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We noticed on Facebook that some of our friends from Texas were up in Kokomo visiting their families, so we lined up lunch on Thursday. And we left Indianapolis a little early, so as we were driving up and notices road signs for The Flying Ostrich Antique shop, I told Joey we had to stop there since we had time to kill.

I had also spilled coffee on my shirt and was hoping to wash it out before we saw our friends.

So we diverted to old Main Street.

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Did you know that Kokomo is called Stop Light City?

It is. They are everywhere. Like rabbits.

Once inside the antique shop, I washed the coffee out of my shirt and Joey browsed vintage Pepsi items.

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Ana was told not to touch ANYTHING.

We didn’t stay too long, though, because we needed to meet our friends at 11:00. So we loaded back into the RAV and passed the new (and creepy) mantis statue outside the Subway that isn’t open yet.

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(It’s there, you just have to look closely.)

We had a SUPER nice time with our friends, and the 2 hours went by far too quickly. Before we left town, they told us we had to stop and see Old Ben, the largest stuffed steer on record.

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Old Ben was a hoss. (In the most bovine sense of the word.) He was 4,720 lbs when he died, and like 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Huge. Huge.

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Next to Old Ben was a gargantuan Sycamore tree stump enshrined in a building covered in windows so it was totally visible. I’m not sure what its story is because I was too cold to stand there and read the sign. But at least the dead tree was warm and inside, even if I had to be outside to look at it.

I snapped a quick picture of a covered bridge on our way out of town, and now I feel like a regular Kokomo native.

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