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(CBS 21 Harrisburg)   An Indiana city will provide stand-in grandparents for new residents in an attempt to attract remote workers. Only problem is, it is in Indiana   (local21news.com) divider line
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2021-10-27 8:05:26 AM  
People will try anything to lure people into their town.
 
2021-10-27 8:28:55 AM  
Oh, goodness. Greensburg is where my husband's family is from. I love visiting, but it is southeast of the middle of nowhere.
 
2021-10-27 8:41:13 AM  
Greensburg, 50 miles (80.47 kilometers) southeast of Indianapolis, will offer the free babysitting service for the next six to 12 months as part of the program it's calling "Grandparents on Demand." Kids are also guaranteed to have a fill-in grandma and grandpa on Grandparents Day at school - a perk for those moving far away from family.

Just two weeks after the initiative launched, more than 1,000 applications have rolled in...


OK, the grandparents on demand thing is really just gimmicky childcare, with my only question being what the application looks like and what efforts (and at what cost) the city is making to ensure that applicants are properly screened, not just to ensure that there are no criminal backgrounds but to ensure physical/mental capacity to perform the very demanding task of caring for strangers' children.

But hiring old strangers to accompany your child to "grandparents day" at school? That's just weird. I mean, really weird. That's your kid needing therapy in 20 years weird.
 
2021-10-27 8:41:29 AM  
AKA "Babysitters." I would feel much better having a 60 year old empty-nester watching my kid than a 16 year-old whose first question is "what's the wi-fi password?"
 
2021-10-27 9:22:15 AM  
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Why do remote workers have to live in Indiana?
 
2021-10-27 9:24:10 AM  

beezeltown: AKA "Babysitters." I would feel much better having a 60 year old empty-nester watching my kid than a 16 year-old whose first question is "what's the wi-fi password?"


My question was always "Where's the booze you want me to keep the kids out of?"
 
2021-10-27 9:25:11 AM  
I'm developing a canned "old people smell" for the younger actors they will ultimately hire.   Sure the hair to be grayed can be dyed or just powdered for effect, but the real deal is the smell.
 
2021-10-27 9:27:14 AM  

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Why do remote workers have to live in Indiana?


It's cheap.  In keeping with the trend to continue not paying enough.
 
2021-10-27 9:28:27 AM  
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2021-10-27 9:29:47 AM  
As opposed to whatever God forsaken shiat hole subby was hatched from?
 
2021-10-27 9:31:21 AM  
"Hello, Afghan refugee resettlement agency?   Have I got a hot tip for you!"
 
2021-10-27 9:36:12 AM  
I'm sure it sounds like a good idea to the people who've already resigned themselves to living lives of quiet desperation, but I'm guessing 90% of people who don't live near their elderly parents moved away from places like Whitesburg, I mean, Greensburg, IN. I grew up in a place ten times larger, and couldn't wait to get out.
 
2021-10-27 9:39:57 AM  

Trainspotr: I'm sure it sounds like a good idea to the people who've already resigned themselves to living lives of quiet desperation, but I'm guessing 90% of people who don't live near their elderly parents moved away from places like Whitesburg, I mean, Greensburg, IN. I grew up in a place ten times larger, and couldn't wait to get out.


As a former Hoosier, I've driven by this 100 times.
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2021-10-27 9:44:05 AM  
A pedo's wet dream
 
2021-10-27 9:44:53 AM  
Since the average age of grandparents and Farkers is close, Drew could move there, found a community cult and sell T-shirts with Squirrels on them.
 
2021-10-27 9:49:57 AM  
Plus! Free bible study for the littleuns.
 
2021-10-27 9:56:35 AM  
I have extended family that lives (and lived) in Greensburg. It's not a bad town, but there's definitely nothing particularly interesting happening there. If you're looking for a quiet Midwestern town that's not entirely removed from civilization, Greensburg is okay.
 
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2021-10-27 10:05:23 AM  
They aren't trying to replace people that died of COVID?  It's just a normal decline that they're trying to correct?  Ok then.

Better than the logic going on Faux News (link goes to Faux News, btw):

Sure, Arkansas Gov, vaccine mandates might cost hospitals workers, but no mention of whether actually dying of COVID costs more workers than the mandate.
 
2021-10-27 10:06:38 AM  
Yeah, I'll take my dead grandparents over some old, racist Hoosiers any day...
 
2021-10-27 10:23:11 AM  
Greensburg and surrounding Decatur county has lost a bunch of their population to Covid. There're 2-3% fewer people remaining alive there than in 2019.

Right between Indy & Cincy, they're just populated enough to spend a lot of time together indoors and just rural enough to reject your hifalutin' medical notions.
 
