We’re in Indianapolis right now. We decided to make the trip out to visit my sister.
She is doing remarkably better by the way, but I’ll update on her condition in another post.
This is about the Indianapolis New Year’s celebration last night.
The friend that I stay with doesn’t live in a ritzy neighborhood in the best part of town, but it isn’t the slums either. Typical quiet, friendly middle class neighborhood.
He warned me yesterday about this but I took his warning with a grain of salt. Back home, we hear fireworks that could be mistaken for gunfire all night long on New Year’s Eve…but I couldn’t believe what we heard coming from all around us last night here in Indy.
It sounded like freaking Fallujah out there.
Obvious semi-automatic gunfire everywhere. Mainly sounded like pistol fire, but one series of 10 or 12 shots sounded amazingly like 7.62×39 and I heard a couple off in the distance that could have been 5.56 fire. A couple of blasts that could have been fireworks, but sounded more like shotguns.
I’ve lived in several big cities in my life…some with less than stellar reputations and often in somewhat less than “high class” neighborhoods and I’ve NEVER heard anything like that.
I kept expecting to hear lead raining down on the roof at any minute.
And what’s even more amazing…not a single mention of it in the paper this morning.
People wantonly firing guns into the air in celebration of the new year has apparently become so unremarkable in Indianapolis that it doesn’t even rate a single line of print in passing mention.