This has certainly been a challenging day, which for better or worse is not yet over.
I was a bit late getting on the road, but still hit Indy more or less on time. Anticipating a repeat of last year’s smooth and easy pickup of my press credentials, I was nonplussed to find the door to the Press Room locked.
It turns out the.Press Room isn’t open on Wednesday this year, so I’ll have to roll out at 7am tomorrow to get them. In the words of the Bard, “d’oh!”
So now I am stuck on the streets of Indy with about nine hours to kill untill the rest of my party (who have the hotel reservations) hit town.
Fortunately, I have a plan. One of my crucial blunders last year was spending Wednesday afternoon walking around downtown putting wear and tear on my feet that came back to haunt me Saturday and Sunday. I need a sedentary activity that’s cheap and air-conditioned, especially given the insane heat wave that’s been pummeling most of the nation this summer.
Following my roomie’s brilliant suggestion, I Google the main branch of the Indy library, and it happens to be just a few blocks North of the Convention Center! Resplendent. Books, A/C, and free WiFi under one roof? Oh yes…
It turns out that not only is this one of the most well-appointed and technologically-advanced libraries that I’ve ever visited, it has to be one of the most arcitecturally interesting as well. The mammoth new wing, which I gather is a relatively new addition, is built around a beautiful five story glass atrium that inspired me to get my camera out of the car.
I ended up spending most of the afternoon happily shooting arcitectural photos, which I have precious little experience with, but always enjoy. I’ll be adding some of them to this post tonight when I finally get into the hotel.
In any event it transformed a tedius afternoon into a fun photography project, so that’s got to be a win in my book.
I’m now sitting in a Barnes & Noble’s tapping out this post on my iPod. It’s a bit slow, but still easier than I expected. We’ll see how it looks on the site. Here’s hoping!
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