Tribune Staff Report
ELKHART — The recent summer heat apparently was too much for an Elkhart man who needed to mow his lawn.
A 31-year-old man was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Friday for mowing his front lawn in the nude, according to Elkhart city police.
Officers were called to a home in the 2300 block of Cassopolis Street on complaints about the nude mower.
Police arrested the man on a charge of public indecency.
I thought this story was funny enough, but it got even better after watching the local news. They reported that the man was wearing nothing but--get this--"a dog collar and sandals."
I'm having this mental image of him riding along on his mower (no word if it was a push mower or a riding one, but in my imagination, it's a riding one) wearing nothing but a smile, a dog collar, and his sandals, and singing, "Greeeeeen acres is the place to be!" Gee...I wonder if alcohol could have been involved in this incident?
Another big story from last night, and still being reported on today, was an apartment fire caused by a lightning strike. I believe the numbers were 4 apartments destroyed by fire, and the 8 apartments beneath them with severe water damage. The news tonight reported that, if I recall correctly, 70% of renters don't have renters' insurance. Could that be true? I don't mean to sound...incredulous, I guess is the best word, but everyone does know that it's important to have insurance to protect your personal belongings, even as a renter, right? Maybe it's a lot more expensive in other states, but in Indiana, it's very reasonable. From the very first apartment I ever had, I always had renters' insurance. Especially after I got divorced and was on my own, I knew that having to replace everything I had would have put me in the poorhouse, and I certainly wouldn't have been able to replace the nice things I had, like my Bose 901 speakers (still got 'em, too). If you live in an apartment, don't take the chance of losing everything you have and everything you've accumulated over the years. PLEASE get renters' insurance and protect yourself! This local apartment fire wasn't the fault of anyone--no one was smoking in bed, no one set the fire, it was a lightning strike that ignited it. It definitely happens, and don't risk seeing all your hard work go up in flames!
Last week, I made some baked pasta, and there is plenty left, so we're having that tonight, along with roasted garlic and bread and a salad. I'm getting hungry! Oh, and I got a call from Mom this afternoon, and she said they'd just had one of my brownies and they were really good--she said they were very much like Aunt Margaret's, except she made hers a little thinner and she also put nuts in them. I said that the recipe called for nuts, but I've never liked nuts in my brownies. What is your brownie preference?