Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Armpit of America

Actually I don’t live in the armpit of America. I think that’s Cleveland (or maybe New Jersey?). Muncie, Indiana, is more like the elbow of America; the dull, nondescript elbow.

The only exciting thing to happen to this town in years is the CBS reality show, “Armed & Famous,” which was filmed here this past fall.

For the uninitiated, A&F takes 5 “celebrities” – Eric Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne, Trish Stratus (who?) , and Jason “Wee Man” Acuna (from “Jackass”) – and puts them on the mean streets of Muncie as reserve police officers. It’s a ridiculous show, but it’s cool to see the sights, sounds, and streets of my adopted hometown on national TV.

The show mostly centers around the crack- and white-trash-ridden “south side” of town. I live in the boring crack-free suburbs north of the city.

What I learned from the show: There are crack whores in Muncie who will give you a b.j. for $20. Cool!

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