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The Year 2013 in Pictures – Indy, SlickLaroo and the Michigan Mitten

What a year 2013 was….BIG changes on all fronts. Life, work and much more has changed in 12 months. So…for all you Indy peeps and beyond, my third year in pictures list.

2012 Year in Pictures Blog
  |  2011 Year in Pictures Blog

The year started off well with the amazing New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at Union Station

The year started off well with the amazing New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Union Station

Shooting a promo video for Red's Classic Barber Shop. I love that place - hot shaves, haircuts and man stuff.

Shooting a promo video for Red’s Classic Barber Shop. I love that place – hot shaves, haircuts and man stuff.

DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Norton Records benefit party with Cheetah Chrome and Deezen.

DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Norton Records benefit party with Cheetah Chrome and Deezen.

I proposed to my wife on live TV in early February 2013.

I proposed to my wife on live TV in early February 2013.

I love roller derby. DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Naptown Roller Girls for three years.

I love roller derby. DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Naptown Roller Girls for three years.

Slick Laroo and I dined at White Castle for Valentine's day 2013

Slick Laroo and I dined at White Castle for Valentine’s day 2013

The Burton's National Maple Syrup Festival is amazing.

The Burton’s National Maple Syrup Festival is amazing.

I love Mutt Strutt. This was my third year to walk in the fun on the most famous race track in the world. Posing at the Brickyard.

I love Mutt Strutt. This was my third year to walk in the fun on the most famous race track in the world. Posing at the Brickyard.

Yes. I do like beer, especially local craft beer. Here I am representing DoItIndy with my cousin Eric (Eat Urban). 30th Annual Brew Ha-Ha at the Phoenix Theatre.

Yes. I do like beer, especially local craft beer. Here I am representing DoItIndy with my cousin Eric (Eat Urban). 30th Annual Brew Ha-Ha at the Phoenix Theatre.

My final Saturday morning with Fox 59 and DoItIndy before moving to Grand Rapids. #BeUrban

My final Saturday morning with Fox 59 and DoItIndy before moving to Grand Rapids. #BeUrban

I got married to the wonderful Slick Laroo.

I got married to the wonderful Slick Laroo.

Slick and I went to the pumpkin patch in the Mitten.

Slick and I went to the Dunneback Farm pumpkin patch in the Mitten.

I started a very cool job at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. I work in new media and community relations.

I started a job at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. I work in new media and community relations.

I got to walk as a Mary Free Bed elf in the Grand Rapids Santa Parade.

I got to walk as a Mary Free Bed elf in the Grand Rapids Santa Parade.

Slick and I decided to become cat people. We adopted a kitty and named her Betty. Nala and Betty and best friends.

Slick and I decided to become cat people. We adopted a kitty and named her Betty. Nala and Betty are best friends.

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First three days in Super Bowl Village – Super Bowl 46

Wow. Three days ago I walked into Super Bowl Village and was just awestruck. Georgia Street, the Indiana Convention Center, The Huddle, Monument Circle were all amazing. Completely fantastic.

The city, Super Bowl Host Committee, Volunteers, workers, law enforcement and more welcomed the world to the doorsteps of Indianapolis. You did a fantastic job. For the last couple of days, I took a series of short, uncut, raw videos from my FLIPcam that the cool dudes at Candidio gave me.  Some of the coolest things I found along the way. Enjoy Indianapolis. Enjoy world.

Let us know how you will DoItIndy at Super Bowl 46!

1. Great fireworks/pyrotechnics show every night in the Village – 9:15pm

2. I got to talk to the Colts SuperFan! This guy is amazing and he truly does love our hometown heroes – the Indianapolis Colts!

3. The magicians from IndyFringe that entertain people in Super Bowl Village.

4. The NFL shop is the BEST store ever for a football fan. Enjoy!

5. Monument Circle – Every night the XLVI boards give you a Super Bowl show!

6. Warmth along Super Bowl Village

Don’t forget to follow DoItIndy and our Super Bowl 46 coverage at www.doitindy.com/superbowl46

September 11, 2011 – 9/11 10 years later in Indy


The DoItIndy Indy Life video of the days events from @blevinswing.

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks got closer and closer, that was all you heard about in the news. TV, radio, internet…everyone was talking about memories, experiences, the future, etc. I woke up on Sunday and I thought about how much things have changed in 10 years. As a country, we are completely different, but yet the same.
I was in Indianapolis 10 years ago, running Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe on Mass Ave. (the space is now Aveda Full Circle Salon). I usually woke up to songs on the radio, but my usual songs were interrupted by talking that morning. After a few drowsy minutes, I finally became aware of what was going on…and I jumped out of bed to find the nearest TV. Wow. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I called my store to make sure all was well and then I went to work. Downtown Indianapolis was a ghost town as many building had been evacuated and during lunch I walked over to the Front Page to see a television, dead silence. I had never been in the bar/restaurant when it had been that quite. I left and closed down our shop early that day as the streets were bare and oddly empty.
The country was scared, but we have fought back. We have fought back and lost the lives of courageous soldiers that are on the front line for our freedom. We remember their sacrifice. We have become more aware at home of potential threats to our safety and hometown. Things have changed, but still they are the same. I feel as if we take for granted how much we really do have as Americans. I’m grateful I can drink my coke and write a blog on whatever I feel the need to talk about. We have freedom.

