This week I visited Hegewisch, located on the City's far south-east side. Upon arriving, my iPhone died and I had no other means of navigating. I'm good though; I decided to follow my instincts. I passed Baltimore Ave. The name was intriguing, so I parked my XB and did what I enjoy most, communicate with people.
The first guy I met claimed to be an X Latin King. In his opinion, Hegewisch was going down hill because of gang activity. I responded, "What, in Hegewisch!" It sure didn't seem like a ghetto. From what I saw on Baltimore Ave., Hegewisch lived up to its nickname, "the Mayberry of the Midwest." I could be wrong though. The hood isn't a specific locality. The hood is a state of mind; anything is a state of mind, really.
I continued to walk down Baltimore Ave. and I met Sue, who works at Baltimore Food and Deli, "Home of the famous Hegewisch Shish-Kabob." Sue recommended that I come inside immediately. She gave me a bag full of marinated Shish-kabob "FOR FREE." I offered to pay, but she insisted that I accept her blessing.
After an hour of walking along Baltimore Ave, I arrived back at my car and realized I'd left the XB's windows down. Thankfully, my iPhone and camera equipment were still on the front seat. Hegewisch is awesome!
I decided to stop at Powder Horn Lake, where I met "Ole Jim." Ole Jim told me a story about a car that crashed into the lake while he was sitting at his regular fishing spot. Just last week he witnessed the entire ordeal. He showed me the tire marks in the mud.
Oh, great news! I got to see the Trailer Parks of Hegewisch, and they were awesome. I've always been fascinated with trailer homes.
Hegewisch is the Truth!