Archive for October 16th, 2007

My Weekend In Naptown

10/16/2007 – Traveling is fun most of the time. This is true. Trying to book a flight the night before the flight leaves in the morning is not smart, or recommended. This is also true.

Whoever said computers and the internet make life easier never tried to transfer their frequent flier points online between merchants and have it work the first, second or third time.

“Hello, yes… I’m fine thank you, look, I… yes… they haven’t? Uh-huh, well the website shows that they have. Well… hello?”

And so it went for about 30 minutes.

Saturday morning I got up and out early. The security line at the airport was long but it breezed along and quick enough I was on my way to my connection in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Airport, like the one in Indianapolis, isn’t too big and it’s quick to get around unless you have to take the shuttle bus to the C terminal. Every time I come into CVG I’m always startled by the short runway and the braking power these big planes have.

I got into Indy around 1:30 PM and by 2:00 PM I’m in the rental car and off. I swung by Reno’s Music and Meridian Music to check out guitars and then I headed down to the Mass. Ave. district and picked up the new Black Lips CD (with bonus EP!), did some shopping at Silver in the City and got some coffee.

On the way to Broad Ripple, I stopped by the new Luna Music location on College Ave. and caught a good band called Rodeo Ruby Love. Next, I was off to Broad Ripple for the Fall Music Festival. I met up with Andrea and Ryan and the first stop was the Alley Cat Lounge. Prizzy Prizzy Please was the first band we saw. They sounded great and they rocked a fun version of Thunderstruck by AC/DC.

Next up was my friend Natalie’s sister’s band, Eisenhower Field Day. I absolutely loved them. They have a mid-90s Chapel Hill sound with great harmonies, and crafty guitar and bass interplay. Loved them. Their family was out to see them play and it was great to see everyone again.

I also kept bumping to Richard from Margot every 15 minutes for nearly the entire festival. I was tempted to quiz him about their new record, but I didn’t.

Everything Now! played next and I really enjoyed them too.

Everyone headed over to Spin for Arrah and the Ferns (excellent), Beta Male (hot chicks, great tunes, hoola-hoops!) and We Are Hex (dark wave).

We had bagel sandwiches at Ripple Bagel & Deli and more coffee before closing out the night back at the Alley Cat to see Small Arms Fire and Red Light Driver.

Everyone said their good nights and cars were driven home.

I got up pretty early on Sunday and headed downtown to walk to War Memorial Plaza and the State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Circle Center before heading back to Carmel to meet everyone for lunch at Paradise Bakery. Khali, Andrea and Ryan were there and we hung out, talked, and laughed.

After lunch I decided to check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art on my way back to the airport. I wish I had more time to spend there; they have a great collection or contemporary and classic art. After an hour I headed to the airport.

It was a quick and fun two days, I hope it doesn’t take me long to make it back up there again.

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