The Project 911 Memorial on the downtown canal

The crowd gathers for the Project 911 Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.

We visited the memorial dedication for the new Project 911 Memorial on the canal downtown. Was a truly moving experience. To see the beams reaching for the sky and the magnificent Eagle perched on the top just makes me feel a love for my country. The two pieces of metal show we will not give up, as Americans we will continue to prosper. Fantastic. The ceremony was moving and it was great to see all the support from bikers, locals, veterans and more.

The mayor speaks

Mayor Greg Ballard speaks at America Remembers on 9/11/11

After the Project 911 dedication, the DoItIndy crew checked out America Remembers at the Rathskeller Biergarten. So many good people, firefighters, city officials and more were on hand for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The event is a fundraiser for Indianapolis firefighters and to date has raised over $100,000 (I can’t remember the exact number). It was very moving to hear firemen speak, the mayor and more. You could feel the energy on the deck as the guns rang out in a salute, balloons were let go and a HUGE flag was unfolded over the Atheneum.

The national anthem was recited and at that point I felt a warm feeling inside of me. It is good to live in the greatest country on earth. I love my country and hope that as time goes on, we as Americans will learn from our mistakes and make the world a better place for us all.

DoItIndy Top 5, Sept. 5-11, 2011 – Never Forget Sept. 11th

The first full week of September gave us a fantastic week full of events. Labor Day came and the chilly weather hit us quickly. Welcome to fall of 2011!
Onto this week’s Top 5 Urban Events….

5. Dracula at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
Who doesn’t know Dracula and who isn’t at least curious to see him on the live stage?! In honor of the Fall, the IRT will be hosting Bram Stoker’s Dracula now through October 1, 2011. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is one of Indianapolis’ best venues to see plays and live performances. Have fun, get into the boo spooky Halloween spirit and see the one and only…Dracula
www.irtlive.com

Dracula

Everybody likes to get a little spooked every now and then...Dracula is at the IRT through 10-1-11.

 

4.  Irvington Farmer’s Market and Art Fair
The second Sunday of each month through October, Irvington gives you one the BEST markets in the city. The market is in Ellenberger Park and goes from 12noon to 3pm. Music, arts, vendors, food and fun. This is the do not miss farmer’s market of Indianapolis in my opinion. I visit this each month to just people watch and always say hello to my boys at Fermenti Artisan – http://www.facebook.com/fermentiartisan.
www.irvingtongardenclub.com

Fermenti Artisan at Irvington Farmer's Market

One of my favorite farmer's markets at Ellenberger Park. I'm a big fan of the Eastside too.

 

3. 45th Annual Penrod Art Fair
It has been coined, “Indiana’s Nicest Day” and I hope that it is true. One of the oldest art fairs in the entire country, the Penrod is not to be missed. On the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) from 9a-5p on Saturday, Sept. 10th. Over 300 art vendors, music, food, beverages and activities for the entire family.
www.penrod.org

Indiana's Nicest Day

The 45th Annual Penrod Arts Fair will be at the IMA on Saturday, Sept. 10th.

 

2. Out of the Darkness Community Walk
This Saturday join the DoItIndy crew as we walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Central Indiana Chapter). Non-profit work is a big part of what we are about as a show, especially in our local Indianapolis community. A friend we met out one night, Amy Pauszek, turned us onto this and we are proud to be an official sponsor of the 2011 walk. Suicide is a touchy subject and we hope to raise awareness and some funds to help educate our local community.

www.outofthedarkness.org

Out of the Darkness Walk

DoItIndy is proud to sponsor the Out of the Darkness Community Walk

 

1.  America Remember 9-11
Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks on the USA…which we are all too familiar with. This is a solemn occasion for America, but the Rathskeller has started a tradition of America Remembers at the Biergarten. The event starts at 4pm this Sunday with different ceremonies, mayor Greg Ballard will be speaking, bagpipers will be playing, food, drink and more. This is an occasion to not only remember what happened 10 years ago, but to celebrate our independence and freedom as Americans.
I will never forget waking up and going to my coffee and chocolate shop (Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe) on Mass Ave. that morning. I would normally wake up to music on the radio, but as I remember wondering, “what is going on in the world?” as I awoke that morning. It was a day that as an American, I will never forget. We have show over the last 10 years we are strong as a nation, strong as a people, and good will always prevail. That is why I love living in the greatest nation on earth. We always tough it out and make it through whatever comes at us.
I will be at the gathering on Sunday and hope that Indianapolis shows a great turnout. I’m proud to live in the city of Indianapolis and proud to live in my country, the United States of America.
www.americaremembers.org