It was 16 below zero on Thursday. Three days later its 70 degrees warmer and Hoosiers are walking around town in flip-flops n party hats.
Apparently we folks here in Indiana are experiencing the coldest Arctic outbreak in a generation. Windchills down to 60 below. At least its supposed to warm up tomorrow.
I’ve been riding my bike a lot this summer and using an app that I really like called STRAVA. It keeps track of your mileage, the routes you ride, satellite maps, your other biker friends, all kinds of stuff. STRAVA keeps everything recorded for you on your own little blog, and, oh yeh… IT’S FREE! Being the hard-core cyclist that I am, I’m always looking for a reason to stop peddling and get off that bike seat, so I tend to take a lot of pictures on my rides and post them on my STRAVA page…. so if you’re curious about what my part of the world looks like, here you go…
What’s new for Hoosier Winter 2015, you ask? …SNOW FENCE!! Of course, I know absolutely nothing about snow fence or how it’s supposed to work, but that didn’t stop me from buying about a mile of it back in November. I quickly put it up and within a week, large portions of it had literally blown out of the ground. (The wind really howls up here). I pounded the fence stakes back into the ground, (a whole lot deeper this time) and they held until last week when the wind decided to REALLY start blowing… and bent the majority of my METAL fence posts in half. Using maximum brain power, I came up with a solution, this touching tribute to old hockey sticks that have fallen in battle. I also like to think of this as a friendly salute to our Canadian neighbors to the north… and possibly a first line of defense against an upcoming zombie apocalypse.
I have discovered an extremely alarming situation concerning Paypal and the internet.
Let’s take a random example… an unsuspecting fellow is haphazardly looking at things on the internet and stumbles upon a page for an Indiana Comic-Con that is taking place an hour away from his house. One keyboard click leads to another and badda-bing badda-boom, the internet and his active Paypal account have ensnared this pitiful, wide-eyed hoosier. He is now hopelessly signed up to participate in something called Kokomo-Con on Saturday, October 18 before he can rationally think through the fact that he has never actually attended any kind of a comic-con in his entire life, much less have any idea what to do at one. Oh, the insidious peril of cruising the internet with an active Paypal account…
…on a totally unrelated note, have I mentioned that I will be appearing on Artist Alley at Kokomo-Con in beautiful Kokomo, Indiana ( home of the world’s largest preserved steer AND the world’s largest sycamore stump!! ) on Saturday, October 18? If you’re in the area be sure to drop by, say hello and for goodness sakes, while you’re in town… go see that stuffed cow!
About a month ago, I was asked to help out with the upcoming sermon series at my church. The next thing you know, I’m knee deep in creating a mini Jonah comic book… which you can have for free if you happen to find yourself in Fort Wayne, Indiana on a Sunday morning at The Pointe Church. My main character seemed to morph into Wolverine with a set of pork chop sideburns and he somehow ended up on a crab boat in the Bering Sea so… all in all… an extremely accurate portrayal of the Biblical story by me… especially that crab boat part!!
Derek Taylor, (the church design guy) directed this project, gave me a layout to follow and very clear art direction such as… “ugly vomit scene, the grosser the better” …YES!!
Derek then took the assorted art assets and put together this really great promotional trailer.