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March 15, 2013

The pain and torment of L.I.D.

As I write this, I cannot feel my toes. My nose is running. My skin is dry and sloughing off layers. I'm cranky and I have a mild case of the blues. I have the urge to pop people in the nose just for smiling and saying, "Cold enough for ya?"

No, I don't have major medical problems. I have what is known as L.I.D. - Living in Indiana Dysfunction. It strikes hundreds of millions of Hoosiers each March, which is really saying something because only about 6.5 million people actually live in Indiana.

A recent study identified Indiana as one of the top 10 most depressing states in the country, according to Health magazine. Indiana ranked number nine in a Gallup poll.

I have a couple of problems with this study. Number one, this is not exactly the prime time of the year to ask people in Indiana if they are happy. This is the time of year when every single person who celebrated when that little, furry con-artist the groundhog said, "Spring is just around the corner!" is ready to make a big hefty batch of groundhog stew. It's been six weeks since he laid that load of crap on us and there's still snow in the forecast. What gives, groundhog? You have some explaining to do. I say we string his little, hairy butt up and ...

Forgive me. My L.I.D. is acting up again.

Second, Hawaiians were ranked as the happiest people in the country. I just have to ask, really? You asked people in California, Florida, and Hawaii how happy they are and they ended up being happier than people in Indiana. And that's making news. Huh. Not exactly science at work there, is it, fellows? Did the fact that we all head to those states this time of year for spring break not clue you in? Do you seriously have to spend taxpayer money to take inane polls? Well, do you?

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