I hadn’t been to Indianapolis in more than eleven years, and hadn’t spent any appreciable time there in almost twenty, though I had recently updated its profile on that other site. This was a work trip, though, and I saw more of the hotel and the meeting room I was in than anything else, particularly since I had no car.
That said, I did manage to:
- Visit the top of the Soldiers & Sailors Mounument
- See what little bit of the old L.S. Ayres store is still visible in the Carson’s that occupies it for a few more weeks.
- Shop at the trendy new downtown Kroger.
- Find yet another good stop on my own personal Baba Ghanouj Trail.
- Watch TCM. In my living room and my bedroom.
- Learn all kinds of exciting things about distributed digital preservation.
- Have a whole Indianapolis city bus to myself for the last half of my trip to the airport yesterday.
- Avoid all members of the Pence family.
Sadly, I do not manage to:
- See my friend Bob, on whom I still blame the wonder that was the 1997 Planet SOMA U.S. Tour.
- Indulge in anything of a pork tenderloin nature.
- Do any actual research.
An extra bonus was the fact that I was able to avoid snow and ice in the South by travelling to the Midwest. Irony is fun. Maybe the biggest thing, though, was the end of the series of overnight delays that has plagued every single work trip I’ve taken by plane in the past four years. The only glitches were the two-hour delay waiting for a replacement plane in Charlotte and my first encounter with the notorious Gate 35X at DCA.
Off to Durham for another work trip tomorrow. I may not leave the house this weekend.