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During the past 12 months I’ve written 20 articles, nearly two a month if I’ve got my math right. Just before Christmas the Website reached ten-thousand visits. Early in December as I checked to see how close we were I could feel a sense of accomplishment and anticipation…especially when it got to 9,997, 9,998… Just after Christmas I spoke with good friend and actual real – professional – writer, Steve Tally, and among other things, we talked of our writing and blogging. (He’s decided somewhat reluctantly, I think, that he needs to start blogging.)

Steve pointed out that ten-thousand “hits” is quite a milestone, a real achievement. Well, as I have seen other blogs – including Matt Drudge’s The Drudge Report that get a bazillion hits every day (ok, maybe just several thousand or several hundred thousand in a day) I wasn’t so sure ten-thousand was really so many. Regardless, I am thankful for you, my readers and commenters. I have enjoyed writing this year, even in spite of those occasions I would call growing pains, or more specifically, pieces that could have been better (much better). Regardless, I have been encouraged by you.

I am presently listening to fellow Hoosier Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions. As I listen I am constantly returning in my mind to the prologue to the book, in which he states, after being asked, “How do you feel about the book?” “I feel terrible!” I have stated more than once these past two weeks that I too, often feel this way. But as Vonnegut did, I keep writing. It is a daunting prospect in many ways. I can say, though, without question, I am glad I started it and have enjoyed it, and hope to see Ask A Hoosier grow. You, my readers have made that possible.

I am especially excited about the Contributing Writers and Editors program we hope to get off the ground this year. The prospect of having student writers from high schools and colleges all over the Hoosier state becoming the core and backbone to AAH’s creative life is truly exciting. If you know of a high school or university student who wants to or ought to write, send him or her our way. If you are a teacher in the writing or a related “trade”, or know of one who might be interested, contact us or send him or her our way, too. This can develop into something unique to all of blogging everywhere. And why not begin in Indiana? Hoosiers have always been known for their ingenuity and self reliant confidence. Here’s a chance to show it.

I hope to see this experiment continue to grow. I don’t know the future, of course, but I have enjoyed being a part of Ask A Hoosier.com so far. Thank you for playing your very important part.

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You have got to give them credit, those that get up early – sometimes very early – to go to work. I too, get up very early – too early on most days, and I’d rather be sleeping. In and of itself it is an admirable quality – the ability, the willingness to get up really early to work. These guys are part of a uniquely dedicated group. As it turns out, though, it seems they may be misdirecting their energies in alarming fashion.

It is fascinating these people are willing to do what they do, but then on top of that, they can get themselves to do it so early. Double kudos; reminds me of the Darwin Awards. Let’s see a sample list of those that set the bar …well, if not high, then at least early:

5:17 a.m.: Burglary reported; perpetrator shot, killed. Also involved a stolen car and the eventual shooting death of the accused, by police after he allegedly attempted to run them over with the stolen car. Goods from the burglary were found in the car. It’s likely the guy was up and raring to go as early as 4 am.
(Terre Haute Tribune Star, Dec 15, 2011)

2:15 a.m.: Stabbing; stuck a fellow bar patron. Apparently prior to stabbing the guy, he had told his latest victim of other crimes he had “committed involving children.” Clearly this guy was still on duty from the previous day. (Brazil Times, Dec 15, 2011)

4:30 a.m.: Chopping car with ax. Started with a guy’s dogs barking, then was asked to quiet them. Instead, he got mad and took out the trusty old ax, breaking out the requestor’s car windows. The wielder then tried to get onto the victim’s property but was discouraged by a loaded Airsoft rifle and the words, “I will kill you” (which, I think, an Airsoft gun will not do, but the ax wielding guy apparently did not know the difference). This guy was obviously up well before 4 a.m. (Chesterton Tribune, Dec 14, 2011)

3:18 a.m.: Professional golfer gets drunk and yells. Evansville native Jeff Overton, a former Indiana University player, was arrested for, among other things, resisting police when they attempted to subdue him. It culminated in his yelling at people from inside a limousine on a Bloomington street. He was arrested once before – in 2007, also for public intoxication. Up well before 3 a.m., this guy is almost as dedicated as the Brazil Stabbing guy. (Evansville Courier and Press and Bloomington Herald-Times, Dec 14, 2011)

3 a.m.: Gets car stuck in ditch, pulls handgun on police officer, gets killed. Actually just after 3 a.m, but no matter. This guy is suspected of shooting a deputy (thankfully the officer is alive and recovering). The suspect and his woman were found hiding under the deck of a home and ordered to come out by state police. They tried tasing, but to no avail. At some point he drew a pistol on the troopers and, well, Darwin’s idea of the “survival of the fittest” came into play. Another award for the earliest of the early. Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Dec 15, 2011)

5:23 a.m.: Apartment robbery. Three individuals knocked on the door of an apartment in Kokomo, and for some reason, the victim opened the door to have the three force their way in. One of the bad guys was half-smart enough to wear a bandana over his face. Cash was taken. Clearly they had to be up planning their workday well before 5:00. Kudos. (Kokomo Herald, Dec 12, 2011)

2:55 a.m.: Some kind of Class A misdemeanor worth $10,000. Pendleton police arrested a woman near Craigville. Bond was set at $10,000 on a Class A misdemeanor charge. (Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Jan 3, 2012)

1:00 a.m.: Meth-manufacturing. Actually, this is a stretch on the researcher’s part; the article actually does not state that the guys were up and diligently working at this early hour, so they cannot be given full credit here (not without additional qualifying information). It was the tip-provider we can credit with the Extreme Rise and Shine Award. It states that “a tip was received….” At 1:00 in the morning. However, the police did arrest two Jasonville (Sullivan County) men on methamphetamine and other charges. They’re both also facing outstanding arrest warrants in Greene County. The men were “found … inside a shed where they were said to be staying. Police also found items commonly associated with the use and manufacture of methamphetamine, according to a Clay County Sheriff’s Department news release.” (Terre Haute Tribune Star, Jan 4, 2012)

12:21 a.m.: Domestic battery. Anderson police arrested a man Monday at his home. He is being held without bond on a charge of Class A misdemeanor. (Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Jan 3, 2012)

1:12 a.m.: Public intoxication. Alexandria police arrested a woman on Indiana 9. According to the news report, “Bond was set at $5,000 on charges of Class D felony driving while intoxicated, Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.” Now, in all fairness, this did occur on New Year’s Day, so I would argue she gets extra credit for being willing to work on a national holiday. (Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Jan 3, 2012)

2:30 a.m.: Gunfire deaths in apartments. A man and a woman were killed in two separate incidents overnight on the Northwest and West sides of Indianapolis. (Indianapolis Star, Jan. 3, 2012)

3:48 a.m.: Fast Lube Robbery Attempt. This also included charges of public intoxication (What?!). A pair of 23-year-olds, presumably boyfriend-girlfriend, was caught shortly after the attempt was reported to police and they were followed by a witness. By the way, the newspaper photographs of the attempters seems to show that perhaps these two were not all that alert after all; they looked a bit bleary, maybe stunned since, after all, it was police mug shots that the paper had. (Kokomo Herald, Dec 31, 2011)

And in the end, no-kidding kudos to that reporting witness who was also apparently up and at ‘em at a very early hour. Somehow, I have the impression that person was actually up doing something legitimate.

See now, that refutes the argument I got from my parents when I was in high school: that nothing good happens after midnight.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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