Once again, it’s that time of year for my annual Leadership Exchange trip. This year we met in Nashville, Tennesee (on previous trips, we traveled to San Diego, CA, and San Antonio, TX). The delegation comprises mainly of senior executives and a few public officials from around the Indianapolis area and is always thought-provoking and impactful. Last Friday was a travel day to get the pre-arrival team on site and ready to hit the ground Saturday morning. I’ve attended this conference for a few years as a delegate, but with my new role at the new company, I’m part of the staff hosting the event, and I get to see how the sausage is made, so to speak.
Driving to Nashville from Indianapolis was uneventful and about as heavy as expected for a Friday. There are always a few people that do everything they can to pass everyone, and this time two of them were met by a KY State Trooper just over a rise in the road. My trusty Valentine One radar detector, and some general road trip common sense, kept me on the right side of the law as the 5-hour trip ticked by without event.
Along the way, I saw a sign. A sign I hadn’t seen in years. A sign for Schlotzsky’s Delli. Remember that place? They closed all of the Indianapolis locations in the early 2000s. My main memory of Schlotzsky’s is the bread they used. Well, I had to stop and see if it was as good as I remembered. This particular location was a drive-thru attached to the side of an IGA grocery store. I ordered the original, and it WAS as good as I remembered, but I forgot one thing, the Original has black olives on it. I love every olive out there except black olives; they just taste strange to me (probably because they’re not salty). Luckily there wasn’t a lot on the sandwich, and I just picked them off and enjoyed the sandwich. In 2018 the IBJ had a blurb saying Schlotzsky’s was planning on returning to Indy, but Covid might have delayed those plans… Fingers crossed, they make it back!
Our daily sessions took place at the Nashville Entranapurial Center one day and the GEODIS Park soccer stadium the next. Fun fact, the architect that designed GEODIS Park is the same one designing Eleven Park in Indianapolis.
I attended 2 of the cultural activities available, the first being a walking tour of the murals all around downtown Nashville and another at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where the Hatch Print Show printing company is located. Both activities were very well led by people very passionate about their respective subjects.
2-weeks out from the trip, they were calling for temps in the 90s, but we had just about perfect weather with temps in the 70s and very low humidity. Nashville is an interesting town with a lot of history. Country music isn’t really my jam, but our trip focused more on business than music, and the networking opportunities were second to none. I always return from this conference with a bunch of new connections and a newfound respect for Indianapolis as we learn that we’re doing a lot of great things in this city. With the leadership I spent several days with, we have many more good things to come.
Wednesday morning got here before we knew it, and it was time to pack up and head back to Indy. I made a quick detour while leaving downtown and stopped at the Nashville Farmers Market. While it was not terribly impressive on a Wednesday, I could see this place being a great place to visit on the weekends when all the stalls and merchants were open.
I mentioned in my initial Tom Bihn Synik 30 review that I’d be traveling with the bag, and it performed flawlessly. It was way heavier than normal since I was carrying 2 laptops, an iPad Pro, and a Surface Pro (we had a lot of presentations to show), along with all the gear to keep things charged and connected. The padded straps were a lifesaver as I drug all my gear all over Nashville for 5 days. 10/10 would recommend if you’re looking for a quality gear bag for everyday use.
And Finally… October 9, 2022, will mark the 15th Year Anniversary of IndyScan.com in its current format we created in 2007. The domain was first registered in 1996 and used for another purpose, making the domain 26 years old this year. I’m going to work on a little retrospective during the month and recap where we were and where we’re going with the Blog in the future. Have a great week!
It was an oppressively hot July 4th this year and after 10am I decided any activity I’d be participating in today would be indoors. Having briefly visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) a few weeks earlier for a photography lecture I knew I wanted to return and really check the place out.
Upon arrival (on the first visit), one thing that immediately struck me was the size of the museum. It’s a lot larger than I imagined and it sits on approximately 150 acres in the middle of Indianapolis. Together the IMA and nearby Crown Hill Cemetery are bigger than a lot of towns in rural Indiana.
I like a good bargain, especially when it comes to entertainment. You can’t beat the price of the IMA which is FREE for the general exhibits (95% of the facility). Currently the IMA is hosting a photography exhibit ($12) that I want to check out before it leaves town.
The IMA is a 4-story structure with meeting, lecture, and administrative space occupying the first floor (along with a gift shop and café). Immediately upon stepping off the escalator on the 2nd floor you’re greeted with a “check-in” desk where they have tickets for special exhibits available for purchase. They also ask for demographic data (specifically your zip code). After accepting a museum map I headed through the huge automatic glass doors into the first exhibit space.
There were a fair amount of people visiting the IMA today and, for the most part, they did what most people do… walk around quietly admiring the artwork. There were a couple of small groups that obnoxiously talked loudly the whole time (they probably are the same ones who talk in movie theaters too). I changed the direction of my tour and only ran into them once again during my visit.
Speaking of direction, it’s easy to get turned around in the IMA. I can’t help but think I might have missed a few rooms with the way things are laid out. It’s not as intuitive as the Cincinnati Museum of Art which I visited this past spring (the IMA is better). There are various rooms throughout the facility that house paintings from the classic Picasso, Monet, etc. One thing that surprised me were the two “fashion” rooms (for lack of a better term) that highlighted clothing from Blass, Halston & a couple of others. I saw several outfits form the late 80’s that I somewhat recognized from the time period. I really enjoyed the “Pointillism” (painting with dots) area.
I spent the better part of 3 hours walking around the IMA and just started on the 4th floor when I was told they would be closing in 15 minutes. I’m starting on the 4th floor next time and working my way down. There were a lot more staff members stationed around the facility than I expected and the ones I talked to were very friendly and helpful.
With the heat the way it was the only time outside the main building checking out the grounds was during the walk from the parking lot. You can pay for parking ($5) or if you are up to a short (1/4 mile) walk you can park for free near the NE entrance. From what I see on the website there’s actually a lot to see outdoors too. That’s going to have to wait until the sun backs off the earth a few hundred-thousand miles and the temps get mach in the 80’s.
While doing a little online research last weekend I came across the Indianapolis Public Art website. Even better they have a Public Art Locator that pinpoints pieces on a Google map. It’s pretty amazing the number of statues and sculptures in the area. I wanted to share the site with the IndyScan visitors since it’s an awesome resource.
What are some of your favorite pieces in Indianapolis? I’m a big fan of the Brick Head on Mass Ave. and the Solders and Sailors monument.
I wish I could say this was drawn by a child…
[UPDATE]-This beautiful work of art was NOT created by myself, it was found at a client site…