I admit it, I DO NOT LIKE big city traffic it definitely ruffles my feathers. Having a navigation system really helps ease a bit of the problem, but I haven’t had a nav system yet that was always accurate so there’s the uncertainty of traffic, uncertainty of nav system and then you add rain and I’m usually unwilling to venture out of the hotel room. After all, in my hotel room I could nap, read my book, play on the computer, watch tv. etc… There are 101 reasons to stay home, or stay in a hotel room. BUT life, adventure, experiences, future memories are outside of the hotel room.
I’m not passing judgement on anyone who makes the choice to stay in. I frequently make that choice. It’s just that when I get home from a big trip like this, I’d rather not have any regrets. So on Wednesday I forced myself out into the rainy big city of Calgary to find the Glenbow museum. I found it, but did not find parking. I just kept telling myself that it was okay and I can just circle the blocks until I figured out the parking. Breathe. Relax. There’s no hurry. I finally figured out the entrance to a nearby parking garage. Then more reading of signs, circling, parking, paying at a new type of station, and I made it to the museum. One thing I must say is that parking in Calgary is well identified and while I was nervous the signage really helped me to figure out what to do. Thank you Calgary.
I made a different decision after the conference sessions were over. I had the late afternoon and evening and had planned to go do something else (fun) and this time, I couldn’t make myself leave the hotel. I think this was in part because my brain was full, and I had already done so much. This sounds like excuses to and for myself, and truly I should not need to make excuses, let alone to the little dictator in my head, but there you have it. Instead I finished reading my current book (Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher), napped, repacked for the trip home, uploaded photos, and wrote blog entries for my library blog while the information was still fresh in my head.