Where are you from?

April 2, 2008
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The terms we use to describe local geography are changing.

â??Central Indianaâ?? is cropping up more often for television stations, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and other organizations that extend well outside of Indianapolis. The term can sweep in as much as a third of the state, and itâ??s increasingly showing up in everything from marketing materials to news stories.

â??Indianapolis areaâ?? seems to suffice for Indianapolis itself and surrounding counties.

To what extent does Indianapolis figure in your identity?

When you contact customers or friends outside the state, do you say youâ??re in central Indiana? The Indianapolis area? Indianapolis?

Or a place far more specific, like Brownsburg or Broad Ripple?
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  • I generally say Indianapolis.........most of the burbs are not recognized outside of the state unless you've visited here prior
  • We live in Fishers, but if we're out of town and someone asks us where we are from we usually answer that we live just outside of Indianapolis.
  • I am about 2 miles north of Greenwood, but I just say that I am SS of Indy since that is a more logical point on the map.
  • I'm definitely from Indianapolis, Center Township. No suburban confusion for me.

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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