Monica Roberts

Pizza Run

Filed By Monica Roberts | July 18, 2008 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Bil Browning, hanging out, Indianapolis, Irvington, Jockamo Gourmet Pizza, Marti Abernathey, Monica Roberts, Monica's Road Trips, Polar Bear, Waymon Hudson

Note from Bil: I added some pictures from last night to Monica's post. Click to embiggen.

Yesterday Polar and I decided we wanted to grab a bite to eat . We were in the mood for pizza, and since both of us were off from work we decided to go run out and get some.

In Indianapolis.

Actually, the reason we bypassed our favorite pizza place in Louisville (Impellizzeri's) and drove 100 miles for it was not just because we had the 'we need a road trip' itch that needed scratching,

welcome to IN.jpgIt was an opportunity that popped up to meet newlyweds Waymon and Anthony, see Marti again (I haven't seen her in the flesh since the NTAC Lobby Day in DC last year) and congratulate her personally for being elected as a transgender delegate repping Indiana for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver.

I'd also finally get the opportunity to fulfill my promise for a face-to-face meeting with Bil.

After Polar scooped me up at the house and we battled our way through the late afternoon rush hour traffic trying to get across the Kennedy Bridge to the Indiana side of the Ohio River, we stopped in Sellersburg to get gas.

MonicaPolar.jpgIt's cheaper there than it is here in Louisville, a fact that we in Da Ville gripe about every day. There's an investigation under way by Kentucky's state attorney general Jack Conway as to why we in Da Ville are paying far more for reformulated gas than our neighboring cities Indianapolis, Nashville and Cincinatti.

After Polar filled the tank, off we rolled northward up I-65 at a 70 mile per hour clip to our dinner rendezvous. I-65 is a major truck route and we noted the fact that like us, the truckers had pretty much slowed it down to doing speed limits these days and not because the Indiana State Police were busy patrolling the road in both directions.

We were enjoying life on the road again. Enjoying the scenery and seeing the corn grow at various heights as we passed numerous farms and outlet malls. We recounted past roadtrips as the numbers on the green mile markers on the side of the road steadily climbed up and the highway mileage between us and Indianapolis went down. It wasn't long before we reached I-465, the beltway interstate that loops Indy and headed east on it to the Washington Ave exit and our final stop at a pizza place in Irvington.

As we rode I-465 I noticed a gas price of $3.98 as we talked about the efforts of David Letterman fans back in 2002 to name the entire 60 mile I-465 loop for him. I knew from previous trips that I-65 through Indy was named for singer and Indianapolis native Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and wondered if they were going to name a freeway for another Indy native, Vivica A. Fox. (I love me some Vivica A. Fox)

Polar pointed out the western end of I-465 that runs past the airport and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is named for four time Indy champ (and a fellow Houstonian) AJ Foyt, Jr.

WaymonMarti.jpgWe finally arrived at the pizza place in picturesque Irvington and ran into Marti, who arrived at the same time we did. After we all greeted each other, we were escorted by one of the enthusiastic young servers to the patio area where Bil and the happy couple were waiting for us.

Unfortunately, Jerame wasn't there, but we did spend a wonderful few hours talking shop, plotting the next moves of 'The Gay Agenda', getting to know each other on a personal level, Waymon and I telling a few stories from our airline days, Marti and I talking about some transgender issues, and catching up on the latest political news while Polar broke out his political science degree to pontificate on it.

We also got a good laugh about the latest tired twist to the 'TBP is too Black' spin. The whispers on the GLBT Net now is that the Project is a 'Black gay website'.

All power to GLBT Black people (raising clenched fist in air). Hmm, wish I'd worn my black polo shirt and black beret for the photos now that I've heard that nonsense.

And how was the pizza?

It was great, and so were the people I was eating it with.


(Crossposted to TransGriot)

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As your Projectors can tell, I had a wonderful time yesterday.

I'm looking forward to meeting more of the wonderful people that comprise the TBP family.

Wow. A road trip this weekend and another one next weekend. I better get my camera batteries charged. We will be having a "Dream" weekend. (They're starting to win, now.)

If you like pizza, I'll take you to Christo's. It's a Greek and Italian and the food is great.

Waymon and Anthony, you got a place to stay over night on your way down I-75.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 18, 2008 11:25 PM

I'm sure your pizza is better than mine! Gas used to always be less in Kentucky than Indiana because of lower state taxes. Has that changed I wonder? You all look great!

Weird. I tried posting this earlier, didn't show.

When I'm out visiting the 'Ville, my hostess (and her partner/not-quite-husband) take me to Wick's (or order and pick it up). It's pretty good, and since I'm a NJ boy, I'm pretty particular about my pizza! ;-) I'll have to tell them about Impellizzeri's!

Robert, gas is cheaper in Southern Indiana at times than in Louisville, but Louisville's gas is 25 cents higher, often, than elsewhere in the state. I regularly drive 16 miles to Simpsonville to fill up; it's worth the trip, particularly since my car takes premium. We have so-called 'reformulated' gas in Louisville, with a heavy dose of MTBE added, in addition to being 15% ethanol. I get better mileage on nonreformulated gas; too much oxygenation. With the good gas and highway miles, I pulled back into Louisville with 3/4 of a tank in the car yet.

