You Know You’re From Evansville When…
From a couple guys that are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to living here, we bring you a list that hopefully makes you smile. Eric Cornish, moved to the area 3 years ago and actually lives in Henderson. Baby Boy was born and raised here as a product of Reitz High School and now a student at USI. There are things we agree on, so enjoy these observations of things that make you say…
YOU KNOW YOU’RE FROM EVANSVILLE WHEN…
…you argue about where the Westside starts
Some say it’s west of Fulton. Others say it’s west of 41. Hardcore Westsiders will say it’s west of St. Joe, of course if that’s true the Westside Nut Club Fall Festival doesn’t even take place on the Westside. One thing is for sure. Westsiders are proud of that fact. People of Evansville say there’s a West vs. East rivalry, but I only hear people say they’re from the Westside. Everyone else says they live in Evansville.
…you’re so used to the smell of sewage, you’ll buy a 1/2 million dollar home next to the water treatment plant
On any given day (especially the hot ones), you can drive across Waterworks Road or Veterans Memorial and smell the stench of moldy, musty, rotten…something. It also emanates from the sewer grates on the corners of many Evansville roads. You almost expect to smell it at some point during your day. If you’re lucky enough to be near Fulton Avenue and Columbia, it may be momentarily masked by the smell of baking bread, but otherwise pinch that nose and try and bear it. Crazy though that a view of the Ohio River is enough to make people want to buy a house that sits right next to the source of this pungent odor.
…you embrace Grippos and Ski as “hometown products” even though they’re not from here
…a week before October, you start thinking how good every food you eat would be fried
…you’re proud of Rosie O’Donnell and Roseanne Barr
…you refuse to believe you’re in the south, because you’re in Indiana
From, extending interstates, to widening lanes, to changing directions of downtown, one-way roads, to taking stop lights out of our expressway, there’s always some kind of road construction happening in Evansville. You could probably steal one of the barrels and use it as your nightstand and no one would ever know. There will be plenty left over if you do. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
If you ever travel Waterworks Road, you know you won’t be able to for at least 5 weeks out of the year. That road is on more than just a flood plane…it’s part of the river, that just stays dry part of the time. If you live near Burdette Park, you might want to know all the different routes back to town, just in case a quick storm comes through and turns your street into a creek.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Evansville and southern Indiana are full of Catholic folks with a German heritage. Many restaurants offer German Slaw, German Fries, German Potato Salad, German Sausage, German Beer, and a choice of Rye Bread on the side. That makes sense. What doesn’t is the abundance of Strombolis in Evansville. Not sure we have a huge Italian influence, but the folks around here sure do like ground up Italian sausage on a hoagie roll. Not complaining because they are AMAZING!
Turn me loose in the basement of 100 year old building and I’m pretty freaked out. Put me in there with teenagers dressed as vampires, with strobe lights and pop music, andI feel oddly comforted. The Old Courthouse Catacombs comes to life every October as one of the top haunted houses in the area. While it’s a great production, I can only imagine how scared its patrons would be, having to find their way out of the dark and dirty underground tunnels without all the pomp and circumstance. I’ve heard the tunnels lead under the street to the old jail and the Coliseum. I’m freaked out just typing about that tour.
…you’ve listened for a train whistle before you turn onto a road
I’m sure other towns have more railroad crossings than Evansville, but I don’t know of many who have so many in the middle of major roads and intersections. The good news is if you see a train coming, you can usually beat it to the next intersecton, or maybe hit the next block where there’s an overpass. Westsiders, you know what I’m talkin’ about!
While Evansville does have its quirks, I know we wouldn’t like living here if it didn’t, so embrace it and let us know if there’s any we missed!