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Hammond2A this party in Hammond, Indiana, some natives confirmed for me that Jean Shepherd’s 1983 movie A Christmas Story (based on his book and narrated by him) was set in Hammond, Indiana, his home town. When I got home after the party, I Googled Indiana jokes. Nice try, Hoosiers, but none of those jokes could be applied to Hammond– at least not as I experienced it on Kansas Street. My host was an ophthalmologist with four smart, talented Hammond3kids, one of whom had just graduated from high school.  There was a piano and a HARP in the living room!  Sophisticated, worldly, witty people, just hanging out in Ron’s driveway, being drawn by me.  I loved the repartee!  The puns! The nuances! I love it when people get what I’m doing, which is a form of lying, and lie right back to me—to test me.  As, for example, the top punster telling me that he works for the city—cutting grass.  Ha.


Hammonders apparently think they’re living in a suburb of Chicago.  They just hop the South Shore train to take in some art on Michigan Ave or soak Hammond5up Lincoln Park.

I loved this party on Kansas Street. The best gigs are gigs where I learn stuff and stereotypes are toppled.

Somebody needs to post more up-to-date Indiana jokes.

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It’s the place to be and be seen on New Year’s Eve.  Fourteen-hundred Hoosiers can’t be wrong.

About eight years ago, some bright people at the Indiana State Museum in down town Indianapolis thought of throwing a New Year’s Eve party for parents and their kids.  There must have been some nay-sayers when this proposal was initially being evaluated, as in no-one-will-go-to-a-museum-on-New-Year’s-Eve.  It’s been a smashing success from the beginning!

Easy to see why.  The space is grand, made for major events, with a three-story atrium and a cross walk on the third floor, where I had the privilege of being set up to draw the party goers.  They were parents with school age kids, mostly.  The party goes from 6:00 to 9:00, with the balloon drop in the atrium at 8:00.  It’s spectacular, festive and, I’m sure, a fond memory when the kids are grown up.  Every city and town should have such a wholesome way of celebrating New Year’s Eve.

Thank you David, Katie and Petra!  I hope to gasp at that balloon drop again in 355 days. Class act! —————————————————————–

























































































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