Black Tie Beach at Fairfax lake Monroe, an Improv Everywhere event

We are going to spend a day at the beach wearing black tie attire! Saturday, August 18th, 2012, from 3pm - 6pm at the Fairfax Beach, Lake Monroe.

Black Tie Beach is an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2010: http://improveverywhere.com/

Everything else about our day at the beach will be normal. Please bring what you would normally bring to the beach (towel, beach bag, sandcastle building tools, beach umbella, Frisbee, kite, etc.) The only unusual thing is that we will be doing all of this in black tie, while acting like it is perfectly normal dress for the beach. Plan on swimming in the ocean in your attire (you should try to find cheap/used clothes.)

It is OK if your clothes are stained, damaged, or ill-fitting. Go to Goodwill or ear that old bridesmaid dress you will never wear again, but please no jokey outfits. Wear dress shoes as well, but there is no need to wear your shoes into the ocean, unless you want to. We recommend wearing a bathing suit underneath your outfit rather than underwear. Bring a change of clothes if you want for afterward.

If anyone asks you why you’re wearing formal wear, reply that you just “felt like dressing up” or “enjoy dressing up at the beach.” Claim that you do not know anyone other than the few people you might be with. Never say it is a prank, stunt, flash mob, or Improv Everywhere event. Keep a straight face!

Black tie. For men this means a black or white tuxedo.  We
ar a dark suit with a white shirt if you can’t find a tux.For women this means a long evening gown of any color. No wedding dresses (we don’t want to look like we are a wedding party taking photos.)

Bring as many normal beach accessories as you like, see sample list above. Bring sunscreen. Bring a change of clothes. Bring food. Bring a boat (although black tie boating isn't quite as funny). Bring an umbrella beacuse there is no shade at the Fairfax beach. Bring friends if you like, but be sure to share these instructions with them.
It costs $5 to get into the park if you don't have a DNR state park annual entrance permit.

Check out Improve Everywhere's info from last year's Black Tie Beach Event! http://improveverywhere.com/2011/09/12/black-tie-beach-2011-2/

Contact me if you have any questions! kgartell@gmail.com
Or go to the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/447968911892133/


There was a chiropractor thread back in 2010 but I figure it's all right to make a new one two years down the road.

Looking for a good local chiropractor, preferably someone gentle (as I have a lot of complicated preexisting conditions and I'd prefer not to mess up my body even more) and queer+trans friendly if possible. Affordability would also be a plus. Anyone have any recommendations?

PSA: Two county-wide tornado drills scheduled for Wednesday

This is from the HT but it's behind the paywall, so I'm not sure how many people will see it:

Two tornado drills set for Wednesday
By Christy Mullins 331-4266 | cmullins@heraldt.com
March 19, 2012

Two tornado drills will sound in Monroe County Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, officially declared by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The drills are designed to get schools, businesses and families practicing and talking about their emergency plans. The first will sound between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and the second between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

In the event of actual severe weather, the drill will be postponed to the next day.

It’s the one day of the year the county has every siren checked for correct operation “by putting eyes and ears on them,” said emergency management director Jim Comerford. The rest of the year, the sirens are monitored electronically each morning and night.

“It’s important that everyone, regardless of where they are when severe weather strikes, knows what to do and where to go,” he said.

Comerford stressed that the sirens are for outdoor warnings only. He also recommends a weather radio for all homes, especially homes that aren’t close to sirens. “If you can hear one in your home, that is good, but not the intent,” he said.

Text message and email alerts from the National Weather Service also are a good idea, Comerford said. The county does not have plans for its own text messaging alert system.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week is statewide, with Indiana University and surrounding counties also participating.

The university will use IU-Notify, an electronic emergency notification system, for two tornado drills between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., both coinciding with the county’s drills.

Messages will be sent via email, text, social media, digital signage, campus cable TV and campus websites to students, faculty and staff. according to a university press release. The messages will be clearly marked as tests.

This is the first time in recent years that no IU campus is on spring break during the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week. The drills, part of “Operation Stormy Weather” on all IU campuses, are designed to encourage faculty, staff and students to be prepared for the tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, lightning and flooding that come with spring. That means reviewing shelter plans for the buildings where they work and have classes, then finding those shelters when the drills sound.

Emergency officials in Greene County will hold a free tornado spotters course, open to the public this week.

“Damage can still be seen from last year’s tornadoes in Indiana,” said Roger Axe, director of the Greene County Emergency Management Agency. “It seems the fury of tornadoes is on the rise all across the nation and Indiana has not been spared, and this is just the beginning of tornado season.”

The tornado spotters course will be this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Greene County Fairgrounds between Bloomfield and Switz City.

PSA: Road Work

Here is the latest road work schedule, according to the HT:


1. As part of the Ind. 45/46 Bypass reconstruction project, INDOT is changing the following traffic pattern changes, starting Tuesday:

Ind. 45/46 between 10th Street and Third Street: Traffic will be shifted to allow the construction of the eastbound lanes.

Third Street between Pete Ellis Drive and Hillsdale Drive: Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.

College Mall Road from Third Street to Second Street: Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.

Ind. 45/10th Street from Ind 46 to west of Pete Ellis Drive: Traffic will be shifted to allow the reconstruction of southbound Ind. 45.

2. Starting Monday, 17th Street will be closed between Jordan Avenue and the Ind. 45/46 Bypass for a pipe replacement. The closure is scheduled for two days, with work anticipated to begin at 8 a.m. No through vehicle traffic will be allowed, however local residents will have access.

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Can anyone direct me to a place for reasonably priced alterations? I have a top and a dress that need to be taken in a bit. The only place I know of is a dry cleaner in "the shoppes" on college mall.