garikfest 2012

Last weekend my friend Garik traveled to Indianapolis to visit me and Gretchen. Garik is one of my oldest friends–we’ve been buddies since eighth grade when we used to sit at the same table in science class. He’s been a real vagabond lately, hippying it up in St. Petersburg just blocks from where Jack Kerouac died in a gutter or some shit. Very fitting for Garik…very fitting. He’s been sending me and Gretchen mysterious and random postcards over the past few months, and since our only interaction other than that is through Tumblr, I was pretty excited when he texted me to say that he wanted to come to Indy to visit us in the flesh.

While he was here we ate a lot of good food, drank a lot of alcohol, and listened to a lot of R. Kelly. It was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had since we moved here, and I was really happy for an excuse to mark a couple of things off my Indy to-do list.

Here are some of the highlights:

We went to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library downtown. Garik is the only person I know who might love Kurt more than I do, so it was the perfect Indy tourist spot to take him.

They have this typewriter set up just like the desk where Kurt did a lot of his writing, and they tweet things that people type on the typewriter. Pretty cool.

We also went to the Vonnegut mural. We love Kurt.

We piled into the back of Lamar’s station wagon to go to a burlesque show in Fountain Square, which turned out to be pretty disappointing (the show, not the station wagon…the station wagon is always awesome). Radio Radio is a pretty nice place on the inside, but we got there pretty late and it was so crowded that I really couldn’t see the stage at all since I was the shortest of the bunch. I think it would be a good venue for a concert, but for a burlesque show it’s pretty important that you’re able to see the stage, so that was a bummer. We ended up chilling on the couches near the door and watching Betty Page on the big screen TV before we decided to abort the mission and head next door to go Duckpin Bowling. That was definitely a wise decision.

Note: The next three photos were taken by Garik.

Nice photo-bomb, Amy!

That’s Lamar.

After the game we met up with a few people at Plumps and got continuously drunker until we decided it was time to head to the Broad Ripple Bagel Deli for delicious late night sandwiches. I’m sad that there aren’t any pictures of that, but just know that it was epic, as always.

On Sunday we went to Petite Chou and brunched hard. Gretchen’s food was probably the most photogenic out of everyone’s, but I think it’s safe to say that everything was delicious.

We spent the rest of Sunday lounging around and listening to R. Kelly and drinking Hoosier Mama bloody Marys. All in all, it was a very satisfying weekend.

You can see a few more pictures that Garik took of the weekend on his Tumblr.

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