Friday, February 15, 2008

Goshen, Indiana: Problems and Frustrations

I really do love living in Goshen, don't get me wrong. However, there are some things that annoy me to no end:
*People who use my street as a shortcut
*Other drivers
*Not having good coffee
*The impossibility of getting anything done

People always use the street Melody and I live on as a shortcut. Don't know why, they just do. They seem to think that's what it was made for. Today, I was honked at when I was driving down my street (to park there) by someone who was trying to use it to drive through to the other side. This bothered me... "Not sure why." Seriously... why would you do such a thing? You have to know it's annoying.

Other drivers in Indiana bother me, so it's not necessarily just Goshen. You do know about the turn signal, no? The thing on the side of your steering wheel used to indicate that you will be turning left or right? You do realize that not using this turn signal is illegal and can cause accidents? Seriously, I'm from the Chicago area and I am proud to say that Indiana drivers are soooo much worse. The thing about Chicago drivers is this: you might think there's only the space for an ant in-between your car and the car in front of you, but a (good) Chicago driver knows how to make their car the size of an ant.

If you know me, you know that my satisfaction with life, my general overall happiness, and my contentment comes from knowing that I can get some GOOD coffee. However, Goshen, though it has several coffee shops seems to be lacking something when it comes to the word "good." For Pete's sake, make something with quality! Take pride in what you're selling! SATISFY ME! And don't even get me started on the lack of good chai.

Today, though, I was incredibly frustrated. Here's the thing about Goshen. From my house to Kroger, it's about 1.5 miles. Yet it takes 15ish minutes to get there. I'm not joking. It's about 5 miles to Walmart. It takes about 10 minutes to get there. Please explain that. So today, I needed to fax my W9 form and a writer's agreement form to the new writing job I have. Good, good.
Except for one thing: I was sent on a wild goose chase trying to find a fax machine. Every store I went to sent me somewhere else. For 2 hours. Finally, I went to the library and paid $1.50/page (which is why I'd been looking for somewhere else).

Two HOURS! Granted, most of that two hours was my trying to get from place to place. Wait... doesn't that make it worse? Ridiculous. Truly ridiculous.


Melody said...

I agree on all of those point. Maybe we could send an anoymous letter to the coffee shops suggesting that if they used something other than sweat and baby tears to make their chai it would turn out better

Smileyguy said...

So I had all of my things packed up and ready to move to Goshen but now I am second thinking about this. Maybe this move is rash. I did absolutely no research on the town's coffee shops and I must have good coffee made somewhere other than my kitchen, otherwise it's a NOGO for the day.

I must be stupid.

Robin Marie said...


Actually, just the other day I discovered a coffee shop, the Refinery Cafe, that's just past Martin's on the north side of Goshen, which serves excellent coffee. However, the hours are weird: closes at 5pm, and I can't remember what time it opens, and on Saturdays it is only open 7-12.

My roommate and I usually drive out to Nappanee, though, and go to Main Street Cafe. They have amazing everything.