2021-10-27 10:40:36 AM  

beezeltown: AKA "Babysitters." I would feel much better having a 60 year old empty-nester watching my kid than a 16 year-old whose first question is "what's the wi-fi password?"


Difficulty Indiana. Why would I want to hear some old person blathering about how the election was stolen?
 
2021-10-27 10:44:20 AM  
Indiana is a nice state, city's are very clean and it is were mayor pete is from!
 
2021-10-27 10:48:03 AM  
That Damnable Cornfield.

/the headline I submitted was more concise
 
2021-10-27 11:00:56 AM  
Remember to lift your feet high as you step over the Trump 2020 yard signs.
 
2021-10-27 11:36:11 AM  

beezeltown: I have extended family that lives (and lived) in Greensburg. It's not a bad town, but there's definitely nothing particularly interesting happening there. If you're looking for a quiet Midwestern town that's not entirely removed from civilization, Greensburg is okay.


It ranks above Greencastle and Greentown but below Greenwood in my opinion.
 
2021-10-27 11:41:41 AM  

Nina9: Oh, goodness. Greensburg is where my husband's family is from. I love visiting, but it is southeast of the middle of nowhere.


It is southeast of St. Paul, which is also the middle of nowhere.  I keep a travel trailer at a campground there, next to a river for tubing, an old rock quarry for swimming, and a few miles from a drive in movie theater and my favorite Chinese restaurant.  Rural Indiana isn't New York or LA, and I'm guessing no one is surprised there are issues with diversity, education, healthcare, and probably a dozen other areas, but.... Indiana is a beautiful state.  The cost of living is low, there are good jobs available, the taxes are reasonable, the people are generally nice, we see all four seasons, many great state universities, great state park system, museums, sports teams and so on.  There are many places I could live, and I chose to stay here to raise a family as I thought it was the best overall place after considering many factors.

Fancy taco trucks, a certain style of pizza, nightclubs, and sports trophies don't dictate what a good place to live is.  Flippant comments like calling it flyover country show the ignorance that many people have about the Midwest.
 
2021-10-27 11:45:56 AM  

AquaTatanka: beezeltown: I have extended family that lives (and lived) in Greensburg. It's not a bad town, but there's definitely nothing particularly interesting happening there. If you're looking for a quiet Midwestern town that's not entirely removed from civilization, Greensburg is okay.

It ranks above Greencastle and Greentown but below Greenwood in my opinion.


Greencastle has a blue precinct. Can have many of your neighbors be professors.
 
2021-10-27 11:59:50 AM  

cide1: Nina9: Oh, goodness. Greensburg is where my husband's family is from. I love visiting, but it is southeast of the middle of nowhere.

It is southeast of St. Paul, which is also the middle of nowhere.


I have been to the St. Paul Tavern! Loved it!
Also, the best fried chicken I have ever had was at the Ainsburg Inn. At least I think that is what it was called, now I can't even find it on the map!

/Like I said, love visiting, it's just not for me as a place to live.
 
2021-10-27 12:09:57 PM  
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Grandma?
 
2021-10-27 12:30:36 PM  
If I were part of the program it would look like this:

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Worked for my kids, and I still have the high chair.
 
2021-10-27 12:41:00 PM  

Nina9: cide1: Nina9: Oh, goodness. Greensburg is where my husband's family is from. I love visiting, but it is southeast of the middle of nowhere.

It is southeast of St. Paul, which is also the middle of nowhere.

I have been to the St. Paul Tavern! Loved it!
Also, the best fried chicken I have ever had was at the Ainsburg Inn. At least I think that is what it was called, now I can't even find it on the map!

/Like I said, love visiting, it's just not for me as a place to live.


My error - Fireside Inn!
Enochsburg, Indiana
FRIED CHICKEN
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2021-10-27 12:45:41 PM  

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Grandma?


Introduce me?
 
2021-10-27 1:38:49 PM  

cide1: Nina9: Oh, goodness. Greensburg is where my husband's family is from. I love visiting, but it is southeast of the middle of nowhere.

It is southeast of St. Paul, which is also the middle of nowhere.  I keep a travel trailer at a campground there, next to a river for tubing, an old rock quarry for swimming, and a few miles from a drive in movie theater and my favorite Chinese restaurant.  Rural Indiana isn't New York or LA, and I'm guessing no one is surprised there are issues with diversity, education, healthcare, and probably a dozen other areas, but.... Indiana is a beautiful state.  The cost of living is low, there are good jobs available, the taxes are reasonable, the people are generally nice, we see all four seasons, many great state universities, great state park system, museums, sports teams and so on.  There are many places I could live, and I chose to stay here to raise a family as I thought it was the best overall place after considering many factors.

Fancy taco trucks, a certain style of pizza, nightclubs, and sports trophies don't dictate what a good place to live is.  Flippant comments like calling it flyover country show the ignorance that many people have about the Midwest.


