world does THAT t-shirt slogan mean? (go ugly early) I found out that it was Harry's pub's way of encouraging college students to come into the pub and start drinking early. I never cared for the slogan, none the less, when i saw a man in the baltimore library today with the t-shirt, i had to speak up!

"I haven't seen that slogan since I lived in Indiana!" I exclaimed.

"I went to Purdue U." the man replied.

"Wow!" "Me too, what class are you?"

"class of 04 he exclaimed" (perhaps we passed each other in that small town since i did live there from 03 to 05)

"What's your degree in, and did it serve you well?"

"This degree, (pointing to the pub logo on his shirt!) served me well!"

"You know what I miss about Indiana?"

"what's that"

"Not having to watch my back constantly,,,,,,,,,,,,soo safe!" I exclaimed.

"You got that right" he said. I asked him how he's adapting to that aspect of things. "I'm adapting, but it's like night and day with the crime thing"

"Yup" I said.

"Well, have a good one" I said.

"Yes, you too and good luck with everything" he replied.


Dan said...

come back to indiana!

becky624 said...

do i know you dan? ;) are you danny rosenthal? The problem with coming back to Indiana is that I had no social support there and no subsidized housing. I aggressively (i even job hunted at the mall for my 40th birthday with no money in my pocket at all)
for the entire 2 years I was in IN. It's just that, even though it's safe there, I want to move forward in life. I want to thrive, not just survive. Ya know what I mean!

I feel drawn to Berkeley, Portland, Taos and such. But moving takes moolah, moolah, moolah!

elana snyder said...

There's no question that even though my conditions in Lafayette were also deplorable at least I felt safe. The only reason I went back to Baltimore was because I thought that having a large subsidy to my house and would give me a shot at getting out of poverty, I had no way of knowing that Baltimore subsidized housing would be deadly

According to one of the African American men that were living in my building he felt that our building was the most dangerous life situation he had ever been in he said it's even more dangerous than the Baltimore shelters he was referring to an apartment complex called Walker Mews a subsidized building in Baltimore City