Monica of the sea, what was the name of that pizza place you directed Susan and I to at SCC a couple years ago? The New York style place? It was very good. Was that Christo's? I could still drive you there, just can't remember the name.

Rainbear, we're blessed with many great pizza places in Louisville, each a bit different than the others. Wick's is a great choice, too; I regularly get pizza from there - it's main problem is that the crowd that gathers there on weekends is the college powerdrinker crowd, so I get it to go. Clifton's is similar. Bearno's is great if you like a thinner crust. Spinnelli's is great for that fold-it-up east coast style pie. Windy City, formerly Queenie's (yes, owned by a queen) is where you go for Chicago style stuffed pie, although it can't stack up to what you'd get in Chicago. And I like Tubby's and Sportstime in southern Indiana, as well. However, impellizzeri's is our bomb pizza: soft and chewy crust, plenty of fine tomato sauce, fresh ingredients, and too much cheese. Ends up an inch thick. Do not overlook the breadsticks, they come drowning in garlic butter.

That stated, Jockamo's was by far the best pizza I've had in Indianapolis, and was very very good pie - I'd be a regular if I lived there. Get the Slaughterhouse-5, unless you're a vegan. Susan tells me there's a Jockamo's in Bloomington as well - is that the same company?

It was a pleasure meeting Waymon and Anthony, and Bil, you are indeed the gentleman and scholar I knew you'd be - I hope taking pictures of me did not damage your camera, as I tend to crack lenses at 10 paces. Good to see you, Marti, again, as well, and good luck in Denver. Hope our paths all cross again sometime.

Some day you all need to stop at the Beef House near the boarder of Illinois and Indiana! Go on I-465 and head west (Toward Danville) near the track the food is great! If it is still there, when you exit the beef house turn right (West) and drive less that 2miles down the road! There is a shed on the right that was so funny it starts Jesus Loves you but please read the rest of the shed! Regina

Monica, I'm so jealous ya'll got to hang out and I wasn't even invited! Not that I could have come, of course. But it's still nice to be invited! ;^)

Don't feel bad that no one invited me ... I work on Thursday evenings anyway (sniff! sniff!) ...

Looking for cheap gas along I-65 between Louisville and Indy? The cheapest might be anywhere, but I always notice:

  • Love's at Memphis, Indiana (Exit 16);
  • FuelMart at Exit 34;
  • Seymour (Exit 50A/B) can have cheap gas right along US 50 and the prices aren't advertised on Interstate; and
  • finally, truck stops at Exits 95 & 99 often have a "gas war" going on, the Road Ranger at Exit 95 is often the cheapest even though Exit 99 is easier off/on to Interstate.

My favorite pizza in Indy is the Deep Dish Sicilian at Noble Roman's near 14th and Shadeland (also at 75th and Keystone), but you have to like thick dough ... carbs! carbs! carbs! ... Second is the pizza at Union Jack's in Broad Ripple --- UJ also has great BBQ chicken wings! And I'll have to try out Jockamo's in Irvington.

P.S. Wick's Pizza, mentioned by RainbearNJ above, is near intersection of Highland Avenue & Bardstown Road in Louisville --- Bardstown Road is the closest thing Louisville has to a "gay strip" and the Louisville MCC is just west of this intersection on Highland. Pizza at Wick's is delicious, and Wick's is a popular meeting place for predominantly straight community groups in area, who generally tend to be totally cool about GLBT's.

Don't worry AJ - I only invited contributors. :) (Polar was Monica's ride so he snuck in by osmosis.)

Wick's is fave pizza 1A, then there's Spinelli's.

Heard about Noble Roman's. May have to check it out on my next trip to Indy.

According to AAA, the cheapest gas is in Tucson.

Did they have to say a secret password to get a special seat at the pizza place? Or was it the Bilerico tatoo on their cheek that got them in?

"Bil sent me."

"Yeah, well you still have to slip me a $50."

Don't worry AJ - I only invited contributors. :)

Oh, now I understand ... this was an elitist pizza run! Well, I could hardly expect anything different from a bunch of Obama supporters like you all! Just like in high school, the IN-clique has left me socially out in the rain!

But enough sarcasm! ... Actually this is one of the most purely fun posts that has come along in a while. How can you beat friends, good pizza, and beer? And I've learned about a slew of new and great pizza places that I need to try out! Thanks everyone!

Oh those fun runs for dining and shopping..
They are their own reward when you arrive, aren't they?

A week ago, I made the drive to Woodstock, NY, to do some shopping with my wife's sister(also a Lesbian). We had a grand time.

Yeah, every now and then I feel the need to write about life in general and get away from the civil rights barttlefield.

But the combat boots are right by the bed when necessary. ;)

Haha, we should have an open TBP get together. I'll plan the first one... in my pants!

Seriously, though, I wonder how many readers would show up to one in paris.