Counterpoint: Growing up in small towns in indiana & being anything other than a straight, white male would be terrifying. Born in 81, moved from small town to big city in 99 and would never live in a place like brownstown or fayetteville or martinsville, no matter what the cost of living is.  Theres definitely hillbillies in indy too, but at least they're spread out.

small towns in indiana, They're backwards farking dumps.   I still have to hear comments from my family asking me if I am worried being in downtown indy due to all the black people.  the only sports bar in my hometown runs fox news on their biggest screen. The city is comprised of wal-mart, fast food & gas stations.  Being a little kid in the 80's there was alright, lots of places to ride a bike.  but it was countered by constant fire and brimstone church services 3x a week and extreme bullying from my peers.

I like to hope that rural vs urban would somehow be different elsewhere in the united states, but it is probably not.
 
2021-10-27 2:09:20 PM  
My In-Laws, over the years, bought the houses around their parents in this "culture sack" to owning 10 of the dozen homes, including ours. The parents, now passed, had 6 kids. Now that the great-grand kids are the third generation going to the same K-12, three grandmothers are being paid for day care. It's works well for us.

I think this IN town has good idea. The elders probably need income supplement and the parents want to work but can't without day care. My Family just happens to have a stable supply of grandmothers who are paid less than the going rate for daycare, so it's a win-win for all. Only one grandmother changes house, but still most kids stay at home. With distance learning, there is some juggling to accommodate that. I'd like to supervise the distance learning kids but my immune system precludes that. Besides, Hubby would fatten them with cookies & treats. I thought that for PE we could have them run errands, because in our small village, everything is in walking distance. Can mowing the lawn count as PE?
 
2021-10-27 2:47:51 PM  

phedex: cide1: Nina9: Oh, goodness. Greensburg is where my husband's family is from. I love visiting, but it is southeast of the middle of nowhere.

It is southeast of St. Paul, which is also the middle of nowhere.  I keep a travel trailer at a campground there, next to a river for tubing, an old rock quarry for swimming, and a few miles from a drive in movie theater and my favorite Chinese restaurant.  Rural Indiana isn't New York or LA, and I'm guessing no one is surprised there are issues with diversity, education, healthcare, and probably a dozen other areas, but.... Indiana is a beautiful state.  The cost of living is low, there are good jobs available, the taxes are reasonable, the people are generally nice, we see all four seasons, many great state universities, great state park system, museums, sports teams and so on.  There are many places I could live, and I chose to stay here to raise a family as I thought it was the best overall place after considering many factors.

Fancy taco trucks, a certain style of pizza, nightclubs, and sports trophies don't dictate what a good place to live is.  Flippant comments like calling it flyover country show the ignorance that many people have about the Midwest.

Counterpoint: Growing up in small towns in indiana & being anything other than a straight, white male would be terrifying. Born in 81, moved from small town to big city in 99 and would never live in a place like brownstown or fayetteville or martinsville, no matter what the cost of living is.  Theres definitely hillbillies in indy too, but at least they're spread out.

small towns in indiana, They're backwards farking dumps.   I still have to hear comments from my family asking me if I am worried being in downtown indy due to all the black people.  the only sports bar in my hometown runs fox news on their biggest screen. The city is comprised of wal-mart, fast food & gas stations.  Being a little kid in the 80's there was alright, lots of places to ride a bike.  but it was countered by constant fire and brimstone church services 3x a week and extreme bullying from my peers.

I like to hope that rural vs urban would somehow be different elsewhere in the united states, but it is probably not.


LOL yeah, I was also shocked at how unpopular one could become by telling an entire middle school that they're all going to hell
 
2021-10-27 3:07:47 PM  

pointfdr: Indiana is a nice state, city's are very clean and it is were mayor pete is from!


Two out of three . . .
 
2021-10-27 3:09:41 PM  

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Grandma?


Go on . . .
 
2021-10-27 3:20:36 PM  

pointfdr: Indiana is a nice state, city's are very clean and it is were mayor pete is from!


And their literacy is top-notch!
 
2021-10-27 9:12:08 PM  
My wife is from Greensburg. Calling it a, "city," is a bit of a stretch.

I seem to recall hearing that back in the day it was a hotspot of Klan activity in the area. Of course, "back in the day," could mean last week, based on some of the people I've met there.

Telling that, for such a relatively small place, there are so many people in this thread *from* there.
 
2021-10-28 5:44:38 AM  
With the nearest grandparents 100 miles away, my kids "adopted" our neighbors as Grandma and Grandpa K. They loved being invited to Grandparents day at grade school.   Grandma K is now 102 years old, and since her kids are scattered across the country she really appreciates my wifes visits to her assisted living apartment. Even her kids treat us as family members.
 
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