Top Ten Muncie Eating/Drinking Experiences

1. Royal Feast, Pizza King
Now and forever. The great thing about Pizza King is that its charms seem completely lost on about 15 percent of Muncie’s residents and 99.995 percent of those visiting Muncie in the company of a homegrown Pizza King fan. The rest of us: addicts.

2. Thanksgiving Turkey Dropped Off And Picked Up From QL’s
You have to have QL’s on here somewhere. When Ball’s corporate offices left Muncie I was hoping the university would rename itself after QL’s.

3. Chocolate Cheesecake, Wilma’s Delicatessen (1980s-1990s)
I don’t know how many of you Muncie folk remember this menu offering at Wilma’s just north of McGalliard on Wheeling, but if you don’t you can catch up on it in heaven. I fetishize component parts of this cheesecake, which is sort of ridiculous 20 years later.

4. Cheese Dip, La Hacienda
This seems like it would be easy to duplicate, but trust me: it’s not. I also hope they never change the dining area.

5. Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, Burkie’s
There has to be a pork tenderloin sandwich on here somewhere, because it may be the thing the state does best as a general rule. I don’t remember this as a big part of my childhood, but I eat them all the time when I come back to visit now, from a variety of locations including where I liked them best: at the dinner table of my friends The Wrights.

6. Little Kings beer
And another generation of small-town, small-bottle alcoholics is born.

7. Choc-Ola
May actually be worse for children than drinking Little Kings. Thanks for the diabetes, Cowboy Bob.

8. Sandwich Spread, Marsh Supermarket Deli Counter, West Jackson Location (Summer 1990)
This stuff is basically eyeballs and toes ground up with some sort of relish to provide flavor, but I was obsessed with eating white bread sandwiches with this stuff on it the last summer I lived full-time in Muncie and I make no apologies for it. It was only this location, too. Rarely has $.99 a pound in late-night food colored pink and with the consistency of paste been as tasty.

9. The Hors D’Oeuvres tray at the Carriage House (1980-1990s)
That’s right: I said “Carriage House.” Deal with it. This was basically fried food right out of cans that one ate with toothpicks, but it came on a boss-looking two-tiered tray. Just about anything on a two-tiered silver tray is going to be awesome.

10. (tie) Bottomless 50-cent coffee at Jerry’s/Anything anyone’s mom cooked for you that used a can of creamed mushroom soup
I miss you, Muncie.

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Me And Mom In NYC, 1995ish

 

My mother and me, I want to say in New York City in the mid-1990s. Maybe the trip we saw Arcadia. Maybe not, though. I used to be able to tell time according to my weight, but it got weird starting in my mid-20s. I’m tucking in my shirt, which is something.

Mom, Dan — I Believe In Oregon

My mother and my brother Dan, I’m guessing early- to mid-1990s when Dan was out west. Could be from later, though.

Grandpa, Mom, Grandma

 

Mom and her parents, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Cherie Lloyd; I’m guessing late 1990s. Mom always went by “Sis” rather than “Sunny” when she was around her family. I liked them very much; they doted on one another.

“Hello And Welcome To Gila Regional… Can I Help You Be Very, Very Sad?”

My auxiliary badge from Gila Regional Hospital, somewhere around 2006 or 2007, maybe?

Wiley Bill In His Mid-Sixties

Dad at the Bobo’s Progress launch party, Dan Wright’s Anderson house, 1999.

Wiley Bill In His Mid-Twenties

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My favorite photo of my dad, I’m guessing mid-1950s.