Indianapolis Monthly July 2018

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drifting apart?

Between having a panic attack over swimming lessons (belated apologies to lifeguard Kris for leaving claw marks in her neck) and falling into an unresponsive stupor at the thought of water moccasins lurking underneath lakeside docks, I lived a land-locked childhood. I’ve stayed relatively dry (and pale) well into my 40s, never giving much thought to what makes life near the water so special. At the other end of the spectrum is my Coppertone-tinged girlfriend, Lynn, whose family has enjoyed a lake home near Columbus for decades. For Lynn and her brothers, who have shared the retreat since it was passed down from their father, a weekend there includes boat rides, cookouts, and sunset-watching. I’ve been several times—it’s great—but given my neuroses, I can’t stick it out any longer than 24…

ups and downs

“I got lost at Kings Island because I couldn’t decide whether to get a frozen banana or go on another ride. Half of my family went one way and half went the other; I went to the lost-kids shelter.” –ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS ART DIRECTOR “I took my 5-year-old son to Kings Island for his first roller coaster ride last year. He turned to me on the way down the first hill and, with the biggest smile, said, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life!’” –DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR “When my brother worked at Disney World, a Haunted Mansion rider complained of swallowing a big cloud of dust. They shut the ride down to investigate and discovered someone at the front had been spreading the ashes of a loved one.” –SUMMER…


Chris Ryan When the Indiana legislature legalized CBD oil this year (p. 59), freelance writer Chris Ryan wondered if medical marijuana might be next. “It’s crazy how much support there is among Hoosiers for that,” he says. But Ryan cautions supporters to be realistic. “Indiana just got around to allowing Sunday alcohol sales.” Jessica Nunemaker Freelance writer Jessica Nunemaker is no stranger to the lure of Indiana’s lakes (p. 62). “Every summer, we used to head up to Lake Michigan where my aunt had a beach house,” she says. “As a family, we still frequently hit up the lakes around us for a change of pace.” Matt Gonzales Freelance writer Matt Gonzales had lots of questions for tech entrepreneur Chris Baggott (p. 78). But one ruled them all: “What’s your secret?” Apparently, reading a lot…


“Since Jill’s bike was discovered close to our neighborhood, this article holds a special significance. It brought a tear to my eye.”—DEBBIE FLANIGAN ALBERT, via Facebook“Superb. Required reading for Koryta fans.”—JEFF STONE, via Facebook“I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that people who never knew Jill still think of her.”—BRIAN BEHRMAN, via Twitter“I remember when this happened. So scary and sad.”—MICHELLE FIGLEY, via Facebook WHAT’S THE MOST TRAGIC CRIME IN INDIANA HISTORY? VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY.COM/POLLS #ICYMI Our online stories you might have missed. NEW ’DO DESTINATION Five things to know about Indy’s first Drybar location. HOOSIER AUTHOR Our review of Chris White’s debut novel, The Life List Of Adrian Mandrick. REMEMBERING INDIANA One man’s eulogy to the Hoosier artist Robert Indiana. Rough Neighborhood I enjoyed Cleveland Dietz’s story on the revised Naplab map…

any luck?

The last time Andrew Luck threw a pass in a game, Barack Obama was president. Now, three years after he first injured his throwing shoulder, the Colts say that our franchise QB is (supposedly, FINALLY) going to be chucking balls at training camp this month. Let’s just say we’re tempering our expectations. Andrew Luck THE COLTS MAY BE KEEPING MUM ABOUT THEIR $140 MILLION GOLDEN BOY’S TRUE CONDITION. Remember: It wasn’t until January 2017, when owner Jim Irsay tweeted about Luck’s recent surgery, that we learned the true extent of what had been plaguing No. 12 for the previous year and a half. Then Luck was supposed to be recovered by training camp 2017 … and then by the beginning of the regular season … and then in late May 2018, new…

holiday world

Stay hydrated. Of the free drinks around the park, water and Gatorade are better bets than soda. Ditch the purse and use the wristband-scannable smart lockers. Ride the big stuff early or late. Do the Splashin’ Safari water park in the middle. The free sunscreen is SPF 50. Slather it on thick. Skip socks—sandals and swim shoes rock. Work back to front in the water park, or you’ll never make it to big draws like the Wildebeest. Pet parents, relax and board Buffy in one of the park’s kennels, $20 (air-conditioned) or $10 (outdoor) per day. Plan to take your family Christmas card photo. A giant Santa statue—a vestige from when the spread was known as Santa Claus Land—greets guests at the entrance.…